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Slovak Easter Customs Breakfast at Prince of Peace Parish


The annual celebration of a Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast will take place at Prince of Peace Parish on Saturday, March 19. 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 11:00 a.m. All prayers, hymns and responses will be sung in the beautiful Slovak language, led by Gerri Walters, Prince of Peace organist and choir director.

Father John Joseph Gonchar of the Holy Family Friary in Bellevue, will celebrate the liturgy in Slovak, and offer his homily in English.

After Mass, worshippers are invited and encouraged 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 this complementary meal, but donations to help defray expenses are accepted.

Also featured as part of this mini-heritage festival are a number of cultural displays depicting the folk culture, village life and kroj (traditional dress). Select imported and handmade gift items will be available for sale.

Master folk artist and author, Larry Kozlowski, will be on hand to discuss traditional Easter folk customs and crafts such as decorating eggs Slovak-style; Robert Corbin will demonstrate the art of braiding palms; and Timmy Zatek will demonstrate the age old tradition of stuffing kolbasy, along with others who work to preserve the Slovak cultural heritage.

The Bake Sale will have plenty of favorites to satisfy any sweet tooth. Nut and poppy seed rolls and assorted cookies made by parish volunteers are reasonably priced

The Annual Slovak Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast is sponsored by the Slovak Customs Group/Cultural Diversity Committee of Prince of Peace Parish. Proceeds will benefit two chairites in Slovakia, one being the Barlicka Center in Presov, which provides training for young adults with physical and mental disabilities, care for the elderly ill, as well as parental instruction and developmental care for young children

The Prince of Peace Annual Slovak Easter Mass and Easter Customs Breakfast in South Side is a great way to introduce children and grandchildren to the cultural treasures of their ancestral homeland. It’s an opportunity to rekindle treasured memories, and to reach out a much-needed helping hand to others less fortunate while enjoying a relaxing and informative morning

Admission to the Slovak Easter Breakfast is free, but donations are accepted. For more information about making a donation, or to learn how you can display your own Slovak treasures, call the Paul Zatek at 412-779-1059.

Join the friends and families of Prince of Peace Parish on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Doors to the breakfast hall open following the Mass at approximately noon.


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