Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Dozynki-ladies_8841Members of the Polonia Paderewski Choir sing during a Harvest Mass at Falcon Field in New Britain to kick off the city’s 31st annual dożynki (harvest festival), Aug. 20. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was principal celebrant, assisted by clergy from Sacred Heart, Holy Cross and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in New Britain. In his homily, the archbishop called the dożynki a "harvest of the spirit," a more-than 1,000-year-old tradition in Poland. The Polish American Council of New Britain presented the archbishop with a plaque honoring Blessed Pope John Paul II, who, as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, visited New Britain in 1969. The dożynki continued for two days with food, prayer, games, music and dancing. See, buy photos from Jack Sheedy's gallery at right.