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Dr. Michael Klymiuk's Funeral Mass will be this Saturday, 1:00 PM January 12, 2019 at St. Casimir's Church, 8223 Sowinski Ave. Afterwards there will be a reception in the social hall adjacent to the church.


The Doctor as he was called, was very involved at St. Casimir.  Unfortunately, the last few years he had been disabled and finally at the age of 88 he was called home to the Lord, right before Christmas.   He coined the phrase, "The Miracle has happened", which related to his beloved St. Casimir.


During the last few years many people have come to St. Casimir to ask for a Miracle through the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa and some claim that they have received a Miracle.


Dr. Michael was one of the starters of the weekly prayer vigils and had even traveled to the Vatican in 2009 with a small delegation to ask for help in re-opening St. Casimir. The church was his passion.


The Doctor passed away at the Clinic, Fr. Andrezej Knapik had anointed and given him the last rites prior to his passing. The day was Sunday, December 23, 2018. We received the call from his daughter while at the 11:30 AM Mass, the same time the vigils took place during the 2 years and 10 months of closure.


Again, all are invited to celebrate Michael Klymiuk's passion for life.   He truly loved his Polish St. Casimir's Church and was so elated when disabled at the nursing home he would receive visitors and word of what was happening in the community and at beloved St. Casimir.


Continuing is a little history of Dr. Klymiuk's Dream that started the movement to re-open not only St. Casimir but 10 other closed churches. We owe the Doctor our prayers and thanks.


Z Bogiem and please read on.




Below is a link to the Sunday of July 7, 2012 with Dr. Michael Klymiuk talking about the soon to be re-opened church of St. Casimir.  His ending statement that the "Miracle has Happened" was a profound statement about the Dream he had the day the church was closed, Sunday, Nov.8, 2009.  that night he had a dream that the Blessed Mother, Lady of Czestochowa said to him,  "Do not leave Me".  The next week, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 the Prayer Vigils started and continued until re-opening, July 15, 2012.   The prayers were heard in the Vatican and the Blessed Mother's promise was kept.  This coined the term, " The Miracle of St. Casimir".   Our Lady of Czestochowa was truly on the side of these faithful Catholics!


A video that follows Dr. Klymiuk's talk is about Our Lady of Czestochowa presented by Mother Angelica.

The call notifying the St. Casimir parishioners came On December 23, 2018... Sunday's Mass 11:30 AM, the same time as the vigils during the 139 Sundays of Exile from the church.


Dr. Michael Klymiuk-Wieczerski who experienced the dream from our Blessed Mother that inspired many to pray outside St. Casimir Church for a miracle to reopen it passed away yesterday.

Dr. Michael Klymiuk was the spark that led to the prayer vigils which caused the Vatican to order 11 of the many closed parishes to reopen.


Below is a link to the Sunday of July 7, 2012 with Dr. Michael Klymiuk talking about the soon to be re-opened church of St. Casimir.  His ending statement that the "Miracle has Happened" was a profound statement about the Dream he had the day the church was closed, Sunday, Nov.8, 2009.  that night he had a dream that the Blessed Mother, Lady of Czestochowa said to him, "Do not leave Me".  The next week, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 the Prayer Vigils started and continued until re-opening, July 15, 2012.   The prayers were heard in the Vatican and the Blessed Mother's promise was kept.  This coined the term, " The Miracle of St. Casimir".   Our Lady of Czestochowa was truly on the side of these faithful Catholics!


A video that follows Dr. Klymiuk's talk is about Our Lady of Czestochowa presented by Mother Angelica.


The call notifying the St. Casimir parishioners came during this pass Sunday's Mass 11:30 AM, the same time as the vigils during the 139 Sundays of Exile from the church.

Dr. Michael Klymiuk-Wieczerski who experienced the dream from our Blessed Mother that inspired many to pray outside St. Casimir Church for a miracle to reopen it passed away yesterday.

December 30, 2018


Dr. Klemyuk passed away this morning. Dr. Klemyuk’s had a dream of Our Blessed Mother that inspired the prayer vigils at the steps of St. Casimir Church during her closure.

December 20, 2018


This is important!


The Katyn Memorial will not be removed!


Merry Christmas everyone!

December 12, 2018


Pierogi Ordering Form call 216-341-9091 for ordering.

We are in the middle of the holiday season so there are only a handful of ethnic events that are open to the general public in the next few weeks.  So while we will be continually updating the Calendar of Events at we won’t be sending out the weekly eBlasts until (gulp) next year!

Reminder: This is the absolute last chance to nominate someone for the 2019 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.  The 2019 Class will be announced soon. The induction ceremony will be Tuesday April 16, 2019.  Nominate someone at

Here’s what’s happening this week.


Cleveland American Middle Eastern Organization annual Christmas/holiday party
Wednesday December 12

5 - 9 PM
Kan Zaman
1616 West 25th Street

Cleveland American Middle Eastern Organization (CAMEO) annual Christmas party featuring Middle Eastern food, music and fun.


Ukrainian Museum annual Christmas party
Friday December 14

6 PM
Ukrainian Museum-Archives
1202 Kenilworth Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

For over 20 years the UMA has celebrated Christmas with a reception. Please join us for age-old Ukrainian Christmas traditions.


Pakistan Cultural Garden - Famous Pakistani Artists
Friday and Saturday December 14 and 15

7 PM
Signature of Solon
39000 Signature Drive, Solon 44139

Pakistan Cultural Garden first fundraiser dinner on December 14 and concert on December 15. We are pleased to announce that The Consul General of Pakistan, Chicago, Mr. Javed Ahmed Umrani has agreed to be the Chief Guest at both of our events, 'Dinner with artists' and 'Night at the Museum.'


Holi 'Day' Fiesta
Saturday December 15

1 - 3 PM
Bop Stop
2920 Detroit Ave.

The Music Settlement and The Roberto Ocasio Foundation present a free Holi 'Day' Fiesta featuring Latin Music and Jazz, Gifts and Prizes and Refreshments.


Cleveland Maennerchor Christmas Dinner and Concert
Saturday December 15

6 PM
4515 State Rd. Cleveland 44109

Cleveland Maennerchor Christmas Dinner and Concert featuring the Cleveland Maennerchor and Heights Damenchor. Also singing Christmas Carols and a special guest.  The earliest forms of these Maennerchor clubs where "singing societies" that perpetuated traditional choral music, both German and German-American culture, providing Gemuetlichkeit for new immigrants.


Friendship Foundation 25th Anniversary celebration
Sunday December 16

3 - 7 PM

The Friendship Foundation was established in December 1993 --by Vietnamese, Americans, and veterans-- “to build bridges of friendship between the people of Vietnam and the People of America." In 25 years, the Foundation has sponsored over 1,100 volunteers who have traveled to Vietnam to help people, teach English, work in hospitals, work in rural villages, and aid children, handicapped, seniors, and remote rural villages.  The Foundation has provided over Twenty Seven Million dollars of private assistance and in-kind help in terms of scholarships for students and the disadvantaged, food and clothing, medical supplies and equipment, school supplies and books, medical services and needed surgical  operations, and other aid.  The Foundation has built homes for the poor and recently completed constructing three teacher facility buildings in the mountain areas around Dien Bien Phu for these remote schools.  (These were all dedicated to the great Cleveland Housing Court Judge Raymond Pianka.  His photograph and a dedication decorate the buildings' main  Entrance. The Foundation has also conducted many community activities in the United States including help for refugees and resettlement, scholarships, professional visits, and neighborhood programs and social services.

The Hostess for the event is Director Gia Hoa Ryan who invites all to celebrate the Foundation, to celebrate  families who have resettled in the United States, and to celebrate the Vietnamese-American community.  Space is extremely limited but if you want to go please email Lt Col Joseph Meissner at for an invitation.


Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity at Karamu
Various Dates

Karamu House
2355 East 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106

Langston Hughes’, Black Nativity, returns to Karamu as a reimagined holiday classic.  Soul-stirring song, music, dance, and theatre combine to create this one-of-a-kind rendition of the Christmas Story.  On a futuristic earth, a copy of the Holy Bible is discovered in a time capsule. The play tells the story of Mary and Joseph's journey through song and dance, culminating in a rousing finale surrounding the birth of Christ. Glorious gospel music and joyous Christmas carols help to create a soulful celebration of the greatest gift on earth that appeals to all walks of life.  Reggie Kelly directs this new, vibrant extravaganza.

Dates at Tickets: Adult $40, Senior (62 +) $35, Student (under 25 with ID) $20. Accessible seating is available. Contact the box office at 216.795.7077.


In the Gallery on the Kotel
Wednesday December 19

11:30 AM
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 44122

Join us in the gallery with Peter J. Haas, Abba Hillel Silver Professor Emeritus, for a conversation about the Western Wall, also known as the Kotel, which is considered the most significant site in the world for the Jewish people as it is the last remnant of the Second Jewish Temple. In the month of Chanukah, join us to learn about the Wall’s history and why Jews from around the world gather here to pray and write notes to G-d and place them between the ancient stones of the Wall. Coffee will be served.


