What about a good old fashioned barbecue to raise seed money for our Gala in the fall? Everyone thought it was a good idea and it happened.
On Saturday, June 10 Residents, staff, friends and neighbors and their families gathered in our back yard. Food, music, fun, and people were in plentiful supply.
It was agreed – this Saturday afternoon was a great success toward our “Celebrating a Century” gala event in September. Thank you to everyone who participated.
During this centennial year at Mullen Home, on June 18, we were happy to have the 3rd annual Corpus Christi Procession. Many parish members from St. Dominick’s ,which is located a few blocks down 29th street, followed in procession from the Church onto our property celebrating benediction of the Blessed Sacrament before the Sacred Heart statue which welcome all to our Home. From there they proceeded to our chapel.
On June 23 another celebration: Mullen Home celebrated the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the actual name of our Home. After a festive Mass with our new chaplain, Fr. Tom Poulsen, the Residents enjoyed a special dinner – fried chicken and shrimp, a favorite. Around 3 p.m., all gathered once again with the Little Sisters to share and hear the story and history of our Home from its foundation in 1917.
All learned about the generosity of Mr. Mullen who donated not only the property but the building of the Home. He was not the only generous benefactor to the Residents; others donated statues, beds, linens, chickens, cows, bread and butter for the table, fruits and vegetables. Many a charming story was heard – of conversions, of Residents who cared for one another, of gifts of candy, chewing tobacco for the men – and even of a Resident who offered her life for a Little Sister who was seriously ill. We covered the years until 1924 and all agreed we must come again and hear more.