Calendar (week of April 10th)
Palm Sunday Pierogi Sale
CLIFTON, NJ – There will be a special Palm Sunday pierogi sale at St. John Kanty Church on Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14 after all Masses while supplies last. Farmer’s cheese, sauerkraut, and potatoes with cheese will be available. You can also order pierogis for the Easter season this week by call the pierogi hot line at 973-773-7054. St. John Kanty is located at 49 Speer Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07013.
Easter Dinner and Dance
ARIZONA – The Pulaski Club of Arizona invites all to their Easter Dinner and Dance on Sunday, April 14th. Dinner starts at 1 p.m. Entertainment by Nickelcity Express Band from 3 to 6 p.m. Tickets: $15 members; $20 non-members; kids 7-14 ½ price and under 7 FREE. Reservations 602-909-4965, 602-275-9329. The club is located at 4331 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85008.
10th Annual Ham & Lamb Party At American Polish Century Club
MICHIGAN – The American Polish Century Club announces the 10th Annual “Ham & Lamb Party” to be held on Monday, April 15th at the Century Banquet Center, located within the American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane – 14 Mile & Hoover, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Doors open 5 p.m. Dinner 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Raffles begin at 5:30 pm – win a ham, kielbasa or butter lamb! New winners every 15 minutes. Door Prizes! Cash Bar. Dinner Menu: roasted pork loin, kielbasa, mashed potatoes and gravy, kapusta and noodles, bread & butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Tickets: $12.00 per person. To purchase tickets call Laura Vivian at 586-264-7990. www.american-polishcenturyclub.com
FRIENDS of the Clifton Public Library Semi-Annual Meeting
CLIFTON, NJ – You are cordially invited to our semi annual meeting, April 16 at 7:00 PM in the MAIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY. After our short meeting, the FRIENDS are featuring Kathy Grimshaw. She is a genealogist and Head of Reference and Local History Services at the Clifton Public Library. Ms. Grimshaw will speak about genealogy and how to get started tracing your own family roots. This event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you. The Clifton Main Memorial Library is located on Piaget Avenue in Clifton.
Second Sunday Concert Series at Passaic Public Library
NEW JERSEY – Passaic Public Library presents the next performance of the Second Sunday Concert Series featuring Al and the Frostkings performing “Swing the Blues with The FrostKings” on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM. This program will be held on the 2nd Floor Exhibit Hall at the Passaic Public Library, 195 Gregory Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055. For more information, please call the Reference Department at 973-779-0474 ext. 11. This program is made possible by a grant funded by the New Jersey Council on the Arts and administrated by the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council.
Fireside Chat With the Prime Minister of Poland
NEW YORK CITY – The Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at New York University School of Law with The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York cordially invite you to: “Europe and the United States: A Transatlantic Dialogue – Poland’s 15 years in the European Union” – A Fireside chat with His Excellency, Mr. Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. Moderator: JHH Weiler, University Professor and Co-Director of The Jean Monnet Center. Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Location: NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. A reception will immediately follow the fireside chat. Please click the link:https://tinyurl.com/y4lhkyvj to register or click the button below to RSVP (sitting is limited)
Friends of the Shelter Easter Bake Sale
CLIFTON, NJ – The FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER EASTER BAKE SALE will be held on SATURDAY, APRIL 20 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Clifton Senior Center, Dog Pound Rd., Clifton, NJ behind City Hall in Municipal Complex which is located at 900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07013. Calling all animal lovers who like to bake and eat! Come check out our baked goods and pick up something for Easter dessert. We’ll have cake, pies, brownies, cookies, and other great treats. There will also be exciting merchandise available! All proceeds support the animals at the Clifton Animal Shelter. If you are interested in baking something for the sale, you can drop it off Friday evening, APRIL 19, 6 PM-8 PM or Saturday morning, APRIL 20, 9 AM-10 AM. For more info, call 973-470-5936 or visit our website at www.cliftonanimalshelter.com. Mailing Address: Friends of the Shelter Inc., P.O. Box 4923, Clifton, NJ 07015.
Easter Breakfast Buffet
MICHIGAN – The American Polish Century Club invites all to an “Easter Breakfast Buffet” at the Century Banquet Center on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Two seatings: 10:30 am and 11:30 am. There will be a omelet station, breakfast pastry station, waffle & French toast station, hot food station, fresh fruit station and of course beverages. Admission: $19.95 – children 4-12 yrs $10.95 (3 yrs and under FREE). The club is located at 33204 Maple Lane (14 Mile & Hoover), Sterling Heights, MI. For more information call 586-264-7990.
