Franciscan Family Day: Polka Mass, Picnic and Tricky Tray -Aug.23

The Celebration will begin at 1:00 pm with a Polka Mass in our Chapel, featuring the “Changing Times Quartet” musical group. Following Mass, the group will provide musical entertainment outside during the picnic from approximately 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Come and enjoy meeting with the Friars and our Franciscan family. Share our fun day and enjoy the music, food and perhaps be a winner of our raffle or Tricky Tray.

Suggested donation is $10.00 a raffle ticket (or 3 tickets for $25.00), which includes food and refreshments.

Over $3000 in prizes

1st and 2nd prize $500 each
3rd prize $400
4th prize $300
5th prize $200

Additional prizes:
5 prizes at $100
10 prizes at $50
10 prizes at $25

No purchase is necessary for entry to this raffle. Sugested donations: $10 per ticket, $25 for three tickets. Purchase of tickets does not improve your odds of winning. Odds of winning are dependent on tickets entered, but will not exceed 1 in 25,000. Winners will receive their cash winnings within 2 weeks of this raffle. All proceeds benefit St. Francis Retreat House, 3918 Chipman Road, Easton, Pa 18045-3014. Phone: 610-258-3053.

Twelve raffle tickets will be included in our mailing. Additional tickets may be obtained by calling the Retreat House Office at 610-258-3053 extension 33 between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 will also be available the day of the picnic in the conference room lobby.

Please fill out stubs and keep the other half. For each ticket place stub and $10 or $25 for three tickets, in a self-addressed envelope. Package contains six tickets. If you are unable to take all, please return any unused tickets.

Win a Treasure in our Tricky Tray Raffle!

In addition, for your enjoyment, there will be a Tricky Tray with sixty or more baskets and items for you to take a chance on winning. Great gifts!

Tricky Tray ticket donations are $10 per sheet of 25. There also will be special value prizes with ticket donations at 7 for $10. If you have never been to a Tricky Tray, you have to try it! You could be a lucky winner!

Sponsored by the St. Francis Retreat House Lay Advisory Council for the benefit of the Retreat House. Contact: Debra Smith, President LAC, 610-258-3053 extension 13, email

Lehigh Valley Marketplace Magazine article

A Place of Peace: St. Francis Retreat House

By Cathy Kiley

We live in a demanding world of busy people. There is barely enough time to work and care for our families and we simply do not take enough time to care for ourselves. To enjoy a rejuvenating walk on a beautiful day feels as if it is a privilege instead of a necessity and to think about taking even an hour out of our day to rekindle our spirits seems to be an impossibility.

St. Francis Retreat House is a peaceful haven nestled at the north end of Chipman Road between Easton and Bethlehem (bordering Routes 22 and 33.) The Franciscan Friars have welcomed over 200,000 men, women and youth across their threshold since The Friary’s inception over 50 years ago, yet it continues to be one of the best kept secrets in the Lehigh Valley. Their history is rich, beginning in 1929 when Slovakian Franciscan Friars arrived in America to minister to Slovak speaking people in Ohio and Pennsylvania. However, following World War II, the church in Eastern Europe was forced underground by the Iron Curtain and countries were in ruins. As the diverse immigrant population grew in the United States, this handful of Friars answered the call of St. Francis to reach out in faith to bring hope to those in despair no matter what their ancestral or spiritual background. It is in this spirit of St. Francis that the Friars, volunteers, staff and benefactors continue his legacy today. St. Francis Retreat House opened its doors in Easton in 1961. Situated on 22 secluded wooded acres, it is easy to get lost in your thoughts here. A sense of calm greets you as soon as you enter the grounds. The chapel is, of course, the center of the property where Mass is held daily at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM on Sundays. The garden quadrangle across from the chapel is beautiful, showcasing a statue of St. Francis of Assisi surrounded by animal statuettes and bronze, mosaic and brick Stations of the Cross interspersed in beds of wildflowers and groves of white pines and forsythias. A prayerful walk through this courtyard is relaxing on a warm sunny day and a perfect place to sit, reflect or perhaps read a book. The nearby meditation garden and the pavilion on the east side of the property showcasing the Pieta are outdoor gathering places, not only for retreatants, but for individual visitors as well. There are 72 rooms at St. Francis Retreat House with accommodations to suit everyone. Dining facilities featuring delicious homemade cuisine are available to serve a group. The warm, welcoming retreat house is air conditioned and handicap accessible. The definition of “retreat” is a place of retirement, quiet or security; a refuge; or a change of direction. It implies an invitation to give over the rigors of daily life to meet, share and deepen the understanding of one’s life and the awareness of the presence of God in it. The Friars have a superb schedule of organized retreats on their calendar featuring not only spiritual and religious subjects but personal interest topics such as: “Aging with Grace”—The challenges of and the emotional dealing with all aspects of the aging process; and “A Time of Hope: Reflections of Cancer Survivors.” The Friars are inviting cancer survivors to gather for a weekend of sharing later this summer under the direction of cancer specialist Dr. Sukamal Saha (affiliated with Michigan State University.) Also invited to participate in the weekend are those currently undergoing cancer treatment, along with their caregivers.

