SOUTH BEND — St. Adalbert Catholic Church parishioners may feel as if they’ve spruced up their souls after Mass, but some members have the tougher mission of truly cleaning up.
Some faithful ladies and men of St. Adalbert gather every Monday after the 8 a.m. Mass for an hour or so to carry out their allotted tasks of cleaning the church. They are all senior citizens and have been volunteering for many years.
On this day, Elaine Jurgonski dusts the vessels and prepares the credence tables for the weekend and weekday Masses. Her husband, Edwin, busies himself by cleaning the seats and surrounds of the large church.
“I have been cleaning the church for over 30 years,” Irene Pajakowski says. “It gives me such joy to be able to get up every Monday and clean the church. It always looks so nice when we leave.”