Mass of Chrism and Blessing of Oils
Blessing of oils: Bishop Paul Sobiechowski.
WARE, MASSACHUSETTS – The Annual Eastern Diocese Polish National Catholic Church Mass of Chrism and Blessing of Oils took place at Holy Cross Church on Holy Tuesday. The principal celebrant was the spiritual head of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Paul Sobiechowski, Manchester, NH with the diocesan priests as con-celebrants.The United Choirs with guest organist-director, Karen Sobiechowski sang sacramental selections. The bishop was greeted with the traditional bread and salt by vice-chair of Parish Committee, Lisa Koss. The Very Rev. Fryderyk S. Banas, pastor, greeted the bishop, priests, all attendees, united choirs and guest organist.
In photo above : very front: altar servers, Cliff Nemkovich and Cassandra Masse. 2nd row: Very Rev. Joseph Soltysiak, St. Joseph’s Parish, Westfield, MA; Very Rev. Fryderyk S. Banas, pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Ware, MA; Bishop Paul Sobiechowski, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Manchester, NH; Very Rev. Joseph Krusienski, Holy Trinity Parish, Plantsville, and St. Casimir’s Parish, Wallingford, CT, Rev. Jan Wilczek, New Bedford, and Deacon Josept Stafford, Norwich, CT. 3rd row: Rev. Henryk Wos, Our Saviour Parish, Woonsocket, RI and Holy Trinity, Parish, Websyter, MA. Very Rev. Robert Nemkovich, Blessed Trinity Parish, Fall River, MA and Holy Cross Parish, Central Falls, RI; Rev. Andrew Tenus, St. Casimir’s Parish, Lowell, MA; Rev. Robert Frederickson, St. John’s Parish, Manchester, CT; Rev. Paul Dudek, Holy Saviour Parish, Union City, Ct and Transfiguration Parish, New Britain, CT Rev., Robert Koerber, Chicopee, MA; Rev. Stanley Smolinski, St. John’s Parish, Manchester, CT;and Holy Cross Parish, Enfield, CT Rev. Michal Gitner, St. Joseph’s Parish,Stratford, CT; Rev. Adam Czarnecki, St. Valentine’s Parish, Northampton, MA; Rev. Christopher Rogalski, Divine Providence Parish, Norwich, CT; Rev. Paul Lukaszewicz, Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish, Chicopee, MA. Missing on photo: Rev. Randolph Calvo, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, South Deerfield, MA.
Following the Mass and Blessing, a souvenir photograph was taken of the bishop and priests by parish photographer, Eugene Kulas. After this, all gathered in the church hall for a meal served and prepared by several parish ladies with Paul Laska as principal cook and chef. A very uplifting and spiritual filling occasion for those in attendance.