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Jesuit to present Silent Day of Prayer on Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday, at IHRC

the Inland Register

(From the January 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

To launch Lent 2016, Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) offers a Silent Day of Prayer on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, presented by Jesuit Father Michael Maher.

Father Michael Maher SJ

The day is titled “Lent Seen through the Eyes of St. Ignatius.” The day will provide a clear focus for the spiritual life by means of various examinations of conscience.

The day begins with recitation of the rosary at 9 a.m. There will be two conferences, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to conclude. Cost is $38 per person, or $48 with the use of a private room.

• Dr. Jerry Sittser will be the presenter for February’s Coffee and Contemplation session, titled “God and Virtue or Self and Vice: Our Capacity to Reflect the Image of God” on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at IHRC.

When confronted by challenges, do we resist and become constricted and narrow, choosing self and perhaps sin, instead of the growth offered by God? Do we choose to love through the difficulty, thus becoming larger of spirit, with more capacity to engage in virtue?

The program is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. and includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10/person; advance registration is requested.

• IHRC is hosting a Lenten dinner/study program, under the direction of Deacon John Ruscheinsky, the Center’s director.

The program begins Wednesday, Feb. 17, and continues on the following Wednesdays, through March 16.

The series utilizes Bishop Robert Barron’s DVD series The Mystery of God: Who God is and Why He Matters. The evening begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the conference, which is scheduled to conclude by 8:30 p.m. Cost per person is $25 for each evening. Participants also should purchase the workbook in advance which accompanies the series.

• Marriage is the focus of an Evening of Prayer set for Tuesday, March 1, from 5-8:30 p.m. at IHRC.

Father Jeff Lewis, pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Springdale, and Valley, and St. Joseph Mission at Jump-Off, will present “Suffering and Self-Sacrifice in Marriage: What the Wedding Feast at Cana and Christ on the Cross Can Teach Us about Holy Matrimony.”

Unlike civil contracts, which often are a 50/50 proposition, the covenant of matrimony is a 100 percent/100 percent agreement: each party must be fully committed to living out the sacrament in self-sacrifice. At Cana and on the Cross, Jesus models self-sacrifice, and married couples who embrace this holy model can enjoy a rejuvenated marital bliss full of new vigor and blessed joy.

The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and two conferences. The evening concludes with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Cost is $38/person, or $48 with use of a private room.

For registration and information about these and other IHRC programs, call (509) 448-1224, or visit the web site:

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