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Bishop Skylstad to lead Holy Week retreats at IHRC this year

the Inland Register

(From the February 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Spokane’s Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) will host the second evening of a dinner series on the topic “Evidence for God from Physics,” led by Bishop William Skylstad, on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The evening begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m.; conferences end by 8:30 p.m.

Bishop William Skylstad will present Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer’s video presentations on arguments from reason on God’s existence, using contemporary proofs from new findings in cosmology. There will be a Q&A over dessert and coffee.

The topic for February is “In the Beginning II: Is there Evidence of Fine-tuning, Design, and Intelligence in the Universe? Physics, Evolution, and the Bible.” Cost is $30 per person.

Bishop Skylstad is the retired bishop of the Spokane Diocese. Father Spitzer is the former president of Gonzaga University.

• IHRC will host a day of reflection for Alzheimer and Dementia Caregivers on Wednesday, March 4. The day is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Speakers for the event are P.J. Christo of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Oscar Haupt, manager of Providence Adult Day Health.

The day is titled “Understanding and Normalizing Dementia Care Giving.” The presenters will describe the basics of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. The day will include two conferences, discussions, and lunch. Cost is $15 per person. Certificates of Attendance are available.

• Father David Kuttner (right) will present an evening of prayer titled “The Paschal Mystery: I Thirst” on Tuesday, March 10, from 5-8:30 p.m.

The Gospel of John records Jesus speaking the words “I thirst” from the Cross. Jesus calls his followers to accompany him in his thirst for souls and for relationship with him.

Father Kuttner is the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Tekoa and St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oakesdale. He also serves as a spiritual director at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane.

The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m. and includes two conferences and dinner. Cost is $35 per person.

• Andi McGoran will lead a presentation on Taizé prayer on Wednesday, March 18, as part of IHRC’s “Coffee and Contemplation” series.

The topic will be “Taizé Prayer: An Invitation to Intimacy.” McGoran has been a Taizé pilgrim four times, including meeting the head of the Taizé community, Brother Roger. She is a retired high school teacher and for the last three years has given spiritual direction.

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

• Father Jeff Lewis (left), pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Springdale, Valley, and Jump Off, will lead a day of prayer titled “Mary, Model of Perfect Discipleship” on Wednesday, March 25, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Father Lewis will explore the Gospel scenes of the Annunciation, the Visitation, and the Nativity. Participants will learn from Mary how to recognize God’s will (discernment) and how to cooperate with the grace of God to bring that will to fulfillment in life (discipleship).

The day begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. and will include two conferences, lunch, the sacrament of reconciliation, and the celebration of Mass. The day concludes with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Cost is $35 per person ($45 with use of a private room for the day). Please register in advance.

• Bishop Skylstad will return to IHRC to lead separate Holy Week retreats for men and women, March 30-April 4.

The Women’s Retreat begins with registration at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, and concludes Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. The Men’s Retreat will begin on Thursday, April 2, with registration at 4:30, and conclude Saturday, April 4, at 1 p.m. Cost $190 person, and $115 for commuters. Retreatants who bring someone with them who has never been on an IHRC retreat will find the cost of their Holy Week retreat reduced to $95 per person.

The theme of this year’s retreats is “Going to the Heart of Jesus, an Observatory.” From the heart of Jesus, believers know his love; the Kingdom of God is viewed through the lens of faith. Together with Bishop Skylstad, retreatants will reflect on the light of Christ’s love, and in this world of cross and joy, will search out ever more fully the meaning of the Divine Presence.

IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. in Spokane. Registration and information are available by calling (509) 448-1224 or by emailing IHRC’s web site address is

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