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Lodge News

Lodge 151 March News

March 26, 2020

Ad Limina Conference
Bishop Kurt Burnette invited Fr. Nicholas Daddona from St. Andrew Byzantine Church to go to the Vatican to participate in the Ad Limina Conference with the Pope and other Eastern Catholic Bishops. They discussed various aspects and challenges in the Passaic Eparchy. It was a great experience for all.

Parish Expansion
GCU members Michael Knapp and Ruth Karmazon presented a Matching Funds check to Fr. Michael at St. Nicholas of Mira Church in the Poconos. The money was used to repair the Heating and AC units in the church. Fr. Michael thanked the GCU for all its contributions and support of the church.

With Sadness
Lodge 151 was saddened by the death of Barbara Kovalcik on February 24, 2020. She was a very special and caring person and a dear friend to many. She was an active GCU member attending many lodge functions and GCU Conventions. She bowled in the lodge league, tournaments and participated in district activities. She will be greatly missed. Her obit appears in the GCU April Magazine.

Liturgy & Pre-Lenten Luncheon
GCU members attended Liturgy and a Pre-Lenten luncheon at St. Mary Byzantine Church in NYC on January 23, 2020. Fr. Ed Cimbala welcomed everyone and a nice luncheon was served. The lodge’s new celebrity friend Devin Goda, who is on the show The Price is Right, presented the Matching Funds check to Fr. Cimbala. The parishioners were so happy to receive the money from the GCU and a picture was taken with most of the attendees. Lodge 151 members met Devin at their annual meeting and were impressed with his fine character and deep devotion to his faith. His mom is a GCU member and was very impressed and happy to see the article about him in the GCU Magazine. Devin will be moving to California soon. We wish him luck and hope he knows he leaves with best wishes from Lodge 151.

Robert Knapp Ordained
On January 25 at Resurrection Church in Smithtown, NY Bishop Kurt ordained Robert Knapp to the Diaconate. Fr. Nick Daddona of St. Andrew concelebrated at the ordination Liturgy. Over 100 family members, friends, parishioners and GCU members came to honor the newly ordained Deacon Robert.

Annual Bake Sale
Lodge 151 members have been busy baking for the annual bake sale. This year we were very lucky to have Fr. Vlad Budash and his wife Natalia helping us. Father Vlad is the new pastor at The Church of the Resurrection in Smithtown.