Spiritual Life Center news, February 16, 2018

Sessions to focus on the family start Feb. 19 at the Spiritual Life Center
By Jake Samour
Let’s Talk Family!, a six-session series, will be presented at the Spiritual Life Center Mondays beginning Feb. 19.
The series is an initiative to promote and resource this study at the request of the Holy Father and at the same time prepare for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018. Let’s Talk Family! seeks to invite “marriage and the family to be the focal point of faith development in all its forms.”
In his apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis expressed a hope that families and those involved in supporting families would study the document carefully and patiently.
Participants in the series will be invited to take part in a process designed to be interactive and participative. They will be helped to reflect on and articulate their experience of marriage and family life. The series takes, as its starting point, people’s experience of love and their hopes and fears with regard to marriage and family
The cost is $30 per couple includes a workbook that explores key messages in from on Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia).
The event is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.
To register call (316) 744-0167, or email slc@slcwichita.org or online at: slc.retreatportal.com.

Lenten Day of Reflection Feb. 22
A Lenten Day of Reflection will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
Father Jacob Carlin and Father J.D. Betzen, two of the diocese’s newly ordained priests, will give the reflections. Following their talks, there will be a celebration of Mass, luncheon, recitation of the rosary, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. Call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org by Feb. 15 to reserve a spot.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life.

Eight week series for blended families begins March 12 at SLC
By Sharon Witzell

Blending a step family is one of the most difficult tasks for any Catholic family today.
The fact that the divorce rate is higher for second marriages suggests the difficulty involved in maintaining a second marriage. It involves combining two unique family histories, various personalities, traditions, relationships, and loyalties.
Later-life couples who remarry with adult children often mistakenly assume that because the children are out of the home that the family won’t have difficulty integrating. But, they have just as many adjustments and challenges to make as step-families with younger children. Learning the steps on how to merge two families increases the odds of marital success dramatically.
The Office of Marriage and Family Life is offering an eight-week series at the Spiritual Life Center to help blended families overcome potential problems. It will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays March 12 through April 30.
Couples with step children or those contemplating marriage where step children will be part of the family, are encouraged to attend. The cost is $50 per couple or individual, which includes a book and participant guide. To register call 316-744-0167 or email slc@slcwichita.org.
Witzell is the program coordinator for Senior Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Wichita.

Bishop Kemme to lead spiritual preparation for Holy Week, March 23-25 at the SLC
The bishop of a diocese is the primary teacher of the faith. Bishop Carl A. Kemme assumes this role as he leads the faithful on the annual Palm Sunday Retreat at the Spiritual Life Center the weekend of March 23-25.
The annual retreat has become a popular Lenten activity for many of the faithful of the diocese. The entire center is set aside so that as many people as possible may attend.
Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 23. The first conference with Bishop Kemme begins at 7:30. The retreat concludes Sunday after lunch.
In addition to conferences presented by the bishop throughout the weekend, there is time for group and individual prayer, solitude, rest, Stations of the Cross, Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The early bird rates for the retreat are $120 per person (double occupancy), or $145 per person (single occupancy), and includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 21 but early bird rates end March 12.
Registration can be made online at www.SLCWichita.org. Registration by phone is available by calling the center at (316) 744-0167. As always, scholarships are available.

Father Hoisington presents about St. Peter Damian Feb. 21
Father Tom Hoisington will deliver a presentation about Saint Peter Damian on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
The program, part of the center’s “Dinner with the Doctors” series, includes a meal and pleasant conversation in the Main Assembly Room surrounded by a one-of-a-kind collection of icons depicting the doctors of the church. After the meal, participants will hear a presentation by Fr. Hoisington about Saint Peter Damian in commemoration of his feast day.
Want to learn more about this Doctor of the Church?
The cost for the evening is $15 per person. Dinner with the Doctors will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Life Center on Monday, Aug. 28. Advance registration requested. To register, visit www.SLCwichita.org.

Fr. Van Haverbeke to lead retreat for those in their mid-life Feb. 24
Father Ken Van Haverbeke, who is 55 years old, will present a day-long retreat Saturday, Feb. 24, about mid-life spirituality at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita.
There are many quotes and jokes about mid-life, but that time of life, an age defined as anywhere between 35 and 60, can be a grace-filled time where a person can review life and focus on what is important.
The U.S. bishops wrote about the mid-life spirituality of priests in a three-fold manner: the event, the temptations, and the graces. Using this three-fold approach, the retreat workshop will offer some understanding to this season of one’s life and possibly some spiritual responses.
“In the second half of our lives, we all have the opportunity to face our mortality and this brings up some daunting questions: What have I accomplished in my life? What do I have yet to accomplish? Does my life have meaning?” Father Van Haverbeke said.
“But mid-life can also be a time of ‘awakening’ which will involve reviewing what matters in life and perhaps questioning what beliefs and spiritual practices and concepts that don’t work anymore, and changing them.”
The retreat workshop on Feb. 24 will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Along with the three conferences, there will be opportunity for the celebration of the Mass and the Sacrament of Confession.
The cost is $20. To register visit www.SLCWichita.org or call (316) 744-0167.

‘A Retreat in Bethany’ March 2-4
The Spiritual Life Center will again offer a unique retreat opportunity this Lent entitled “A Retreat in Bethany.”
“Holy week begins with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the beginning of Palm Sunday Mass, and then moves quickly into Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. What about the events between? What can we experience from them?” Father Ken Van Haverbeke, director of the Spiritual Life Center asks.
Scholars believe the Saturday before Holy Week Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and was with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in Bethany. After the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Jesus cleansed the Temple, preached, and gathered his apostles in Bethany, preparing for his final entry into Jerusalem as a prisoner to die.
Father Van Haverbeke, author of “The View From the Rectory Window” columns in the Catholic Advance, will lead the retreat. Beginning with the raising of Lazarus and culminating with the nocturnal accompaniment with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, the retreat experience will prepare one for Holy Week.
“My idea,” Father Van Haverbeke says, “is to create an experience during this retreat – an understanding of what Peter, James, and John experienced prior to the passion and resurrection of Jesus.
“What did they see? What did they feel? How did the rising of Lazarus affect what they witnessed on Good Friday? How did the washing of the feet feel? This retreat will not be an intellectual exercise, but a prayerful experience of the days leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.”
Want to go to ‘Bethany’?
The Retreat in Bethany is being offered Friday evening through Sunday, March 2-4. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday with the raising of Lazarus and concludes with Sunday Mass and lunch.
Space is limited. Regular retreat rates apply. Early bird rates end Monday, Feb. 19, so register soon. Reserve a spot by calling (316) 744-0167 or visit www.SLCwichita.org.