Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture. In 2012, Polish Americans will mark the 31st Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an event, which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride. Learn more about it here.

At PolishYoungstown, we consider it our mission to educate about Polish heritage and help you share your pride in it.
This month we are going all out!  Here’s the list of the festivities happening to mark this special month….

Novena to Our Lady of Częstochowa begins
Although no public novenas are currently scheduled at area parishes,
we encourage you to
offer the individual novena for continued blessings
on the project via the prayer here.


Tuesdays 6:30 PM
Polish Language & Culture Lessons
Due to our late start, we have decided to offer Polish Language & Culture lessons for FREE this semester! Call our new teacher Pani Agnieszka for more info at
724-301-1063.

Thursday, October 4  5 PM
Communal Sing

St. Columba Cathedral Choir Loft
For the past several months, area choirs have been working to create a Marian-themed CD in honor of the dedication. On this night, you can make your voice heard and be part of the celebration when the general public is invited to perform and record a community version of “Czarna Madonna to honor the Blessed Mother. Conceptualized to be in the spirit of “We Are the World,” this charity single will be included on the Shrine Tribute CD, but will be the only one to be released as a single. All profits from its sale will go to support the shrine.  Words and sing-a-long available here
. No experience necessary! All are welcome!  A potluck fellowship will follow in the church hall.

Sunday Oct 7 11:30 AM-3 PM
Stuffed Cabbage Dinner
Hosted by St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic War Veterans Auxillary, these tasty homemade gołąbki  meals are available for eating at the hall or for take-out. $8 adult, Children 6-10 $4 Advanced orders requested. Please call 330-747-8503 for tickets.

Thursday, October 11  5:30 – 9 PM
PolishYoungstown 4th Birthday Party & PHH
Vintage Estate
, Boardman, OH.
Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and the people who helped make it happen. Enjoy all your PHH favorites plus a slide show, trivia games, door prizes and a sing- a-long with Honky Rocco! Click here for more information.

Saturday, October 13 1, 2:30 & 8 PM
Copernicus & The Universe
Ward Beecher Planetarium at YSU
Learn how Copernicus and his seven axioms regarding geocentric and
heliocentric orbits affected the study of astronomy. This information will be in addition to the exciting programs already taking place that day: the Pluto-oriented “Case of the Disappearing Planet for children in the afternoon and the constellation-focused “Cosmic Castaways” for adults in the evening. Remember, all shows also include live star and constellation identification. Learn More.

Sunday, October 14 1 PM
The Poles in the New World - Author talk and book signing
Our Lady of Hungary hall on N. Belle Vista
Hosted by the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown
Poles of distinction have made great contributions to North American society. From Pulaski, Brzezinski to Martha Stewart and Steve Wozniak, Poles have given so much of themselves to the building of our country. Well known broadcaster Edward Zawadzki has authored a book highlighting the lives and contributions of 50 of the most notable Poles. He will be in attendance to talk about these people and their work. Stay around and learn more about the Polish Arts Club at their meeting that follows.


Sunday, October 14 5 PM
Polska Kuchnia –Vodka Infusion
Our Lady of Hungary hall on N. Belle Vista
We'll be doing Alcohol Infusions; that is, giving flavor to vodka or neutral spirits.  This is a BYOB class.  You may also want to bring several small, sealable bottles so you can try several flavors.  We will be providing the instructions and flavorings.  The class will be $25.00 and advance registration is required. For more info call 330-427-2752

Thursday, October 18  7 – 9 PM
Book Discussion:  Water for Elephants  by Sara Gruen
In conjunction with the Delta Zeta Book Club at Barnes & Noble in Boardman
Join us as we travel back in time with Jacob Jankowski, who as a young Polish American finds himself aboard the rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also finds that his Polish language helps him work with Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. Open to the public.

Saturday, October 20 noon – 4 PM CANCELLED!!!

Tailgate for the YSU football game CANCELLED!!!
Look for the Polish Youngstown tent in the
M24 tailgating lot on Fifth Avenue on the campus of Youngstown State University. We’re going to support the Penguins as they take on Southern Illinois at 4p.m. However, you don’t necessarily need to even go to the game to celebrate! We welcome any dishes that you would like to share. Beer is available for purchase from YSU-operated concession stands. For game tickets call 330-941-1YSU. Go Guins!

Sunday, October 21st 12 PM
Annual Basket Auction
St. Stanislaus Kostka
Nothing says celebrate like bringing home a basket full of goodies. Take your chances and support the cause when St. Stan’s parishioners host one of their favorite events of the year. Drawing begins at 1:30p.m.

Thursday , October 25 4:30 PM   Curious About Copernicus
Hosted by the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle
In conjunction with Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology
Renaissance astronomer Mikołaj Kopernik was the first person to formulate a comprehensive theory displacing the Earth from the center of the universe, revolutionizing the study of the universe, and establishing the bases for modern astronomy. Elementary students throughout the region, as well as visitors to OH WOW!, are invited to explore Copernicus’s theories as part of a special exhibit all month. During this special after school event, attendees will get to participate in hands-on activities and three winners will be drawn, each receiving a four-pack of free admission tickets to OH WOW! valued at $28.00.
Learn More

Thursday, October 25 5 PM
Ethnic Heritage Society's Third Annual Awards Banquet
This year's honorees include Fr. George Balasko, noted for his initiation of the Youngstown area's ongoing Jewish/Christian dialogue, and our own Dr. George Beelen, founding president of the Ohio Cultural Alliance and a longstanding educational and civic leader. For further call 330-726-8277

Sunday, October 28 10:30 AM
Departure Mass and Procession
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Williamson Avenue
In the spirit of the annual pilgrimage to Jasna Gora Shrine in Częstochowa, Poland, following mass at St. Stanislaus, parishioners and other interested participants will drive in procession to carry the mosaic to St. Columba Cathedral. Upon arrival, all will be welcomed with ceremony and prayer. The mosaic then will be placed on display near the high altar for devotion and prayer until the dedication. Fellowship in hall to follow.

Tuesday, October 30  5 PM Prelude  5:30PM Mass      
Dedication Mass and Celebration
St. Columba Cathedral 
There will be prelude performances by Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble as well as regional choirs. Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown will preside over mass and the dedication ceremony. A celebratory Polish reception will follow catered by Seven Roses Catering. It will include an extended performance by Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble and a cash bar. Suggested donation $ 35 p.p. Donors will receive a complimentary commemorative CD.
Reservations are required; call 330-744-5233.

Ongoing all month
Polish Suitcase for Education & Book Displays
In conjunction with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society
We have created a “suitcase” of artifacts that teachers can use to incorporate Polish items into their classroom, giving the students a hands-on history lesson. Books, maps, costumes, flags, folk art, music CDs, DVD films and much more are in this treasure trove. We also have curricula available here:
·         Lesson Plan 1 - The Polish Experience at Jamestown
·         Lesson Plan 2 - About Pulaski and Kosciuszko in the American Revolution
·         Lesson Plan 3 - World War II - Perspectives on Fear
·         Lesson Plan 4 - Nine Days that Changed the World - Story of John Paul II
·         Lesson Plan 5 - NCSS 2010 - Linking Cultures and Enriching Lives
·         Information about Poland - courtesy of SUNY Buffalo 
 
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