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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Series on ‘Deepening Married Love’ continues at Immaculate Heart

the Inland Register

(From the February 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) hosts a marriage dinner series titled “Deepening Married Love,” presented by Jesuit Father Armand Nigro and team on the last Tuesday evenings of February and March – Feb. 25 and March 25. Dinner begins at 5 p.m.; conferences conclude by 8:30 p.m.

The evenings begin with dinner, followed by two conferences targeting particular aspects of married life and providing loving and deliberate affirmation to the love and respect due to spouses, children and families. Discussion time will follow each conference.

Father Nigro will speak at each conference, and the team will address specific aspects of the topic for that month.

These evenings are suitable for couples of any age who are interested in dialogue about sacramental marriage today.

February’s topic is “Deepening Married Love – Parental Love”; March’s topic is “Deepening Married Love – Respect and Love for Man and Woman.”

Cost is $25 per person.

• Father Daniel Wetzler and Deacon Jack Crandall return to IHRC for a weekend healing retreat for men and women Friday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 2, titled “Lord, If You Wish, You Can Heal Me.”

Father Wetzler and Deacon Crandall will share the power of forgiveness, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and expectant faith to provide physical and psychological healing. This retreat will also include help for generational healing of families.

The two presenters have long been involved with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Though both are officially retired, both stay busy with ongoing ministries.

Cost for the weekend is $185 per person, $280 per couple, or $100 per commuter.

• Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese, will present a Day of Prayer on Ash Wednesday, March 5, at IHRC to begin the Lenten season.

The day, titled “The Spirit of Sackcloth and Ashes,” begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. The schedule includes two conferences, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, and lunch. A second conference follows lunch, and the day concludes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 3 p.m.

Cost for the Day of Prayer is $35 per person, or $45 with the use of a private room.

• Coffee and Contemplation, a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations, continues with John L. Sandford, founder of Elijah House, Inc., a counseling and training ministry.

The topic for Wednesday, March 19, will be “Being Reconciled to Being Here on Earth,” focusing on spiritual rebellion and discussing ways of accepting God’s designs for life.

Stanford graduated from the seminary with an M. Div. in Religion and Personality. A retired minister, he was a pastor of churches in Illinois, Kansas, and Idaho for 21 years before founding Elijah House, now based in Spokane.

The program is scheduled for 9-11 a.m., and includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10 per session. Advance reservations are requested.

• Father Joachim Hiên, a retired priest of the Spokane Diocese, returns to IHRC to present Holy Week retreats for women and men.

The women’s retreat is scheduled for Monday-Wednesday, April 14-16.

The retreat begins with registration at 4:30 p.m. Monday and concludes at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The men’s retreat, Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19, also begins at 4:30 p.m. It concludes Saturday at 1 p.m.

This year’s retreat is titled “The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross: A Compass for Our Lives.”

Cost is $190 per person, or $115 for commuters.

Father Hiên will help participants engage with the Paschal Mystery through a series of deep meditations on the legacy Christ left with the last words he spoke before his death on the cross.

Father Hiên was ordained in 1974 by Bishop Peter Mary Pham Ngoc Chi. He arrived in the Spokane Diocese in 1977 and served in several parishes before his retirement in 2012. He continues to give retreats and minister with Vietnamese Catholics around the United States.

For information and registration about these and other IHRC events, visit the web site – – or call (509) 448-1224. IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.

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