Polka Masses

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1990’s


photo4The parish began having a Polka Mass twice a year: The Spring Fling and the Fall Ball. The Fall Ball was on the last Saturday of September, beginning in 1991.

Pat Piggott arranged both the music and the dinner which was originally held in the Belgium Club ensuring that everyone left with a spring in their step as well as good food in their belly. In later years, the dinner was moved to the parish basement. Bernadette Amys and other church ladies did all cooking.

polka3Ed and Char Laureys played the accordion and guitar, respectively. The choir sang Slavanian melodies for the different parts of the Mass. Many parishioners recall how the music was very appropriate and uplifting. Some describe how they felt not only better connected with one another, but with God. “It makes you want to praise the Lord and dance,” said Frank Scofield.

In 1999 at the Fall Polka Mass, three-year-old
Ashlyn Meys was smiling and dancing in the front pew. Two rows behind her,
Jean Carlsgaard sat with her granchildren. Little Keileen Gall snuggled next to her grandmother, laughing, clapping and swaying to the up-temp songs. Altar servers, such as Tommy Nelson and Andrew Larson would tap their tennis shoes.

Polka is a Central European dance and also a genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia.
 
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