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Weekly Devotion to Our Lady of Częstochowa
Join us every Friday after Mass at St. Mary Church for devotional prayers to Our Lady of Częstochowa. As many of you will know, SMPAS held a weekly Novena to our Lady on Sundays outside the church, in hopes that the church will be saved. With her intervention, we are now able to worship in this bueautiful church once again. Father Gismondi is continuing this devotion, but it will be on Fridays after Mass now. We invite everyone to join us.
- Following the 6:30 p.m. Mass
- Inside St. Mary Catholic Church.
Święconka - Blessing of foods for Easter
On Saturday, April 3rd, St. Mary Catholic Church continued a tradition of blessing of food baskets for Easter, also known as Święconka in Polish. We thank Father Gismondi and Father Kick for doing this. It was great to see families of all ages wishing to continue this tradition. As a result of the restrictions by the Governor and the pandemic, it has been difficult to do many things in the past year, especially celebrating holidays together. Last year, only four families brought baskets to be blessed. In 2021, we had families put on their masks and remain socially distant while Father Kick blessed 16 baskets. It was nice to see the beautiful baskets and the delicious foods that they contained. The aroma made it so tempting; but we wait until Easter morning to partake in these foods.
What is Święconka?
It is a Polish tradition (as well as other areas of Europe) when families have their Easter foods blessed on Holy Saturday. Typically, the families will bring the food in baskets to their local church, where prayers are said and the priest or deacon will walk around and bless each of the baskets. Though a priest can also do this in homes, this is not common due to the amount of time it takes for a priest to visit so many families.
Foods can include: butter (typically in the shape of a lamb), bread (paska or babka are most common, but other breads or pastries are sometimes used), eggs (often the decorated eggs or pisanki which are hard boiled), horseradish or other bitters, kielbasa, ham, salt, wine, and cheese. Other foods can of course be included. These are placed in baskets, often decorated, with a white linen cover over them.
Since the Easter Bunny doesn't deliver the chocolate and other candy baskets until that night, these aren't usually part of the Święconka. Though, some churches will invite children (of all ages), to bring their candy baskets to Easter Sunday Mass to have them blessed.
Happy Easter! Wesołego Alleluja!