Twelve Step Journey begins anew at the SLC Thursday
‘Adult Children’ from dysfunctional families encouraged to attend recovery program
A nationally-recognized program designed to help heal and renew adults who grew up in emotionally repressive or dysfunctional families —sometimes known as “adult children”— is being offered starting Sept. 25 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The Twelve Steps—A Spiritual Journey, is a seven-month program where participants meet for two hours a week with a team of trained facilitators. The goal of this Christ-centered, Scripture-based program is to restore the fruits of the Holy Spirit in one’s life, including joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith.
Pamela Cason, John Mertes, Rachel Hughey, and Steve Batt will facilitate the program.
“The Twelve Steps has been widely praised for its effectiveness and is based on the lessons of Scripture while emphasizing self-understanding and the unchanging love that God has for each of us,” Cason says.
Program facilitator John Mertes says the first three sessions typically involve participants getting to know the process and each other. The program is closed to new members after the first three meetings. ”Everything we discuss is held in the strictest confidence,” says Mertes. “As time goes on, a unique bond of trust develops in the group.”
The Twelve Steps is open to anyone who has experienced an incident or situation during his or her formative years resulting in emotional wounds that are not yet healed. This could include growing up in a household where there was physical or emotional abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, or some other dysfunction.
People who have gone through the program say that while it is sometimes painful to confront unresolved issues, the result is a rekindling of hope that things can and will get better in life and in the relationships they have today with other people.
There is also a growth and trust in their relationship with God. One foundation of the program is the sharing of personal stories, but also the knowledge that all information is held confidential within the confines of those participating.
The opening Twelve Step session is set for Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N., in Wichita. A total of 30 evening sessions will be offered over seven months. Morning sessions will also be offered from 10 a.m to noon beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1. For more information, call the center at (316) 744-0167. There is no cost for the program, but a freewill offering is taken and a helpful workbook sells for $20.
Grief ministry series begins Sept. 23 at the SLC, Wichita
The St. John the Evangelist Grief Ministry, for those who have lost a close family member or friend and have found that few understand the deep hurt they feel, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
The sponsors of the group understand what participants are experiencing and want to offer comfort and encouragement.
Each grief ministry session includes a video seminar and group discussion. A Griefshare workbook assists participants with note taking, journaling, and grief study. The videos feature experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief, and real-life stories of people who have experienced similar losses.
During the small group discussion time, participants will be able to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences, and share their own.
A former participant said, “I got encouragement from this group. We cried, laughed and grew in our faith. Hope and joy was evident on everyone’s face in a picture we took at the end of class.”
Anyone who would like to start a grief ministry in their parish is also welcome to attend.
Carol Weigand will facilitate the grief ministry series. The cost is $35, which includes a Griefshare workbook. Sessions will be every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 23, and ending around Christmas.
Mini retreat on ‘Introduction to the Devout Life’ at the SLC
A mini retreat based on St. Francis de Sales’ “Introduction to the Devout Life” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The retreat will highlight the reflections of St. Francis de Sales regarding what true devotion is and how to practice it in every-day life. Participants will receive insights into ways to implement the advice of St. Francis de Sales in the areas of prayer, work, family life, and recreation.
St. Francis de Sales, in his remarkable wisdom, inspires people to pursue a life of devotion by describing the characteristic features of the devout life and the fruits that such a life brings about. Furthermore, he challenges us to live our particular life of devotion, not someone else’s. Francis teaches about the danger of picking and choosing the ways we exercise devotion, rather than giving ourselves totally over to the devout life and exercising it the specific ways asked of us by God.
The cost of the day which includes lunch, Mass, and presentations, will be $20 per person. As always, no one will be turned away due to finances. For reservations go to www.slcwichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.
Speaker to discuss blessed John Henry Newman
Two sessions, Oct. 7, 14, at the SLC, Wichita
Stephanie A. Mann, a member of the Diocese of Wichita’s Speaker’s Bureau, will address two of the greatest themes of Blessed John Henry Newman’s pastoral care in a two part series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14 at the Spiritual Life Center.
When Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beatified Newman on Sept. 10, 2010, in Birmingham, England, he paid tribute to Newman’s intellectual legacy, but also emphasized his pastoral concern and care for the poor.
“Newman received many letters from Anglicans or members of other churches in England, asking for advice about becoming a Catholic,” Mann said. “He counseled them on how to deal with family and friends opposed to their joining the Catholic Church; he answered questions about doctrine, history, and devotion – Newman helped many, using his own experience as a convert.”
Blessed John Henry Newman also helped Catholics facing concerns in 19th century England after the doctrine of papal infallibility was defined at the First Vatican Council. English politicians proclaimed that Catholics could not be good citizens if they obeyed the pope.
The series about Blessed John Henry Newman will be offered at the Spiritual Life Center on Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14. The cost for the series is $20. Register at www.SLCWichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.
Retreat about the rosary Oct. 7 at SLC
Janet Moore will lead a day-long retreat entitled “Our Weapon Against Evil: Entering into the Power and Mystery of the Rosary” from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Moore will talk about the miraculous power of the rosary, the wisdom of scripture, the church and its saints, and how the rosary helps the faithful as they strive to enter more deeply into its mystery and grace.
The retreat will include Mass, lunch, conferences, reflections, and silent and communal prayer.
Participants are asked to bring a Bible, a journal, and a rosary. To register, call (316) 744-0167 or visit www.SLCWichita.org. The cost is $20.
Moore is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Wichita, and holds a master’s degree in theology from Newman University.
Retreat on Thomas Merton Oct. 10-12
Father Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a preached retreat the weekend of Oct. 10-12 at the Spiritual Life Center on the life and teachings of Thomas Merton.
“A Retreat in Nature with Thomas Merton,” a donation-based retreat, is part of the continued effort of the Spiritual Life Center to make retreats affordable to everyone.
The retreat will focus on the themes of detachment, the desire for God’s will, and a personal relationship. There will be time for Mass, quiet prayer, confession, and fellowship. The weekend also provides an opportunity to explore the grounds of the Spiritual Life Center.
The only required cost for the retreat is $29.75, which covers the cost of all meals. An offering of $40 per night is suggested, but any donation will be accepted. Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.