Lodge 271 January News
Lodge Supports Annunciation Church
Lodge 271 held a bake sale to support Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church. The sale was on Sunday, November 3. The parish was in need of new linens. This small effort from parishioners goes a long way.
The lodge also held a GCU Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day, for the Chicago Bears 24 vs. Detroit Lions 20 game. Winners included: 1st quarter-Bill Gulas, 2nd quarter-Hazel Oreluk, 3rd quarter-Mary Oreluk and final score-Gary Dorencz. All had fun!!!
5th Annual Christmas on the Prairie 2019
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen held its 5th annual “Christmas on the Prairie” event Saturday, December 7. Catherine Baranko, coordinator and youth leader, said the outdoor display was designed to teach about St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children and to showcase “the man behind the myth.”
The event included music, crafts, baked goods, education and evangelization. Children had plenty of activities, which included stations where the teens in the youth group performed skits to explain the life of St. Nicholas, an icon making craft area and a hands-on candle making area. The event culminated with the appearance of St. Nicholas himself and rides on his horse drawn sleigh.
The event was open and free to all visitors. Rev. Father Thomas Loya, pastor at Annunciation, commented “(The event) is about who we are. St. Nicholas is part of the riches of our church.” Father Loya added the church wishes to spread the message of charity and share the spirit of St. Nicholas, the Byzantine Church’s patron saint, with the community.
Lodge 271 has been a main sponsor of the outdoor event since its start in 2014 as well as having its members volunteer in preparation and during the day’s activities.