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Waltz and Polka Mass in Honor of Pope John Paul II By The Joe Pat Orchestra And Choir
Waltz and Polka Mass in Honor of Pope John Paul II By The Joe Pat Orchestra And Choir

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The Waltz and Polka Mass was inspired by the late Father Walter Szczypula, Chaplain of the International Polka Association, at a convention meeting, when he expressed the desire to celebrate a polka mass at the following year's convention. This idea appealed to Joe Pat who approached Chet Schafer to further pursue the project. Chet's daughter, Alice, choir director at St. Franck of Assisi Church in Chicago, was asked to join in.

Folk melodies are a rich source of material and become the perfect counterpart to lyrics taken from the Holy Scripture. The music was arranged to the polka and waltz stylings of the Joe Pat Orchestra.

It was decided to dedicate this mass to His Holiness. Pope John Paul II, who inspires Poles and those of Polish ancestry everywhere.

Joe Pat passed on, and this compact disc recording was released . . . and the polka mass continues to be celebrated with the Joe Pat Orchestra under the direction of Frank Gentille.

1. Jesus Lord Polka
2. Give Thanks to God
3. Alleluia
4. Song of St. Peter
5. Holy Holy
6. Acclamation of Faith
7. Great Amen
8. Our Father
9. Let the Sunshine In
10. Living Bread of Heaven
11. Sound the Trumpet
12. Gentle Mother
13. Beloved Mother
14. Sto Lat
15. God Bless America
  • Compact Disc
  • 15 Selections
  • Total Time 26:00

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