Volume 16 March 21, 2022
Celebrating 45 Years!
March 21, 2022


Happy Spring! The longer hours of light, and promise of warmer weather, always fill me with hope and joy. Hope is so needed in our world right now as we are constantly reminded of those living through the horrors of war. What gives you hope? How do you nourish that spirit inside yourself that promises life?

These are indeed challenging times, yet we go through them together. As we learn to navigate living with COVID and the ever changing recommendations, as we unite our prayer with all who are suffering, as we carry our own sorrows and joy, we are confident that the God of Hope continues to weep and laugh with us. Our faith in Jesus' constant companionship may is the foundation that helps us face each day.

The House of Prayer remains a constant companion for YOU on your journey. We hope you will join us for a program, pray with us at our weekly holy hour, invite us to companion you in a spiritual direction relationship, or send us a prayer request. We are here to accompany one another.

May these weeks of Lent, and the beginning of a new season, open your heart to the boundless love God offers each one of us.

Lenten and Spring Blessings,

Sr. Laura
We are grateful for the opportunity to join with Mount Saint Mary Academy in collecting items to assist Ukrainian refugees. Please see the attached list of items to be donated and bring them to the House of Prayer by noon on March 30th. Together we can BE MERCY and help those in need.


Thursdays, March 24 and 31
from 7-8pm

Mindful movement (similar to yoga and qigong), deep-breathing exercises and meditation bring the body, mind, and spirit together.  Mindful movement improves our overall health and wellness by increasing our flexibility, toning our muscles, relaxing our mind, and nourishing our spirituality.  Come practice some breathing techniques, movement, and meditation to bring prayerful intention and a healthy balance to your life.

$20/session or $70/series

Presenter:  Isabel Gachko

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


Tuesday, March 22nd
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: April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23


Wednesday, March 30th from 7-9pm
at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

Forgiveness is the process of healing emotionally and spiritually so that we may be filled with the peace of God. Using a blend of scripture, lecture, personal stories and examples of forgiveness, Janet will dispel the two most common myths about forgiveness, define what it means to forgive, explain why some choose not to, and provide four profound strategies to healing anger and pain and achieving the inner peace that forgiveness affords us.

$20-$30 as you are able

Presenter: Janet Pfeiffer

Janet Pfeiffer, international inspirational speaker and award-winning author is a Fortune 500 consultant and seminar leader, globally-syndicated radio host (Anger 911 and Between You and God), TV personality (CNN, Fox News, Lifetime, ABC News and more), and spiritual life coach. She’s NJ State certified in domestic violence issues and worked with battered women for 15 years. Janet specializes in healing anger and conflict, creating inner peace, and becoming more Christ-like.  


Tuesday, April 5th from 7:30-8:30pm

Come together monthly to pray this ancient form of prayer and breathe in God's peace. Includes centering prayer and lectio divine. 

Freewill offering

Link is available on the homepage of our website

Future Dates: May 3, June 7


Wednesday, April 6th from 7-9pm
at the House of Prayer and on Zoom 

It’s easy to see the bright side when things are going well and all is right with the world. Then daily life’s challenges happen and you feel you just can’t get it right, you’re not as good as _____Fill in their name here, you begin to lose hope. 
Wait until you meet the cast of characters who have gifts… “Yes Gifts”…to share with you through their experiences of imperfection…Are you thinking, can this be real? Please join us for a walk on the bright side of imperfection. You will be amazed, and uplifted, and discover the Spirit filled blessings and plans God has in store for you. Looking forward to stepping into the sunshine with you! 

$20-$30 as you are able 

Presenter: Donna McCabe 

Donna is an active parish minister and experienced spiritual director.


Thursdays, April 7th and April 21st from
3-4pm on Zoom

Join us for an hour of lectio divina prayer, conversation and small group sharing. "Teas" are scheduled every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month!

Freewill offering

Link is available on the homepage of our website


Friday, April 8th

10-11:30am at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

Richard Rohr, OFM, is one of the great spiritual masters of our time. His many spiritual books have touched millions of God-seekers. Join this monthly video club which is a collaborative endeavor of the House of Prayer and Holy Trinity Parish, Westfield. Come reflect and share your insights and prayerful responses to Rohr's writings.

$20-$30 as you are able

Future Date: May 13


Tuesday, April 14th and 15th 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: May 19, June 9, July 13, August 18


Wednesday, April 20th from 7-9pm
at the House of Prayer and on Zoom

Starting with an understanding of our relationship with God's creation, we will discuss the problem and consequences.

If it is real and we do nothing, what are the consequences?
Why should we care/act?
What would need to be changed (personally, locally, nationally, globally)?

$20-$30 as you are able

Presenters: Jerry McKenna, Harry Allen and Al Price

Jerry McKenna spent years in field environmental monitoring and measurement as well as university community outreach teacher and environmental researcher.

Al Price is an Associate Professor Emeritus in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Buffalo. He spent years in teaching, professional practice and public service as a champion for low income housing and integration of best environmental practices. He teamed with environmentalists throughout the Northeast US and Caribbean.

Harry L. Allen, Ph.D. worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency for years as an environmental expert in remediation, working in 50 states and 18 foreign countries. He presently teaches Environmental Science and Sustainability.

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

Begins at 7pm on Friday and ends by 2pm on Sunday

May 13-15

$180/weekend; non-refundable deposit $80

June 17-24
August 5-12

$630/week; non-refundable deposit $100

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all overnight guests when registering

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.


Barbara Woodzell on May 4th
Barbara Lee on May 18th
Joanne Carey on May 31st
Connie Palmer on June 8th
Colette Lafia on June 29th

To View Our Brochure Click Below:
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!!
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