Weekend retreat with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux at the SLC Nov. 9-11
A weekend retreat on Nov. 9-11 at the Spiritual Life Center will take participants on a journey through Scripture with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Brother Joseph Schmidt will lead the weekend.
The “Little Flower,” as Saint Thérèse is often called, is one of the most popular saints of our time. Pope St. John Paul II wrote that her “little way” is nothing other than the gospel way of holiness for all.
During the retreat, Br. Joseph Schmidt, the author of the best-selling book “Everything Is Grace: The Life and Way of Thérèse of Lisieux,” helps retreatants understand Thérèse’s message through the Scripture passages that illuminated her insights about God and his merciful love.
Participants will be guided during the retreat to discover how their own relationship with the Lord might be transformed by the Little Way of St. Thérèse.
Weekend retreats at the SLC include five meals, all conferences, Mass and quiet prayer time. Brother Schmidt is a De LaSalle Christian Brother currently based in Philadelphia, he serves as a spiritual director, lecturer, and retreat master.
Want to participate?
Regular retreat pricing applies for the weekend. Register and pay by Oct. 29 to receive an early bird discount. All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Reservations can be made on line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167. Please register in advance to ensure space and food quantities.

Father Van Haverbeke to lead annual Merton retreat on Oct. 19
Father Ken Van Haverbeke will lead a preached retreat Oct. 19-21 on the life and teachings of Thomas Merton.
“A Retreat in Nature with Thomas Merton” will allow participants to enjoy the beauty of nature on the SLC land while they pray on the topics of the retreat.
In his general audience of Jan. 26, 2000, Pope Saint John Paul II, a great lover of the outdoors, said, “Nature therefore becomes a Gospel that speaks to us of God: For from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their creator.”
The retreat will introduce or re-introduce participants to Thomas Merton, God’s revelation through our natural senses, and our human needs, desires, and identity. As always, there will be time for Mass, quiet prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and fellowship. The weekend also provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the grounds of the Spiritual Life Center including the St. John the Baptist Nature Trail.
Regular retreat pricing applies for the weekend. Early bird rates are good through Oct. 8. Reservations can made on-line at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167. Register soon as this tends to be a popular retreat.

Loss of a spouse seminar Nov. 2 at the SLC in Wichita
A seminar regarding loss of a spouse will be presented Friday, Nov. 2, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The seminar includes video and discussion, a Mass for All Souls, and dinner. Those attending will learn what to expect in their grief, how to cope in life without a spouse, why it won’t always hurt as much, and how God wants to talk with them in their grief.
All those who have lost a spouse through death, no matter how long ago,
are welcome to attend from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at the SLC.
Participants are asked to bring a photo of their spouse. The cost is $20. To register call 744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.

Parent U class about engaging kids at the SLC set for Oct. 24
The Spiritual Life Center welcomes brothers Al Jirak, father of nine, and Fr. John Jirak, pastor of Church of the Magdalen, for a course called “Engaging Kids in the Mass.” The Jirak brothers will bring two unique perspectives to the final Parent U class of the year on Oct. 24.
The class will include advice, experiential knowledge, and discussion on how to help your children engage more deeply in the Mass. Parents of children newborn to 18 years old are welcome to enjoy this evening course that takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Want to sign up?
Learn more about better parenting on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita. Register at www.SLCWichita.org. The cost is $10 and includes the program and refreshments.

Seminar on women in the time of Jesus set for Oct. 20 at the SLC
The Spiritual Life Center has announced a new program on their fall calendar.
Ramie Samour will lead a one-day seminar called “Jesus and the Concept of Woman” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
The class will explore the role of women in the time of Jesus and how our Lord’s interactions with them relate to women today. Samour, who holds a master’s degree in theology, said contrary to custom of the time, Jesus spoke freely to women in public and taught theology to women.
It was understood, she said, that women would be active participants in the work of his kingdom.
The cost for the day is $20, which includes lunch. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and participants will be dismissed by 4 p.m. Reservations may be made on-line at www.SLCwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.

New Emotions Anonymous session begins Oct. 10
A new session of Emotions Anonymous will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the library of the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Those who feel overwhelmed by anxiety, anger, resentment, fear, or panic are invited to participate. The 12-step group is designed to give participants support and serenity to live without fear and to deal with problems.
No registration is necessary. For more information, call the center at 316-744-0167.