Lodge 151 April News
Celebration of Tchaikovsky
GCU members attended a Choral Divine Liturgy Celebration of Tchaikovsky at St Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in New York City on Sunday, January 27. It was a spectacular Liturgy which was sung in English and Church Slovanic. The music was presented by the Theoria Chamber Choir with Andrew Skitko as director. Father Edward Cimbala celebrated the Liturgy with extra support from Bishop Kurt Burnette, Fr. Tyler Strand and other priests from the Hillsborough, NJ and Toms River, NJ areas. Refreshments were then served.
First Quarter Meeting
Lodge 151 held its first quarterly meeting on Sunday, February 3 at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Westbury, NY. Stefan Vilacky cooked a delicious meal for members and parishioners of the church. Thanks so much!
Inspired by the Catholic Writer and Convert Scott Hahn, Dr. Maureen Daddona gave a talk on the concept of hitting a wall. Most people have experienced a problem which seems so big to get around, too high to climb, or too hard to break through. The weight of it seems to crush us to the ground. Scott Hahn declared one of the characteristics he finds more admirable in Catholics is their attitude. He stated they don’t just stand there—they do something, they turn to God. Pray, but don’t tell God what you want. Give up the troubles to the Holy Spirit and let God send the answer. Just be open to the truth that God sends you. Whatever the answer may be, you can be sure it is the best for you. Dr. Daddona concluded with the thought, “don’t tell God how big the storm is, tell the storm how big God is!” A special thank you to Dr. Maureen Daddona for her inspiring talk.
Lunch & Vespers
St. Andrew Church held a meatless Sunday lunch to begin the Lenten season. Parishioners made meatless dishes and shared them with others. The day concluded with Vespers celebrated by Fr. Nick Daddona. It was a great way to begin this penitential season.
Lodge 151 was saddened by the passing of member Michael Tkach. He died on March 13 at home at the age of 89. He is survived by his son Michael, daughters Maryann Kanza and Barbara White. Fr. Nicholas Daddona celebrated his funeral service at St. Andrew Church in Westbury. Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery. Vičnaja pamjat’! Rest in Peace!