Thank you to all for very a blessed and joyous Easter day. Our church looked beautiful, fragrant with the smell of spring for the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. Thank you to all that helped to make this day so special and memorable. A special thank you to Father Bilinski and Father Jasiurkowski for celebrating the Solemnity of the Resurrection with us.
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On Sunday, March 31st, we will celebrate Easter Sunday Holy Mass at 9 AM celebrated by Fr. Andrew Bilinski & Fr. Stanley Jasiurkowski. Please to come with your family and celebrate this holiest of days.
Palm Sunday, March 24th
9 AM – Procession With Palms & Holy Mass
Maundy Thursday, March 28th
3 PM – Holy Mass Of The Lord’s Supper & Transfer Of The Blessed Sacrament
Good Friday, March 29th
7 PM – Liturgy Of The Passion & Death Of Our Lord
Holy Saturday, March 30th
Noon – Holy Saturday Liturgies and Blessing of Easter Food
Easter Sunday, March 31st
9 AM – Resurrection Procession & Holy Mass
On Saturday, March 23rd a group of volunteers gave up their free time to clean our church, the rectory porch, driveway, and church hall in preparation for Holy week and Easter. Thank you to Father Andrew Bilinski for being with us and giving us inspiration. What a great job everyone! Many thanks to all. The results were outstanding!
Our Little Easter Bread of Love will be distributed on Holy Saturday & Easter Sunday. We will demonstrate the act of solidarity towards thousands of little children in Poland, in America, and in the world who are severely undernourished. Let us join to help them. Let them feel they are not abandoned in their struggle to survive. Come and take a piece of bread, dropping of a small offering in a special box to provide for them.
The pisanki derive from an ancient tradition when eggs, the symbol of life, were endowed with magical properties and were thought to ensure both a plentiful harvest and good health. The name Pisanki comes from the Polish word “pisać”, which means to write.
The practice of coloring Easter eggs is very much alive in Poland today as well as enjoyed by Polish people all over the world. There are several techniques for making pisanki including the use of wax flowing from a pipe or funnel, producing richly ornamented designs or the etching of designs onto a previously colored egg. The geometric and floral patterns or the animal and human images produced reveal a high level of craftsmanship and artistry.
These eggs are exchanged among friends and relatives with good wishes. Many American Poles design eggs with the names of their friends written on them. They exchange these decorated eggs with each other during their Easter visitations along with their good wishes.
The blessing of the Easter food, or the “Święconka” is a tradition dear to the heart of every Pole. Being deeply religious, he is grateful to God for all His gifts of both nature and grace, and, as a token of this gratitude, has the food of his table sanctified with the hope that spring, the season of the Resurrection, will also be blessed by God’s goodness and mercy.
The usual fare on the Easter table includes ham and kielbasa, cakes of all kinds – particularly babka; eggs – some shelled or some decorated. There is usually a Paschal Lamb or “Baranek” made of butter, some cheese, horseradish, salt, vinegar and oil.
The food is brought to the church and blessed by the parish priest on Holy Saturday. The food can also be blessed in the home. After the blessing, the food is usually set aside until Easter morning when the head of the house shares the blessed egg, symbol of life, with family and friends. Having exchanged wishes, all continue to enjoy a hearty meal.
This centuries old custom is indeed richly symbolic and beautiful. It is one in which the whole family can participate and help prepare. May this tradition endure for many generations to come.
All of you can enjoy this beautiful Polish custom by participating at the blessing of the Easter food “Swieconka” at the Polish church nearest you. This is an excellent way to teach the younger members of your family about this treasured Polish tradition.
The Traditional “Easter Basket”
Masło (Butter) – This dairy product is often shaped into a lamb (Baranek Wielkanocny) or a cross. This reminds us of the good will of Christ that we should have towards all things.
Babka (Easter Bread) – A round or long loaf topped with a cross or a fish, symbolic of Jesus, who is the Bread of Life.
Chrzan (Horseradish) – Symbolic of the Passion of Christ still in our minds.
Jajka (Eggs) and Pisanki (decorated with symbols of Easter, of life, of prosperity) – Indicates new life and Christ’s Resurrection from the tomb.
Kiełbasa (Sausage) – A sausage product, symbolic of God’s favor and generosity.
Szynka (Ham) – Symbolic of great joy and abundance. Some prefer lamb or veal. The lamb also reminds Christians that the Risen Christ is the “Lamb of God.”
Słonina (Smoked Bacon) – A symbol of the overabundance of God’s mercy and generosity.
Sol (Salt) – A necessary element in our physical life. Symbolic of prosperity and justice and to remind us that people are the flavor of the earth.
Ser (Cheese) – Symbolic of the moderation Christians should have at all times.
Candle – Represents Christ as the Light of the World.
Colorful Ribbons and Sprigs of Greenery – are attached to the basket as signs of joy and new life in the season of spring and in celebration of the Resurrection.
Linen Cover – drawn over the top of the basket which is ready for the priest’s visit to the home or the trip to church where it is joined with the baskets of others to await the blessing. The food is then set aside and enjoyed on Easter Sunday.
- Palm Sunday Holy Mass & Distribution of Palms, April 17th, 9:30 a.m.
- Palm Sunday Brunch, April 17th, following Palm Sunday Holy Mass at 9:30 a.m.
- Holy Thursday, Last Supper Holy Mass, April 21st, 7 p.m.
- Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, April 22nd, 12:00 (noon) & 7 p.m.
- Holy Saturday Liturgy of Easter Vigil, April 23rd, 6 p.m.
- Holy Saturday Blessing of Easter Food at 12 (noon) & 5:45 p.m. (before the Holy Saturday Liturgy)
- Easter Sunday Resurrection Procession and Holy Mass, April 24th, 9:30 a.m.