Re-cap of 2013 (our 100th Anniversary Year)
Your tireless work, your creativity, your perseverance, and your dedication have not gone unnoticed within the parish and even nationally! A big thank you for everything you did to make our 100th anniversary such a special year of prayer, celebration, service, and renewal, and a time to prepare for our second century of faith and service! God bless! Bóg zapłać!

Here are some highlights of our recent 100th anniversary initiatives …

  • Special prayers and devotions; the year began with the blessing of chalk and homes
  • Two books issued to mark the Centenary (Przez Pokolenia: Prayers and Customs of St. Mary`s Polish Church and Parish Centenary Cookbook); special video also produced (it can be accessed on our website:
  • Centenary Historical Exhibit – CBC Radio`s Mainstreet program broadcast live from the opening reception. This involved the efforts of many parishioners.
  • Joint ``STO LAT`` Concert – Choir of St. Mary`s Polish Church (the only Polish-language choir in Cape Breton) and Men of the Deeps, paying tribute to our Centenary
  • Conference of the Canadian Polish Research Institute (with visitors from various parts of the country) and Memories and Stories Workshop with our elders
  • Parish dinner theatre presentation of The Odyssey of the Polish Treasures – incorporating aspects of the history of our church; a number of parishioners acted for the first time!
  • Free community barbeque to acknowledge the broader community
  • Parish family reunions, including a community reception
  • Centenary Banquet with the participation of many dignitaries
  • Centenary Mass and Polish Festival -- The CBRM Council declared September 8th as ``St. Mary`s Polish Parish Day`` throughout the region.
  • Special St. Michael`s Day lunch marking the receipt of congratulations to the parish from Pope Francis and recognizing the St. Michael`s Polish Benefit Society
  • Centenary prayers for the deceased of our parish at several local cemeteries and ceremony honouring our veterans over the past century
  • Enhanced St. Nicholas Day celebration with a public-education component
  • To be unveiled shortly: a Cape Breton Polish tartan; the design will be owned by our parish and used to help with fund-raising
  • Numerous Centenary Service projects (Sto Darów) throughout the year in the broader community (eg. Polish Food Garden, collaborating with other groups on developing a public parkette with a kapliczka – roadside shrine – as its centrepiece, assisting Loaves and Fishes, Operation Christmas Child, helping with local housing initiatives, etc.)
  • “Virtual tour” for our website (in collaboration with CBU)

Special thanks as well to our financial and in-kind sponsors!