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IHRC schedule includes events for New Evangelization, rosary

the Inland Register

(From the September 17, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) will host the first evening of a dinner series on the Reformation, titled “Reformation I: State of the Church prior to the Reformation / Immediate Causes of the Reformation (Religious and Political)” led by Jesuit Father Michael Maher on Monday, Sept. 28. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the conferences end by 8:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.

The historical landscape and growing culture of the Renaissance provided the perfect storm for the brewing of what became the event of the Reformation. Father Maher of Gonzaga University’s history department provides an exciting and captivating expose of what occurred behind the scenes in Church history at this important juncture.

• On Wednesday, Sept. 30, IHRC will host a Day of Prayer on the New Evangelization: “What is it, and how do I do it? Joyful Ways to Know, Love and Serve,” led by Sister Mary Eucharista Mazurik of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The day will focus on “using the tools for joyful evangelization.”

Sister Mary Eucharista is a spiritual director as well as IHRC’s programming manager.

The day begins with recitation of the rosary. It includes two conferences, lunch, opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass. The day closes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Cost: $37 per person, which includes lunch; $47 with use of a private room for the day. Please register in advance.

• A silent day of prayer focused on the rosary will take place at IHRC on Wednesday, Oct. 14, under the leadership of Deacon John Ruscheinsky.

The day is titled “The Mysteries of our Lives” and is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Praying the rosary is an encounter with the mysteries of Christ’s life, death and Resurrection. It has a solid footing in Scripture and Tradition, the two pillars of belief in the Catholic Faith. Lives are enriched with this encouraging and grace-filled exercise that can be prayed anywhere at any time.

Deacon Ruscheinsky is IHRC’s director as well as a spiritual director.

As with other IHRC days of prayer, the day begins with recitation of the rosary. It includes two conferences, lunch, opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass. The day closes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Cost: $37 per person, which includes lunch; $47 with use of a private room for the day. Please register in advance.

• “Coffee and Contemplation,” IHRC’s spiritual discussion and prayer event series for people of all denominations, continues on Wednesday, Oct. 21, with Rev. Mark Sandford of Elijah House ministries.

The topic will be “‘Nous’: Heart and Mind.” The Greek word “nous” is known from earliest philosophy as the faculty of understanding that which is true or real, oftentimes known as “intuition.” Accessing “nous” can improve the spiritual journey.

Rev. Sandford received his BA from Boise State University in 1978 and his MDiv in counseling from Denver Theological Seminary in 1985. After graduation, he served briefly as an intern prayer minister with Elijah House, then did prayer ministry in Leesburg, Florida, for over three years. Mark joined the Elijah House staff in 1989. In 2005 he became spiritual director of Elijah House.

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

• A Byzantine Healing Retreat for Men and Women titled“Transfigured by Grace: The Healing Power of Christ’s Unconditional Love” will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 23-25 at IHRC. Directing the retreat will be Father Joseph Marquis of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, Ohio.

The weekend begins on Friday with registration at 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. after lunch.

Father Joseph will discuss six aspects of Christ’s ministry of healing: the healing power of Christ’s illuminating presence, the power of his Holy Name, his ineffable beauty, infinite mercy, the gift of hope, and unconditional, steadfast love. Father will celebrate the Byzantine liturgy with full ceremony at Sunday Mass.

In addition to his retreat ministry, Father Joseph is pastor of Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church, Livonia, Mich. Father Joseph received his Master of Divinity Degree from Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich. For five years, he also served as a member of the retreat staff at St. Paul of the Cross (Passionist) Retreat Center, Detroit, Mich. He still occasionally conducts retreats for laity and religious alike, and is often invited to speak on iconology and Eastern spirituality.

Cost of the retreat is $192 per person; $294 for couples overnight with meals; commuters, $107.

• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center will host its annual “Hope Peace Healing” fundraising event, “God will reveal Himself to you … Retreat Ministry” in the Georgian Grand Ballroom of the Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. A light brunch will be served. Free parking is available at the parking lot of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, or at the Spokane Club’s parking garage on Madison.

The keynote speaker will be Jesuit Father Craig Hightower. The program will also feature an inspirational talk by the Spokane Diocese’s Bishop Thomas Daly, on the importance of retreat ministry for the diocese. Deacon John Ruscheinsky, Director of Immaculate Heart, will also speak.

Included in the program will be viewing of a new video on IHRC’s ministry and testimonials about the power of retreat ministry.

The annual event is designed to engage those who attend to support the retreat apostolate with gifts or pledges.

There is no cost to attend this event. Please make reservations in advance.

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


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