Cleveland Landmark Christmas Concert
Sunday December 23

3 PM
St. Theodosius Cathedral
733 Starkweather Avenue

Please join us for a special Christmas holiday program in the historic St. Theodosius Cathedral in the Tremont community on Cleveland’s west side. Each year our program reflects the large repertoire of liturgical music from the Orthodox Christian Church. We sing a cappella, in English, and in concert format.  Come experience the beauty of this national landmark and example of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in practice. Following the Cathedral Choir’s program all are invited to participate in a sing-a-long of popular carols!  Tours: 1 PM Concert: 3 PM. This year the Cathedral Choir is joined by the Greater Cleveland Russian Male Chorus. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! Reception after the concert.

We are thankful for the support of this weekly e-News by Margaret Wong & Associates, the Confucius Institute of Cleveland State University, Cleveland American Middle Eastern Organization (CAMEO), Federation of India Community Associations ( FICA ), The Friendship Foundation of American Vietnamese, The Lithuanian Community of Cleveland and the United Hungarian Societies of Cleveland.


Hungarian Christmas concert & Candlelight Service
Sunday December 23

All Day
West Side Hungarian Evangelical Lutheran Church
15300 Puritas Ave Cleveland, OH 44135

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Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service
Tuesday December 25

6:30 AM
Peace Lutheran Church
3740 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights

The Swedish Vasa community invites you to the Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service at 6:30 a.m. on December 25! The service is held at Peace Lutheran Church, 3740 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights. A light breakfast will be served afterwards. For further information, contact Marty Bergman,, or call at 216-371-5141.


Annual Kwanzaa celebration in South Euclid
Wednesday December 26

4 PM
Greenmont Party Center
800 S. Green Road

The city's annual Kwanzaa celebration will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Greenmont Party Center, 800 S. Green Road. Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday honoring universal African-American heritage and culture. The event is free. Call 216-321-1539.


Celebrate Kwanzaa with Golden Ciphers
Sunday December 30

5 -9 PM
Phillis Wheatley Association
4450 Cedar Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103

Golden Ciphers cordially invites the whole community to attend our Kwanzaa Celebration! Please join us for an evening of dancing, drumming, food, and supporting local business.


FICA New Year's Eve Party
Monday December 31

LOTUS banquet hall
5106 Great Northern Shop Center South, North Olmsted

As the clock winds down and the year ends, it is time to celebrate and welcome 2019 with all our friends. Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio (FICA) is excited to join hands with Cinnamon Club in kicking of 2019 in style! Dinner - Dancing - Cocktails. Join us as we ring in the New Year at the Cinnamon Club’s (Opening soon) new LOTUS banquet hall located at 5106 Great Northern Shop Center South, North Olmsted. General admission -$75 FICA members - $50. If you are not a FICA member, DON’T worry, you can become a member for $50 for one year or $500 for a lifetime membership.


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December 8, 2018


We are back in business! You can access current Church bulletins from the main page at Church Bulletins (new). I’m not sure if I will change the order but for now, I plan on having the current bulletin on top.


The website needs to be cleaned up. I was thinking of having it only in pdf format. Right now, I’m editing it in Word and saving as html web pages. Any input is welcome. If you want to design a main page, please try to keep all the links that are on the current main page, but I would leave it up to you on how to present them.


Hope to see you at church!

February 11, 2018


Prayers for Elvina and her family.



Finally replaced the ftp program used to update the website. Check out the under development wordpress website. There is a link on the main page.


January 2, 2018


St Mary's in the Philadelphia Diocese not giving in to closure.  Every obstacle put in their path to totally eliminate them....they overcome.  They are one step ahead of the Diocese in each instance.   They keep visible at all times with the truth!   Follow them and learn by example their faith and unity under good leadership.   They will not give in.

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On Monday, January 1, 2018 5:27 PM, St. Mary Polish American Society <> wrote:




It has been a little while since we last sent out an email update.  We hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas spent with family and friends.  We also wanted offer a few thoughts about the Mass and Wigilia Christmas Social that took place at St. Mary’s on Saturday December 16th.  What a fantastic day it was, and we have so many people to thank who helped to make the day so special. 


First, a special thanks to Father Eugene Wilson who joined us from Bensalem to celebrate Mass.  We thank John Bednar and Cathy Middleton for providing the musical accompaniment as keyboardist and cantor for Mass.  Thanks to Stanley Matusheski for being the altar server for Mass.  Next a thank you to Pat Monastero and her kitchen crew of Mike Poniatowicz, Marlene Maggio, Diane Prusinowski, and Joanne Pilcicki for preparing the delicious Wigilia meal.  Thanks to the entire Matusheski family, Jon and Gerry Drozd and Josh, as well as Joseph Rzeznik, Bud Swedkowski and Bernie Kozikowski for helping to get the church and hall decorated and prepared for Mass.  Thanks to Dorothy Swedkowski for coordinating ticket, babka, and pierogi sales, for running check-in at the event with Cindy Bowe, and doing so much behind the scenes work for the Society.  Thanks to the rest of the St. Mary Polish American Society board, Michael Stupka, Maryann Stupka, Jay Kunaszuk, and Mike Matusheski for all your hard work throughout the year for the Society.  We also extend a thank you to Father Heron at St. Matthew's Parish for giving us permission to have this special celebration at St. Mary's, as it means so much to have been able to hold the Mass and Wigilia in our beloved St. Mary's Church, commemorating our rich Polish Christmas traditions.  We thank everyone who attended the Mass and Wigilia, brought a dessert, and who helped contribute to the celebration in any way great or small.  We truly could not exist as a Society without your support.  Please click here for a photo album from the day’s festivities.


We also wanted to provide a few links to posts from our Facebook page about some of the beautiful Polish traditions that are a part of the celebration of the Christmas season:


Szopka Making


Christmas Season Traditions


Wigilia Checklist


Wigilia Foods


We are also in the process of planning our next event, our Second Annual Ostatki Polish Mardi Gras Celebration and Valentine’s Party.  While we have not yet officially finalized the date for this event, we are tentatively planning for it to take place on Sunday February 11th, and will be sharing the date as soon as it is set.  


Lastly, on this New Year's Day, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, blessed New Year.


Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!


David Swedkowski

Executive Director, St. Mary Polish American Society



December 12, 2017



 Please remember our four Sisters left from St. Casimir. I believe they are all in their 90’s. They would love to hear from you at Christmas time!


 The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago dedicated their life at a young age to teaching, taking care of the sick and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes, providing housing and services for residents in independent, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, operating child care centers, teaching in schools and universities, pastoral care, social service work, and sheltering victims of domestic violence.


Four Sisters that taught or attended St. Casimir Church in Cleveland are still with us at the Motherhouse in Lemont, Illinois


Please know that the Sisters prayed daily that our miracle would come to re-open the church They thank all of you for all that you do at St. Casimir Church.


They would love to hear from you!!!


The History of the Sisters can be found here:


Sr.M. Celeste Walkowski


Sr. M.Dolorine  Piwowarski


Sr. M. Josetta Kuczmarski


Sr. M. Rosemary Ferus


Our Lady of Victory Convent

11400 Theresa Drive

Lemont, IL 60439-2728


June 5, 2017


Polish Woman World War II Hero to be honored this Sunday June 11 at St. Casimir Church


Cecilia Wilk-Pech (Zagorski) will be celebrating her 90th birthday and will be honored Sunday for her bravery in WWII. Cecilia risked her life to save 3 American soldiers shot down over Germany in 1944.


Cecilia had been deported from Poland at the age of 14 and forced into labor working at a farm in Germany. One Sunday as she was filling her basket with berries at the farm, she heard a strange noise in the trees. She became frightened as she saw three men in uniform. She realized they were wearing American Air Force uniforms. The men were shot down the week before. They were tired, hungry and needed help. Cecilia risked sure imprisonment and death and ran to the village and got clothes from the French prisoners of war. She took food from the farmer’s house and fed them. She prayed that the men would be safe. Her feeling to help and live in the United States was born. When Cecilia arrived back in the forest, the pilots buried there uniforms and Cecilia directed them to a safe passage.


She wondered for weeks if the pilots had made as it as it was too dangerous to stay in contact with them. She was then transferred as a child laborer to Hamburg to wash and clean soldier’s uniforms.


One year later the war was over. Cecilia said “ the day of liberation by the American Army came like a dream. We were human again, not slaves. People were dancing in the streets and screaming in Polish, “Long live the USA.”


By strange coincidence after the war, she went to work as a waitress in an American Officers Club in Paris where she met one of the Pilots she saved. The pilot recognized here and gave her a painting that she still treasures of a girl in a forest, hiding behind the bushes. Soon after,  Cecilia and her children came to America and this officer was her sponsor.


