Spiritual Life Center news

Marriage Encounter weekend set for Feb. 19-21 at the SLC
A Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held Feb. 19-21 at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
“This is the first Marriage Encounter Weekend of the year and there is still room for interested couples to register for this life giving weekend,” said Father Paul Oborny, spiritual moderator for the World Wide Marriage Encounter ministry in the diocese. “Marriage Encounter is an uplifting ministry for married couples in good, stable marriages who are willing to grow even closer to one another ‘that the two may become one.’”
Interested couples may register by calling (316) 721-1650 or going on line to wwmeks.org. An application fee of $100 is requested to reserve a room at center. Scholarships are available, if needed.
Fr. Oborny added: “I have been involved with Marriage Encounter since it started here in Wichita in 1973 and I still marvel at how couples who experience deeper love for each other also grow in their relationship to God.”

Bishop Jackels making presentation on confession Feb. 15 at SLC, Wichita
Bishop Michael O. Jackels is making two presentations at the Spiritual Life Center over the next few weeks.
On Monday, Feb. 15, Bishop Jackels will present “Rediscovering Confession” beginning at 7 p.m. During this talk, Bishop will explore in more detail points he first expressed in a pastoral letter on the Sacrament of Reconciliation he released last year.
Bishop Jackels will then serve as retreat master for the annual Palm Sunday Weekend Retreat set for March 26-28.
To register go to www.slcwichita.org, then click on Calendar of Events. Phone registration is available by calling (316) 744-0167.

One-day Lenten mini-retreat offered at the SLC Feb. 19-20
A special “mini-retreat” is being offered Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, at the Spiritual Life Center. The retreat, “Expanding the Capacity of your Heart,” will be lead by Teresa Monaghen, national director of the Pro-Sanctity Movement. Overnight and commuter guests are welcome.
“This 24-hour Lenten Retreat is designed to help you cultivate and develop the skill of receiving what the Lord has for you each day – in the spirit of Mary,” explains Teresa, a frequent presenter at the center who comes here from Schuyler, Neb. “We will pray with images of the Pieta and contemplate Mary’s ability to journey with Jesus to Calvary.”
This retreat begins the Friday after Ash Wednesday. It concludes Saturday after supper. Those who come may plan ahead and add another night at the center for just $35, which includes Sunday breakfast.
Registration for the Lenten mini-retreat is now underway and can be made online at www.slcwichita.org, or by calling the Center in Wichita at (316) 744-0167. A discounted earlybird rate is available now through Tuesday, Feb. 9. A special commuter rate has been set for this offering as well which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday. The final registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Space still available for Monsignor Carr’s “Epistles of St. Paul” series
Three-part series begins Thursday, Feb. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
Last year Monsignor William M. Carr helped mark the “Year of St. Paul” with a series on the travels of this prolific writer and defender of Christ’s teachings. Msgr. Carr is taking another look at St. Paul with a detailed examination of Paul’s epistles beginning Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with the first of three sessions.
“Paul did not have texting or Twitter or a Facebook page or even e-mail in his day and age,” said Msgr. Carr. “But he had to stay in touch with the various churches and did this by sending representatives or by writing letters – or both. Usually, the letters reflect a problem in the local church which he needs to solve.  In solving problems, he often brings in profound insights into doctrine and morals.”
During the course of the series, Msgr. Carr will also explore the controversy involving some to dispute the “authenticity” of some of Paul’s letters. Please bring a Bible!
Registration is available online at www.slcwichita.org, then click on “Calendar of Events.” Register by phone at (316) 744-0167.

Retreat for candidates, elect Feb. 27 at SLC
Father Michael Nolan, director of the diocesan Office of Worship, will lead a retreat “Trusting in the Truth of Christ and Transformed by the Spirit,” for the elect, candidates, sponsors, and team members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Spiritual Life Center, Wichita.
The fee for the retreat is $10 and includes lunch. A Bible, paper, and a pen will be needed for the retreat.
Reservations are needed by Feb. 13. Register through the Office of Religious Education by emailing gittemeiera@cdowk.org or by calling (316) 269-3940.

TEC planned for Feb. 20-22 at SLC
The Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministries will be sponsoring a Teens Encounter Christ weekend Feb. 20-22 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Although TEC weekends are designed for juniors and seniors in high school or recent graduates, they are also open to adults who work with youth in this age group.
The cost for a TEC retreat is $70, which includes seven meals, two nights lodging, and all materials.
Call the youth office at (316) 269-3930 or email walker@cdowk.org for an application or for questions. You can also go online to download an application at www.cdowk.org/offices/yyam/tec.htm and mail it to the Youth Office at 424 N. Broadway, Wichita KS 67202. The priority deadline for signing up is Jan. 18.
TEC involves teens encountering Christ in a way that many have never experienced before. On a TEC weekend, participants will have the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ through talks, group discussion, individual reflection and prayer, and sharing in the Sacraments.