Spiritual Life Center news, September 1, 2017

12-Step Journey begins anew at SLC Sept. 28
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. 28 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The Twelve Steps—A Spiritual Journey, is a seven-month program where participants meet for two hours each week with a team of trained facilitators. The ultimate 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.
“As someone who has been both a participant and a facilitator in the Twelve Step Program, I want to extend an invitation for interested people to join us,” says Pamela Cason, who joins Steve Batt and Audrie Ambrust as facilitators for 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.”
The opening Twelve Step session is set for Thursday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E. 45th St. N. in Wichita. A total of 30 evening sessions will be offered over the next seven months. Morning sessions of the program will also be offered from 10 to 11:30 beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Program facilitator Steve Batt 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 Batt. “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.
Characteristics of so-called “adult children” of a dysfunctional family include: feelings of low self-esteem that cause harsh self-judgment, a tendency to isolate one’s self, and a feeling of uneasiness around other people – especially authority figures.
Other characteristics include living life as a victim and being attracted to other victims in love and friendship, a tendency to be impulsive where action is taken before considering alternative behaviors or possible consequences and unresolved anger and resentment toward authority of all kinds.
People who have gone through the program say that while it is sometimes painful to confront unresolved issues, the end 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.
Freewill offering requested
Anyone interested in learning more about the Twelve Steps – A Spiritual Journey can call the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 and ask for a brochure or talk with someone about the program. There is no cost for the program, but a freewill offering is taken and a helpful workbook sells for $20.

Workshop on work, prayer, family Sept. 8 at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center will launch a new program called “Opus Caritatis Seminars” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.
Opus Caritatis seminars are for all those who “labor in the vineyard” to be refreshed, inspired, and prepared, so that they might respond with more faithful and fruitful service in their particular roles as parents, grandparents, providers, followers of Christ, and ministers of the Gospel. The mini-retreat seminars are an occasion for renewal, reflection, and formation.
During the September Opus Seminar, Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke will discuss work and prayer in the morning session, and Dusty Gates will lead a session on the topic of “Work as Contemplation” in the afternoon.
“Modern cultures often make the mistake of thinking of work in purely utilitarian terms,” Gates said. “Opus Caritatis Seminars will seek to help participants reestablish the essential connection between their work – what they do; and their identity – who they are.”
“Work shouldn’t be regarded as something done merely for profit. Treating it that way greatly devalues the work itself, those we work with, those we work for, and our own gifts of time, capability, and creativity. A utilitarian mindset towards work also leads us into the sin of greed, and a host of other vices.”
The workshops will be an opportunity to learn new ways to dedicate ourselves to prayer and work in ways that will bear fruit. They will also be opportunities for rest, reflection, and to restore ourselves to go back into our daily lives with renewed purpose and vigor. The workshop is for professionals, parents, retirees and everyone in between!.
Register by calling the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit SLCWichita.org. Whole- and half-day pricing is available.
Registration includes morning or afternoon, or both presentations, and lunch, if participants choose. One session only is $10, lunch is $10, and the full-day cost is $30.

Fall schedule for Kids Mass at SLC announced
Caregivers and their children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the Spiritual Life Center this fall.
KidsMass will be celebrated on Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1. The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. Father Van Haverbeke will speak especially to the little ones at the Mass. The program gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to teach their children without worrying about disturbing other Mass-goers around them.
All families are invited to pack a lunch to enjoy in our courtyard or dining room afterwards. No registration is necessary.

After the Gift Retreat Sept. 15-17
Mothers who take part in an “After the Gift” retreat find solace.
Those who have participated have stated: “Realizing I’m not alone,” “An amazing blessing,” “I am so grateful for the compassionate people who made it possible.”
The retreat is for birth moms who have placed children for adoption. It is a time for birth moms to come together to pray, share, find encouragement, and support. The adoption might have been taken recently or many years ago, no matter the time span, all are welcome and invited.
The next weekend retreat will be held from Sept. 15-17, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Registration is open until Sept. 8.
For more information, contact the Respect Life Social Justice Office at 316-269-3935 or visit www.respectlifesocialjustice.org.

Next Date Night at the SLC Thursday, Sept. 7
The next Date Night, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner followed by a talk by Ann and Keith Carlin of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Wichita.
The Carlins will talk about “The Intimacy of Prayer.” Dating, engaged, and married couples are all welcome.

New lunch-hour Catechism study at SLC starts Sept. 13
Dusty Gates will present a catechism study based on the Creed at the Spiritual Life Center during the lunch hour beginning Wednesday, Sept. 13.
This 12-part program explores the first section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Profession of Faith. The Creed opens up the structure of the Catechism and shows how it is far more than a list of “faith facts,” but instead a sure map for their journey of faith.
Participants will learn why the Catechism should be treated less like a fact book and more like a roadmap for our faith journey, what God’s “innermost secret” is and how we’re called to participate in it, and discover how the Catechism can be seen as a new catechesis for the New Evangelization.
This study session will meet every other Wednesday at noon, beginning Sept. 13. Registration is $35, which includes copies of all handouts. Participants may pack a lunch to enjoy during the course.
Register by visiting the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

Love and Logic parenting series begins at the SLC on Sept. 13
The popular six-week Becoming a Love & Logic Parent series starts Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Spiritual Life Center.
Love and Logic is a commonsense approach that teaches educators and parents the skills that cultivate confidence and good decision-making in children. The method of parenting offers children choices, empathy, and respect and allows adults to avoid anger, threats and lectures. Love and Logic is easy to learn and can be put to use right away.
The course will be offered on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4, 11, and 18.
The registration fee is $35 per person or $60 per couple, if sharing a workbook.
To sign up, call the Spiritual Life Center at 316-744-0167 or visit www.SLCWichita.org to register and to pay online.

Catholic Assembly for Business meeting Sept. 13 at SLC
Ed O’Malley, CEO and founder of the Kansas Leadership Center, will lead a panel discussion at the next Catholic Assembly for Business breakfast Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
O’Malley will lead a discussion among four Wichita Catholic business leaders to gain insight into their faith, and how their faith has impacted their leadership strategies and their careers.
The four leaders are Jeff Leonard, a member of the TWG Law Firm; Wendy Glick, executive director of Catholic Charities; Chris Goebel, chairman and CEO of Star Lumber; and Ronnie Leonard, CEO and president of BALCO, Inc.
Registration and the breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Nonmembers are welcome, although a $10 donation is requested.
For more information about CAB, visit SLCwichita.org and click on Programs & Retreats.