Lodge 47 June News
April was buzzing with activity in Binghamton as volunteers worked at the annual holiday baking fundraising event. Lodge members, parishioners and friends worked long hours and multiple days to make nuts rolls, pirohi and various size Easter Paska.
No matter how the volunteers were able to contribute – preparation, set-up, making dough, baking, filling orders, clean-up or one of many other jobs, these fundraisers would not have been successful without all those who generously provided their help, time and talent.
A very special thank you to everyone who offered their assistance to make each event a huge success! Lodge 47 is also grateful to the GCU Home Office for the Fraternal Grant which was used to purchase baking supplies for the Paska Sale.
The Binghamton GCU Bowling League awards dinner was held on Tuesday, April 23. Bowlers celebrated an evening away from the lanes to mark the end of the 30 week 2018-19 bowling season. Bowlers, lodge members, families and guests enjoyed a delicious meal and dessert before awards were presented. The league is already gearing up for the start of next season!
Sacred Sites Open House
“From Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture” was the theme for the 2019 statewide “Sacred Sites” Open House held on Sunday, May 19. The parish family of Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church in Binghamton was one of 23 local sites which had the opportunity to greet visitors, give tours, explain architecture and art, stained glass windows and share the history of the building and congregation.
It was an honor and pleasure to be a part of this journey with the surrounding community. A sincere thank you to Dianne Metzar who led the church in participating in this unique experience. Thank you also to Joanna Bartos, Mary Ann Smilnak and Bob Suflita who joined in welcoming the visitors. Everyone appreciated the chance to view and ask questions about the beautiful interior of Holy Spirit Church. The Iconostasis, the Tiffany glass in the canopy above the altar, the vestment display and the mosaics were a few things mentioned as being spectacular by the guests.