Come meet Cecilia this Sunday at Historic St. Casimir Church at 8223 Sowinski Ave, Cleveland. Come wish her Happy Birthday and join us for a festive lunch and hear the rest of her story as Cecilia and her husband James are now parishioners at St. Casimir Church.


Holy Mass is at 11:30am followed by her story and birthday wishes in the social hall immediately following mass.


Call John Niedzialek at 440-749-7415 or Richard Zysko at 440-384-0728


Father’s Day and Corpus Christi

Sunday June 18th is Father’s day and the church will feature a festive luncheon in the Social Hall where the men get the day off from cooking!!  The event will follow our 11:30am Mass and traditional Corpus Christi procession to the outdoor alters at the convent, school , and grotto. Not many parishes keep the old traditions like St. Casimir church!! Please join us.

It was like old times with the street filled with people and the wedding bells ringing Saturday at the wedding of Mike and Sue Wojtila. Sorry for the side angles. I never know what my phone will do. Mike and his fiancé Sue visited the church a  year ago and the rest is history. Mike’s mother placed special emphasis on praying to the Blessed Mother. He knew St. Casimir was the place to honor his late mother’s wishes.


Check out this cool Wojtek t-shirt:


April 3, 2017


In the month of April we remember the 77th anniversary of the tragedy in Katyn, along with the tragedy of smolensk. The tragedy of smolensk, a fatal plane crash would not of occurred if the tragedy in Katyn would have never taken place.


77 years ago in April 1940, over twenty-one thousand Polish prisoners from the NKVD camps and prisons were killed. The genocide was committed at Stalin’s will and at the Soviet Union’s highest authority’s command. The alliance between the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact and the Soviet attack on Poland on September 17th 1939, reached a terrifying climax in the Katyn massacre. Not only in the Katyn forest, but also in Tver, Kcharkiv and other known, and unknown, execution sites citizens of the Second Republic of Poland, people who formed the foundation of our statehood, who adamantly served the motherland, were killed. At the same time families of the murdered and thousands of citizens of the eastern territory of the pre-war Poland were sent into exile deep into the Soviet Union, where their indescribable suffering marked the path of the Polish Golgotha of the East.


The most tragic station on that path was Katyn. Polish officers, priests, officials, police officers, border and prison guards were killed without a trial or sentence. They fell victims to an unspeakable war. Their murder was a violation of the rights and conventions of the civilized world. Their dignity as soldiers, Poles and people, was insulted. Pits of death were supposed to hide the bodies of the murdered and the truth about the crime for ever. The world was supposed to never find out. The families of the victims were deprived of the right to mourn publicly, to proudly commemorate their relatives. Ground covered the traces of crime and the lie was supposed to erase it from the people’s memory.


An attempt to hide the truth about Katyn – a result of a decision taken by those who masterminded the crime – became one of the foundations of the communists’ policy in an after-war Poland: a founding lie of the People’s Republic of Poland.


It was the time when people had to pay a high price for knowing and remembering the truth about Katyn. However, the relatives of the murdered and other courageous people kept the memory, defended it and passed it on to next generations of Poles. They managed to preserve the memory of Katyn in the times of communism and spread it in the times of free and independent Poland. By defending the memory of there relatives they managed to save a highly important dimension of Polish consciousness and identity.


Along with Katyn we remember smolensk today. When arriving from Warsaw to attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre, the plane crashed killing all 96 people on board. Among the victims were the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, the former President of Poland, military officers, Government officials, and members of the Polish Parliament along with relatives of victims of Katyn.


Katyn and Smolensk became a painful wound of Polish history, which poisoned relations between Poles and Russians for decades. Let’s make the wound heal and cicatrize. Let’s pay homage to the murdered and pray upon their bodies. Glory to the Heroes, and Hail their memory!


December 15, 2016


On Wednesday December 14th, Richie Palcie, a dedicated son of St. Casimir Parish passed away at approximately 3:28-3:30 PM in the bosom of his beloved church, St. Casimir.  Richie and other parishioners had just finished cleaning and decorating the church for the Christmas season celebrations and being a little tired he sat down to rest in one of the pews, near the Pieta on the St. Joseph side of the church. One of the volunteers, Kathie Powaski (retired nurse) asked him how he felt---he said OK, just resting.


After a few minutes, Richie proceeded to walk up to the front of the church then stood by the communion rail in front of the crucifix admiring the beauty of the decorations on the altar.  Connie King and Kathie were talking about weddings and the beautiful setting for weddings at St. Casimir. Kathie then remarked to Richie that he needed to be the next one married at St. Casimir---Richie laughed in his usual manner, then fell backward with a loud thump. Kathie rushed over with her husband, Stan, a retired fire chief and prepped him for CPR.  Stan called 911, Kathie performed CPR until the ambulance arrived---the medics took over and did all they could to revive Richie. 

 Unfortunately, Richie could not come back.  Those present knew that Richie had passed on leaving his earthly family and friends and they knew that Richie, who was so dedicated to his faith and St. Casimir was on his way to his heavenly reward.   Richie had died in his beloved home of St. Casimir, a faithful servant of the Lord and no one spent more time with unwavering dedication to this parish than him.

Richie Palcie was in the St. Casimir graduating class of 1963 and then attended Benedictine High School.   Richie was also the president of the Alumni Association.


Richie will be missed, he had a presence and was all hard work. One consolation is that he died in a place that was dear to him, in front of the cross, on the feast day of St. John of the Cross and in the hour of Divine Mercy.. To the family of Richie, we express our condolences from each and every one of us.  God Bless you, Richie, we will never forget your spirit.  I bet right now, that Richie will challenge many of us to take his place at St. Casimir.   Let's take up his challenge and continue his good works!  He has now joined another St. Casimir legend, our beloved "Wladek" who showed us the way by example.

December 14, 2016


It is with great sadness that report the death of our long time President.

September 16, 2016

Many thanks to Joe Feckanin for getting this article in the Plain Dealer:



U. S. Military Archbishop to Visit St. Casimir’s this Sunday with Memorial Shrine Rededicated

On Sunday, September 18th, St. Casimir Church, 8223 Sowinski Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103, will welcome Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, head of the Archdiocese of the Military Services for the United States.  It is he who is responsible for overseeing the pastoral care of the men and women in our nation’s armed forces serving both at home and abroad through the work of the globe-spanning U. S. Military Archdiocese, one of our nation’s largest.

The Archbishop will be the celebrant and homilist at the parish’s 11:30AM Sunday Mass.  He will also rededicate the memorial shrine to our parishioners who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice of their lives in service to their country. 

Among the many veterans whose names are on the Memorial Plaques in Steve “Niedzialek Adkins” whose information is attached.

John Niedzialek, current parishioner and nephew of Steve Niedzialek Adkins states” it will be wonderful to see our men and women of service bring back the Memorial Plaques to honor all those from St. Casimir Church who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country during WWII. It is another step in the rebirth of our church to be able to pray again and light candles for the families and Veterans named on the plaques. I am grateful the plaques were well cared for and are now back home.””

St. Casimir Church was closed in 2009 and re-opened in 2012 after what many parishioners consider a “Miracle from the Blessed Mother.”

Representatives of the various Polish Veteran Organizations have been invited to participate. Everyone is most welcome to attend – especially our area veterans and police officers.

A group photo will be taken with the Archbishop on the front steps of the church immediately following the closing procession.  Afterward, all are welcome to join Archbishop Broglio for a festive luncheon in the Parish Social Hall for further photo opportunities and a chance to meet and greet.

A special second collection will be taken-up during the Mass in support of the work of the Military Archdiocese which receives no government funding to carry-out its important mission.

A native Clevelander, Archbishop Broglio grew-up in Cleveland Heights.  His extended family for many years operated the famous restaurant bearing his last name which was well known to many in our area.  He was ordained a priest in 1977 and spent most of his priesthood serving in the Vatican diplomatic corp in various assignments around the world.  In 2001 he was appointed Archbishop and named Papal Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico.  Since 2007, he has served as the fourth Archbishop of the U. S. Military Archdiocese based in Washington, D.C.







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U. S. Military Archbishop to Visit St. Casimir’s this Sunday with Memorial Shrine Rededicated

On Sunday, September 18th, St. Casimir Church, 8223 Sowinski Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103, will welcome Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, head of the Archdiocese of the Military Services for the United States.  It is he who is responsible for overseeing the pastoral care of the men and women in our nation’s armed forces serving both at home and abroad through the work of the globe-spanning U. S. Military Archdiocese, one of our nation’s largest.

The Archbishop will be the celebrant and homilist at the parish’s 11:30 AM Sunday Mass.  He will also rededicate the memorial shrine to our parishioners who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice of their lives in service to their country. 

Among the many veterans whose names are on the Memorial  Plaques is Steve “Niedzialek Adkins.” 

John Niedzialek, current parishioner and nephew of Steve Niedzialek Adkins states, "It will be wonderful to see our men and women of service bring back the Memorial Plaques to honor all those from St. Casimir Church who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country during WWII. It is another step in the rebirth of our church to be able to pray again and light candles for the families and Veterans named on the plaques. I am grateful the plaques were well cared for and are now back home.”

