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Kosciuszko Bust
Plaque honoring 
Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski
 Gene Golomb at the 2011 Kosciuszko/Polish Constitution Day Wreath Laying Ceremony 
The Memorial Plaque honoring Casimir Pulaski was dedicated on October 11, 1933 and was originally housed at the Hudson Branch Library. When the Hudson Branch Library closed, the plaque was temporarily put in storage but later moved to its present location at the Hall of Justice. The inscription reads:

HAVE HONOR FOR
BRIGADIER GENERAL CASIMIR PULASKI
BORN IN POLAND 4 MARCH 1748
PATRIOT - WARRIOR - HERO OF TWO CONTINENTS

A GREAT SOUL WHO GAVE HIS LIFE  A NOBLE SACRIFICE
FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM
BEING MORTALLY WOUNDED 8 OCTOBER 1779 WHILE LEADING 
A CAVALRY CHARGE AT THE SIEGE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
DYING 11 OCTOBER 1779

VOLUTEER IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - MEMBER OF
WASHINGTON'S STAFF - PROMOTED BRIGADIER GENERAL - CHIEF OF DRAGOONS
BY CONGRESS FOR BRAVERY AT BRANDYWINE - ORGANIZER-COMMANDER OF
PULASKI LEGION WHICH WAS HEROIC IN MANY BATTLES

HIS LIFE AND DEATH REMAIN THE HERITAGE 
OF EVERY LOVER OF LIBERTY
AND INSPIRATION FOR ALL AMERICANS


ERECTED BY
POLISH AMERICAN CITIZENS OF ROCHESTER
1932
Saint Stanislaus Kostka
1150 Hudson Ave.
Rochester, N.Y.
Corner of Hudson Ave. & Norton Street

Celebration of 
First Holy Communion and Placing of Relics of the Blessed Pope John Paul ll
CLICK HERE

Click here for a 360 degree tour of St. Stan's Church

Be sure to visit the Friends of St. Stanislaus Foundation website for detailed information. 
Saint Stanislaus Kostka 2011 Polish Arts Festival
The beautiful mural that spans the sanctuary dome at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is the work of Buffalo artist Joseph Mazur. It depicts 18 saints, kings, and beatified holy ones who figure prominently in the history of Catholicism in Poland and Eastern Europe. 
Ray Serafin and the Brass Magic
Melody Lane
Saint Stanislaus Kostka
1150 Hudson Ave.
Rochester, N.Y.
Corner of Hudson Ave. & Norton Street

Click here for a 360 degree tour of St. Stan's Church

Be sure to visit the Friends of St. Stanislaus Foundation website for detailed information. 
The Monroe County Hall of Justice in Rochester, New York, contains two memorials that are of special importance to our community. One is a bust of honoring Thaddeus Kosciusko and the other Casimir Pulaski:


Both monuments are located in the lobby of the Monroe County Hall of Justice located on Court Street and War Memorial Square in downtown Rochester, New York. 

Polka Bandstand
For over thirty years, Polka Bandstand has delighted polka enthusiasts not only around the Rochester area, but around the world with the best polka music and aspects of Polish culture, from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday on WGMC/Jazz 901 and online at www.jazz901.org.

The hosts of Polka Bandstand are Ray Serafin and Al Melitus

Ray is also the leader and accordianist for the Ray Serafin and the Brass Magic polka band. Here the are in action at St. Stan's Kostka:
Check Your Knowledge:
Can you identify the saints, kings, and beatified holy ones portrayed above the High Altar at St. Stan's Kostka Church?
TAKE THE QUIZ
John Góra i Górale performed at St. Stan's June 2, 2012! CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to view photos of the relic of Saint John Paul the Great.
Happy Hour Slideshow
ABOVE VIDEOS: Wigilia 2012 / 2013 Photos
Tomasz Kaczówka 
RIP
Firefighter Tomasz Marian Kaczówka, at the age of 19, passed away in the line of duty with his mentor and close friend, Lt. Michael "Chip" Chiapperini on December 24, 2012.

To visit the author's website
CLICK HERE

Sunday, Dec 15, 2013

The dedication ceremony of the St. Florian Window took place
 at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church, Sunday, December 15, during a special Mass. The window is in memory of firefighter Tomasz Marian Kaczówka, who on December 24, 2012 at the age of 19, passed away in the line of duty with his mentor and close friend, 
Lt. Michael "Chip" Chiapperini. 

