Easter Wishes

Oltarz gandawski - Adoracja Baranka Mistycznego - katedra Sw. Bawona

Ghent Altarpiece – Adoration of the Mystic Lamb – Hubert & Jan van Eyck, ca 1432

Wishing You all the love and happiness, that only Easter can bring. Have a joyous celebration with your Family and Friends. Happy Easter! Chrystus Pan zmartwychwstal – Wesolego Alleluja!

2020 Donations & Academic Awards from Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc.

2020 Donations & Academic Awards from Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc.

Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc. is committed to promoting our Polish culture and traditions as well as supporting activities which strengthen the fabric that binds the Polish community making it successful within our Canadian Society. The Organization owns and operates the Global Maintenance Company which provides the source of revenue to meet our mandate.

For the past 30+ years, the Cultural Committee of Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc. organized the Annual “Dozynki / Harvest Festival”. The event features the traditional harvest activities celebrated in Poland and promotes the accomplishments and achievements of our Polish youth in Windsor. We also present our annual donations in support of Polish Organizations, and others, that mirror our mandate. Due to the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, this year’s event was cancelled, but our commitment in support of our community has not faltered.

2020 Donation & Sponsorship Recipients

· Polish People’s Home Association – Renovation $30,000

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

· Holy Trinity RC Church – Building Fund $ 7,500

· Polish Ursuline Sisters of AHJ $ 5,000

· Polish Language School $ 5,000

· Polish People’s Home Ass. Anniversary Book expenses $ 4,000

· Polish Canadian Business & Professional Association $ 3,500

· Leddy Library at the University of Windsor $ 3,000

· Windsor Public Library $ 1,600

· Polish Canadian Student Association of Windsor $ 1,500

· Polonia Windsor White Eagles Sports & Recreation $ 1,000

· “Polskie Nadzieje” Vocal Group $ 1,000

· Polish Varieties Radio – WNZK 680/690 AM $ 1,000

· “Appreciation Lunch” for Windsor’s 1st Responders $ 1,000

· Polish People’s Home Ass. Easter Basket Campaign $ 1,000

· Visla Volleyball Club of Windsor $ 750

Our Academic Awards Program recognizes the achievements of our Polish youth. This year 10 students shared a total of $23,000. The list of recipients is posted on this website under “Polonia Centre/Polonia Centre Academic Awards”.

Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc. has awarded over 1.2 million dollars in donations, sponsorships and academic awards since our incorporation in 1978.

Prepared by:

Halina Roznawski, Vice President

Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc


Carrousel at the Beach – June 26th and 27th – see you there!

Carrousel on the Beach Menu

Carrousel@Home marks the first year of involvement for the Polish Beach Village. Filmed on the grounds of the gorgeous 

Polish Beach Club, their presentation features dancing, a poem, and traditional music. The Polish Beach Club will also be selling delicious traditional food for takeout during Carrousel@Home!
Celebrate culture … from a safe distance – June 26th and  27th www.carrouselofnations.com

Polish Beach Village

Thank you:

Canadian Heritage,  AM800 CKLW93.9 The River,  Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Windsor Star, Tourism Windsor Essex, Your tv Windsor

 – for your support of Carrousel


The 100th Jubilee celebrated by the Congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus

The 100th Jubilee Thanksgiving Mass from Sisters’ Chapel in Warsaw

On June 7th 2020,  the Ursuline  Sisters of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus from all over the World  were celebrating the Milestone Anniversary – 100 years since their Congregation was  founded by St. Ursula Ledóchowska in Pniewy, Poland.

As we could hear in the beautiful  “Song of Trust”, the Congregation consists of many  Sisters in the communities in the following 14  countries: Poland, Philippines, Russia, Belarus, France, Canada, Ukraine, Finland, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Tanzania and Italy. The Motherhouse and shrine of St. Ursula Ledóchowska are located in Pniewy in Poland. The Generalate is in Rome.

Our heartfelt congratulations and thanks are extended to the entire Congregation for Sisters’ dedication, tireless work  and unwavering commitment to the communities blessed by their presence. May the Grace of God continue to shine upon you all in the years to come.


“Song of Trust” compilation – courtesy of Sr. Weronika Kafarowska



Congratulations and Happy 100th Birthday Sister Malgorzata Gorska!

Sister Malgorzata as the Mother Superior in the year 1965 just after arrival to Windsor and today

On this joyful occasion, on behalf of the entire Polish Community here in Windsor and the rest of Canada, we  would like to send our Beloved Sister Malgorzata Gorska our best wishes of love,  good health  and all the Blessings of her Patroness St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. We are very grateful for Sister’s presence here in Windsor during the last 55 years. Dear Sister, please  accept our heartfelt thanks  for all  your help, wisdom and love shown to anyone who had an honor and pleasure to meet You. May God   keep You  in the palm of His Hand  – now and always.

Shopping and errands assistance

Initiative by the Polish People Home Association Community 

– shopping and errands assistance. 

Anyone who needs help with groceries, picking up prescriptions etc., please  contact Michael Slusarczyk at (519) 991-5515 or by emailing:  ent.magna@gmail.com.

