Palm Sunday niedziela palmowa is called also The Sunday of the Lord’s Passion niedziela meki PanskiejWillow Sunday niedziela wierzbowaBranch Sunday niedziela rozdzkowa orApril Sunday niedziela kwietna since it takes place usually in April (not this year of course).
Here are a few of the Polish Palm Sunday traditions:
There was a custom to bring to church a figure of Jesus Christ riding on a donkey while the spectators threw flowers and pussy willow branches. Carrying the figure of Jesus was a honorary function – In Krakow, the town councilors did this. This was usually accompanied by a procession from one church to another or from outside of the church to inside symbolizing the ceremony of Jesus entering Jerusalem. The Church banned this habit at the end of the 18th century because it was becoming too theatrical and full of pranks and it was accompanied by not very religious songs. Continue reading…


The next meeting of TPGS will be held on Saturday, March 21st from 10 am to noon.  Meetings are held at St. Michael School, 420 Sandusky Street.  This month’s speaker is Donna Christian.  All are welcome!

The schedule for TPGS meetings for the remainder of the year is:

Saturday, April 18 – Monthly Meeting from 10am to 12pm – Show and Tell

My Trip to Poland by TPGS Members.

Saturday, May 16 – Special Event – Field Trip

Calvary Cemetery Tour featuring Prominent Poles

Saturday June 20 Monthly Meeting from 10 am – 12 pm

 DNA presentation by Bob Smith

July 10 – July 12 LAGRANGE STEET POLISH FESTIVAL

July 26 – TPGS Annual Picnic at St. Michael’s

August 15 & 16 – Book Fair hosted by TPGS at the 577 Foundation

Saturday, September 19  Monthly Meeting from  10 a.m. – 12 noon.

Monroe County Library’s genealogy resources by Mary Vergowven

Michigan PGS website by Marlene Hardman

Saturday, October 17  Meeting from 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Polish Heritage Month

How many relatives have you met since you joined TPGS?

Polka with Paulette and Mel

Saturday, November 14  Monthly Meeting 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Meeting

TPGS Members’ Brickwall ancestors – revealed

Who are You? winner research presented

Saturday, December 5 TPGS CHRISTMAS PARTY from 12 noon – 4 p.m..

Cost $5/person.  Meat will be provided
Members Last Name A-K Bring hot dish; L-Z Bring cold dish
Bring a gift for the exchange (Polish or genealogy related)

 

 


WORLD WAR II LOCAL HERO TO BE INDUCTED INTO OHIO MILITARY HALL OF FAME FOR VALOR

World War II hero Sergeant Alexander A. Drabik will be inducted posthumously into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor on April 24, 2015 in the State House Atrium, Columbus, OH.
Drabik was nominated by the Holland Springfield Spencer Township Historical Society (HSSHS), as he attended Dorr Street Elementary School and was a long-time Springfield Township resident. Honoring all who served their county is part of the Society’s on-going Veterans Project.
Drabik was the first soldier to cross the Remagen Bridge in Germany on March 7, 1945, which gave the Allies access to cross the Rhine River, then Germany’s largest defense barrier. He led 10 riflemen across the bridge, surprising the Germans that they forgot to blow up the bridge. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said the capture of the bridge shortened the war by six months possibly saved as many as 50,000 Allied lives. When Eisenhower became President of the United States, he invited Drabik and the 10 riflemen to the White House and told them he was forming the Society of the Remagen Bridgehead.
Before he was sent overseas, Drabik led a rescue a group of 120 men who were lost in the California brush during maneuvers.
Drabik received a tribute in the Congressional Record in 1993 and was a commander of the now-defunct Turanski-Van Glahn VFW Post 7372. There is an Ohio Historical Marker located on Wolfinger Road where he was born installed in 2011.
ADrabik


Space for the pierogi class on Saturday, March 28th is full.  We are sorry to all who wanted to take this class but were not able to so we are going to schedule another class in October just in time for Christmas.  PACT will announce the October date when it is finalized.  Thank you to all who wanted to take the March class.  We hope you will be able to attend the next one in October.