Christmas Waferts (Oplatki)
The Christmas customs that connect people are important. Polish Catholics have a beautiful custom of the Christmas Wafer or Oplatki. At the Christmas Eve dinner, a wafer is placed under each person’s plate. In place of “grace” each person breaks a piece off of their wafer and gives it to another person. As they do this, they make a special wish or say a prayer for that person. This goes on until every person has greeted every other person at the meal. This can be adapted to Christmas Day or even New Year’s Day. A flat bread can be used as the customary Christmas Wafer. Oplatki packets will be available for $1.00 after Mass the weekends of December 1/2, 8/9 and 15/16 (or as long as supplies last).