News I will not exactly be running to the book store to buy… by Jeffrey Miller April 20, 2004 written by Jeffrey Miller April 20, 2004 … this new book �Dancing a Polka to Heaven� This article is about Fr. Frank Perkovich of St. Joseph�s Catholic Church in Gilbert who popularized the Polka Mass. 3 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Ethic Cleansing next post Excellent news You may also like Boy Bishop December 8, 2008 The few, the proud, the married couple March 14, 2003 Greed October 4, 2006 Friends turn 100 after lifetime as nuns November 28, 2007 Why Adoption of Frozen Human Embryos Could Be... August 30, 2003 Archbishop Chaput switches teams July 19, 2011 Father Chris Decker May 28, 2007 Pete Vere interview November 8, 2004 Irony May 9, 2009 Here and There August 5, 2008 3 comments John B. April 20, 2004 - 3:10 pm And why not? LOL God Bless, John Burzynski Reply MaryH April 20, 2004 - 10:48 pm Not sure if this is relevant or not, but a friend of mine dropped by today and he was telling us about a recital he attended yesterday at the university. The recital was of (what he called) “Irish Tavern Music.” He said the music was great but it felt wrong to sit there and watch it. He started to describe how that kind of music was played in neighborhood taverns, where whole families would go, and different people would join in the music, some would get up and dance, some would start singing… He said it was the tradition of the community to join and be ‘part of’ the music and not just something you sit and listen to. I don’t know anything about the ‘Polka Mass’ (other than it a name that begs ridicule) but perhaps Father’s experience of faith and culture tells him some truth about our participation in Christ’s life. Maybe he sees the loss of cultural traditions and perhaps he thinks that’s one of the reasons why people of modern society don’t get the traditions of the Church. The Pope has made similar point regarding culture, tradition, Christian families and the Church. Much of what he says about habits and “signs in the community” fall along these lines. I know that I may be stretching but my point is that this priest might have a valid point that we’re not seeing. Given that he is a priest ordained in 1954 (and not 1969) and because I haven’t read his book I would give him the benefit of the doubt. Reply Joe Marier April 21, 2004 - 7:56 am Last time I heard of the “Polka Mass” was when the guy who wrote one of my jazz textbooks referenced a paper he wrote about them. He said that the Polka Mass was an example of post-modernism. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.