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Pisanki symbolize the revival of nature and the hope that Christians gain from faith in the resurrection. Pisanki are created by drawing on an egg shell covered with a layer of wax, or alternately drawing designs with wax on bare egg. The egg is then submerged into a dye. In the past, only women decorated eggs. In fact, men were not allowed inside the house during the process. Today, however, both men and women participate in the decorating. on Easter Sunday, before the traditional breakfast, these eggs are exchanged and shared among the family at the table. This is a symbol of friendship similar to the sharing of the Oplatek (Christmas wafer) on Christmas Eve.
  • Profits to Ukrainian Aid

    We sold out of the eggs! but here are some links for donations that we have been advised are good:

    Helping Poland help Ukraine

    By Robert Strybel, Warsaw Correspondent

    Many Polish Americans have extended a helping hand to the people of war-torn Ukraine by donating to local Ukrainian Catholic and Orhtodox parishes, Urkainian-American cultural centers, associations and clubs in their area. But not everybody knows where to turn and how to go about it.

    Ryszard Walawender, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Detroit, has provided a list of charities recommended by the Polish Government. They provide assistance to refugees who have made it over to Poland as well as those remaining under siege in Ukraine.


    Polskie Centrum Pomocy Międzynarodowej (PCPM) - https://pcpm.org.pl/en/about-us/support-us (info in English)

    lPolska Akcja Humanitarna (PAH) - https://www.pah.org.pl/en/donate/ (info in English)

    lCaritas Polska - https://caritas.pl/formularz/

    lFundacja Ocalenie - https://crm.ocalenie.org.pl/civicrm/contribute/transact? reset=1&id=3&lang=en (info in English)

    lPolski Czerwony Krzyż (PCK) - https://pck.pl/na-pomoc-ukrainie/ (Polish Red Cross)info also in English)

    lPolska Misja Medyczna / Polish Medical Mission - https://pmm.org.pl/en/ukraine-urgent-medical-aid (info in English)

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    Polish Dominicans helping Ukraine


    Dear Ray and Joan,
    Here is a link to our province website that has a 14-minute YouTube video of an interview by Fr. Lukasz, who was pastor of the Newman Center for the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for 4 years (where I was pastor for 5 years before him), interviewing a Polish Dominican who has been serving the people in 4 different cities in Ukraine for 20 years, about what is happening in Ukraine, and what the Dominicans are doing. You will see a moment when the Dominican get s emotional and has to collect himself before continuing. Fr. Lukasz begins and ends in English, and although the interview is in Polish, click the cc at the bottom of the screen and you get captions for English translation.

    This is also a donation page that was launched last Tuesday, and as of Thursday, our province and our benefactors had donated $280,000. Donations have been pouring in every day, so I don't know what it is up to now, but this shows how much our people and all of us in the U.S. care about the horror that the people of Ukraine are enduring now.

    We have been receiving updates about the situation on the ground directly from Fr. Jaroslaw Krawiec, OP, in Kyiv, Ukraine. You can read them as they arrive below.
    Scrolling down below the video, you will see:
    Messages from Fr. Jaroslaw Krawiec, OP, in Kyiv
    Fr. Jaroslaw is in Kyiv and is telling details of what is happening each day. This gives a first-hand experience to us who only see what's on the news, but here is someone living there and experiencing it in real time.

    You can share this with others who might be interested to hear about what our Dominicans are doing and the real life situation there.
    Jim



    Fr. Peter Rogers, OP, President
    Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
    2301 Vine St. Berkeley, CA 94708
  • Egg Decorating Workshop

    Learn the art of making pisanki (pysanky)