Thursday, 15 December 2011 13:13
Second ‘After the Gift’ retreat scheduled
Next birthmom retreat set for Feb. 3-5
Because of the success of the recent After the Gift retreat for birthmothers, another is being scheduled for February at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Bonnie Toombs, director of the diocesan Respect Life and Social Justice office, said some of the women who attended the retreat in September had been waiting years for a chance to openly talk about their experience and pain of placing their child for adoption.
“All of those attending left feeling supported by the new connections made with other women, and they left with a renewed sense of support from the diocese,” she said.
Cheryl, a participant in the weekend retreat, said she had prayed for such an event for years so that she could meet other women who had made similar sacrifices.
“We were all able to share our stories of placing our children for adoption – I was amazed that we all had similar feelings deep within,” she said. “This retreat helped me with the grief that has been in my life. It was great to know that there are people, including the diocese, that recognized the pain and sacrifice that a birthmom goes through and are willing to help support us – not only through the grief – but also to help us in spiritual ways.”
Cheryl added that God creates life and that the birthmothers who attended the retreat chose life for their children and adoption as the best choice for their babies.
In addition to sharing their stories, the weekend gave birthmothers an opportunity to work with a professional counselor from Catholic Charities, and find support as they move forward in their journey.
The next After the Gift retreat is scheduled for Feb. 3-5 at the Spiritual Life Center. Those interested may contact Bonnie Toombs at (316) 269-3935 or at
“If you are a Birthmom and feel you need to talk with another Birthmom or a counselor before the February weekend please call the above number,” Toombs said. “We are here to help support you.”
Fall and winter retreats scheduled at the SLC
WICHITA – The Spiritual Life Center is offering a number of retreats designed for individuals and small groups in the next few months. Here is the schedule:
Dec. 30-Jan. 1
Ring in the new year prayerfully with a New Year’s Retreat: The Parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark
“Ignatius Prayer and meditation” A wonderful way of thinking, praying, and recognizing God in everything and moment.
“The Seven Petitions of the Our Father.” The one prayer Jesus Himself taught us. Understand its meaning and implications.
Space is limited
Space for the retreats is limited to 10 to 15 rooms. The only cost of the weekend is $30 for meals.
A free-will offering of $40 per night is suggested.
For reservations contact Kristi (316) 744-0167 or go to www.slcwichita.org for more information or to make a reservation. The Spiritual Life Retreat Center is located at 7100 E. 45 St. N. in Wichita.
SLC to host Holy Family Memorial Mass on first Wednesdays
A Mass will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Spiritual Life Center as part of the perpetual memorial associated with The Holy Family Special Needs Foundation.
Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke, priest moderator to the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, will offer the Mass.
All families who contributed to the memorial in memory of their loved ones are invited to attend. Lunch is available after Mass for a fee of $7.50. If you would like to eat lunch, please call 744-0167.