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Saint Casimir Catholic Church - Reopened

Saint Casimir Catholic Church
First Mass

On Sunday July 15, 2012 over 1,000 parishioners and supporters packed the church for the reopening Mass.

Inside St Casimir Church in Cleveland Ohio

Father Eric Orzech, new pastor of St Casimir Church, welcomed the people home to the newly reopened Church to begin the reopening Mass.



Fr. Orzech said that many people had asked "Where's the Holy Water" as they entered the church. He replied that 'water evaporates after two and a half years!' He then blessed new water and added salt (in the Polish tradition) and then sprinkled the faithful with it.

Father Eric Orzech, new pastor of St Casimir Church in Cleveland blesses with holy water

Father Eric Orzech blessing the faithful with Holy Water

Filling the Holy Water containers with new blessed water

Filling the Holy Water containers with new blessed water



Below is the first sermon from Father Eric Orzech, new pastor of St Casimir Church in Cleveland, at the reopening Mass.



Altar at St Casimir Church


Fr. Orzech also spoke in Polish to the congregation.

Father Orzech concluded his remarks by speaking about the much beloved Rev. Msgr. Leo Telesz, Pastor Emeritus of the Church, who is now 96 years old.



Fr. Telesz was pastor for 37 years.

Collection at St Casimir Church

Hopefully future collections will be as generous


The Lord's Prayer - Our Father - was sung in Polish at the reopening Mass of St Casimir Church.




Flowers at photo of Pope John Paul II

Flowers were placed in front of Pope John Paul II who visited the Church in 1969 as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla


Father Orzech introduced Father Jan Wahala who led the Church before it closed. Father Wahala spoke in Polish at the reopening Mass.




The Recessional procession after the first Mass at the newly reopened St Casimir Catholic Church.




The Recessional procession after the first Mass at the newly reopened St Casimir Catholic Church


Feckanins in Recessional procession after the first Mass at the newly reopened St Casimir Catholic Church


The Recessional procession after the first Mass at the newly reopened St Casimir Catholic Church


The Recessional procession after the first Mass at the newly reopened St Casimir Catholic Church


The Recessional procession after the first Mass at the newly reopened St Casimir Catholic Church


The Recessional procession after the first Mass at the newly reopened St Casimir Catholic Church


The Recessional procession after the first Mass at the newly reopened St Casimir Catholic Church


Fr Eric Orzech shaking hands


Fr Eric Orzech shaking hands


Our Lady of Czestochowa icon

Our Lady of Czestochowa


Reopening of St Casimir Church - Procession into the Church

People at the Reopening of St Casimir Church - photos and videos



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