I figured that January 6, Epiphany, would be the last day to see Christmas decorations in a church. I returned to Holy Trinity Polish Mission, another church built in the late 19th Century. I’d been blown away with its art and architecture.
Once a local parish, Holy Trinity is now a mission for Polish Catholics in Chicago. The mass I attended was 100% in Polish so I marveled at the sacred art as scripture was read and the homily given.
The mass I attended had about 300 people in attendance, which is unexpected in an era when so many churches are half empty. I think the Polish are still quite serious about religion.
I learned that Poland celebrated its independence in 1918.
I love to see how people keep their culture alive generation after generation. Holy Trinity has a grade school and high school.
My parents’ visit to St. John Cantius in the fall inspired me to seek out the most splendid churches in Chicago. I found a useful article to help me form a list. My first church was St. John Cantius where I attended my first Latin mass.
Figuring the Christmas decorations would still be up, today I went to St. Hedwig in the Bucktown neighborhood.
The church stuns with its beauty as you first enter. Lots of gold and gorgeous polished wood. Ceilings were painted with biblical stories just as they are in Europe.
The three Wise Men are due to appear on Epiphany, January 6th.
You can read the St. Hedwig parish history here.
Sunday masses are at:
8:00 am in English
9:30 am in Polish
11:00 am in English
1:00pm in Spanish
I’ve given up chocolate for Lent and while I’m also in a less disciplined way trying to eat less sugar there is something particularly satisfying about chocolate, dark chocolate. So as much as I see breaking chocolate’s hold on me as a good thing, right now I’d love a taste.
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