March 29 at 9:45 AM
The annual celebration of a Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast will take place at Prince of Peace Parish (South Side, Pittsburgh) on Saturday, March 29, 2014. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about the rich spiritual culture and traditional Easter customs of Slovakia.
This mini cultural festival begins at St. Adalbert Church, 14th Street (South Side) with recitation of the Holy Rosary (in Slovak) at 9:45 a.m. Father Peter Haledej, pastor of St. Aloysius Church in East Liverpool, Ohio, will celebrate the Holy Liturgy in Slovak at 10:00 a.m. Geri Walters, organist, and the Prince of Peace Choir will lead the congregation in singing the beautiful Slovak hymns.
After Mass, the community is invited to gather at Prince of Peace Parish Center (81 South 13th Street) for a complementary Slovak Easter breakfast and the opportunity to experience a few of the ABC's of beautiful Slovak Easter traditions:
Authentic Slovak treasures - books, crystal, linens. dolls, pottery and costumes;
Bake sale - featuring homemade nut and poppy seed rolls, paska and cookies;
Craft demonstrations - including the art of decorating colorful Easter eggs (pysanky), weaving palms, stuffing kolbasy and more;
Delicious traditional foods enjoyed on Easter morning in a typical Slovak village - breakfast of sunka (ham), paska (sweet bread), siretz (a “cheese” made of eggs), and hrin (beets with horseradish).
Guests are also encouraged to browse among a number of displays depicting the folk culture and village life of our Slovak ancestors, and to share personal experiences of growing up, visiting family members in, or dreams of traveling to, the beautiful homelands of parents and grandparents. Master folk artist, Larry Kozlowski, will demonstrate traditional folk crafts such as decorating eggs Slovak-style and braiding palms. Timmy Zatek will be hand-stuffing kolbasy, a delicious craft learned at the knees of his dad, Paul, and grandmother, Helen Zatek. A basket full of Slovak delights will be raffled, and a "Slovak Auction" is also planned. Selected imported gifts of Slovakia will be available for sale.
The Annual Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast Program is sponsored by the Slovak Customs Group/Cultural Diversity Committee of Prince of Peace Parish. Proceeds, in part, benefit the School Sisters of St. Francis in Ruzemberok and the Oz Barlicka Institute in Presov. Both organizations focus on the well-being of young people in Slovak. For many years, the School Sisters operated an orphanage and now care for elderly Sisters, while the Barlicka Institute provides life-skills training for young adults with disabilities, but in recent years has expanded their program to include recuperative and rehabilitative care of the elderly, as well as training and support for new mothers and basic child care services.
The Prince of Peace Annual Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to rekindle treasured memories of your childhood, as well as helping to educate our children and grandchildren about some of the lovely and interesting cultural treasures of their ancestral homeland. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Admission to the Slovak Easter Breakfast is Free. Donations to help defray breakfast expenses are gratefully accepted.
To make a donation, or to learn how you can participate with a display or craft demonstration of your own, please call Paul or Connie Zatek at 412-488-8238.
Please join the friends and families of Prince of Peace Parish on Saturday, March 29, 2014.