July was a particularly joyous month, filled with a variety of celebrations. We started the month off by welcoming our new chaplain, Father James Sullivan. Father Sullivan’s most recent assignment was parochial vicar at St. Jude Parish in Chalfont. The Sisters, Residents, and staff are getting to know Father very quickly, as he makes his rounds through the house every day and gives everyone a daily blessing.
Sisters, Residents, and staff gathered in the cool Cappuccino Corner for a 4th of July service. The program included the singing of the National Anthem, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, prayers of thanksgiving and for peace, and the singing of patriotic songs. Afterwards, many attended Mass in the Chapel, then headed to the dining rooms for a delicious indoor picnic!
We had barely welcomed Mother Catherine back to Holy Family Home, when her Jubilee celebrating 50 years as a Little Sister of the Poor rolled around! Many of her family members and numerous Little Sisters of the Poor from the various Homes, along with staff and Residents, gathered for a Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald. Afterwards, a luncheon, wonderfully prepared by our kitchen staff, was held in the Home’s Social Hall. Lively Irish dancing was performed by the grand-nieces of Sr. Elizabeth Anne, with music provided by Vince Gallagher.
Mother Catherine thanks Bishop Michael Fitzgerald for celebrating her Jubilee Mass.
Left: Mother Provincial Margaret Regina (left) and Sr. Mary Lucy (Mother Catherine’s sister, right) congratulate Mother Catherine on her Golden Jubilee.
Right: Marion Zimmerman enjoys flowers from a benefactor on Mother’s Day
Marion Zimmerman, our oldest Resident, celebrated her 102nd birthday in July. Family, Sisters, Residents and staff gathered to sing and wish her a very happy birthday. An afternoon gathering with music and ice cream topped off her special day.
On July 19, three novices made their first profession as Little Sisters of the Poor. One of them, Sr. Maria Carmen Therese, is from the Philadelphia area. She came to know the Little Sisters of the Poor when she volunteered at Holy Family Home through the Hospitality Club. May God continue to bless the Little Sisters of the Poor with vocations!