Jigsaw Puzzle Contest
CLIFTON, NJ – The Clifton Recreation Department will run a Jigsaw Puzzle Contest on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center-1232 Main Ave. How fast can you and 4 friends or family members complete a 300 or 500 piece puzzle? Teams will be divided into two categories, Teens/Adults (will complete a 500 piece puzzle – team consist of 3 or more individuals ages 13 & up) and Families (will complete a 300 piece puzzle – teams consist of 2 adults/teens and up to 3 children 12 & under). If no one completes the puzzle in the time allotted, the teams with the most complete puzzle will win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each category. There will be no registration at the door and space is limited, so please pre-register your team (team captain only) either online at www.cliftonrec.com by April 19, 2019 or at the Recreation Office on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 900 Clifton Avenue. Soda and juice will be provided, but please bring your own snack. The cost is $5.00 per team. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For additional information, call (973) 470-5956.
First Annual Health Fair In Passaic
PASSAIC, NJ – On Sunday April 28th, the city of Passaic will be holding its first annual health fair from 9 am to 4 pm. Mayor Hector C. Lora in association with the Hispanic Health Professional Association of New York and Passaic’s own Division of Health invite all to attend. It’s free, and all ages are welcome! We will be providing free services to Passaic residents of all ages. The services that will be provided are Childhood Lead Poisoning Screenings (for children 1-6 years old), Consumer Products Lead Testing (bring any glazed pots, toys, or imported foods that contain lead), sugar exams, cholesterol tests, dental exams, vision exams, nutrition counseling, prostate exams, and psychological counseling. The event will be held at the Passaic Indoor Facility located at 380 Paulison Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055. Please be advised that high heels will not be permitted on the field.
Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia General Meeting and Elections
PENNSYLVANIA – On Saturday, April 27, 2019 the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia will be holding its General Meeting and Elections at the Associated Polish Home located in North East Philadelphia from 2 to 4 PM. In addition, Dr. Jan Zaleski, biochemist and collector of Polish treasured art, will present a talk entitled: Polish Graphic Art 1918-1945 in the English Language. His career extends from the University of Warsaw of Poland to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is also involved with the Kosciuszko Foundation, Philadelphia Chapter and PUL, Polski Uniwersytet Ludowy. Dr. Zaleski also has served as the judge on several occasions for the Adam Styka Art Competition and Sale that was associated with the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA sponsored by the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia. He lives in Penn Valley, PA with his wife Margaret.
MSCPWA Scholarship Fundraiser
NEW YORK – The Marie Sklodowska Curie Professional Women’s Association would like to invite you to their annual Scholarship Fundraiser and “Stanislaw Moniuszko” Essay Contest Awards Presentation on Thursday, May 9th at the Princess Manor, 92 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222. Buffet supper at 7:00 p.m. Donation: $50.00. There will be an artistic program featuring Moniuszko’s Music and Polish School Children. Visit www.curiewomen.org for more information or call Mary Bielski at 917-771-7130 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org The scholarships will be presented at the MSCPWA’s Scholarship Dinner on November 10th, 2019.
Pickleball is Coming to Clifton!
CLIFTON, NJ – The Recreation Department is pleased to announce that Pickleball has arrived in Clifton! Pickleball is a cross between badminton, tennis and ping-pong. It is played on a slightly smaller court than tennis and uses a paddle and whiffle ball. Several of the city’s tennis courts at Chelsea Memorial, Dudiak and Lateri parks have been revamped to now serve as both tennis and pickleball courts; and in the near future Clifton will be building stand-alone pickleball courts. The Recreation Department is offering Intro to Pickleball classes for ages 12-17 and 18+, starting on 5/3-6/7/19 at Chelsea Memorial Park. Class will cover an overview of the game, basic rules and fundamentals, scoring, drills, games and match play. Instruction will be lead by New Jersey Pickleball Association Certified Professionals. For additional information on these classes, please call (973) 470-5956 or visit www.cliftonrec.com.
Poland And North Carolina:
Are The Wild Mushrooms The Same Or Different?
Special Presentation By Van Cotter
WHEN: Saturday, April 27 at 2:15 PM
WHERE: Scott Hall (Room 216), 2711 Founders Drive Raleigh, NC, 27607
Admission is free! All are welcome!
