Lodge News

Lodge 57 April News

April 3, 2018

Souper Bowl Sunday
The catechetical students of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church learned a lesson about helping a neighbor in need. These students usually collect money on "Souper Bowl Sunday" to help fund the local food bank. This year they helped a neighbor located directly behind their church.
    The pastor of the Calvin Presbyterian Church, Rev. Aleda Menchak, was traveling out of the country to help flood and hurricane victims, when, tragically, her own home burned to the ground. This collection and church donations were given to her to help with rebuilding after her great loss.
    Several of the students are young Lodge 57 members. Their teachers, Lodge 57 President Ken Haftman, Michelle Haftman, Bobbi & Jennifer Dirda and Melody Yeardie, coordinator, helped with the collection.

Check Presentation
Lodge 57 President Ken Haftman, presented the pastor of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, Fr. Christopher Burke, with a check for $3,000.00 from Matching Funds activities. This money will go toward much needed church repairs. Thank you to everyone who supported these activities and to the GCU for the generosity!

Lenten Pirohi Sale
The annual Lenten Pirohi sale at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church was held from February 18 to March 12, 2018. Lodge Treasurer Becky Thomas, coordinated the event, with the help of parishioner, Jean Mangini. Many devoted and hard-working lodge members and parishioners helped to make this a success.
    Lodge Secretary Melodie Yeardie and member Genevieve Marzsal, along with helpers Jackie Ducar, Betty Hudnizak, Mary Rizak, Marge Garstecki, Marge Cramer, Barb Matola, Helen Giselman, Mary Boyza, Darlene Hickle, Lesley Matsko, Tina Libertini and Sue Lepo helped to assemble 820 dozen potato/cheese, 122 dozen sweet cabbage and 61 dozen prune-filled pirohi.
    Pam Gresh was in charge of making the homemade dried noodles. Thirty-five pounds of thin noodles and 45 pounds of wide noodles were made and bagged. All this was completed with the help of the kitchen crew, Jim Ducar, Bill Matsko and the official dough-maker Father Chris Burke.
    This pirohi sale is known far beyond the Brownsville area. Customers from miles away came to buy these ethnic delights and look forward to future sales.
    Many thanks to all the parishioners, workers and patrons who supported the church with this Lenten activity

Bernie Karaffa | Publicity Director