Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

IHRC brings back Mother’s Day brunch, Serenity Retreat

the Inland Register

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

On Sunday, May 11, Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) joins the nation in a celebration of Mother’s Day 2014, giving special honor to mothers, grandmothers, and other special women, with the 11th Annual Champagne Brunch.

The menu includes a range of buffet items, including carved ham and roast beef, breakfast burritos, French toast, a variety of salads, fresh seasonal fruit, assorted cheeses, fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and muffins, and house-made desserts, including carrot and chocolate cakes, bread pudding with rum sauce, and chocolate mousse cake. Students from the Inland Northwest Culinary Arts Program will prepare omelets to order. Plenty of seating will be available.

In addition to brunch, Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. in IHRC’s main chapel, followed by a May crowning of the Blessed Mother.

Cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children age 6-12 at the door. Event proceeds support Immaculate Heart’s retreat ministries.

• “Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations, continues Tuesday, May 21, with a presentation by Rev. Janeen Steer, Campus Minister at Gonzaga University.

The Topic will be “Living in the now and not yet.” The American church is experiencing seismic shifts in modern American culture. Rev. Steer will explore what it means to be a Christian in the changing modern American religious landscape, and how Jesus can lead the way.

Rev. Steer is in her third year as a campus minister at Gonzaga University. She received two masters’ degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.

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

• IHRC’s semi-annual Serenity Twelve-Step Retreat is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, May 30-June 1. The retreat is titled “Using the Steps to Become Whole-y (Matt Talbot Retreat),” and will be conducted by Diane Butcher, Chaplain.

A Matt Talbot retreat offers an opportunity for recovering addicts to seek a stronger spiritual experience and enhance their sober way of life.

The 12 Steps teach how to have a relationship with a Higher Power once past Step One: Powerlessness. Steps Two and Three, Recovery (mind and spirit) provide the Spiritual Tools to practice and succeed at being able to establish relationships – the very thing addicts have trouble accomplishing.

Through humor and personal story, Chaplain Diane Butcher will share her own experience, strength, and hope, using the gifts of the Steps to do so.

Past participants as well as newcomers are welcome.

The weekend begins after dinner on Friday at 6 p.m. and extends through lunch on Sunday. Retreat cost is $185 for singles, $280 for couples, and $100 for commuters. Some financial assistance is available.

• On June 7, IHRC offers a day of prayer titled “Preparing for Eternal Life: A Day of Prayer on End of Life Concerns,” from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The day will provide spiritual and practical knowledge needed to make funeral plans appropriate for the end of life of a faithful Catholic.

Information will be presented by Jim Falkner of Catholic Cemeteries and Funeral Services, Father Stan Malnar MD, Deacon John Ruscheinsky, and Kellie Durgan RN.

The day will include four conferences:

Conference 1: Theological Background: Catholic Belief, Traditions and Practices, Liturgical Celebrations.
Conference 2: The Possibilities: Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Home Trends/ Catholic Cemetery Ministry.
Conference 3: Living and Dying Well: Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual Care, and Being a Companion to the Dying.
Conference 4: Practical Planning for the Final Farewell: Medical Directives/Estate Planning/ Pre-Need Planning.

The day begins at 10 a.m. and, besides the conferences, includes lunch, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass.

Cost is $35 per person ($45 with private room). Please register in advance.

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd., Spokane. For more information, or to register, call (509) 448-1224, or visit the web site:

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