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A memorial service at Greta Cemetery

Just four days after his arrival in Australia on 19 August 1949, Archpriest John Lupish served the funeral of one year-old Irene Solomko. The child Irene died in an epidemic of measles and broncho-pneumonia that swept through the Greta Migrant Camp that year and was laid to rest in the Greta Cemetery.  Father John later presided at five more burials at Greta: that of another child, Vsevelod Shinilov (+1949), Larisa Klebakin (+1950), Lydia Elagin (+1956), Alexander Melnikov (+1970) and Ivan Elagin (+1977).  In 2015 it was resolved that a memorial service would be held at Greta Cemetery each year on the closest convenient Saturday to the anniversary of Irene Solomko's burial.  This year, the memorial service will be held on Saturday 25 August at 11.00am.  At the service prayers will be offered for the repose of the ever-memorable Archpriest John (+1977), his matushka Maria (+1979), and all those Orthodox Christians buried in the Greta Cemetery.  Kutiya will be blessed, and there will be light refreshments afterwards for those who have travelled to Greta for the sevice.  Unfortunately Archpriest Michael Solomko, the brother of Irene and President of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand will be unable to join our parish rector this year as he will be representing the Consistory at commemorative events in the United States and Canada.  

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