August 4-29: "Polish For Beginners" Intensive Summer Course
In August we will are offering an Intensive Summer Course "Polish Language for Beginners." Classes take place every weekday (Monday through Friday) from 5pm until 6:30pm, with attendance in Sunday Polish Mass highly encouraged. Cost of attendance is $ 220 per person. Such intensive, daily programs combined with student’s work at home have been shown to be one of the most effective ways to learn foreign languages.
August 24: Social Justice Committee Meeting
All interested in promoting Social Justice issues are invited to our committee’s meeting on Sunday, August 24th, at 10:15 a.m. at the rectory. Social Justice is the work of every baptized person. Our Parish committee seeks to address issues of social justice and injustice wherever they may occur and to accomplish this through consciousness-raising, education and action oriented activities. As a Church we are God’s voice, presence and peace in the world, concerned with local issues, as well as broader national and international affairs.
August 26: Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa
The icon of Black Madonna is dear to every Pole’s heart. We are privileged to have a side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Częstochowa, where since 1892 generations of our parishioners have entrusted their joys and sorrows in the loving hands of Mary, Queen of Poland. On the Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa - Tuesday, August 26th, a 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered at this side altar. We invite you all to participate, especially the members and friends of the Częstochowa Sodality.
September 13: “Polish Open” Golf Tournament
It is official, the 14th annual Polish Heritage Open (PHO) golf tournament and dinner will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the FALLS Golf Club at Turtle Creek in beautiful O’Fallon, MO. Make your reservation NOW as a team or individual by contacting Greg Poniewaz 314-984-8828, Joe Galkowski 314-518-8765 or Audrey Mueller 636-532-4154. This year’s tournament is again a “Scramble” format. The winners’ names will be engraved on the “crystal bowl” traveling trophy. This year’s tournament will feature the “World Famous” traveling VODKA cart and “Pickle Hole” along with many other gold venues. The PHO has raised over $150,000 with proceeds designated to the up-keep and care of the Polish Heritage Center. APPLY NOW!
September 16 & 30: “History of Poland” Adult Class
Poland’s history is an immense tale and a testament to the astounding resilience of the Polish people. We are proud to offer our members and friends a “History of Poland” Adult Education Program every other Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. One of our parishioners, Mr. Stan Piekarski, M.A. teaches the class, based on Adam Zamoyski’s book under the same title (“History of Poland”).
October 4: Outdoor Mass & Blessing of the Animals
The Blessing of animals is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all God’s creatures. We invite all the animals with their human friends to join us for a special outdoor Mass on Saturday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m. Let this joyful and beautiful ceremony remind us of the sacredness of all life.
This year we are combining this joyful celebration with an opportunity to help people make it through tough times with their best friends by their side. All our donations will be delivered to Bi-State Pet Food Pantry serving 150 families and over 500 pets in need every month. A donation box will be located in back of the church during September with final donations to be made on October 4. Items needed are: Canned dog and cat food (unopened); dry dog and cat food (opened or unopened); dog and cat treats (opened or unopened); cat litter (opened or unopened); gift cards (any amount) to PetSmart, PetCo, Target and Walmart. If you have any questions, please call Christine Mindak at 314-482-7810.