Our 2015 Pilgrimage for Peace will be held Sunday September 13, 2015.
- 10am Matins
- 11am Food Service begins
- noon Holy Anointing for Healing
- 1pm Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Bishop Kurt of Passaic
- Food Service continues after the Divine Liturgy
- 3:30pm Children's Programs
- 4pm Spiritual Talk:
The Shape Love Takes: Peace, Family and the Cross, Ann Koshute
against the noise & terror of this world, our peace is found in Christ, as our love is shaped by the Cross
- 5pm Vespers for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
If you would like to volunteer (help with food service, setup/cleanup, etc) or join the cantor choir for Divine Liturgy, please contact Fr Jerome, OFM at email@example.com or 570-788-1212 ext 402.
Bishop Kurt will pray especially for the catechists for the coming year and their work to teach our children about our faith. He will commission catechists, so please encourage your parish catechists and children to attend. There will be a special program for children.
Ann M. Koshute, M.T.S. is Adjunct Instructor in Theology at St. Joseph’s College of Maine (online) and DeSales University. She obtained her Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. She is a writer and speaker, offering parish and retreat presentations on marriage and family issues, the theology of the body, and spirituality. Ann and her husband Keith are parishioners of St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Church in Harrisburg.
About the talk -- The Shape Love Takes: Peace, Family and the Cross
The world around us is noisy, chaotic and often confusing. Our “peace is disturbed” in so many ways: politically, culturally, emotionally, and in our personal relationships. But peace is ultimately to be found in Christ. Our reflection will focus on how families in particular can find the peace Christ offers us in a place the world least expects: the Cross. By inviting Christ into ourhomes and our hearts, and letting our love take the shape of the Cross, we can experience the peace He promises and become agents of His peace in the world.
October 3-4: Remembering St Francis of Assisi
- October 3 at 6:30pm: Transitus: Commemorating how St Francis embraced Sister Death (chapel)
- Each year we gather at dusk to remember how St Francis embraced Sister Death. Social following the prayer service. Free-will offering. Please note: we have new, better lights in the parking lot!
- October 4 at 8am: Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St Francis
- October 4 at 1pm: Blessing of Animals (lawn outside chapel)
St John the Forerunner Icon Retreat
October 22-25, 2015
Peter Pearson, iconographer
Cost: $285 includes all materials. Optional room costs $30/night. Free-will offering for meals.
Contact: Fr Carmen, OFM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-788-1212 ext 406
The original is written by Romanian iconographer Gabriel Toma Chituc. Come and experience “A Brush with God” through the media of wood, pigment brush and prayer with Master Iconographer, Reverend Peter Pearson. Peter brings 40 years of iconographic experience with a gentle approach leading everyone, from novice to accomplished painter a prayer experience unlike any other. No experience needed, just a desire to learn and experience the divine touch in Life.
- October 22
- arrive for rooms by 4pm
- program begins at 5pm
- October 23 and 24
- 7:15am Matins (morning prayer)
- 8am Divine Liturgy
- 9am breakfast
- 12:30pm lunch
- 5pm Vespers (evening prayer)
- 6pm supper
- Reconciliation is available Friday 3-4:30pm and 7-8pm
- October 25
- 8am Divine Liturgy
- 9am breakfast
- conclusion and blessing of icons, ending around 12:30pm
- Light Lunch served after blessing of icons
- Checkout from rooms by 3pm
Sunday December 13 at 3pm: Emmanuel Moleben & Concert
The Emmanuel Moleben has hymns and Scripture readings to help us prepare for the celebration of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Cantors of Northeast Pennsylvania will lead the responses at the Moleben, and then (4pm) provide a concert of music in English and Slavonic. A certain famous bishop known for his generosity may visit.
Free-will offering. Reception following.
Work with iconographer Peter Pearson usually meets on the second Sunday of every month.
Cost: $25 per session; beginners may purchase materials for $20. More information forthcoming.
Contacts: Sonia Marie at 908-420-3931; or Tom at 570-454-1522.
Ongoing: Private Retreats
Clare House is a quiet refuge on our property, convenient to the chapel and monastery. You may take a silent, private retreat or talk with one of the friars.
Meals on your own or with the friars. Call to reserve a day or longer.