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 The dumbest thing I read all week April 4, 2004 Gender realignment February 2, 2005 Anti-Catholic bill in Connecticut March 7, 2009 One-day conference to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of... August 1, 2008 The St. Louis Archdiocese files suit July 23, 2008 Penny Pinching Priest March 14, 2003 The Six Commandments May 13, 2012 Christian Coalition head crosses the Tiber May 24, 2004 Pope Benedict donates shoes for the poor September 24, 2007 Wake me up when my wake is over September 10, 2003 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.