Mar. 28—SHENANDOAH — St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of Palm Sunday, known as Flowery Sunday within the Ukrainian custom, Saturday with the blessing of pussy willows and palms.
“We have now the blessing of pussy willows and palms to rejoice our Lord’s entry to Jerusalem,” Monsignor Myron Grabowsky mentioned.
Presently final 12 months the church was closed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Winnie Mohutsky, of Shenandoah Heights, mentioned Plenty had been nonetheless celebrated, however the parishioners weren’t in a position to attend in individual.
“I really feel good,” Mohutsky mentioned. “It is good to be again.”
The church is following well being and security pointers together with pews closed off to permit for social distancing and indicators reminding individuals to put on masks.
Carol Kalavage, of Shenandoah, who works to wash the church, mentioned cross stickers contained in the pews mark the place individuals can sit 6 ft aside. Kalavage additionally mentioned common weekly Plenty have been held in individual on Sundays, however not Saturdays except for this week.
For Ann Swaldi, of Ringtown, attending Mass in individual on Saturday was emotional. Swaldi mentioned she had not been attending church throughout the pandemic due to well being considerations, however after getting vaccinated, she was glad to be again.
“That is my life,” Swaldi mentioned. “I felt like I used to be lacking out. I wasn’t entire.”
Swaldi mentioned her household has been attending St. Michael’s for years, and he or she has been lively in traditions such because the Easter basket blessings. Nevertheless, Swaldi mentioned she will probably be transferring out of state, so having the possibility to return to church was vital to her.
“We’ll be transferring south, and I am unsure if there will probably be a Ukrainian church,” Swaldi mentioned. “That will break my coronary heart.”
After blessing the palms and pussy willows, Grabowsky emphasised the worth of prayer throughout these troublesome instances.
“All of us want some type of assurance on this world,” Grabowsky mentioned.
St. Michael’s is holding Palm Sunday Plenty at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. Monday, 8 a.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Thursday. Holy Thursday Plenty will probably be at 4 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday and three:30 p.m. Saturday. Easter Sunday Mass will probably be at 10:30 a.m.