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Lodge News

SEPRL October News

October 7, 2020

Take Out Dinners
Several SEPRL members assisted with take-out meals offered over three weekends, one in July, August and September, at St. John BC Cathedral in Munhall. Stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, vegetables, roll & butter were served in July & August. Over 800 dinners were sold over the two weekends. The third dinner served the weekend of September 19 & 20 was a Cathedral specialty-Chicken Supreme Dinner, a favorite back in the 80’s & 90’s when parishioners did all of the catering at the Cathedral Center. A total of 281 dinners of chicken breast in a while wine sauce, rice pilaf, vegetables and roll & butter, were sold. Along with the dinners, a bake sale was offered featuring Kathedral Kolache, Fr. Andrew’s paska, cinnamon bread & cinnamon raisin bread. There were also apple dumplings, cakes, cookies and apricot/nut torte. Thanks to all who supported these fundraising events and those who helped make them a success.

Flea Market
Parishioners at St. John Cathedral debated on whether to hold their annual flea market this year do to the restrictions on indoor activities. On Friday & Saturday, August 7-8, the event was held with a limited number of people permitted inside as well as other guidelines. Parishioners as well as family and friends donated items small and large. A bake sale featuring ceregies and Kathedral Kolache was held during the two-day event. The sale was extended by two weeks to include a bag sale to make extra profit in conjunction with one of the Cathedral take-out dinners. Unsold items were donated to Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Construction Junction and the St. Vincent dePaul Society.

Helping Hands Day
Helping Hands Day at Ascension Church in Clairton was pulled together by Mike Sowko with help from Bill Kerr and John Glegyak. The volunteers attacked the hedges, shrubs and overgrown tree branches on the church and parish grounds on September 23. Karen Kerr graciously volunteered to provide a meal for them when they finished an exhausting day. Another day is being planned to work on removing tree stumps from the church grounds.

Welcome ECF Students
Volunteers helped assemble “welcome back” bags for the children’s ECF program using a Fraternal Grant initially requested for the Easter program that was cancelled due to the pandemic. Classes started at the end of September.

Annual Clothing Drive
The lodge held its annual clothing drive 3 weekends in September at St. John Cathedral. Bonnie McTaggart again this year sent a box of hats, gloves, scarves and a baby blanket. As always, they were knitted and crocheted beautifully. The clothes collected, many still with original tags on them, were donated to Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army and St. Vincent dePaul Society, Caring Closet and Duquesne Women’s Club. Thanks to all who donated, helped sort, count, bag or box clothes as well as those who helped load the St. Vincent dePaul truck.

Sisters Place Collection
Ascension Church members collected items for Sisters Place in September for Community Matching Funds. Sisters Place provides support for single mothers with education, parenting classes, assistance with housing, budgeting and other life skills.

Upcoming Events
In October and November we will be collecting items for the Veterans Hospital and sponsoring a sock drive for homeless veterans. A collection will also be taken for the annual food drive for the Greater Pittsburgh Foodbank.

A stuffed cabbage sale is in the planning stages for Parish Matching Funds for a new heating unit for the Cathedral.

SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Duquesne, PA is initiating a Parish Expansion drive. Letters are being mailed to request donations for a “Bakeless Bake Sale.” The parish is hoping to use the donations and GCU Parish Expansion Matching Funds for the church utilities this winter. Donations are being accepted through November 2020.

Lodge 602 3rd quarter meeting was held by officers to update transactions and finalize church and community events and year end plans. A plan for an annual meeting is being discussed but no decision has been made.

Doug Duda, Sandy Hornak, Anna Marie Miller and Marge Kardell at the chicken dinner held on September 19 at the Cathedral.

Stuffed cabbage dinner prep work by Diane Pochron and her mom Rita Hilla. Over 1,100 stuffed cabbage were made in 3 hours!

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