Witamy wszystkich! Welcome to all! St. Mary’s Polish Church in Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, is Atlantic Canada’s only Polish church. We’re home to a welcoming, vibrant, caring community – with a lot of spirit and energy.
Witamy wszystkich! Welcome to all! St. Mary’s Polish Church in Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, is Atlantic Canada’s only Polish church. We’re home to a welcoming, vibrant, caring community – with a lot of spirit and energy. St. Mary’s Polish Church was founded in 1913. Sadly, our historic church burned to the ground in 2014, but with the kindness and help of friends near and far we have been rebuilding! The church re-opened in June 2016 (even while some of the work was still ongoing) and the church was re-designated as a provincial heritage landmark. We would be delighted to give you a tour and we look forward to meeting you. You don’t have to be Polish to share in our unique and warm traditions. Zapraszamy! www.stmaryspolishparish.ca MASS TIMES: Sundays 10 a.m. (main Sunday Mass -- Pol. and Eng.) and 4 p.m. (English) Most Mondays at 8:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (followed by Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa), Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Tel. 902-564-4847 21 Wesley St., Whitney Pier, NS, B1N 2M5
We will sound our bells at 6 p.m. as a way to share our prayers, love, compassion, support, and solidarity. May their souls rest in peace. Wieczny odpoczynek racz im dać, Panie.
Please join us in a home candlelight vigil and prayer. #light4novascotia
In this photo, Mary Pierrynowski chats “virtually” with her daughter, Wanda (Wandzi) Pierrynowski. Mary is a resident of The Cove. Both Mary and Wandzi are doing well. We miss you both, but it’s great that we’re able to find ways to stay connected!
Easter Sunday's bulletin. Dear Friends: We hope you are doing well. Here is our parish bulletin from Easter Sunday. As we are not together in person because of the pandemic, if you would like to receive the bulletin every weekend please e-mail [email protected].
Although our church remains temporarily closed because of the pandemic, our steeple sounded out in praise for Easter Sunday, in solidarity with churches around the world.
Wesolego Alleluja! Dear Friends: We would like to wish you Easter joy and many blessings. Sending you lots of love.
(The photo shown here was shared by fellow parishioner Nicole MacCormack.)
Greetings, friends, on this Holy Saturday. Please join us in preparing a Polish Easter basket and blessing it at home. We discuss symbols, foods, prayers and customs. We want to wish you a very blessed Easter!
Please tune in here on Holy Saturday at 9 a.m. (or any time after). We are preparing a video on putting together and blessing a traditional Polish Easter basket. Everyone is welcome to share in this beautiful tradition.
These are Janina MacCormack’s Polish palms at home on Palm Sunday. We want to wish you many blessings on this Holy Thursday.
In the Polish tradition, we use willows on Palm Sunday and decorate them for a Palm Sunday blessing procession. This year, we cannot be together in person, but many of our parishioners have still been decorating willows and branches at home. This photo is from Ursula Melski's home. We would like to wish you many blessings on this Holy Week.
BULLETIN FOR PALM SUNDAY: Dear Friends -- please check out some features in this Sunday’s bulletin on Polish Palm Sunday traditions, preparing a traditional Polish Easter basket at home, plus ways to stay connected on-line and by telephone during this upcoming Holy Week. Take care. We are praying for you during this difficult time.
Polish Village Hall
This sign on Victoria Road in Whitney Pier was placed by the St. Michael's Polish Benefit Society.
Here is Sunday's bulletin and Polish pop-up tutorial .
Dear friends: We hope you're doing well. Take care. God bless. The bulletin includes some ways in which we're staying "virtually" connected.
Every Tuesday and Friday at 4:40 p.m., on CBC Radio One in Cape Breton, please tune in to a “People’s School on Community Leadership (the COVID-19 edition).” This afternoon, there will be two guests from our Polish sister city, Wałbrzych. They are Dr. Angieszka Mroczek-Czetwertyńska and Prof. Piotr Szymaniec, both of the Angelus Silesius University. They will talk about how people are supporting each other in our sister city during the COVID-19 crisis. The segment will also focus on the importance of effective communication during challenging times.
POLISH POP-UP TUTORIAL: When our parish and Polish community in Cape Breton host lunches, celebrations, and events, we usually do a “Polish Pop-Up Tutorial” with everyone who is there. It’s part of our effort to keep our beautiful language and traditions alive in Cape Breton and share these with others. Since we can’t be together in person at this time, we’re sharing this week’s Polish Pop-Up Tutorial here on our page. And because we’re largely confined to our homes, we thought we would recall some of the words for things around the house – starting with the kitchen (kuchnia). Życzymy dużo zdrowia! We wish you lots of health!
SUNDAY'S BULLETIN: We are continuing our weekly bulletin during the COVID-19 crisis, including information on how to stay connected and ways in which we are gathering by telephone or computer. Here is our bulletin for today. If you know anyone who might like the bulletin sent by regular mail, please call 902-563-1226 or e-mail [email protected] . God bless!
