These classes take place weekly from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Sept. – May. You may join in at any time. Call the office to register. There is no charge, but a free-will offering is collected at each class.
“Lectio Divina” / Scripture Sharing Group
Tuesday Mornings: 9:30 to 11:30 am.
Fr. Henry Beck, OFM, Facilitator.
We pray with the Sunday readings to come with the process called “Lectio Divina”to better hear the Word of God to us. There is time for prayer, silence, and sharing on what we hear in the Sunday Gospel especially. A coffee break is provided mid-way through the time together. Anyone may begin at any time to come to the group sessions. A free will offering is graciously welcomed.
Spiritual Book Study
Wednesday Mornings: 10 to Noon.
Deacon Kenneth and Mary Weiland / Directors
This well-received program continues on Wednesday mornings. Each week we read a chapter of the book and discuss the application to our own spiritual journeys. A coffee break does take place. The new book will be Paul: A Biography. This book may be purchased in our SFRH Gift Shop. For more information, please contact Deacon Ken and Mary at: 610-559-0284. Anyone may join at any time. Started Sept. 11th. A free will offering is graciously welcomed.
Prayer of the Heart: Contemplative Prayer
Thursday Mornings: 9:30 to 11:30 am. Starts October 10th
Bro. Mark Ligett, OFM / Director
Contemplative prayer is all about intimacy with God, and everyone is called to that intimate experience of God’s love. This course continues to look at the essence of contemplative prayer and to study techniques which serve as aids to this type of prayer. Each week will provide ample opportunity to spend time in this “Prayer of the Heart.” Anyone may begin at any time to come to these classes. A free will offering is graciously welcomed.
Loss, Grief, Bereavement Support Group
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 9:30-11:00 am.
Directed by Karen Reesman, PhD, RN
The Friars of St. Francis Retreat House are pleased to add to the support groups held in the Lehigh Valley. This support group is for people experiencing grief due to loss, trauma, and/or death. It is an effort, on the part of the Franciscan Friars and Retreat Team of SFRH, to assist in helping people in the surrounding community to heal, be healthy, and to ultimately reach peace. Anyone may join at any time.
“Listening and Healing” Circles
In Fall 2018-Spring 2019 this committee offered four “listening and healing sessions” at SFRH regarding the sexual abuse crisis in our Catholic Church. These sessions use a “contemplative process” of listening and speaking, along with prayer experiences, to help the participants of these sessions discover God’s healing power and grace in our lives. We will be gathering on Thursday evening, September 26th, to begin again. New persons are welcome to participate. We are hoping that these “circles” may lead to further faith-sharing groups here at SFRH in the future. Team members have spiritual direction and counseling backgrounds. Presently: Ms. Maureen DeBellis, Ms. Michaelene Ross, Ms. MaryHelen Markowitz, Mr. George Salsovic, and Fr. Henry
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings held Sun. 8pm. Info
Monday Evening 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. Sept. – May. More info