Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:23
Retreat for Mothers of Children with Disabilities April 6 at SLC
Dr. Nancy Thompson, a secular member of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, will lead a Retreat for Mothers of Children with Disabilities April 6.
The day of retreat, rest, reflection and renewal for mothers of children with a disability will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Spiritual Life Center. Mothers who have a child with a disability, regardless of type or severity, who are yearning for a day for spiritual nurturing are invited to attend.
Dr. Thompson, who holds a doctorate of ministry in applied ministries, shares a home and life with her adult son who has multiple disabilities and serious medical conditions. A retreat master, presenter, and author, Dr. Thompson currently serves as director of Programs and Diocesan Relations for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.
Free care will be provided during the day of retreat at Resurrection Catholic School for the child with a disability and siblings. The school is near the Spiritual Life Center.
A registration form is available on-line at www.CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org. Click on Offices and Ministries and then on Persons with Disabilities. Or call the ministry office at (316) 269-3900.
After the Gift Retreat planned for March 8-10
Statements made by those who have attended an After the Gift retreat include: “Realizing I’m not alone,” “An amazing blessing,” and “I am so grateful for the compassionate people who made it possible.”
The retreat, for birth moms who have placed children for adoption – recently or years ago – is a time for parents to come together to pray, share, and heal.
The next weekend retreat will be held March 8-10 at the Spiritual Life Center. Registration is open until March 1. Contact the Respect Life Social Justice Office for more information at (316) 269-3935 or visit www.respectlifesocialjustice.org.
Sins, virtues series begins Feb. 20 at SLC
The Spiritual Life Center is hosting an eight-week Lenten presentation concerning the Seven Deadly Sins. The DVD series by Fr. Robert Barron is based on Dante’s writings about the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice, and lust – spiritual blocks that inhibit our relationships with God and one another.
Father Barron also talks about how to counteract these seven sinful patterns through a conscious process of opposition, the Seven Lively Virtues, which are antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness. The eight-week series, facilitated by Donovan and Blair Bailey, will offer a chance for group discussion, prayer and opportunities for reflection.
“It was amazing to go through this series and really dive deeper into understanding the beauty of God’s plan for us. Even in our suffering from sin God is always calling us to a deeper relationship with Him,” Blair said.
“This series ties in well with Lent and guides you through an extended examination of conscience. ”
The course will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20, for eight Wednesdays. The dates are Feb. 20 and 27; March 6, 13, 20, and 27; and April 3 and 10. The cost is $30 which includes a workbook. To register, call (316) 744-0167 or visit www.slcwichita.org.