PAC Michigan to host a Celebration of 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Regained Independence




Sponsored by the Polish American Congress / Michigan Division



Polish American Congress Michigan Division Polish Mass at St. Ladislaus Church in Hamtramck (2730 Caniff) for the intention of PAC and Polonia. 9:00 am. Coffee Reception after the Mass.


Monday, September 10, 2018 – 7:00 pm – Polish American Congress Michigan Division Quarterly General Membership Meeting at PAC-MI Headquarters (11333 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212).


Saturday-Sunday, September 15-16, 2018 – 100 Years of Poland’s Independence Celebration at Orchard Lake Schools.  Events include Summit Discussion, Mass, Concert, Exhibition and more.  Details at


Sunday, September 16, 2018 – Dozynki Polish Dinner organized by PNA District X Women’s Division.  Doors open at 1:00 pm.  Dinner at 2:00.  American Legion Carl E. Stitt Post 232 (23850 Military Rd., Dearborn Hts., MI).  Polish Buffet Dinner.  Open Bar. Raffles. Import Gift Stations. Entertainment.  More information at 734-676-1934 or 734-591-4249.



Sunday, October 7, 2018 – Screening of a movie “Dywizjon 303” at AMC Forum 30 in Sterling Heights (44681 Mound Rd). 4:00 pm. Tickets available at Srodek’s Campau Quality in Hamtramck or American Polish Cultural Center (Troy). More information by calling: 248-707-0577 lub 248-396-1370.


Sunday, October 14, 2018 – Pulaski Day in Wyandotte. Mass at Our Lady of the Scapular at 12 Noon, following by the procession to Pulaski Park, Ceremony by the Pulaski Monument, and Lunch at the PAVA Post 95 (2935 11th Street). Donations accepted.


Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 25th Anniversary of “Chopiniana” at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy (2975 E. Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083).  Performing: Macomb Symphony Orchestra (Prof. Thomas Cook, Director) and Kazimierz Brzozowski Pianist.  More information by calling 248-689-3636.


Saturday, October 27, 2018 –  Eleventh Annual All Saints’-All Souls’ Pilgrimage, Prayer Service & Wypominki:  11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.:  St. Hedwig Cemetery, 23755 Military Rd., Dearborn Hts. 48127:  Celebrating 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I and 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence; Prayer Service at 11 a.m. with Society President Rev. Gary Michalik and Society Director Rev. Canon Walter J. Ptak; Feature Presentation by Ms. Henrietta Nowakowski, Historian:  “My Father Was A Hallerczyk,” with Commentary by Society Member Mary Bartus-Sidick; Optional Banquet at Deluca’s, 27424 Warren Ave., Westland 48185 [See flyer at or call 1-866-POLONIA for details]


Sunday, October 28, 2018 – Central Citizens Committee Pulaski Day Banquet. More information to come.


Sunday, October 28, 2018 – Polish Bilingual Day at the American-Polish Cultural Center in Troy (2975 E. Maple Road). 2:00 to 6:00 pm.  Events include a performance by the Polish Theatre Institute in the USA, from New York, fun acting workshops by Dream Tale Puppets founder, director, designer, and leading performer, Jacek Zuzanski, interactive and fun educational programs by Polish American Numismatic Society, a Polish game room, where kids of all ages can learn and play Polish-designed board and video games, a lecture on innovation and history in Polish video game design & philosophy by Professor Alina Klin of Wayne State University, a lecture on the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence and more. Details at



Sunday, November 11, 2018 – Polish American Congress Michigan Division is hosting a banquet celebrating 100th anniversary of Poland’s Independence at the American Polish Cultural Center.  More details to come.


Saturday, January 5, 2019 – Thirteenth Annual Opłatek:  St. Colette Catholic Church, 17600 Newburgh Rd., Livonia, 48152:  Noon – 3:30 p.m.; Performance & kolędy with Filarets Choir; Honoring Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan on 40th Anniversary [Details T/B/A at]


For more information or to list an event:

– Call the PAC/MI office at 313-365-9400

– Email information to

– Mail the information to: PAC/MI Calendar, 11333 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Please include a phone number if we need more information.

