“Camp Healing Hearts” to Take Place Virtually This Month

CAMP HEALING HEARTSCamp Healing Hearts is a five-day camp experience sponsored by Hospice of the Sacred Heart to provide grief education and arts to children ages 8 to 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp will be held Aug. 10-14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Some online instruction will originate from Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education, 340 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic.

Children work with trained bereavement counselors and members of the regional arts community to help them progress towards acceptance of the loss and use the arts as a means of self-expression. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Camp Healing Hearts will be conducted safely via Zoom Video Conferencing.  

This year’s five-day camp is made up of two back-to-back 45-minute instructional sessions each day to provide a sense of routine, consistency and ultimately closure for the entire process. Each session utilizes a different theme explored through the arts. Bereavement counselors will be available throughout the week if any campers or family members require individual support. 

“We were committed to conduct this camp in a safe and meaningful way in the midst of the current COVID-19 Pandemic. It remains one of the most impactful and sacred youth programs we offer,” said Diane Baldi, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.  

Community volunteers lend their time and talents to campers with artistic projects culminating this year in a video retrospect, which will be presented before the feature film at the Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, on a date to be determined in late August. 

The camp schedule for the week follows: Monday, Aug. 10, Photography with Julie Jordan and Yoga with Hilary Steinberg; Tuesday, Aug. 11, Pizza Making with Brenda Bistocchi and Cupcake Decorating with Sara Grande; Wednesday, Aug. 12, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Writing with Lisa Bath; Thursday, Aug. 13, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Painting with Katharine Schkloven; Friday, Aug. 14, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Photography with Julie Jordan. 

Camp Healing Hearts is presented by New York Life and receives generous in-kind support from Simrell Media, Mansour’s Market Café and Lamar Advertising. 

Calendar of Events: August 2020

Furniture Sale

During this health crisis, SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will sponsors its furniture sale on Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8, outside, in th driveway of St. Cyril’s Church and Rectory from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.  

Everyone must wear a face mask and follow social distancing.Customers can enter from 135 River Street (between the school and the rectory)  or West Grant Street, Olyphant.   All the furniture and home decor have been donated by estates, moving or downsizing homes.  Food and raffles will be available.  The musical entertainment will be provided by Paul Dudrich and Patrick Marcinko, parishioners of  St. Cyril’s Church. For more information, call 

St. Cyril’s Rectory at 570-291-4451 or go online to  http://www.stcyrils.weconnect.com

Lebanese Food Fest

The 10th annual Lebanese-American Mini Food Fest will be held Aug. 7-9 at St. Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 130 N. St. Frances Cabrini Ave., off lower Jackson Street. There will be take-out and pick-up of Middle Eastern food and pastries and local picnic food favorites.. Times will be Friday and Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. Please follow current mask and distancing guidelines. Prepaid orders are being taken by calling 570-343-6092. For menu or information, visit www.melkite.scranton.org or facebook.com/melkitescranton, or contact melkite.scranton@gmail.com.

Golf Tournament

The 14th annual St. Mary’s Villa Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Aug. 17, with registration and luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. Cocktail hour and dinner will be at 5:30. Single golfer registration is $150. New this year is a Memorial Hole Sponsorship. For information, contact David Leonori at 570-795-2810 or email dleonori@stmarysvilla.com.

St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen Resumes Evening Meal Service

assisi kitchenDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen has continued to provide a hot, nutritious meal to individuals and families in need seven days a week. The daily meals, served between 11 a.m. and noon, are distributed in take-out containers on the Vine Street side of the building. 

Beginning Tuesday, July 28, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen has resumed its evening meals three nights a week. The evening meals will be served on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 until 6 p.m. The evening meals will also be distributed in take-out containers on the Vine Street side of the building. 

“Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen would not be able to serve so many of our brothers and sisters in need without the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and the kindness and generosity of the community. Thank you to everyone who has supported our critically important mission in God’s vineyard,” Rob Williams, Executive Director, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen and Food and Clothing Pantry, said. 

The Saint Francis Food Pantry remains open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Food bags are distributed at the door. 

While the Saint Francis of Assisi Free Clothing Store remains closed at this time, needs of the community are still being met on an individual basis. At this time, the facility is not currently in a position to receive clothing donations. 

Due to the ongoing health crisis, Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen is not currently accepting food or clothing donations from individuals at the door until further notice. 

Financial contributions may be made by check or online at http://www.stfranciskitchen.org.