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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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‘Book of Revelations and the Afterlife’ among IHRC’s November offerings

the Inland Register

(From the October 15, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC), Spokane, will host the second evening of a two-part dinner series on the Reformation, led by Jesuit Father Michael Maher on Tuesday, Oct. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Cost is $30/person.

The second section and wrap-up of the series looks into solutions to the problems in the Church as seen by various reformers, and the counter-reform of the Church with solutions from the perspective of the Catholic Church. The evening is scheduled to conclude by 8:30 p.m.

• IHRC will host a Silent Day of Prayer titled “The Book of Revelations and the Afterlife: The Second Coming and Our Earthly Spiritual Journey,” presented by John Fencik on Thursday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The first-century Christian disciples had a unique perspective on death and the Second Coming. Their understanding of these “events” evolved in the Apostolic age, which ended around 100 A.D. How should their understanding influence that of today? The readings at the end of the liturgical year focus attention on death, the afterlife, and the believer’s baptism into the Death and Resurrection of Christ.

Fencik, Director of Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services in Spokane, holds degrees from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and Fordham University. He was the Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Helena which includes responsibility for Religious Education and Adult Faith Formation Programs, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Program for Lay Ministry Formation, Legendary Lodge Summer Camp, and served as the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer.

The Silent Day of Prayer begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. It includes two conferences, lunch, the sacrament of Reconciliation, and Mass. The day concludes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Cost is $37/person, which includes lunch ($47 with use of a private room for the day).

• IHRC’s annual “Hope Peace Healing” fundraising event has been scheduled for the Spokane Club’s Georgian Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The theme of this year’s event is “God Will Reveal Himself to You … Retreat Ministry.” The Spokane Club is located at 1002 W. Riverside Ave. in downtown Spokane.

Among the speakers will be Bishop Thomas Daly, on the importance of retreat ministry in the diocese, and Jesuit Father C. Hightower. A new promotional video will be shown, and there will also be testimonials to the power of retreat ministry.

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

A light brunch will be served. Free parking is available at the parking lot of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, or at the Spokane Club’s parking garage on Madison.

There is no cost to attend; please make reservations in advance.

• A mid-week knitting/crochet retreat titled “Knit Together in Prayer” will be led next month by IHRC staff member Sandy Krause and Sister Christiana Marie Rene of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church.

The retreat begins on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. and concludes Thursday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m.

Knitters, crocheters, or other handworkers are invited to participate and explore the connection between the creative act and a life of prayer. Retreatants will be working on hats and/or mittens that will be donated to the women and children at St. Margaret’s Shelter. Cost is $192 person/$107 commuters.

• “Coffee and Contemplation,” a spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations continues on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9-11 a.m., with Heather Berndt presenting “Soul Collage® as Spiritual Practice.”

The workshop combines the transformative process of Soul Collage® with prayer and creativity. Through the use of image, intuition and imagination, participants will create a 5x8 collage and discover how listening to the symbols of the soul can guide towards a deeper connection with the creator within. All supplies provided; beginners are welcome.

The program includes warm beverages and rolls; cost is $10 per session. Advance reservations are requested.

For information and registration for these and other IHRC 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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