This year ANZAC DAY falls on Wednesday. On this day as every year we will remember Polish soldiers murdered at Katyn and those Poles who died during the Soviet occupation. This month also marks the eighth anniversary of the great national tragedy – the plane crash near Smolensk – in which the President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczyński and his wife died including the last president of Poland in Exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and other high-ranking representatives of offices of the state. We will pray for the souls of New Zealand and Polish soldiers who died during the First World War; for the souls of the Poles who were murdered by the Soviets during the Second World War and for those who died eight years ago in Katyn having gone there to pay tribute to the thousands of Poles murdered by the Soviets.
ANZAC DAY celebration program – Katyn Day
9am: Saint Mary’s of the Angels in Wellington
Mass in the church Mary’s of the Angels in Wellington for New Zealanders and Poles. Polish flags will be paraded into church by the Polish Association in New Zealand Inc. and the Association of Polish Veterans. Wreaths of flowers will be placed at the Katyn plaque.
11am: Saint Joachim in Berhampore, Wellington
Polish Mass with Polish flags paraded into church by the Polish Association in New Zealand Inc. and the Association of Polish Veterans.
1pm: Traditional Soldier’s Lunch
After the Mass at St Joachim you are invited to the Polish House for a traditional soldiers lunch. Admission $ 10 – there will be some speeches and awards of the Siberian Crosses followed by a film.