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Popular EWTN TV host to lead January retreat at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the October 16, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Patrick Baraza (left), pastor of St. Ann Parish, Spokane, and a faculty member of Gonzaga University, will present the second in a series of two talks in Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s “Dinner Series on Islam” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The event, “Islam II: Islam, Arabia, and the World,” begins with dinner, followed by two presentations and opportunities for discussion after each presentation.

Father Baraza was born and raised in Kenya. He worked among the Pokot nomads for eight years, getting to know the heart of Islam in his homeland.

He attended the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, then the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at Berkeley for his doctoral studies, becoming the first person ever to earn a doctoral degree in Islam Studies from GTU.

Cost is $30 per person.

• On Wednesday, Nov. 5, Immaculate Heart (IHRC) will host a Vietnam Veterans Day of Prayer titled “Walking Wounded with the Resurrected Christ,” under the direction of Father Joachim Hiên, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Father Hiên will speak about the deep suffering in trauma and the hope and light possible for the wounded warrior in the “Passion and Resurrected Power of Jesus.”

Father Hiên, one of the “Boat People” who came to the United States for refuge, saw first-hand the ravages of the Vietnam War – on his own people and on the soldiers.

The Day of Prayer begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m., followed by two conferences, lunch, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass. The with close with Adoration of the Eucharist. Cost is $35 per person, which includes lunch; $45 includes use of a private room for the day.

• IHRC offers a weekend grief retreat Friday-Sunday, Nov. 14-16, titled “Life after Loss.”

Leading the retreat will be Lori DeRoche, a registered nurse and educator with certification in grief recovery from the Grief Recovery Institute.

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

Although grief is a normal and natural reaction to a loss, it is one of the most misunderstood experiences. Aspects of grief might include dealing with the death of a loved one, including a pet; end of marital relationships; major health issues; miscarriage; major financial challenges.

• Benedictine Sister Julie Wokasch returns to IHRC in December to lead a Serenity 12-Step Retreat titled “The Pool of Serenity: Immersion in the Serenity Prayer” Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7.

As does water, prayer envelopes a person. Deep prayer and meditation can bring about the calming and soothing power of connection with one’s Higher Being that is a profound blessing.

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

• Come January, IHRC will welcome Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa (right) for a weekend retreat titled “How to Listen When God is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics” on Friday-Sunday, Jan. 23-25.

Father Pacwa is a popular EWTN-TV host and commentator, as well as an author and linguist.

How can people learn to listen to God with their hearts, minds, and wills, within and above the noise and stress of modern life? What is the process of discerning God’s Will?

Father Pacwa will discuss assumptions that can prevent being open to God’s will, while emphasizing the many ways a life of prayer nourishes an authentic relationship with God.

Cost for the retreat is $235 per person and $435 per couple.

For registration or more information about these and other IHRC programs, call 448-1224, or visit the web site: www.ihrc.net. IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane.


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