Francis House of Prayer

TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER


THEN SINGS MY SOUL
            Wednesday, November 1       9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


“The aim and purpose of all music is none other than the Glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” (J.S. Bach) Deep within each of us is an Eternal Song waiting to be sung.  Come spend the day in the embrace of music, song, in harmony with others and within ourselves as together we pray our way to the love that longs to sing our soul into being.  We will engage in a variety of music/prayer experiences.  No musical training is necessary to attend.  “There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” (William P. Merrill) Donation: $20, includes lunch.


CLASSIC IGNATIAN MEDITATIONS
            Thursday, November 2            9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


At the heart of the Spiritual Exercises are two classic meditations by St. Ignatius: The Principle and Foundation and The Contemplation for Learning to Love Like God.  I would love for you to experience them and their amazing power for consolation, clarity and peace.  We will spend the day praying with them.  You will receive additional materials to further your prayer.  Give it a try!  You won’t be sorry.  What a great way to pray on All Souls Day!  Donation: $25, includes lunch and materials.


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


TEILHARD’S MYSTICISM
EMERGING SPIRITUALITY IN A CHAOTIC WORLD
            Sunday, November 5        9:30 AM – 2:30 PM


The universe we live in is dynamic, creative, and beautiful. Steeping ourselves in its dynamism, sensing its evolutionary direction, and sinking into its beauty, we come to know a divine immanent presence alive and active in the universe as well as a divine transcendent presence drawing us ever into the future.  In our time together, we will consider how the universe reveals the presence of our creator God and how we can become continually more conscious of our part in its ongoing evolution.  Presenter: Sister Kathy Duffy, SSJ, PhD.  Donation: $35.  Please bring a bag lunch.



PERSONAL RETREAT DAY
         
Wednesday, November 8        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.


SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKEND
           
7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
            November 10 – 12   

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.


SUNDAY MORNING RETREAT TIME
            Sunday, November 19      9:30 AM – 12:30 PM


How about giving God an entire Sunday Morning?  You will love it and God will, too!  We will use lectio divina and centering prayer throughout the morning and end with liturgy at 11:30 AM.  What a refreshing and centering way to start a busy week!  Donation:  Love Offering.


ADVENT RETREAT DAY
ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE
            Tuesday, November 28           9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Advent is such a special season of grace, often lost in the shuffle of the Christmas rush!  We will travel through Advent this year with Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean Pierre de Caussaude with a commentary by Dennis Billy.  This classic on trust in God’s goodness and providence is a perfect fit for the anxiety of our times.  I am certain that your Advent Season will be greatly enriched by this choice.  I can’t think of a better way to enjoy this holy time!  Donation $35, includes book and lunch.


THE CHALLENGE OF TRANSITIONS
            Wednesday, November 29     9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Transition is defined as the act of passing from one state or place to the next or an event that results in transformation.  Scripture is full of stories of people in transition and the fidelity of God through these sacred moments.  This day will provide an opportunity to come together for input, times of quiet prayer and sharing with others as we open to the sacredness of times of transition in our own lives and God’s invitation into this process with us.  Led by: Joann Caramanico.  Donation: $20, includes lunch.

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."

November 2017