Newsletter - September 2017
 See Statewide Member Events Calendar below!
Our heartfelt prayers are with EVERYONE in the path of
 Hurricane Harvey.
The Honorable Piotr Całbecki, Marszałek (Governor) of Kujawsko-Pomorskiego, Toruń, Poland recently visited Texas with his wife, Dagna, and two daughters, Helena and Aleksandra, after visiting New York, Pennsylvania, California and Arizona. His stay in Texas was coordinated by Professor Jim Mazurkiewicz of Texas A&M University and President of PACT. He was welcomed by members of the Chappell Hill Museum, Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, President of PACT, John Wick, President of the Chappell Hill Chamber of Commerce, Father Jozef Musiol, Pastor of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, the Honorable John Brieden, Washington County Judge, and Joel Romo, President of the Chappell Hill Museum Board of Directors. Calbecki is in the center in a coat and tie, with his wife and two daughters.
Piotr Całbecki and his family were welcomed in Chappell Hill with the Polish tradition of "Bread & Salt."
Friends gather at Polonia Restaurant in Houston to meet the Polish dignitary, Piotr Całbecki.
July 29, 2017 All photos courtesy of Stan Aponiuk.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp (center), Marshal (Governor) Piotr Całbecki, and his wife, Dagna (right), Dr. Jim and Kathy Mazurkiewicz (left) in front of the welcome sign Chancellor Sharp made for the Polish guests at the opening of
"Park West" in
College Station, Texas.
Photo by Amy Jenkins.
PACT Scholarship
now $1000! 
The PACT Board of Directors unanimously voted to increase our Scholarship award to $1000! Please share this information with high school seniors and counselors!


Learn more about the
PACT Scholarship program -
click here .
A special thank you to Fabian & Rita Jezierski, Mark & Linda Bilski, Michael Bronikowski and Kathy Mazurkiewicz for working on the two Polish Scarecrows on Hwy 290 for the upcoming...

80th Annual Homecoming, "Dożynki" and Harvest Festival celebration to be held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!)
There will be a "Dozynki Mass" and Homecoming Festival. Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a harvest procession and Polish hymns. Following mass, lunch will be served at 10:30 a.m. with games, bingo, live music and auction to follow.

The Polish tradition of "Dożynki" dates back several centuries giving thanks to God for the year's harvest. "Dożynki" means harvest and this tradition celebrates the end of the crop season thanking God for the bountiful yields. In Poland, "Dożynki" or Harvest Festival is celebrated after the wheat harvest at the end of August and this is why I feel that this festival was started 80 years ago on Labor Day Sunday.

We have chosen to incorporate this Polish tradition of "Dożynki" to celebrate our Polish heritage with the Homecoming/Harvest Festival to recognize the Polish immigrants that came to Chappell Hill and established St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Our ancestors were seeking economic and religious freedom and their first project was to build a Catholic church to praise God for their new freedom and prosperity.

The Homecoming/Harvest "Dożynki" mass and celebration will begin with the holy rosary at 8:30 a.m. and mass at 9:00 a.m. with the blessing of the "Dożynki Bread" at 10:00 a.m. After mass, lunch will be served at 10:30 a.m. in the parish hall.

In addition, we would like everyone to come in Polish costume and participate in the mass procession. If you do not have a Polish folk costume, a white blouse or shirt with a red necklace or red ribbon with black pants or red skirt is very Polish. You do not have to dress Polish to attend, but our participation continues to grow each year and we welcome everyone. Please come and witness this beautiful celebration even if you chose not to wear a Polish costume.

Dziękuję bardzo & God Bless You!
Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, PACT President
The  Austin Polish Society  hosted the first meeting of the Polish History Club on Sunday, August 20th to discuss polish history and culture.
Gratulacje to the Polish Language Classes beginning this month in
El Paso , Austin , Dallas ! Click links for more info.
Above: The vision.
Below; under construction August 2017.
Polish Heritage Center at Panna Maria
If your organization, family, parish or group would like to learn more or schedule a presentation about the Polish Heritage Center at Panna Maria , now under construction, please contact Marketing Director, Maureen 'Mo' Brown, at cell  512-638-3483  or  or feel free to leave a message at  210-263-7270 .
Upcoming Member Events 

Sep. 3 - Austin Polish Society , Polish Monthly Film Screening, 3:30 PM, Manchaca Road Branch, Austin Public Library. " Giuseppe in Warsaw" (1964), a war comedy, 1 hr 39 min., English subtitles.

Sep. 2-3 – White Deer , Jerome Rapstine Family Reunion

Sep. 10 –  Yorktown Holy Cross Catholic Church , Parish Festival & Craft Fair

Sep. 15-17 - Houston , Our Lady of Czestochowa, Polish Harvest Festival "Dozynki"  

Sep. 23 - El Paso, Chopin Music Festivals - pianists to perform are: Ning An on Saturday, September 23; Mei Ting on Saturday, October 7; and Lucy Scarbrough on Saturday, October 21. All performances begin at 7:00 PM at the Chamizal National Memorial Theatre, 800 South San Marcial, El Paso, Texas. Free admission.

NEW DATE! due to hurricane:
Oct. 1 –  Chappell Hill S t. Stanislaus Catholic Church , 80th Annual Parish Mass, "Dożynki" & Homecoming Bazaar

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Photos above are from our Annual Meeting in Panna Maria in November 2016. See MORE PHOTOS in our 2017 directory which you can view in a FLIP-BOOK on our website !
Save the Date for the PACT Annual Meeting 
Nov. 18, 2017 in Bremond to include
Mass, Parade, Meal, Silent Auction, & More!
Our Thanks to Polish National Alliance Region H for being a Sponsor for our PACT Annual Meeting! If you would like to be a Sponsor, contact us today.
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