Congratulations to this year’s PACT/TPA scholarship winners!  They are:

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Jessica Pietrasz

Jessica Pietrasz, age 18, of Rossford, Ohio who will be attending Youngstown State University this fall.  She is also the recipient of YSU’s Red & White Scholarship.  She is active in cross country, volleyball, basketball, track and student council.  Jessica will receive the Martin A. Blaszczyk scholarship.  It is awarded to the “best” submission as determined by the judges.  Martin A. Blaszczyk was the editor of the Lagrange Street News, a monthly newspaper that connected residents and former neighbors of its namesake Polish neighborhood with news, gossip, and community functions.  He helped to keep the Polish heritage alive in Toledo.

Rachel Perzynski, age 19, of Toledo.  Rachel will be attending DePaul University this fall.  She is also a DePaul University Presidential Scholarship winner and has maintained a cumulative 4.0 GPA for 4 years.  She is active in Speech and Debate, Migrant Ministry, SJJ Marching Band, dance, school plays and was secretary of the Enviro Club.

Casey Sobota, age 21, of Waterville, Ohio will be graduating from Ohio State University in 2016 with a major in Strategic Communications.  Casey is also the recipient of a Scarlet and Grey Scholarship, Anthony Wayne Generals Dispatch Editor Scholarship and a Transformational Program Grant that allowed her to study abroad in Eastern Europe.  She is a member of the Public Relation Student Society of American and a regular contributor to “Her Campus” online magazine.

High School category:

William DuPuis, age 14, of Toledo will be attending St. Francis de Sales High School this fall.  William is the brother of Joseph DuPuis, a 2013 PACT/TPA Scholarship winner.  William is also the recipient of a St. Francis  de Sales Scholarship, a GESU music award and he played on the GESU football team 2011-2013.

As in past years, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will award the scholarships to the winners in August.  Thank you to all who applied for these four scholarships.

 


PACT and Stanley’s Market are once again teaming up for the annual Kielbasa Klassic Golf Scramble.  This year, it will be held on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 at the Giant Oak Golf Course on Lewis Avenue in Temperance Michigan.  The starting time is 10:00 AM.  The price for the scramble will be the same as in years past:  $75 per man or $300 per team.  This price includes golf, cart, food, beer and pop, team skins, door prizes, challenge holes and the famous “Kielbasa Klassic” t-shirt!  This year, there are 2 ways to register.  Just click here to sign up on the PACT site.  There you can choose to download the sign up sheet and fill it out and send it with your check to PACT, or go to Kielbasa Klassic’s website and sign up there online.  The deadline to enter is July 28th, 2014.  Proceeds from this event go to  the scholarship fund.  Please direct your  questions to Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167.  Last year’s winners were: Dave Martin, John Danielski, Jim Carey and Tom Cunningham.

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The Fourth Annual Kielbasa Cook-Off hosted by The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) raised an estimated $5,000 for PACT’s Capital Campaign to develop a Polish-American Community Center in the Toledo area.  At the same time, PACT also announced the start of  its on-line efforts — Indiegogo.com — to raise money for the  project.

 

Seven teams competed this year. Shawn Zaborski and his team of Polish Village Kielbasa, won the Kielbasa Cook-Off for the third year in a row.  They earned the title “Kielbasa King” a trophy, and a check for $300.   Second place went to Jeremy Pryba and his team Polska Pryba Kielbasa.  Mr. Pryba earned a check for $150 which he donated back to PACT and the capital campaign.  The third place finisher was Mike Hofner and his team of Dziadzia and Busia’s Old Fashion Recipe.  They earned $100 for their efforts.  Over 500 people attended the event held Saturday, October 4 at the St. Clement’s Community Center.

Polish Village Kielbasa and Polska Pryba tied for first in the celebrity cook off.  Tom Waniewski, Toledo city councilman, was the judge this year.


From Catholictraditions.org:

The origin of this miraculous image in Czestochowa, Poland is unknown for absolute certainty, but according to tradition the painting was a portrait of Our Lady done by St. John sometime after the Crucifixion of Our Lord and remained in the Holy Land until discovered by St. Helena of the Cross in the fourth century. The painting was taken to Constaninople, where St. Helena’s son, the Emperor Constantine, erected a church for its enthronement. This image was revered by the people of the city.