In this time of trouble and uncertainty, let us lend a helping hand. We will bring your groceries or any necessities to you providing you with the receipt for refund after purchase and delivery

This is an advertisement  and initiative that is sponsored by the Polish People’s Home Association organization and does not necessarily reflect the views or implicate the position of Polonia Centre. We continue to urge safety and to follow precautions, recommendations and guidelines issued by the Government and Health Officials.



Banquet commemorating 100 years of Poland’s Independence – 1918-2018, Saturday November 10th, Dom Polski – 1275 Langlois Ave.,

Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Doors open 6pm. Program begins at 7pm

Tickets – $70.00 per person, for tickets call (519) 250-8967 or email: mrkulesza@hotmail.com,

Event is organized and sponsored by the Cultural Committee of Polonia Centre (Windsor) Inc., Barbara Koczwara, 519-735-8382, and Maria Kulesza,  519-250-8967.

Honorary Patron: Canadian Polish Congress


              The brief history of the National Independence Day of Poland

The restoration of Poland’s independence was gradual. The 11 November date chosen is the one on which Marshal Józef Pilsudski assumed control of Poland – as seen on the image below:

The holiday was constituted in 1937 and was celebrated only twice before World War II. After the war, the communist authorities of the People’s Republic removed Independence Day from the calendar, though reclamation of independence continued to be celebrated informally on 11 November. During this time the November 11th Independence Day marches, alongside the Constitution Day on May 3rd celebration gatherings, also banned by the communist authorities, were the customary dates of demonstrations by the opponents of the communist regime. As Poland emerged from communism in 1989, the original holiday—on its original 11 November date—was restored.

The date corresponds to the date of other countries’ Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, or Veterans Day.  All of these holidays and Polish Independence Day are indirectly related because they all emerged from the circumstances at the end of World War I. In other countries, holidays were established in the spirit of grief and horror at the enormous human cost of the war, and they mark the sacrifices of those who fought. For Poland, however, the tragedy of the war was tempered by what had been accomplished at its end: the restoration of a sovereign Polish state that had been lost entirely in the partitions of Poland, after 123 years of struggle. The Polish holiday is therefore simultaneously a celebration of the reemergence of a Polish state and a commemoration of those who fought for it.


Text Source:  Article “National Independence Day of Poland” – Wikipedia

Congratulations to the iconic Blak’s Bakery celebrating 100 years in business!

Miss Julie Gill-Blak at the front of the store.

Miss Julie Gill-Blak at the front of the store.

On September 8th, 2018 popular Blak’s Bakery, run by the same Family since 1918, celebrated it’s 100th anniversary of being continuously in business and serving our local community. The place located at 1022 Langlois Ave. Windsor, Ontario is famous on both sides of the border not only for their paczki, strudels and delicious pastry, but also for their trademark rye bread, made every day from the original sour dough starter and baked in century old brick owen.

In 2015 the Bakery became even more famous after comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who performed in Windsor fell in love with Blak’s  Bakery marble rye bread and took  back home to New York 20 loaves of this delicacy presented  to him by Tony Blak – an avid fan of the Seinfeld Show.

“The sour is, as far as we know, the original sour from my grandfather Peter Blak Sr, because what we do every day is we save some to remake it for the next day,” said owner Valerie Blak-Gill of the fermented mixture of flour and water that gets refreshed with more flour before it is put in the refrigerator at night to rise.”

“We mix it by hand so I mean you think the same sour he mixed by hand, we’re mixing by hand”.

Mrs. Valerie Gill-Blak – the current owner, shown with Anniversary cake

Peter Blak (centre) is shown with his son Tony (L) and grandson Peter (R) in this May 2014 Facebook photo.

Peter Blak (centre) is shown with his son Tony (L) and grandson Peter (R) in this May 2014 Facebook photo.

When you try the slice of that rye bread it is incredible to realize, that you are eating something that actually has traces of century old history and tradition in artisan bread making!

One of a kind in the whole Ontario -Blak’s Bakery Rye Bread

On Saturday people were flocking to the Bakery, which was hosting an open house for customers with free coffee and delicious cupcakes, BBQ and hot sandwiches served for small donation in order to support Heart & Stroke foundation in the name of the  late Parents and former  owners –  Elsie and Peter Blak.  Blak’s Bakery is also very well known for their involvement in Polish-Canadian community and for their generosity and support of numerous charities in Windsor – Knights of Columbus, Polish Village at the Carrousel of the Nations, local TATRY – Song & Dance Ensemble, Insight Advantage – to name a few.  Mrs. Elsie Blak, who passed away in July 218 and volunteered for so many years in Catholic Women League,  was truly a  pillar of  RC Holy Trinity Parish community here in Windsor.

In the early 30th, during the Great Depression, the owner – Peter Blak Sr. was giving regularly  bread for free to the single mothers and widows with children. He used to tell them – “As long as I have flour and as long as there is enough coal for the owen to bake another load, you can always return and get more  bread for the next day”.

An open heart and goodness – that hasn’t  changed over four  generations – this is what makes Blak’s Bakery baked goods outstanding and unique.

Congratulations, Happy Birthday and all the best for the next 100 years to come! Windsor is truly lucky to have you.


Text: Maria Wojewnik

Photos: Blak’s Family archives,

“Windsor Star” – Dax Melmer,

Maria Wojewnik

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.


Credits: Pictorial Report – Jerry Barycki