The 22nd annual celebration of a Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast will take place at Prince of Peace Parish on Saturday, March 31.
This mini cultural festival begins a little earlier this year. The Holy Rosary, recited in Slovak, will begin at 9:45 a.m. at St. Adalbert Church, 160 South 15th Street. The Holy Liturgy follows at 10 a.m. The Prince of Peace Choir, under the direction of Gerri Walters, will lead the congregation prayers, hymns and responses sung in the beautiful Slovak language.
Father Peter Haladej will celebrate the liturgy in Slovak and offer his homily in English. Father Haladej, originally of Slovakia, is currently assigned to St. Aloysius Church in East Liverpool, Ohio.
After Mass, the community is invited to gather at Prince of Peace Parish Center, 81 South 13th Street, to sample a traditional Slovak Easter breakfast of sunka (ham), pascha (sweet bread), siretz (a "cheese" made of eggs), kolbasy (sausage) and pysanki (dyed hard boiled eggs). There is no charge for the meal, but donations are accepted and will help defray breakfast expenses.
Also featured at the Slovak Easter Customs Breakfast are cultural displays depicting the folk culture and village life of Slovak ancestors. Master folk artist, Larry Kozlowski, will demonstrate traditional Slovak-style and braiding of palms and have a large variety of hand-decorated pysanky, basket covers and other traditional items available for your own Easter celebration. Selected imported giftware will also be available for sale.
The Prince of Peace bake sale will have plenty of delicious favorites available to satisfy any sweet tooth, and reasonably priced, too: chose from homemade nut and poppy seed rolls, paska, kolach and assorted cookies.
The Annual Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast Program is sponsored by the Cultural Diversity Committee of Prince of Peace Parish. Its goal is twofold: to introduce for the youth, and re-create for the elders, Lenten and Easter traditions and customs of Slovakia; and raise funds to benefit two organizations in Slovakia which focus on the well-being of young people – the orphanage in Ruzemberok operated by the School Sisters of St. Francis, and the Oz Barlicka Institute in Presov, which provides life-skills training for young adults with disabilities.
The Prince of Peace Annual Slovak Easter Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast in Pittsburgh's South Side is a way children and grandchildren to experience some of the cultural treasures of their ancestral homeland.
Admission to the Slovak Easter Breakfast is free, but donations are accepted. Call the Paul or Connie Zatek at 412-488-8238 for more information, to make a donation, or to learn how to participate with a display or craft demonstration .
Doors to the breakfast hall open following the Mass at approximately 11:15 a.m. Visitors should note the move to an earlier time from prior years.