During  the siege by the Saracens, the invaders became frightened when the people carried the picture in a procession around the city; the infidels fled. Later, the image was  threatened with burning by an evil emperor, who had a wife, Irene, who saved it and hid it from harm. The image was in that city for 500 years, until it became part of some dowries, eventually being taken to Russia to a region that later became Poland.

After the portrait became the possession of the Polish prince, St. Ladislaus in the 15th century, it was installed in his castle. Tartar invaders besieged the castle and an enemy arrow pierced Our Lady’s image, inflicting a scar. Interestingly, repeated attempts to fix the image, artistically have all failed.

Tradition says that St. Ladislaus determined to save the image from repeated invasions, so he went to his birthplace, Opala, stopping for rest in Czestochowa; the image was brought nearby to Jasna Gora [“bright hill”] and placed in a small wooden church named for the Assumption. The following morning, after the picture was carefully placed in the wagon, the horses refused to move. St. Ladislaus understood this to be a sign from Heaven that the image should stay in Czestochowa; thus he replaced the painting in the Church of the Assumption, August 26, 1382, a day still observed as the Feast Day of the painting. The Saint wished to have the holiest of men guard the painting, so he assigned the church and the monastery to the Pauline Fathers, who have devoutly protected the image for the last six hundred years.

Having survived two attacks upon it, Our Lady’s image was next imperiled by the Hussites, followers of the heretic priest, John Hus from Prague. The Hussites did not accept papal authority as coming from Christ and taught that mortal sin deprived an office holder of his position, among other heresies. Hus had been influenced by John Wyclif and became infected with his errors. Hus was tried and condemned at Constance in 1415. The Hussites successfully stormed the Pauline monastery in 1430, plundering the sanctuary. Among the items stolen was the image. After putting it in their wagon, the Hussites went a little ways but then the horses refused to go any further. Recalling the former incident that was so similar, the heretics threw the portrait down to the ground, which shattered the image into three pieces. One of the plunderers drew his sword and slashed the image twice, causing two deep gashes; while attempting a third gash, he was overcome with a writhing agony and died.

The two slashes on the cheek of the Blessed Virgin, together with the one on the throat, not readily visible in our copy, have always reappeared after artistic attempts to fix them. The portrait again faced danger in 1655 by a Swedish horde of 12,000, which confronted the 300 men guarding the image. The band of 300 routed the 12,000 and the following year, the Holy Virgin was acclaimed Queen of Poland.

In September 14, 1920, when the Russian army assembled at the River Vistula, in preparation for invading Warsaw, the Polish people prayed to Our Lady. the next day was the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Russians quickly withdrew after the image appeared in the clouds over Warsaw. In Polish history, this is known as the Miracle of Vistula.

During the Nazi occupation of Poland in World War II, Hitler order all religious pilgrimages stopped. In a demonstration of love for Our Lady and their confidence in her protection, a half million Poles went to the sanctuary in defiance of Hitler’s orders. Following the liberation of Poland in 1945, a million and a half people expressed their gratitude to the Madonna by praying before this miraculous image.

Twenty-eight years after the Russian’s first attempt at capturing the city, they successfully took control of Warsaw and the entire nation in 1948. That year more than 800,000 brave Poles made a pilgrimage to the sanctuary at Czestochowa on the Feast of the Assumption, one of the three Feast days of the image; the pilgrims had to pass by the Communist soldiers who patrolled the streets.

Today, the Polish people continue to honor their beloved portrait of the Madonna and Child, especially on August 26, the day reserved by St. Ladislaus. Because of the dark pigment on Our Lady’s face and hands, the image is affectionately called the “Black Madonna,” most beautifully prefigured in the Bible, in the Canticle of Canticles, “I am black but beautiful.” The pigmentation is ascribed primarily to age and the need to keep it hidden for long periods of time in places where the only light was from candles, which colored the painting with smoke.

The miracles attributed to Our Lady of Czestochowa are many and most spectacular. The original accounts of them,  some of them cures, are archived by the Pauline Fathers at Jasna Gora.

