The Feast Day of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Saturday, August 26 2023 @ 4:00 pm
Polish Youngstown and St. Columba Cathedral are excited to honor the feast day of Eastern Europe’s most beloved Marion icons with a special event on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 4:00pm at St. Columba Cathedral. Very Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Siffrin will serve as celebrant with other Diocesan Slavic priests invited. Traditional Polish hymns will be part of the English language mass. A Polish meal will be served in the Cathedral hall afterward. A free-will offering of $15 pp is requested. Music will be provided by accordionist Luke Politsky. The public is invited.
The Reverend Eric Orzech, Past President and Board Member of the Polish-American Priests Association will be the keynote speaker. He will speak to the miracles associated with the ”Black Madonna” and her role in Catholic lives today. He is the pastor of the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Cleveland’s Slavic Village and the miracle church of St. Casimir Church in Cleveland. The icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa has been intimately associated with Poland for more than 600 years. In every Polish church, there is a reproduction of the Black Madonna. When Poles emigrated, they brought their devotion to the Mother of God, creating home altars and innumerable churches, chapels, and shrines in her honor. A special place is always reserved for her.