Flour and water. That is the simple recipe of an Oplatki wafer. But if you were to just stir up those two ingredients and stick the dough in the oven, there probably aren't too many people who would want to eat that. So what makes an Oplatki wafer special? There are some additional ingredients that truly make it what it is: tradition, family, and love.

Oplatki wafers are an age-old Polish Christmas tradition. They are thin wafers made of flour and water and often embossed with a nativity scene. Traditionally, right before the Christmas Eve meal, the eldest member of the family breaks the wafer and passes it to another family member with a blessing, which can be for good health, success, happiness -- or anything, really.  As the wafer is passed around, each member of the family takes a piece and gives a blessing to the next person; everyone eats their piece together as a sign of the unity of the family. Additionally, pink wafers are given to animals in the home or on the farm.

The sharing of the Oplatki is truly a symbol of the love and care we all wish to spread during the Christmas season. The tradition's resemblance to the Eucharistic meal is no coincidence; just as we share in Christ's love when we celebrate the Eucharist, we share in the love of family with the breaking of the Oplatki wafer.

The tradition began with early Polish Christians, during a time when bread was difficult to come by. Sharing bread with family and friends was a sign of goodwill and a demonstration of compassion for others. During World War II, people mailed pieces of Oplatki to loved ones overseas, so that they could continue to share in the tradition, even when they were far apart. This beautiful tradition has continued and spread over many generations.

If you have not done so already, consider making this a tradition in your family this year. Oplatki Wafers are available in the Parish Office for a $5 donation.

Have a Blessed Advent!
Important Upcoming Dates!

Thursday, December 14th - Nativity Night from 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Tuesday, December 19th - Nativity Night from 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Monday, December 18th - Parish Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 24th - Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at 5 pm
Monday, December 25th - Christmas Day Masses at 9 am - 11 am

Nativity Nights
Join the St. Josaphat Parish Community from 7:30 pm - 9 pm on Thurs 12/14 and Tues 12/19 for Nativity Nights!

Nativity Nights are a way to direct our thoughts and intentions this Advent season towards the coming of Christ. Stop by any time to worship and receive the Sacrament.
Last Collection!
Future Business Leaders Club will be collecting hats, scarves and gloves in the back of church from this weekend, December 17th.
Official Call for Auction Items
Do you have a vacation home you can lend us? Sports or theatre tickets? Restaurant gift cards? We'll take them!

 Contact katymurrayshc@gmail.com or fill out the online donation form on our parish website.
Tots Playgroup
St. Josaphat Tots Playgroup meets in the rectory every Thursday from 10 - 11 AM and welcomes all children and caregivers! Join us for playtime, a treat, and conversation!
New Christmas Mass Schedule!
Christmas Eve Vigil Mass
12/24 @ 5 pm

Christmas Day Mass
12/25 @ 9 am & 11 am
"Instant Wine Cellar" donations still being collected! 
Did you host a holiday party and have a few bottles of extra wine left over? Bring em' on down to the Parish office, the Unity Gala committee is still in need of bottles of wine valued over $20 to fill the "Instant Wine Cellar" Live Auction item. Drop off anytime during business hours.