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IHRC’s January Day of Prayer to focus on afterlife

the Inland Register

(From the December 18, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center’s Advent Weekend Retreat, titled “Walking with Mary through the Advent Season,” is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Dec. 19-21.

Father Armand Nigro (IR file photo)

The retreat will be led by Jesuit Father Armand Nigro and Sister Sharon Bongiorno of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

The weekend will consist 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. There will be celebrations of the sacraments, Eucharistic adoration, and quiet time for contemplation, writing, thinking, meditation, and prayer.

Sister Sharon Bongiorno FSPA

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

• On Wednesday, Jan. 14, John Fencik, associate director of Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Spokane, will present a day of prayer at IHRC titled “Afterlife 101: What Happens When Our Earthly Pilgrimage Ends?”

The day is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It begins with recitation of the rosary, includes two conferences and lunch, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and celebration of Mass. The day concludes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Death is mysterious, yet it is also a reality that faces every human being. Fencik will help participants ponder the “active” life of heaven, the joy of seeing the Lord, and deepen awareness of Christian beliefs.

Fencik holds a master of divinity and master of arts degrees in Biblical studies.

Cost is $35 per person, which includes lunch; cost is $45 with use of a private room for the day. Advance registration is requested.

• IHRC’s Coffee and Contemplation series for 2015, a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations, begins Wednesday, Jan. 21, with a discussion under the leadership of Jerry Sittser Ph.D.: “Water from a Deep Well: Four Christian Practices from the History of Christianity.” Spiritual thirst can be satisfied through the practice of reflective prayer.

Dr. Sittser grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich. He holds a master of divinity and a doctorate from the University of Chicago in the history of Christianity. He is a full professor in the theology department of Whitworth University in Spokane, where he has taught since 1989.

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

Father Mitch Pacwa SJ

• The weekend of Jan. 23-25 will see IHRC welcoming Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa for a weekend retreat titled “How to Listen When God is Speaking: A Guide for Modern-Day Catholics.”

How does one listen as God speaks to hearts, minds and wills, especially above the noise and stress of the modern world? What is the process of discerning God’s Will?

Father Pacwa confronts modern-day assumptions that can prevent openness to God’s will, and emphasizes ways to develop a life of prayer that will nourish an authentic relationship with the Lord.

Father Pacwa is a long-time contributor to EWTN TV and radio programming, as well as the author of several works on spirituality.

Cost for the weekend retreat is $235 per person, $410/couple. Advance registration is recommended.

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

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