Polonia Bids Farewell to Monsignor Peter A. Sanczenko, our beloved priest and spiritual leader since 1950’s.

Father Peter addresses the audience during Centenary Jubilee Banquet at Caboto Club in Windsor, ON

With the heavy hearts and deep sadness we regret to inform our Polonia of Windsor -Essex- Chatham  region, Detroit area  and all of Canada, that on July 11th 2018 our beloved Father Peter passed away peacefully at the age of 91.

After being accepted into the Polish Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1954. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, Detroit Michigan. Later on Fr. Peter served as an associate pastor and pastor at Polish parishes in London (Our Lady of Czestochowa), Chatham (Our Lady of Victory), and Windsor (Holy Trinity). He also was the pastor of St. Michael’s German Parish. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s he took upon himself a monumental task as he helped over a thousand Polish families immigrate to Windsor through the sponsorship of the Catholic Church in Canada. During these years Father Peter was working tirelessly on helping new immigrants to settle down in Windsor-Essex area. Without his direct involvement and never-ending work it will be impossible to have such a thriving Polish-Canadian community as we know it today.

Monsignor Peter Sanczenko will be missed by his relatives in Canada and abroad, Polish Ursuline Sisters, many friends and parishioners. We all will miss his gift of faith, love, wisdom, understanding, humble demeanor  and also his great sense of humor, that brought light to  our lives.

Fr. Peter’s farewell speech to the guests and the parishioners during October 22-nd 2017 Banquet commemorating the Centenary Jubilee of Holy Trinity Parish, became the highlight of this event…

Visitation will be held at HOLY TRINITY POLISH CHURCH (1035 Ellis St. East at Langlois Ave) on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 5-9 p.m. Parish prayers will follow at 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery at Ottawa Str. and Shepherd Str. E. in Windsor.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Building Fund, or to Hospice of Windsor and Essex County in appreciation of all their care and compassion during Father Peter’s illness.

Obituary – Windsor Chapel

Photo/ Video Recording – Courtesy of Mr. Leszek Rudowski

Text: Maria Wojewnik

 

Pictorial report on the recent visit to Windsor H.E. Dr. Andrzej Kurnicki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada – March 25-27, 2028

Pictorial Report on the recent visit to Windsor, ON – March 25-27, 2018 (link)  

Dr Andrzej Kurnicki - Ambassador of Poland to Canada

Dr Andrzej Kurnicki – Ambassador of Poland to Canada

This year the Polish Community in Windsor is celebrating the 110 Anniversary and at the same time, Poland is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of regaining its freedom.
Canada has supported the Polish nation fight for freedom during the past century, including; training Polish soldiers on the Canadian soil during WWI at the Niagara-on-the-Lake
“Kosciuszko Camp” and during WWII at the Recruiting Station in Windsor.

Ambassador, Dr. Andrzej Kurnicki, during his three day first visit to Windsor met political, municipal, educational and Polish Community leaders. On Sunday, he attended Mass at the Holy Trinity Church, then met Federal and Provincial members of Parliaments and the Polish Community at the Dom Polski Hall. On Monday and Tuesday he attended several meetings at the University of Windsor, including a lecture at the Oddette School of Business. Afterwards he toured the Leddy Library, the Cross-Border Institute and the Windsor Essex Development Commission. He was also is scheduled to meet municipal government leaders and visit the Polonia Park Subdivision project.

 
KPK Canadian Polish Congress LogoCANADIAN – POLISH CONGRESS- KONGRES POLONII KANADYJSKIEJ – CONGRES CANADIEN – POLONAIS

Credits: Pictorial Report – Jerry Barycki

Career Opportunity Announcement from Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc.

Global MaintenanceCareer Opportunity: Accounting Specialist / Bookkeeper / Administrative Assistant

Polonia Centre on behalf of Global Maintenance is seeking a Bookkeeper / Administrative Assistant for an established Maintenance and Renovation Company. Applicants may view the position details and submission requirements under the following link.
Fluency in English required, Polish language skills a preferred asset.
References required. Please submit applications by e-mail to globalmaintenance1@cogeco.net

Polonia Centre Letter to the “Windsor Star” Editor

October 26, 2017

Dear Editor:

The Polish Community of Windsor celebrated two milestone events recently which I would like to share with our fellow Windsorites.

