“Night at the Ballpark” to Benefit Little Sisters of the Poor

Little Sisters at PNC FieldThe Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence, Scranton, invite the community to join them for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening as they celebrate their fifth annual “Little Sisters of the Poor Night” on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Rd., Moosic.

Prior to the 7:05 p.m. game where the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will take on the Gwinnett Braves, the Little Sisters will be available at the plaza entrance of the stadium to talk with visitors and also provide a pre-game, on-field interview about Holy Family Residence and their mission of serving the elderly poor throughout the world. At 6:45 p.m., one of the Little Sisters will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.

Tickets are $13 each for seats in the stadium’s field reserved section 28. Little Sisters of the Poor baseball t-shirts are $10 each and available in youth sizes as well as adult sizes small through 3XL.

If you cannot join in the fun, but you would like to send a resident in your place, please be sure to support our Sponsor a Resident program which is $35.

For more information, please call (570) 343-4065  by August 1. Orders can also be placed online.

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A Charity Golf Tournament was hosted recently by Tech 42 LLC and the Keystone Chapter of UNICO National held at Sand Springs Golf Course. Funds raised benefited the Greater Scranton YMCA.

Pictured seated from left are: David Abdalla, Tech 42, Customer Relationship Manager; Cathy Gerard, Keystone UNICO President; Meghan Carnevale, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs, Senior Director of Mission Advancement & Marketing; Cathy Bianchi, Keystone UNICO Board Chairman, and Bob Taylor, Tech 42, Director of Operations. Standing, same order: Mark McDade, PA II District Governor; Rich Surridge, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs, CFO; Ernie DeStefano, Keystone UNICO Golf Tournament Chairman; Val Riggi, Keystone UNICO Treasurer; John Mecca, Keystone UNICO Financial Secretary, and Ray Tropeano, Keystone UNICO Board and Golf Committee Member.

 

Musical Sequel to Benefit Holy Family Residence

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Cast members of ‘Nunsense II” include John Baldino, left, and Rob Misko as Reverend Mother.

The residents of Holy Family Residence in Scranton will benefit again this year from a professional musical production. Last year’s production of “Nunsense” was such a huge success for Holy Family Residence, the Little Sisters of the Poor are bringing the sequel, “Nunsense II” to their home in Scranton.

Our Cabaret Productions will present Dan Goggin’s off-Broadway smash hit musical comedy, “Nunsense II: The Second Coming” on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at Holy Family Residence in Scranton.

“We are so pleased to welcome back the cast and crew of Our Cabaret Productions to our home, “said Mrs. Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, Holy Family Residence. “Our Cabaret’s production of ‘Nunsense’ last summer brought us so much joy seeing the happiness in our guests’ faces as they exited our auditorium following the show. The show also served a wonderful fundraiser for our residents. We are truly looking forward to hosting Our Cabaret again this August and seeing just what the Little Sisters of Hoboken have planned at their special thank-you show.”

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Sarah Wagner will play the role of Sr. Mary Leo; Christine McGeachie as Sr. Mary Paul (Amnesia), and Taylor Patullo as Sr. Mary Robert Anne.

This event is a collaboration of two “Nunsense” veterans, Rob Misko and John Baldino, who have been involved in productions of the show for over two decades. Baldino produces and Misko directs. No production team in Northeastern Pennsylvania has more experience with the “Nunsense” franchise, and Our Cabaret Productions is the only professional production company in the region to mount this acclaimed musical comedy.

“What really makes this show work is that it’s real,” says Misko. “Presenting the Sisters as real people, and not campy caricatures is the essence of the show. John and I understand the humor of the nun because we know so many Religious Sisters so well. We were both taught by nuns.”

“I have a tremendous respect and love for religious Sisters,” adds Baldino. “I’ve worked with Sisters my entire adult life, and that’s what makes me love the ‘Nunsense’ shows. Working with Robby (Misko) makes it even better as we have the same vision for the show, and are true to Dan Goggin’s original intention.”

“Nunsense II” takes place one year after the Sisters have staged their first benefit. The sisters are back presenting a thank-you show for all the people who supported them in the past. But now, they’re a bit slicker, having been “bitten by the theater bug.” The show stars Misko as Reverend Mother and Baldino as Sr. Mary Hubert. Completing the cast are Sarah Wagner as Sr. Mary Leo, Christine McGeachie as Sr. Mary Paul (Amnesia), and Taylor Patullo as Sr. Mary Robert Anne.

Tickets for the show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and available at ourcabaret.com, or by calling the 24/7 toll-free box office at 1-800-838-3006. Seating is limited, so advance tickets are highly recommended.

“Nunsense II: The Second Coming” is produced by Our Cabaret Productions through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, New York, NY. All net proceeds will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor.

 

 

Diocese of Scranton to Host Annual Vocations Golf Classic

Golf-Ball-on-TeeThe Diocese of Scranton will host the eighth annual Vocations Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 10, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top, to support the St. John Vianney Endowment, which helps foster vocations to the Diocesan priesthood and support seminarians in formation. St. John Vianney is the patron of parish priests.

The captain and crew tournament begins with lunch at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. A reception and awards dinner follows play. To donate or register online, visit www.DioceseofScranton.org and click the “Giving” tab – Vocations Golf; or call the Diocesan Development Office at 570-207-2250.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera is honorary chair and will be golfing in the captain and crew tournament on the 27-hole course. The day begins with lunch at 11 a.m., shotgun start at noon and reception and awards dinner immediately following play. Rev. Donald J. Williams, diocesan director of vocations and director of seminarians, is event chair.

“I am grateful for the faithful parishioners and friends throughout the 11 counties of the Diocese of Scranton who continue to attend and support this annual event which raises needed funds to foster vocations and assist future priests on their journey to serve our local Church,” said Bishop Bambera.

“As a Diocese, we are blessed with good men in seminarian formation today,” said Rev. Williams. “With the support of our priests, religious and parishioners, we’re identifying a significant number of potential candidates who may one day be of service to the Diocese.”

“I join with our Bishop and the golf committee in urging everyone to consider making a donation honoring a friend or loved one,” the vocations director added. “All gifts in support of our seminarians are appreciated. The tournament provides an opportunity for golfers, sponsors and seminarians to meet informally and enjoy a relaxing day outdoors.”

Donations of any amount are welcome. Hole sponsorships are $100. Golfer packages are $250 and include cart and green fees, lunch, dinner and reception. Donations may be made by texting 51-555 and typing Priest. Information is available by calling the Diocesan development office at 570-207-2250 or on-line at DioceseofScranton.org (Giving tab).

Diocesan Golf Committee 2017

Committee members planning the event in conjunction with the Diocesan Office of Development are, seated from left: Marilouise Agnone Ruane, Director of Stewardship, co-chair; Msgr. Donald McAndrews; Rev. Donald Williams, Director of Vocations and Seminarians, chair; and Msgr. David Bohr, Secretary for Clergy Formation. Standing: Christopher DiMattio, Tom Considine, Dominic Rinaldi, Rev. Jeffrey Walsh, Rev.d David Cappelloni, Michael P. Brown and Jim Bebla, Secretary for Development.

The committee also includes: John Callahan, Karen Clifford, Reverend Joseph Evanko, Deacon Frank Hine, Michele Long, Scott Lynett, Thomas Medico, Attorney Joseph O’Brien, Kathy Oven, Frank Orlando, and Mark Soprano.