Lodge 351 February News
Matching Funds Helps the Eparchy of Uzhorod
Lodge 351 has been busy despite the COVID-19 restrictions. During the months of August and September, members raised money for a Matching Funds Program to help the Eparchy of Uzhorod in the Ukraine. The Eparchy was generous in sending a priest, Father Vasyl Kadar and his family, to St. Jude Byzantine Catholic Church in Ernest, PA. He also serves as administrator at SS. Peter & Paul in Punxsutawney, PA.
Member Receives First Confession
One of the lodge’s youngest members Stryker Little, received his First Confession during the month of October at St. Jude BC Church. Stryker is the son of Kate Little a member of Lodge 351 and Staff Sergeant Christopher Little, a member of the United States Marine Corp. who is currently deployed and was not able to attend. Stryker also has three sisters, Addy, Zoe and Isabelle who all attended this very important religious event. His grandfather and grandmother, John & Monica Kowalski and great grandmother Agnes Klyap were also in attendance. Lodge 351 is very proud of Stryker, as he also is an altar server at St. Jude.
House Orphan Fundraiser
During the month of December, Lodge 351 held a fundraiser for House Orphan, The House of Mercy for Orphans in Ivano-Franivsk, Ukraine. Father Ivan Zhuk has been in contact with St. Jude Church concerning much needed funding for construction and repairs of House Orphan. The fundraiser was successful, hopefully during 2021, Lodge 351 will continue to assist with the financial help for House Orphan and prays for the continued success in the efforts to provide care for children in need.
Lodge Members Doing Good
On December 6, 2020, the members of Lodge 351 helped St. Nicholas with providing gift bags for the members of St. Jude BC Church. Adults and children alike received gift bags. During the months of November and December, the members held a clothing drive to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Indiana, PA and a non-perishable food drive for the local food bank. As part of our lodge’s outreach to veterans, Kate Little coordinated the effort to purchase gifts for the families living at the Veteran’s Parsonage, a homeless shelter in Indiana, PA. Kate also prepared cookie dough so that the mothers and children could bake cookies for Santa at Veteran’s Parsonage. In addition, clothing and personal care items were also collected. These items were put into Christmas stockings and distributed to homeless Veterans in Pennsylvania.
Plans are in the works to again participate in the Run Ranger Run Program, which is now renamed the Patriot Challenge. This activity raises funds for the Gallant Few, a non-profit that supports veteran initiatives in the United States, Theresa Frederick and Patty Yamrick have already signed up and are ready to log in those miles during the month of February 2021.
God is Guiding Us
Even though COVID-19 seemed to put a damper on many of our planned activities, God guided us in different directions. Following the call the lodge found that it could expand its outreach to those in need both locally and internationally in unexpected ways. Lodge 351 members are looking forward to going where God leads them in 2021.