| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Everson church to serve traditional Christmas Eve dinner with breaking of oplatek (wafer)

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

For the first time in many years, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Everson will host a traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner —the Wigilia.

Jason Taft, a member of the anniversary committee, said the dinner has been resurrected as part of the church's 125th anniversary celebration.

“We thought it would be a good way to close out the year on a high note by bringing back the tradition,” he said. “We did not have any for about six or seven years, and we are resurrecting it and hoping to do it annually.”

The Wigilia is a special Christmas Eve dinner that traditionally begins when the first star appears at night. The event will be held Saturday in the church's school hall beginning with the breaking of the oplatek or white wafer — a symbol of unity and love among family members.

Taft credits committee member Barbara Rozycki as the driving force to restore the Wigilia.

“I thought it was an opportunity for the young people to experience it,” Rozycki said.

After the breaking of the oplatek, the dinner will be served. The meal will consists of traditional Polish foods — mushroom soup, breaded fish, butter potatoes, rice, lima beans, cabbage and potato perogis, pickled herring, sauerkraut with peas, marinated fruit cup and nut and poppy-seed kolachi.

“At the table, an extra place will be set for unexpected company or visiting spirits,” Rozycki said.

After the meal, St. Nicholas will pay a visit and distribute piernieczki, a Polish honey cookie, to the guests. The evening will end with a koledi or sing-a-long of traditional Polish songs.

All of the food for the event will be made by the parishioners, with most cooked by members of the St. Joseph Women's Society.

Tickets for the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24, are $18 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 724-529-2850. Seating is limited.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Fayette

  1. Springfield Twp. family thankful despite blaze
  2. Connellsville gears up for big Christmas celebration
  3. Connellsville Christmas Parade will be Dec. 5
  4. Barefoot toddlers found wandering in Uniontown Hospital lot
  5. Juvenile accused in Uniontown store burglary
  6. HObo Model Railroad Club display back in Connellsville
  7. Small Business Saturday events set in Connellsville
  8. Judge rules in favor of Seven Springs Mountain Resort over road closure
  9. Donations keep Connellsville Area Community Ministries food bank afloat
  10. Lost bear hunter from Westmoreland County located
  11. Fayette twins injured as newborns expected to be adopted by foster mother