In addition to planned retreats, the St. Francis Retreat House is available for outside retreats, as well as private and corporate meetings. It hosts many youth Kairos gatherings as well as the “Every 15 Minutes” programs held by local high schools reinforcing the results of underage drinking and driving to young adults; Marriage Encounter; Life Teen programs; Overeaters Anonymous meetings and other groups too numerous to list. On any given weekend you will find groups of mothers, teachers or friends who have come together for sharing and relaxation; and every year, The Evening Star Quilters fill the meeting rooms with sewing machines, materials and artistic ideas necessary to create their masterpieces. It is important to note that St. Francis Retreat House is a perfect place where any group with something in common can come together for peaceful exchange. One  popular program is the on-going Job Transition Workshop held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 9:00 to 11:30 AM.  Workshop Facilitator Tom Emmerth said that this workshop serves the needs of those who have lost their jobs in current recessionary times. He explained that the job search is a solitary process and this program presents a forum for the meeting of minds to share ideas and experiences, hone job searching and networking skills, tweak resumes and quite simply, be a support group for each other and share the stress of  job-hunting in today’s economy. St. Francis Retreat House provides an environment of Franciscan hospitality and compassionate care. It offers an affordable oasis for those seeking spiritual nourishment and renewal through a wide range of retreats for both large and small groups. The retreat house is administered by helpful staff and friendly Friars who will be happy to assist. Visit for more detailed information regarding retreats, Franciscan history and their Mission, photographs, directions and volunteer opportunities. All are invited to visit St. Francis Retreat House to find out what it is all about. While there, check out their small but mighty gift shop featuring religious articles, books, cards and foodstuffs with wonderful names like “Burnt Sacrifice” BBQ Sauces, Prayerfully Popped Corn, Holy Chocolates, Monastery Maple Syrup and Carmelite Coffees. You’ll be delighted with what you find at St. Francis Retreat House. It is truly a little bit of heaven right here in the middle of the Lehigh Valley.

St. Francis Retreat House

Chipman Road
Easton, PA 18045

May 18th Shelter the Homeless

shelter homeless

Stories of homeless men, women, and children continue to touch our hearts with sadness and move us to prayer and deeds of charity. People from a variety of area shelters for the homeless will share their experiences of serving
people in need by offering them the hospitality of food, welcome, and temporary lodging. This is our conversation tonight as we continue our study of the corporal works or mercy. Fr. Dennet Jung OFM and participants in the Dorothy Day Group will facilitate tonight’s conversation.

We will offer special times of prayer, presentations, discussions, and a social gathering. We call these evenings Monday Mini-Retreats. The evening begins with a meal at 6:00 p.m. and concludes with night prayer at 9:00 p.m. On some of these evenings there will be a movie presentation for discussion; on other evenings there will be a dialogue presentation and discussion followed by a closing prayer. Please note the Monday evenings when these mini-retreats are scheduled, and please send in your reservations ONE WEEK AHEAD OF TIME. Contact the office at 610-258-3053 Ext. 10 or email to make your reservations. Donations for these events are $20.00 person.                       Registration

May 1st, First Friday Retreat Day: “See Your Blessings; be a Blessing.”

Blessing friday

The retreat day will begin with registration at 8:30 am followed by coffee and pastry. At 9:00 am the program will start with morning praise and the first presentation. Around fr.dennet10:30 am there will be a break to walk the grounds, visit the gift shop or private prayer time. Around 11:15 am there will be the liturgy of the Eucharist, followed by a nice lunch at 12:00 noon in our dining room. 1:00 pm there will be a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament with the opportunity for the sacrament of Penance. 2:00 pm Benediction and closing. Suggested Offering: $25.00 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) Registration is required by the Friday before 610 258 3053 ex 10 or email                         Register

Book signing

Saint Francis Retreat House is happy to pass along information to you about a new book entitled, Bullying: The Social Destruction of Self by Dr. Laura Martocci.   Laura is the daughter of Tony Martocci, past president of the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Retreat House.  You are invited to meet Laura at the book signing to be held at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley on Sunday, May 3rd.

Saint Francis Retreat House is hoping to sponsor a day long seminar on the topic of bullying with Laura, sometime in the fall.  The date and times are still to be announced.
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