What a Beautiful Day in May!

And the weather!  Blue skies and sunshine! It was a perfect day for the St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley’s May Procession.

As with everything these days, creativity was key in bringing Mary and Jesus to all of the SJPV family.  Father Hoffa and Deacon Joe had the best seats in the house on a beautifully decorated “float” along with our Eucharistic Lord and our Blessed Mother, Mary.  Adorned with roses, lattice, and flowers, the procession visited the four towns that comprise St. Joe’s: Summit Hill, Lansford, Coaldale, and Nesquehoning.

Starting in White Bear at noon, the procession lasted until almost 5:00.  There were also two very special stops along the way at St. Luke’s Miners Hospital and Maple Shade Nursing Home so Father could offer a special blessing for all the healthcare and other front-line workers and the patients entrusted to their care.

Along the route, there were many sightings of Mary statues in windows and on porches and the ringing of the bells as the procession passed by added even more to the beauty of the day. Thank you to everyone who followed along on social media and patiently waited along the route to see Mary and her Son.  Father and Deacon Joe led the rosary multiple times and Marian hymns were played over the speakers.

A special blessing for all those at Maple Shade Nursing Home.

Posted by St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley on Sunday, May 3, 2020


We are extremely grateful for the multiple police and fire departments for escorting the procession the entire day.  And we can’t forget to thank Rich, who was driving the truck!

Thank you also to those who shared pictures and videos on Facebook and email, they were awesome to see.  We pray that the blessings of the May Procession stay with you and your loved ones for many days to come.

Have you ordered your Mother’s Day flowers yet?  The deadline for orders is Thursday, May 7th at 11:30 am.  Click here for more information.  Thank you to all of you who have already placed orders!  Thank you for your ongoing support!