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A church existed in Waldowo in the 14th century. The
present church was built in 1621 and dedicated to St. Matthew, apostle
and evangelist. In 1929 the Pradzynskis
built in Skarpa a sepulchral chapel. which also served the needs of
workers on the estate. After WWII the parish took it over and it now serves the
needs of Skarpa, Zalesie and Pamietowo.
The parish took over an evangelical church in Wlosciborz and in it carries on
ministry for the villages Wlosciborz and Wlosciborek.
Because the distances of a few villages to the church in Waldowo were significant
is a very old parish; it arose in the years of the introduction of Christianity
in Pomerania and it originally embraced also the areas
of the later churches in Pruszcz, Wielka Klonia, Zalesie and Komierow,
in 1957 Sunday services were begun in cemetery charnel houses in Wielka
Klonia and Komierowo. Those were the times in Poland when it was not
possible to build churches: all attempts to build ended in failure. Thus
to facilitate the faithful s participation in Mass, little chapels and
charnel houses were taken over. Many people took part in Mass under the
open sky because those charnel houses held only 30 to 40 people.
In 1984 in the course of 6 months we built a church in Wielka Klonia, as a result
of which arose an independent parish with its own ministry. In the following
year a rectory was built there and a pastor took up residence. In 1985 we began
the building of a church in Komierowo and yet that year on St. Michael s day,
we began to celebrate services regularly in the lower part of
that church, to one side. A year later the entire church was dedicated. Before
the week was out we began the bell tower. This year in the course of 5 months
we built a church in Obodowo. It was dedicated
Oct. 21 to Christ the Good Shepherd.
So, at this moment the parish of Waldowo serves the following churches:
The parish church of St. Matthew in Waldowo
In Wlosciborz the post-evangelical church of Saints Joseph and Casimir.
In Komierowo the church of St. Michael the archangel.
In Obodowo the church of Christ the Good Shepherd.
In Skarpa the chapel of the Assumption of the Most Holy Virgin Mary.
The manorial buildings don't exist in Waldowo. They were demolished already
before the first World War. Palaces exist in Waldowko, Olszewka, Pamietowo,
Zalesie, Wielka Klonia, and Mala Klonia and are in good condition, occupied
by state-farm workers or offices. The palace in Skarpa is being remodeled at
moment. It is being designated for offices and dwellings. The most splendid:
the Komierowski palace, in Komierowo, is remodeled. It serves for certain meetings,
conferences and vacations
I have given you a general outline of the history of Waldowo parish and the
fate of the existing palaces in its vicinity, and the number of filial churches.
As the pastor of this
parish for 4 1/2 years I can assure you that this is a beautiful area; the
people are attached to the Catholic church, very self-sacrificing. They became
in the building of the churches. I need to point out that we built with our
own means. The parishioners built entirely by themselves and without pay. Otherwise
we would not have been able to manage in the course of 4 years to build 3 new
churches and remodel the other 3. They are very friendly and helpful to the
whence I can assure with all sincerity, that I feel very well here. So there
is no fear that the faith will be lost in this area. There were and are difficulties,
but they confirm Poles in patriotism and faith.
With kind and cordial greetings, Fr. Henryk Cyrzon
- 26 November 1987
Submitted by Gerald R. Schmidt, Pittsburgh, PA, firstname.lastname@example.org (Feb