Spiritual Life Center news, November 3, 2017

Theology of Eucharist class Dec. 14
By Dusty Gates

At each celebration of Holy Mass, we are invited into a dynamic expression of praise. Our praise of the Father integrates many related, yet distinct, threads such as contrition, petition, thanksgiving, and adoration.
In Scripture readings we are exhorted by the Holy Spirit; we are formed and strengthened as the people of God, and are invited to turn ourselves over to the converting power of God’s Word.
In the Eucharist, we offer ourselves to the Father, uniting ourselves with the Son’s everlasting sacrifice. In this context, when we are properly disposed, we are also invited to partake of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
This nourishment gives us strength for our daily spiritual struggles, cultivates our desire for God, and prepares us for the future relationship we hope to have with Him. With this sense of the robust mystery of the Mass in mind, it is good and proper that we approach the sanctuary with wonder, awe, amazement, and fear. How is it possible that I am allowed into the presence of the Lord? What role do I play in this? What is it supposed to do for me? What is it supposed to do for God? It is not surprising that we feel compelled to ask, as did the men in Capernaum, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Want to attend the Eucharist class?
If you are interested in learning more about the theology of the Eucharist, join us at the Spiritual Life Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, for a more detailed presentation covering the themes and questions that have been presented in brief here. This class is part of the “Apologia” series, which is dedicated to defending the faith through reasonable explanation. The cost is only $10, and you may register at SLCwichita.org or by calling 316-744-0167.

Singles retreat Dec. 1-3 at the SLC in Wichita
All singles – young or old, widowed, divorced, or never married – are invited to attend a weekend singles retreat at the Spiritual Life Center beginning Friday evening Dec. 1.
Catholic author and speaker Rose Sweet, who has written over 10 books about relationships, will be the presenter.
For more information or to request a flyer, call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 316-685-5240 or email witzells@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org.

Advent Day of Reflection Dec. 5
An Advent Day of Reflection will be held at the Spiritual Life Center Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Presentations will be given by two newly ordained priests, Father Andrew Labenz and Father Jorge Lopez.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The first presentation begins at 9. Mass will be celebrated in the chapel at 11:15 a.m. with Father Paul Oborny as the main celebrant.
The cost of $10 includes lunch. To register call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.
The retreat is sponsored by the Senior Adult Ministry in the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Sister Mary Agnes to teach class on moral theology Nov. 30
Sister Mary Agnes Wasinger, a sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will host a class entitled “Clarity and Confusion in Moral Theology” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The class will look at the development of moral theology from the time of the fathers of the church and Thomas Aquinas, and it will consider the great clarity that was offered in how to approach moral theology.
Sister Mary Agnes will lead participants in a reflection on the influential thinkers and events such as Protestantism and the Enlightenment and consider how these elements affected man’s view of morality and the confusion that ensued as a result.
The cost is $10 per person. Advance registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Visit the Spiritual Life Center’s web page at www.slcwichita.org to register or call (316) 744-0167.

‘Sacred Liturgy’ focus of forum Nov. 17-18
All liturgical ministers and anyone interested in the Sacred Liturgy are encouraged to attend the Fall Forum Nov. 17 and 18 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The conference, entitled “Memory & Mystery: Perspectives on the Sacred Liturgy,” welcomes keynote speaker Joseph Pearce, the 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 “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, Father Michael Nolan, Father 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.

Last chance to register for retreat with the great Saints Teresa
The Spiritual Life Center will host a retreat, “The Three T’s: Saints make Saints,” based on the lives of Saint Thérése of Lisieux, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Saint Teresa of Calcutta, on Nov. 10-12.
Msgr. Andrew Vaccari and Teresa Monaghan, leaders of the ProSanctity Movement, 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.
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?
All registrations include a $50 non-refundable deposit. Reservations may be made at www.slcwichita.org or by calling (316) 744-0167.