Sisters of St. Francis celebrate Franciscan Night with blanket of roses

ASTON — The Sisters of St. Francis held their Fifth annual Franciscan Night with a Kentucky Derby theme. Sister Deborah Krist, director of mission advancement, had the idea to have a live horse present at the event and asked Sister Angela Sutera to help by making a rose blanket to display on the horse.

The blanket, which measures 9 ft. by 2 feet, is covered in 400 roses, each of which Sister Angela painstakingly glued to the three-layer blanket that had been cut to shape and hand sewn together. It took Sister Angela approximately 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 onsite and available for photo opportunities for a few hours during the event.  According to the Sisters, Zak was a good sport and looked beautiful covered with Sister Angela’s blanket.

As for Franciscan Night, it was a fabulously fun event and a success for the foundation. The event raised nearly $180,000 to help support the 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 when long shot Rich Strike came from behind to win it all. Prizes were given for best Derby, attire and the casino games gave participants raffle tickets to put towards prizes. In addition, there were Derby wagers, 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 Sept. 19. For more information, visit http://www.osfphila.org or https://www.facebook.com/SrsofStFrancisPhila.

Springfield seniors invited to apply for help with taxes

Springfield Fund For The Elderly is a non-profit corporation which has been providing assistance to Senior Citizens residing in Springfield who own their home with their school property tax bills for many years.
The organization is now accepting applications for 2021. Eligible seniors will receive a rebate.  In order 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 think they qualify may forward a copy of their 2021 State Property Tax rebate check or receipt of direct deposit to: Springfield Fund For The Elderly, 478 Beatty Road, Springfield, PA 19064.

ShopRite, Price Rite, Fresh Grocer Stores host job fairs this week

ShopRite, Price Rite and Fresh Grocer Stores will Job Fairs, 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 19 to fill a variety of full and part-time positions at its grocery stores. Candidates looking for career opportunities and valuable experience in retail, management, customer service and business are encouraged to visit one of these stores on Thursday to speak with a hiring representative and get interviewed on the spot.

The walk-up job fair is taking place at most ShopRite, Price Rite and Fresh Grocer locations throughout the tri-state area and beyond.

For more information on the 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, Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is collecting feminine hygiene products to support women and girls who face obstacles to obtaining them.

The initiative, called “Take Back the Month,” aims to address wide-spread need and ensure that women and girls throughout the Philadelphia area who are unable to access or afford them due to poverty, homelessness, and other barriers have consistent access at no cost.

Last year, Catholic Social Services collected and distributed over 8,300 feminine hygiene and personal care products through this effort.

“No one should have to miss out on participating in work, school, or daily activities because they are unable to manage their menstruation in a safe and dignified manner,” said Amy Stoner, Director of CSS Community Based and Homeless Services.

Amy continued, “Through this initiative, Catholic Social Services is hoping to inspire change while working to start a conversation on menstrual health by bringing awareness to 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.

Those interested in holding a collection of their own or donating new, unopened feminine hygiene items directly are asked to contact Amy Stoner at astoner@CHS-adphila.org and Cindy Volkert at cvolkert@CHS-adphila.org/.

All goods donated will benefit CSS’ housing and homeless 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 across the five-county Philadelphia region, as well as the CSS School Social Work Program that works with students, families, and staff within Archdiocesan High Schools. In addition, items will be distributed to those in need during staff outreach initiatives in local communities.

Hedgerow Theatre presents ‘In The Next Room’

Hedgerow Theatre 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, takes place at the dawn of the age of electricity in the 1880s, when the Victorian household of Dr. and Mrs. Givings is complicated by a new discovery. Written by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, this heartfelt, funny play harkens back to a time of discovery and examines the aching human need for connection.

“In the Next Room” reunites actors from 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.

In addition to James Pyne, Jr. returning as scenic 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 props designer. Alondra Santos-Castillo joins the team as stage manager.

Throughout the run of the show, Hedgerow has many special events planned. Hedgerow will team up with LifeCycle Women Care of Bryn Mawr for a panel discussion called “The 4th Trimester” on Sunday, June 5 following the 2 p.m. matinee show.

Patrons are also invited to arrive early at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, for “Table Setting” with dramaturg Adrena Williams, for insights into the world of the play.

As the Theatre continues its goal of inclusivity, Hedgerow will hold a relaxed performance, 2 p.m. June 12. At this show, everyone is invited to engage with the production as their fullest selves, whether someone needs to move around or vocalize during the performance. This performance will also include audio-description provided by Nicole Sardella. Patrons should notify the box office at time of booking or email company@hedgerowtheatre.org to secure an audio headset for the audio-described performance. This “nurse out” show specifically welcomes mothers, nursing caregivers, and their infants.
A Q&A session with the artists will take place following all Sunday matinee performances. A Happy Hour will be held every Thursday before the 6 p.m. performance.

For times, tickets and more information, visit http://hedgerowtheatre.org or call 610-565-4211.

Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com.

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