Lodge 151 June News
Blessed to Have Strong Leadership
On April 23, 2021, Father Nick Daddona celebrated four years in the priesthood and as pastor of St. Andrew BC Church in Westbury, NY. With all the current difficulties it is nice to recall the good things that have happened with Fr. Nick as the parish’s administrator. During his four years, St. Andrew’s parishioners were enriched by guest speakers, Sr. Katrina OSB and Brother Vincent Adams of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn. The Parish participated in the Toys for Tots Program, Meal in a Bag for St. Bridget’s Pantry and donations to the Life Center of Long Island. A celebration was held with the seminarians and rector of Douglaston House of Formation. The parish donated supplies to the Seminarian Midnight Run for the Homeless in NYC. Fr. Nick created a lending Library and re-established the pre-school Eastern Christian Formation Program. It is great to be returning to church and to see Fr. Nick for the Divine Liturgy and the reception of the Holy Eucharist.
Fr. Nicholas Garklavs, the pastor at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, is a fourth-generation priest, who has energized the church through his good deeds and fine example. Father Nicholas live streamed services on Facebook throughout the pandemic bringing several new parishioners to the church. He encourages charitable donations and has set up different projects, including an annual Toys for Tots drive and a food donation station for a local food pantry. Father’s deep faith is evident in his sermons, Bible study classes for adults and teens and Zoom classes. His deep religious convictions and compassion are an inspiration for everyone he meets. Under his leadership, the parish has undertaken several projects to repair and improve the church. A GCU Non-Byzantine Parish Expansion Matching Funds project, requested by GCU Lodge 151 officer and parishioner Laura Muhlfeld, assisted with these repairs.
Ann Kandratino says the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration is blessed to have Fr. Waczeslaw as pastor. Father, a native of Poland, has increased the parish’s revenue with television and movies filming in Brooklyn. Father saw an opportunity to increase the church’s income by renting out the church hall to these production crews. Father has an infectious enthusiasm is dedicated to preserving the landmark Cathedral. When the pandemic prevented in person attendance, Fr. Waczeslaw enlisted tech savvy youth of the parish to provide live streaming. Matushka Elizabeth proved to be an invaluable lifeline to many parishioners through weekly bulletins.
“Glory to God”
Chris Hulak writes “Glory to God” from the parishioners of The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. The parish is slowly returning to normal and was very pleased to have their pastor’s weekly church bulletin as a lifeline throughout the pandemic. The parish recently celebrated its Sviachenne, their annual communal Easter meal and relished the 62 years old parish tradition. We give thanks to the GCU for the Non-Byzantine Parish Expansion Matching Funds the event raised for the church.
Helping Hands Day
Helping Hands Day at St. Andrew Church was held on Ascension Thursday, May 13. Plants were planted around the church grounds with the help of the parish children who helped bring the plants outside.
Congrats to Our Graduates
Congratulations to Jack Lalley who received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. The ceremony was held in person with his parents, Nancy & Mark Lalley in attendance on May 9th. It was a great Mother’s Day present.
Emily Torrente graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame on May 23, 2021 with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Corporate Practice. She is a Notre Dame Merit Scholar and a member and secretary of Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. This summer she will be moving to New York City to begin her career as a Valuation Advisory Analyst at Stout Risius Ross. Emily’s parents are Peter & Patricia Torrente. Grandma Marge Russell is very proud of both of her grandchildren. The lodge is very proud of their accomplishments.
Hopefully the lodge’s 3rd quarterly meeting will be held with more members attending either at the end of August or in early September. Enjoy the summer—looking forward to seeing everyone soon.