St. Casimir Church was closed in 2009 and re-opened in 2012 after what many parishioners consider a “Miracle from the Blessed Mother.”

Representatives of the various Polish Veteran Organizations have been invited to participate. Everyone is most welcome to attend – especially our area veterans and police officers.

A group photo will be taken with the Archbishop on the front steps of the church immediately following the closing procession.  Afterward, all are welcome to join Archbishop Broglio for a festive luncheon in the Parish Social Hall for further photo opportunities and a chance to meet and greet.

A special second collection will be taken-up during the Mass in support of the work of the Military Archdiocese which receives no government funding to carry-out its important mission.

A native Clevelander, Archbishop Broglio grew-up in Cleveland Heights.  His extended family for many years operated the famous restaurant bearing his last name which was well known to many in our area.  He was ordained a priest in 1977 and spent most of his priesthood serving in the Vatican diplomatic corp in various assignments around the world.  In 2001 he was appointed Archbishop and named Papal Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico.  Since 2007, he has served as the fourth Archbishop of the U. S. Military Archdiocese based in Washington, D.C.

Click here for the Plain Dealer article, be sure to invite your family and friends for this momentous occasion.


"Let us not forget the past, but rejoice in the future of our blessed Church."

The last Mass held at St. Casimir Church in Cleveland was held on November 8, 2009. Prior to the mass, the church was blessed by a Priest and dedicated to the Blessed Mother. That evening, parissioner Dr. Michael Klymiuk-Wieczerski had his dream from the Blessed Mother (Our Lady of Chestowchowa) that said "Do not Leave me." He called upon his friends and the following Sunday, parishioners and supporters met outside the locked church to pray. They continued to meet and pray every week for 2 1/2 years. On the first week of March, 2012 on the Feast Week of our Patron Saint Casimir, the Decrees from Rome were announced stating St. Casimir and 10 other churches will reopen.  The Miracle did happen.

On Sunday July 15, 2012 over 1,000 parishioners and supporters packed the church for the reopening.



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June 21, 2016

Happy Summer! The editor of the newsletter has figured out how to use his new website editing software. So look for a major revision of this website in the near future. Most of what is here will be archived and available here but you may want to copy it while you can.

June 6, 2016

My father-in-law loved the story of Wojtek the bear and had a number of articles about him. I was surprised to find this article:

In other news our parish has been approved for a grant of $168,000 to redesign our landscape to allow more water to drain into the soil than into the storm sewer. The parish will also be adding some additional land to its campus.

Things are looking better and better every day thanks to the volunteer work done by a select few. Thank you all.

March 9, 2016

Yes, this Sunday, March 13th at the 11:30 AM Mass, "Cleveland Mass Mob" starts it's third season, after the winter break and due to popular demand the "Flash Mob" (believers) are returning to where it all began in March of 2014, the beautiful  St. Casimir Church, located adjacent to Rockefeller Park at 8223 Sowinski Aveue.   Just South of St. Clair Avenue near East 79th.  And only at the most 10 minutes from downtown.

The parish is celebrating it's 125th anniversary (in 1891) of it's founding by Polish Immigrants who mainly came from the Poznan Region of Poland (the conquered by Prussia).  Many special events will will take place this anniversary year at the parish.

St. Casimir is also well known and famous for it's struggle to remain open as a place of worship.   After it's temporary closure on November 8, 2009, a group of parishioners started a weekly  Sunday Prayer Vigil after dedicating the church to the Blessed Mother,  Our Lady of Czestochowa.  A parishioner, Dr. Klymiuk had a dream where Our Lady said "Do not leave Me" and the Faithful for 139 Sundays, no matter the weather, prayed, sang and comforted and led Catholics from closed parishes in establishing similar Sunday Vigils of prayer.  These vigils drew national and international attention to their struggle and dedication to the Faith.

In Rome on March 1, 2012 the Congregation of the Clergy signed documents for all the eleven churches in appeal, reversing the closures and ORDERING that these churches be re-opened and be fully restored to their status before the closures.   In Cleveland,  the news was received on the 7th of March, 2012.  Peter Borre, the Boston Catholic Activist said never in church history has such an event happened where  Rome clearly made such an order.  One man said (Dr. Klymiuk) that this was clearly, "A Miracle".

Many people in the last few years have made pilgrimages to St. Casimir to  pray for their own miracle and even lapsed Catholics have come to St. Casimir to make peace and return to their original church. For example the Gospel of a week ago was about the "Prodigil Son", and at the first Mass Mob held in Cleveland at St. Casimir, a Vietnam Veteran, who stated that he had not been in a church for well over 25 years came and said that he had followed the struggle in the media for almost 3 years and decided that he too must return to his faith. At that first Mass Mob, at conclusion of Mass he sought out the priest and made his peace. And he personally sought out some of the parishioners to thank them for showing him the "Way".

Another was the story of the Mexican Lake County father who faced deportation and separation from his wife and children.   They came. prayed, did a 22 mile pilgrimage from Lake County to St. Casimir, praying all the way and then he too received what he and his family and friends believe was a miracle, his notice that he could stay with his family.  He comes with his family every week to give thanks and his son is now an altar boy.  This has been repeated with others too.

When the church re-opened, parishioner John Niedzialek proclaimed that "St. Casimir belongs to all the people of Cleveland not just the parishioners" for he saw strangers and those of other faiths praying for re-opening.

After this Sunday's 11:30 AM Mass, a light lunch will be available n the social hall and after the lunch, Bernadette Zubal will give a demonstration and tips on traditional Polish Easter Egg Design.

And remember the time changes this Sunday, the clock moves ahead one hour so set two clocks so you will not be late.  At St. Casimir, the unexpected always seems to happen!   Don't be late and bring those cameras.

The following is a link to a recent article in the Plain Dealer, written by Tom Feran.

All people are welcome at St. Casimir for Jesus said all are welcome at his table.

Religion and Church news in Cleveland, OH - 

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share with you my article about the latest developments in Poland, which has been published in the American Thinker.

Best regards,


People of Polish heritage worldwide will celebrate 1050 years of Christianity.   Mieszko the First was baptized in 966 thus joining the European Nations and being recognized by Rome to exist as a Nation of Believers with sovereign rights.   They will march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and you are asked to join them for this special occasion.

Read below and call your friends and family.  Walk and be counted.

Once again,  representatives from Cleveland's Polish Community will march in the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Cleveland.   This has turned into an yearly tradition for the Polish community.  Reps from Polish churches, fraternals, cultural organizations carry flags, banners and signs identifying their groups.

The parade takes place on Thursday, March 17th and you are invited to join them as they proudly parade before at least  a quarter of a million attendees.

They have become one of the most recognizable units in this parade.   Call 216-642-0576  to register to march with them and where the unit meets.

All invited to participate.

Burners are in. Company at church now, installing.

GREAT NEWS JIM!  Mark up another miracle on March 7!

We are doing our best to turn that neighborhood around and build some pride there. We just applied for a storm water grant to do some “Green Infrastructure” at the Church!!!  Last week, The Cleveland Museum helped organize a Clean-up of St. Casimir Way.

Thanks Again

From the City. Approved for demolition!

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Donald, Ayonna"

Subject: RE: 8302 Kosciuszko and PPN 107-09-008

8302 Kosciuszko is approved for demolition.

Ayonna Blue Donald
Demolition Compliance Officer
Department of Building and Housing
601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 511
Cleveland, OH 44114

Mike Iliano: Does VPU have the condemnation file for 8302 Kosciuszko (V12015649?) If so, please process for demolition.

Mike Cosgrove: Jim Rokakis forwarded this e-mail. It says that PPN 107-09-008 is a City lot with dumping. Can your staff check whether it is a City lot? If so, we can send to Parks for cleaning.


Ronald J.H. O'Leary, Director
Department of Building and Housing
601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 510
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Hello Jim: Hope you are doing well.

There is an abandoned house near St. Casimir Church that is really a problem site inviting people to use it as a dumping ground. Can we get some help in getting this site removed?

It looks like it is on one of these parcels:

*  107-09-008
*  CLEVELAND, OH. 44103

*  107-09-009
*  CLEVELAND, OH. 44103

Thanks, John 

Charles Michello, a school mate of Ray Kaspersi,  shared a story about Rt. Rev. Msg. Andrew A. Radecki at our March 6th corned beef dinner:

He recalled while being in 8th grade  Monsignor returning to the rectory in his black Packard during a school recess, called him over to the car, flipped him a dime and said wash it"!  Charles was a very happy boy as this gave him movie money for the weekend.  Thank you Mr. Michello for gathering with your extended family at our alumni events and supporting us on your dime!!!!!

Great job everyone.  Corned beef dinner was a success!!!   Thanks for all your help and continued support!!! 

Anyone available to help spruce up inside/outside of church and hall for mass mob Sunday - we will be there Wednesday by 11 am.  Thanks

Please forward to anyone you think might help.  Thanks again -

 Remember today is March 7!!!

