Gonzaga University’s annual Marian-Eucharistic Conference runs Friday through May 21 at the Martin Center on the GU campus.
The purpose of the event is for various religious speakers from across the country to come together and discuss prayer, the role of the Holy Spirit and devotion to Mary. Members of the religious community and the general public are welcome.
Speakers will include retired Bishop Sylvester Treinen, author of numerous books and bishop of the Boise Diocese for 27 years; Bill McCarthy, co-founder of My Father’s House Retreat Center; Daniel Lynch, national guardian of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Char Vance, who found both spiritual and physical healing at Medjugorje; Armand Nigro, S.J., a religious studies professor at Gonzaga University; and many others.
A photographic replica of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be on display.
The conference begins at 1 p.m. on Friday.
Cost to attend the weekend event is $17.50 for adults and $8 for children. Priests and religious lay members attend free.
For more information, call the conference office at 328-4220, ext. 2105.
Benefit play and dinner
St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in the Valley, 304 S. Adams Road, will host a benefit dinner and play for its “Mission: Mexico” project next Friday and Saturday in its gymnasium.
The play is “The Cemetery Club,” a comedy written by Ivan Menchell. The production, about three widows who befriend each other after losing their husbands, features the Cast Adrift Players.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The play will start at 7. Dessert will be served during intermission.
Tickets are $12 and are available at the church or by calling Annie Trunkle at 926-9559.
All proceeds will benefit the church’s “Mission: Mexico” project. Some 30 teenagers and nine adults will be going to Tijuana, Mexico, in July to build homes for needy families.
Career seminar and God
Paul Tomlinson, founder of the Career/Life Institute in Seattle, will lead a workshop titled “A Career Seminar: Finding the Right Job with God’s Help” on Monday at 6:45 p.m. at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Road.
The seminar will cover topics ranging from resumes and career transitions to interviews and making God a partner in the job search.
During his 15-year career as a job counselor, Tomlinson is credited with helping more than 3,500 people find employment.
The cost of the seminar is $10.
For reservations or further information, call 924-4525 week days or 928-3163 evenings and weekends.
New World Unity Church, 415 W. Hastings (the Fairwood Shopping Center), holds its first-year anniversary celebration on Sunday at 10 a.m.
The church will serve a complimentary continental breakfast to celebrate the occasion. All are invited to attend.
The Revs. Kris and Rich Broderhausen are the church’s coministers. Both are Spokane natives who attended Gonzaga University, among other colleges.
Concert at Lourdes
The eighth in a series of inaugural concerts commemorating the expansion and restoration of organs in the Spokane Catholic Diocese takes place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside, Sunday at 4 p.m.
The concert will feature organist James Barrett and trumpeter Christopher Cook. Together, Barrett and Cook will play works by Bach, d’Andrieu, Tartini, Krebs, Karg-Elert, Widor, Dupre and Callahan.
The first inaugural concert was May 1, Bloomsday of last year. That performance drew a crowd of about 800.
Sunday’s show is free. Donations, however, will be accepted.
‘Loving Spoonsfull’ fund-raiser
On Sunday, 20 Spokane restaurants will recognize Mother’s Day by participating in a fundraiser for single moms called “Loving Spoonsfull.”
All participating restaurants will contribute a portion of their Mother’s Day proceeds to the Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) Program.
CAPA, supported by Catholic Family Service, provides assistance to young single moms and promotes self-sufficiency, self-respect and parenting techniques.
The restaurants participating in “Loving Spoonsfull” are: Arby’s Restaurants, Birkebeiner Brewing Co., Bruchi’s, Cafe Roma, Dewey’s East, Diane’s (Quality Inn Valley Suites), Europa Pizzaria and Bakery, Hobart’s, La Chapala, Luigi’s (both the downtown and Valley locations), Metro Cafe, O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, Panhandler Pies, Ripples on the River (Cavanaugh’s River Inn), Sportsman Cafe, Windows of the Season (Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park) and Zip’s (Five-Mile Shopping Center, Northwest Boulevard, and Sprague and Bowdish).