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St. Mary’s Picnic

Photos by Phil Hrvatin

WHAT A TREMENDOUS PICNIC. St. Mary of the Assumption All week long we listened to weather predictions of 60-70% chance of rain, but through our many prayers and the prayerful intercession of our parish patroness, the Mother of God, we were truly blessed with an absolutely beautiful day of sunshine, breezes, low humidity and comfortable temperatures. Cevapcici KingsCopyEven with glitches like no microphone system for the Mass, it was a wonderful time which brought together, not only our parishioners, but many former parishioners, alumni of St. Mary School and so many friends of our parish community. Even a power outage in the region didn’t stop the food and drinks from flowing, with everyone taking things in stride and enjoying a beautiful day. Our many thanks to everyone who worked so hard for the success of our picnic, especially chairperson, Deacon David Kushner and members of the picnic planning team, Julie Zalar and the Band
kitchen volunteers for preparing over 475 dinners, plus all of the regular picnic food, to Andy Ribic and Jovo Mejak and helpers for preparing the pig and lamb, Kristjan Sedmak and his helpers for the čevapčiči, Florian Osredkar for organizing the Biergarten and Bob Frederico and helpers for the Brats and Burgers. Geri Hocevar did a wonderful job of running

Slovenska Pristava St. Mary's Picnic 2016

he Chinese Auction and we can only be most grateful to so many people who responded to our request for gift baskets. We had over 60 beautiful and diverse baskets for the raffle. The women of the parish andYouth our Altar Society members kept the Bakery Stand overflowing with wonderful pastry. We heard many compliments for the great music of Veseli Godci. PanoPicnicThank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and to the many people who supported the picnic by their presence and our many volunteers who kept things running so smoothly throughout the day. Our thank you to the American Slovenian Times and our Slovenian radio programs for advertising the picnic.
Many people remarked about the great spirit, hospitality and welcoming feeling they had at the picnic. And that is because we are blessed at St. Mary’s with so many great people. God truly smiled on us this past Sunday, and we can only be most grateful for that special grace.

KAKŠEN IZREDEN PIKNIK! Ves teden smo poslušali vremensko napoved za zadnjo nedeljo, da bo dež, toda po molitvi mnogih in po priprošnjah naše zavetnice Matere Božje smo bili blagoslovljeni z Rafflelepim sončnim dnevom, ugodne temperaturebrez sopare. Tudi brez mikrofona za mašo je bilo lepo ker so bili zbrani ne samo župljani, ampak veliko nekdanjih župljanov, absolventov šole Marije vnebovzete in prijateljev naše župnijske skupnosti. Tudi problem z elektriko ni ustavilo hrano in pijačo, da je tekla z vsemi, ki so vzeli stvari resno in popravili težavo. Naša iskrena hvala vsem ki so delali za uspeh našega piknika posebno voditelju diakonu Davidu Kushnerju,CJS članom odbora za pripravo piknika, Julki Zalar in prostovoljcem v kuhinji za pripravo 475 kosil in tudi drugo hrano, Andreju Ribiču in Jovotu Mejaku za pečenje odojka in jagnjetov, Kristjanu Sedmaku in njegovim pomočnikom za čevapčiče, Florijanu Osredkarju za postavitev Biergartna in Robertu Frederico in pomočnikom za brats in hamburgarje, Geri Hočevar za izredno lepo vodstvo Kitajskega žrebanja, zelo smo hvaležni vsem ki ste odgovorili na našo prošnjo za darovanje košaric. Imeli smo čez 60 lepih in različnih košaric. Hvala vsem ženam župnije, ki so pekle in članicam Oltarnega društva za lepo založeno stojnico s pecivom. Slišali smo tudi pohvale za dobro muziko Veselih godcev. Hvala vsem, ki ste kupili srečke in mnogim ki ste podprli piknik z vašo navzočnostjo in številnim prostovoljcem, ki so pomagali da so stvari tekle gladko ves dan. Hvala Slovenskim Ameriškim Časom in našim Slovenskim Radio oddajam za oglašanje našega piknika. Veliko ljudi je pripomnilo o lepem Laskovzdušju in očutkom dobrodošlice, ki so ga imeli na pikniku. In to je, ker smo blagoslovljeni pri Mariji vnebovzeti z veliko dobrih ljudi. Bog se je resnično nasmehnil na nas to zadnjo nedeljo in smo lahko zelo hvaležni za to posebno milost. Za dobitnike žrebanja, poglejte na angleško stran oznanila.

