Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

THE PASSION AND THE CROSS
          
Monday, September 11          6:30 – 8:00 PM

We all have our crosses to bear.  Some are fleeting, others more enduring.  This evening retreat will help us find meaning in our suffering, and patience in the struggle as we share in the Passion and Cross of Jesus, and like Jesus, wait in hope for resurrection.  If you are struggling with your cross, please come.  You will receive The Passion and the Cross, a very helpful and short book by Father Ronald Rolheiser to further your understanding, comfort and strength.  It is so worth reading.  Donation: $25, includes book.


CLASSICS ON CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
         10 Tuesdays    6:30 – 8:30 PM

            September 12    December 5     April 10
            October 10         January 9         May 8
            November 7       February 6       June 5
                                        March 6

Grow in the practice of contemplative prayer by coming to these monthly sessions.  The evenings include two 20-minute contemplative prayer periods.  We will also view a 20-minute segment of Fr. Thomas Keating’s DVD series, Opening to the Presence of God and engage in good spiritual reading on contemplative prayer between sessions. This year we will use The Heart of Centering Prayer, by Cynthia Bourgeault, and The Divine Dance, by Richard Rohr, OSF for our reading between sessions. Donation: $175, includes both books.

IGNATIAN STUDY OF DISCERNMENT
         9 Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30 PM

            September 13    December 6      March 7
            October 11         January 10        April 11
            November 8       February 7        May 9

Our Discernment study will continue using Elizabeth Liebert’s The Way of Discernment and Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri Nouwen.  We will further our practice of discernment with an in-depth study of Examen, to enhance our awareness of God’s presence and action in our lives and grow in attentiveness of our daily response in the midst of our busy lives.  Donation: $200, includes books.


SPIRITUAL READING GROUP
         9 Fridays          6:30 – 8:30 PM

            September 15    December 1      March 2
            October 13         January 5         April 6
            November 3       February 2        May 11

Good spiritual reading is a must for spiritual growth. Companions on the journey help with the practice of this spiritual exercise.  This will be fun as well as fruitful.  Can you devote one Friday night a month to this pursuit?  As usual, we will feast on a variety of spiritual gems.  Donation $225, includes all books.

PIVOTAL PLAYERS
LITURGY, DINNER AND A FILM
            Saturday, September 16         5:00 – 8:00 PM


After liturgy and dinner, we will view one segment of Pivotal Players, a multi-part film series by Bishop Robert Barron, that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the church, but changed the course of civilization.  Looking for a night out? Tonight’s film features G.K.Chesterton.  Limited to 12 people.  Register early.  Donation: $25


CENTERING PRAYER
INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP
            Tuesday, September 19          6:30 – 8:30 PM


What is centering prayer?  Is God calling me to this form of prayer?  Do I have a desire for union with God that seems unfulfilled by other types of prayer?  How do I “do” centering prayer?  Will centering prayer really change me?  Is the fact that I can’t quiet my mind a problem?  Come and see.  It is well worth the day.  Donation: $25. 


SUNSET RETREAT
AN EVENING OF PRAYER WITH TEILHARD
            Wednesday, September 20     6:30 – 8:00 PM


Spend an evening connecting with God through the wonder of nature, the Word of God and the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  God’s love and creative energy resonates through all things.  Let this time be an uplifting moment to be quietly aware of and enjoy God’s Presence.  Donation: Love Offering


WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
          Thursday, September 21                    6:30 – 7:30 PM


Come with all your questions about spiritual direction.  Perhaps you are just curious about it.  People talk about having a spiritual director.  How is it different from a counselor, or a confessor?  Would spiritual direction help you? How does a person find a spiritual director?  What kind of training do they receive?  What is the purpose of spiritual direction?  Come and see.  We’ll have a sample session for you, too, in order for you to see for yourself what spiritual direction is….and isn’t.  Donation: Love Offering


ART JOURNALING 
            Wednesday, October 4           7:00 – 8:30 PM


This evening retreat will help you express the content of your prayer in color.  You will be surprised as you journal with art, rather than words.  God is the greatest artist who expresses his loving creation in color.  Come and do the same.  Learn a new way to express your experience of God.  Led by Jill Snyder.  Donation: $20, materials included.


PRAYING WITH GESTURES
       
6 Thursdays                      6:00 – 7:30 PM
          October 5, 12, 19              November 2, 9, 16

First, we learn to be attentive to our own life-giving breath.  Then we become still and stilled so as to experience the life-giving Holy Spirit within.  Then we learn to move gently, with flexibility and grace, so that in 90 minute sessions, we are refreshed in body, mind and soul.  Led by Valerie Smith.  Donation: $60.


FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
THE SHACK
            Friday, October 6        6:00 – 9:00 PM


After a light pizza and salad supper, we’ll view The Shack.  We will leave time at the end for discussion and comments on this inspiring film on forgiveness, healing, and the interaction of the Trinity in our lives.  Popcorn provided!  Donation: $20, includes supper.


PIVOTAL PLAYERS
LITURGY, DINNER AND A FILM
            Saturday, October 14       5:00 – 8:00 PM


After liturgy and dinner, we will view one segment of Pivotal Players, a multi-part film series by Bishop Robert Barron, that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the church, but changed the course of civilization.  Looking for a night out? Tonight’s film features St. Thomas Aquinas.  Limited to 12 people.  Register early.  Donation: $25


EVENINGS WITH TEILHARD
         
3 Wednesdays             6:30 – 8:30 PM
            October 18      November 15      December 13

Enjoy this 3-part series on the spirituality of Teilhard!  He lived his life in union with Christ found at the heart of all creation.  Donation: Love Offering


PIVOTAL PLAYERS
LITURGY, DINNER AND A FILM
            Saturday, November 4            5:00 – 8:00 PM


After liturgy and dinner, we will view one segment of Pivotal Players, a multi-part film series by Bishop Robert Barron, that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the church, but changed the course of civilization.  Looking for a night out? Tonight’s film features Michelangelo.  Limited to 12 people.  Register early.  Donation: $25

REGISTRATION INFORMATION


Please register for all programs by calling 609-877-0509. Be sure to include your full name and PHONE NUMBER and the title of the program on our voice mail. Registering by phone is preferred!


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