Polish people from New Britain and around the state gathered on Oct. 30 to celebrate All Saints Day with an annual procession and outdoor Mass at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Britain.
Msgr. Daniel J. Plocharczyk, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, and other clergy led hundreds of people into the cemetery, where the Mass was celebrated.
The procession left from St. Lucian’s Residence on Burritt Street and followed that street for a half mile to the 200-acre cemetery, where the loved ones of many of the marchers are buried.
The procession stops at various points for prayers before the Mass.
Many of the graves are decorated for the occasion with flowers and votives, which remain there after the Mass. The candles can be seen burning into the night.
The annual tradition of a Mass and procession amid decorated graves goes back decades. Many churches in Poland hold similar celebrations, as do many other Catholic churches in cities in the United States with large Polish populations.