Confessions

 

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

St. Francis Retreat House / Easton, PA

 

Monday, August 20: Confessions at 3 pm

 

Monday, August 27: No Confessions

[Fr. Henry away for vacation week]

 

Monday, Labor Day: September 3rd

SFRH Closed: No Confessions

 

Monday, September 10: Confessions at 3 pm

 

Peace and all goodness to you! 

Conversations Over Coffee

We invite you to join us for CONVERSATIONS OVER COFFEE during the year 2017.  At St. Francis Retreat House we are offering an opportunity for us to come together in coffecupconversations about our spiritual life and our relationships with one another as sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus.  There are no presentations on these evenings, just open and free sharing about our spiritual quests and our heart-felt concerns—our joys and sorrows, our hopes and dreams, and our struggles and doubts as we walk together on our journey of faith.  These will be real conversations with a lot of listening to one another and reverent dialogue.  In this way we learn to appreciate and accept the many differences we all bring to the table as a family of God.  In a world of many divisions, we will do what children of God can and must do, namely, recognize our common life, and come to know and appreciate our brothers and sisters despite the many diverse cultural and educational experiences we have as individuals.

Sept. – May only *Dates to be announced*

We might be surprised about the many helpful suggestions we may hear from one another as we share our strategies and experiences on this topic. Everyone is invited to participate. We will meet in Conference Room A. Please enter the Retreat House through the front portico glass doors. 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. In the upper room at our retreat house. All are welcome to these “Conversations over Coffee.”There is no charge but a free will offering can be made.

Monday Mini-Retreats

Monday Mini Retreat Programs begin with a meal in our dining room at 6:00 p.m. Following the meal, we meet in our main conference room for prayer and a presentation. There is time for discussion before the closing prayer at 9:00 p.m. Registration begins in the lobby at 5:15 p.m.

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January 25: We began our series of mini-retreats reflecting on the traditional seven “Spiritual Works of Mercy.”


September 26: “Counseling the Doubtful.”

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As the popular liturgical hymn reminds us, “We are companions on the journey.” We do not and cannot walk alone as we seek to be faithful disciples of Jesus. In our fears and doubts, we need the encouragement, support, witness, and consoling words of our brothers and sisters. Presenters: Carol Herman and Diane Rice. Donation: $25.00 Register

October 24: “Praying for the Living and Deceased”

“Praying for the Living and Deceased” is the work of mercy for our reflection this evening. dr-carmina-chappWe are exhorted to pray, but why? We are reminded to “pray without ceasing,” but how? We pray for one another, but sometimes we ask “to what avail?” These questions continue to cross our minds, and we can discuss them this evening. Presenter: Dr. Carmina Chapp. Donation: $25.00 Register

November 21: “Bearing Wrongs Patiently”BishopGainer

Other people hurt us; we hurt others, sometimes without even knowing that we do so. “Bearing Wrongs Patiently” can be a daily work of mercy that will enrich us and bring peace to our hearts. Presenter: Most Rev. Ronald Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg, Pa. Register

December 14:”Celebrating Mercy with Joy”

As the solemnity of Christmas draws near, we celebrate mercy with joy. This evening we will watch “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the classic film of mercy and holiday rejoicing. Join us for a meal and a movie to prepare our families for the Feast of Mercy, the Birth of Jesus. Register

Monday Mini Retreat Programs begin with a meal in our dining room at 6:00 p.m. Following the meal, we meet in our main conference room for prayer and a presentation. There is time for discussion before the closing prayer at 9:00 p.m. Registration begins in the lobby at 5:15 p.m. The donation for these mini-retreats is $25.00 per person. *Please preregister at least 10 days before the program so that we can know how many meals to prepare and the number of hand-outs we need to print.

May the Lord give you peace!
The Franciscans and the Retreat House Retreat Team.

A Powerful Night on Forgiveness

Thanks to all who made our March 21st  Monday Evening Mini-Retreat a success. It

was on the Spiritual Work of Mercy “Forgiving Injuries” . It was a powerful message. Here are the lyrics to a song used as part of the presentation.

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls

That were made long ago

I have some cracks in me

They have been filled with gold.  (continues underneath)

That’s what they used back then

When they had a bowl to mend

It did not hide the cracks

It made them shine instead

So now every old scar shows

from every time I broke

And anyone’s eyes can see

I’m not what I used to be

But in a collector’s mind

All of these jagged lines

Make me more beautiful

And worth a higher price

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls

I was made long ago

I have some cracks you can see

See how they shine of gold.

-Peter Mayer