Polish American Heritage Month

October is nationally recognized as Polish-American Heritage Month and is celebrated at St Joseph Church with a variety of features.

In the church, the Blessed Mother altar is decorated in a Polish American motif above which hangs the portrait of “Our Lady of Czestochowa.”

One Sunday Mass, usually toward the end of the month features hymns sung in Polish and some parishioners attend in Polish folk costume.  A coffee hour in the church hall follows the Mass with traditional Polish desserts.

The Polish cooking class, always a fun event, is usually held on a weekday evening where participants can not only receive instruction for the preparation of different Polish recipes, but also sample each dish prepared at the end of the class.

“Dozynki”, or Harvest Festival is held on one Saturday evening where such dishes as kielbasa and “kapusta” (cabbage) in addition to other traditional Polish foods are served.