Lodge News

Lodge 321 June News

June 8, 2018

Mother’s Day Event
After the Divine Liturgies on Mother's Day weekend, Lodge 321 at St. Mary's Byzantine Church in Bradenville, sponsored a Strawberry Shortcake Social to honor all parents of the church. Mothers were given roses and the fathers were presented with St. Nicholas prayer cards. The GCU Home Office sent "giveaways" for all attendees.
    Parishioners were asked to make free will donations of select items to the Union Mission of Latrobe in honor of their parents. The items were on a "Wish List" provided by the Mission. The Union Mission is the only men's shelter in Westmoreland County. It serves men in crisis-many of whom are veterans.
    Approximately 80 very generous people, attended the events. Over $2,000.00 in clothing, household supplies, cleaning products and money were collected for the shelter. Special guests of St. Mary's were Kathy & Jim Bendel. Jim, chairman of the board of directors for the Union Mission, addressed the Sunday gathering. He spoke about the clients and their needs as well as their successes. He thanked the parishioners and the lodge for their support. Mr. Bendel also thanked Fr. Joe Borodach, the pastor, for his ongoing support of the organization.
    This is the fourth Parents Weekend celebration held by Lodge 321. Each year a different local 501c3 charity is the recipient of the proceeds of the event.
    We thank those who contributed to the Mission for their generosity.