Institutions, Schools, Organizations and Churches are important  elements of Polish Life in the Area.

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*If you have any information about the Polish centers, schools or groups providing Polish
Education,or other activities related to Polish Culture please  send it  to  Polboston.com.
This  will help us complete our list. Contact






 Boston



Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish


Saturday School of Polish Language of John Paul II /Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish/

Glos Mlodziezy - the SSJP students' newspaper in Polish




 Massachusetts



Polish Saturday School of Taddeus Kosciuszko, Lynn, MA
tel.: 781-321-6748


Polish Saturday School of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Worcester, MA
Tel.: 774.262.4615  or 508.752.6322
Email: Ewasg@aol.com or puszczyki@verizon.net



Polish Saturday School in Webster
tel.: 508-943-3323





 Rhod Island



Polish Saturday School of St. Josef, Central Falls
508-698-2275

Polish Saturday School in Woonsocket
401-766-9705





















PARISHES  with a web site in Eastern Massachusetts
Polish Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Boston. |   Masses and Confession - Schedule

Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish /web site/- South Boston

St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church  - Chelsea

















CULTURAL ACTIVITIES  /Eastern Massachusetts/

Polish Cultural Foundation - Boston

Bialy Orzel / White Eagle - Polish Paper. The Editor - South Boston, distributed also to the others states USA

Pro Musica Inc., Musical Cafe at Candlelights.- South Boston, www.promusicainc.com

Krakowiak Dance Group, www.krakowiak.org

Delcroze Center - Brookline

Polish Amateur Theater of Boston, www.patobinc.org












POLISH ORGANIZATIONS & INSTITUTIONS 


Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Boston

Polish American Congress of Eastern Massachusetts - Boston

Polish-American Networking Organization - Boston

Polish Cultural Foundation, Inc.

Polish American Veterans Post 13 of Chelsea (35 Fourth St. Chelsea, MA.)

Polish American Veterans Post 37 of S. Boston (Dorchester Ave, S.Boston, MA.)

Polish Heritage Foundation,  P.O Box 70199, Worcester, MA 01607

Newspaper "Polskie Slowo" in Worcester



















A bit of POLISH CULTURE FOLKLORE & TRADITION  


St. John's Night (Noc Swietojanska)
Originally pagan, Slavic Swieto Kupaly (Kuopala's feast) was Christianized and turned into St
John's Night sometime in the 10th century. The only remaining link with this pagan feast is the
date - the 24th of June - and the custom of throwing flower wreaths into the River. Orgies and
drunkenness to celebrate the fertility goddess Kupala were abandoned and prohibited by the
Church. The wreaths must be thrown into the river by virgins, and fished out by bachelors.
Think of it as a medieval personal ad. /source/


Andrzejki - In October a  period  began  when  the  majority  of  marriages  were  arranged.
Accordingly, the  intensity  of  fortunetelling, forebodings  and  several prophecies  increased.
Days of special importance were  November the  24th  and  29th that  means  St. Catherine’s
Eve for young men and St. Andrew’s Eve  for  girls. In  this   day, girls  used to  burn  flax  fiber
pellets (if two previously chosen and named fly up or touch each other that means marriage),
to pour melted wax on water (and guessing the future from the shape of  the  shadow  on  the
 wall), to give pancakes to dogs (to   see whose pancake  will  be eaten first), and so on. They
also used to place into their circle  a  gander.   It  was  said,  that  the girl  first  approached  or
picked at by the  bird  will  be  the  first   to  marry.  The girls used to put under their  blankets
a rolling  pin  or  men  trousers  believing  that  their    prospective  bridegroom  will  appear  in a
dream.
/source: Jacek Marek /

Christmas Eve - For Poles, Christmas Eve is a time of family gathering and reconciliation.
It's also a night of magic: Animals are said to talk in a human voice and people have the power to
tell the future. The belief was born with our ancestors who claimed that Dec. 24 was a day to mark
the beginning of a new era. It was bolstered by sayings such as, "As goes Christmas Eve, goes
the year." Hoping for a good 12 months, everyone was polite and generous to one another and
forgave past grievances.

Today, few treat the old traditions seriously, but some survive as family fun. "Maidens" interested in
their marital future and older people, who try to predict next year's weather based on the sky's aura
between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night (Jan. 6), sometimes cling to past superstitions.

Polish rural residents are among the few who still keep up the old Christmas Eve customs. In
eastern Poland it is still believed that girls who grind poppy seed on Christmas Eve can hope for
a quick marriage. After dinner, they leave the house, and the direction of the first dog bark points to
where their future husband will come from. Another fortune-telling trick is eavesdropping on the
neighbors. If in a casual conversation, the girl hears the word "Go" it means she will get married in
the coming year. A loud "Sit" announces long-lasting maidenhood. / source/













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