Dear Friends: Bishop Kirkpatrick has just issued a note. Masses, in-person meetings, and adoration/church visitation are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis. Let’s continue to support each other and our community during this challenging time. Let’s pray for people who may be especially isolated. And a friendly reminder that for anyone in our community (not just members of our church) who may need assistance with shopping or deliveries, please feel free to call 902-563-1226. God bless. Please keep in touch. Z Bogiem.
COMMUNITY KITCHEN: Dear Friends -- Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation and to respect the most recent guidelines from the province about gatherings and social-distancing, we will have to suspend operation of the Whitney Pier Community Kitchen at St. Mary’s Polish Church for the time being. However, for anyone in the area who might need help at this time picking up groceries or prescriptions, please note that the St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society will be pitching in to assist (not just for Society members, but as a service to the community). If you need help with delivering groceries or prescriptions, please call 902-563-1226. Take care, everyone. And keep in touch. God bless.
GOOD FOOD BUS AT POLISH VILLAGE HALL THIS SATURDAY: The Good Food Bus – which is like a mini farmers’ market – will be at the Polish Village Hall (indoors, downstairs) this Saturday, February 29, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. It is open the whole community. Find fresh fruits and vegetables at VERY affordable prices.
ASH WEDNESDAY: Our Ash Wednesday (Środa Popielcowa) Mass will be at 6:30 p.m (Feb. 26). Everyone is welcome. God bless. Bóg zapłać!
The Whitney Pier Community Kitchen is ON today at St. Mary’s Polish Church (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Thank you!
The Polish Village Hall will be hosting THE GOOD FOOD BUS (indoors) again this Saturday, February 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Drop by for fresh fruits and veggies at VERY affordable prices. Everyone is welcome!
The Whitney Pier Community Kitchen is still on today at St. Mary’s Polish Church! (Wholesome meals are served every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a friendly, welcoming setting. Everyone is welcome. Meals are free or donate what you can.)
[02/02/20] Due to the winter storm, this morning’s mass (9:30 am) is cancelled. Take care and God bless.
Sunday, at the Polish Village Hall, we held our traditional Oplatek Potluck to mark the end of the Christmas season. As part of this wonderful gathering, we did a Jaselka play profiling the Christmas story with Polish folk elements – including singing, dancing and Polish dialogue. Thank you, all. Dziekujemy!
The Winter Good Food Bus – affordable fresh fruit and vegetables – will be at the Polish Village Hall this Saturday (January 18) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Polish Village Hall is at the corner of Victoria Rd. and Jamieson St. in Whitney Pier. See you Saturday!
First, we hope you all had a great holiday season & are adjusting well to 2020!
Thank you to all of our customers, volunteers & communities for being such a wonderful part of our pilot. It went so well that we are going to keep going into the winter starting THIS SATURDAY!! We are trying something different and going to four communities to explore the benefits of a more consistent schedule. If you don't see your community listed, please know that we do plan on reevaluating the schedule for the summer months! See schedule below 🙌
Due to the impending snowstorm, we regret that the Whitney Pier Community Kitchen tomorrow (Wednesday) is cancelled. See you on Wednesday, January 15. The Whitney Pier Community Kitchen happens at St. Mary’s Polish Church every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals are free (or donate what you can) in a very friendly neighbourhood atmosphere. Everyone is welcome.
On New Year’s Day at 9:30 a.m., we will have Mass to pray for world peace and to mark the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. Everyone is welcome! Happy New Year! Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
CAPE BRETON POLISH TARTAN TEDDY BEARS (“Misiu” and “Misia”): Just in time for Christmas, we have a very limited quantity of beautiful, truly unique teddy bears with the Cape Breton Polish tartan and distinctive Polish folk elements. A lot of craft work went into them! Thank you in particular to Deana Lloy, Maura Lea Morykot, and Eileen Fagan-Steele. Eileen and Maura Lea are shown in these pictures. A limited quantity will be for sale after the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 22, at St. Mary’s Polish Church. For this first offering of just 50 bears, we will unfortunately not be able to do shipping and will have to kindly ask that purchases be limited to four per purchaser on a first-come, first-served basis. (We will be doing additional bears in the new year.) Cost is $35 each or $65 for a couple. (If paying by cheque, the cheque can be made out to the “St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society.”) Each bear has a tag to explain the design of the Cape Breton Polish tartan. Proceeds from this project support the St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society (future new kitchen for the Polish Village Hall). Thanks so much! Dziękujemy!
"PASTERKA" CHRISTMAS EVE SHEPHERDS' MASS will take place on December 24th at 10 p.m. -- with beautiful Polish Christmas carols starting at 9:30 p.m. Everyone is warmly welcomed to be with us on this holy night.
This coming Sunday (Dec. 15) after our 9:30 a.m. Mass, we will have lunch and a special visit from Święty Mikołaj (St. Nicholas), who will bring small presents for children. Everyone is welcome. This visit is one of our customs for a Sunday close to the feast day of St. Nicholas.
Building community through archiving, memory sharing, and warm hospitality.
