What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2012-09-20 07:43:06
Issue #: 175

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You'll find quiet in her arms and you'll find shelter from the evil, 'cause she has a tender heart for all of her children.” --Czarna Madonna

When Poles emigrated, they brought their devotion to the Mother of God with them, creating home altars and innumerable churches, chapels, and shrines in her honor. A special place is always reserved for her. Now there will be a special place for her at our cathedral.
    In recognition of the pain of parish closure and consolidation, PolishYoungstown began working in 2010 with The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J , and Rev. John Keehner to make sure that there is still a home for the faithful of Polish heritage in our city. These changes are not unusual nationwide, but we feel our collaboration has been unique and a model for Poles elsewhere. Instead of agitation and complaining, we have worked with the parish of St. Columba Cathedral and the St. Casimir Society to renovate the St. Columba Cathedral baptistery into a shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa.  The final touch on this effort came when St. Stanislaus Kostka parish graciously gifted their incredible mosaic to serve as the centerpiece.
I am thrilled to be writing to announce and invite you to join us to see it placed in its new location during a
shrine dedication mass on October 30.  However, this celebration will be the culmination of a month-long commemoration to mark this joyous event. Highlights include a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Doylestown, PA; a communal novena and sing-a-long, a welcoming celebration and a performance by the renowned Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble. Get all the details here

Students without a classroom
Sorry for the confusion this week with Polish classes. Our charming new teacher is ready as were a number of you who showed up at St Casimir ready to learn. Unfortunately, I am out of town and found out too late that due to Fr. Keehner’s relocation from the cathedral to St Christine’s, we currently are unable to use St Casimir’s for Polish School OR Krakowiaki children’s programs. Sorry for any confusion and inconvenience! We are meeting with a couple of potential hosts and hope to have it all cleared up by NEXT WEEK and will notify you here and on FACEBOOK when I know more. For more info call 330-646-4082 or check out the language website here.

Support the Polish Panorama
One of the coolest parts of a visit to The Polish Mission at Orchard Lake used to be the motorized panorama. This unique storytelling piece combines art and technology to dramatize the history of Poland from the earliest legends to the rise of Pope John Paul II. In the spirit of Disney’s Small World, the display is made up of more than 106 doll-like characters drawn from the struggles of writers, peasants, saints, statesman, soldiers, and artists to remain faithful to the ideals of Christianity and the Polish nation. This year, its artist is working with the head conservator at the Henry Ford Museum to clean, repair and, if necessary, rebuild the figurines and the complex unit on which they float. But this kind of upgrade is not cheap, so The Mission has initiated an Indiegogo online fundraiser and help is needed to complete the project.

Well-earned recognition
Congratulations to Kosciuszko Foundation President Alex Storozynski, who has been awarded the 2012 Fidelis Poloniae for "Outstanding Merit in Strengthening Ties between Poland and the Polish Community Abroad." The award was given by the Global Forum Polish Media at its 20th Jubilee. Storozynski's work as a journalist and activist were cited as Deputy Speaker of the Polish Senate, Sen. Maria Panczyk-Pozdziej, made the presentation. The Global Forum hosts Polish journalists from around the world and meetings in Krakow, Warsaw, Rzeszow, & Tarnow. Since Storozynski took over the Foundation almost five years ago, it has stepped out from the middle of Polish organizations to be the leader on Visa Waiver, Katyn investigation and the prison camp terminology campaign.

Polish-American Heritage Month plans underway
Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture. Every October this proud contribution is during Polish American Heritage Month, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride. Every year we host a number of interesting activities with that spirit in mind. Of course, the Madonna dedication and its activities will be part of that, but so will a children’s event at the OH WOW! Children’s Museum, a genealogy research trip and PolishYoungstown’s special 5th Birthday Happy Hour! Stay tuned!  More details to follow!

News from Poland
New magazine will scare the devil out of you
Business is booming in Poland in many areas, but one that is raising some eyebrows is Catholic exorcisms. There is so much activity in the dispelling demon business that Polish priests this week launched the the world’s first, monthly expulsion-themed magazine. “The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the course of 15 years in Poland is telling,” Father Aleksander Posacki told reporters in Warsaw on Monday as he announced the magazine's launch. The priest, identified as a "leading demonologist and exorcist," ironically attributed the bump to the 1989 downfall of Poland's atheistic communist regime. And it is not just in Poland. There are now more Catholic exorcists in the United States than at any other time. Both Pope Benedict XVI and his Polish predecessor, Pope John Paul II, have been big boosters of the craft. Learn more about this story and others in Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
September 23 Lawrence County Polish Day with music by Lenny Gomulka and The Boys... September 29 American Polish Advisory Council... October 4 Community sing-a-long... October 19-21 National Board Meeting of the American Council for Polish Culture, Youngstown, OH

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team


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