Volume 30 September 19, 2022

September 19, 2022

Dear Laura,

The words in today's gospel: "For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible" resonate in my heart. There is much hidden good that becomes visible in this sacred ministry. There is also much that is not hidden--and we would love YOUR help in spreading the word about the House of Prayer.

On Saturday we had a wonderful Tricky Tray and BBQ. We are so very grateful for the help of our amazing volunteers, and for the generosity of all who participated. We look forward to more events where we can safely gather and have fun together!

There are so many wonderful programs scheduled in the coming weeks, and we invite YOU to help us get the word out.  We don't want these opportunities to be hidden.  Our first drumming circle was held last week and is scheduled to be offered monthly.  There is a 2 week series being led by Sr. Eileen on October 4th and 11th.  Plus our 9th Annual Major Speaker, Sr. Joan Chittister's event is on Friday, October 14th. Please be sure to register a week in advance so we do not have to cancel a program.  The 2 week series, Replenishing Personal Reservoirs, has been postponed until the Spring.  All of our upcoming October offerings are listed below.

The House of Prayer will be closed today, September 19th, but you can still register via the website.

May God's love and presence be made visible to YOU this day.


Sr. Laura

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Tuesday, September 20th from


A personal, quiet day to enjoy God's presence. Day begins with communal prayer. Bring a bag lunch.

Days are from 9:30am-3pm.

$20-$30 as you are able

Future Dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 13, Jan. 25, Feb. 14

Click to Register


4th Tuesday of the month 

Tuesday, September 27th

from 7-8:30pm

at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

Men have unique roles in life...husbands, fathers, grandfathers, the single life and religious life...We're pushed and pulled in a thousand directions by responsibilities, stress, loss and by joys. Where can we find time to reflect on the loss and gain of our lives? For all men--young, old and in between.

Future Dates: Oct, 25, Nov. 22, Dec. 27, Jan. 24, Feb. 28

Man to Man Flyer

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An experience of personal prayer based on Scripture. Daily spiritual direction. Atmosphere of prayer quiet.

Weekends begin at 7pm on Friday and conclude on Sunday by 1pm.

$190/weekend; non-refundable deposit $90

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Nov. 4-6

Dec. 9-11

Jan. 6-8

Feb. 3-5.

Proof of COVID vaccination is required at time of registration.

Click to Register


Tuesdays, October 4th and 11th from


at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

Discover the transforming power of Centering Prayer that leads to deep intimacy with God through this two-part series for beginners as well as practitioners.

$20-$30 as you are able

Presenter: Sr. Eileen P. Smith, RSM

Sr. Eileen is the Co-Director of the House of Prayer.

Click to Register


First and Third Thursdays

Next Sessions on October 6th and 20th


Join us on Zoom for an hour of lectio divina prayer, conversation and small group sharing.

Freewill offering

Future Dates: Nov. 3, 17, Dec. 1, 15, Jan. 5, 19, Feb. 2, 16

The link will be sent when you click on the Tea Date on the homepage of the website in the "Tea" box or on the date on the calendar.



Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 from

7-8pm on Zoom

Explore the foundations of mindfulness meditation. Practice mindfulness of the breath, body, emotions, self-compassion, and loving kindness. We will begin each session with breath work, followed by movement similar to yoga and qigong, a body scan and ending in meditation. Join us for this four-week series. Minimum attendance of six participants is required so please invite a friend.

$20/session or $70/series

Presenter: Isabel Gachko

Isabel completed 200 hours of yoga teaching training and is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher.

Virtual Mindfulness Meditation Series Flyer

Click to Register


2nd Wednesday of the month

Next Session on October 12th

1:30-3pm at the House of Prayer 

Music is one of the most glorious gifts of God. God uses drumming to enhance His powers to improve our health, lives--the essence of our being. Learn how to connect deeply with God through Rhythm.

$20-$30 as you are able

Presenter: Barbara Woodzell

Barbara is a Mercy Associate and musical therapist

Future Dates: Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8.

Drumming Ecstasy Circle Flyer

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2nd Friday of the month beginning

Friday, October 14th

from 10-11:30pm

at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

There are many great spiritual masters of our time. Richard Rohr, OFM and others have works that have touched millions of God-seekers. Join this monthly video club and share your insights and prayerful responses to the works of Fr. Rohr and others.

Future Dates: Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10

Spiritual Awakenings Video Club Flyer

Click to Register




Friday, October 14th

7-8:30pm on Zoom

$25 per person

In a world in flux we have many choices. One of those choices demands great courage. It is more committed to the Word of God than to false claims of such; it is more committed to new questions than to old answers; it is more committed to faith in God than to a system and it is full of hope in the future than in fear of the present. Sister Joan finds, in the prophetic tradition of the Hebrew Scriptures, a new way of living for God that will enflame our hearts to change the world. In this talk, Sr. Joan offers a compelling vision for readers to combat complacency and to propel them toward creating a world of justice, freedom, peace and empowerment. Her energizing message invites us to participate in a vision for a world greater than the one we find ourselves in today. This is spirituality in action, this is practical and powerful activism for our times. This is a virtual program.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, internationally famous writer and speaker, will share on Zoom with us her prophetic insights and wisdom into how we who are ordinary people can help to transform our world. Recognizing the existence of rampant violence, greed, sexism, racism, divisiveness within and around us, she will inspire us to develop the “heart of a prophet” in order to face these challenges with truth and compassion.

Come and let Joan challenge us to plant seeds of uncommon courage in our world today!

The link will be sent out 2 days before the program.

 Sr. Joan Chittister Flyer

Click to Register

Have you ever thought about Spiritual Direction? Sharing your prayer with a trusted guide is a wonderful way to delve deeper into our programs--and into life itself. You can learn more about the ministry of Spiritual Direction and Meet Our Spiritual Directors on our website by clicking the links below.


6th Annual Interfaith Program -- November 9th

Donna McCabe -- November 30th

Ellen Murphy -- December 6th

Mercy In Action Series beginning January 18th

To View Our Brochure Click Below:

September 2022-February 2023 Brochure

We email reflections written by members of the House of Prayer Community every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Let us know if you would like to receive these messages of hope.

Every Thursday from 7:30-8:30pm we host our Eucharistic Hour of Prayer. All are welcome.

Check out the other Sister of Mercy Retreat Centers! They have some great offerings and you can connect with through our website!

Click link below to see our updated COVID protocols

We have mugs and gift certificates that make great gifts!!
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Laura M. Arvin, OP

Eileen P. Smith, RSM

Part-Time Staff:
Mary Jo Kearns, RSM

Administrative Assistant:
Nancy Elkin

Adjunct Spiritual Directors:
Brigitte Pincelli, Donna McCabe, Ed Reitter, Jim Choma, and Susan Delaney-Choma

The mission of Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer, rooted in the Gospel and the charism of the Sisters of Mercy, is to provide a sacred space, prayer experiences, and spirituality programs that help adults of any faith to encounter the God of mercy and share that mercy with others.  The mission moves beyond the House of Prayer to any place where we share our ministry.

A Sponsored Ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
1651 US Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069 * 908-753-2091 * msmhope@msmhope.org