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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
by Janice Klimczak
The Tenus Family Entertaining The Guests
For our first attempt at normalcy, St. Casimir's celebrated “Homecoming” on Sunday December 5 at 12 noon. We were graced with the presence of Bishop Paul and Karen Sobiechowski.
Because of covid, we did not exchange the oplatek, but packages were available on each beautifully decorated table for guests to take home.
Guests were welcomed by co-chairmen Bob Hunt and Bert Quirbach, after which Father Tenus offered grace.
Dinner, prepared by Bob Hunt, Linda Hedrick and Pat Whiting, assisted by a company of elves, consisted of stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, fresh string beans, carrots, rolls and butter followed by dessert of pound cake and ice cream, covered with chocolate syrup or strawberries.
A program was presented by Karina, Christopher and Emilia Tenus, accompanied by Father Tenus (guitar), Diane Quirbach (accordion) and Rachel Quirbach (keyboard). Songs included “Every Move I Make”, “Ring The Bells”, “Away From the Manger”, “Gore Gwiazda”, and “Swiec Gwiazdeczko”. This was followed by a Sing-A-Long of Christmas carols and kolędy led by Father Tenus.
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Santa Claus arrived to greet each child and present candy-filled stockings. Many pictures were taken with Santa.
ANS president JoAnn Menzia introduced the Giving Tree Project for December. This year the parish will collect. disposable diapers, baby wipes and other baby items for donation to Project Wish.
Bishop Sobiechowski spoke about the need to attend church in person and delivered his benediction. Following this we sang traditional Christmas Carols.
The event was well attended by family and friends of the church. The food was delicious, the entertainment superb, and the smiles on the faces of our guests suggest they enjoyed the event!
For extraordinary service to St. Casimir's Parish we chose Deb Charette as our Elf of the Year. Deb has a a quiet demeanor and a big heart, and she is always ready and willing to help.
As part of the festivities, we held a 50/50 raffle, where half of the proceeds went to the parish.