At the Annual Gala of Excellence on October 14th, Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc. awarded a total of $169,800 in donations, sponsorships and scholarships bringing our donation total to $1,035,300.00.

For Canada’s 150th, we made an investment in Canada’s future leaders through education, awarding $33,000 in scholarships and $8000 in support of The University of Windsor Leddy Library and the Polish Language School.

To celebrate the 125th of the City of Windsor, we contributed $9000 towards the restoration of the Copernicus Astrolabium in Jackson Park, erected in 1954 by Polish Organizations, and $19,800 to Organizations and youth groups.

2017 is the 100th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, founded by faithful Polish immigrants. Thanks to the generosity of a Windsor resident, Mr. Walter Boug, who was neither Polish nor Catholic, they received six lots on the corner of Ellis Street and Langlois Avenue. It was the first Polish R.C. Church in the Diocese of London and today, is the third oldest Catholic Church in Windsor. Polonia Centre (Windsor) donated $100,000 towards this historic occasion.

On October 22nd, a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, Bishop of Diocese of London. A Jubilee Banquet brought together 544 parishioners, former Pastors and Vicars and friends of our Polish and Catholic Communities.

Polonia Centre (Windsor) incorporated in 1978 as a Non-Profit Charitable Corporation. We are proud to be a part of a thriving Polish Community and to call the City of Windsor our home.

Yours truly,

Halina Roznawski, Vice President

Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc.

5101 South National Street

Windsor, Ontario

AND member of the Jubilee Committee

Holy Trinity R.C. Church

 

Contact: Halina Roznawski hroznawski@cogeco.ca

(519) 965-7001

Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc. – MILESTONE

Polonia Centre Logo 90 x 90Over 1 million ($ 1,035,300.00) in Donations and Scholarships since inception in 1978. Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc. was established in 1978 and operates with a 12 member Board of Directors. The Organization promotes cultural, educational, charitable and sporting events by organizing these events or by providing financial contributions within the Polish community in support of events. In 2017, our total donations in Sponsorships, Donations and Awards  reached a new record level of $169,800. $100,000.00  was donated to the Holy Trinity R.C. Catholic Church on its 100-th Anniversary,  $33,000  in scholarships was awarded to students in our Polish community and numerous Canadian and Polish-Canadian  organizations received their donations  as well.  The Cultural Committee of Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc.  oversees the Tatry Song & Dance Ensemble, organizes the Annual Dozynki and Evening of Excellence and participates in Carousel of the Nations. Polonia Centre (Windsor) sponsors a website for and about Polonia at www.poloniawindsor.ca.

Polonia Centre 2017 Sponsorships, Donations & Awards:

HOLY TRINITY R.C. CHURCH – 100th  ANNIVERSARY

· Holy Trinity Church Building Fund      $75,000

· Holy Trinity 100 Year Jubilee Fund & Memorial    $17,500

· Ursuline Sisters of AHJ  $7,500

$100,000

WINDSOR  &  COMMUNITY  – 125th YEAR  ANNIVERSARY

· Polish Song & Dance Ensemble “Tatry”    $10,000

· Copernicus Sundial Monument Restoration – Jackson Park    $9,000

· Polish Canadian Business & Professional Association  $2,600

· Polish Canadian Student’s Association of Windsor  $1,500

· Polonia Windsor White Eagles Sports & Recreation  $1,500

· Polish Varieties Radio WNZK  $1,000

· Polish Scouting Association of Canada, 5th Div. Windsor  $1,000

· “Polskie Nadzieje” of Windsor  $750

· Wisla Volleyball Club of Windsor   $700

· Windsor Public Library  $500

· Telewizja Detroit Inc.  $250

$28,800

CANADA – 150th YEAR ANNIVERSARY

· Graduate Student Awards $25,000

· Undergraduate Student Awards  $8,000

· Polish Language School  $5,000

· University of Windsor Leddy Library  $3,000

$41,000

 

