DETROIT, MI - On Saturday, February 2, Polish Alliance Dancers and General Pulaski Polish Language school, both of Polish National Alliance (PNA) Council 54 - Lodge 2525, celebrated their 50th Jubilee anniversary at SS Peter & Paul’s church, on Detroit’s Westside.
Our Polish Catholic heritage
Since 2005, when Pope John Paul II went on to his eternal reward, the number of regular churchgoers in Poland, those who attend mass at least once a week, has declined from 58% to 52%. But the number of those who do not engage in any religious practices has grown from 9% to 11%. That is still the highest level of Sunday mass attendance in Europe. Ireland is in second place with 46%, and in the US the comparable figure is around 43%.
Founded in 1973 to honor and recognize outstanding American athletes, both amateur and professional, of Polish descent, Stan Musial was the Hall of Fame’s inaugural inductee.
The Friends of Polish Art (FPA) was established in 1937 and functions as an educational and social organization, acting as a medium for the promotion of understanding and appreciation of the Arts of Poland, its people and their descendants. Last year marked FPA’s 75th anniversary. Throughout the year all of FPA’s programs and special events reminded us about this milestone. The main celebration took place in April - the anniversary banquet was a chance to recognize past FPA Presidents. FPA was in the spotlight during the annual Polish Day Parade in September. The Central Citizens Committee and Orchard Lake Ladies Auxiliary also paid tribute to FPA last year. These are just some of the additional events which celebrated FPA’s anniversary. Regular programs, like Szopka Competition, Youth Art Competition, Fine Art Competition, as well as regular events (Wigilia, Święconka) also provided a chance to celebrate.
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) held its 92nd Conference in Seattle, Washington exhibiting to educators, administrators, and curriculum specialists. American Council for Polish Culture President Debbie Majka, and the Council’s NCSS Co-Chairs Raymond and Cecilia Glembocki of Washington DC hosted the Polish Perspectives booth in the International Alley of the Conference. Approximately 3, 529 educators were in attendance and many visited the booth, which ACPC has been exhibiting for the past 15 Annual NCSS Conferences.
BROOKLYN, NY - This year’s traditional Christmas “Opłatek” of the Downstate N.Y. Division of the Polish American Congress was a joyous celebration of the holy season with good wishes, Santa Claus and a performance of Christmas carols by the Guadate Children’s Chorus of Maspeth’s Holy Cross Church.
Two birthdays were also commemorated: The Christmas birthday of Jesus Christ and the 91st birthday of Walter Kolodziejek, one of the first Polish Catholic prisoners of the dreaded Auschwitz concentration camp.
The Polish-Canadian Business and Professional Association of Windsor (PCBA) held their successful 17th annual dinner on Friday, November 23, 2012, at the Caboto Club in Windsor, Ontario.
This year, the Polish-Canadian Business and Professional Association of Windsor featured an exhibition showing Polish castle Wawel’s Treasures. The exhibition was named “The Odyssey of Wawel’s Treasures” (or “Odyseja Skarbów Wawelskich” in Polish) and was centered on the years of 1939-1961. The exhibit was featured mainly as a tribute to Canada, who guarded Poland’s national treasures during World War II.
Happy New Year, fellow Polish Americans. I hope you’re ready for a lot more pain in 2013, thanks to our self-serving and irresponsible Washington politicians.
On New Year’s Eve, I watched with rising disgust as our esteemed lawmakers continued playing last-minute political games with each other and the president while our country slid toward the “fiscal cliff.” Over the past few years I have become so furious that, if I could, I would line all of them up along the nearest Atlantic cliff and shove every one of them over the edge. Democrats and Republicans alike, they continue to betray all of us and to betray America.
On Sunday, December 16, 2012, the PRCUA Gwiazda Dancers hosted the annual Michigan PRCUA Women’s Division Opłatek dinner. The event was held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center in Warren, Michigan.
The Christmas season at Orchard Lake Schools began with the special Christmas Concert, Sunday, December 3, at the Our Lady of Orchard Lake Shrine Chapel. Traditionally, the concert is hosted by the Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools.
It was especially significant night for the current Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools, Msgr. Thomas Machalski. He served as the host of the Christmas Concert for the first time (as Chancellor), but more importantly, the night also marked his official installation as a Chaplain to His Holiness (Monsignor).
Attorney Gerald T. Celeskey has been honored with a „Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Polish American Legal Society (PALS). The presentation of the award took place Saturday, December 1, at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, during PALS’ annual Christmas Party.
On Sunday, November 18, Friends of Polish Art (FPA) proudly awarded prizes to the winners of its 7th Annual Szopka Competition.
As it has been the tradition for the past several years, the szopki are being displayed in the store front of the Polish Art Center located at 9539 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck until Saturday, December 15.
David Olszewski-Troiano is a tenor soloist, organist and choral director. He has performed in almost 100 venues around the globe. He loves it and keeps a busy schedule. He is our local treasure and a true ambassador of Polish culture.
This year, David Troiano is celebrating 40 years of faithful service in the field of Church Music. This jubilee was an occasion for a wonderful organ and choral music concert. It took place Sunday, November 18, at the St. Clare of Montefalco church in Grosse Pointe Parks (Troiano is a Music Director of the parish).
“Polish Times” talks to Alexandra Lisiecki, the CEO of the newly established clothing company “Recultured Designs”.
Polish Times: Recultured Designs” is a newly established clothing company that introduces Polish folk inspired clothes to new generations. Why did you decide to start the company and introduce this unique line of clothing?
Alexandra Lisiecki: The answer is simple. I founded Recultured Designs because of my love of all things Polish. My family and I have always had a long-standing love affair with Polish history, culture and traditions. My mother was a Polish folk artist, my father a Slavic historian. I studied Slavic Studies at Wayne State, as well as, did an MA at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Patriotism has always had a strong presence in our lives. I believe that in order for a nation to survive we must continue our traditions and remember our past. Therefore, I wanted to invent a new way for the younger generations to become interested in their Polish culture. I thought that a creative way to get people’s attention and curious about their heritage was by making clothing and accessories that are stylish, modern and recognizably Polish.
Local Polish American artist, Norbert C. Ostrowski is featured in a solo exhibit at the Galeria of the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools from November 4 - December 14, 2012. “Creation to Now” is the name given to this exhibit by the artist. It is a collection of paintings illuminating the spirit that ties humans and their spiritual faith together. Painted over the last 25 years, this grouping is a stunning display of color on canvas bringing stories from the Bible to life. The opening reception for the artist took place on Sunday, November 4, 2012 and brought family and friends together to celebrate the art career Norbert C. Ostrowski.
- CHOPINIANA 2012 (45/2012)
- SNEAK PEAK OF LOT DREAMLINER-787 (44/2012)
- “Jan Sobieski - the King Who Saved Europe” (44/2012)
- Central Citizens Committee presents Pulaski Medals (43/2012)
- Macomb Symphony Orchestra pays musical “Tribute to Poland” (42/2012)
- APAA Commemorates Polish Heritage Month (42/2012)
- FPA announces Fine Art Competition winners (41/2012)
- Friends of Polish Art honored at annual Orchard Lake Ladies Gala (40/2012)
- Holy Cross P.N.C.C. Celebrates 90th Anniversary (39/2012)
- FPA, Polish Mission serve deliciously “Brilliant Afternoon” (39/2012)