NEW BRITAIN - It is now the 21st century, but it was in the 19th century that the church was founded.
Sacred Heart Parish will be celebrating 125 years on Nov. 23 with two special Masses and a large banquet following one of them.
“I feel very blessed to be able to do this,” said the Rev. Daniel J. Plocharczyk, 71, who is only the fourth pastor in the church’s history. He said he was baptized at the church by the church’s very first pastor, the Rev. Lucjan Bojnowski, and has been involved with the parish his whole life.
“It’s been a beautiful experience,” he said.
On Saturday, Nov. 23, Leonard P. Blair, the archbishop of the Hartford Archdiocese, will be celebrating a Mass at 4 p.m. at the church, Plocharczyk said.
A large banquet will follow with food and music, with what is expected to be a large turnout, he added. Over 350 people were at the 100 year anniversary celebration, Plocharczyk said.
The next day, at 11:30 a.m., a Mass in Polish will then be said as part of the anniversary celebration.
The church also planning of putting up displays at Sacred Heart School or the Church Hall to detail memorable events in the history of the church.
Those events could include a visit from Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to the church around 1970 before he became Pope John Paul II in 1978, Plocharczyk said. Wojtyla conducted a Mass at the church and stayed in the rectory as one of several notable guests to the church, Plocharczyk said.
The creation of the church’s school, in the early 1900s, and the founding of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, around 1910, are also expected to be a part of the displays, Plocharczyk said. The sisters have been a big part of the church’s history by being teachers in the school and helping the parish in several other church matters.
More history on the church can be found at sacredheartnb.org.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or email@example.com.