2017 Total Sponsorships, Donations and Awards  $169,800

Total to Date on Record of Donations, Sponsorships and Awards

$1,035,300  since 1978

2017 Donation Recipients: Kneeling – (left to right) – Michal Zalewski (Polskie Nadzieje of Windsor), Andrzej Olichwier (Polish Scouting Association of Canada) Dr. Frank Simpson (Leddy Library UoW). Standing – (left to right) – Halina Roznawski (Polonia Centre – Vice-President), Barbara Koczwara (“Tatry” CEO), Gerry Obierski (Polonia Centre – Treasurer), Fr. Zbigniew Sawicki (Holy Trinity R.C. Church), Kathleen Pope (Windsor Public Library), Beata Slusarczyk (PCBPA), Anna Nogal (PCSAW), Zbigniew Kowalczykowski (Windsor White Eagles), Sebastian Minkiewicz (Wisla Volleyball) , Jerzy Rozalski (Polish Varieties Radio WZNK) Dorota Makarczyk (Polish Language School)

Text – Courtesy of: Mrs. Halina Roznawski

Photo – Curtest of: Mrs. Maria Kulesza

 

100 Anniversary of Polish Parish in Windsor – press release October 20,2017

Holy Trinity Polish Parish Centennial Celebration

Windsor, Ontario – October 20, 2017

The oldest ethnic Catholic parish in Diocese of London is celebrating a big birthday.

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Polish Parish year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary is coming to a great finale on Sunday, October 22 with a Thanksgiving Mass at 4:00PM officiated by the Bishop of London Most Reverend Ronald Peter Fabbro, followed by the Centenary Jubilee Gala banquet at the Caboto Club.

The Polish church, the second oldest active Catholic church in Windsor – on the corner of Langlois Avenue and Ellis Street – has been the spiritual and cultural home for tens of thousands of Poles over the last century.

“The Church is the foundation of our community and a close-knit family with a proud history” says Rev. Zbigniew Sawicki, the eighth in a line of pastors to watch over the growing community.

It has also been a safe harbour for thousands of refugees fleeing their homeland in times of political strife – seeking refuge and hope for a better life in Canada. “Our family came to Canada 34 years ago as political refugees, and Holy Trinity helped us settle in Windsor,” says Richard Kusmierczyk, Chair of the Centennial Committee.

The Centennial Jubilee Year has been observed from October 16, 2016 and featured numerous monthly cultural events open to the Windsor community including highlights:

· A Windsor Symphony String Orchestra concert on March 11,2017

· An exhibit at the Chimczuk Museum titled 100 Years of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Polish Parish that run from August 12 – October 15, 2017

· A lecture series titled Poland: The Country of Freedom Fighters, Artists and Saints from January through March 2017

Other events featured cultural works and productions from local artists, parish and community organizations, including Polish Language School students and two exhibits presented by the National Institute of Remembrance of Poland.

Information and a calendar of events, as well as a brief history of the Parish has been published on the Centennial Jubilee Committee website http://100holytrinity.com/en/

For more information, please contact:

Richard Kusmierczyk- Chair, Centennial Jubilee Committee Telephone: 519.944.4441

Email: jubilee@100holytrinity.com

FAST FACTS:

· Rev. Jan Andrzejewski who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the first pastor of the new Holy Trinity Polish Parish on October 9, 1916

· On October 28, 1917 – Bishop Michael F. Fallon presided over the blessing ceremony of the church’s cornerstone. It was the first Polish Catholic Church in diocese of London, the first ethnic Catholic church in Diocese of London, and the fifth Polish Catholic church in Canada.

