At this joyous time of year, I have to share some sad news for our community. This weekend will be the last regularly scheduled Polish mass in the Mahoning Valley. The diocesan reorganization was expected to have its affect, but for the Polish parishioners at St Stanislaus Kostka and, as a result, the broader Polish community, the changes are coming suddenly and much sooner than expected. Longtime St Stan's Pastor Rev. Ed Naroda is only physically able to preside over one mass on Sundays. The DOY shortage makes it so there is no one available to consistently help out so he has made the hard decision to cut the 9 AM Polish mass and only perform the English mass at 10:30 on Sunday morning. The church is currently in affiliation talks with Rev. John Keehner and St. Columba Cathedral. There are hopes that once that officially takes place that the early mass on the first Sunday of the month would be a Polish liturgy. Fr. Keehner, a beloved adopted Pole after his years of service to St. Casimir parish in Briar Hill, does not speak Polish however. Although celebrating many of the cultural traditions, St. Casimir gave up mass in the Polish language decades ago. Rev. Maciej Mankowski, pastor at St. Joseph Parish and St. Mary Parish, in Newton Falls and recently ordained Rev. Christopher Henyk at St Paul’s in Canton, are both born in Poland and fluent in Polish, but for some reason are unable to assist. SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, MI in Orchard Lake, MI has the mission of preparing men, primarily from Poland, for the ordained priesthood. Deeply rooted in its American and Polish heritage, this seminary is where Fr. Chris studied. Could not this school be a source of help? St. Stan's parishioners do not hold out much hope. Sisters Annette and Marianne Klimko, directors of the Polish choir and de facto spokespeople for the Polish parishioners, say that their people, most of whom are immigrants and speak only Polish at home, feel hurt and abandoned. Dorothy Maransky, head of the St Stan’s pierogi kitchen, says this upheaval has devastated her workforce. She worries that she will lose not only her best workers, but the heritage and tradition that will go with them. What can you do? Tell your family and friends and join in solidarity with the Polonia of St Stan’s parish by coming together on Sunday, December 26th at 9:00 AM in celebrating what will likely be the last regularly scheduled Polish mass for our city. In keeping with seasonal tradition, there will koledy performed beginning at 8:30am. In commemoration, PolishYoungstown will host a reception afterward.
But before that symbolical event, will be the opportunity to enjoy beautiful liturgies on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many with the choirs caroling in English and Polish beforehand. All our area umbrella churches will feature koledy!
The Krakowiaki become kolendnicy last Friday and entertained the residents and guests at the Greenbrier Senior facilities on South Ave. The group was especially excited to perform for Carolyn Maresky. A former Polish National Alliance District 9 Commissioner and Board member, Maresky had set funds aside when the group when dormant. She gifted the group a check as seed money when it restarted three years ago!
If you want to bring the sounds of koledy home, our friends at Cleveland's Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School and Piast Folk Ensemble just released their own CD for $15. Listen to a sample of the sweet sound of young Polonia voices here. For moref information call Agnieszka at 216-341-2413.
Start the New Year right! If learning to speak Polish is on your list of New Year’s resolutions this year, we can help! Contact our Polish Language Instructor Marta Mazur for more info at 330-261-4263.
The Kosciuszko Foundation’s Arts Enriched English Camp is seeking applicants for July 2011. Inaugurated by Kent resident Mary Kay Pieski, this innovative month-long program brings together Americans as teachers and students with Polish youth to enhance their knowledge of conversational English through instrumental, performance and visual arts experiences. Deadline to apply is January 15th.
Coming up: Dec. 31st Seven Roses Deli is celebrating New Year’s with an authentic Sylwester party at a nearby hall. A HUGE spread of food and drink is promised. Call 216 641-5789 for more info …Mon. Jan 17th Festival of Nations, Akron Civic Center with Krakowiaki performing…
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From Your PolishYoungstown Team