St Joseph Church in Rockville, CT held their annual Polka Mass on Sunday, September 11, 2005. The Mass was celebrated in Polish and English with special participation from the students of St Joseph School. Many of the children were beautifully dressed in traditional clothing representing the various regions of Poland. Father Joseph Olczak gave a wonderful homily on the history of St Joseph's and the essence of the Polish Catholic experience - "let us love each other". At the turn of the century Polish immigrants came to Rockville to work in the mills and farm the land, and they built St Joseph's to be the spiritual connection to their homeland. One hundred years later the traditions and ties to Poland remain very strong. A special letter from Governor Jodi Rell was read at the end of the Mass to commemorate Father Olczak's 40th Pastorial Anniversary. A dinner was held after Mass in the Church Hall with several hundred in attendance. Ethnic foods were aplenty from Babka and Golabki to Kielbasa and Kurcze. The kitchen staff joyfully provided for everyone on this festive day. International Polka Association Hall of Famer Eddie Skinger serenaded the diners accompanied by accordianist Ron Macaldo. Known as the "Platinum Voice of Polka", Eddie's tenor singing was a highlight for many. Another highlight was the museum quality display of the traditional "Sunday Best" outfits. The coloful garb was unique by region within Poland and an indicator of your marital status among other things. St Joseph's formal Centennial Year Celebration will take place on October 23rd. Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich will be in attendance.
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Keywords:polka, rockville, st joseph church
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