Rome’s population will swell by about 1.1 million people this weekend as Roman Catholic faithful from around the world converge on the city to be part of the beatification of the Polish-born Pope John Paul II. His Holy Father Benedict XVI will be leading the John Paul II beatification ceremonies on St Peter’s Square on Divine Mercy Sunday - May 1, 2011. Many pilgrims will also be arriving on the same day at Krakow’s Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. “John Paul II was strongly associated with this church holiday. I am delighted that the special message that this holiday brings will be heeded once more throughout the world” - stresses the Cardinal Archbishop of Krakow Stanisław Dziwisz. Festivities have been going on all month in Poland’s cultural capital with the focal point being the recently built "Have No Fear!" John Paul II Centre on Mały Rynek (Small Market Square), where guests can visit the John Paul II Mobile Museum, see performances of his plays and hear recitations of his poetry. For those of us who are staying close to home there are other ways you can join in the jubilance digitally. The Vatican unveiled a Facebook page dedicated to the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II. The site, which will link to video highlights of John Paul's 27-year papacy. You can also follow the ceremony on Twitter. Another interesting site is one that asks you share your fondest memory of JPII (ie., “Cika saw the Pope”)... We hope you will do the same on our Facebook page!
PolishYoungstown has reached out to local churches and Catholic schools to share the info about the study guide that is available to help young people re-discover the Pope and his teachings. We also have received more than 100 reservations for the celebration mass and vigil we are coordinating with the Diocese of Youngstown on Saturday, April 30th at 4 PM at St. Casimir Church on Youngstown’s north side. Following mass, thanks to underwriting from Kinnick Funeral Homes, there will be a reception with homemade Polish food and drink (our friend Sofia Tyl at Seven Roses in Cleveland will be donating Karol Wojtyła’s favorite dessert Kremówka papieska). After eating, we are screening of the recently released Newt & Callista Gingrich film Nine Days that Changed the World. This documentary tells the story of Pope John Paul II’s historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979. Its story of human liberation-especially pertinent during this time of turmoil in Libya and other Middle Eastern countries-reveals the extraordinary power of John Paul II’s worldwide message of freedom through faith. The event is free but a free-will offering will be taken to defray expenses. To RSVP, call (330) 744-5233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We Are Family
It may be a bit irreverent but you can follow up the JPII Celebration on Saturday April 30th by heading out Rt. 422 to Kuzman's Lounge in Girard. Playing that night will be one of the country's most popular Polish polka bands (and a personal favorite) Polka Family. This repeatedly nominated Grammy-nominated band offers a unique sound for local fans because their roots are in both Mexican Norteno & Tejano accordion influence of mother Manuela and the Polish-American roots of father Frank. Son Hank Guzevich continues the tradition creating music that is unique especially for this areas polka fans whose influences have always been more traditional rhythms. Aundrea always tell people if you are only going to see one polka band, this is it. Doors open at 7 PM. Get a taste of this here.
Polish Constitution Day
Before you agree to plans to toast with margaritas next week, consider changing the celebration date to Tuesday. Europe's first written constitution was signed in Poland on May 3, 1791! It embodied many of the same democratic principles contained in our U.S. constitution. In fact, some of the U.S. Constitution’s language can be traced back to Polish philosophers whose books were on the shelf in Jefferson's library. This common devotion to the cause of liberty and freedom is why Polish Americans celebrate the anniversary of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. Learn more about the important document here. So why isn’t PolishYoungstown participating in the NE Ohio festivities this year? Read Aundrea’s blog to find out.
If you love pączki…
We have been invited to join our friends to the east, the Polish Cultural Council at special evening at Pittsburgh Public Theater. On May 5, 2011, 8 PM the group is going to see "Superior Donuts.” Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts, this play tells the story of Arthur Przybyszewski, his shop and the eccentrics in his neighborhood. The play is set in Chicago but it could be South Avenue. ADULT LANGUAGE. ADULT LAUGHS! Rumor has it that if your name ends in -ski you get a free beer! Discounted tickets start at $25.25 PCC has arranged for a free backstage tour before the show and a 30 percent discount. To buy tickets, call Becky Richard at 412-316-8200 ext.704. If you want to ride together and grab dinner beforehand, email us at email@example.com.
The Polonia Foundation of Ohio has reached out to offer Mahoning Valley students a chance at their competitive scholarships for 2011-12. Several scholarships and grants are available for college, and at least one scholarship is available each for medical/dental and law school. A copy of our current scholarship application is available HERE. Completed applications are due by June 1, 2011. More than 20 scholarship grants totaling more than $22,000 were given out last year.
This is your last chance to participate in Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle’s Spring Flower Sale. All online, all quality items delivered directly to your door. And, most importantly, for every purchase made on this site Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to the Krakowiaki costume fund! Check it out here.
From Your PolishYoungstown Team