News Release:

By John N 

St. Casimir to remember Miracle this Sunday 11:30 mass in conjunction with Cleveland Mob Mass-Come Celebrate with us!

"The miracle has happened," Dr. Michael Klymiuk-Wieczerski told about 75 fellow supporters today. "The miracle has happened."  From

He told supporters about a dream that he had the night after the church was closed. He said the Virgin Mary appeared in his dream and said, "Don't leave me," which he took to mean the church. He later worked to help re-open it.

Churches to celebrate this weekend the 4 year Anniversary of Decrees

from Rome to Reopen Cleveland Catholic

 St. Casimir is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and a special event to remember is also coming up soon. March 7 marks the 4 year anniversary of the Historic  Decrees from Rome that were issued to re-open St. Casimir Church and 10 other Cleveland churches. This also coincides with the Feast Week of St. Casimir. The faithful of St. Casimir realize this was a miracle but even I have difficulty comprehending the acts of kindness and the miracles that have followed since the church reopened:

 Polish Dinners and parties, a new street named in dedication to St. Casimir, 20 mile walking pilgrimages by Hispanic immigrants to the church after 3 families were granted their miracles by praying to the Blessed Mother at St. Casimir, St. Casimir marching in the Irish St. Patrick day Parade, Cleveland City Council stepping up to help us, weddings marked by their own miracles at the church, babies that would have never been born being baptized from families that have stayed together through their prayers to the Blessed Mother at the church, 3 movie crews and reporters from all over the world coming to document what has happened at our church, an accomplished award winning Polish pianist playing our organ and competing in national events,  our new altar boy named Ricardo, the church collaborating with groups to lead a natural resource project in the community, folks from all nationalities –the Irish, Hispanic, Slovenians, Hungarians all coming together to celebrate, and Cleveland police coming to our aid and our faithful reaching back to them. No, I would not have ever believed it myself if I did not experience it but it has all happened and we give thanks.

 And even  a cat named Casimir predicting the weather!

   Parishioners at St. Casimir Church will have

plenty to celebrate on the this Sunday March as they will celebrate

the Feast Week of St. Casimir and also

the anniversary of what many call the Miracle of St.

Casimir.    Namely, that is the reopening

of 11 Catholic Churches in Cleveland.   After St.

Casimir Church was closed, prayer vigils were held

outside the locked gates of the church for 2 years and 8

months on every Sunday, regardless of the weather.  The prayer vigils started as a result of parishioner Dr. Michael Klymiuk-Wieczerski  calling out the faithful to meet after his dream from the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Czestochowa who said to him “Do not leave me” on the night that the church was closed.

Catholics at other closed churches followed the example of

Casimir and held similar prayer vigils in front of their

locked churches.  On March 7, 2012 the parishioners of this church

and the other closed churches received the news of the

re-opening decrees  with unbelievable joy.  Local television stations flashed news of the

decrees on their screens and phones were ringing off the

hook as news of the Vatican Decrees spread. That same

evening, dedicated parishioners of these churches gathered

in front of their beloved churches and gave thanks with

prayer and song. Due to the unprecedented Decrees from the

Vatican Court, the City of Cleveland made national and world

news.  The Vatican Decrees were ordering the re-opening of

the closed churches. Rome had spoken! So on the date closest to March 7th, these re-opened

churches have much to be thankful for and at St. Casimir,

the Faithful remember and indeed feel that a

"Miracle" did happen. They would not give up,

they believed, their cries and petitions were heard

in Rome and they were rewarded.  A large banner

that hangs from the choir loft says it all, “We

Trust in Jesus".

 The church will conduct its weekly mass at 11:30

on March 13 and remember this

anniversary and St. Casimir Feast Day and Cleveland’s Mob Mass will return to St. Casimir Church. Should be a great day!. The day also has special meaning this year at 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of St. Casimir church.

March 13 Mob Mass Details below:

 "For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

 These are the red letter words from the mouth of Jesus as recorded by the evangelist Matthew. This is the charter for the parish, a group of people in physical communion with the actual presence of Jesus with them. This is why a parish is so important.

 An hundred years ago, and more, people crossed the ocean and came to a new country. Their pennies, and dimes (for that was their wages) built edifices to house their community in dignity and respect befitting what they believed honored God. Often, these newcomers were not welcomed by the greater community. These churches were bulwarks aiding them to keep the faith. These old parishes are our legacy, they are our culture, they are part and parcel of our faith.

 Cleveland's 'Mass Mob' wishes to attract people to come for a Mass, a celebration of Liturgy and Eucharist, in a parish community of an historical, and beautiful church. This is our third season. We have mobbed nineteen churches. We believe these churches/parishes should be experienced again, and again. So, we are returning where we began our mobbing.

 To avoid any confusion, St. Casimir Parish is located at 8223 Sowinski Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 between South of St. Clair and North of Superior, west off Ansel or east off 79th. 

A variety of Polish Soups will be served after Mass!!!

Photos attached on the evening on March 7, 2012, people of all nationalities gathered in front of their churches to thank God for the miracle to reopen their churches.

 Hello Junita:

 After last week's successful clean-up by volunteers along St. Casimir Way more dumping has occurred on Kosciusko and Pulaski streets. It appears some people view the empty lots around the church as a dumping ground. Can you help us?  Can we organize a clean-up, contact the police to patrol the area more, put up cameras, install some anti-littering signs?  Please help.

 We would really like to get the area cleaned up this week as the church is hosting a Cleveland "Mass Mob" Mass on Sunday where many visitors throughout Cleveland will come to the neighborhood.

 See photos John N

February 10, 2016

Happy birthday to Jason Bluy.

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016 9:23 AM, Stanislav Zadnik <> wrote:


George Grabowski, who fought in Warsaw Uprising, dies at age 92
Brian Albrecht, The Plain Dealer
on February 08, 2016 at 5:26 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio – "Street by street, house by house, sewer by sewer, the insurgents were shelled, gunned and dynamited on one bank of the Vistula river, whilst Soviet soldiers sun-bathed on the opposite bank."

That's how George Grabowski, who died February 3 at age 92, once remembered the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 during World War II.

The Independence resident was one of 45,000 Poles who fought in the rubble of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, and saw the uprising as an epic story of heroism and betrayal. When it ended, some 200,000 Poles had been killed and another 15,000 shipped to prison camps in Germany.

The Polish resistance had launched the uprising in the hope that Soviet troops advancing on the city would aid in the battle. That hope proved futile, and before the Germans left that devastated city, they were ordered to make sure that no stone was left standing.

Grabowski recalled in a 2007 Plain Dealer story that Polish combatants often wore captured German helmets and uniforms. He said that if they were taken prisoner in that gear, even when wearing the red and white Polish Home Army armband, they would be immediately shot.

"We would not have a prayer to survive," he said. "Our Polish saying was 'Ras Kozie smierc,' which means 'Goats die once.' "

But those uniforms once saved Grabowski when he was sent with a patrol behind enemy lines to cut German phone lines. "To fool the enemy, we removed the white and red armbands and we looked like their patrol, repairing telephone lines," he said. (The ruse almost got them shot by their own side when they returned from the mission.)

Grabowski also was issued one of the new Russian anti-tank rifles and rudimentary instructions: Bullets go in here, come out here, and a tank explodes there.

When the order finally came to surrender, Grabowski was stunned. He once wrote, "Now my emotions overcame me – this was my fault, my determination to fight to save our city caused my beloved Warsaw to lie in ruins. Our throats were choking with fear, our eyes tearful, would we ever find our way back to our homes and families?"

Grabowski was sent to a German POW camp, and after the war ended, he met and married Halina Matysiak (who died in 2003).
Scan_Pic0004.jpgGeorge and Halina Grabowski are shown during a return visit to Warsaw, Poland, the city where both fought the Germans during World War II. (Photo courtesy of Grabowski family) 

She, too, had fought in the uprising as a 16-year-old messenger, nurse and guard for the resistance army. Several times she and other members of her unit escaped enemy troops by crawling through sewers and fighting off rats.

After their marriage in England in 1948, the couple came to Cleveland in 1952 and moved to Independence 17 years later. He worked a career at Republic Steel, retiring as a boom-truck operator.

He and his wife raised two children, Theresa Domanski of Independence, and John Grabowski, of Garfield Heights.

Grabowski also is survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He often made public appearances to talk about the uprising.

One such presentation at the Western Reserve Historical Society was coordinated by Gary Kotlarsic, who remembered Grabowski as "a very kind person, very humble, very family-oriented.

"What they (uprising combatants) accomplished, and what they had to struggle through, those stories need to be remembered," he added.

Joe Feckanin, of Seven Hills, who got to know the Grabowskis through various local Polish functions, remembered, "He and wife were a handsome couple, outgoing, never negative, always positive

"George stood out right away. He always had smile on face and a big shock of white hair," he added. "He was a little man, with a big heart. He was just such a positive person, you felt good just to be around him."

