Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko – “Messenger of the Truth”

90-minute film to air on WVIZ/PBS ideastream- World Channel, 25.3

Sunday June 1st, 8:00-9:30pm

Monday June 2nd, Midnight-1:30am

Monday June 2nd, 8:00am-9:30am

Monday June 2nd, 2:00-3:30pm

CHICAGO – February 14, 2014 — Narrated by Catholic activist and actor Martin Sheen, Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth is the remarkable true story of Polish martyr and 20th century hero of human rights, Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko.  The dramatic 90-minute film, presented by WTTW National Productions and distributed nationally by American Public Television.

Father Jerzy was the chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland, who was later murdered by the Communists for speaking the truth in a country full of propaganda, oppression and social injustice.  “Totalitarian systems destroy man because they captivate his inside, his thoughts, free will and conscience.  The only efficient defense against these systems is the Truth,” he said.

It was Father Jerzy’s strong faith, conviction and courage that mobilized a nation to stand united against the Communist regime in Poland.  At his funeral, an estimated one million people surrounded his church in Warsaw and as one, they promised to continue his struggle for freedom through non-violence.  Present at the funeral, Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said, “Rest in peace, Father Jerzy.  Solidarity is alive because you gave your life for it.”

Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth was awarded first place in the documentary category at the 28th International Catholic Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.  His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said “…This film is a must-see for all who believe in the rights of religious liberty, the dignity of the human person, and those who are lovers of freedom and defenders of the truth.”

Father Jerzy was beatified on June 6, 2010 in Warsaw and is expected to be canonized in the near future.

May 3rd, 2014

2014 schedule of events

Contact: Charles Glicha  216.341.2734

Polish Constitution Celebration

Saluting the world’s second oldest written constitution. A symbol of personal liberty and national independence since 1791, the holiday became a focal point of anti-government protest before Poland’s independence in 1990.

Everyone’s Polish on Constitution Day!


Fri May 2nd at 6pm—Happy Hour and Miss Polonia/Jr. Miss Polonia Contest. Home of one of the area’s best fish fries. DJ Wayne Machnicki. $10.

Ridgewood Inn

5759 Ridge Road

Parma OH 44129.

Contact: Polish American Congress 216.478.0120


Sat May 3rd at 11:30am—Polish Constitution Day Mass and Brunch.     This architecturally endowed church recently reopened after having been previously closed due to diocesan downsizing. Refreshments follow. Free.

St. Casimir Church

8223 Sowinski Av

Cleveland OH 44103



Sat May 3rd at 2pm—Celebration of the 109th anniversary of the dedication of Cleveland’s Tadeusz Kosciuszko Monument.

The celebration will include a guest speaker, historical reenactors, and military bands. The bronze monument was restored and rededicated in 2013, as part of a comprehensive renovation of the museum. Outdoors at the monument on the west lawn of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Rain site: St. Casimir Social Hall. Free.

Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd.

Cleveland OH 441

Contact: Gary  216.513.6646


Sat May 3rd at 5pm— Mass and Procession at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Garfield Heights. The procession has taken place since the retreat was dedicated in 1929. Cardinal Wojtila visited it in 1969, nine years before becoming pope.  Rev. Andrew Knapik of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, presiding.  Free.

On the grounds of

Marymount Hospital

12300 McCracken Rd.

Garfield Heights OH

Contact: Fr. Andrew 216. 341.2734


Sat May 3rd from 4-8pm—Polish Constitution Day Dance.

An old-fashioned polka party at a historic veterans hall on Fleet Ave. Music by Jimmy K and Ethnic Jazz. Cash bar, side boards, 50’50 raffle. Food available for purchase. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. Doors open at 3pm. Space is limited, come early to guarantee admission. $12 per person, children age 10 and under $4.

