July 9 & 10: Summer Festival
Please join us for our annual Summer Festival on July 9th from 12 noon to 9pm and July 10th from 10:00 to 5:30pm. We plan to have all of your favorite traditional foods available, including gołąbki, kapusta, pierogi, and smoked sausage sandwiches. Well will have our beer garden outside with shaded seating, live music, and Polish Heritage items for purchase. Inside, we will have more seating, our cocktail bar, and more entertainment. Come and join us for a whole weekend of fun for the entire family!
If you would like to volunteer for any of the many preparation project, or volunteer to work during the festival please contact the Festival Committee Chair, Rockne Luke at 330-714-5035 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to seeing you there!
July 17: The Other Catholics, Meeting with the Author
Join us for a meeting with the author of the hottest new book about the Independent Catholic movement "The Other Catholics." In this probing study (which also includes our story), Dr. Julie Byrne from Hofstra University in NYC, shares the remarkable history and current activity of independent Catholics, who number at least two hundred communities and a million members across the United States. Dr. Byrne will speak to us immediately after 9:00 a.m. Mass, and there will be a chance to purchase her new book.
July 23 & 24: Blessing of the Vehicles
The traditional feast day of Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, is celebrated usually on July 25. In our Parish we will celebrate the Rite of Blessing of the Vehicles on the preceding weekend of July 23rd and 25th after each Mass on the parking lot directly behind the church. We encourage all parishioners, and all vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.) but especially those whose new car has not been blessed yet to attend this devotion. Light refreshments will be provided outside.
July 31 & August 7: 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 14: Annual Parishioners Meeting
In accordance with our by-laws, the annual open meeting of all parishioners will be held on Sunday, August 14th 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) who wish to vote in the Board of Directors' Electon need to present themselves in person with a government issued photo ID. Voting will take place on two days: Saturday August 13th from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday, August 14th from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
August 13 & 14: Blessing of the Flowers & Produce of Fields, Gardens, and Orchards
On August 15th Catholic and Orthodox Christians celebrate Dormition of Virgin Mary. In Polish tradition it is a feast of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. On the weekend of August 13th and 14th 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 Polish custom.
August 26: Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa
We are privileged to have a beautiful 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 - Friday, 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 17: PHO Golf Tournament
The Polish Heritage Open will tee off on Saturday, September 17th at The Falls Golf Course in O’Fallon, Missouri. 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 want to golf, or help at the 2016 PHO, please contact Jim Nowogrocki at jnowogrock@aol or 314-922-7657; Joe Galkowski at email@example.com or 314-518-8765, or Ed Poniewaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.