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Edition No. 84 — December 3, 2018 
The American Music Theater
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
November 18, 2018 
On Sunday, November 18, 2018, 85 sisters and friends boarded two luxury buses for the annual Christmas trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The first stop was Miller’s Smorgasbord, a homey Pennsylvania Dutch eatery with an all-you-can-eat buffet of local favorites. Before the meal, everyone enjoyed visiting Miller’s Gift & Bake Shop which featured a wide variety of tasty Pennsylvania Dutch candies, jams, and pies, in addition to creative hand crafts and souvenirs.

Following the delicious lunch, the buses headed for The American Music Theatre for The 2018 First Noel production. The show was entertaining and inspiring and magically transported everyone into the joy of the season.

Filled with the Christmas spirit, everyone boarded the buses at 5:30 for the trip home. Although a little tired and somewhat weary from a full day out, everyone relaxed on the way home — thankful for all those who made a truly wonderful day possible.  
Photos courtesy Eileen Dorothy Maguire SSJ
2018 Chance Drive
Saint Joseph Villa
December 2, 2018
Working Together Brings Great Success
The 2018 Villa Chance Drive was a great success. On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the winning tickets were pulled from the enormous  newly-refurbished 28 year- old barrel which held thousands of hopefuls. 

Sister Kathleen Pales SSJ , Development Director, welcomed everyone and offered her gratitude to all who took part in making the 2018 Villa Drive so successful — sisters, associates, friends and all who bought and sold tickets. 

In her words of appreciation  Sister Anne Myers SSJ , Congregational President, shared: “I would like to express a special thanks to  Sister Pat Doherty SSJ for coordinating the drive here at the Villa. We also thank all those in the Development Office and particularly Danielle Santacroce, who gave us regular updates on the progress of the drive and kept all of us on track.

We know, as we look at this barrel, that all of these individual chances really represent more than pieces of paper — they represent relationships. How grateful we are for those whose lives we have touched and who have touched our lives.” 

After one more  roll of the barrel , the winning tickets were picked. Congratulations to the winners and sellers whose names are listed below. We are sincerely grateful to everyone whose hard work made it such a wonderful success: $24,600.00 raised at the Villa and a total of $126,228.00 raised by the entire Congregation!
$10,000 Grand Prize Winner: Charles Oettle, Philadelphia
 
$500 Prize Winners:
Arleen Patton, Warminster, PA
Richard Turco, Wildwood Crest, NJ
Peg Quinn, Cherry Hill, NJ
Kate McGrath, Laverock, PA
David J. Harp, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Edward Johnston, Bethlehem Retirement Village
Stephen Manfredo, Marlton, NJ
Sister Jeanne McGowan/LaSalle Academy
Ernie Pighini, Philadelphia, PA
Karen Allwein, Allentown, PA
 
Winning Sellers
 
Grand Prize Seller: 
Saint Athanasius Convent
 
Additional Sellers:
Sister Michael Eileen Kelly
Sister Maria Metzger
Our Mother of Consolation Convent
Sisters who work at Bethlehem Retirement Village
Joseph Stimmler, Regina Nursing Home
S. Mary Teresa Toole
Rosemary Zambo, Allentown, PA
Sister Diane Wolf

Congratulations to Charles and all the lucky winners!
"Rooted in the mission of Christ, ours is the same mission which continually unfolds in the Church, 'That all may be one as you, Father, are in me, and I in you. I pray that they may be one in us.' (Jn 17:21)."
                                        — SSJ Constitutions #17
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