St. Louis-area Poles gather for memorial Mass

Sunday, April 11, 2010 | 6:39 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS— St. Louis-area Poles are praying for Poland after the country's president and 95 others died in a plane crash.

About 100 mourners gathered Saturday night for a Polish-language Mass at St. Agatha Catholic Church in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Rev. Czeslaw Litak suggested the Polish-language Mass shortly after the news reached St. Louis.

He leads St. Agatha's, which is just south of the Anheuser-Busch brewery. It has been the archdiocesan Polish congregation since 2005.

Litak is a former Polish military chaplain who came to America five years ago.

He says he was friends with three of the generals who died in the crash.

He called for prayers for the country and the families of the survivors.

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