Twilight Retreats

Ah! Brothers and Sisters, God's face is the face of a merciful Father who is always patient. --Pope Francis

Twilight Retreats

6:45 – 9:00 pm

Offering: $25.00

Deposit: $15.00

Includes Refreshments

Be  A Voice…Not an Echo

September 26, 2019

Alexandria Cirko

Facilitator: Alexandria Cirko,  born and raised in Croydon, PA, she has been involved in Catholic Education as both a teacher and principal for over 30 years.  Currently, Alex is the Asst. Superintendent for Religious Education in the Diocese of Allentown.  An integral part of her ministry is conducting 16 yearly retreats for administrators and teachers and presenting workshops on Catholic Identity and Missionary Discipleship

This quote from Albert Einstein encourages each of us to use our voices to spread the Good News in a world that hungers for the truth.  Echoes aren’t necessarily a negative thing.  We must always ‘echo’ the truths of our faith and the message of the gospel, but we do it using our individual gifts and talents ~ our “voice” which is gifted to us by the Father.  How can our voices be heard above the restlessness of society?  How will He use us to speak HIS word?

 

The Gift of Music:

Lifting the Heart & Feeding the Soul

October 15, 2019
Fr. Anthony Mongiello

Facilitator: Fr. Anthony Mongiello, M.Div Born in 1954 in Glenolden, Pa, Fr. Mongiello attended St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia and Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, and was ordained a priest in1980.  With a Masters Degree in Secondary education, Counseling from Kutztown University, he has served in high school ministries from 1981 through 2000.  Having served as pastor in St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, St. Jerome Parish, Tamaqua, he is currently pastor at St. Anne’s, Bethlehem.

Fr. Mongiello’s most recent CD, “From the heart, for the Soul,” is a compilation of both spiritual and secular songs which reflect his love of music which inspires emotion and faith.  This twilight retreat will provide an opportunity to explore how music can nourish our spirits, giving hope and joy even when they seem distant and unattainable.  Be prepared to open your ears and raise your voice. 

 

Praying with Icons

                             Sight, Silence & Inspiration

November 13, 2019

​Msgr. Robert Kozel

Facilitator: Msgr. Robert Kozel, born in Tresko, PA, was among the first ordination class for the Diocese of Allentown by Bishop McShea. He has served at Sts. Cyril & Methodious – Incarnation and St. Anne’s Church, Bethlehem. He retired from St. John The Baptist Church, Allentown. Msgr. Kozel has studied under well known Iconographers, Rev. Peter Pearson, Raymond Mastroberti and Jody Cole.

The purpose of a religious icon is to depict visually a spiritual truth ~ theology in color! Not meant to be a realistic picture, it shows us timelessness in time… silence. Icons enable a face-to-face encounter with a holy person or event and offers an opportunity for humanity to see the final revelation of the glory to come.

 

St. Francis & the Incarnation

January 23, 2020
Sr. Mary xavier Bomberger, OSF 

Facilitator: Sister Mary Xavier Bomberger, OSF      Sister Xavier is a graduate of Seton Hall and Lehigh Universities. During 57 years of religious life as a School Sister of St. Francis, Sister taught elementary and secondary classes, served in various administrative roles and is presently director of health care for some of the senior Sisters

The idea of being fully human is both inspiring and challenging. We are called to live as Jesus lived. Francis did! He put on the attitude of Jesus and lived with humility, poverty and love. We can do it too! Live simply and with gratitude.

 

‘Tis a Gift to be Simple…

                                     ‘tis a Gift to be Free

February 15, 2020
Sr. Marguerite Stewart, OSF

Sr. Marguerite Stewart, OSF, BSEd., BA (Music) Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction Studies. For 12 years Sister acted as Vicar General of her congregation in Rome as well as Director of Formation. With over 30 years’ experience in spiritual formation, S. Marguerite, a spiritual director and workshop presenter, was the Director of St. Francis Center for 6 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes…’tis a gift to be simple. But trying to remove clutter, doing with less or paring down our schedule, while good, may not lead to a simple life. Our hearts can remain cluttered with anxieties, worries, fears, attachments, guilt or shame and concerns of every kind. This evening we will try to find ways to remove this inner clutter, thus leading to a greater freedom and a true simplicity of heart.

 

The Wounded Healer –

A Lenten Evening of Reflection

 

Claire D’Auria, OSF

March 18, 2020

Facilitator: Clare A. D’Auria OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Aston, PA, currently ministers as a staff member at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania. For half of her fifty years in ministry, Clare has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, offering directed and conference retreats, especially focused on topics in Franciscan spirituality. She also served on the staff of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs for eight years, leading pilgrims through the holy sites in both Assisi and Rome. A certified spiritual director, her other ministerial experience has included congregational and provincial leadership, secondary and collegiate education, and a variety of additional administrative roles both within and outside of her congregation.

 

Henri Nouwen says that “a Christian community is, therefore, a healing community not because wounds are cured and pains are alleviated, but because wounds and pains become openings or occasions for a new vision.” The liturgical season of Lent is this kind of “occasion.” Each year it challenges us to open our eyes to a new and renewed vision of life that enables us to see our own experience through the lens of the Paschal Mystery. You are invited to join us this evening as we reflect on this mystery through the experience of Jesus and to discover how his healing touch can empower us to become, like him, a blessed presence in our broken and wounded world.

 

Free to Be Ourselves

 

Aptil 27, 2020

Facilitator: Alexandria Cirko,  born and raised in Croydon, PA, she has been involved in Catholic Education as both a teacher and principal for over 30 years.  Currently, Alex is the Asst. Superintendent for Religious Education in the Diocese of Allentown.  An integral part of her ministry is conducting 16 yearly retreats for administrators and teachers and presenting workshops on Catholic Identity and Missionary Discipleship

We Rarely Hear The Inward Music, But We’re All Dancing To It Nevertheless.”  Rumi

A retreat is an opportunity to step back, unwind and exhale.  It gives us time to enter that place where we are free to be ourselves ~ to hear the music of our souls ~ to move with Spirit ~ to DANCE as if no one is watching!  They say DANCE is movement for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, for releasing energy, or simply taking delight in the movement itself.  Come away for an evening of prayer, music and DANCE ~ an evening of fun and laughter, moved by the Spirit.  Lee Ann Womack said it best, Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance. “ And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance,  I hope you dance!  I hope you dance! “  I hope you will join us!

 

Every Day is Mother’s Day

 

 

On Sunday May 10, we will honor and show our gratitude to our mothers. We stop and remember their love and the many sacrifices they make for us every day. Join us for this evening of remembering and celebrating these very special women who helped us to be who we are today. We will be lead by a panel of three women as they share what it means to be a mother.

Join us in welcoming Joyce Bogusky, Claire Hintze, Gloria Upanavage.

 

Peace and all Good! We Would Love to Have You Visit Soon!

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