Those who serve in parish ministry will have an opportunity to enhance their observance of the Advent season during a retreat Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hosted by Francis House of Prayer, Allentown, the retreat will use the theme, “Preparing to Respond with an Open Heart,” and will be offered in-person and online. Sister of St. Joseph Kathy Burton will guide participants in their reflection on the mystery of Christmas by focusing on the Annunciation, “Being Attentive”; Joseph’s Dream, “Saying yes”; The Nativity, “Birthing Christ in the World,” and The Magi, “Proclaiming Christ to the World.”

Donation is $20 if participating online or $25 if participating in-person, and lunch is included.

To register, call 609-877-0509 or email: (necessary for online participants). To register through the website,, click on “Our Programs” and then “One Day Offerings.” To register by mail, send form and payment to Francis House of Prayer, 84 Walnford Road, Allentown, N.J. 08501.