Polish Sundays Are Back

The Polish Mission is proud to announce that the age-old Orchard Lake tradition of “Polish Sundays” have returned, thanks to the initiative of our Chancellor, Fr. Miroslaw Krol. Polish Sunday’s had long been the custom of yesteryear under the leadership of beloved Chancellor Msgr. Stanley Milewski, but faced with declining community response, the monthly open house and dinner program was halted. Fr. Krol is passionate about service to our Polish-American community, and as such has welcomed everyone back to the historic Orchard Lake campus to rediscover the Orchard Lake Schools.

“Polish Sundays” are the first Sundays of each month. Following the celebration of Mass at 1:00 pm in Polish, all of our guests are welcomed to a delicious Polish feast, prepared by our talented chefs at the dining hall. The inner includes traditional Polish fare like kielbasa and pierogi, and the cost is $15 per person. Afterward, guests are invited to tour or Polish language classroom, and the newly opened archives, for a visit with Archives Director Fr. Stanislaw Flis, Polish Language Coordinator Marzanna Owinski, or Curator JJ Przewozniak.

At the initiative of Fr. Krol and Fr. Flis, the archives have recently undergone a facelift. Today, friends, guests, and researchers alike can visit Fr. Flis and or Mrs. Jolanta Halaczkiewicz in a newly-remodeled reading room (made from a refurbished St. Mary’s Prep classroom), to access the comprehensive archival collection housed in the Ark building on campus.

The Panorama of Polish History, created in 1985 for the 100th Anniversary of teh Orchard Lake Schools runs regularly for guests on Polish Sundays, during which viewers can admire the recently cleaned and conserved figurines of great figures from Polish history. The figurines and panorama mechanism went through an extensive overhaul by The Polish Mission, thanks to the generosity of many donors several years ago, and supported by then-Chancellor-Rector Msgr. Tom Machalski, and the late Chancellor Emeritus, Msgr. Stanley Milewski. See photos from the Panorama Gala of 2013 here. On February 4th, Fr. Krol with an audience of about 20 people ceremonially re-blessed the Polish Panorama in the company of Fr. Flis and Polish Radio personality Jerzy Rozalski, in honor of a new era of “Polish Sundays,” after which all enjoyed a good Polish dinner.

So, make sure to mark your calendar for the 1st Sunday of each month at 1:00 pm to come visit Orchard Lake Schools!