Club will provide refreshments at the event.
The talk will explore the wild mushrooms that fruit in Poland and in North Carolina, their ecological roles, their culinary value, and their taxonomy. Do the same mushrooms occur in both places? Van Cotter’s passionate interest in fungi began when he was assistant manager on a fruit tree farm in Michigan watching beautiful cherries succumb to fungal brown rot. For his graduate degrees he studied beech bark disease in New England and then boletes (friends of the forest) in the Himalaya. His career in the Crop Protection Industry was focused on finding new chemicals to control fungal diseases, nematodes and insects. In retirement he has been volunteering teaching and working mycological research projects at local Universities and in Farmer-to-Farmer assignments around the world in mushroom cultivation, crop protection and management of mycorrhizae in forest nurseries. For more information email: email@example.com
BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS
Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
DOYLESTOWN, PA – Holy Saturday, April 20th – Blessing of Easter Food, Confessions and Adoration of Jesus at the Tomb will take place from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The shrine is located at 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. For more information call 215-345-0600, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.czestochowa.us
St. Joseph Church
PASSAIC, NJ – Blessing of the food will be held every 30 minutes from 9 am to 12 pm and then from 1 to 3 pm on Holy Saturday, April 20th at St. Joseph’s Church, 7 Parker Ave., Passaic, NJ 07055. Phone: 973-473-2822 or email: email@example.com. Visit www.StJosephRCPassaic.org
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish
WISCONSIN – Please join us with your unique baskets for a brief 20 minute blessing on Holy Saturday at 1:00 P.M., as we endeavor to share this beloved tradition with our SMG family and guests. St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish is located at 5313 Flat Ave., Madison, WI 53711. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 608-271-7421.
Holy Family Church
OHIO – The Polish American Club of Columbus, Ohio invites you to join them for the Easter Basket Food Blessing held at Holy Family Church at 1 p.m. on Holy Saturday, April 20th. Holy Family Church is located 584 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215.
Saint Stanislaus Kostka Polish Catholic Parish
MISSOURI – On Holy Saturday, April 20th, the Blessing of Easter Food will be offered in our church at four different times: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. This tradition called Święconka is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions – please help us to cultivate it, encourage your neighbors and friends to join us! If you need any guidance on how to prepare your Easter basket in accordance with the old, Polish traditions, special flyers with instructions can be found next to the bulletins. St. Stanislaus is located at 1413 North 20th St., Saint Louis, MO 63106. For more information call (314) 421-5948.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
NEW JERSEY – Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church will hold blessing of Easter food at 2:30 p.m on Saturday, April 20th. The church is located at 63 East Main Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866. For more information call 973-627-0422.
St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church
NEW JERSEY – St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church in Rockaway will hold Blessing of East Food at 1 pm on Holy Saturday, April 20th. St. Cecilia is located at 90 Church St., Rockaway, NJ 07866. For more information call 973-627-0313.
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
ILLINOIS – St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Wheeling will hold blessing of baskets on Holy Saturday, April 20th at 10:30 am, 2:00 & 4:30 pm. The church is located at 181 W. Dundee Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090. For more information call 847-537-2740 or email: email@example.com
St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church
ILLINOIS – Blessing of Food Baskets (English and Polish) will be held at 11 am and 1:30 pm. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church in Rockford. St. Stanislaus Church is located at 201 Buckbee St., Rockford, IL 61104. For more information call 815-965-3913 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Name of Jesus Parish- Chicopee, MA
MASSACHUSETTS – On Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019, Blessing of the Easter Food will be held at 10 a.m. in the church hall. The church is located at 94 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA 01013. For more information call 594-8700 – email: email@example.com
Our Lady of the Valley Parish – Easthampton, MA
MASSACHUSETTS – Blessing of the Food will take place on Holy Saturday, April 20th. Times: 11 am and 1 pm in the church hall. The church is located at 33 Adams St., Easthampton, MA 01027. For more information call 527-9778 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.olveasthampton.org
Polish Easter Basket Blessing – Swieconka 2019 In Ohio
OHIO – The Polish American Society of Greater Cincinnati would like to invite you to the Polish Easter Basket Blessing / Swieconka on Holly Saturday, April 20th at 2.00 pm at Our Lady of Holy Spirit Center in the Main Holy Rosary Chapel (5440 Moeller Ave, Norwood, OH 45212) Święconka (Polish pronunciation: [ɕfʲɛnˈtsɔnka]), meaning “the blessing of the Easter baskets,” is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday. With roots dating back to the early history of Poland, it is proudly observed and celebrated in Cincinnati area by a local Polish-American community. After the service please to join us for the reception at 3:00 pm in the Father Smith Hall. If you wish, please bring a dessert or appetizer to share with the community at the reception! Club will provide hot and cold drinks to accompany the deserts and appetizer shared by the guest. During the reception we will have Egg Hunt for our littlest ones. This event is free to attend and open to all who wish to participate. After the baskets are blessed, there will be a collection and your generosity will be greatly appreciated. They will allow us to cover the cost of Swieconka mass service and the reception hall. Hope to see you at Swieconka!
