Lodge 81 October News
Through the summer Lodge 81 members have continued to be involved at St. John BC Parish as well as in the local Uniontown community.
In May, the GCU Home Office offered a donation of $1,000.00 to local food banks which were in great need during the pandemic. Stephen Petruska contacted James Stark of the Fayette County Community Food Bank to which the donation was made.
The Sunday Rosary group that meets at Lourdes Grotto at Mount St. Macrina, helped celebrate Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick’s birthday on August 16. The group collected $220.00 which was to be given to Polaris, an organization against human trafficking in which Sister Barbara Jean is actively involved. This amount surpassed the $200.00 goal that Sister Barbara Jean had hoped for. After the Rosary recitation, cupcakes and balloons were shared with those attending.
Richard & Marcia Harrer gave their time to the community in various ways. Richard has been volunteering cutting grass at Cozy Corner in Mount Pleasant, PA. Marcia was asked to be a part of the Mount St. Macrina Virtual Pilgrimage. Her role was to narrate the children’s presentation—giving a detailed description of the icon of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help. (This can be viewed on You Tube or the Sisters of St. Basil website.)
Steve Petruska continued cantoring at St. John Church as well as helping on the premises. Steve cleared the social hall by moving tables and chairs to prepare the area for the restoration of the social hall floor which was damaged by flooding last summer.
On the weekend of September 19-20, Lodge 81 held its Annual Food Drive. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the officers decided to accept monetary donations only. Donations will be collected through October 4 and be given to local food banks.
On Catechetical Sunday, September 20, Lodge 81 officers and catechists Gerry Dorobish, Marcia Harrer, James Mihalko and Bonnie Balas received a blessing from Father Ron Larko as part of the commissioning service. They also took registrations of students for the upcoming year.
The 51st Annual Rosary Walk was held on Sunday, September 20 with masks and social distancing. The 2nd Glorious Mystery was recited in the St. John Church parking lot. A makeshift Marian shrine was prepared using an icon of Mary which was donated by the late Dorothy Petrisko Rossini, a longtime GCU member and a ruchnyk (icon covering) donated by Mark Jesko. Bonnie Balas led the singing of Marian hymns and Gerry Dorobish led the prayers of the 2nd Glorious Mystery.
At the August 9 quarterly meeting it was agreed to make donations to the Mount St. Macrina Virtual Pilgrimage and to St. John Church for the use of the meeting room. (The 2nd quarter lodge meeting was cancelled due to the pandemic.)
The 39th Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Celebration scheduled for Sunday, October 25, 2020 has been cancelled. Check parish website for any future events: http://www.stjohnbaptist-byzcath-uniontown.org or e-mail: email@example.com.
The next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 after the Sunday Divine Liturgy.