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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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‘Balancing lives’ was theme of Chewelah parish’s women’s retreat

the Inland Register

(From the April 17, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Catherine Reimer’s presentation on the “Christian Medicine Wheel” was a centerpiece of a women’s mini-retreat at St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah. (IR photo courtesy of Barbara Adams)

“Balancing Our Lives with the Christian Medicine Wheel,” a holistic approach to entering into the spirit of Lent, was the theme for a woman’s mini-retreat held at St. Mary of the Rosary Church in Chewelah, Wash., on March 7 and 8. Thirty-five women attended the retreat.

The retreat was led by Catherine Reimer, who gave an overview of the Native American and Christian Medicine Wheels.

Father Jeff Lewis, the pastor of St. Mary, spoke on the value of having a spiritual director. Janet Goulet and Virginia Turpin explored the “mind” aspect of the Christian Medicine Wheel with Scripture reading, sharing personal experiences, and song.

Brenda St. John, an instructor of Christian yoga, taught breathing and meditation exercises.

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary Toeckes and Margaret Rutherford shared personal stories regarding emotions and the heart, with prayers and highlights of saints.

Mary Bingaman and Barbara Adams presented the social importance of the Wheel’s balance in relationship to building community and enhancing the church’s life as a family.

Sarah Haden and Karin Grim introduced and explained the Lectio Divina as it represents a method of prayer and Scripture reading intended to promote communion with God and provide special spiritual insight.

Serving, sharing and loving the Lord bonded the retreat experience with joy and a deepened faith.

(Reimer is available for presentations on the Christian Medicine wheel; call (509) 935-0928.)


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