PACMI to host Katyn/Smolensk Remembrance Mass

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 6:00 pm, a Mass will be celebrated at St. Faustina Church in Warren (14025 E. Twelve Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088) to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Smoleñsk Polish Aircraft victims. The Mass, organized by the Michigan Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC-MI), will also pay tribute to Katyñ Massacre victims. Fr. Bogdan Mi³osz, the pastor of St. Faustina Parish, will celebrate the Mass.
The 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash occurred on April 10, 2010, when aircraft crashed near the city of Smoleñsk, Russia, killing all 96 people onboard. These included Polish President Lech Kaczyñski, and his wife, former President in-Exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and other officials and members of Polish clergy. The flight was heading to Katyñ taking many high ranking Polish officials to ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyñ Massacre.
The Katyñ Massacre was a series of mass executions of Polish nationals carried out by the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), the Soviet secret police, in April and May of 1940.
The Polish American Congress, Michigan Division, is a local division of the Polish American Congress, which is a national umbrella organization of Polish-Americans and Polish-American organizations. Its membership is composed of fraternal, educations, veteran, religious, cultural, social, business and political organizations, as well as individuals. The PAC promotes civic, educational and cultural programs designed to further not only the knowledge of Polish history, language and culture, but to stimulate Polish American involvement and accomplishments.

Polish Day Parade 2017


We invite you to join us for the Polish Day Parade, Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) in downtown Hamtramck.  The parade begins at 1:30 pm.  Marchers gather at the corner of Holbrook and Joseph Campau and proceed north on Joseph Campau to Commor.  It is considered one of the largest ethnic parades in the state of Michigan with many individuals and groups participating, including political figures.

The parade is organized Polish Day Parade Committee of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division.

A long, rich history is associated with the founding of the Polish Day Parade.  In the 1930s, the roots of the present day Polish Day Parade took hold with the May 3 Polish Constitution Day observances held on Detroit’s Belle Isle.  The Polish Day Parade evolved into the Pulaski Day Parade and was held in the fall of each year in downtown Detroit.

In 1977, Paul C. Odrobina as President of the Polish American Congress, Michigan Division ad as city council member saw the need for the Polish Day Parade to continue in Hamtramck.  Odrobina said, “I was happy to continue the tradition in the city of Hamtramck by having the parade committee agree to stage the parade on Joseph Campau Avenue during the city’s annual festival.”

He continued, “The Polish Day Parade is an annual tradition that celebrates Polish American life.  The parade brings out all that is good about one’s Polish heritage.  We all should be proud of who we are and what we contribute to America.”

This year the Parade will celebrate two extraordinary Poles who risked their lives under the banner of freedom, both in Poland and America, Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski.  A special float celebrating these figures is being prepared by the Parade Committee.

The Grand Marshal of this year’s Parade is Mr. Ray Okonski (pictured), a well-known and respected philanthropist, active supporter of Polonia for many years, especially in the area of scholarship programs.

Come and celebrate your Polish Heritage by participating in the 2017 Polish Day Parade!



St. Anne De Detroit Church, located near Ambassador’s Bridge in Detroit, dates back to Cadillac’s settling of Detroit in 1701, and it’s considered the second-oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the U.S.  The current Neo-Gothic structure, the parish’s 8th church building, dates to 1886 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

What was once Detroit’s signature French-language parish – the old school building has the name “Ecole Ste. Anne” carved into it – now has a growing, vibrant, primarily Hispanic congregation.

But once a year, for 10 days, the church becomes a site for Ethnic Novena, catered to the diverse community of Metro Detroit.

On Thursday, July 20, a Polish Novena will be held, with Fr. Ostrowski as Presider, and featuring award-winning Filarets Choir.  Knights of Columbus, Polish dance groups will also be featured.

This year the Novena will introduce a special new tradition: carrying of flags – the flag of the nation represented, the Detroit flag, the American flag, and the Vatican flag.