 Bishop Matthew Clark presided and there was a reception following Mass in the Auditorium.

St. Florian is known as the patron saint of firefighters and is also considered a patron saint of Poland, as some of his relics are located at the Church of St. Florian in Krakow, according to a press release from the church. The window, created by Valerie O'Hara of Pike Stained Glass Studios in Rochester, portrays St. Florian putting out a fire with help from a firefighter who resembles the 19-year-old Kaczówka.

Bishop Emeritatus Matthew H. Clark blessing the window. (The parish was informed yesterday that the actual window is not yet ready, so they used a painting for the dedication.) Some family members are in the foreground.
Display honoring Firefighter Tomasz Kaczówka

The Fireman's Prayer

When duty call's me, oh Lord, 
Wherever Flames may rage, 
Give me the strength to save some life 
Whatever Be its age. 

Help me embrace a little child 
Before it is too late 
Or save an older person from 
The horror of that fate 

Enable me to be alert, 
and oh Lord, guide my every move, 
for life is so precious, 
please don't let us loose. 

I want to fill my calling and 
To give the best in me 
To guard my every neighbor 
And protect their property 

And if according to thy will, 
That I must give my life, 
Then with thy protecting hand my Lord, 
I pray thee, protect my children and my wife. 

 Amen 


Modlitwa Strażaka

Gdy obowiązekwezwie mnie
Tam wszędzie, gdzie się pali,
Ty mi, o Panie, siłę daj,
Bym życie ludzkie ocalił.

Pozwól, niech dziecko póki czas
Z płomieni cało wyniosę,
Przerażonego starca daj
Ustrzec przed strasznym losem.

Daj, Panie, czujność, abym mógł
Najsłabszy słyszeć krzyk,
Daj sprawność i przytomność bym
Ugasił pożar w mig.

Swe powołanie pełnić chcę
I wszystko z siebie dać:
Sąsiadów, bliźnich w biedzie strzec
I o ich mienie dbać.

A jeśli taka wola Twa,
Bym życie dał w ofierze,
Ty bliskich mych w opiece mniej.
O to Cię proszę szczerze.

Amen


************************************************

Window of Thomas Kaczowka

You served the altar, Thomas.
You served in helping save our property.
Now you will be just a memory.

Memories entered
in to St. Florian's window
so the memory of you 
will always be in our hearts.

Thomas, being next to the Lord,
let our families know, that you have checked
because with our Lord you did connect.

Author: Janwid, 
Rochester, NewYork
December 15/2013


Okno Tomasza Kaczówka

Służyles do mszy Tomaszu.
Służyles pomocą ratujać nasze mienie.
teraz zostanie tylko po Tobie wspomnienie.

Wspomnieni przez nas wpisane
do okna Sw. Floriana by pamięć
o Tobie w naszych sercach
na zawsze została.

Tomaszu  bedac obok Pana naszego
daj znac rodzinie, ze sprawdziles
bo z naszym Panem się polaczyles.

Autor: Janwid, 
Rochester, NewYork
December 15/2013

Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies
The Rochester community is indeed fortunate to have access to programs sponsored by the University of Rochester's Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. The Skalny Center frequently has concerts and lectures open to the public which you are encouraged to attend. One such program was THE WORLD of MUSIC concert with guitarist Krzysztof Meisinger and violinist Anna Maria Staśkiewicz. The event took place at Hatch Music Hall on February 13, 2014 at the Eastman School of Music. It was a snowy evening, but those of us who attended the concert found it richly rewarding and immensely entertaining. CLICK HERE to learn more about upcoming Skalny Center events.
Saint Florian Window
In Loving Memory of
Tomasz Kaczówka
Ya gotta
Polska Chata!
Saint Casimir's 
Polish National Church
495 Barry Road
Rochester, N.Y.

Phone 585-467-1190

Website

Kaczówka-Chiapperini Roadside Memorial
Webster, New York
Gene Golomb (on right) after having received the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland
October 18, 2014 
Congratulations to all Rochester Polonia Founder's Day award recipients, especially Eugene Golomb who was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (Krzyż Kawalerski Orderu Zasługi Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej). The medal, on behalf of the President of Poland, was conferred by Deputy Consul General of Poland, Mateusz Stasiek, in collaboration with the Polish American Congress WNY.
Gene Golomb presenting Bernard Bialaszewski with the Polonia Founder's Day award for Religion
John Stenclik received the Polonia Community Award.
Jenny H. Tata received the Youth Award.

