Spiritual Life Center events

‘Surviving the Holidays’ seminar being offered at the SLC Nov. 23-24
Seminar designed to help those facing the holidays after losing a loved one to death
While the upcoming holidays are a time of joy and happiness for most people, there are others who dread this time of year-those who have lost a loved one to death. People in grief are often tempted to put on a mask and pretend things are fine, especially at this time of year. But for those who are grieving, this “mask” is a heavy emotional burden to bear.
A special “Surviving the Holidays” seminar is being offered at the Spiritual Life Center for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one-recently or in the past-and wish to explore ways to “walk through this season” in a way that honors the loved one and puts one on the path of health and healing.
“Surviving the Holidays” will be offered at two times, Monday, Nov. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. Sharon Gagnon, an educator and presenter who found the program very helpful to her in the time following the death of her husband, facilitates the seminar.
The session includes a video featuring advice from people in grief who’ve faced the holidays after their loss, as well as professional counselors who offer practical tips on how to survive the holidays. There will also be an opportunity to hear from others in the group who are dealing with grief this holiday season. There will also be a chance to share how grief is affecting you (if you’d like).
The cost of the program is $10, which includes a special “Surviving the Holidays” booklet. Those who wish to come to the day session on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. are also invited to attend Mass at 11:15 a.m. Lunch will also be available that day following Mass for $7. Check-in for both the evening session and day session is 30 minutes prior to start time.
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Registration for “Surviving the Holidays” can be made online at www.slcwichita.org, and click on Calendar of Events. Phone registration is available by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 20.

‘Evening of Re?ection’ at the SLC Thursday, Nov. 19
Theme: “The Paschal Mystery: Grieving Disappointments, Discovering New Life”
For many years the Consecrated religious from throughout the diocese have gathered once a month at the Spiritual Life Center for a special “Evening of Re?ection.” These gatherings, which include a meal, a spiritual talk and time for prayer have proved so popular that it was decided to host such an evening for the laity.
On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Spiritual Life Center hosts the second in an occasional series of these evenings. The theme is “The Paschal Mystery in our Life. Grieving our Disappointments; Discovering New Life,” presented by Father Kent Hemberger, director of the center.
The evening begins with a meal at 5:30 p.m. and then a talk by Father Hemberger on the theme of the day. Those who come are then invited to take part in Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel of Mary, the First Disciple. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available at that time. The Evening concludes with Mass at 8 p.m.
The Evening of Re?ection is an ideal way for “time away,” especially for those who might otherwise struggle to find time for a full weekend retreat. The atmosphere is one of quiet, relaxing contemplation and prayer.
The cost is quiet reasonable-just $15, which includes a nice meal.
Please pre-register on or before Monday, Nov. 16, online at www.SLCWichita.org, or by calling the Center at (316) 744-0167.

Registration for ‘Introduction to the Old Testament’ course still available
SLC’s Fr. Kent Hemberger explores themes that form the foundation of Christianity
There is still time to register for the Religious Studies Program course “Introduction to the Old Testament,” which will be presented by Father Kent Hemberger at the Spiritual Life Center. Registration for the course ends this coming Tuesday, Nov. 10. The two-part-course is being held at the center on Saturday, Nov. 14 and concludes Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The Old Testament is important because it provides a foundation for our Christian Faith,” explains Father Hemberger. “We will begin by examining the Catholic understanding of Scripture and sources for the Old Testament. Then we move on to explore the great themes of the Old Testament like Creation, which are so rich in meaning once we move beyond the fundamentalist controversies.”
“As we explore these themes, we examine basic human questions of sin and evil, as well as the themes of ‘call,’ ‘exodus’ and ‘covenant.’ We will hear of the prophetic call to fidelity and justice. Finally, we’ll look at wisdom literature as a whole, focusing on the profound question of suffering found in the book of Job. These and other themes addressed in the course are explored in the context of how they impact our daily living and our personal journey of faith.”
Register online or by phone
The cost of the two-part course is $60 and includes lunch at the center. Registration for the course may be made online at www.SLCWichita.org, click on Calendar of Events. Phone registrations are taken by calling the center at (316) 744-0167.

Parables Retreat at SLC is a walk back to the time of Jesus
Father Hemberger leads spiritual journey, Nov. 20-22; “Peering into the Heart of God”
Jesus told parables to surprise and challenge the people of his day to see themselves and their world through the eyes and heart of God. The parables still challenge us today, but their impact is diminished by our failure to understand them in their cultural context.
During this weekend retreat Nov. 20-22 entitled, “The Parables: Peering Into the Heart of God,” Fr. Kent Hemberger explores the original meaning of the Gospel parables as they would have been heard and responded to by the people who listened to Jesus 2,000 years ago.
“This approach allows the parables to come alive for us in the here and now,” says Father Kent. “We are then called to respond in understanding, prayer and action. As the parables are heard anew, suggestions will be given for prayer so that one might be led closer to God in both mind and heart.”
Registration for this weekend is open until Monday, Nov. 15. Registration can be made online at www.SLCWichita.org, then click on Calendar of Events. Phone reservations can be made at (316) 744-0167. Financial aid assistance based on need is available for this and all Spiritual Life Center-sponsored programs.