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Polish Heritage Month - Polish Stereotypes

During October, we celebrate Polish Heritage month, and we remember the great holidays like Christmas and Easter with all of their Polish customs and foods that we love so much. But, although we don't always think about it, opportunities to recognize our Polish heritage come up regularly in our lives, and not just in October and on holidays. Here are a few examples of moments from my life that were memorable because of my Polish heritage.

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St. Stanislaus Church ‘Protected’

     BALTIMORE, Md. One thing is now for certain: The St. Stanislaus Kostka Church building, located here in the heart of the equally historic Fell's Point waterfront neighborhood, is in no danger of being torn down by the Conventual Franciscan Friars, owners of the extensive and extremely valuable 1.7 acres church complex. The church was closed by the Franciscans in 2000 after 111 years of faithful service to the local Polonia, who struggled early on - being newly arrived from the ‘old country' - to build the church with their faith, sweat, blood and collective small money.

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Polish National Catholic Church in America - History

The formation of the Polish National Catholic Church at the turn of the 20th century is the only significant schism to occur within the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. Dissident Polish Catholics began separating as early as 1873 in Polonia, Wisconsin, 1877 in Chicago, and 1886 in Detroit.

More significant breaks occurred in Buffalo and Chicago in 1895 and in Scranton, Pa. in 1897. These movements started spontaneously and independently of each other, often involving church blockades, pushing, shoving and fist fights.

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Embassy Evening With U.S. Senator Hagel

     WASHINGTON, D.C.  The full title of the well received, hard hitting and common sense book is "America - Our Next Chapter...Tough Questions, Straight Answers," authored by U.S. Senator Charles "Chuck" Hagel (Republican - Nebraska). To its great credit, the totally non-partisan book deals intellectually with the many domestic and global challenges that America must face in the 21st century, with an optimistic eye on our nation's future.

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Basilica Prayer Garden Honors Pope J.P. II

     BALTIMORE, Md.  May that the new corner garden "Reflect the love of God that was so evident on that October day in 1995" intoned Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien during its dedication here on October 28, 2008.

     The new prayer garden is centrally located downtown at the intersection of Charles and Franklin streets, adjacent to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This magnificent church is also know as The Baltimore Basilica - America's First Cathedral, having been dedicated in 1821 after 15 years of construction.

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