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Saint Casimir Catholic Church - Reopened

Saint Casimir Catholic Church
People at the Reopening and First Mass

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

Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com documented, with video and photos, St Casimir Church before it was closed. When they discovered the group meeting in front of the Church every week, they covered that too. As St. Casimir Church in Cleveland opened up again, Dan Hanson gave his thoughts.




Joseph A. Drobot Jr., President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Drobot Jr.,
President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America


Wojtek Flezar
was one of the loyal parishioners who met and prayed the rosary outside the closed St. Casimir Church in Cleveland every week for 139 weeks. On the day the church reopened he told of how the Blessed Virgin saved his life and helped open St Casimir Church again.




Girl with Our Lady of Czestochowa icon

Our Lady of Czestochowa icon


Walter from St Casimir Church

Walter
was an inmate in the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp and pulled the plug on the Bishop's microphone at the closing Mass


Joe Feckanin was another in the core group that met every week. On the day the church reopened he told of how the community came together and the special people who made it happen.




Ohio State Rep Bill Patmon and Joe Feckanin

Ohio State Rep Bill Patmon and Joe Feckanin


Joe Hoffman had never been in St Casimir Catholic Church. Yet he met outside the Church every week and prayed for it to reopen. He told why he got involved in the movement, Solidarity and about his first visit inside the Church doors.




Joe Hoffman with St Casimir Solidarity shirt

Joe Hoffman with St Casimir Solidarity shirt


Ben Stefanski and John Niedzialek

Ben Stefanski and John Niedzialek


John Niedzialek and his family have a long history at St. Casimir Parish. He told what it meant to have the church reopen after 139 weeks standing outside in all kinds of Cleveland Weather. Pope John Paul II said 'Be Not Afraid' and that was their motto.




Solidarnosc Solidarity

Solidarnosc


Polish leaders at Saint Casimir Catholic Church


Ben Stefanski told some of the history of his family and how his mother and father met and started 3rd Federal Savings from the neighborhood around St Casimir Church




Polish veterans at Saint Casimir Catholic Church


Polish veterans at Saint Casimir Catholic Church


Polish leaders at Saint Casimir Catholic Church


Stanislav Zadnik was another of the core group who met outside every week. He said that tenacity kept them going and that they knew that justice was on their side.




Polish leaders at Saint Casimir Catholic Church


Pastor Eric Orzech and servers

Pastor Eric Orzech and servers


Rich handing out bulletins with John Niedzialek

Rich handing out bulletins with John Niedzialek


Divine Mercy


Knights of Columbus lining up

Knights of Columbus lining up


Our Lady of Czestochowa icon

Our Lady of Czestochowa icon


Statue of Mary at St Casimir


Joe Feckanin - V for Victory

Joe Feckanin - V for Victory


Inside St Casimir Church and the Mass - photos and videos

Reopening of St Casimir Church - Procession into the Church



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