A Day for Myself with God
October 9, 2019 9:00 AM – 4:00PM
Bring a Brown Bag Lunch – Coffee and Tea Available Freewill Offering is Welcome
As Summer turns into Autumn, treat yourself to a day of quiet in the serene surroundings of Monocacy Manor dressed in all its autumnal glory! Enjoy a stroll by the creek or through the woods. Bask in the silence, spend time with yourself and the Lord. The Renewal Center and Chapel will be available to you all day. Registration is requested.
UN International Day of Peace
Interfaith Service: 7:00 PM
White House Chapel
For our annual tradition of joining in Prayer for Peace, we invite men and women of various faiths to join us for this special evening prayer service devoted to Peace. Join us as we celebrate an interfaith hour of prayer, reflection and song, as we intercede with our loving God for the gift of peace among all of God’s people.
Health & Welness Seminars
6:45 – 9:00 PM
Offering per session: $25
Deposit per session: $15
Gena Tallarico is a health and Wellbeing Services expert. She has over 25 years of experience working with many fortune 500 companies such as Mars, Incorporated, Air Products, CIGna, Hershey foods and Mack Trucks to name a few. A Registered nurse and Occupational Health Specialist, Gena also holds a Master’s in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University. Her passion revolves around developing and implementing successful health and wellbeing strategies that measurably improve population health and human performance. She has led healthcare services professionals in business and industry to provide successful team-based health and wellbeing outcomes, and has taught Communications at the college level.
October 9: Living Life Fully – The Resilience Advantage Workshop from HeartMath
All of us wish to live our lives to the fullest. Join us for a workshop that will take a look at the science behind the connections of our mind, body and spirit. Using a biotechnology tool from HeartMath, we will examine our ability to understand these important connections, thereby increasing our potential to enjoy a healthy and full life.
Facilitator: Gena Tallarico, Rn. Ma. COHN-S, a HeartMath Certified Provider
Health & Welness Seminars
6:45 – 9:00 PM
Free Will Offering
November 14: Young & Alive…
Expanding our awareness of well-being in Youth
Bethlehem Health Bureau Director Kristen Wenrich and Kathy Halkins, Supervisor of Health Services for the Bethlehem Area School District, will join St. Francis Center for Renewal to discuss the real-world issues surrounding the health of our children in the Lehigh Valley community.
They will share updated information on issues of concern, what is currently being done to improve the data, find solutions, and discuss with us opportunities to make a difference.
If you have children or grandchildren, and/or have interest in the topic of helping children thrive to reach their full potential, please join us for an interesting evening with local experts who can raise our awareness and spark ideas for how we can help kids in our area THRIVE!
Honoring the World Day of the Poor
Psalm 34, “This poor one cried out and the Lord heard.”
“We can ask ourselves, how is it this cry, which reaches all the way to God, is unable to penetrate our ears and leaves us indifferent and impassive?” Pope Francis
Food collected at the 5th Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be delivered to the needy. Please join us in our effort by donating grocery store gift cards or canned goods.
Simply Prayer with Lunch
Grace …and a Loose Thread
December 3, 2019
9:00 AM -Noon
June Doncsecz – Recently retired as the Administrative Assistant for the Diocese of Allentown and as Receptionist for the Chancery Office, June is wife of Deacon Michael Doncsecz, Permanent Deacon and full-time Pastoral Minister at Queenship of Mary Parish in Northampton. When she isn’t involved 24/7 in the life and work of the Church, June enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Zoey and Grover. Their silliness keeps her grounded!
The Master Mender – Only he can repair the frayed edges of the fabric of our lives. A short, personal witness of a life torn, without Christ, to the beautiful tapestry of grace that can only be found in him.
Offering: $35 Deposit: $15
Time, Talent, Treasure
Prayer Service & Reception
January 4, 2020
Followed by lunch in the Retreat Center dining room
A Lenten Day for Myself with God
April 1, 2020 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bring a Brown Bag Lunch – Coffee and Tea Available
Freewill Offering is Welcome
As we come to the close of the Lenten Season, enjoy a day of quiet in the serene surroundings of Monocacy Manor dressed in all its autumnal glory! Enjoy a spring stroll by the creek or through the woods. As we prepared for the Holy Days, bask in the silence, spend time with yourself and the Lord. The Renewal Center and Chapel will be available to you all day. Registration is requested.
Healing the Earth –
Our Common Home
A Call to Action ~
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 20, 2020
9:30 – 11:30 AM or 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Both sessions will cover the same topics.
Registration is required.
Freewill Offering is Welcome.
Presenters: Marie North, CSBA, Laudato Si’ Animator and Team of Local Speakers (TBA)
Marie North has been involved with sustainability for many years and became a certified Sustainable Building Advisor in 2011. She provides consulting and outreach services on achieving sustainability in everyday life through her website translatingsustainable.com. In early 2018, she became a Laudato Si’ Animator to help faith communities initiate sustainable practices in their churches, schools, and at home. Having read Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home, her opinion about Pope Francis’ encyclical is, “He gets it”. Her life experiences and Catholic faith are instrumental in her work to be a voice for a healthy planet. She is inspired by the sisters at the St. Francis Center who ‘faithfully’ worked to bring this topic to their retreat center community.
Francis of Assisi was called. Pope Francis was called. If you are reading this, YOU are being called to respond to the whispers and cries of our Earth and her poor and vulnerable communities. This workshop will heighten your awareness and will offer simple steps to help alleviate the effects of drought, flooding, poor air quality, ocean waste, and more. Breakout sessions presented by local speakers will provide practical, cost-effective solutions to your faith community’s questions about energy efficiency, sustainability, reducing waste, storm water runoff, and water quality.
Who should attend? This workshop is for pastors and clergy, advisory committees, parishioners, principals, teachers, and all individuals wanting to learn how to make a difference. The schedule will integrate time for personal reflection and Q&A. Please join us!