DONATE a Basket for Polish Day!  Get FREE Admission & WIN a PRIZE!
Our 10th Annual Polish-American Heritage Day will take place Sunday, August 26, 2018, at St. Anne’s Church at 4310 Kirk Road in Youngstown (at the corner of Kirk and Raccoon Roads) from 11 AM – 6 PM. This family-oriented event will start with a polka mass, followed by two live polka bands, contests, workshops and vendor displays! Folk art demonstrations and performances also are on the entertainment lineup. All the proceeds from the basket raffle and silent auction go toward educating our community about our authentic Polish culture and heritage through exploration of dance, music, language study and folk art.

We need your help to make these efforts a success!  You, your employer, or both can donate to the Silent Auction or Basket Raffle.  Some items that have enticed our attendees through other auctions are gift baskets including vodka, holiday items, children’s items, food items, gift certificates, electronic equipment, artwork and books. A donation form is available HERE to help you solicit donations.
WHY DO IT? PolishYoungstown was created to revive and preserve the colorful Polish culture that had been a vital part of the Mahoning Valley community.  Since 2008 the common bond for this enthusiastic group of “cultural evangelists” has been sharing the spirit of their heritage by inspiring and educating future generations.  Whether you are interested in Chopin and Solidarity or polkas and pierogi, PolishYoungstown classes, workshops and events try to offer something for every taste. Your donation may qualify for a federal charitable contribution deduction (consult your tax advisor), and it DEFINITELY will help us to educate the next generation about our colorful culture and its influence on the Mahoning Valley!
Do you share this spirit?
 By donating a basket of $50 value or more you not only will you get FREE PASS to Polish Day and your name in a PRIZE DRAWING, but more that you get the satisfaction ofknowing that you are personally contributing to the perpetuation your ancestor’s proud Polish spirit now and into the future! Please join us and create a legacy of pride in our shared heritage. Drop off your basket to us by Saturday August 25 at 12 PM to qualify!  Need more information? Call us at 330-333-9724 or email and we'll be happy to work with you. Dziękuję!!

News from Around US Polonia
Catholics to make pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa
On Thursday morning, Polish-American Catholics from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania will begin their version of a centuries-old Polish pilgrimage with a 6 am Mass in Great Meadows in northwest New Jersey. Their four-day walk of penance, song and prayer is destined for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In Poland, many of the faithful walk hundreds of miles on foot to Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa. The site is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world; the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism. It hosted the miraculous Black Madonna since 1384. The icon, whose creation is attributed to the evangelist St. Luke, depicts Poland’s patron saint bearing a darkened face (Learn more history here). A similar U.S. pilgrimage has taken place since 1988, with more than 2,000 pilgrims trekking to the National Shrine last year. Most of the pilgrims walk 57 miles to Doylestown from Great Meadows, NJ; though, smaller groups take shorter routes from Trenton and Philadelphia. Pilgrims remain largely unseen as they pray, sing, and walk along rural back roads in lines that often stretch for miles. Pilgrims describe it as faith strengthening and life changing. The march sometimes attract stares and insults while other passersby wave, take pictures, or applaud when the pilgrims move through small towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Some towns along the pilgrimage route provide participants with a police escort or stop traffic to let them pass. Homeowners and farmers allow pilgrims to camp on their property each night. At some locations, nuns nicknamed “Sister Blister” treat pilgrims’ tired feet. While pilgrims often sing in Polish and are of Polish background, the dark-complexioned Black Madonna icon has attracted groups of Haitians from Brooklyn, NY, and elsewhere to the pilgrimage. They reportedly see in the icon’s complexion and distinctive cheek scars, a reference to their African heritage. Prayers in Creole, English and Spanish are often heard from these pilgrims’ lips. The pilgrimage ends when all of the groups converge on the Shrine and join together to celebrate mass on Sunday with a glorious mass. Credit: Quotes for this story from

PolishYoungstown & St. Columba are interested in traveling to Doylestown in support of our local Black Madonna Shrine. If you are interested, please email us at and we will keep you posted!

Calendar Highlights
August 9- 12 Walking Pilgrimage to Częstochowa, Doylestown... Sunday August 12 Slovak Fest 11- 8 PM St. Matthias Church...  Wednesday, August 15 7-8:30PM  Chardon Polka Band, Woodworth Park North Lima...  Friday, August 17 Polish Heritage Night, Toledo Mud Hens... Saturday, August 18 Krakusy Society's Summer Picnic Sunday, August 26 Polish Day... Saturday, Sept 8 6th Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Society Vatra!... Sept 15 &16 2018 Roncesvalles Polish Festival, Toronoto... October 6-8 St. Stanislaus Polish Festival, Cleveland... Sunday, Nov 11 Polishfest, Cathedral of Learning, Univ of Pitt... And you know there will be more to come!

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team


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