Orchard Lake Schools Remembers Beloved St. John Paul II


“There are people and nations, Mother, that I would like to say to you by name. I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to you in the way that you know best.”

“I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.”

“If the Orchard Lake Schools did not exist, it would be necessary to create them” (1969 at Orchard Lake)

“Fill Orchard Lake to capacity; sustain Orchard Lake; we need Orchard Lake” (during a private audience at the Vatican, October 26, 1978).

Please join us on March 21st, 2015 for a special commemoration of the life of St. John Paul II. This being the 10th year since his passing from this life, we want to take this time to especially remember his everlasting love of Poland and the Polish people.  We also want to reflect on the time he spent here at Orchard Lake in the 1970s. We have always had a special place in our hearts for JPII as Poles, and because he visited our campus here at Orchard Lake twice.

This event is free of charge, and open to everyone!  Free will donations are encouraged and accepted with great thanks!

Our evening of commemoration will begin with 4 p.m. Holy Mass at Our Lady of Orchard Lake Shrine Chapel, celebrated by our Chancellor and Rector, Msgr. Thomas Machalski, with special guest Musician Chris Borowicz.  He will offer a special rendition of Tuba Mirum in honor of St. John Paul II.   At the conclusion of Mass, everyone is invited to join us in the Galeria.  Dr. Jaroslaw Golembiowski will perform classical selections by Chopin as well as several of his own compositions.

Concert selectionsjgolembiowski

Composed by Jaroslaw Golembiowski:

Prelude No. 10

Sonata No. 3, Part 3

Cantabile for White Roses

Composed by Frédéric Chopin:

Polonaise Op. 53

After the conclusion of the concert, we will have an exclusive screening of a Polish documentary, beginning around 5:00 p.m, showing the first visit of St. John Paul II back to Poland, after his appointment as pontiff, in 1979.

It is our pleasure to welcome composer Marek Wilczynski, the composer who created the musical narrative of the film!

Directed by Jerzy Jogalla, this film, released in late 1979 shows his transition from Archbishop of Krakow to the “Polish Pope” who broke down barriers between countries and peoples. Many of his Masses, celebrated with people of all nations and races, in countries and continents around the world, are shown in a tender tribute to the love he had for all people. A “silent” film, there is no dialogue: the videography, by Dominik Koziol, is complimented by music originally composed by Marek Wilczynski.

There will also be a light reception with hors d’oeuvres and coffee, following the film.  Come join in the conversation between Jaroslaw Golembiowski and Marek Wilczynski: TWO Polish composers at once!

!e would be honored for you to participate in this celebration with us, and we are all looking forward to sharing our appreciation and love of this great man!

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About Dr. Jaroslaw Golembiowski: Hailing from Bielsko-Biala, Poland, Dr. Golembiowski a composer, pianist and educator. He holds two Master of Art degrees from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland.  In 2013 he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw under the guidance of Prof. Pawel Lukaszewski. Since coming to the United States in 1986, his compositions have earned numerous accolades. For more information please visit www.composersforum.org/members/directory/jaroslaw-golembiowski, or contact him directly at composerjg@comcast.net.