CHURCHES IN KASZEBE CANADA
The Kashubs built three Parishes. The first was in Wilno in the year 1875 and was called Saint Stanislaus Kostka . In 1936 the church was destroyed by fire and a new church was built and named St. Mary’s Church. The second parish built was in Barry’s Bay in 1896 called the Mission Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. The parishioners outgrew this church and decided to build a new one called St. Hedwig’s in the year 1915. The third parish built by the Kashubs was in Round Lake in the year 1925. It was named St. Bronislaus. They outgrew the church, and in 1930 they built a new church and they call it St. Casimir’s Church.
There were many changes to all the parishes and their churches, but one thing that unites them all is the Blessed Mother of Sianwo, Queen of the Kashubs “ Matka Boska Sianowsko Krolowa Kaszub “
Many of the Canadian Kashubs did not know too much about their heritage until Father Al Rekowski journeyed to the homeland and wrote a book about the Kashubs in Canada, the U.S. and in Poland called “the Saga of the Kashub people “
Most people did not know about their roots. Kashubs were told by their spiritual leaders that they were Polish and later to find out that they were not, but they were Kashubs. With many Canadian Kashubs travelling to the old country, they found out that they are part of a very unique Slavic group called the Kashubs. Everytime they go to Kaszebe, they find themselves at the place of their Queen and patron Saint.