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By Rosanne Bowman - For The Lima News



Serra Club celebrates 50 years

LIMA — The Serra Club of the Lima Area will be having a gala celebration in honor of their 50th anniversary starting with Mass with celebrant Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of the Toledo Diocese at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the St. Rita’s Medical Center Chapel, 730 W. Market St., Lima. The Mass will be followed by dinner and a special program featuring John Liston, the executive director of Serra international, as the speaker at 7 p.m. in St. Rita’s Medical Center’s Conference Center, 718 W. Market St. Lima. To reserve a seat or for details, email [email protected]

Special speaker at breakfast

LIMA — The Lima Chapter Magnificat’s breakfast will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Old Barn Out Back, 3175 W. Elm St., Lima. Mary Pyper, president of Radio Maria, will be the guest speaker. Cost for the breakfast, presentation and handouts is $10. For details or to reserve a seat, call 419-339-5575 today.

Store for papal souvenirs opens online

(TNS) — You don’t have to wait for Pope Francis to come to Philadelphia to get souvenirs of his visit.

The World Meeting of Families’ online store for papal- and conference-related merchandise is at http://shop.worldmeeting2015.org.

The store features more than 200 products from Aramark, the retail vendor for the event, later this month.

A wide range of products is available for purchase, including clothing, rosaries, posters, pennants, mugs and other decorative items. There’s also a full slate of Pope Francis merchandise, including bobbleheads, plush dolls, tote bags, portraits and a $160 life-size cutout.

The online store became accessible a day after the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ schedule for the two days he will be in Philadelphia for the conclusion of the World Meeting, which begins Sept. 22.

On Sept. 26 and 27, the pope’s stops include Independence Mall, the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

He will also attend the World Meeting’s Festival of Families and celebrate Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Officials said Wednesday that additional products would become available in the coming weeks, and more merchandise would be available at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and on the parkway during the event.

By Rosanne Bowman

For The Lima News

Rosanne Bowman is a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Lima News. Share your upcoming events with her at [email protected]

Rosanne Bowman is a freelance writer and regular contributor to The Lima News. Share your upcoming events with her at [email protected]

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