Celebration of Easter according to the “Old” Julian calendar, which Ukrainian Greek-Catholics and Orthodox in Southwest Florida follow, necessitated some changes in scheduling of meetings of some local Ukrainian American clubs and organizations.
Accordingly, this year’s Easter was celebrated May 1, and the next two days, Monday and Tuesday The North Port Branch 56 of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, headed by Ann-Marie Susla of Englewood, will hold its membership meeting at 10 a.m., May 10, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, instead of the traditional first Tuesday meeting.
This change was necessitated because Tuesday, May 2, was a holy day and a Divine Liturgy (Mass) was scheduled to be celebrated at 10 a.m.
This change is only for this month. The June membership meeting will be held at 10 a.m., on the first Tuesday June 7, at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Religious and Cultural Center, known as “Oseredok.”
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The monthly membership meeting of the North Port’s Cpl. Roman G. Lazor Post 40 of the Ukrainian American Veterans, headed by Post Commander Col.
Roman Rondiak, USA (Retired) of Osprey will be held at 1 p.m., Friday at the Oseredok.
The agenda of the meeting will include the post’s participation in the traditional Memorial Day Program at Venice Memorial Gardens on Friday May 27, and in the City of North Port Memorial Day Observance at North Port’s Veterans Park (next to the North Port Area Public Library).
The UAV Post 40 participation in these and in other civic and veterans affairs is legendary: very often the Post 40 members constitute the largest uniformed veterans contingent at the affair.
There will be two other issues discussed: date, and agenda of the June meeting (last meeting before vacation break), and the traditional “Panakhyda” (requiem service) for the repose of souls of all departed veterans to be celebrated at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy (Mass) at Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God (St. Mary’s) Ukrainian Catholic Church on Sunday, May 29. The liturgy begins at 10 a.m., and “Panakhyda” will be celebrated a few minutes after 11 a.m.
The management and staff of the popular “Nasha Kukhnya“ (our kitchen) of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church regret to inform all customers and friends that it is suspending serving the traditional Fri. evening Ukrainian American dinners until the first weekend after Labor Day, and wish all an enjoyable, healthy and safe vacation.
It is proper to recognize, to glorify and to thank all mothers (including great-grandmothers, grandmothers,godmothers, foster mothers, and expectant mothers) for their contributions to the human race on their special Mother’s Day this Sunday.
I salute all, including my own loving wife Katrusia, who is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother in her own right, and wish them good health and the traditional Ukrainian “Mnohaya Leeta!” (Many, many years).
Atanas Kobryn covers the Ukrainian community for the North Port Sun. He can be emailed at atanask@aol. com.
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