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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
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Immaculate Heart programs this month include ‘Medicine Wheel: Christ and Our Land’

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 18, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) will host a Native American Day of Reflection titled “The Medicine Wheel: Christ and Our Land” on Wednesday, Sept. 24, led by Catherine Swan Reimer, who is of Inupiat Eskimo heritage.

The day will focus on developing balance, in the reflective spirit, to understand the Christian Medicine Wheel, which is modeled from the Alaskan Medicine Wheel. Participants will evaluate their walk with Christ in an atmosphere of teaching and reflection, utilizing Scripture as well.

The Day of Reflection includes two conferences and lunch. Cost is $35 per person, or $45 with the use of a private room.

• A two-part series of dinner/learning events will address Islam, under the direction of Father Patrick Baraza (left), on Tuesdays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 28. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.; the conferences end by 8:30 p.m.

The evenings begin with dinner, followed by two conferences and discussion time.

Father Baraza was born and raised in Kenya. He attended the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, then the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) there for his doctoral studies, becoming the first person ever to earn a doctoral degree in Islam Studies from GTU.

September’s topic is “Islam I: Arabia and Islam,” and in October, the topic is “Islam II: Islam, Arabia and the World.” Cost is $30 per person.

• Wednesday, Oct. 1, is diocesan Mary Day at IHRC, beginning at 10 a.m. with Mass, celebrated by Bishop Cupich, and concludes at 11:30 a.m. The morning ceremony commemorates IHRC’s 55th anniversary and carries forward the tradition of reciting the Living Rosary and the crowning of Our Lady of Fatima.

The theme for this year’s Mary Day activities is “Praying for Peace in Our World.” The event, sponsored in part by Queen of Peace Cemetery, is free and open to the public.

Activities begin with a procession around the Rosary Garden located in the Queen of Peace Cemetery adjacent to the Retreat Center. Bishop Cupich will renew the diocesan consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and students from Spokane-area Catholic schools will present the Living Rosary, followed by the crowning of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Other participants include clergy, students at Bishop White seminary, the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Color Corps, and the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church.

• Coffee and Contemplation, a series of spiritual discussions and prayer for people of all denominations, continues Wednesday, Oct. 15, with “Our Unconditionally Loving God,” presented by Jesuit Father Armand Nigro.

Like the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), God shows himself to be the always benevolent, never-ending, and absolutely loving Parent.

Father Nigro has been a priest for nearly 60 years. He was born and raised in Spokane and ordained to the priesthood in 1956. He received his doctorate at the Gregorian University, Rome, in 1963, and taught at Seattle University and then Gonzaga University for 40 years. He also served as a missionary in Africa and in Alaska, and is a long-time spiritual director and retreat master.

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

• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will host a Day of Prayer on the topic of angels, titled “Protectors, Friends, Guardians, Guides,” led by Sister Mary Eucharista Mazurik of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9: a.m.-3 p.m.

Learn how Scripture and Tradition hold a wealth of information that will assist in building a relationship with them. Included in this event are helpful stories, prayers, and practices.

Sister Mary Eucharista, IHRC’s program manager, has a background of teaching and instruction in the Faith, as well as spiritual direction, teen counseling, Sodality, formation, and directing retreats.

The Day of Prayer begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. and includes two conferences, lunch, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass. The day closes with Adoration.

Cost is $35 per person (or $45 with use of a private room for the day. Both prices include lunch).

• IHRC’s annual “Hope-Peace-Healing” fundraising event takes the theme “Let the Spirit Work in You: The Power of Retreat Ministry” for this year’s presentations on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Keynote speaker is Bishop Carlos A. Sevilla SJ (right), bishop emeritus of the Yakima Diocese.

Two sessions are scheduled: 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30–2:30 p.m.

“Hope, Peace, and Healing” is designed to directly engage guests in supporting IHRC’s retreat ministries. In addition to keynote talks by Bishop Sevilla, the program also will feature short talks by Bishop Blase Cupich of the Spokane Diocese and Deacon John Ruscheinsky, director of IHRC. Attendees will hear about the power of retreat ministry and learn how they can support IHRC’s mission and programs. The event, which is free, will include a light meal. Participants will be invited to consider making a gift.

For information or reservations for these and other IHRC programs, visit the web site – – or call (509) 448-1224.

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

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