Two Workshops to Be Offered at Midtown Manhattan Church

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NEW YORK — St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street here is offering two fall group workshops — a lunchtime discussion group geared toward retirees and an evening group for Catholic singles. Registration for interested participants is now being accepted. 

The five-week lunchtime series titled “Adjustment to Retirement”  is a discussion group for individuals planning to retire and those recently retired who are interested in discussing and sharing feelings, concerns, and  practical issues relating to retirement, according to Marie Harrington, organizer of both groups.

The group will meet on Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 in St. Francis Center, 139 West 31st Street. The fee for the series is $20. Pre-registration is required before Monday, Oct. 1.

Topics and discussion leaders include:
Oct. 9         “Emotional Impact of Retirement” — Marie Harrington, LMSW
Oct. 16       “Achieving Your Retirement Vision: Understanding Financial Impact & Strategies for Success” 
— Beth  Loftus, vice president, and Lynn Loftus Elliot, assistant vice President, Merrill Lynch
Oct. 23       “Creating the Future You Want” — Marie Harrington, LMSW
Oct. 30       “Retirement & Your Health: Tips for a Healthy Retirement;” — Rosemarie Gambale Greene, LCSW
Nov. 13      “Stay Connected to Your True Self: Mind/Body Techniques for Staying Grounded”
— Teddi Rosenberg-Amin, MS, LCSW

The “Stepping Stones for Excellence” Singles Support Group will be held on Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The series fee is $30.  Pre-registration and pre-screening are required before Oct. 3.  The group will meet in St. Francis House.

Topics and leaders include:
Oct. 11 “Feeling Connected as a Single Person” —  Marie Harrington, LMSW
Oct. 18 “Ten Pillars that Support Emotional Well-Being” — John V. O’Leary, PhD., clinical psychologist
Oct.  25 “Loneliness as an Integral Part of our Spiritual Journey”  — Stephen Mimnaugh
Nov. 8 “A Path Toward Intimacy and Connectedness”  — Bill Lent, LCSW, Psychotherapist
Nov. 15 “Freeing Ourselves to Change” — Marie Harrington, LMSW

Information about both groups is available through Harrington, the church’s director of outreach programs, at (212) 736-8500, ext. 354.

Other programs being offered by and at St. Francis of Assisi Church include: 
► Meeting of people interested in group spiritual direction: Sept. 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
► Citizenship classes at the Franciscan Immigration Center; contact Maria Clara Delgado at 212-736-8500 ext. 377 for information
►Catholicism 101, an eight-week formation course. Details will be provided in the next issue of HNP Today.                   

A recently-published pamphlet titled We Are St. Francis is available at both the West 31st Street church lobby and the vestibule at the West 32nd Street entrance, provideing the weekly liturgical schedule, a brief history of the church, description of ministries and programs, a registration form, and other useful information.