Category Archives: SPN Senior Club

SPN Senior Club News – December Christmas Lunch

The SPN Senior Club held its monthly gathering on Wednesday, December 13th with 108 attending. Christmas was definitely in the air as the hall and tables were beautifully decorated to celebrate the holiday.

The St. Philip Neri senior parishioners were treated to a delicious meal and were entertained by the ‘Seraphims’ children’s choir from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Schwenksville. This 4th through 8th grade children’s choir is under the direction of Jane Widemeyer, Music Director/Music Teacher at the school. The children provided us with holiday songs and a little humor. As usual, they were a big hit and everyone enjoyed their performance.

The December birthday winner was Tony Gilmartin and Mary Goodfellow won the 50/50 drawing.

Our next gathering will be Wednesday, January 24, 2018. We hope you can join us for a Super Bowl Party. Maybe our favorite local team will be in the big game! More information is in the Parish bulletin so don’t forget to make your reservation.


SPN Senior Club News – November Thanksgiving Lunch

The SPN Senior Club held its monthly gathering on Wednesday, November 15th with 115 attending. We celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with a traditional turkey dinner and lots of desserts.

Along with the holiday celebration, we also honored our living and deceased veterans. Many of our members brought pictures of family members and a Table of Honor displayed the photos of the service men & women. The Pennsylvania National Guard from Southampton Rd. in Philadelphia provided a color guard for this beautiful and moving tribute. Also, Alyssa McQuirns from the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage center gave a presentation of ‘The Poppy – Symbol of Remembrance.’

The November birthday winner was Kim Jacobs and Theresa Gilmore won the 50/50 drawing.

Our next gathering will be Wednesday, December 13th. Please join us and enjoy the sounds of the Seraphims from St. Mary’s Catholic School. More information is in the Parish bulletin so don’t forget to make your reservation.

SPN Senior Club News – October Halloween Party

Pictures say it all!

The SPN Senior club celebrated Halloween at its monthly gathering on Wednesday, October 25th. Many of the 117 attendees came dressed in costumes for the holiday. Winners for Best Costumes were Mary Reilly, Loretta Slowick, Felicia Iski and Peggy Dieckhoff. Along with the treats, we were entertained by the tricks of Stuart Rudnick, local magician.

The October birthday winner was John Johnson and Theresa Gilmore won the 50/50 drawing.

Please join us for our Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday, November 15th. See the notice in the bulletin and make your reservation. We will still be accepting food donations for the Open Link.

SPN Senior Club News of the September Meeting

On Wednesday, September 27th, the SPN Senior Cub held its monthly gathering with 108 in attendance. We celebrated the 50s era with music, dancing and authentic memorabilia. Many of the attendees wore clothing reminiscent of the time dressing in jeans, white tees with rolled sleeves and a couple of poodle skirts. There was a trivia contest and Peggy Bambrick was the winner. Denise and Tom Walsh were declared winners of the twist contest. Thank you to Tony Bauer for helping out as Deejay.

The September birthday winner was Ed Monaghan. Marge Elliott won the 50/50 and Alice McCarthy was the winner of the door prize.

At our next gathering on Wednesday, October 25th we will be celebrating Halloween so get your costumes ready and don’t forget to make your reservation.

SPN Senior Club Summer Picnic Wrap-Up

On Wednesday, July 26th, the SPN Senior Cub held its annual summer picnic. Hamburgers, hot dogs and a selection of salads and desserts were available. Kudos to John Johnson and Frank Kendra who served as our grill masters! Also, thank you to everyone who donated desserts. They are always welcome and much appreciated.

We continued the Parish Ministry series with Mary Goodfellow speaking to us about Bereavement; Dawn Ellis and Pat Loy talked about the Prayer Shawl Ministry and Joan Lampart gave an overview of Martha Ministry and our own Senior Cub.

