SHAMOKIN - The Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, plans to attend the grand parade Saturday, July 5, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Shamokin.

The bishop, a native of Pottsville, has graciously accepted an invitation from Father Martin Kobos, pastor of Mother Cabrini Church, to view the parade that will kick off at 2 p.m. at South Shamokin and Willow streets.

Gainer, who was ordained the 11th bishop of Harrisburg March 19, will watch the parade from a stand in front of Mother Cabrini Church.

Kobos also has invited Franciscan Friar James McCurry, the new Provincial Minister of Our Lady of the Angels Province, Ellicott City, Md., to attend the parade.

The 150th Anniversary Committee and Fifth Ward Parade Committee are coordinating the parade festivities.