Monday, November 13, 2023
For the Polish community, November 11 is Independence Day of our homeland, but it also Remembrance Day here in Canada on which we remember those who died during World War I. Everyone celebrated the day in their own way. A group of parishioners from Brampton, along with Fr. Paweł Pilarczyk OMI, celebrated the day on bicycles. "We rode our bicycles to Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the grave of Gen. Heller's soldiers, to a piece of Polish land, to mark November 11, the anniversary of Polish Independence, Fr. Pawel reports. We did 100 km from Mississauga to the cemetery in Niagara-on-the-Lake which took us 7 hours. There were 6 of us cyclists and logistical and technical support - a total of 12 people. After arriving at the site at around 3:30 pm we prayed and sang the Polish National Anthem then proceeded to St. Catharines where we dined at our Oblate Polish parish with one of the parish families in a patriotic atmosphere and thus we celebrated Independence Day. We hope that this active way of celebrating Independence Day organized by the youth and the "Mary's Warriors" group from the Brampton parish will continue despite the sometimes unpredictable November weather conditions in Ontario."
Fr. Paweł Pilarczyk OMI / review and correction Fr Daniel Janulewicz OMI / TJ OMI