Polish Community Christmas Concert, January 2016

January 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Director's Blog, Poland, Uncategorized

On Sunday, January 3rd, 2016, Fr. Michael Harrington, Director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity joined the Polish Community at St. John the Baptist in Salem for their annual Christmas Concert.  The concert was organized and lead by the Choir Director, Alicja Reksc and organist, Jerzy Wabno. The concert included the participation of many different choirs, such as the Adult Choir and the Children’s Choir as well as individual performances by families and members of the parish. (Performers included the parish’s young musicians: Karol Wabno on trumpet, Olivia Reksc on flute, Szymon Wabno on Saxophone, Adam Reksc on Saxophone, Lukas Bereaud on drums, and Isabela Wabno on violin. The Wabno Family,The Bereaud Family, The Szydlowski Family, The Reksc Family, Izabela Pitma with and mother, Olivia Grabowski, Justyna Klajn, and Adrian Florczyk)

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Fr. Michael Harrington, Director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity with members of the Polish Choir of St. John

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Choir director, Alicja Reksc introducing the children’s choir

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The Children and Adult Choirs together

The different choirs, soloists and families sang a repertoire of Christmas songs in both Polish and English which included: Cicha Noc/Silent night, Gdy Sliczna Panna, Lulajże Jezuniu, Hej Koleda, Koleda, Ach Ubogi Zlobie, Gabriel’s Message, Mary Did You Know, Mędrcy Swiata, Chestnuts, Ach Ubogi Zlobie, Przy Onej Gorze, Jezus Malusienki and W Zlobie Lezy. The concert concluded with a Sing Along, where all were invited to join in singing.

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One of the families performing

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One of the Soloists performing

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Some of the parish young musicians performing

For over 50 years, the St. John the Baptist parish choir has kept the tradition of  singing before the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and organizing parish concerts. It’s part of Polish culture to celebrate the coming of Jesus with “horns and trumpets” all throughout the month of January. The children’s Choir, initiated 23 years ago by Alicja Reksc, has also been greatly involved in this wonderful Polish Tradition, bringing life and youthfulness to the Polish Parish of Community of St. John.

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The Adult Choir Performing

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The Children’s Choir performing

Following the concert, all were invited to the annual “Opłatek” (wafer), which is a dinner for all parishioners where they exchange good wishes and share a blessed wafer.

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The dinner reception after the concert

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