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A Harvest Mass at Falcon Field, New Britain, kicked off the city’s 31st annual dożynki (harvest festival), Aug. 20. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was principal celebrant, assisted by clergy from Sacred Heart, Holy Cross and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in New Britain. In his homily, the archbishop called the dożynki a “harvest of the spirit,” a more-than 1,000-year-old tradition in Poland. The Polish American Council of New Britain presented the archbishop with a plaque honoring Blessed Pope John Paul II, who, as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla before becoming pope, visited New Britain in 1969. Dożynki committee chairman Lucian Pawlak presented Archbishop Mansell with a traditional loaf of bread for his blessng. It was then distributed among the worshipers. “Sharing the bread represents the first fruits of the earth,” said Msgr. Daniel J. Plocharczyk, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish The dożynki continued for two days with food, prayer, games, music and dancing. (Photos by Jack Sheedy)
After the bread is blessed, it is sliced and distributed to everyone present.Kamila Drezek helps distribute the bread.More than 200 people attended the Mass that kicked off a two-day dożynki at Falcon Field, New Britain, Aug. 20.Anna Gniadek (left) and Marianna Sargent, members of the Polonia Paderewski Choir, await the procession before the MassRep. Timothy O'Brien (D-24) greets processors moments before the Mass.Archbishop Henry J. Mansell follows the processionA painting of a harvest serves as a backdrop behind the altar inside an outdoor pavilion.A painting of a harvest serves as a backdrop behind the altar inside an outdoor pavilion.A painting of a harvest serves as a backdrop behind the altar inside an outdoor pavilion.Members of the Polonia Paderewski Choir sing during a Harvest Mass at Falcon Field, New Britain, to kick off the city’s 31st annual dożynki (harvest festival), Aug. 20.A homemade loaf of bread is prepared for blessing by Archbishop Mansell.Videographers and photographers record the event.Gift bearers present gifts to the archbishop.

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