· During the time of leadership of Rev. Msgr. L. Wnuk PA, the Polonia Park and Villa Polonia- a low income 400 units housing projects were built to serve the Windsor’s community. These not for profit corporations are run by the board of directors- volunteers, members of the Holy Trinity Parish. They have been serving the community of Windsor for the past 41 years. In 1965 Msgr. L. Wnuk brought to Windsor 10 nuns from Poland- the Ursuline Sisters of the Agonising Heart of Jesus. Since then, the Sisters have been working as teachers for the University of Windsor, St. Clair College, St. Cecile School, St. Joseph and F.J. Brennan high schools. They also run the Ursula Daycare and the Polish Language School.

· During the period of leadership by Rev. Msgr. P. Sanczenko, more than 1000 families came as the refugees on the program sponsored by Bishop M. Sherlock.

· There are approximately 12,000 Polish-Canadians in Windsor and Essex county

· Holy Trinity Polish Parish in Windsor counts 4,000 parishioners

Information and a calendar of events, as well as a brief history of the Parish has been published on the Centennial Jubilee Committee website http://100holytrinity.com/en/

Text – Courtesy of: Mr. Richard Kusmierczyk

Photo – Courtesy of: Mr. Edison Goodfellow

250th Year of Assumption Parish in Windsor

Assumption Church Exterior

Assumption Parish Celebrates its 250th year!

Before Windsor, before Ontario and before Canada there was already Our Lady of Assumption parish, which has been recognized as the nations’ oldest west of Montreal.

One of the most beautiful historical landmarks in West Canada – Assumption Parish celebrates its 250-th Anniversary as the parish dates back to Oct. 3, 1767 when its first pastor was named and assigned to care for Huron and French settlers on what is now Windsor’s west end near the shores of the Detroit River.

On Sunday, Oct. 1, Holy Name Of Mary will host the primary celebration for the actual Oct. 3 founding anniversary. Mass is scheduled at 11 a.m. with Bishop Ronald Fabbro and Bishop Joseph Dabrowski in attendance followed by a gala luncheon at 2:00 pm, Caboto Club – Canada Room. Tickets – $35 per person available at the Parish Office 350 Huron Church, ph.: (519) 253-2493

For more information check the Assumption Parish website: assumption.dol.ca/250th/

 

Photo – Uncredited

Logo  Image – Assumption 250th Anniversary  Organizing Committee

Text: Maria Wojewnik

150-th Anniversary of the Dominion of Canada

Fathers of Confederation at 1864 Charlottetown Conference – painting by Robert Harris, 1884

HAPPY  BIRTHDAY CANADA!
It all started there – the 1864 Quebec Conference and Charlottetown Conferenced laid out the framework for uniting British colonies in North America into a federation. They had been adopted by the majority of the provinces of Canada and became the basis of the London Conference in 1864 which led to the formation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867, which became an official birthday of Canada as we all know.

 

The 100th Anniversary of the Opening of Camp Kosciuszko, the Military Training Camp and Cemetery of General Haller’s Recruits in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Jozef Haller von Hallenburg (1873-1960) – Lieutenant General of the Polish Army

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first volunteers to the Kosciuszko Military Training Camp in the Niagara on The Lake. This  celebration is designated as the first official Polish American event of the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission.

Locally, the Polish American Congress, Western New York Division Inc., and Canadian Polish Congress have annually sponsored a pilgrimage to the cemetery at Niagara-On-The-Lake

The Annual Pilgrimage will begin at 12:00 p.m. on June 11 at the St. Vincent de Paul, with a military inspection of the veterans’ organizations. Then a Catholic Mass will be celebrated at the cemetery chapel. Following the Mass, a parade will proceed to the Cenotaph,  where wreaths are to be laid honoring those Polish and Canadian volunteers of General Haller’s Blue Army who gave their lives in WWI.

All the members of the parade will gather at 11:30am. The event is open to public, everyone is welcome to attend to commemorate the centenary of ultimate sacrifice of General Haller’s Blue Army Soldiers and Recruits.

There are more interesting facts about history of the Kosciuszko Camp and General Haller’s Blue Army under the following link.

Text: Maria Wojewnik

Source: on June 7, 2017