Polish Legion of American Veterans—Lincoln Post #13

6009 Fleet Av

Cle OH 44105

Contact: Steve  216.341.9556


Sat May 3rd at 6pm—Polish Constitution Day Reception. Traditional commemoration of the 1791 Constitution, at Greater Cleveland’s preeminent museum of Polish culture. Music and bilingual readings. Hors d’ ouvres, cash bar. Free.

Polish American Cultural Center

6501 Lansing Ave.

Slavic Village–Cleveland OH 44105

Contact: Gene 216.883.2828


Sat May 3rd at 6pm—Polonia Ball.  

Dancing to John Szleszynski and DJ Larry Walk. Miss Polonia Ohio and Jtr. Miss Polonia crowning. Piast artistic folk song and dance ensemble. Authentic Polish food available for sale.  $10.

American Ballroom Centre

5672 Ridge Rd.

Parma OH 44129

Contact: Allan 330.659.9465 or Wayne 216.288.8948


Sat May 3rd at 7:30pm-1am—Grand Polish Constitution Day Ball.

Dancing to the well known band Ritm Melodia of Detroit will commence with a classical Polonaise.  All female guests are eligible to be selected Queen of the Ball at the end of the evening.  Sumptuous Polish buffet by Seven Roses will include beef rollups, Sophie’s famous chicken, pierogis, red beets and greens, fresh fruits, pastries.  Cash bar will feature Polish labels.   Dress code: semi-formal. Doors open at 7.  $30 for dinner-dance/ $10 for dance only.

Alliance Event Center

6966 Broadway Ave.

Cle OH 44105

Contact: Richard Zysko 440.384.0728


Sun May 4th at 9—Mass

St. Charles Church

5891 Ridge Rd.

Parma OH 44129

10am—Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Pulaski Monument

Parma City Hall


For all these events contact: Polish American Congress 216.478.0120


Sun May 4th at 10am—Mass in the Polish Language

The congregation will celebrate the 120th anniversary of the parish and the 100th of their building’s cornerstone laying. Rev. Andrew Knapik, celebrant.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

6700 Lansing Ave

Cle OH 44105

Contact: Fr. Andrew  216.341.2734



Sun May 4th from 11-2—Gala Brunch

This popular buffet of Polish delicacies is a weekly, midday occurrence at the Centrum. Food available for purchase.

Polish American Cultural Center.

6501 Lansing Ave.

Cleveland OH 44105

Contact: Gene 216.883.2828



Sun May 4th at 1:30—Cleveland Polish Constitution Day Parade in Slavic Village. The usual west-east route along Fleet Avenue has been blocked this year by road construction, and so an alternate south-north route has been established. It’ll be a church-to-church parade from Immaculate Heart of Mary to St. Stanislaus. Theme: “Everybody’s Polish on Constitution Day!” Residents and friends of Slavic Village of all nationalities and cultures will join their Polish neighbors with floats, bands, bicycles, skateboards, more. Surprises are in store at the conclusion.

Stepoff at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 6700 Lansing Ave. Conclusion at St. Stanislaus, 6601 Forman Av

Contact: Charles 216.469.4806



Sun May4th at 2pm—Grand Polish Constitution Day Parade in Parma. Stepoff at Parma Circle. North on Ridge Rd to Snow Rd. After parade, there will be a party and short program under the big tent behind Unity Catholic Credit Union (also known as St.Charles Credit Union).Vendor food, adult beverages available for sale. Music by Jody Maddie and Honky Express Polka Band.

5839 Ridge Rd.

Parma OH 44129

Contact: Polish American Congress 216.478.0120



Sun May 11th at 3—May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Visitors are invited to bring flowers from their home garden for the altar.

Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus

6601 Forman Ave.

Cleveland OH 44105

Contact: David 216.341.9091


Thurs May 15th at 5pm—Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz visits Cleveland. The pope’s personal secretary will retrace the steps of Cardinal Woytila in 1969 by processing up the aisle of the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus for special ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church.

Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus

6601 Forman Ave.

Cleveland OH 44105

Contact: David 216.341.9091


Thurs May 15th at 6pm—Four Eagles Award Banquet.  Recipient is Cardinal Dziwisz. This is a major fundraising event, with all proceeds going to support the continued advancement of the mission of the parish.  The award is named for the legend of the miraculous recovery of the body of St. Stanislaus. $75.

Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus

6601 Forman Ave.

Cleveland OH 44105

Contact: David 216.341.9091


For full info, contact

Cleveland Polish Constitution Day Committee      216.469.4806  

“Polonia in Cleveland and the Journey of Julian Stanczak”

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Western Reserve Historical Society


As part of the series of events celebrating the life and work of Julian Stanczak, a panel discussion on Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community will be held at Western Reserve Historical Society on Wednesday, March 19th, from 2 to 4 pm. Participating in the discussion will be Gene Bak, Mary Erdmans, John Grabowski, and Sean Martin. This panel discussion will examine the long history of Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community, with particular emphasis on the post-war migration of individuals like Julian Stanczak who came to play major roles in art and culture within and outside of that community. This is a free event. For more information on Stanczak, including details of current exhibitions, see


The Romantic Music of Chopin

I hope you will join me THIS SUNDAY, January 26, at 3:00 pm for The Romantic Music of Chopin.

The concert will be in Waetjen Auditorium, located in the Cleveland State University Music and Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Ave. (Located on the corner of Euclid Ave. & East 21st St.) Please use the parking ramp adjacent to the building via East 21st St. and inform the parking attendant that you are here for a CSU performance and receive your parking free.

This is a Jeffrey Siegel “Keyboard Conversations” program and we have arranged for a special ticket price of $10 for friends of Polish Studies.

Following the concert, please take the elevator to the second floor to room MU 232 for a Polish Studies reception with refreshments. Mr. Siegel will be stopping by for a short time to visit with us and talk about Chopin’s piano. A rare opportunity to meet a world-class artist!

What will the program be like? In his trademark “concerts with commentary” format, Jeffrey Siegel provides unique insight into Chopin’s life story and performs a selection of the enthralling, fiery, and poetic works of this beloved Polish composer. The program will include the heroic Polonaise in A-Flat, charming Waltzes, dreamy Nocturnes, virtuoso Etudes, and the tempestuous Scherzo No. 2.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel are a “concert-plus” that combine the virtuosity and poetry of a world-class pianist with entertaining commentary to create a magical concert experience. His lively, engaging insights and captivating performances make this an enthralling experience for all music lovers. The concert concludes with a fast-paced Q & A.

Tickets are specially priced at $10 per person for this Polish Studies event. Purchase tickets by Friday, January 24 by calling 216-687-5018, Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. You must indicate you are with Polish Studies for this special ticket price. Tickets also available at the door. Please pay with a credit card over the phone and no children under 8 years old, please.

I recommend you sample a short video of Jeffrey Siegel talking about and playing Chopin’s famous “Polonaise”

CDs of Mr. Siegel’s Chopin concert and other works will be available for sale in the Waetjen Auditorium Lobby for $15 (cash only, please).

All of the information can also be found on our website:

See you at the concert!


Warsaw’s Studium Teatralne with “The King of Hearts is Off Again” in Akron

The Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC), New World Performance Laboratory (NWPL) and KulturePlus Productions are pleased to present Warsaw’s Studium Teatralne for two performances only of their epic drama “The King Of Hearts is Off Again” on September 28 at 8pm and September 29 at 2pm in the Balch Street Theatre (former Akron Jewish Center), 220 South Balch Street, Akron OH, 44302. The play, directed by Piotr Borowski, concerns the horrors of war and the power of human love and will be presented in Polish with English subtitles. Tickets are $15.  Student tickets (with ID) are $10.  Group discounts are available.  Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling (330) 867-3299 or at

More information:


