Youngwood Kolo celebrates 81st Slava

Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church of Youngwood, Pennsylvania, joyfully celebrated 81 years of devoted service and dedication given by its Kolo Srpskih Sestara Vavedenje on Sunday, December 5, 2010. On this special day, all the living women of the Kolo were honored, and departed members were remembered with great respect and heartfelt thanksgiving for their never-ending love, dedication, and hard work.

His Grace, Bishop Dr. Mitrophan;Very Rev. Adam Yonitch and Parish Priest Rev. Miladin Blagojevic celebrated the Divine Liturgy and the blessing of the Slavski Kolac. A Parastos Service for departed Kolo members was held by Father Blagojevic on Saturday, December 4, after which current Kolo members received confession.

Honored Kuma was Amilia Damiano, and the exquisite and delicious Slavski Kolac was prepared by Popadija Branka Blagojevic. George Kalp served as master of ceremonies, and many smiled as he described some of the endearing qualities of Kuma Amilia, or "Baba Mika" as she is known to the children of the church.

The Kolo sisters, as always, prepared a delicious Lenten fish dinner which was heartily enjoyed by all parishioners, family, and friends who packed the church hall. We were also honored to have Very Rev. Dr. Rodney Torbic and Protonica Svetlana Zaremba and her mother Milica and daughter Aleksandria in attendance.

Kolo President Mary Nagoda thanked all the sisters for their help and cooperation, and she also thanked Darrell Hill, Steve Kabaci, Alex Morvosh, and Skip Rusiewicz for their special support of the Kolo.

Father Miladin presented next year's Kuma, Melony Musgrave, with the Vavedenje icon which she will keep until next year's Slava when it will be given to the Kuma who succeeds her.