Milwaukee Circle Choir News – December 2016
The Milwaukee Circle Choir represented our church at several community events during December. In addition to the annual Christmas Concert, the choir was invited to perform at the open house of the Dousman Stagecoach Museum in Brookfield. Wigilia supper at the Polish Center (pictured below) and the South Milwaukee Lion’s Club Christmas Party. The choir sang carols in Polish and English and was very happy to be able to bring the beauty of the Polish Kolędy (carols) to these community events.
Minor Orders elevating him to Cleric, were conferred upon parishioner, Wayne Stolpa, on Tuesday, March 22nd at all Saints Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois.
Parishioner Wayne Stolpa presents himself to Western Diocesan Bishop Stanley Bilinski for the conferral of Minor Holy Orders (Porter, Blesser, Lector). This is the first level to be obtained toward being ordained into the Priesthood.
The conferring of Tonsure is not a sacred rite, but a simple ceremony instituted by the Church for the official introduction into the clerical state of those whom God calls to the Priesthood. The Bishop cuts some hair from the head in five places in the form of a cross.
The Bishop clothes Wayne with his sacred garment (surplice) to remind him that from this day forward he belongs to the clergy and has the right to privileges of the clerical state.
Bishop Stanley conferring the Minor Orders of Porter, Blesser and Lector. The Porter is to ring the bell, open the church and sacristy and hold open the book for those reading the Word of God. The Blesser may bless bread, food and those things which the faithful might ask to be blessed. The Lector is to read for the preacher of the Word of God.
PNCC Music Workshop Recording on Soundcloud
The music concert performed by National United Choir participants of the PNCC Music Workshop held in August at Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish in Dupont, PA can be heard by typing in www.soundcloud.com and entering PNCC in the search box. Other recorded musical selections of the PNCC can also be heard from this site.
The Milwaukee Circle Choir performed a concert on Palm Sunday inside Saints Peter & Paul Parish. The performance featured the Lenten musical “Songs of the Passion” as well as Palm Sunday and Lenten choral selections in both English and Polish.
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Members of the Milwaukee Circle Choir joined with the Syrenka Children Dancers of Milwaukee on Sunday, January 11th, at the Polish Center of Wisconsin to present “Jaselka,” a short play of the Nativity.
The choir sang various Polish Kolędy (carols) while the children acted out the Nativity and danced for the Christ Child.
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On Saturday September 20, our church celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary starting with a special mass, then a luncheon at the Knights of Columbus Hall in South Milwaukee.
Pictured top left is Parish Chairman Justin Stefanski and his wife Lauren greeting Prime Bishop Mikovsky and Bishop Bilinski with the traditional bread and salt.
The center photo is a choir loft view of our church, packed with parishioners, their families and visiting friends.
The bottom photo is an assembly of the clergy who participated in the special mass.
1st row, left to right: Rev. John Kowalczyk, Cedar Lake, IN; Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Chicago, IL; Prime Bishop Anthony Mikovsky, Scranton, PA; Rev. Bogumil Czaja, Pastor Sts. Peter and Paul; Deacon Thomas Opala, West Allis, WI
2nd row, left to right: Rev. Raymond Drada, Sterling Heights, MI; Deacon Jonathan Meus, Sts. Peter and Paul; Rev. Charles Zawistowski, South Bend, IN; Rev. Francis Rowinski, Chicago, IL; Very Rev. John Kraus, West Allis, WI
In front are the Altar Servers, Allen Zwoniarkiewicz and Adam Kaniewski
At the Common Council Meeting on September 2, Mayor Erik Brooks, on behalf of the City of South Milwaukee presented a proclamation to Father Czaja to congratulate Saints Peter & Paul PNC Church on its 100th Anniversary.
Parishioners were present to celebrate the event.
On August 17th, we had the rare opportunity of gathering all Saints Peter & Paul parishioners and their families for a parish group photograph.
Afterwards, we had an indoor/outdoor picnic. Great food and drink inside the parish hall, great weather outside on the parish grounds!
Well…not exactly the kind of float you get an an ice cream parlor…but Saints Peter and Paul’s parade float is one sweet ride. We waved to the crowd during the South Milwaukee Heritage Day Parade. You could say our float gives a new meaning to the term holy rollers!
We also had a booth at the South Milwaukee Heritage Days Lionfest providing delicious desserts and coffee.
The previous weekend, parishioners spent all day Saturday making paczki and baking giant chocolate chip cookies to sell at the Fest.
We are very grateful to the Lions for allowing us to participate in the festivities during the July 25th – 27th weekend!
United Circle Choirs of the Western Diocese
59th Biennial Convention and Concert
The United Circle Choirs of the Western Diocese gathered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for their 59th Biennial Convention and Concert on June 13 to 15, 2014. Choirs from Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and Milwaukee sent delegates to the convention on Friday, participated in a concert on Saturday and worshipped together on Sunday at mass celebrated by Western Diocese Bishop, Rt. Rev. Stanley Bilinski.
The Milwaukee Circle Choir would like to thank the parishes, organizations, businesses, and individuals of the Western Diocese, as well as the Polish National Union for placing ads in the concert program book. Many thanks are also extended to the guests who attended the concert and to the choir members and their families who traveled many miles to participate and continue the music ministry of the Western Diocese United Choirs.
On May 19th, 2014, the Milwaukee County Historical Society recognized Sts. Peter and Paul for celebrating 100 years in the Milwaukee-area community.
Saints Peter and Paul joined other Milwaukee
area businesses and churches being recognized for various milestones during the MCHS’ annual recognition dinner at the Pfister Hotel. Parish Chairperson Justin Stefanski proudly accepted the certificate on behalf of the parish with a message of thankfulness and vision for a strong second century.
The certificate can be seen on display in the church hall.
Saints Peter and Paul is featured in the Spring 2014 issue of The Word, the official publication of the Polish National Catholic Church!
Click below to download a PDF of the entire booklet.
On Saturday, March 1st, several of our parishioners gathered to make paczki according to Polish tradition.
We’re very proud that three generations of family were represented among the volunteers who helped.
Starting at 8 a.m. and finishing at 6 p.m. our pastry makers mixed, kneaded, rolled, fried, filled and sugared over 700 paczki.
Ingredients included 60 lbs. of flour, 120 eggs, 15 lbs. of sugar,
4 gallons of milk and of course, yeast. The paczki were filled with
raspberry or homemade prune filling.
If you missed our sale this year, keep the Sunday before Ash
Wednesday in mind next year and visit our parish to purchase these
We recently celebrated a milestone to begin our 100th Anniversary year. On January 26th, the Rt. Rev. Stanley Bilinski consecrated a new altar of sacrifice so Mass could be celebrated facing the congregation.
That the consecration took place in January is significant because it was 100 years ago in January of 1914, that Saints Peter and Paul Parish received its charter to establish a church in South Milwaukee.
Assisting the Bishop were Very Rev. John Kraus, Rev. Bogumil Czaja, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, Deacon Jonathan Meus and Altar Server Allen Zwoniarkiewicz.