Music, Moms and More
After the cold, sleepy winter and the quiet Lenten season, Spring 2019 started off with a festive Spring Concert, with McLean Avenue Band beautifully opening the concert and featured band, Scythian, bringing the night to a rousing finish. The more than 400 guests enjoyed a buffet dinner prepared by our wonderful dietary staff. They bid competitively on the 50 beautiful silent auction baskets and bought raffle tickets. They jumped out of their seats to dance to the vibrant, dynamic music. This year we were pleased to honor Robert Juliano and Judyann Sheehan, both of whom are on Holy Family Home’s Advisory Board and have been co-chairing the Spring Concert and the St. Jeanne Jugan Pot of Gold Raffle for many years. Thanks to the many volunteers and donors, it was a wonderful event. Click here to see the list of Concert Patrons, Donors, and Lucky Irish Draw winners.
The beautiful month of May quickly arrived and a lovely tea party was held for our Residents and their families. The Residents received lovely rose corsages, donated by the Board of St. Francis Auxiliary, and everyone enjoyed listening to melodic music played by a harpist.
Of course, with May being the month of our Blessed Mother, we had our annual visit from the First Holy Communicants from Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Willow Grove. One of our Residents crowned the statue of Mary with the assistance of one of the students. The students then led everyone in saying the rosary and singing Marian hymns.
We jumped into June with our annual Family Picnic. God was good in giving us a beautiful, sunny day, with mild temperature and a brisk wind. Volunteers happily helped with the set-up, barbecuing, and serving. Donations of food, snacks, and beverages were received from our vendors, and family members brought in sweets for the bake sale. Music filled the air and the face painting and magic tricks kept everyone entertained. It was a wonderful gathering of generations of families and friends.
With the summer, comes the celebration of various patriotic holidays. On Flag Day, June 14, we had an outdoor observance, with the members of the Philadelphia Police Department Honor Guard’s honor guard participating. Our chaplain, Father Sullivan, led us in prayer, and the ceremony ended with everyone heartily singing “God Bless America.”
To wrap up our celebrations, we had a 20s themed birthday party for someone who actually remembers the 20s! Marion Z. celebrated her 107th birthday with family, friends, Sisters, and Residents. The staff good-naturedly donned outfits from that era and entertained with some Charleston dance moves. God bless you, Marion!
Join us as we continue our summer celebrations, now focusing on the 150th anniversary of the Little Sisters of the Poor coming to Philadelphia. Thank you for being part of our journey.
150th anniversary Mass
Saturday, August 24
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul,
18th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Archbishop Charles Chaput, main celebrant
Followed by reception at The Logan, One Logan Square
St. Jeanne Jugan Feast Day
Friday, August 30
10:30 a.m. Mass
Holy Family Home
5300 Chester Ave., Philadelphia
St. Jeanne Jugan Gala 150 Years
Pot of Gold Raffle
Sunday, September 8
12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Drexelbrook, Drexel Hill
See flyer for more information.
Read our spring newsletter for more about
the Little Sisters of the Poor coming to Philadelphia.