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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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IHRC hosts full slate of Advent-related opportunities

the Inland Register

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

The Advent season brings a number of opportunities for spiritual growth at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC).

• On Wednesday, Dec. 3, Father David Kuttner (right) will present a Day of Prayer titled “Journey to Christmas,” from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Father Kuttner is the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Tekoa and St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Oakesdale. He also serves as priest in residence and as a spiritual director at IHRC.

Preparing for Christmas and the new liturgical year with a peaceful, gentle day, taking time to contemplate Christ’s Incarnation and the human journey to Bethlehem

The Day of Prayer begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. The schedule also includes two conferences, lunch, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass. The Day of Prayer will close with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Cost is $35 per person, includes lunch, or $45, which also includes use of a private room for the day.

• IHRC hosts its semi-annual Serenity 12-Step Retreat Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7.

This year’s retreat is titled “The Pool of Serenity: Immersion in the Serenity Prayer,” and is under the leadership of Benedictine Sister Julie Wokasch.

Prayer envelopes a person in a similar way as water does. When individuals allow themselves to be engulfed by deep prayer and meditation, the calming and soothing power of connection with one’s Higher Being is a profound blessing. The Serenity Prayer in all its power and peace beckons this December.

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

• “The Gift of Wait Time” is the topic of “Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 17, beginning at 9 a.m.

Scheduled speaker is Carolyn Terry, an Episcopal missionary in the Philippines for five years. She also spent 50 years as a religious and public educator, and cultivates Celtic Christianity in the tradition of John Philip Newell and James Adams.

How do people learn the value of waiting in the midst of a fast-service culture? During the period leading up to the celebration of the Birth of Christ, Advent presents the gift of “wait time.”

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

• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s Advent Weekend Retreat, titled “Walking with Mary through the Advent Season,” will take place the weekend of Dec. 19-21. Leading this year’s retreat will be Jesuit Father Armand Nigro and Sister Sharon Bongiorno (right) of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

The retreat consists of guided sessions on the mysteries of the season of Christmas, especially as revealed through the work of God in relation to Mary.

Father Nigro and Sister Sharon will conduct private spiritual direction, along with the celebration of the sacraments, Eucharistic adoration, and quiet time for contemplation, writing, thinking, meditation, and prayer.

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

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

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