Sisters of Saint Francis celebrate Franciscan Night with a blanket of roses – Delco Times
ASTON — The Sisters of St. Francis hosted their fifth annual Kentucky Derby-themed Franciscan night. Mission Advancement Director Sister Deborah Krist came up with the idea of having a live horse present at the event and asked Sister Angela Sutera to help by making a blanket of roses to display on the horse.
The blanket, which measures 9 feet by 2 feet, is covered with 400 roses, each of which Sister Angela painstakingly glued to the three-ply blanket that had been cut to shape and sewn by hand. It took Sister Angela about 14 hours to complete the blanket, which was trimmed with greenery and tassels to finish the look.
The horse, Zakopanee (Zak), owned by Sisters of St. Francis Foundation board member Denis O’Flynn O’Brien and Patricia Sertich, was on hand and available for photo ops during a few hours during the event. According to the sisters, Zak was a good sportsman and looked gorgeous covered in Sister Angela’s blanket.
As for the Franciscan Night, it was a fabulously fun event and a success for the foundation. The event raised nearly $180,000 to help support elder care for the Sisters of St. Francis. During the event, the Kentucky Derby was shown on the big screen for attendees, and the excitement was palpable in the room as Rich Strike came from behind to win it all. Prizes were awarded for the best Derby, dress code and casino games gave participants raffle tickets to redeem for prizes. Additionally, there were bets on the Derby, a “Gallery of Baskets” raffle and a Payday Relay 50/50 raffle. Music was provided by Bob Grove, Demetria Bailey & the Fellows and Neumann University cantor Evelyn Doran. The Sisters’ next fundraiser will be their annual golf tournament on September 19th. For more information, visit http://www.osfphila.org or https://www.facebook.com/SrsofStFrancisPhila.
Springfield seniors urged to seek help with taxes
Springfield Fund For The Elderly is a non-profit corporation that has been providing assistance to Springfield resident seniors who have owned their homes with their school property tax bills for many years.
The organization is now accepting applications for 2021. Eligible seniors will receive a discount. To be eligible, seniors must live in Springfield, own their home, and have applied for and received the 2021 state property tax rebate.
Those who believe they are eligible can send a copy of their 2021 state property tax refund check or direct deposit receipt to: Springfield Fund For The Elderly, 478 Beatty Road, Springfield, PA 19064.
ShopRite, Price Rite and Fresh Grocer Stores are hosting job fairs this week
ShopRite, Price Rite and Fresh Grocer Stores will be hosting job fairs, 3-7 p.m., Thursday, May 19, to fill a variety of full-time and part-time positions at their grocery stores. Applicants seeking career opportunities and valuable experience in retail, management, customer service and business are encouraged to visit any of these stores on Thursday to speak with a representative from recruitment and interview on site.
The walk-in job fair is held at most ShopRite, Price Rite and Fresh Grocer stores in the tri-state area and beyond.
For more information on job fairs, visit or https://www2.wakefern.com or https://shoprite.com/jobfair.
Catholic Social Services collects feminine hygiene products
For the second year in a row, the Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is collecting feminine hygiene products to support women and girls who face barriers to obtaining them.
The initiative, called “Take Back the Month,” aims to address a widespread need and ensure that women and girls in the Philadelphia area who cannot access or afford it due to poverty, roaming and other barriers have constant access at no cost.
Last year, Catholic Social Services collected and distributed more than 8,300 feminine hygiene and personal care products through this effort.
“No one should miss participating in work, school or daily activities because they are unable to manage their period in a safe and dignified way,” said Amy Stoner, director of community and homelessness services. CSS shelter.
Amy continued, “Through this initiative, Catholic Social Services hopes to inspire change while working to start a conversation about menstrual health by raising awareness of the immediate needs of women and girls in our communities.”
Those interested in supporting CSS can donate feminine hygiene items online through YouGiveGoods at https://yougivegoods.com/takebackthemonth.
All donated goods will benefit CSS housing and homelessness programs including Mercy Hospice, McAuley House, Women of Hope, Visitation Homes, Mercy Café and the Chester City Coffee Club.
Donated items will also benefit “Ladies Locker” pantries located at CSS Family Service Centers in the Philadelphia Five Counties area, as well as the CSS School Social Work Program which works with students, families and staff of archdiocesan high schools. Additionally, items will be distributed to those in need during staff outreach initiatives in local communities.
Hedgerow Theater presents ‘In The Next Room’
Hedgerow Theater Company, 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, will present Sarah Ruhl’s ‘In The Next Room, or the vibrator play’, an adult comedy about marriage, intimacy and electricity, June 1-19.
This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, directed by Harriet Power, is set at the dawn of the age of electricity in the 1880s, when the Victorian home of Dr and Mrs Givings is complicated by a new discovery. . Written by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, this funny and heartfelt play recalls a time of discovery and examines the painful human need for connection.
“In the Next Room” reunites the cast of Hedgerow’s critically acclaimed 2019 production of “Three Sisters” – Jessica DalCanton, Adam Altman, Sophia Barrett, David Pica and Jennifer Summerfield. The team is joined by Carl Granieri and Hallie Spencer Harmon.
Along with the return of James Pyne, Jr. as set designer, the creative team includes Jerold Forsyth as lighting designer, Daniel Kontz as sound designer and composer, Robin Shane as costume designer, and Nora Quinn as a props designer. Alondra Santos-Castillo joins the team as stage manager.
Throughout the show, Hedgerow has planned many special events. Hedgerow will team up with Bryn Mawr’s LifeCycle Women Care for a panel discussion titled “The 4th Quarter” on Sunday, June 5 after the 2 p.m. matinee show.
Guests are also invited to arrive early at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 for “Table Setting” with playwright Adrena Williams, for a glimpse into the world of play.
As the theater pursues its goal of inclusivity, Hedgerow will host a relaxed performance, at 2 p.m. on June 12. At this show, everyone is invited to fully engage in the production, whether someone needs to move or vocalize during the performance. This performance will also include an audio description provided by Nicole Sardella. Customers must notify the box office at time of booking or email [email protected] to obtain headphones for the audio-described performance. This “nurse out” show specifically welcomes mothers, caregivers and their infants.
A Q&A session with the artists will take place after all Sunday matinee performances. A Happy Hour will take place every Thursday before the 6 p.m. performance.
For schedules, tickets and more information, visit http://hedgerowtheatre.org or call 610-565-4211.
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