Lodge 945 June News
Hopefully this article finds everything well with you and your families as we continue to navigate in a manner to keep our loved ones and ourselves safe during this pandemic crisis. Though restrictions in Pennsylvania have begun to ease across the state, Lodge 945 events scheduled through July have been postponed due to the state regulations restricting the number of attendees allowed at social gatherings. Lodge officers will continue to monitor the mandates of the state along with communicating with the GCU Fraternal Department regarding possible future Lodge activities.
Lodge Matching Funds Programs
Parish Expansion Matching Funds—A baked goods sale during lent was held to benefit the Byzantines Nuns at Holy Annunciation Monastery in Sugarloaf, PA. The event resulted in a Matching Funds donation of $877.35. Mother Marija asked that the lodge offer her appreciation to Byzantine parish families at St. Michael in Dunmore and St. Mary & St. John in Scranton, PA who purchased the Easter delights from the Carmelite Kitchen. It goes without mention, Mother Marija and the Sisters are praying for all of us to remain safe and healthy.
Another successful Lenten Pirohi Sale was held by St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church in North Huntington, PA in February and March. (My daughter’s family attends St. StephenChurch and I have the pleasure of enjoying these delicious pirohi every year.) Through the hard work and efforts put forth by the parishioners a total profit of $4,702.00 was matched. Father John Petro extended his gratitude to Lodge 945, the Board of Directors and President Juba for GCU’s continual support of the Byzantine Catholic Churches.
Lodge Volunteer Cleanup Day at The Dunmore Walking Trail has been tentatively re-scheduled for the fall, pending Pennsylvania state Coronavirus restrictions.
GCU Helping Hands Day Spring 2020 at Holy Annunciation Monastery in Sugarloaf, PA has been cancelled until 2021. Visiting with Mother Marija on Memorial Day, while delivering the Matching Funds check along with a supply of newspapers for the Carmelites Mini Horse Corral, Mother Marija mentioned the continual need of old newspapers (no books or glossy inserts) for the Corral. She would greatly appreciate everyone’s kindness in saving old newspapers along with bringing them to the Monastery.
GCU COVID-19 Special Community Food Bank Grant
Lodge 945 has chosen The Scranton Rescue Mission as the recipient of GCU’s Special Community Food Bank Grant of $1,000.00. I would like for a moment to switch my role from Lodge 945 Publicity Director to GCU National Director. At the Board’s recent 2nd quarter meeting in May, the directors discussed how the GCU could assist families struggling with securing basic food items during this crisis in communities where GCU has members. Supporting our tag line of “Investing in the Goodness of Community” and our mission of “Protecting Families and Strengthening Communities,” the Board of Directors authorized a $1,000.00 grant for each of our Lodges and Districts to help support local food banks in their respective areas. At the time of this writing, of the 53 grants authorized, 27 of them have been utilized. If your Lodge or District has not as yet requested this grant, fill out the paperwork sent by President Juba or contact Mr. Basil Wahal at the GCU Home Office for information. Help us reach our goal of 100% participation. Your involvement in this project will assist GCU in making a difference in the lives of people living in your communities.
The Great Debate
Help me solve the great American debate regarding what is the correct way to spell and pronounce that dumpling stuffed with potatoes, cabbage, or lekvar. Is it perogy, perogie, pirohi, pirohy, piroghi, pirogi, pierogy, pyrogy, pyrohy, or pirozhki—I’m curious. How do my fellow GCU sisters and brothers spell it? Take a moment and email me at email@example.com and tell me where your from and how YOU spell that tasty little dumpling. My spelling is pirohi.
In closing, continue to social distance, wear your mask, cover your cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water while singing happy birthday twice or use hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available. And, continue to pray to our Lord and his Holy Mother, the Blessed Theotokos to protect us and to rid us of this terrible disease. A new normal has been established in our daily lives. We all need to follow the rules and live this new normal so we can get through this together safely.
Fr. John Prtro and GCU National Director George Kofel practice social distancing during Parish Expansion Matching Funds check presentation.