Fish Fry Dinner a success; more, please!

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church had a fish fry dinner in Rosary Hall on Wednesday night, and the event was a big success.  The fryer failed early on in the evening, but hardworking volunteers just pulled out the frying pans and kept going.  The dinner attracted a diverse crowd.  There were members of the parish stopping by after receiving ashes, or before services; also many Polish Hill residents who do not attend services but were interested in supporting the church, getting a good fish sandwich, and visiting.  We also saw many people who had come from outside the neighborhood.  There were long waits to get food but the end result was worth it.  Many people were heard to say that they hoped the church would do it again.

The fish ran out toward the scheduled end of the dinner, and the volunteers had to turn some hungry visitors away.  We also hope they do it again, and here’s another fundraising meal suggestion:  a monthly Polish food dinner.  Considering how popular the church’s Polish food booth is during the festivals, a regular Polish dinner would be a big hit — and a great moneymaking opportunity for the church.

Ash Wednesday Fish Fry Dinner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

This is still a couple of weeks away, so get it on the calendar.  The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is doing a fish fry dinner on Ash Wednesday, February 22.  It’s from 3:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., and you can eat in or take out.  Dinner includes a fish sandwich, french fries, and coleslaw, for $8.00.

If this one goes well, they’ll do more dinners at the church — please consider stopping by!

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church to have guest homilist on October 22

(guest post by Janice Heagy)

Fr. Jerome Vereb, C.P., will celebrate and preach the 4:00 p.m. vigil Mass on October 22nd, the first feast day of the newly Blessed Pope John Paul II.  Fr. Jerome spent a great number of years in Rome and knew Pope John Paul personally.  He is about to publish a new book on PJPII’s many facets as well as the spirituality of Poland.  This will be the theme of his homily.  All are welcome.

(Photo of Pope John Paul II  borrowed from this blog)

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Festival

We had to rest for a couple days after this weekend.  Two long, hot days of festivals — and it was a good weekend in Polish Hill.  There are a lot of photos to share.  These are from Saturday, which was the church festival.  The bake sale had a lot of yummy treats — and they went very quickly.

Ray Jay and the Carousels have played the church festival for years.  They did the polka Mass, then came outside and played another three hours in the tent.

A special shout-out goes to the volunteers who worked long hours on a very hot day to make the food.  Here are Larry, Dave, and John.

Jaime Tully worked the church food booth for the church festival, and came out the next day and did it again for the arts festival.

Bingo in the church yard, with Bill, always popular.

The booth sitters also had a long, hot day.  Here’s Bonnie offering a choice of bright puffy toys.

Cookie and Renee, selling Polish t-shirts and other items.

Here’s Chico and Tom at the wheel

And here’s Agnes!

A shady spot and a couple chairs provided an opportunity to chat out of the sun.

The food booth was open until well into the evening.

At the end of the evening  the remaining festival-goers rested from the day’s activities, waiting for the winning numbers to be called at 11 pm.  It was a long day for all the people who work so hard to make this festival tradition continue.  We particularly want to recognize Mark Dobies, who puts up (and takes down) the tents, and oversees all the church festival planning.

Tomorrow:  Photos from the arts festival.

Other festivals this weekend

Obviously we hope you’ll come to the Polish Hill Arts Festival on Sunday.  But there’s a lot of other stuff going this weekend, and if you’re in the mood for multiple festivals this weekend, there are a couple of others, close by.

For starters, there’s Polish Hill’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Church parish festival on Saturday from 1 pm to 11 pm.  This festival has been going for decades and attracts many parishioners who no longer live in the neighborhood.  There are sponsored booths with games of chance, raffles, hot Polish food and a bake sale in the church basement.  The annual Polka Mass is at 4:00 p.m., followed by dancing after mass with Ray Jay and the Carousels in the big tent outside.  For more information call the church office at 412. 621.5170.

And just across the river, Troy Hill is also celebrating a festival weekend, starting on Friday with a Freedom Beer Fundraiser from 7:00 -10:00 p.m. in Citizens Park.  Entrance and complementary drink tickets is $20.  On Saturday, there’s the Flea for All and Kids Summerfest from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., also in Citizens Park.  There’ll be activities for children and adults, food, and a flea market.  Sunday is the Pig Hill Trok 5K run/walk.  Registration is $20 and starts at 9:00 a.m.; the event starts promptly at 9:30.

For more information, check the info page on the Troy Hill Citizens Council website.

Pictures from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church festival

This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity, with three festivals going on in Polish Hill.  There was the church festival, the Free4All Music festival, and the arts festival.  We’re only just getting all the photos sorted.!  Here’s a look at some shots from the church festival, on Saturday evening.

A festival visitor chooses her prize.  This booth, sponsored by Alfred’s Deli, did very well!

Jamie Tully rests after a long day at the grill.  The church had food inside and outside; all the usual Polish favorites.  The pierogies were huge, and just $1!

Lou Kotlinski runs the roulette booth, which was very popular.

It was a blazing hot day, so nightfall brought people back out to socialize after the polka band had finished playing.

Lots of people come back to Polish Hill each year for the church festival.  We hope everyone had a great time!

Unique views

Just this past weekend, Staffski received a link to a photo album from one of PHCA’s Facebook friends. (You can be our Facebook friend too.) Two years ago, the Immaculate Heart of Mary church was having their roof repaired. The scaffolding was up for months. Anyway, back to the message. From Melinda Wilson Pietrusza –

My husband, Joe Pietrusza, who took the photos, is a sheet metal journeyman who has worked on the church several times over the years.

Mr. Pietrusza took the pictures while hanging from a bosun chair on dome of Immaculate Heart of Mary while making repairs to the roof. There is no other way that anybody could have gotten these shots. A very unique view of Polish Hill. Please be sure to view the slideshow.

Memorial service for Polish leaders at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church  and the Polish Falcons held a memorial service for the 96 Polish leaders who perished in a plane crash on April 10.  Over three hundred people  attended; Jan Napoleon Saykiewicz, honorary consul of the Republic of Poland, also spoke during the service.

There were very nice articles about the service in the Post-Gazette and the Tribune-Review.

Above:  usher Dan Horn of Polish Hill helps light the 96 candles for the service.  Photo by Michael Henninger of the Post-Gazette.