Blessing of Easter Baskets
The blessing of the Easter Basket has been a cherished Catholic ritual for centuries among families of Eastern European origin and adopted by people of all ethnic backgrounds who enjoy this richly symbolic custom. On Holy Saturday, families would prepare their Easter Baskets to be later blessed at church. After Easter Sunday’s Resurrection Mass, the family and guests would share this blessed fare and exchange good wishes.
The Christian significance of Easter is symbolized in the foods used for the Holiday feast. Baskets are lined with a white cloth and decorated with ribbons and greenery to symbolize Spring, renewal, and the Resurrection. Traditionally, the baskets would include: decorated hardboiled eggs (representing Christ’s Resurrection), lamb-shaped butter or sugar (representing Christ as the “Lamb of God“), bread (symbolic of Jesus as the “Bread of Life“), ham (symbolic of great joy and abundance), sausage (symbolic of God’s favor and generosity), smoked bacon (symbolic of the overabundance of God’s mercy), some prefer lamb (representing Christ as the “Lamb of God”), salt (symbolic of prosperity and justice and to remind us “You are the salt of the earth”), cheese (symbolizes the moderation Christians should have at all times), horseradish & pepper (symbolic of the Passion of Christ and the bitter herbs of the Passover). A white candle is often inserted into the basket to represent Christ as the “Light of the World.” Lastly, the basket is cover with linen symbolizing the covering of Christ’s shroud.
This deeply rooted tradition is as richly symbolic as it is heart-warming. Children are eager to help prepare and decorate the family basket and later, proudly carry it into church on Holy Saturday for the blessing. Some families with small children, have their “little-ones” carry their very own decorated basket filled with fruits, a chocolate bunny or some other treat to be blessed. The foods included within any basket can be easily personalized.
A highly symbolic traditon worth promoting
Święcone – best-known Polish Easter custom
By Robert Strybel Our Polish/Polonian Affairs Writer
The blessing of Easter fare on Holy Saturday originated back in the 15th century and has remained the best-known Polish Easter custom to this day. It is practiced by 95 percent of all families in Poland and countless Polish Americans across the US.
Each element in the święconka (Easter basket) has a symbolic meaning. The white linen or lace napkin that lines the wicker basket represents the shroud which enclosed the lifeless body of Christ; The Baranek (Easter Lamb), made of butter or sugar (rock candy), but also of dough, wood, plaster, fleece or even plastic, symbolizes the sacrificial Paschal lamb, in other words Jesus himself, whose banner proclaims the victory of life over death.
Easter eggs signify new life; just as a chick pecks its way out of its shell, so too Christ broke out of His tomb to bring us the promise of eternal life. Bread, either a slice of ordinary rye bread or a special small round loaf imprinted with a cross, symbolizes “the bread of life” – a metaphor for God’s grace that sustains us.
Meat and sausage are symbols of the Paschal lamb or Christ resurrected, His victory over death and His promise of eternal life. Horseradish is one of the bitter herbs of the Passover which foretold the suffering of Christ on the Cross. It is also symbolic of life in which one must accept the bitter with the sweet.
Vinegar symbolizes the sour wine which Jesus was given on a sponge to drink while hanging on the cross. Just as salt preserves food, it is meant to keep us from corruption and adds zest to daily life. Cakes and sweets suggest the sweetness of eternal life: following week’s of Lenten self-denial, they can now be freely enjoyed in celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.
Back when, the preist would visit the local manor house and other better-to-do families where a special święconka table had been set up for the blessing. Peasant women with their baskets of food waited otuside for the priest to sprinkle them with Holy Water on the way out. Nowadays, the blessing is usually performed in churches. In nice weather, a table may be set up for that purpose outside the church.