Perth Amboy’s Parish
Celebrates The 100th Anniversary
of Poland’s Independence
NEW JERSEY – The Saint John Paul II Parish in Perth Amboy was filled with many patriotic memories and accents on Saturday, April 28, 2018 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence.
Polish Redemptorists with Pastor Fr.Waldemar Łątkowski, together with the parishioners and many Polish organizations and schools, celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence with a Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Wysocki. Bishop Wysocki reminded us in his sermon about the history of Poland and the difficult 123 years of enslavement during the partitions by Prussia, Russia and Austria. The Bishop said that strong faith, patriotism and brave people helped Poland to free itself from its oppressors and reappear on the map of Europe after 123 years. In his closing statement, the Bishop asked all of us to be faithful to God and our homeland; and that God, Honor and Homeland are the values that we should always cherish.
After the Holy Mass, we continued the celebration in the school auditorium where we were welcomed by Polish consul Mr. Mateusz Gmura and the President of Polish schools Ms. Dorota Andraka. A patriotic program prepared by Polish schools and organizations included patriotic poems, songs, plays and traditional Polish dances presented by the dancing group “Maki” from Lakewood Polish School. We also had a chance to listen to some interesting lectures and view the exhibitions titled: “The Fathers of Independence”; one of the exhibits displayed the weapon used during the battles for independence. And besides the activities, those in attendance also enjoyed the delicious food that was served. Everyone had a great time!
The anniversary of Polish Independence was a great lesson of faith, patriotism, history and culture to all present in St. John Paul II Parish in Perth Amboy.