Papal recognition of the miraculous image was made by Pope Clement XI in 1717. The crown given to the image was used in the first official coronation of the painting, which was stolen in 1909.

Pope Pius X replaced it with a gold one encrusted with jewels.czes2-1


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No discussion of Easter is complete without a mention of its much-anticipated precursor — Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras. It’s the last chance to party hearty before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins.

In the old days, meat and meat byproducts, like butter and eggs, couldn’t be eaten during Lent. So ingenious cooks used up all their dairy and eggs during Fat Week, from Shrove Thursday to Shrove Tuesday, by making  pączki(POHNCH-kee) in Poland.

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The Polish American Community of Toledo is happy to announce that along with the Toledo Poznan Alliance, we will be awarding four $1,000.00 scholarships to High School/College students based on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay submitted about “What Having a Polish-American Heritage Means To Me”.

To apply for one of these scholarships, download the scholarship application located on the right.  It can be sent to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH  43560.  The deadline for receiving applications is May 31, 2014.

Anyone can apply for these scholarships, so if you have a family members, or know of someone who would benefit from this, please forward this information on to them.

Email us at info@polishcommunity.org with your questions.

P1070252PHOTO:  Last year’s scholarship winners, Kassidy Regent, Joseph DuPuis and Emily Howland (winner of the Martin A. Blaszczyk Memorial Scholarship) with Stan Machosky, President of PACT Board of Directors and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.


Here is a list of events that PACT will offer for the 2014 year.  More information about each event will be provided prior to the event.

Pierogi Making Circle (March 29, 2014): Workshop for individuals interested in making pierogi from scratch, led by local talent.

Trip to Hamtramck (May):  A day trip to Hamtramck, Michigan to visit St. Florian Church, Polish Art Center, Polish bakery and grocery store and have lunch at one of Hamtramck’s Polish restaurants.

Polish Night at Comerica Park (June 13):  Watch the Detroit Tigers against Minnesota at Comerica Park in Detroit.  Transportation will be provided to take you to the park to enjoy Polish Night at the ballpark.  Get a t-shirt and food voucher with your ticket.

2014 PACT Scholarship: (June 30) Toledo Poznan Alliance will once again team up with PACT to award three scholarships to High School/College students based on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay submitted about “What Having a Polish-American Heritage Means To Me”.

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Thank you to all of the members who renewed their membership and completed the events survey.  The top three events that received the most votes were the trip to Hamtramck with a visit to St. Florian church, the Polish art center, lunch at one of the Polish restaurants, and a stop at the Polish grocery store and bakery, the pierogi making circle, and a Polish pre-lenten celebration.  We are now putting together our 2014 calendar of events and will post it here once it is complete.  PACT is always trying to offer new Polish experiences to its members along with some of our regular popular events such as the Kielbasa Cook Off,  Wigilia Celebration and the Kielbasa Klassic Golf Tournament.  We always appreciate your feedback and invite you to make suggestions and comments by emailing us at info@polishcommunity.org.


Thank you to those that came out to walk/ride with us in the parade.  It was great to see all of the spectators who enjoyed our float too.  Our Wigilia celebration will be held on December 22nd this year.  Call Tim Paluszak to reserve your seat for this cherished Polish tradition.


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Polish Genealogy Seminar

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Kris Rzepczynski

Researchers interested in their Polish roots are faced with a unique set of challenges; from the language to the infinite spelling variations, and the shifting bourndaries on the map.  This program will explore these challenges, review important American sources, both print and online, and describe research strategies that can shed light on your ancestral town in Poland.

Saturday, October 12,2013  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Main library McMaster Center (second floor)

325 Michigan Street, Toledo  OH

**registration is required**

For more information, or to register for this seminar, call the Local History and Genealogy Department at 419-259-5233, or visit toledolibrary.org.

Parking is free

About the speaker: Mr. Rzepczynski is currently a senior archivist at the Archives of Michigan.  Kris worked for 12 years at the Library of Michigan as the Michigan/Genealogy Coordinator.  He holds an MLIS from Wayne State University and an MA in History from Western Michigan University.  He has presented at national, state and local conferences, including National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ohio Genealogical Society and for dozens of local genealogical societies.  He is also a past president of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.