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