I stopped into my neighborhood party supply store here in Dayton today and noticed a stack of flyers next to the cash register for the 30th annual Dayton Liederkranz-Turner Germanfest Picnic Friday 9 August through Sunday 11 August.

And what deeply spiritual event is set to occur at nigh 11am on Sunday to get the festival kicked off for its final day??? Votive Mass for St. Boniface, apostle of the Germans??? WRONG!!!! The best they could come up with is the ever-so-solemn “Polka Mass.”

While it is truly commendable that the Germanfest organizers considered Holy Mass as the best way to start the Germanfest for the final day, it is a travesty that they are doing so by having a profane and banal “Polka Mass.” This is yet another example of the desacralization and dumbing down of what the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls “the source and summit” of the Christian life, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This “Polka Mass” is 100% completely counterproductive to the New Evangelization (I’m still trying to figure out what happened to the old Evangelization…). Please leave the polka music for the beer hall and Weird Al Yankovic.

Anyone wishing to respectfully share their thoughts on the importance of Holy Mass, the role sacred music plays in it and why the words “Polka” and “Mass” should never be spoken in the same sentence, is free to contact the event organizers at their website and Facebook pages.

 Dayton Liederkranz-Turner Website

Dayton Germanfest Picnic Facebook page

Dayton Liederkranz-Turner Facebook page