Pennsylvania Bishops Dedicate Dioceses to Protection of Blessed Mother


Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L, Bishop of Scranton.

On May 1, during their Provincial meeting, the Bishops of Pennsylvania affirmed their desire to dedicate each Catholic diocese and eparchy in the Commonwealth to the protection of the Blessed Mother.

The dedication coincides with the Church’s observance of the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearances to three young shepherd children near the town of Fatima, Portugal between May 13 and October 13, 1917.

“Our world today is just as much in need of healing and mercy as it was a century ago, and so we invoke the tender care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord and our Mother,” said the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton.

The Bishop then went on to quote Pope Francis, who will be visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12 and 13, 2017: “Mary reminds us of the necessity of abandoning oneself to God, the source of love and mercy. … Let us entrust ourselves to Mary, Mother of hope, who invites us to turn our gaze towards salvation, towards a new world and a new humanity.”

The official dedication of the Commonwealth’s dioceses and eparchies to the protection of Mary will be marked with a special Mass to be celebrated by all the Bishops of Pennsylvania on Sept.r 27, 2017 at noon in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg.

The second part of the dedication will be an observance in each diocese and eparchy on the weekend of Oct. 14-15.

In honor of the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearances, Bishop Bambera is also leading a special pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal Sept. 18-26, 2017.

Hugenbruch recognized as Dunmore seniors start new groups

By Steve Svetovich

Hugenbruch Recognition Pix

Jeanne Hugenbruch recently with a Certificate of Recognition for her efforts and dedication to senior citizens.

The highly recognized Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue, will be holding several new activity groups as the fall season approaches. The award winning Jeanne K. Hugenbruch holds the title of executive director.

Hugenbruch recently was awarded the 2015 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nutrition for Older Pennsylvanians from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The prestigious award recognizes those who work to improve nutrition programs within the state’s aging network and are committed to strengthening the quality of life of older Pennsylvanians.

Hugenbruch, always an advocate to improve nutrition programs for senior citizens, was recognized for her innovative ideas in planning nutritional, balanced meals for the senior citizens at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Ed Staback and Jim Wansacz presented Hugenbruch recently with a Certificate of Recognition for her efforts and dedication to senior citizens.

Always an innovator, Hugenbruch continues to plan new groups as well as new meals for the seniors who attend the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Some of last month’s menu items included beef stew, Greek lemon chicken, Italian Veggie Ricotta Frittata with Ciambotta, fish steak with peppers, cheese tortellini alfredo, veggie stuffed meatloaf, pasta with meat sauce, stuffed chicken breast, fish filet Italiano, chicken sauté in peanut sauce, pork with lentils, eggplant Parmesan, chicken Parmesan, steak and cheese hoagie, roast turkey sandwich, French chicken ratatouille, pork cutlets with butternut squash and a Cowboy Day dinner featuring ham steak with red-eye gravy and roasted seasoned spuds. And that is just a small sample of the featured meals!

One of the new groups will be a Celebration of Life series that begins this month. Once a month, the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe will have a special afternoon luncheon with live entertainment. There will be more information coming.

“This will be a lot of fun and will put a smile on your face,” said Hugenbruch.

A Pinochle Group began last month and meets Tuesdays after lunch around noon.

The Wii Bowling Tournament was delayed because the disc was not operable.  However, a new disc was received and the tournament began on Aug. 4. Two winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate this month. The winner with the highest total score and the winner with the highest total average will each receive a prize valued at $25. If you miss a day, you can make it up on a Friday. The program will run through the end of this month.

Caring Matters was held on Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Caring Matters provided a bingo game and refreshments. Country-Western Day was held on Aug. 4. The Assistive Tech Resource Center visited the Dunmore Activity Hub on Aug. 11 to talk about eligibility for the Telecommunications Device Distribution Program (TDDP) and other services offered. April Murphy spoke about nutrition on Aug. 18. The very popular ballroom dancing group returns this month at the Hub.

“We welcome all of our new site council members,” said Hugenbruch. “We had a great meeting recently and brainstormed ideas to make this place hop. We have a lot of new things happening and coming up soon. Enjoy the weather and plan on joining us at the Hub soon.”

Other activities at the Hub last month included bingo, crafts, speakers, chair exercise, Bible Study, big bingo, volunteer time, sketching, Stretchin’ with Gretchen, yoga and oil painting. Winner takes all with Big Bingo which is Wednesdays at 9 a.m. All money collected will be given out in prizes.

“Bring your friends,” said Hugenbruch. “The more that play, the better the prizes.”

A Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. There was live entertainment from the duo, Roger and Joe, and a dinner provided by Chef Bill. The event was only $5 for seniors and $8 for friends. Members of Site Council, the Board of Directors and anyone who helps at the site on a regular basis were able to attend for free.

Nolan Lukey is kitchen coordinator at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Shirley Martinelli is reservationist. Lottie Collins is Site Council president. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer. For more information, call 570-207-2662.

Former Dunmore Pitcher Working on His Dream

By Steve Svetovich

Former Dunmore High School All Region pitcher Josh Zilla has a dream—to pitch in the big leagues. And he’s spent most of this summer in Florida working on making that dream a reality.

Son of Robert and Donna Zilla, Dunmore, Josh will be entering his sophomore year later this month as an Information Technology major at Keystone College, where he is a pitcher on the baseball team.

Josh Zilla, a pitcher with a dream of playing in the major leagues, is currently playing at Keystone College.

Josh Zilla, a Dunmore pitcher with a dream of playing in the major leagues, is currently playing at Keystone College.

Josh spent most of this summer pitching in the South Florida Collegiate League. His team played a 32-game schedule while Josh worked on developing a third pitch—a splitter.

The sophomore hurler played three years of varsity baseball at Dunmore High School, where he played four total years of baseball and four years of football. He was an all-star football player as well as a baseball all-star as a junior. He was an All Regional pitcher as a senior when he was named the Lackawanna League Division III Player of the Year. Josh was 7-0 with a minuscule 0.52 earned run average (ERA) as a senior pitcher. He fired a no-hitter and threw 24 consecutive scoreless innings at one point in the season. He struck out 61 batters.

Zilla pitched 14 innings in his freshman season at Keystone. He had a 2-0 record and impressive 1.90 ERA. He has a 3.0 grade point average at Keystone.

His coach at Keystone, Jamie Shevchik, recommended he learn a third pitch, and that is when Josh made his decision to play in the South Florida Collegiate League.

“He wanted me to work on a new pitch, a splitter,” said Zilla. “I worked on getting movement, getting it down and throwing it for strikes. I had a nice experience there learning a new pitch.”

Josh said he learned a lot from Shevchik in his freshman season.

“He teaches me to stay competitive and remain focused on the mound. Keep my mind straight and be more fluent with my delivery.”

The righty pitcher said coach Mark Finan and his assistants also taught him a lot at Dunmore.

“Coach Finan and his assistants were always telling me to be focused and keep my head in the game,” said Zilla. “They kept my mind straight and focused.”

Josh has been playing baseball since age five right up to Legion and now collegiate baseball. He loves the game and is spending the final month of his summer pitching for the Dunmore entry in the Dunmore Freedom collegiate summer league (formerly CSBL). Home games are played at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park.

“I want to keep getting better as a pitcher. I want to work on my control and velocity. I want to pick my grades up and work on getting my Information Technology degree, but that is a backup plan,” said Zilla. “My ultimate goal is to get drafted and pitch in the MLB. I want to pitch in the big leagues.”