The Votive Gift of the Polish Community (in Polish, “Wotum Polonii”) is an expression of thanks for the fact that we Polish people have been able to pray in our own language for the past 150 years, receive the holy sacraments, develop our friendship with God and nurture our Polish customs in a foreign land.
As part of the celebration of our 150th anniversary as a parish, we wish to reach beyond the confines of our parish community, with an important initiative that will engage the entire community of Polish people in the United States.
There are places on this earth where the Church has enormous needs, especially in the Third World. Among those places is Uganda, in central Africa. We are members of the same Church, and we cannot be indifferent to the needs of our brothers and sisters.
The campaign which we have created aims at also enlivening the spirit of the Gospel in ourselves, since we as Catholics, are called to share the gifts which we receive as a result of God’s will.
In his missionary encyclical, St. John Paul II calls on us to undertake apostleship and to proclaim the Good News to all the ends of the earth, something which we are obliged to by virtue of our Holy Baptism. Encouraged by this call, we yearn to offer this votive gift, and we invite all people of goodwill to join us.
A copy of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa has been blessed in the Jasna Góra Shrine in Częstochowa, Poland, for the celebration of our parish anniversary.
This image of Our Lady is now traveling to Polish parishes on the East Coast of the United States. The visits of the image will give all an opportunity to meet with Mary, Our Mother present in the Icon from Częstochowa, and to present their petitions, entrust their families, as well as to thank her for the gifts received.