The July birthday winner was Rosalie Sine. Ted Rutkowski won the 50/50 and Alice Swift was the winner of the door prize.

Come and join us for our Luau themed luncheon on Wednesday, August 23rd. See the flyer in the Parish Bulletin and don’t forget to make your reservation.

Live Performance at the SPN Senior Club May Meeting

On Wednesday, May 24th, the SPN Senior Club held its monthly gathering with 101 members in attendance.

Guests were immersed in the one-woman play, “From Out the Fiery Furnace.” The drama told the story of the Hopewell Furnace National Park’s history during the Furnace’s golden time in the 1850’s.    Written and performed by playwright Christine Emmert, she said, “the piece depicted the role of many residents of that community over the years – from a small girl who comes there as an indentured servant to a runaway slave, to the men and women who were involved in the fortunes and misfortunes of life there.”  She also mentioned, “The play has been touring the area for nine years to many different organizations to show history can be alive and moving.”  After her captivating performance, Emmert stated that this performance was dedicated to the memory of Hopewell park ranger Francis Delmar who recently passed away.  Emmert has had a long career as an actress and playwright.  She resides in Valley Forge with her husband, Richard, who accompanied her to the performance.


Monthly winners were announced at the end of the get-together. Rose Anderson was our May birthday winner, Mark Nunan won the Door Prize and Bob Cichocki was the 50/50 jackpot winner.

Please plan to join us on Wednesday, June 28th for our next luncheon and remember to make your reservation. See the flyer in the Parish Bulletin.

SPN Senior Club Hosts Open Link Speaker

SPN Senior Club Luncheon with Sheila Ruth

Sheila Ruth responds to questions from members

The St. Philip Neri Senior Club held its monthly luncheon at the parish hall in Pennsburg on Wednesday, April 26 with 114 members in attendance. Guest speaker Sheila Ruth, Center Manager of The Open Link explained the many services the agency now provides since merging with the other community services. She said there were more than 2,000 people each year who were served through programs offered at The Open Link such as basic computer classes, basic financial and nutrition classes, education seminars, employment counselling, and many recreational opportunities. Ruth also explained the lunch program at the Center and said there are fun days such as “National Soft Pretzel Day,” “Donut Day” the 1st Friday of the month, “National Hoagie Day” in May, and “Inside/Outside Picnic” in June. She added that there is also a 1st Monday of the Month Community Supper program that is open to anyone in the community.

In response to a question regarding funding for The Open Link, Ruth said, “The Open Link receives just 36% of their income from federal, state and county government. The remaining 64% comes from local and private sources.” She specifically mentioned their appreciation for the strong support they receive from the Community Thrift Shop.

In closing, Ruth invited everyone to stop by the Center to learn more about the many programs offered to the community.

Other announcements at the luncheon included: Doug Smith was the April birthday winner and Jean Liska won the 50/50 drawing.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 24th for our next luncheon. See the details in the Parish Bulletin and remember to make your reservation.

SPN Senior Club BINGO at the February Luncheon


Another month of an excellent luncheon followed by some excellent desserts, and ending with some fun at bingo. There were 112 SPN Senior Club members who attended the monthly luncheon, including 79 members who stayed to play some games of bingo.


SPN Senior Club Hosts Historical Program


Margaret and Carl Harner

The St. Philip Neri Senior Club held its monthly luncheon at the parish hall in Pennsburg on Wednesday, January 25 with 126 members in attendance.  Guest speakers Margaret and Carl Harner gave an informative speech regarding the January 13, 1908 Rhoads Opera House Fire in Boyertown.

SPN Basket Bash Meeting

Since there have been a number of people who have expressed an interest in helping with the upcoming Basket Bash, there will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 15th at 7PM in the Parish Hall.
All board members, luncheon attendees, those who have already volunteered and anyone interested in helping are invited to this meeting. Come and see where your time and talents can be used! If you have any questions, contact Dawn Ellis at 215.679.2160.