The Little Sisters of the Poor and residents of Holy Family Residence celebrated the feast day of St. Jeanne Jugan, the mother foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, with a host of activities on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
The day began at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, along with several other diocesan priests, in the chapel at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. Following the Mass, the Bishop, residents, and friends enjoyed a home cooked luncheon.
The Little Sisters of the Poor, who have been serving the elderly of Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1908, work closely with staff, volunteers, and benefactors to create a family spirit for the residents who make their home with them. They welcome the elderly who have limited funds and provide for their needs so they can thrive in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and love.
Shown celebrating LSP St. Jeanne Jugan Feast Day recently were, first row, from left: Sister Therese Michel, l.s.p. and Sister Kathleen, l.s.p. Second row, same order: Sister Alice, l.s.p.; Sister Laurelliya, l.s.p.; Rev. E. Francis Kelly, chaplain; Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton; Sister Theresa Louisa, l.s.p., superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Scranton community; Sister Mary Augustine, l.s.p., and Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.
Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter of UNICO National is recognized as having had the largest Chartering Night in UNICO National history on April 14, 2012. The members of the Keystone Chapter recently celebrated their Fifth Anniversary with a fundraiser for “Serving Seniors.”
The chairpersons for this event were Robert Collins and Frank Coviello with the help of an amazing committee. The theme was “Hollywood Italian Style” and the dinner was an Italian Pig Roast.
Guests who attended Fiorelli’s in Peckville walked the red carpet and proceeded to a photo set with an “Oscar Night” background for a personal picture taken by photographer Rich Banick. The evening began with a two hour cocktail hour with passed appetizers for the first hour and dinner during the second hour.
Guests had the opportunity to have group pictures taken in a 1950’s Lounge Area set with photos of famous Italian movie stars serving as the background. Electric City Photo Booth was also available for behind the curtain pictures. A Money Umbrella, Wilbur the Money Pig, and a large basket raffle were available for guests to buy chances on.
All guests were entered to win an evening for four with limousine service provided by VIP Limo and a $150 Gift Certificate to Angelo’s Restaurant.
On this occasion, the nine originators of the Keystone Chapter UNICO were recognized for their efforts in forming this chapter, the second largest in UNICO National. Recognized members were Mary DePalma, Jim and Mary Mack, Mark and Michele McDade, Peter Noto, Val and and the late Ted Riggi and Marilyn Vitali.
Dominick Nicastro, UNICO National President, presented Keystone Chapter with a citation noting all of its accomplishments done in such a short time. After dinner, the Scranton Civic Ballet Company performed a Broadway-themed presentation, under Artistic Director Helen Gaus. Dancers were Ginger Cruz, Emilie Gronsky, Julie Mazaleski, Sophia Serafini, Mia Zaloga and Robert Zaloga. “E.J. the D.J.” provided lively musical entertainment for listening and dancing.
National and local UNICO officers present at the fifth anniversary of Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO are from left: Cathy Bianchi; Dominick Ortolani; Glenn Pettinato; Jim Baress; Dominick Nicastro; Dr. Frank DeFrank; Mark E. McDade; and Yvonne Gatto.
Dunmore’s Keystone UNICO members who were recognized for organizing the Keystone Chapter are from left: Mark and Michele McDade, Mary and Jim Mack, Peter Noto, Marilyn Vitali, Valerie Riggi and Gia Riggi, accepting for her recently deceased father, Ted Riggi.
Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO National received a congratulatory citation from the Lackawanna Commissioners on the occasion of their Fifth Anniversary.
From left are Patrick O’Malley, Lackawanna County Commissioner; Frank Coviello; Cathy Bianchi; Robert Collins; and Mark E. McDade.