The 21st annual celebration of a Slovak Mass and Easter Customs "Breakfast" will take place at Prince of Peace Parish on South Side on Saturday, April 16.
It's an opportunity to learn more about the rich spiritual culture and traditional Easter customs of Slovakia.
The morning begins at 10:45 a.m. at St. Adalbert Church, 160 South 15th Street, with recitation of the Holy Rosary in Slovak, followed by Mass at 11 a.m. All prayers, hymns and responses will be sung in the Slovak language, led by the Prince of Peace Choir under the direction of Gerri Walters. Father Peter Haladej, originally of Slovakia, will celebrate the liturgy in Slovak, and offer his homily in English. Father Haladej is currently assigned to St. Aloysius Church in East Liverpool, Ohio.
After Mass, worshippers and guests are invited to gather at Prince of Peace Parish Center, 81 South 13th Street, to sample a traditional Slovak Easter breakfast of sunka (ham), pascha (bread), siretz (cheese), kolbasy (sausage) and pysanki (dyed eggs). There is no charge for the meal, but donations are accepted and will help defray expenses.
Also featured are a number of cultural displays depicting the folk culture and village life of Slovakian ancestors, as well as selected imported gift items available for sale. Master folk artist, Larry Kozlowski, will demonstrate traditional folk crafts such as decorating eggs Slovak-style and braiding palms.
The Slovak Bake Sale will have plenty of favorites available to satisfy any sweet tooth. Homemade nut and poppy seed rolls, paska, kolach and assorted cookies are reasonably priced.
The Annual Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast is sponsored by the Cultural Diversity Committee of Prince of Peace Parish. Proceeds benefit two organizations in Slovakia which focus on the well-being of young people: an orphanage in Ruzemberok operated by the School Sisters of St. Francis, and the Barlicka Center in Presov, which provides life-skills training for young adults with physical and mental disabilities.
Call the Paul Zatek at 412-488-8238 for more information, to make a donation, or to learn how to display Slovak treasures.
Join the friends and families of Prince of Peace Parish on Saturday, April 16. Doors to the breakfast hall open following the Mass at approximately noon.