During the Lenten season in
Poland, festivities are solemn and centered on a church weekly service called Gorzkie Zale (Lenten
Lamentations). This ancient custom was started in the early 18th
Century and is conducted with words and chants that retrace the passion and
crucifixion of Christ. This unique conversation with Christ about his suffering
is done to haunting melodies that will burn into your memory and stay with you
throughout Lent and beyond. A sample of the words and melodies can be reviewed here.
This tradition continues at St.
Stanislaus Kostka where the service is sung by the
renowned Polish Choir every Wednesday
evening at 6 PM. Although in
Polish, guidebooks provide a page-by page English translation of what is being
said. I encourage you to attend at least once during these next several weeks.
PM Pierogi Pinchers Sought
Afterward, head downstairs and donate some time at PM Pierogi with St. Stan’s pierogi team. This is the last week to
pinch before Easter. You’ll get a chance to see firsthand how these tasty
dumplings come together and learn from the experts how to execute the perfect
pinch! And of course if you are observing meatless Fridays, enjoying tasty pierogi will certainly make it less of
a sacrifice. But preorder because it gets busy this time of year. Call 330-747-3024 to place your order.
A second chance to see the
Best Foreign Film of the Year
After its recent Academy Award win for Best Foreign Film,
we are have been asked to once again screening the 2014 film Ida. We
screened it originally in October, but a lot of people didn't make it to the
first screening. We know you can do on demand, but we have found that the
discussion is one of the highlights of this film series. Join us Friday, March 27, 2015. Preregistration required. For
more info, call 330-333-9724.
Spend your summer in Poland with us
running out for yout to register to for this summer’s planned adventure. We
welcome all fun travelers—young/old, rookie/veteran traveler—all are
welcome and excited. Why don’t YOU join us too? This year PolishYoungstown has
customized a tour to appeal to anyone considering a trip to Poland, from
first-time visitors to the “Old Country” to seasoned veterans. Our tour hits
the highlights of Poland with a unique journey through central and southern
Poland and special emphasis on the rich customs, colorful history, and diverse
cultures of eastern Poland. Learn more here.
picture of our friend Ken Shirilia proudly in the middle of a kielbasa-making
class was snapped several years ago in our friend’s commercial grade homemade
kielbasa kitchen. It was a great morning of hands-on learning that always makes
me smile when I see this popular picture. NOW—after many requests—we are
finally are having the chance to offer this class once again! Join us for a
master class with local expert Steve Badurik who will show us how it is done!
From ground meat combinations to seasoning to casing choices, Baduirk has become
known for his unique combinations and will share his knowledge with students!
Plus after tasting all the goodies you will leave with a pound of your
favorite! Zapraszamy! Join us! Sunday, April
19, 2015 1 – 4 PM Cost: $25. Only 10
slots available. Prepaid registration only Call 330-333-9724.
and creativity describe fun-filled egg decorating session
The age old tradition of decorating eggs with wax
was successfully shared with our youngest generation this month at Polish Kids Corner. More than a dozen children ranging in age from 2
to 12 clustered around our beloved PYtown Trustee Bernadette Zubel like
she was a pied piper. Zubel told the story of how she got interested in egg
decorating and that it is her mission now to get others involved. Pisanki comes from the Polish verb pisać, ‘to write”, and traditionally,
the eggs are decorated with many Polish symbols of Easter. Different regions of
Poland decorate eggs differently, not just in the symbols they use but also the
dyes and other materials. What to try it out yourself? Kits and
materials are available for sale at Krakus Deli and other craft supply stores.
around the Nation
is definitely going to Krakow!
is building at the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry as planning comes
together for the big World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016. Director Cindee Case
has been to five of these events around the world and is getting very excited
for Poland. Latest news: the group hotel is inside the city limits (many groups
are having to travel in fom an hour away each day for events) and the trip is
definitely happening regardless of total number signed up. Although labled
Youth Day, this experience is made for anyone young in spirit! Learn more about
it here The
next trip meeting is a webinar on Tuesday
April 14 at 6:30 PM For more info call Cindee Case at 330-744-8451 X 280.
News from Poland by Ted
Poland and Russian continue to rise
The strained relationship between Warsaw and Moscow
is nothing new. However many events are happening now that are considered new
and tied to Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine. This week officials in St.
Petersburg allowed bailiffs to evict Poland's consulate there. On Monday, the
Ministry of Defence called members of Poland’s reserve forces to turn up for
military exercises “immediately.” The
authorities, say these drills are not to linked with the enduring tension
between NATO and Russia, but few believe them. This week’s edition of Polish
Media Watch has
more on this story.
March 24 6:30 PM Introduction to Genealogy,
Sebring Historical Society... April 11 Polka Kings featuring Chardon Polka
Band... first-ever Pol-Cal Polish Festival in Belmont, CA... June 20 5th Anniversary Simply Slavic... July 11-12 YSU Festival of the Arts... July 15 Trip
to Poland... August 23-27
PNA Convention, Clevland... Sunday, August 30 Polish Day 2015... September
and Your PolishYoungstown Team