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A dual celebration was held on Sunday, June 24, 2018 in St. Casimir's Parish, Lowell, MA.
We were celebrating the blessing of our newly updated kitchen which was brought up to 2018 code specifications by the City of Lowell Code Department. This was accomplished by installing new appliances, sinks, and updating electrical and plumbing work. All this was made possible by a most generous and greatly appreciated bequest of $119,000 from Walter Polchlopek and his mother Mary (Wasylak) Polchlopek.
In addition we were also celebrating Father Andrzej and Agnes Tenus, our pastor and his wife, becoming citizens on June 6. They had studied for many months and passed their tests and the interview process with flying colors. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, along with a class of 995 new citizens.
Our festivities began with Co-chairmen Robert Hunt and Dr. Robert Quirbach greeting guests and explaining the reason for our celebration. Beverly Runowicz also spoke about the Tenus children: Karina and Jonasz who are now citizens of our country through their parents, and Christopher and Amelia who were born in Lowell.
Also introduced was Helen (Wasylak) Rogers, sister of Mary, who unveiled a portrait of Walter and Mary to be hung in our parish center.
Father Tenus then proceeded to bless the kitchen and the smogasbord brunch provided by parishioners and friends which included hot and cold entrees, salads, finger sandwiches, desserts, hot and cold drinks.
The kitchen has already been put to good use in making pierogi and gołąbki which are sold weekly to the public.
Our best wishes and love go to Father Andrzej, Agnes and their family. We hope God will bless them in their new country.
St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA