Lodge 81 June News
Lodge 81 kept going with its usual activities during the Holy Seasons of Lent, Pascha and Pentecost.
Gerry Dorobish continued her assistance at Mt. St. Macrina religious Gift Shop, in addition to helping with clean up on the monastery grounds and planting flowers. She also helped her sister, Linda Zungri with First Holy Communion classes at the local Roman Catholic churches. Gerry, Sister Barbara Jean and Bonnie Balas have once again joined in the Sunday Rosary group that meets at Lourdes Grotto at Mt. St. Macrina.
On Saturday, May 8, Bonnie Balas participated in a fundraiser for the Masontown Volunteer Fire Department. Representing St. John Ethnic Craft Club, she sold crafts, church cookbooks and more.
During the Great Fast, GCU members and parishioners continued to help at the weekly pirohi sale at St. John BC Church. Cathy Phillips and Bonnie Balas sold and distributed Colebrook Easter candy as part of the Social Ministry fundraiser. Bonnie Balas assisted with the paska baking project, preparing orders and distributing the paska bread. Stephen Petruska cantored Lenten and Holy Week services and assisted Father Ron Larko with the Paschal basket blessing held in the church parking lot. Lodge 81 also contributed for mention of the deceased members of Lodge 81 in the All Souls’ Liturgies. Many well wishes went to Helen Ponzurick on the celebration of her 94th birthday on May 5.
Several Lodge 81 officers are also ECF teachers at the parish. For Easter, Marcia Harrer prepared gift bags, Bonnie Balas made mini paskas for each child and Gerry Dorobish led the students in preparing a stained glass-type cross craft item. First Solemn Reconciliation was held for Allie and Noah Mihalko on the Saturday before Thomas Sunday under the direction of Gerry Dorobish. A mini celebration was provided by St. John Social Ministry on Thomas Sunday which included only immediate family members. Cathy Phillips and Bonnie Balas helped set up and serve those in attendance. Marcia Harrer, ECF coordinator, and Gerry Dorobish presented gifts to the children on behalf of the parish. Lodge 81 provided the end of year pizza party for the ECF students and their families. Gerry Dorobish created a pictorial display which included photos of all student activities for the catechetical year.
Lodge 81 made a significant donation through GCU Parish Matching Funds to a new handicapped ramp along the east side and front of the St. John Church. This ramp will especially assist with funerals and is quite an asset to the parish. Stephen Petruska installed a new U.S. Flag in the church which was acquired by Lodge 81. Stephen also cut branches from linden trees to be used for the display of green for the Feast of Pentecost. Bonnie Balas helped Kay Breakiron prepare the arrangements and place them in the church sanctuary.
The quarterly meeting was held on Sunday, May 16, after the Divine Liturgy. Lodge 81 made a donation to the church for use of the meeting room. Plans were discussed for attending the Helping Hands Day at Mt. St. Macrina on Saturday, June 5. Lodge 81 opted to forego a Flag Day program and instead to have a Patriotic/Veterans’ Day activity in November due to current restrictions for COVID-19.