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Embrace Advent at IHRC next month

the Inland Register

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

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) has a busy schedule of opportunities to embrace the Advent season in the days before Christmas.

• IHRC will host a Silent Advent Day of Prayer led by Bishop Thomas Daly on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The title of the day of prayer is “Mary, Model of Profound Trust.”

Mary opens the door for us in her trust of God’s Will when challenged to change her plans at the Annunciation. Her words – “Be it done unto me according to thy word” – are a matching bookend to the words her Son spoke in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Not my will, but thine be done!”

Celebrate the Advent season with a special day of prayer as the Church begins its new liturgical year and awaits the birth of Jesus.

The 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 per person, which includes lunch, or $47 with use of a private room for the day. Please register in advance.

• IHRC’s Advent Weekend Retreat, titled “Christ, the Life of the Soul,” will be held Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4-6, under the direction of Father Curtis Seidel (right).

The universe changed when an angel declared unto Mary and she conceived by the Holy Spirit. As the Church prepares to welcome Christ during this advent season, this retreat offers an opportunity to step back and re-experience the way in which Christ’s life is the very source of life itself.

Father Seidel was born in Billings, Mont., where he graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School. At Gonzaga University, he completed his undergraduate work with a double major in philosophy and classical studies.

He then completed his priestly formation at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor in sacred theology degree. He is in the process of completing a licentiate in sacred theology, concentrating on systematic theology. He now serves as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and particularly enjoys working with Young Adult Ministry.

The weekend begins after 6 p.m. registration on Friday and extends through lunch on Sunday. Retreat cost is $192 for singles or $294 for couples, and $107 for commuters; financial assistance is available. Early registration is recommended.

• “Cocoa and Contemplation,” for kids, parents and grandparents, is set for Wednesday, Dec. 16, with the topic “How St. Nicholas became Santa Claus.” A spiritual discussion and prayer event for people of all denominations will be under the leadership of Deacon Tom Heavey (left).

The jolly magical Christmas figure known as Santa Claus has a basis in the life of a real saint, carried down through history. Bring children and grandchildren to a special “Cocoa and Contemplation” with St. Nicholas. In addition to the usual treats enjoyed at “Coffee and Contemplation” sessions, the Dec. 16 gathering will feature special cookies, games, projects, talks with St. Nicolas, prayer time and, of course, an opportunity talk and have a photo taken with St. Nick himself.

The program runs from 9-11 a.m. Cost is $10 per person; children under the age of 7 are free. Advance reservations are requested.

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


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