CHANTING
A SACRED PRAYER PRACTICE


   Wednesday, May 2           9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Let us come together to listen, learn, explore and engage in the rich practice of Sacred Chant.  No need to be a musician to chant/intone simple prayers and praise to God. Chant/Mantra is not something you simply utter. It is something, together with your longing, you desire to become! We will come to know deeply the truth of St. Paul’s words, "It is no longer I but Christ who lives in me" Led by Joann Caramanico.  Donation: $25, includes lunch.


THE MATURING OF YOUR SOUL
PILGRIMAGE INTO THE LAST THIRD OF LIFE

   Fridays, May 4 & 18 & Tuesday, May 22          9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

To age is to transition into the last period of growth.  The invitation from God in the final years of life is to deeper intimacy, and to living more courageously, consciously and contemplatively from your soul, as you prepare for your eventual transition into new life. We are offering a 3-part series for the 65+ who are in this most graced season of life. Come to as many as you can. No need to attend all three.  Donation: $25 per session, lunch included. You will receive some reading material for between sessions, and relevant books will be available for you if you wish to purchase them.

Topics throughout the 3 days will include:

  • Facing Aging and Dying

  • Five Spiritual Practices for Aging Well

  • Transforming Loneliness

  • The Art of Life Completion

  • Spiritual Eldering

  • Living with Limitation

  • The Importance of Prayer and Contemplation

  • The Powerlessness of Aging

  • Leaving Your Legacy


SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKEND

   7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
   May 4 – 6

Due to the frantic pace of contemporary life, it is essential for our spiritual and physical health to take time to pray. A weekend directed retreat offers you the opportunity to experience the graced rhythm of life in which silence and rest restore your body and God revives your soul. Liturgy, spiritual direction and optional contemplative prayer periods are included. Please register early. These fill quickly. Donation: $130/$50 non-refundable deposit with registration.

THE MATURING OF YOUR SOUL
PILGRIMAGE INTO THE LAST THIRD OF LIFE


   Fridays, May 4 & 18 & Tuesday, May 22          9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

To age is to transition into the last period of growth.  The invitation from God in the final years of life is to deeper intimacy, and to living more courageously, consciously and contemplatively from your soul, as you prepare for your eventual transition into new life. We are offering a 3-part series for the 65+ who are in this most graced season of life. Come to as many as you can. No need to attend all three.  Donation: $25 per session, lunch included. You will receive some reading material for between sessions, and relevant books will be available for you if you wish to purchase them.

Topics throughout the 3 days will include:

  • Facing Aging and Dying

  • Five Spiritual Practices for Aging Well

  • Transforming Loneliness

  • The Art of Life Completion

  • Spiritual Eldering

  • Living with Limitation

  • The Importance of Prayer and Contemplation

  • The Powerlessness of Aging

  • Leaving Your Legacy


FINDING GOD IN CREATION
FIRE: THE LOVE OF GOD

   Monday, May 7           9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us as we explore the fire of God’s love. We will pray with Scriptures and use the writings of Teilhard de Chardin to lead us to a greater awareness of God’s desire for us to be filled with the fire of His love. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors. We will use Water, Wind, Earth and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Christine Valters Paintner as a guide. Led by Jill Snyder. Donation: $30, includes book, or $15 without book.


PERSONAL RETREAT DAY

   Wednesday, May 9           9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

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.  Donation: $10; $40 with spiritual direction.  Please bring a bag lunch.



MOTHER’S DAY MORNING RETREAT
REMEMBERING OUR MOTHERS

   Sunday, May 13           9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Mother’s Day can be especially painful after the recent or even not so recent death of your mother. Please bring a picture of her as we honor her life and celebrate the eternal life of the one who knew you best. We will share memories, and let the healing grace of God flow over us like a gentle spring shower. Donation: Love Offering.

RETREAT WEEKEND FOR DEACONS

   May 18 – 20           7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday

Save this date for your annual retreat. This silent directed retreat will replenish you for even more fruitful ministry to the people of God. Donation: $130/ $50 deposit with registration.

FINDING GOD IN CREATION
THE LIVING WATER


   Wednesday, May 23        9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join us as we explore God’s love and blessings through the source of life – water and through the source of eternal life, “Christ, the living water.”  We will pray with Scriptures and use the writings of St. Hildegard of Bingen and Thomas Merton. Time will be spent both indoors and outdoors. We will use Water, Wind, Earth and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements by Christine Valters Paintner as a guide. Led by Jill Snyder. Donation: $30, includes book or $15 without book.

ANNUAL CLEANING PARTY

   Friday, May 25   
   9:00 AM – Noon or 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Please come and help us clean Francis House. Bring your favorite cleaning supplies. Please choose a 3-hour shift that is convenient for you and call 609-877-0509 with your choice. Actually, it’s fun!  Thanks so much. Breakfast & lunch provided.

May 2018

Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER

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!


If you wish to register by email, refer to "Contact Us."