DZIĘKUJEMY! THANK YOU! The Pop-Up Museum (“Searching for Polish Cape Breton”) was a wonderful success (it sounded good on live radio, too!) Great turnout. Lots of new connections. And so many precious records and items. We learned a lot. We appreciate very much the collaboration with The Beaton Institute and the CBU Tompkins Institute. Here are some photos – with thanks to Kamaldeep Kaur, Jane Arnold, Sucha Padde, Jessy John, Abey Abraham, Dr. Joanna Pylat, Alison Etter, and others.
CAPE BRETON POLISH POP-UP MUSEUM: We hope everyone can drop by this Tuesday, December 3, between 3:30 and 7 p.m. at the Polish Village Hall. Free of charge. We’ll have refreshments and Polish finger foods. CBC’s Wendy Bergfeldt will be broadcasting live on site. If you happen to have any objects or items associated with Polish heritage (even recent history or items acquired over time) please bring in some samples. We’ll have experts on hand. Looking forward to seeing you. Do zobaczenia!
Polish Village Hall
This newspaper clipping from the Cape Breton Post is about Stanley Azarkiewicz of the Cape Breton Highlanders who died in combat near Monte Cassino on May 1, 1944. We remember him and all who served. Do you have information about other Polish Cape Bretoners who served overseas? Please bring samples of your images and artifacts to our upcoming Polish Cape Bretoners Pop-Up Museum on Tuesday, December 3, 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Polish Village Hall. It would be great to see you there! (Thank you to Dennis Azarkiewicz – Stanley’s nephew – for sharing this clipping.)
Polish Village Hall
Here is a picture of Helen and Mike Pierrynowski, married on August 12, 1929, provided by Terry Wojick. Does anyone know the names of the two girls in the photo? Do you have any photos or items to share or ask about? We’d love to see you (with samples of your items, if you have any) at the “Searching for Polish Cape Breton” Pop-up Museum at the Polish Village Hall on Tuesday, December 3, from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
The Good Food Bus – with fresh fruits and vegetables -- will be at St. Mary’s Polish Church on Saturday, November 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Come check it out. Everyone is welcome.
SEARCHING FOR POLISH CAPE BRETON: Do you have any photos, letters, or documents related to Polish Cape Bretoners? We’d love to hear from you! Please message us and we’ll be in touch. We’re working on a “pop-up museum” scheduled for December 3 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Polish Village Hall. We’ll have experts on hand, and the CBU Beaton Institute will also be there to photograph and scan items. We’re working hard to preserve our records and memories.
BEAUTIFUL PRE-CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, hosted by the St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society and St. Mary’s Polish Parish. Please join us at the Polish Village Hall this Saturday, November 9, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. There will be many unique, one-of-a-kind items and dozens of vendors, upstairs and downstairs. Admission is $2. See you there! Do zobaczenia!
NOVA SCOTIA WILL HAVE A POLISH HERITAGE MONTH – Yesterday, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to recognize September as Nova Scotia Polish Heritage Month, starting in 2020. The month of September has several important anniversaries connected to Polish Nova Scotians. We were very pleased to work on this initiative with MLA Derek Mombourquette (Sydney-Whitney Pier), who introduced the resolution in the legislature, as well as staff in the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Thank you to all. Dziękujemy!
Thank you to our parish’s representatives last Sunday at the 175th anniversary of the diocese: From left: Delores Starzomski, Sophie Chislett, Kristofer Starzomski-Wilson, Frankie Chislett, and Frank Starzomski presented traditional Polish bread and salt prepared by Peggy Ryba.
WHITNEY PIER COMMUNITY KITCHEN resumes this Wednesday, September 18 – from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- and continues every Wednesday at St. Mary’s Polish Church (15 Wesley St.) Everyone is welcome. Meals are free, but donations are always appreciated. The space is wheelchair accessible and the atmosphere is very friendly. This is a collaborative effort of local faith communities and organizations.
Please join us for an informal lunch (no charge) after the 9:30 a.m. Mass and a chance to chat with our special guests, Janusz Tomczak, president of the Canadian Polish Congress; and Dariusz Wisniewski, Consul General of Poland. Everyone is welcome. After the lunch (starting at about 11 a.m.), we will have a guided walk of multicultural sites in Whitney Pier. Everyone is welcome for that, too! Do zobaczenia!
Canadian Polish Congress- Hamilton District
Polish Village Hall
The St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society – which brings together Cape Breton’s Polish community -- has been marking our 110th anniversary this year with a number of special events, courses, and activities. On Saturday, September 14, we will have an anniversary supper. (Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling Tom Urbaniak at 902-563-1226.) Also, we will have a pop-up museum on December 3. More details about the pop-up museum to follow. (Photo courtesy of the CBU Beaton Institute.)
INVITATION TO BRING FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY (the Sunday before the Feast of the Assumption of Mary): We will have baskets set up at the 9:30 a.m. Mass to collect any contributions of fresh fruits and vegetables. The fresh produce will be given to Loaves and Fishes, our local organization that serves meals and also serves as a food bank. In the Polish tradition, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary is also sometimes called Matka Boska Zielna. Herbs, vegetables, flowers and other plants are blessed in church. This custom would have been especially prevalent in Polish communities at the turn of the 20th century when our parish’s founding families settled in Cape Breton.
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