Refreshments will be served after the Novena at the Parish Hall.

St. Anne De Detroit Church: 1000 St Anne St, Detroit, MI 48216.  Visit for more information.


JULY 18 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 1 (Irish)

JULY 19 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 2 (Asian)

JULY 20 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 3 (Polish)

JULY 21 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 4 (Albanian)

JULY 22 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 5 (Mexican)

JULY 23 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 6 (French)

JULY 24 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 7 (Chaldean)

JULY 25 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 8 (African-American)

JUL 26 – Ste. Anne Novena – Night 9


(seb / photo: St. Anne de Detroit Facebook Page)

PACMI to Present Scholarship Recipients

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the Polish American Congress of Michigan (PACMI) Scholarship Fund will host its annual Fund Raiser / Dinner, during which 2017 PACMI Scholarship Recipients will be presented.  The event will take place at Krakus Restaurant in Detroit (12900 Joseph Campau).  Doors open at 5:30 pm; dinner served at 6:00 pm.  Suggested contributions: $30.00 per person (contributions in excess of $20.00 are tax deductible).  For a contribution of $250.00 or more towards the Scholarship Fund, each donor will receive a document of their contribution.

Reservations can be made by August 2, by calling 313-365-9400 or 586-751-8168.

This year, the Polish American Congress of Michigan Scholarship Fund selected nine students which will be presented with scholarships.  They are: Danielle Miller (Oakland Univeristy; major: Health Science), Ewa Sztandera (University of Detroit Mercy; major: Nursing), Hanna Gove (Grand Valley State; major: Occupational Therapy), Agnieszka Miklasewicz (Western Michigan University; major: Law), Pamela Jablonski (University of Michigan; major: Business Admnistration), Natalia Jablonski (University of Michigan; major: Nursing), Karina Cieslak (Wayne State University; major: Bio-Chemistry), Evelina Kutyma (Unviersity of Michigan; major: Public Health).



We invite you to join fun crowd at the new and improved Pierogi Palooza II event , Friday, June 2, 2017, at the PNA Council 122 Hall, 10211 Conant in Hamtramck, MI 48212 (guarded parking).  Good food (including many varieties of pierogi to try) and your favorite beverages (all for very reasonable prices), lively entertainment, Polish merchandise for purchase, raffles, Polish heritage displays, and a true Polish American experience are all guaranteed from 4:00 pm to midnight. $2.00 gets you in with food and beverage options to purchase.  This is a FUNDRAISER for Polish American Congress Michigan, which is the umbrella organization of Polonia serving the Polish American community for over 70 years.  We were happy to host so many of you at last year’s successful event and hope to see you back this year.  Everyone is Welcome! Come Hungry and Bring your Dancing Shoes!  Feel free to share it with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  See you on June 2!



POLISH DAY PARADE ROAST – Come and support Polish Day Parade!

For more information, please call 313-365-9400.

We invite you to “Noc Swietojanska”


PAC-MI Scholarship Fund begins its fundraising campaign “Invest in the Future”

A special appeal to Polonia – “Invest in the Future” Make a Difference Scholarship Appeal – was recently made by the PAC-MI Scholarship Fund. A letter asking for monetary support of the Scholarship Fund was recently sent out to all PAC-MI members and friends.
“The Polish American Congress of Michigan Scholarship Fund, Inc. has limited income to use for this year’s Scholarship Recipients. Since our major fundraiser to be held in August, at the Krakus Restaurant will not be sufficient to award each recipient at least $1,000.00 in scholarships, we now need additional funds,” reads the letter.
“The Scholarship Fund has initiated an ‘Invest in the Future’ Make a Difference Scholarship Appeal. We are requesting contributions from you or your organization or from your family estates. Donations of amount will be greatly appreciated. Those who give $100 or more will have their name placed on a Donor Board that will be on display at the PAC office in Hamtramck and at the Scholarship Dinner.”
Tax deductible donations can be sent to:
11333 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Checks are to be made payable to: PAC of Michigan Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Deadline for this appeal is July 15