NEW HAVEN, Conn. – While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the School of Ukrainian Studies (Ridna Shkola) of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in New Haven, Conn., to close in March 2020, it was able to reopen in April of this year, and the Ukrainian community here has managed to hold various events despite difficult circumstances.
In May, parishioners of the church held a Mother’s Day Breakfast, during which time the men of the parish cooked for all of the women.
Then, on June 5-6, the church held a First Holy Confession and First Holy Communion for Justyna Horbaty Young and Kalynna Gildea. The catechist was Halia Jurczak-Lodynsky, who has been a teacher at the school since 2004. The service was led by the parish’s priest, Father Iura Godenciuc. He was assisted by Father Stepan Yanovski and special guest Father Albert Forlano.
Later in June, the parish held a Father’s Day picnic, during which time all of the women of the parish cooked for all of the fathers.
The school, which opened for the current school year on September 25 with a Divine Liturgy, is led by its director, Myron Melnyk, and the parish’s choir director, Nataliia Dankevych, coordinates activities for the parish nursery school.
The enrollment period for the School of Ukrainian Studies in New Haven, Conn., is still open, and readers who have children or grandchildren in the area are welcome to enroll their children in the school. The enrollment period closes on October 30, and readers may contact Ms. Lodynsky by phone at 203-494-6288 for more information.