Friday, March 5, 2010
"Take these home with you, put them in the oven for 45 minutes, and they'll be delicious," an older parishioner at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Coventry, Rhode Island said as she handed me a package of homemade pierogis.
I was there as a journalist to cover the church festival in honor of Our Lady. It was my first taste, literally, of Polish food and culture. The event drew hundreds of people from throughout the state and it gave me a chance to witness the devotion.
It is said that the image that is now Our Lady of Czestochowa was painted by St. Luke. She later appeared as a vision in Czestochowa, Poland. Her feast day is celebrated on Aug. 26.