The statue of Mary outside of St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church in Pittston is draped with the Ukrainian flag. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Andrii Dumnych, is a native of Ukraine. The church will host a program on Ukraine at 5 p.m. Monday, May 9.

The public is invited to learn about Ukraine and see how donations that are being collected locally are helping Ukrainians.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, is hosting an interfaith meeting called “Discover Ukraine” at 5 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the church. No registration is needed. The event is free to the public.

This informational event will feature three presentations. The speakers are the Rev. Andrii Dumnych, pastor of St. Michael’s, Pittston, and St. Nicholas Church, Tripp Street in Swoyersville; the Rev. Myron Myronyuk, of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, Scranton; and a multimedia feature introduced by Rabbi Larry Kaplan, Temple Israel, Wilkes-Barre. Each presenter will address past and present events in Ukraine.

The courage displayed by the Ukrainian people today is related to their past experiences of living under oppression, event organizers explained. A description of the current crisis and the efforts to help will be shared, along with historical perspectives of the Jewish population of Ukraine. In addition, a choir will sing traditional Ukrainian songs.

A cake and coffee social with a meet and greet in the lower church hall will follow the program.

The event will be held in the church. Entrance to the church is from the adjacent side parking lot. The church and hall are not fully handicap accessible. Parking may be limited.

For information, call Mike at 570-704-6520 or call/text Linda at 570-905-7387.

Anyone still wishing to make a donation for the Ukraine relief effort can do so at this event. Handmade Ukrainian flag lapel pins also will be available for a goodwill offering.

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