Kathleen Urbanic was presented an award for her work as Polonia Historian
International Committee on Niagara-On-The-Lake Citations: Szymon Lenski, Renata Lizak, Alina Juskiewicz
Congratulations to Rochesterian, Dr. Ralph Jozefowicz, who was recently awarded the Merentibus Medal at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University. He has been a driving force, both as a professor of neurology and as a leader within the Polish American community. For years Dr. Jozefowicz has worked tirelessly to share medical expertise between Rochester and Krakow, our Sister City. This is a great honor and certainly no one is more deserving than Dr. Ralph. 


Ralph F. Józefowicz, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, said he has always been impassioned about education. As the associate chair for education in the department of neurology, the course director for the second year medical student “Mind, Brain, and Behavior” course, the Neurology Clerkship Director, and the Neurology Residency Program Director at the University of Rochester, it was a natural transition for the distinguished neurologist to become involved with education at the American Association of Neurology.

Dr. Józefowicz joined the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee in 1989 and chaired it from 1999–2003. In 1994 he joined the Education Committee and has served as chair since 2003. He has also served on the Meeting Management Committee since 2003, and was on the International Education Subcommittee for six years.

Among his other appointments, Dr. Józefowicz has been a visiting professor of neurology at the Collegium Medicum at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, since 1992, and has been an Honorary Professor at the university since 2003.

Dr. Józefowicz's academic focus includes research in medical education; international medicine, focusing on Poland and Eastern Europe; and education of medical students and house officers, using case-based teaching and clinical-basic science correlation.
Polish in Rochester
View of Lake Erie from the memorial.
David Bryniarski and family demonstrate their wonderful pisanki skills every year. Thank you, David.
Lalki

THE 
KOMRADS
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 St. Stan's Polish 
Arts 
Festival
2016 
R.I.P.
Frederic J. Skalny, Ph.D.
Community Philanthropist

Frederic served as President of the Board of Directors of the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester (PHSR) and was active in the Rochester-Krakow Sister Cities Committee, the Polish American Historical Association, and the American Council for Polish Culture. He worked to reshape the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester into a significant organization for the preservation and promotion of Polish heritage in the greater Rochester Community. He created and served as editor of the organization’s quarterly newsletter, Rochester Polonia News, and created programs about Polish-American culture to share with the general public. In addition, he was responsible for the re-publication of the history of Rochester’s Polonia: Shoulder to Shoulder—Polish Americans in Rochester, NY 1890-2000 by Kathleen Urbanic.

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2016 POLISH FILM FESTIVAL





Thursday, Nov. 3rd - Monday, Nov. 7th
The Little Theatre, Theater 1
240 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604
CLICK HERE

Dr. Stone (Skalny Center) introducing Janusz Zaorsk, director of the film Syberiada Polska (Siberian Exile) - It's the kind of film I wish were made available on NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME or other streaming platforms. The
I really love the Euro Café - Real Food & Deli. Margaret and Krystyna rock and the food is delicious and authentic Polish. I'll be there again next Friday (12/16/2016) playing kolędy; maybe I'll see you there. http://www.euro-cafe.us/.
I really love the Euro Café - Real Food & Deli. Margaret and Krystyna rock and the food is delicious and authentic Polish. I'll be there again next Friday (12/16/2016) playing kolędy; maybe I'll see you there. http://www.euro-cafe.us/.
I really love the Euro Café - Real Food & Deli. Margaret and Krystyna rock and the food is delicious and authentic Polish. I'll be there again next Friday (12/16/2016) playing kolędy; maybe I'll see you there. http://www.euro-cafe.us/.
I really love the Euro Café - Real Food & Deli. Margaret and Krystyna rock and the food is delicious and authentic Polish. I'll be there again next Friday (12/16/2016) playing kolędy; maybe I'll see you there. http://www.euro-cafe.us/.
Blessing and sharing of opłatki
The Psalmtones
Sharing opłatek
My table
Activities for the kids
Program cover
Wigilia Program
Menu
Thank You
Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Wigilia Dinner 2016
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester