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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Grief retreat, serenity retreat on the schedule at Immaculate Heart

the Inland Register

(From the October 17, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) will host its annual “Hope Peace Healing” fundraising event with Jesuit Father Rick Ganz as keynote speaker for “Awaken to the Openness of God.”

The event is scheduled with two presentations on Saturday, Nov. 2: 9-10 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.

The purpose of the event is to directly engage guests in supporting IHRC retreat ministries.

Father Ganz has been a member of the Society of Jesus for over 40 years. Much of his ministry has been devoted to retreat work, and in fact, his parents were among the first supporters when Msgr. David Rosage sought to build IHRC more than 50 years ago.

“Hope Peace Healing” includes a light meal. The event is free, although all those attending will be invited to contribute in support of IHRC’s ministry.

Also at Immaculate Heart in the coming weeks:

• The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church will present a day of prayer at IHRC titled “The Year of Faith: Know, Love, Live and Share the Faith” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Topics for the day include reflections on baptism “being rooted in Christ.”

The day begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m., followed by two conferences, lunch, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass. The day concludes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Cost (which includes lunch) is $35/person, or $45 for those who wish use of a private room during the day.

Advance registration is requested.

• The weekend of Friday- Sunday, Nov. 16-18, IHRC will host a retreat titled “Living through Grief.”

Leading the retreat will be a team of three:

Father Stan Malnar MD is a priest of the Diocese of Spokane and a medical doctor at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Dr. Jim Shaw, also a physician, is former director of ethics at Spokane’s Providence Center for Faith and Healing. Sheryll Shepard is a chaplain for Hospice of Spokane.

The team will lead participants into the journey of understanding grief and passing through the Paschal Mystery, modeled by Christ. Conferences will touch on woundedness, recovery from losses, forgiveness, healing, and celebrating life.

The weekend begins after dinner on Friday at 6 p.m. and extends through lunch on Sunday. Cost is $185 for singles or $280 for couples, or $100 for commuters. Early registration is recommended.

• The “Coffee and Contemplation” series, a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations, continues on Wednesday, Nov. 20 with Rev. Jeffrey L. Neuberger (Lt. Col./chaplain, USAF, retired) and the topic “Accommodating the Constitution: Military Chaplains and the Free Exercise of Religion.”

This session will include the background of military chaplaincy and the unique setting in which military ministry is conducted. Rev. Neuberger will share personal stories of accommodation issues, with emphasis on the freedom of religion granted in the Constitution, and the discussion will open to consider ways in which citizens of faith express that faith in today’s pluralistic culture, including the challenges and the blessings.

Rev. Neuberger is an Episcopal priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane. He served 25 years as an Air Force chaplain and has had membership in the Lutheran, Southern Baptist and American Baptist denominations.

The program runs from 9-11 a.m. and includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10/person. Advance reservations are requested.

• IHRC’s semi-annual 12-Step Retreat is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8, under the direction of Benedictine Sister Julie Wokasch. The retreat’s theme is “The Spirituality of Making Amends.”

Making amends is more than apologizing. It is the follow-up of the drastic self-appraisal that must occur if the brokenness of addiction is to be mended.

One important tool can be the Discernment Process, reaching out to those who have been offended. Past participants and newcomers most welcome!

The weekend begins after dinner on Friday at 6 p.m. and extends through lunch on Sunday. Cost is $185 for singles, $280 for couples, and $100 for commuters. Early registration is recommended; some scholarships are available.

For information or to register for these and other IHRC programs, call (509) 448-1224, or visit the web site:

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.

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