Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

01/04/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/02/2020 19:05

Oplatek Polish Christmas Supper in Portland

The Oplatek Polish Christmas Supper will be held on Saturday, January 4, at 5 p.m. at St. Louis Church on 279 Danforth Street in Portland.

Wonderful Polish foods like kielbasa, pierogi, potatoes, cabbage, vegetables, and a variety of desserts will be served. All are welcome! The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

St. Louis Church is the only Polish Catholic Church in the Diocese of Portland. At the time St. Louis Parish was established (1915), there were about 250 Polish families living in the area. A priest, Father John J. Sciskalski, had come to Portland to conduct a mission for them, and Bishop Louis S. Walsh, recognizing the spiritual needs of the community, asked him to stay on to organize a new parish. At first, the Polish people celebrated services in the basement of Saint Dominic Church, but they desired a church of their own. The red brick church, which still stands today, opened in 1924. While the Polish immigrants who built Saint Louis Church were those who arrived during the late nineteenth century or during World War I, there would be subsequent waves of immigration during World War II and again in the 1980s, during the time of the Solidarity Labor Movement and the political unrest that eventually led to the fall of Communism.

Although St. Louis is now home to parishioners from several different cultures, many of the religious and cultural traditions that were brought from Poland are still embraced there, including the Blessing of the Baskets, creating Pisanki (colorful Easter eggs), and an outdoor procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi, among others.

For more information, call (207) 799-3878.