August 26, 2001
With this shortage of priests, church parishes were consolidated, thus the blending of Saint Benedict's church with Saint Joseph. The Hispanic culture now joins with the Polish culture. The two separate groups of people have retained their own traditions, yet cooperate together to share in each other’s celebrations.
My favorite events at this church are both the first week of May. The Polish celebrate their annual event the first weekend of May. The church basement is decorated in red and white, the colors of the Poland flag. Rows of arts and crafts booths line one side of the room, offering religious items, books written in Polish and dolls wearing Polish folk dresses. A group of professional Polish folk dancers perform the country’s dances and a band plays the oompha music. Naturally, I have to eat some of the best Polish food: kielbasa, sauerkraut, and cold Croatian beer (Karlovacko!). For dessert, I must have povotica, a cake-like bread that is rolled full of cinnamon and walnuts. (We buy loaves of this bread from local bakeries when we attend a pot-luck dinner and it is always greatly appreciated. A loaf costs about $20.) I don't recall the exact prices for the food purchases, but the cost was reasonable, especially for the quality and uniqueness of the cuisine.
Sometimes on the same weekend, the Mexican festival of Cinco de Mayo will be in full swing at the church. I've had some excellent Mexican food as many of the people bring out their best for this festival. Musicians perform while people get their food and eat. There’s usually an adult section for beer (didn’t get the brand) and no margaritas…
Contact the church office to confirm the dates and times of these festivals, or for the schedule of weekly services.
From journal Kansas City Cow Parade