Spiritual Life Center news, October 6, 2017

Conference for liturgical ministers and others Nov. 17-18 at the SLC
All liturgical ministers and anyone interested in the Sacred Liturgy are encouraged to attend the Fall Forum Friday and Saturday Nov. 17-18 at the Spiritual Life Center.
The conference, “Memory & Mystery: Perspectives on the Sacred Liturgy,” features keynote speaker Joseph Pearce, an internationally renowned speaker and author of such books as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.
Pearce will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Liturgy and the Second Spring” on Friday, and a lecture entitled, “The Death & Resurrection of the Mass: Modernism versus Tradition,” on Saturday.
The Fall Forum will explore the history and theology of Catholic liturgy, touching on significant aspects such as architecture and music, and addressing important topics such as ad orientem worship, and the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
Guest presenters also include Father James Weldon, Fr. Michael Nolan, Fr. Patrick Reilley, Bo Bonner, Rachel Dugan, and James Bitting.
Registration information can be found by visiting www.SLCwichita.org or by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167.

Salt and Light Young Adult Ministries to host Oktoberfest
The Spiritual Life Center and Salt and Light Ministries will host Oktoberfest for the young adult community beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The evening will feature a special Eucharistic Procession and adoration starting at 6:30 p.m. After prayer, participants will be offered a traditional German dinner, beer, games, and fellowship.
Want to attend? Registration information can be found by visiting www.SLCWichita.org or by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167. The cost for the evening is $15 per person.

SLC’s monthly Mass with children Oct. 19
Caregivers and their small children are invited to the monthly “KidsPrayToo!: Mass with Children” at the Spiritual Life Center Thursday, Oct. 19.
The Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. and on this particular Thursday, Fr. Van Haverbeke will speak especially to the children. 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 the dining room or courtyard afterward. They may wish to bring a picnic blanket to enjoy lunch on the grass. No registration is necessary.

SLC wants to help faithful experience their Catholicism ‘beyond the pew’
The “Catholic Faith Conference: Catholicism Beyond the Pew,” featuring Catholic speaker Jon Leonetti and several diocesan speakers will be presented Friday evening, Jan. 19, through Saturday afternoon.
“We wanted to create a program that appeals to the average Catholic sitting in the pew on Sundays,” said Kelly McCague, operations manager at the SLC. “This conference is going to be for everyone – people who are very on fire with their faith, and those of us who sometimes struggle to connect.”
The conference includes breakout sessions for all stages of life, an information fair, Eucharistic adoration with Wichita Adore Ministries, and a “Stump the Padre” panel where guests can ask whatever questions they may have about the Catholic Faith. Participants will explore all that is beautiful and inspiring about our Catholic Faith.
Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Sign up by calling the Spiritual Life Center at (316) 744-0167 or visit SLCwichita.org.
Registration includes a wine and appetizer social Friday evening, along with breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Early bird rates are commuter $75, single occupancy $130, double occupancy $105.

Silent retreat weekend focused on the Eucharist Oct. 27-29
The Spiritual Life Center will be enveloped in silence to allow God to speak – and to allow participants to listen – during a silent retreat Oct. 27-29 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Father Ken Van Haverbeke is hosting the event that focuses entirely on the Eucharist and Eucharistic adoration.
The retreat will provide participants an opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of everyday living and to experience the Lord in the Eucharist. It will afford them a chance to relax and give undivided attention to the interests and concerns of their spiritual lives before the Blessed Sacrament.
Those who come are asked to leave cell phones and any other electronic devices at home. The silence of the retreat will end during the noon meal on Sunday that follows the Lord’s Day Liturgy.
A discounted early-bird rate is available through Monday, Oct. 16. More information and pre-registration is available by visiting www.slcwichita.org, and clicking on Calendar of Events.

October’s Docentium about following Christ in a consumer society
John McCormick, Ph.D., will present the monthly Docentium on Catholicism and Culture Thursday, Oct. 19. His talk is titled “Following Christ in a Consumer Culture.” The program includes dinner.
McCormick will discuss: What does it mean to live as faithful disciples in a world focused on consumption? In a world caught up in the idolatrous worship of things rather than God, how do we learn to desire rightly, consume rightly, and ultimately worship rightly?
Docentium takes place each third Thursday of the month at the Spiritual Life Center with an evening of food, friendship, and learning. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30, and every month a new lecture will be given on some topic related to religion and culture. The cost is $15 per person. More information can be found on the SLC website.
Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s webpage at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167. Advance registration appreciated.

Retreat ‘with’ three Saints Teresa at the SLC Nov. 10-12
Members of the ProSanctity Movement will host a retreat, “The Three T’s: Saints make Saints,” on the weekend of Nov. 10-12 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Msgr. Andrew Vaccari and Teresa Monaghan will teach retreatants about the three great Saint Teresas and how they influenced each other to sainthood.
Participants will pray with each saint and her particular gift of deep prayer and heroic love for God, others, and the world. Thérèse of Lisieux, Teresa of Calcutta, and Teresa of Avila were all steeped in contemplation, living lives devoted to God in ways that will inspire us to do the same.
Monaghen and Msgr. Vaccari, directors in the movement will be the retreat guides on the retreat based on the theme, “Saints come in clusters, and wherever there is one, there is a bunch!”
The weekend includes presentations, prayer, guided meditation, shared reflection, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Mass Saturday and Sunday.
Want to attend?
Register and pay by Monday, Oct. 30, to receive an early bird discount. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Reservations can be made at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167. Apply for scholarships at the website.

Grief Share to be offered at SLC
The diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering a seminar for those attempting to cope with the holidays after the death of a loved one.
Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays will be held at the Spiritual Life Center, located at 7100 E. 45th St. Wichita, on Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Nov. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Grief Share features video instruction and group discussion. The cost is $10. To register call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.