Spiritual Life Center events

Special ‘Theology of the Body’ weekend at the Spiritual Life Center set for Oct. 2-4
Intense, life-changing program explores Pope John Paul II’s teaching
It’s difficult to understate the impact and importance of the late, great Pope John Paul II’s collection of teaching known as “The Theology of the Body.” Catholic scholars believe “unpacking” all the incredible insights on this profound meaning and mystery of the human body, the nature of sexuality, the authentic nature and purpose of marriage-and much more-will take decades, if not longer.
Sharon Gagnon wants to do her best to at least help offer an introduction over the course of one weekend, serving as facilitator for “Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan For Your Life,” which is being hosted at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita the weekend of Oct. 2-4.
“This is going to be an intense, fun and I dare say life-changing experience,” says Sharon. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for anyone who’s heard about the Theology of the Body to really delve into it in a unique way, in an ideal setting at the Spiritual Life Center.”
“Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan For Your Life” includes a series of eight 30-minute video presentations by Christopher West, widely acclaimed as the most effective communicator of this teaching in the United States today. Each video presentation is followed by discussion time with Sharon serving as facilitator.
The weekend is identical in content to the eight-part series offered this past winter at the center, but with the option of staying at the Center as a guest or participating as a commuter with all meals included. Mass will also be offered. Sharon is a long-time professional educator who studied under Christopher West at the Theology of the Body Institute and Black Rock Retreat Center in Southern Lancaster County, Pa. She earned certification for completion of the “Theology of the Body I - Head and Heart Immersion” course.
“I don’t present myself as an expert by any means,” says Sharon, “and every time I see a video or engage in a discussion, I learn something new myself. I just have a real belief and passion that this is a ‘must see’ for living in our culture today. I hope people come, because I know that I will also learn from and be inspired by others.”
Because the series held last winter was so enthusiastically embraced, Sharon asked that a weekend be devoted to the Introduction. It is an ideal program for parents of all ages, teens, educators, priests and Consecrated Religious and others.
Deadline is today, September 18
Registration for the weekend is now underway and a discounted rate is available through today for those who stay at the center. A special commuter rate of $100, which includes all meals is also being made available. All who come are asked to purchase a workbook for $13.
Registration can be made online at www.slcwichita.org, or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167. Financial aid based on need is also available.

Young adult retreat in October at the SLC to focus on tough economic times
Oklahoma priest offers unique survival guide, compliments of pope
Mostly barren parking lots at Southcentral Kansas aircraft plants are just one of many signs indicating that unemployment is for real. This is the first major economic recession for many young adults-single and married. Widespread layoffs, furloughs and underemployment are threatening to create a crisis in the loss of hope.
Yet, as faithful Catholics, we can cling to hope and say: “Be not afraid!”
Pope Benedict XVI has written extensively about the virtues of faith, hope and love, providing us with a guideline and a lifeline to happiness and spiritual fulfillment, even during these tough times. During a special weekend retreat on Oct. 23-25 for young adults entitled “Pope Benedict’s Guide to Surviving Tough Times,” the Spiritual Life Center welcomes back Father Shane Tharp of Nicoma Park, Okla., who weaves together a retreat that is both practical and compelling.
In addition to conferences from Father Shane, there will be opportunities for the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, discussion time, prayer and rest. This retreat is cosponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Diocese of Wichita and is geared toward single and/or married women and men aged 21-39.
Discounted rates available
A discounted rate for the retreat is available now through Friday, Oct. 11. Financial aid based on need is also available for those who wish to come but cannot afford the weekend. Registration is now underway and can be made by logging onto the center’s web site at www.SLCWichita.org, and clicking on “Calendar of Events. Phone registration can be made by calling (316) 744-0167.

Rosary series at the SLC begins Thursday, Sept. 24
The rosary is a uniquely Catholic prayer that is just as relevant and meaningful after Vatican II as it was before. It is a beautiful prayer full of comfort and tradition and spirituality. We pray it as we mourn the loss of a loved one. We should pray it more often than that. In many Catholic households it has become something of a lost treasure, one certainly worth rediscovery!
On Thursday, Sept. 24, Marcelline Arnold begins a two-part series entitled simply “The Rosary” hosted at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita. The first session will be something of a re-introduction to the rosary that will also serve to reenergize anyone and everyone who has maintained this devotion. This session will also include the historical background of the rosary, its development and the church’s promotion of it.
In part two the following week, Marcelline explores the Mysteries of the Rosary, including the new Luminous Mysteries, and their significance.
Registration is now underway and can be made online at www.SLCWichita.org, or by calling the Center at (316) 7440167. The cost of the series is $18. Don’t forget to bring your Rosary!