On Wednesday, September 30th, Mr. David Yonke, Religion Editor at The Blade, shared his reporter’s view of the Fr. Robinson trial with a crowd of approximately 70 enthusiastic attendees at Ski’s Restaurant.  Mr. Yonke was the first person to break the story that police believed Fr. Robinson killed Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in a ritual murder.   His book, Sin, Shame and Secrets; The Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and Cover-Up in the Catholic Church was published in 2006. Continue reading…

August has been a busy time for everyone with so many people going on vacation.  PACT has been busy also.  On Wednesday, August 19th, we had a presentation from one of the jurors in the Fr. Robinson murder trial.  Denise (she has asked us not to provide her last name) talked about how the jury came to a guilty verdict in this trial.  Because much of the evidence was not available to the jury, Denise explained that with what they knew at the time, a guilty verdict was the only verdict they felt was proper.  Since then, Denise has become aware of evidence that was not made available to them at the time of the trial.  Although she didn’t want to speak for any of the other jurors, she said that if this evidence would have been available to the jury, Denise is not sure the jurors would have come to the same verdict as they did.  Denise repeatedly said she would never want to have the future of someone’s life in her hands again and told of many sleepless nights struggling to come to terms with the trial and their verdict. Continue reading…

Polish American night at 5/3 Field gave the fans that attended an exciting game.  Toledo Mud Hens beat the Buffalo Bisons with an 11 to 10 win.  The Hens were behind the Bisons till the fourth inning when they tied the Bisons with five runs.  The Hens were again tied in the eighth inning with ten home runs each.  A home run in the ninth by Hen’s Scott Sizemore gave the Hens another win. Continue reading…

Proclamation 5720 — Polish American Heritage Month, 1987

October 5, 1987

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

During October the people of the United States recognize and rejoice in the many accomplishments of generations of Polish Americans. From the founding of our Republic to the present day, Poles have enriched, strengthened, and defended our Nation. Millions of Polish Americans have attained great success in the arts, sciences, scholarship, and every other field of endeavor, but perhaps their most special gifts to America have been the faith and love of liberty Poles have cherished through the centuries. Continue reading…

Dear PACT members,
Don’t forget that October is Polish Heritage Month!  We at PACT hope that you take time to remember your Polish ancestors that have gone before you and appreciate  the rich and proud heritage that they have passed on to you.
PACT has been busy working on several projects for the coming months.  Included in these plans is the Wigilia celebration that we are planning for Sunday, December 13, 2009.  This is our first Wigilia celebration for our members and we are working to make this celebration as close to an authentic Polish Wigilia as possible.  If anyone has any suggestions for, or stories of  your own Christmas Eve celebrations that you observe, please e-mail us with these suggestions at info@polishcommunity.org.
We hope all of you can attend this Christmas Eve dinner.  It will be as close as possible to the ones that our ancestors had in the past. Continue reading…

Abducted from his family by the Nazis at the age of 8, he was starved, tortured and left for dead three times.  During his third capture, he was sent to an experimental hospital where cruel medical experiments were done on him.  The rest of his family – a brother, sister, and parents – were also captured and sent to different slave labor or concentration camps. Continue reading…

Stan Machosky, one of PACT’s board members, talked about PACT’s mission Statement and some of the upcoming events. The future events were: the Polish Concert Band’s concert at Olander Park in Sylvania, on July 22nd, Polish night at the Mud Hens baseball game on August 1st, and the screening of the movie “Katyn” at the Maumee Theater on October 4th, 2009. Continue reading…

On Saturday, October 11th, from 5 to 10 p.m., a Polish Fall Festival will be held to benefit St. Adalbert Parish.  A polka mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. with music by “A Touch of Brass”.

The Fall Festival continues on Sunday, October 12th, from 12 to 5 p.m.

Enjoy Polish Food, Music, Raffles, and Bar!

The Polish Fall Festival will be held at P.R.U.C.A.  Misiuda Hall on Detroit Ave., between Alexis and Telegraph Roads.

Please support your local Polish Organizations and Parishes by attending this Fall Festival. It’s a good way to enjoy Polish traditions and to celebrate Polish Heritage Month.



KATYN is an award winning documentary film about the true story of the massacre of over 20,000 Polish military officers in World War II.

WHEN: Sunday October 4, 2009 @ 4pm.

WHERE: Maumee Indoor Theatre

DONATION: $5/person in advance, $10 at the door

PACT members – FREE

All proceeds to benefit PACT.  Wine and Polish appetizers will follow.  To make reservations, please call (419) 356-1811, or (419) 351-7707.

This film is recommended for mature audiences.

Pride in Our Heritage

The Polish American Journal proudly joins Polish American organizations, schools, churches, libraries, and cultural groups throughout the United States in celebrating Polish American Heritage Month. As Polish Americans, we have so many outstanding accomplishments of which we can be proud. The most influential religious leader on Earth, Pope John Paul II, shares our heritage. Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s Poles stood alone in their struggle for freedom against communist tyranny; they became the beacon of hope for all other Eastern bloc countries and proved it was possible for small countries to receive their national identity and break away from the U.S.S.R. The contributions which Poles have made to science, technology, music, art and literature are outstanding. Yes, indeed we can be proud of our Polish American heritage. Continue reading…