Mass Is Provided For Polish Parishioners

Editor, News-Register:

This letter is written to inform members of the community that Father Frank O’Kruta, pastor of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Center Wheeling, celebrates Mass every third Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. for Polish parishioners who try hard to preserve old world ethnicity and to introduce these customs to our children. Toward this end, we not only welcome but also plead with the public to join us since the former St. Ladislaus numbers are wearing away due to illness, nursing homes, and deaths.

We especially look to the many Polish Catholics from the outlying communities who might be interested, as we need a sufficient number of people to warrant the celebration of this Mass that is threatened to cease without increased involvement. We feel honored to have this blessed opportunity that serves as a vital but possibly short-lived channel to our past. At the same time, the title “Polish” Mass is misleading because we use English missals with only two readings in Polish.

For the current month, we welcome you to celebrate the Christmas season by attending the Polish Mass on Sunday, Dec. 18. The start time, however, is 8:30 a.m. when the choir sings traditional Old World Christmas Carols (Kolendy), directed by organist Caroline Lakomy.

Once again, we entreat all of you, near and far, to unite with us in this wonderful custom and to view the magnificent St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Wheeling. Bring your parents, grandparents, children and friends for this great happening. Thank you so very much.

Jean Dziengeleski Fisher