When visitors walk into Holy Family Residence, many of them remark that it is a special place. Some may say it’s beautifully decorated, others remark that the staff is attentive and caring toward the Residents. And while this is all true, the core of what makes Holy Family Residence a home, is love. And that love permeates from every Little Sister of the Poor who serves here out of the love she has for Jesus.
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, that very love was celebrated in a very special way as Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera celebrated the Mass for the Feast of St. Jeanne Jugan with the Little Sisters, Residents, friends, and staff in the chapel of Holy Family Residence.
Speaking to a capacity crowd in the chapel, Bishop Bambera spoke of the teachings Jesus gave to us in the Beatitudes and how Jeanne lived those throughout her life. His simple, yet prophetic words paid tribute to the simple yet fulfilling life St. Jeanne Jugan offers to the Little Sisters to this day.
Following the Mass, the Bishop, Residents, friends, and staff enjoyed a home cooked luncheon, as well as live entertainment provided by Tom Rogo. Later in the day, the Residents continued their celebration with a polka party with entertainment provided by the Polka Jaxs.
It was a beautiful day filled with love as we celebrated the life of our patroness.
Top: Association Jeanne Jugan member Eleanor Scalese and Resident Catherine Gallagher greet Bishop Joseph C. Bambera following a Mass.
Middle: Sr. Marie Therese serves Pavilion Resident Pauline Bolock (right) and a friend.
Bottom: Pavilion Residents Mary O’Rourke and Madge Hudacko demonstrate their polka dancing skills while Resident Eugene Matkosky keeps the beat.