St. Joseph Marello Parish Holy Name Society announce the Rev. Louis Grippe will be guest speaker and Joseph Valenti will be toastmaster at the 37th annual smoker on Sunday, April 7. The smoker will be held at 6 p.m. at the Mount Carmel Center on William Street, Pittston.
Men of all ages from the parish and surrounding area are invited for an evening of fellowship, dinner, a Lenten message and an array of raffle prizes.
Tickets for the affair are $12 and can be obtained at the St. Joseph Marello Parish office, from Holy Name Society members or by contacting smoker chairman Stan Rovinski at 570-905-8627. Smoker committee members urge everyone to get tickets early as only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door the day of the event.
The Rev. Louis Grippe was born in Pittston the son of Peter and Jean Grippe. He attended St. Meinrad College, Meinrad Indiana and St. Pius X Seminary, Dalton and was ordained May 24, 1969 by the Most Rev. Joseph Carroll McCormick.
He served as assistant pastor in various locations throughout the Scranton Diocese and served as pastor at St. Luke, Jersey Shore; Our Lady of Victory, Harvey’s Lake; St. Mary of Czestochowa/Holy Name, Swoyersville and Most Precious Blood Parish, Hazleton, where he is pastor emeritus.
The Rev. Grippe earned a Master of Science degree in religious education at Marywood in May 1983. He has also served as spiritual director of the religious education program at Tilbury Terrace, Nanticoke; as chaplain of Mercy Hospital, Scranton, and as diocesan director of Jewish-Christian Relations. He also served on the advisory board of the Office for Continuing Education of Priests
Joseph Valenti is a graduate of Wyoming Area High School, Luzerne County Community College and is the CEO of Waste Reduction and Recycling, Hanover Twp. He is the editor/publisher of PittstonPolitics.com, providing commentary on greater Pittston and Luzerne County politics.
Valenti is a member of Corpus Christi parish, West Pittston, where he serves as a lector. He is married to the former Donna Starinski, of Dupont, and resides in West Pittston. The couple has two sons, Joey Jr. and Danny.