Celebrating Polish Heritage, Arts, Culture, and Language

Our Mission:
To encourage, and further knowledge of Polish culture, traditions, history, language, arts, current affairs, and local events through cultural activities, classes, seminars, and any and all appropriate means.
To foster friendly relations between the American and Polish people.

Święconka – Blessing of Easter baskets

A Polish Easter Tradition – Saturday, April 14

Święconka (Blessing of Easter baskets) will be held on Saturday, April 19 at 2 pm, at the University Catholic Center, 2010 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705.

Święconka is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday. Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be blessed on Holy Saturday. The basket is traditionally lined with a white linen or lace napkin and decorated with sprigs of boxwood (bukszpan), the typical Easter evergreen. Poles take special pride in preparing a decorative and tasteful basket with crisp linens, occasionally embroidered for the occasion, and boxwood and ribbon woven through the handle.
The foods in the baskets have a symbolic meaning:
• eggs – symbolize life and Christ’s resurrection
• bread – symbolic of Jesus
• lamb – represents Christ
• salt – represents purification
• horseradish – symbolic of the bitter sacrifice of Christ
• ham – symbolic of great joy and abundance.
The food blessed in the church remains untouched until Sunday morning.
All are invited to attend this traditional event.
A Polish language Easter Sunday Mass will be held at the same location at 2 pm, April 20th.

Polish Fashion Designer Participates in 2014 Fusebox Festival

April 16 – 27

jakubiakMs. Monika Jakubiak, Polish born fashion designer and artist, has been invited to participate in Austin’s 2014 Fusebox Festival. Ms. Jakubiak has support from the Polish Cultural Institute, Warsaw, Poland. This is a great opportunity to meet a Polish artist!
More about the 2014 Austin Fusebox Festival event from Austinite and collaborating artist,Rebecca Layton: 2014 Fusebox Festival

Attention – Scholarship Opportunity for Austin Polish Society Family Students!

The APS is a member of Polish American Council of Texas (PACT). As a PACT member, APS has received this notice for scholarship opportunities.
Please read the following PACT message and click on the link for scholarship application requirements and details.
Thank you and we encourage all qualified students to apply! Application deadline is April 15, 2014.

PACT Message:

Dear Friends of the Father Leopold Moczygemba Foundation
Please help us spread the word about these scholarship opportunities by sharing, forwarding and emailing this information and attached flyer about FOUR $1000 Scholarships to be awarded to Texas high school seniors.

Up to four $1000 scholarships will be awarded to winners of the Father Leopold Moczygemba Foundation’s Silesian-Polish Texans Essay Contest. Any high school senior in Texas may enter before the deadline of April 15, 2014. Students should carefully read and follow all contest requirements on the attached flyer, or download it from: www.flmfoundation.org

Build Polish Immigration History

flagsMr. Mansoor Sheikh is a Master’s student at the University of Texas at Austin (CREEES) and is currently working on a research project focusing on Polish immigration to the USA between 1977 and 1984. The APS Board requested information to share with APS membership. If you are interested in sharing your immigration story, please contact Mr. Sheikh. Sharing your experience can help build Polish immigration history!

Mr. Sheikh’s contact information, resume and other information is provided at:
Interview Request – Polish Immigrant Experiences
Mr. Mansoor Sheikh Resume

This project has been reviewed and approved by the APS Board.

The 8th Polish Festival – May 3 & 4, 2014 – Houston, Texas

The Best Polish Festival in Texas!

houston fest

What: The Houston Polish Festival is a celebration of the food, the music, the language, the customs and the culture of the Polish people.
Where: The Festival, the largest Polish festival in Texas, is held on the grounds of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish located at 1731 Blalock Drive, 1.5 miles north of the Katy Freeway.
When: Saturday, May 3 and Sunday May 4
Cost: $5 per person

Traditional Polish food such as pierogi (stuffed dumplings), golabki (cabbage rolls), bigos (hunter’s stew) and kielbasa (sausage) as well as a huge assortment of traditional cakes and desserts lovingly prepared by our parishioners will be available. Enjoy live Polish music all day on the main stage presented by local artists and musical groups from the parish. Traditional Polish songs will be performed by the church’s youth and adult choirs throughout the day and several musical and dance performances will be presented by the parish’s Polish folk troupe, Wawel.

Please see: www.forum-polonia-houston.com for more details.

Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin – 2014

Please read a 2014 update letter from Dr. Mary Neuburger, Director, Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies regarding the Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin. Endowment Update

Congratulations 2014 Bigos Cook-Off Winners!


The 10th Annual APS Bigos Cook-Off was a great event. There were 11 delicious Bigos entries. The First place winner was Dorota Ziolkowski; 2nd place went to Jo Wozniak, and 3rd place went to Julianna Brannum.
Congratulations and thanks to our winners! All chefs were awarded our famous Bigos Cook-Off aprons. Thanks to Paki Patel for his donation of a prize. Thank you to the Judges for their help in making the difficult choices and thanks to all of our volunteers: Angelika Firlej, Zbyszek Gawron, Renata Szowa, Joanna Patzek, Magda Boudni, Karolina and John Camara, Russell Maughan, and Marek Proga. Thanks to Ania and Sean Hand for arranging the venue at River Park. The event was another great APS success and we appreciate your participation and support for APS!

The APS Newsletter for February 2014



To read news about APS and the Polish community click here: New APS Newsletter