The Polka Mass
Presented by Father Frank Perkovich
An opportunity to view two of Father Frank Perkovich’s Polka Masses in their entirety—one filmed in 1984 at Resurrection Church in Eveleth, Minnesota (where the first Polka Mass was celebrated on May 5, 1973), and the other filmed in 1993, at the International Polkafest in Chisholm, Minnesota.
During an interview opening this video, Father Perk describes his inspiration for using traditional Slovenian and Croatian folkmusic in Catholic liturgy. And his sermons for the two taped Masses include his thoughts about this liturgical experiment eleven, and twenty, years after his first Polka Mass.
Though time and the environment have degraded this tape’s audio and video quality, its historical relevance and power to inspire justify continuing to make it available.
VHS (120 minutes)
This archival Polka Mass video collection also available on a
DVD entitled More Songs & Hymns from the Polka Mass.
The biographical DVD described below and the related items in our Music and Additional Titles sections are excellent supplements to the Polka Mass video collection.