Until August 9: School Supply Drive
Social Justice Ministry will conduct a “School Supply” drive during the month of July for the children of Karen House. The children range in age from Kindergarten through High School, they are in need of all school supplies, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc. There will be collection boxes located at both entrances to the church. We would like to conclude this drive on Sunday, August 9th, in time for the new school year.
July 26 & August 2: Q&A Sessions
For two Sundays preceding our Annual Parishioners’ Meeting we will hold Q&A Sessions with the candidates running for the Board of Directors. These sessions will be held in the church at 10:00 a.m. on both Sundays. Come and get to know your future BoD members!
August 9: Annual Parishioners Meeting
In accordance with our by-laws, the annual open meeting of all parishioners will be held on Sunday, August 9th at 10:30 a.m. in the Polish Heritage Center. Due to the meeting there will be only one Mass at 9:00 a.m. that Sunday. Registered parishioners over the age of eighteen (18) need to present themselves in person with a government issued photo ID. Voting will take place on two days: Saturday August 8th from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday, August 9th from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Listed below in alphabetical order are individuals who have submitted their names nomination: Ken Beekman, Cynthia Cygan, Jeannette Harris, Kathy Luedde, Kevin Schindler.
August 15 & 16: Blessing of the Flowers & Produce of Fields, Gardens, and Orchards
On August 15th Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady, also known as Dormition of Virgin Mary. In Polish tradition it is a feast of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. On the weekend of August 15th and 16th special blessing of the produce of fields, gardens and orchards will be celebrated at each Masses. We invite you all to come this weekend with samples of the produce from your gardens to cultivate this beautiful custom.
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 - Wednesday, August 26th, a 6:00 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 19: “Polish Open” Golf Tournament
The Polish Heritage Open will tee off on Saturday, September 19th at The Falls Golf Course. This “tradition like no other“ will feature the world famous vodka cart; the pickle hole, Taste of Poland tent, and a wonderful afternoon with family and friends. This year’s PHO committee is seeking volunteers for this special event which benefits the Polish Heritage Center. If you are able to help at the 2015 PHO, please contact Jim Nowogrocki (email@example.com or 314-922-7657); Joe Galkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-518-8765) or Ed Poniewaz (email@example.com).
September 20: Investiture Ceremony
At the beginning of this year six of our parishioners have begun their seminary training, and are taking classes at the STEP Program through Notre Dame University. To symbolize their commitment to training for the holy orders of deacon, they will be solemnly vested with a clerical garb (cassock and a seminarian’s collar, which is slightly different from a clergy collar) during 9:00 a.m. Mass on September 20th. Such an outward sign serves as a visible symbol of one’s willingness to do the will of God in the service of God’s people. Come, celebrate with us God’s gift of vocation to ordained ministry in our midst!