By CASEY CROUCHER
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany's Roman Catholic Diocese will be delivering a polka Mass Sunday at St. Stanislaus Church as part of the annual two-day festival.
Dolores Dybas, pastoral associate and office manager to the church, said this is the third year St. Stanislaus has had the polka Mass.
"A polka Mass is a Mass celebrated by a priest, or in this case a bishop, where we take some traditional songs that we would have at Mass and add a polka beat to them," Dybas said.
She said the polka band, the Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra, will set up off to the side of the main alter and little booklets will be handed out for people to sing along with.
"The songs will still be spiritual," she said, "they'll just have a polka beat; it won't be sacrilegious or just a polka sing-along, it's still a Mass with all our prayers, traditions and the doctrine."
Dybas said the church is excited to have Scharfenberger visit.
"This is going to be exciting; a lot of people from the parish will be there to see our new bishop and they're going to be excited to see him for the first time," she said.
Members of other Amsterdam parishes are expected to attend Sunday's polka Mass as well, she said.
Mass will start 11 a.m. at the 42 Cornell St. church location. Following Mass there will be Polish and American food, dancing, games, raffles, bingo, face-painting and other activities for the two-day free festival.
"This is a very uplifting and wonderful experience," Dybas said. "The weekly Mass we have at the church is beautiful but the polka Mass adds a little more to a special event."