|St. Francis Center for Renewal|
UN International Day of Peace
September 21, 2016
White House Convent
PEACE DAY at St. Francis Center for Renewal
An annual tradition of joining in prayer for peace.
We invite you to join us on September 21. The day is filled with opportunities for you to create, contemplate and celebrate peace. All activities will take place in the Renewal Center and on the grounds of Monocacy Manor.
Please call or email the office to let us know of your participation
HANDS FOR PEACE
9:00 -11:00am & 1:00 - 3:00pm
"And all that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, of blue, of purple, of scarlet, and of fine linen."
Bring needles, hooks and yarn and spend time knitting or crocheting for peace.
10:00am -12:00 Noon & 2:00 - 4:00pm
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works..."
Let color create peace within.
MEDITATE ON PEACE
9:00 - 10:00 am & 2:00 - 3:00pm
"The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace..."
An opportunity to contemplate and pray for peace.
WRITERS FOR PEACE
9:00 -10:00am & 2:00 - 3:00pm
"In the beginning was the Word.."
Time to create and pray through poetry and journalling.
9:00am - noon
"Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness..."
Spend time at Monocacy Farm assisting in the harvest of crops
destined for the needy in our area.
INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE
7:00pm Convent Chapel
Please note: the Renewal Center Chapel will be open all day for those wishing to visit. You are also welcome to visit the grounds of Monocacy and enjoy the peace of nature.
Celebration of the Transitus
October 3, 2016
The celebration of the Transitus is an important Franciscan devotion to ritualize the passing of St. Francis from this life into eternity. It is held on the evening of October 3rd, the anniversary of St. Francis’ death. The School Sisters of St. Francis invite you to join them for this beautiful annual event which will be held in the Convent Chapel.
A reception will follow in the Convent Dining Hall.
RSVP: September 26, 2016 ~ 610.867.8890
A Walk Through Assisi
A Special Simply Prayer For the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi!
Join us as Sister Marie Therese Sherwood, OSF shares the experiences of her pilgrimage through Assisi and the Umbrian Valley with Franciscan author, Murray Bodo, OFM. This promises to be a memorable way to celebrate the feast of Saint Francis! Then join us for a special Italian feast! Buona Festa!
Sr. Marie Therese Sherwood, OSF: A School Sister of Saint Francis for over 50 years, Sister Marie Therese serves as a pastoral minister at St. Matthias Parish, Somerset, NJ.
Offering: $25 Includes Lunch Deposit: $15
Praying Through Advent
December 7 & 14, 2016
6:45 ~ 9:00pm
Jerome Herauf, MA, MDiv
Christmas celebrates Jesus’ birth---“when the whole world was at peace.” Yet preparations for Christmas often leave us tired and distracted. This series presents Ignatian methods of prayer peacefully experienced during this time of waiting, enhancing participants’ experience of the Advent Season. These methods include: meditation, prayer of the imagination, contemplative prayer. Lectio Divina will also be explored.
Offering: $20 per session Includes Coffee & Pastry Deposit: $15
A Way to Grow
March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
6:45 ~ 9:00pm
Facilitator: Jerome Herauf, MA, MDiv
We examine how we grow spiritually through a four-part process of prayer/meditation, reflection upon prayer and upon life, and spiritual decision-making. By a variety of inputs and group sharing, participants come to experience the effects of this process.
MARCH 6: Our Spiritual ~ Religious Experience
We discover again what we mean by spiritual/religious experience and begin to examine various ways to enter into it, including several forms of meditation and prayer.
MARCH 13: Journaling our Spiritual ~ Religious Experience
We are invited to reflect upon these experiences through writing or other means we find appropriate. Input is given from authors who have contributed significantly to this subject.
MARCH 20: Examen of Consciousness
The Examen provides us with a way to reflect upon our prayer and life experiences from a spiritual/religious perspective. It will also assist us in our practice of journaling.
MARCH 27: Implications for Spiritual Decision-Making
The implications of journaling and the Examen are explored. Since our spiritual decisions depend so closely upon our spiritual understandings (reflection), these implications are vast.
Offering: $20 per session/ $75 for all four sessions Deposit: $35
WE THIRST: Lessons in Mercy ~
These evenings are designed for the afflicted, their families and friends and members of the community including counselors, nurses, ministers, deacons, those in the criminal justice system, educators, etc. We will explore the epidemic of addiction in our society and our responsibility as followers of Christ in responding to those who are suffering ~ the outcasts, the sick, the oppressed.
The presentations are designed to educate, inspire, foster hope and healing and reduce the stigma surrounding this affliction. Attendees will learn the basic biology, psychology, sociology, and spirituality of addiction within the context of our faith and our call as Christians to ‘be merciful, as our heavenly Father is merciful.’ Presentations will include prayer, lectures, music and videos designed to be spiritually moving, inspiring and educational.
EVENING ONE: BIOLOGY
This four-week series begins with a focus on the biology of addiction. We will take a fairly in-depth look at the latest scientific theories of how exactly substances affect the body and the mind. Dependence, tolerance, relapse and denial are just some of the many topics that will be explored. The second half of the evening will include the numerous options available for those seeking recovery including medications, therapies, various support groups and more. Each week introduces a particular virtue that can be practiced, especially during times of crisis. This week’s virtue: prudence.
EVENING TWO: PSYCHOLOGY
Week two’s focus is on some of the psychological theories that perhaps best explain the use of substances. We will journey through our human growth and development to consider our core wounds and the layers and layers of traits that we wear for protection which ultimately cause more harm than good. We will see that the common denominator in all our misguided attempts (whether using substances or not) is the desire to avoid more pain. The second half of the evening will include what is necessary to make the journey back to our true selves buried deep within. This week’s virtue: empathy.
EVENING THREE: SOCIOLOGY
This third week’s topic is on the impact of substance abuse on society, with a special focus on the small society of the family. We will learn why exactly addiction is referred to as a “family disease” and how exactly others in the family can become affected when they are not ingesting a substance. Themes such as blame, shame, anger, guilt, grief, caring, codependence, and much more will be explored. As always, the second half of the evening focuses on various solutions as well as some positive changes that are happening in society. This week’s virtue: courage.
EVENING FOUR: SPIRITUALITY
The series concludes with an examination of our spiritual nature and how and why spirituality is an important part of the recovery process. Oftentimes the use of a substance is a misguided attempt to quench a spiritual thirst or craving. We will explore the missing piece to the puzzle of our lives, the God-shaped hole within each of us, and the only real way that this void can be filled. This week we will discuss not one, but three virtues: faith, hope, and love.
Offering: $10 PP/$15 Per Family Per Session Deposit: $10
Includes Coffee & Pastry