The Adam Mickiewicz Bust Dedication

Dear Friend of Polonia,
You are invited to the Adam Mickiewicz bust dedication in the Polish Cultural Garden on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at 12:30 pm.  The bust has been replicated from the original bust’s plaster mold.  Adam Bernard Mickiewicz (1798 to 1855) was a prominent poet, dramatist, essayist, political activist, publicist and translator. Commonly considered the greatest poet in Polish literature.  He is known chiefly for the poetic drama Dziady (Forefathers’ Eve) and the national epic poem Pan Tadeusz, the last great epic of Polish-Lithuanian noble culture.   He was active in keeping Polish nationalism alive during Austrian, Prussian and Russian rule.
The Polish Cultural Garden was dedicated on October 28th, 1934 and is located on the corner of St. Clair and East Blvd., Cleveland.
Plan to stay for the day and enjoy the 66th annual “One World Day” One World Festival held in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Rockefeller Park (along M.L.K. Jr. Blvd.)  Noon till 9:00 pm.

Gary Kotlarsic

Delegate to the Polish Cultural Garden

Movie Night about Irena Sendler in Maltz Museum

After movie Q&A by Sean Martin.

Movie Night – “In the Name of Their Mothers”

Wednesday, May 8, 7pm

$12/$10 Members

Purchase in advance – save $2

This documentary tells the story of young Catholic social worker Irena Sendler who saw the suffering of Warsaw’s Jews, reached out to her most trusted colleagues for help, and outwitted the Nazis during WWII. Together they rescued over 2,500 Jewish children. This film expertly captures the will and character of the women of the resistance against the backdrop of occupied Poland. Directed by Mary Skinner. (2011/60 min.)

watch the trailer

May 3rd Polish Constitution Day in Cleveland

On the evening of May 3rd, 2013, the Terminal Tower will be lit in the national colors of Poland. This will be done to honor Tadeusz Kosciuszko and to recognize his monument re-dedication taking place on May 5th at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

May 3rd Polish American Cultural Center, JP II

7 pm Reception and Artistic Program at the Polish American Cultural Center, JP II

6501 Lansing Ave., Cleveland 216-883-2828

Cleveland Indians

7:05 pm Cleveland Indians Game – Indians vs. Minnesota Twins, Friday, May 3rd

Discounted tickets to the Kosciuszko observance 2013 game are available at TicketMaster

Cleveland Indians

7:05 pm Cleveland Indians Game – Indians vs. Minnesota Twins, Friday, May 3rd

Discounted tickets to the Kosciuszko observance 2013 game are available at TicketMaster

or to purchase tickets, just click on the link below:

Cancelled – May 4th

6:30 pm Queen of Parade Ball at St. Casimar Parish Hall located at 8223 Sowinski Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 off E. 79th St. between St. Clair and Superior. For information and reservations, please call Wojtek 440-384-0723

May 5th

11:30 am Mass at St. Casimir Church – located at 8223 Sowinski Avenue,

Cleveland, Ohio 44103 off E. 79th St. between St. Clair and Superior.

12:30 pm, May 5th Lunch available in the Parish Hall.

2:00 pm Cleveland Museum of Art – Procession on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Re-dedication of the Statue of Kosciuszko Monument, and remembrance of May 3rd Polish Constitution Day Observance.

Event will be held on the steps of the museums 1916 Building, facing the Lagoon.

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Cleveland State University Polish Studies

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mikolaj Kunicki, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of History University of Notre Dame “How communist was Polish communism? Nationalism and communism in 20th-century Poland.”

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Edward Horowitz, Ph.D.  Associate Professor, School of Communication, and Director of the Polish Studies Initiative Cleveland State University “Running strong or running scared? How the worldwide economic crisis is affecting Polish young adults.”

Discover Polish Easter Tradition of Palm Weaving


Discover Polish Easter Tradition of Palm Weaving

with Ray Vargas

Saturday, March 23, 2013; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Polish American Cultural Center

6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Fee $8.00 (includes supplies)

Call to reserve your seat  / Contact Carol Stafinski at 440.942.4427

Deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sponsored by Ohio Chapter The Kosciuszko Foundation

with the co-operation of the Polish American Cultural Center