Lodge 81 June News
The Coronavirus pandemic restrictions did not dampen the spirit of Lodge 81 members to continue involvement in parish and community activities.
Although all St. John Church public liturgical services were cancelled during the last half of the Lenten season, the traditions of the blessing of palms/pussy willows and Paschal basket blessing were held. Several parishioners attended the outdoor services while social distancing and wearing masks. Father Ron directed everyone to have place their basket on the hood of their vehicle as he went to each car to bless them. Stephen Petruska led the responses.
Even though the quarterly meeting scheduled for May 17 was cancelled, lodge members kept in touch. Bonnie Balas shopped for Joan Bridges and Janet Gaydos who felt their health could be compromised. Lodge 81 President Marcia Harrer and ECF Coordinator planned to treat the ECF students with Dairy Queen gift cards in lieu of the usual end of year party that Lodge 81 sponsors for the children of the parish.
On Memorial Day a Panachida service was held at St. John Cemetery. Those attending wore masks and social distanced as Stephen Petruska and Father Ron led the service for the deceased. Gerry Dorobish, Theresa & Stephen Petruska, James Mihalko and Bonnie Balas were in attendance.
With the onset of pleasant weather, Gerry Dorobish and her sister Linda Zungri cleaned up the grounds of Mt. St. Macrina. Parishioners of St. John Church along with them helped with the planting of flowers. Bonnie Balas helped with weeding of the flower gardens. Although the Annual Pilgrimage has been cancelled for this year, the beautification of the grounds is still continuing. Sister Carol Petrasovich planted her usual decorative array outside of the House of Prayer. Gerry Dorobish has also been helping Sister Ruth Plante to prepare for the reopening of the Religious Gift Shop.
On Sunday and Wednesday evenings a group from local catholic churches has been praying the Rosary at local church shrines and at the Lourdes Grotto at Mt. St. Macrina. Gerry Dorobish and Bonnie Balas are among those praying during this extraordinary time.