Feckanin also said Grabowski would always buy flowers for local Polish veterans who died, and was an avid boater.

"He always greeted you with a pat on the back, a firm handshake and a big smile," he added. "That was him."

John Grabowski said his father didn't talk about the uprising for many years, but the family once returned to Warsaw for an anniversary of that battle.

He said his father, who was raised in Warsaw, was able to point out sewers that resistance fighters used to get behind enemy lines, and "he was remembering the streets where the German soldiers were."

The Uprising had a profound impact on his father's life, according to Grabowski.

"He had a heart of gold, absolutely, for everybody and anybody in need," he said. "It was probably from going through the Uprising, seeing people killed all around him.

"His parents would feed Jewish people," he added. "If you're raised like that, you're going be like that."

Additionally, "he cherished families," Grabowski said. "He understood how important family values are, after seeing the devastation in Warsaw.

"He appreciated life," he added. "I think most people who go through something like that appreciate life."

Visitation is today, 5-8 p.m., at the Fortuna Funeral Home, 7076 Brecksville Road, in Independence.

Services are Tuesday, 9:15 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil the Great Church, 8700 Brecksville Road, in Brecksville. Internment is at All Saints Cemetery.


February 8, 2016

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Sunday, February 7th after the 11:30 AM Mass a hearty' special  pre-Lenten meal will be served in the St. Casimir Social Hall.    The desert of course which comes with the meal will be  "paczki".


Tuesday is Fat Tuesday and Wednesday is Ash Wednesday with a 7:00 PM Mass at St. Casimir at 8223 Sowinski Ave.


Sunday, February 14th is Valentine's Day and after the 11:30 AM Mass a special, festive Valentine's Day meal will be served in the Casimir Social Hall.

And don't forget St. Casimir marches in the Downtown Cleveland St. Patrick Day Parade in a unit titled "Cleveland Polonia"  (this means those individuals and organizations representing people of Polish Heritage and lately many of our non Polish friends and supporters who join us as welcome guests).

The parade is on Thursday, March 17th and we encourage and invite all to join us, if interested please call  216-642-0576  so we can give you directions to our assembly point. We march before a minimum of a quarter million people and we are very well received.   It is an honor to support the St. Patrick Day Celebration.

We will show our colors proudly to all of Cleveland.

And lastly this Wednesday, March 10th at 8:00 PM one of St. Casimir's excellent  Music Directors,  Konrad Binienda  will give a recital at the Cleveland Institute of Music on East Blvd. in the University Circle Area.   Konard is working towards his Doctorate and this is part of the program.  

Last year Konrad was featured by Mike McIntyre in the Plain Dealer highlighting his preparation for the Chopin Piano Competition which is held in Miami, Florida every four years.

We also had a live video link to the competition which featured 25 of the best young pianists in the United States so we were able to view all pianists at the moment of their performance.

The Wednesday, 8:00 PM recital will be at the Kulas Auditorium.

Come and witness a dedicated young man who is dedicated to the music of the great, Fredryk Chopin.





December 29, 2015

Still time to call in your reservation for the Fourth Annual New Year's Eve Dinner/Dance party at St. Casimir 8223 Sowinski.

A great menu, with all home cooking and special delights, appetizers to start with, soups, full dinner,  Polish sweets, midnight buffet, Stawski Beer, washes etc.

And Music by "Melodia Trio" of Detroit. Every song is great and yes we stay late.

We even start out with Mass at 5:30 PM.  Doors open at 6:30 PM until ?

Open up the attachment and see the flyer.   Or call 216-642-0576 right now for ticket info.

Probably the best value in town for this evening and the weather man/woman has predicted a mild forecast.

You are invited!

Open below!

Get flyer here

Always good to sometime  look back and remember what has happened.

Christmas Eve photo of the Church and Full Moon

Merry Christmas, Vesel Božič, Wesołych Świąt, Joyeux Noël, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Bonum Diem Natalis Jesu..........

 Thank you to WKYC TV3 and  Wale Aliyu for coming to St. Casimir. John Niedzialek, Krystyna and Julia Moreno looked great and represented all of us well. Hooray! Hooray!  O, and the beginning footage was from Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Neff Road.

December 13, 2015

Yes this Sunday is a big celebration in the Mexican Community, here in Northeast Ohio and throughout Mexico and regions of the United States.     It is the Feast Day of "Our Lady of Guadalupe", the Mother of God.

In Cleveland, one church in particular is a destination for the Mexican American Community of Painesville, it is St. Casimir.

Why, because approximately two years ago, the Ramos family was going to be broken up right before Christmas. The father, Ricardo was going to be deported to Mexico  and nothing could stop it.   However they heard about the Polish Church of St. Casimir where the people dedicated their church to the "Blessed Mother" (Our Lady of Czestochowa) in order to get it reopened and yes after 139 weeks of street vigils, the church was reopened by decree of the Vatican.  

Some called it a "Miracle" and afterwards it became known as the "Miracle of St. Casimir".

Well two years ago the family of Ricardo Ramos heard of this "Miracle" and told their social worker that they wanted to come and pray for intercession to the "Polish Madonna".

And by now everyone knows the story.  the doors were wide open for them, the people of St. Casimir embraced the Ramos Family and a last minute decree from US Immigration granted them their wish.  And it happened for other Mexican Families  in the same circumstances. 

The Ramos Family is at St. Casimir every week  and Ricardo Jr. is an altar boy.

So this Feast Day of "Our Lady of Guadalupe" is also celebrated at St. Casimir in honor, in reverence and in thanks for the blessings bestowed.

The community also honors the image of the "Blessed Mother" known as "Our Lady of Czestochowa" for She is one and the same.

At 11:30 AM they will assemble for a Mass and the choir will sing songs that the melodies are known in both the Spanish speaking world but also favorites of Polish Americans. 

 So  this tri-lingual Mass of English, Polish and some Spanish will take place in a church that parishioner, John Niedzialek proclaimed when it reopened, "belongs to all the people of Cleveland" for it's doors are always open and accepting of those who come to pray and worship. 

The "Blessed Mother", the Mother of God is as Jesus said, is the Mother of all of us.

Before the 11:30 AM Mass  a Mariachi Band from Northeast Ohio will come and play  three songs to the "Blessed Mother" on the steps of St. Casimir in honor of the Feast Day of "Our Lady of Guadalupe". Afterwards they will journey to six other locations in Northeast Ohio to also play for this special feast day. 

St. Casimir is located 10 minutes form downtown at 8223 Sowinski.    All are welcome.


December 12, 2015

Please give some time and effort tomorrow and help move Christmas decorations from the school to the church.  We will begin moving a short time after the meal that will follow 11:30 a.m. Mass.


Tomorrow our friends from the Hispanic Community will come back to St. Casimir to thank Our Blessed Mother for Miracles received. It will coincide with the all important Feast of the Lady of Guadalupe.

This will mark the 2-year anniversary of the Ramos family miracle where they came to St. Casimir's for a gift, a gift to keep their family together and it was received. Little Ricardo Ramos Jr. is now our altar boy at our Polish church.

We will also be praying for another family to stay together.

and a special Mariachi performance at 10:30am!!!

It will be a wonderful day to celebrate and pray with our Hispanic fiends.

In honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is celebrated on Dec. 12th, our friends from the Mexican community will be making a pilgrimage to St. Casimir's on Sunday, Dec. 13th, to join us for Mass and prayers.

Mass shall be celebrated at St. Casimir on Sunday, December 13th. Mass 11.30 a.m.

The Mariachi Santa Cecilia will perform Las Mananitas to Our Lady of Guadalupe, as is the traditional custom. This will be done at 10:30 AM, outside of St. Casimir's, as they are performing at churches all over on Sunday, and that is the only time they have. It can also be performed during the mass if you want.

We are Saint Casimir near Rockefeller Park, take St. Casimir Way to 8223 Sowinski.

contact 440-749-7415

December 7, 2015

New computer setup to update website. Will be providing new email address to use that will go to this computer to simplify matters. Look for updates to be more frequent going forward but need to address work backlog and family health issues first.

November 20, 2015

Don't forget tomorrow is our 3rd Annual Andrzejki party. See Flyer Here A bronze statue of a bear who served with Polish soldiers during World War II was officially unveiled in central Edinburgh on Saturday. This message was sent using ShareThis (

Dear Friends,

Below please find a wonderful photo of the "Slask" Dance Ensemble with their schedule of performances in the USA.
Slask will be performing in Cleveland on December 14, 2015.  Please share this information with Polonia and our American friends.

Thank you,

Maria Szonert Binienda


 Nasz reprezentacyjny,wspanialy zespol przyjezdza do Ameryki w grudniu.
 Grzegorz Worwa

November 15, 2015

What had been the St. Casimir on facebook page is GONE.

