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Ladies Guild Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary
CONNECTICUT – On Sunday, June 8, 2014, the Ladies Guild of SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Hartford, Connecticut celebrated its 75th anniversary with a special Mass at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church officiated by the Reverend Andrzej Pogorzelski and followed by a banquet at the Polish National Home.
The highlight of this special occasion was the unveiling of a new Ladies Guild banner. Hand created by Guild member, Virginia Pudlo, assisted by her sister, Frances Pudlo, this beautiful work of art and labor of love was dedicated to the memory of Irene B. Dylag, Past President of the Ladies Guild. Frances Pudlo fondly remembered Irene as a “gentle, yet determined force of encouragement and inspiration to all members.” Virginia Pudlo said, “the banner is meant to replicate the Ladies Guild ribbon that is presented to all newly initiated members.” The image of The Holy Family, the revered patron saints of the Guild, was embroidered by Frances. Virginia was responsible for the design, lettering, sewing, construction, and embellishments.
In photo above: (L to R) Ladies Guild President Cheryl Pietrycha, Janina Mazan, Krystyna Wislo, Gladys Sobczynski, and Virginia Pudlo. Photo by: Frances Pudlo
Founded on May 10, 1939, the Guild was established as a means for women of the parish to render service to the parish, strengthen their faith, engage in social activities, and promote the affirmation of friendships. In addition, the Guild takes pride in its Polish heritage and culture and collaborates with other Polish groups and organizations in supporting various church, civic, and ethnic programs. Guild President Cheryl Pietrycha said, “We gather today to celebrate the Ladies Guild’s rich history of accomplishments. Over 100 deserving students have received scholarships to assist with the continuation of their education. The Guild also supports St. Agnes Home in Hartford, which provides housing and support services to pregnant adolescent mothers and their infants. Guild members visit parishioners at home and in convalescent homes, and the Opłatek (Christmas wafer) is shared with them at Christmastime. Whenever and wherever there is need, the members of the Ladies Guild stand ready to help.”
Membership in the Guild allows a unique opportunity to be good stewards of SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish and community while sharing the many blessings God has bestowed. Potential members may contact President Cheryl Pietrycha at (860) 523-4878 for additional information about the Guild.
– Submitted by Frances T. Pudlo,
Publicity – Ladies Guild of SS. Cyril and Methodius Church