Spiritual Life Center events

Ministry of Consolation training Jan. 22-23 at the SLC
“A Walk Together” Jan. 22-23 offers tools and resources to comfort those who mourn
A special Ministry of Consolation Training Program entitled “A Walk Together” being offered at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita Jan. 22-23, is the only faith-based resource of its kind. This gift to the Church gives flesh to the words of Jesus found in Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they who mourn; for they shall be consoled.”
“To come alongside some in their deep pain of grief and sorrow is a privilege,” explains Brian Shaffer of Columbus, Ohio, a trained Minister of Consolation, Certified Pastoral Bereavement Specialist and Certified Grief Counselor with the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved (NCMB) who will help present the workshop. “Through the Ministry of Consolation, we seek to become equipped and commissioned with tools and resources to be Christ’s hands, feet, eyes, and mostly importantly his ears, as we too walk with others on their journey of grief.”
Shaffer says that each training session he presents as he travels the country is a unique experience. “We learn what to say, and perhaps more importantly, what NOT to say as we learn how to bring comfort to those touched by the death of a loved one. We draw upon the Wisdom of Mother Church and each other. Be prepared for new insights into your parish-based Ministry of Consolation and how you can compliment and support your pastor.”
Shaffer will be joined by Jason R. Lewis, who serves as Director of Bereavement and Older Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Cleveland in the Catholic Charities Health and Human Services System. These professionals will draw upon their own training in the psychological sciences, but also upon their own experiences—and those who come—in bringing comfort to those touched by the loss of death of a loved one.    
The training is made possible through the sponsorship of Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Wichita and DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary of Wichita. The workshop begins with an opening session on Friday, Jan. 22 from 7-9 p.m., and continues Saturday with sessions from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop concludes with Mass and a Commissioning Ceremony at the center.
Registration now underway
Registration is now underway and can be made online at www.SLCWichita.org, (click on Calendar of Events), or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167.
The fee for the program is $65 (if paid on or before January 11) or $75, and includes a special training manual, materials, as well as a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Overnight guests, add $38.25. Financial aid is available based on need. Final registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Bishop Jackels to present ‘Rediscovering Confession’ talk Feb. 15 at SLC, Wichita
Registration now available for Feb. 15 special event
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, commonly referred to as Confession, seems never too far from the heart and mind of Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.  It is also near to the heart and mind of Bishop Michael Jackels who will offer an evening lecture and reflection at the Spiritual Life Center on the Sacrament of Reconciliation entitled: “Rediscovering Confession,” on Monday, Feb. 15 from 7-9 p.m.
As prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during the pontificate of John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger presented to the world and commented upon the apostolic letter “Misericordia Dei” (God´s Mercy), urging Catholics to make use of this wonderful sacrament of forgiveness and healing. 
More recently as Pope Benedict, he reflected that it is in “the Sacrament of Penance Christ crucified and risen, through his ministers, purifies us with his infinite mercy, restores us to communion with the heavenly Father and our brothers, and makes a gift of his love, joy and peace to us.“
Bishop Jackels has also written and talked extensively about the spiritual and practical aspects of Confession. He released a pastoral letter about this sacrament that can be viewed on the diocesan web site www.cdowk.org, or on the Spiritual Life Center web site www.SLCWichita.org (click on “calendar of events,” then Bishop’s event information about Confession).
All are welcomed and encouraged to join Bishop Jackels at the Spiritual Life Center for this timely and special evening held in the days before Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent. 
Cost only $10
The cost of the evening is $10 and registration is available online at www.SLCWichita.org, or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167. Please register early—seating will be limited.

“Sin is what puts distance between the believer and God, and it’s the Sacrament of Confession that brings the two back together.”
-Pope Benedict XVI

“It’s not easy to go to Confession.”
-Bishop Michael O. Jackels


Monsignor Carr to present series on ‘The Epistles of Saint Paul’ in February
Registration for three-part series now available online
Saint Paul did not have texting or Twitter or a Facebook page or even e-mail! He kept in touch with churches by sending representatives or by writing letters--or both. Usually, the letters reflect a problem in the local Church which he needs to solve. In solving problems, he often brings in profound insights into doctrine and morals.
Some people question the “authenticity” of some of Paul’s letters, thinking that they were written by others or at a later time.
During a three-part series beginning Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Monsignor William M. Carr begins with an exploration of the letters of Saint Paul which all accept as authentic, tracing them in a time frame. The controversies and disputes will also be considered. Those attending are asked to bring a Bible!
Cost of three week series is only $25.
The cost of the series is $25 per person (discounted earlybird rate paid on or before Monday, Feb. 1) or $30. Final registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Register online at www.SLCWichita.org, or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167. Financial aid available based on need.

ME weekend Feb. 19 to 21 at the SLC
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is accepting reservations for the next Marriage Encounter weekend Feb. 19-21, at the Spiritual Life Center. The format of a Marriage Encounter weekend gives couples a chance to grow in their love for each other and renew their sacramental relationship. Register by calling Alex and Mary Ann at 682-2616 or visit wwmeks.org.

TEC planned for Feb. 20-22 at SLC
The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries will be sponsoring a Teens Encounter Christ weekend Feb. 20-22 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Although TEC weekends are designed for juniors and seniors in high school or recent graduates, they are also open to adults who work with youth in this age group.
The cost for a TEC retreat is $70, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging, and all materials.
Call the youth office at (316) 269-3930 or email walker@cdowk.org for an application or for questions. You can also go online to download an application at www.cdowk.org/offices/yyam/tec.htm and mail it to the Youth Office at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. The priority deadline for signing up is Jan. 18.
TEC involves teens encountering Christ in a way that many have never experienced before. On a TEC weekend, participants will have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the Sacraments.

Youth ministry workshop Jan. 10 at the SLC
An Orientation to Catholic Youth Ministry workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Spiritual Life Center.
The workshop, offered through the diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, is free and is designed to support and equip adults working with both middle school and high school age youth.
The workshop covers:
• The relationship between CYO and CYM
• How to attract and keep youth involved
• How to include parents and families
All adults working with youth in parishes and schools are welcomed to attend. Reservations are needed by Jan. 4. Call (316) 269-3930.