 To fill the vacancy a new one has begun:


The annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be held on December 13, 9am, at Legacy Village.  This is a fun, festive, family friendly 5K run/walk (with a 1-mile option), and there are prizes for those of you who are runners with a competitive streak.  Thousands of runners and walkers tie bells to their shoes and jingle together to raise awareness and funds for programs and research to benefit those who are impacted by one of the more than 100 types of Arthritis.  Did you know there are 53 million American adults (that's 1 in 5 of us) and 300,000 children with arthritis?  Yes, kids get arthritis too!

I invite you to join me as a proud member of my team:  Carol's Jing-A-Lings

Please feel free to forward this invite to others who you think may be interested in joining us - the More the Merrier!

Not able to join us in person?  Show your support by making a donation from the team page.


August 16, 2015

This was sent to me by Dan Hanson so I forward it on to others to read about this priest who served man totally as a servant of God.

His portrait hangs from a post in the sacristy of St. Casimir.  He was dedicated to the Blessed Mother and the church of St. Casimir was dedicated to the Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Czestochowa on November 8, 2009, the day the church was forcefully closed.  The Blessed Mother appeared to a parishioner in a dream that night and said, "Do not leave me".   The people responded and started weekly prayer vigils to reopen the church.  After 2 years and 10 months the church reopened.  The people keep their part of the offer and the Blessed Mother delivered a decree from Rome that ordered the Bishop to reopen all the churches in Cleveland under appeal.

The parishioner who received the dream, Dr. Michael Klymiuk declared upon hearing the news of the decree that, "The Miracle has happened".  The rest of the story continues to this day.

“I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them oone was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared.” After that he was not the same.

He entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans in Lvív (then Poland, now Ukraine), near his birthplace, and at 16 became a novice. Though he later achieved doctorates in philosophy and theology, he was deeply interested in science, even drawing plans for rocket ships.

Ordained at 24, he saw religious indifference as the deadliest poison of the day. His mission was to combat it. He had already founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work and suffering. He dreamed of and then founded Knight of the Immaculata, a religious magazine under Mary’s protection to preach the Good News to all nations. For the work of publication he established a “City of the Immaculata” Niepokalanow which housed 700 of his Franciscan brobrothers. He later founded one in Nagasaki, Japan. Both the Militia and the magazine ultimately reached the one-million mark in members and subscribers. His love of God was daily filtered through devotion to Mary.

In 1939 the Nazi panzers overran Poland with deadly speed. Niepokalanow was severely bombed. Kolbe and his friars were arrested, then released in less than three months, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In 1941 he was arrested again. The Nazis’ purpose was to liquidate the select ones, the leaders. The end came quickly, in Auschwitz three months later, after terrible beatings and humiliations.

A prisoner had escaped. The commandant announced that 10 men would die. He relished walking along the ranks. “This one. That one.” As they were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Number 16670 dared to step from the line. “I would like to take that man’s place. He has a wife and children.” “Who are you?” “A priest.” No name, no mention of fame. Silence. The commandant, dumbfounded, perhaps with a fleeting thought of history, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Father Kolbe to go with the nine. In the “block of death” they were ordered to strip naked, and their slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumpption four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. He was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.

Father Kolbe’s death was not a sudden, last-minute act of heroism. His whole life had been a preparation. His holiness was a limitless, passionate desire to convert the whole world to God. And his beloved Immaculata was his inspiration.

“Courage, my sons. Don’t you see that we are leaving on a mission? They pay our fare in the bargain. What a piece of good luck! The thing to do now is to pray well in order to win as many souls as possible. Let us, then, tell the Blessed Virgin that we are content, and that she can do with us anything she wishes” (Maximilian Mary Kolbe, when first arrested).

August 10, 2015

Please print out and post this flyer for our upcoming 26th Anniversary picnic to be held this Sunday August 16 at the I and A Club in Wickliffe.

Check out the review we got at the website below. Lots of pictures of our event on Friday July 31st.

11.) Taste of St. Casimir’s – Cleveland – July 31, 2015

The fellow from Ohio Festivals arrived early as the St. Casimir volunteers were setting up food, music speakers, ticket booths, beverages, raffle baskets etc .  This was the kick off nite or lets say the warm up event for the next two days.   The fish was cod and just delicious.  Everything home made Polish style cooking and the cooks wanted the food to be the best ever. They are real proud of their food prep and also the quantity.    No one goes home hungry or says that's all there is.   And the music was great too. John Szleszynski and his son Mark provided the Polish tunes and vocals and Steven Hegedeos sang the international songs while on the accordion. 

 The next two days at Casimir I heard were really jamming.  A constant flow of people and everyone was satisfied.  Music was inside and out and even Luis Padilla's  Mariachi Band joined in for a few sessions.    The Polish Pop Band "Ptaki" was the highlight of Saturday with an outstanding vocalist named "Basia".

And again on Sunday John Szleszynski entertained and Tony Czekanski and Northcoast Mix played Polkas outside the beer garden.

The sign on the entrance way said it all,   "Witamy"    which means in Polish "We welcome you".

Last of all this was all possible because of Historic church of St. Casimir which cradled all who attended.   The tours of people into the church was nonstop.   A tour bus on Friday made it their last stop and many came back the next day.

See you next year at this festival of Polish Food and Music.  

Eduardo Suarez

Co-founder of 'El Español', reporter for Univision, and winner of the Journalism Prize Gabriel García Márquez 2014 visited St. Casimir Church on Wednesday August 5, 2015. Suarez met with the Hispanic families earlier in the week in Lake County Ohio, and is writing for Spain’s newspaper and writing a book. He learned of St. Casimir Church from the many families he talked with, and their strong belief in the Blessed Mother (Our Lady of Częstochowa), and their belief in the miracles at St. Casimir Church.

Eduardo Suarez toured the church and interviewed Father Eric Orzech, John Niedzialek, Joseph Feckanin, and Stanislav Zadnik. Mr. Suarez was visibly enthralled with story, anecdote, and history the four men related about the parish.

August 4, 2015

Our Taste of St. Casimir three day event was better attended and had more prizes than the first two years we held the event. Thanks to everyone who helped make this an enjoyable time for all.

July 15 marked our 3rd year anniversary of the re-opening of St. Casimir parish.

June 13, 2015

'ell-o Friends,

Street sign for Saint Casimir


Thank you for providing the office of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur with the announcement of the naming of St. Casimir Way.  The invitation is much appreciated.  Unfortunately, Marcy has a previously scheduled commitment which prevents her attendance at your event.  However, she has had a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the event, which I trust you will receive in time for Sunday’s ceremony.

Susan Rowe

Office of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

1-800-964-4699 / 419-259-7500

June 12, 2015

City of Cleveland to Dedicate Road on June 14th-St. Casimir Way!!-everyone welcome

A street with no name is being christened Saint Casimir Way. It is the path from MLK Jr. Blvd. to Ansel Rd., where one leaves the Cultural Gardens and climbs a hill where the twin towers of Saint Casimir's Church beckon a visit.

On June 14, after a Mass, a procession will wind its way to the unveiling of the street sign, "Saint Casimir Way". The Parish of 'Historic' Saint Casimir enjoys celebrations, and welcomes everyone. Mass starts at 11.30 a.m. followed by the short pilgrimage at approximately 12:30pm.

St. Casimir was closed in 2009 and reopened via a Decree from Rome in 2012 after many of the faithful believe a miracle through prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary occurred. Many faithful now visit the church with other intentions and pilgrimages have been held. It is  a destination parish, and now t will be marked and mapped.

Councilman Kevin Conwell, other city and church officials will help with the dedication.

In conjunction with honoring Flag Day, all are welcome to bring their American Flag to walk in the procession.

Everyone is then welcome back to the church Hall for a Polish Dinner. Dinners will be served for $10 with children half price.

Joe Feckanin, a representative of the Prayer Vigil Faithful that led the effort to reopen Cleveland Churches notes "This 14th of June should be a celebration for all Catholics who stood up and defended the Faith.  They did their duty and continue to live the Faith.   All are invited to this this great day of celebration."

St Casimir church and school is a very special place to Jim Skrocki as well who grew up next to the church.  Jim reflects “When the idea struck me to name the hill St. Casimir Way, the thought of myself and parishioners driving to the church up St. Casimir Way just seemed perfect.  And now that will be a reality.”

Father Eric Orzech , Pastor at St. Casimir says  "The renaming of ST. CASIMIR WAY is a real testimony to the importance of our parish to this community - not just its past, but it's present and future.  It's also a real honor to the entire Polish community in Cleveland.  I am grateful to all who helped bring this about and pray that everyone will have safe travels along ST. CASIMIR WAY for many years to come."

John Niedzialek, member of the St. Casimir Alumni states” this is another chapter in the rebirth of our church that is a symbol of our faith and fortitude of the people. The road renaming will help all visitors find their way to our glorious church.”

St. Casimir church is located at 8223 Sowinski Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

May 14, 2015

Hello Russ:  A date has been chosen for the St. Casimir sign dedication. It will be on Sunday, June 14th right after the 11:30 mass. It will take place at about 1pm. All are invited.

