Trenton Diocesan Spiritual Center and Retreat House
ASH WEDNESDAY RETREAT
Wednesday, February 14 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
LITURGY AT NOON
We love beginning Lent together with this retreat at Francis House because it provides a gentle structure for the six-week journey ahead. This year I thought you would enjoy This Is My Body by Bishop Robert Barron to guide your Lenten journey. Liturgy is included with the reception of ashes within it. Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $35, includes lunch and book for your Lenten journey. Zoom $20
LET’S LISTEN TO THE POPE: A PATH TO A BETTER FUTURE
Thursday, February 15 9:30 AM –1:00 PM
God’s call to conversion in Lent invites us to focus outside ourselves for the well-being of others. In this short book by Pope Francis, we are encouraged to make the world simpler, fairer, kinder and more sustainable for those after us. What good Lenten reading! Let’s get started together! We will provide the book. Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $40, includes lunch and book. Zoom: $20
LENTEN SERIES ZOOM ONLY
THE JOY OF FULL SURRENDER
4 Thursdays 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
February 15, 22, 29 & March 14
The classics of spiritual literature continue to capture me and this one by Jean Pierre de Caussade is among them. Full surrender to God is indeed the desire of all our hearts. I am hoping you are willing to give about 20 minutes a day to reading this classic which we will lovingly reflect on during our 4 sessions together. Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $50
SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKENDS
7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
Feb 16 – 18
March 15 – 17
Liturgy, spiritual direction and optional contemplative prayer periods are included. Please register early. These fill quickly. Donation: $175/$75 non-refundable deposit with registration.
LENTEN EVENING SERIES - ZOOM ONLY
THE GREATEST ACT OF LOVE
4 Mondays 6:30 to 8:00 PM
February 19, March 4, 18, & 25.
Every year the holy season of Lent gives us the opportunity to explore the depths of God’s love for us. The cross of Christ stands in the center of that love. We are invited to not only gaze on the cross, but to lean into it. Gleaning insights from Ronald Rolheiser’s Passion of the Cross, embrace the Cross. Led by S. Marie. Donation: $75.
HOOKED ON PROVERBS: A GREAT LENTEN READ
Tuesday, February 20 9:30 AM –2:00 PM
Have you ever spent time with the Book of Proverbs? It holds remarkable sayings of wisdom and common sense! Be instructed in their age-old wisdom, pick your favorite proverbs, and then write your own brief proverbs to live by during Lent. “The Word of God strikes more surely than a two-edged sword!” The Book of Proverbs will keep you focused on your Lenten Journey… for sure! Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $30, includes lunch.
CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT WEEKEND
February 23 – 25 7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
A centering prayer weekend provides the time, space and discipline needed to experience the inner stillness which occurs when given the opportunity for frequent centering prayer periods alone and in common. Donation: $165/$65 non-refundable deposit. Commuters welcome.
4-DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT
Begins 7:00 PM – Ends 10:00 AM
February 25 – 29 Sunday to Thursday
Donation: $350; $75 non-refundable deposit.
GOOD OLD-FASHIONED LETTER WRITING
Monday, March 4 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
If it’s good enough for St. Paul, it’s good enough for us! We will start with praying over his letter to the Philippians, one of my favorites, and then proceed to write a letter to someone who needs a letter from you. Writing a holy letter in a holy place during this Holy Season of Lent might be the desire of God’s heart…and yours. Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $25, includes lunch. Zoom: $20.
A SIMPLE LIFE-CHANGING PRAYER
Tuesday, March 5 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Examen is a daily prayer practice designed to help you notice and enjoy God's presence in your everyday life. As you grow in its daily practice you will begin to be aware of God's presence and action everywhere. If you would like to end every day with peace, gratitude and hope, rather than anxiety and fear, please come to this retreat on Ignatian Examen. It's no exaggeration to say that Examen changes everything. It might change things for you too! Led by S. Marcy. Donation: $35 includes lunch and book. Zoom: $20
RE-VITALIZE LENT: GOD’S CALL TO USE YOUR POTENTIAL
Tuesday, March 5 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Join Father Bill Lago for some true inspiration and lively discussion which promises to re-vitalize your Lent. He will use concepts from the secular author David Goggins in his book, Can’t Hurt Me, with the rich tradition of Catholic Spirituality to encourage us to listen to God’s invitation to use our untapped potential and grow into the person God desires us to be. Be ready! Please bring a journal. Led by Fr. Bill Lago. Donation: $35, includes lunch. Zoom: $25
PERSONAL RETREAT DAY
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
March 6 & March 27
Take a day away from the busyness of your life to rest a while in the Lord and experience God’s presence. Come to Francis House for silence, personal prayer, and optional spiritual direction. The day begins and ends with a brief prayer together. Please bring your lunch. Donation: $10; $40 with spiritual direction.
PRAYING WITH MARY AND THE ROSARY
Friday, March 8 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
The rosary is a spiritual resource that has many historical and contemporary dimensions. From the prayer beads that can guide us to contemplative stillness to the scripture-based “mysteries” that encapsulate the life journey of Mary and her son, Jesus, the rosary is rich and rewarding. With music, readings, silence and prayerful reflection on the mysteries of the rosary and of our lives, we will listen for God’s voice at this mid-Lenten time. Led by S. Eileen White, GNSH. Donation: $35, lunch included. Zoom: $30
GOD’S SAVING LIGHT
Monday, March 11 9:30 AM to Noon
With one turn of the clock, we take away a bit of darkness and extend the gift of light. Perhaps today is the day to allow God to take away from you any of the darkness which prevents you from fully enjoying the Light of his Love. Led by S. Marie. Donation: $20.
3-DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT
Begins 7:00 PM – Ends 10:00 AM
March 11 – 14 Monday to Thursday
Donation: $275; $75 non-refundable deposit.
ST. JOSEPH’S DAY LITURGY
Tuesday, March 19 9:30 AM
Celebrate the feast of St. Joseph with Liturgy followed by feast day refreshments.
Begins 7 PM Wednesday – Ends 9 AM Easter
March 27 – 31 Wednesday to Sunday
Come to Francis House for days of silence and prayer as we participate in this most solemn week. We will join a neighboring parish for the Church’s Sacred Liturgies. A Triduum Retreat helps us to experience the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection in an intimate and heartfelt way. Donation: $350; $100 non-refundable deposit.
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Francis House of Prayer
84 Walnford Road, Allentown, New Jersey 08501, United States