If the signs can be erected shortly before that date (that Thursday or Friday will work out well), I can meet the crew on site so I can have sign covers which I will bring with me installed with the signs. The sign covers will then be removed at the sign dedication itself. Please let me know if this idea will work for you. Many thanks again.

John Niedzialek

Hi John,

Thank you so  much for all of the support. I appreciate the welcoming spirit of St Casimir's church and I do believe it is a miraculous place through the Blessed Mother and the faith of the parishoners--which is contagious. I feel St. Casimir's is the perfect example of what a welcoming church is and embodies Jesus' message that its easy to love the people you love, the real test is in loving people you don't, and that is crystal clear at St. Casimirs. I can see you all really do welcome all with a pure heart. Thank you for everything you have done to help so many families, to include mine!
I'm sorry it took a bit to get this to you, but here's the info you requested to share with the parishoners about the crucifix we brought.

My husband, Marcos bought the crucifix in Mexico City to give to St. Casimir church and I carried it here when I went to  go visit him last week. We decided that we wanted to come bearing a gift from our family before asking for a miracle. We chose  the crucifix because Jesus suffered to carry the cross and also because it symbolizes not only His death, but our salvation. The idea was to get a crucifix that was a little larger and not easy to carry (although that one was not that big to be uncomfortable, but that was the initial idea and the biggest I could carry  on the plane). So, carrying the crucifix on the pilgrimage represents all of the pains and hardships my separated family has been carrying in our hearts for the last 5 years. We give the crucifix to the church symbolically to represent that we give Our Lady of Czetochowa all of these pains, when we leave the church after asking her for a miracle, we also leave behind all the struggles and pain and enjoy in our pure undoubting faith that she will hear our prayers and a miracle will happen.

 Thank you for everything!

 Elizabeth Perez

Elizabeth was a Staff Sergeant in the United State Marine Corps, but back in 2010, her husband was deported to Mexico after being picked up for a traffic ticket. Ever since then, she has been fighting to reunite her family in the country she fought so hard to protect and serve.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 St. Casimir will host a Spring Dance Party, Music provided by “PTAKI” with soloist “Basia” Price $35 per person, includes enterance, dinner, Stawski beer and wash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. For reservations and tickets call (216) 642-0576 or (216) 370-2831

If you have not seen the flyer announcing the May 23rd Dance/Diner held at St. Casimir's Social Hall look it up on facebook.

While we guarantee no snow, because yes this is spring and we all need to enjoy a good time,   especially real good Polish style music with great vocals  and a delicious meal, Polski Piwo and wash to go with it.

Teaming up with the band "Ptaki"  and their vocalist "Basia".  St. Casimir is the place to be on Saturday,  the 23rd of May.

The doors open at 6:30 PM with diner at 7:30 PM and the rest of the evening is for music, singing and dancing.   Of course refreshments can be sipped thru the evening.  

"Ptaki and their vocalist Basia"  are excited to be performing for your enjoyment so do not miss the show and the evening.   You are guaranteed to have a good time.     The best in music will be presented.

This is "Ptaki"  reassembled and you will want to once again hear those songs you love.

The cost of the evening is $35.00 and security will be provided.

Call now for tickets and table reservations.

Call 216-642-0576.

Remember kick off the season with the best in Music and Food.

This is a real  "Dance Party"  for Polonia.     


More St. Casimir News can be found at these links:

April 26th, Sunday at St. Casimir Social Hall after 11:30 AM Mass and luncheon  at approx. 1:30 PM  guest speakers will make a presentation, updating the findings to date and what is lacking in the truth about the Smolensk April 10, 2010 plane crash killing the President of Poland, top leaders, military and other dignities.

Dr. Wieslaw Binienda the leading expert of the Polish Parliamentary Committee for Investigation of the Smolensk Crash and

Attorney Maria Szonert Binienda,  Smolensk Crash Expert and advocate for the victims.

Please review previous e-mail announcing the event. This is the background on the presenters.  Both are current residents of NE Ohio.


Address for St. Casimir is 8223 Sowinski Avenue

 Web sites to review the subject;

 Journal of Aerospace Eng.

 Torrens Award for Prof. Binienda

Pilgrimage from Mentor along Euclid Avenue to Saint Casimir's for the familial intentions of Elizabeth Perez (who grew up from St. Margaret Mary South Euclid). Last year there was a similar and successful pilgrimage for the family of Ricardo Ramos.

     Monday, May 4

    at 7:00am - 5:00pm

    Next Week · 69°F / 56°F Chance of a Thunderstorm

     Mentor Mall

    Mentor, Ohio 44060

Walk or ride with us to St. Casimir's Church. MEET UP is Mentor Mall Parking lot at 7 AM, Monday, May 4th. route is west along Route 20 (Euclid Ave.) to St. Casimir's Church in Cleveland. 21 miles.

Elizabeth’s husband, Marcos, was deported 5 years ago, and her petition to bring him back was DENIED. She needs her family together for support! It’s been five long years and that is too much! Stand with Elizabeth and her children as we fight to bring her husband back for a United Marine Family.

 We need a game changer for the government to reconsider its decision. Otherwise, Elizabeth will have no choice but leave the country she loves so much, and was willing to die for, and go to Mexico to be with her husband. We need her here in northeast Ohio!

April 25, 2015

This Sunday, April 26th at approximately 1:30 PM, a special presentation will take place in the social hall of St. Casimir Church located at 8223 Sowinski Ave. adjacent to Rockefeller Park.

Dr. Maria Szonert-Binienda and Dr. Wieslaw Binienda will make the presentation for the benefit of the local community.

In this world of current crisis the two tragedies remain and are frequently brushed under the carpet.  The nation of Poland suffers and so does the entire world for inadequate acknowledgement and understanding of the significance of the two liked human tragedies.

Dr. Maria and Dr. Wieslaw have devoted themselves to finding and telling the truth and have travelled the world speaking on the Smolensk Plane Crash that killed the President of Poland, the top leaders along with the military command and other dignitaries on April 10, 2010.  Their flight to the Killing fields of the Katyn Massacre produced another killing field which has never been truly examined with the real truth told to the world.

Recently they hosted two international experts,  Ewa Stankiewicz, a Polish investigative journalist who is in opposition to the current leaders of Poland and Glenn Jorgensen, a Danish aviation Expert who has said the official explanation of the plane crash with the available evidence presented is not possible.  We are living an untruth of a major disaster that has wiped out the entire top leadership of a country, Poland with almost no questions asked.

Our two guests will present the content, present facts and update us on what experts have to say about the crash.  The recent visit with the findings of Stankiewicz and Jorgensen will be presented for all.

And also Dr. Wieslaw Binienda is an expert on the Smolensk Crash who has travelled the world with his findings.

This tragedy said Glenn Jorgensen the aviation expert is not only a tragedy that affects Poland but the entire world, for what are the consequences for the rest of humanity if the Smolensk Truth is hidden and not acknowledged by everyone.   Who will fall victim next?

 The presentation will take place at approx. 1:30 PM  after the 11:30 AM Mass and luncheon.

In addition, Konrad Binienda will accompany the program at intervals with appropriate piano pieces.

Please come and become familiar with an important event that needs to be told loud and clear to the entire world.

  Katyn happened 75 years ago and Smolensk five years ago but they are both lessons for mankind to seek the truth and prevent another tragedy.

St. Casimir Church is now on Facebook, Instagram and Google + Be sure to follow for the latest news and updates and share the notifications with your friends to spread the news about St. Casimir!  Should you have any news, photographs of events at the church or just beautiful photographs of the interior, please email them to and they will be posted to the pages. Thank you!


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 Julia Mason

April 20, 2015

New flash: Father Eric met with Bishop Lennon and the topic of the missing property from St. Casimir Parish was discussed. The Bishop stated that anything removed from the Church during and after the parish's temporary closure is stolen property and should be returned to St. Casimir Church. Further stating that Father Telesz would always ask the Diocese's permission before doing anything such as donating church property. This was especial important due the closure being under appeal. Any known items will be returned to Father Eric or the Bishop will see that the Cleveland Police Department assists in their return.

Next year, 2016, will be the Parish's 125th anniversary. We are currently looking for suggestions on how to celebrate this possibly holding special events throughout the year. Please send in your ideas.

May 3, 2015 St. Casimir Kitchen will be providing food for the participants in the Polish Constitution Day parade in Parma. Please volunteer to help. Prep in the early am at St. Casimir Church then drive to site for serving food. As of now we are the only ones who will be serving food.

St. Casimir Church is now on Facebook, Google+ and Instagram. Since I have revived my old XP to update the website I will try to keep it up to date but when ever I go to look for recent information it is on my shut down new computer and well I guess I should just by another monitor and quit complaining. Look for links to the new social media soon.

My apologies for the long posting absence, life and a computer upgrade can get in the way. There were no entries on this Blog since September 14, 2014 until today. You can get to those and links going back to the beginning of the Blog at the end by clicking on "Click here for older entries".


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