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lightWHAT A BRIGHT IDEA! – St. Vitus Church has at least 32 chandeliers hanging in the main body of the church, including the two side choir galleys. Over 225 light bulbs are in the chandeliers. When the lights in the main body of the church are turned on, over 22,000 watts of electricity are used to light the church. This does not include lights in the sanctuaries, on the Stations of the Cross and in the arched columns. Over the past weeks all the incandescent light bulbs in the chandeliers excluding the two side choir galleys have been replaced with new “LED” bulbs to reduce watts used from 22,000 to 2,200. “LED” means “light emitting diode”. An LED normally uses 10-15% of the energy needed for the incandescent light bulb. This should lower ongoing electricity bill used in the church. An LED bulb is estimated to last 15-18 years based on usage. And the LED light bulbs installed are dimmable. This will reduce the maintenance of changing light bulbs in the future.

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Honey Picnic

HoneyAnnual Pilgrimage and Picnic for the Support of the Monastery & Franciscans
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Slovenian Catholic Center

This is the last picnic of the summer season. Come enjoy the day and remember the easy, lazy days of summer with one more day of fun!!

The day starts at 11:00 am with celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) and singing Litanies to Mary with responses and hymns at the Lourdes grotto.
There will be monastery honey available for sale (The best in the area!!)
Home made bakery for sale
Music and dancing in the pavilion
Water slide & a “new” playground still needs to be given a work out by the kids! Bring your swimsuit and towels for a slippery good time!
Plenty of Food and Drink
Pork Tenderloin dinners
Klobase/Hot Dogs
Cold beer and plenty of drink options
Slovenian souvenir merchandise, caps, shirts etc.
Raffle tickets — $1 each for a top prize of $500
With our raffle, people won’t get poor if they buy tickets and won’t get rich if they win …but the Franciscans wish them luck and they thank everybody for support!

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Slovenian Catholic Center Lemont

Kristina Nyberg, Gospodična for 2016 

IMG_9356Kristina, daughter of Branka and Stuart Nyberg, has been a active member of our Slovenian community since she could walk and talk. She was a member of Slomšek Slovenska Šola throughout her youth and teenage years, she was an altar sever for many years at the Slovenian Catholic Mission. Kristina performed not only with Lipa Folk Dancers, but also performed at many ‘Kulturne Ure’ from reciting poetry to playing beautiful piano pieces. She has also served many a table for our various events at the Center. Branka and Stuart are also active members of the community still today. Branka still sings with our church choir and Stuart is a Eucharistic minister. Kristina’s siblings, Eric, Esther and Martin also support the Slovenian community when their busy work and school schedules allow.

Kristina received her Bachelor of Music Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2013. She is currently residing in Chicago and is pursuing a career as a solo and collaborative pianist. She is also a church musician, a choral and instrumental accompanist at various music schools and is also a private piano teacher.

On behalf of the Slovenian Catholic Center, we wish our heartfelt congratulations to Kristina, Branka and Stuart, along with the entire Nyberg Family.

Iskrene čestitke!

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Benefit Concert in Support of Father Opeka’s Ministry

Kindly help spread the word in greater Cleveland of an upcoming concert performance benefitting the work of the esteemed  Slovenian  missionary,  Father Pedro Opeka.  To learn more about him visit

On Saturday August 20th, musician Paul Todd and his son, Paul Todd Jr., will be performing two benefit concerts at Gilmour Academy’s Our Lady Chapel.

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This  renowned entertainer, composer, arranger and singer has performed in theaters and concerts halls around the world. He is currently the music director at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Naples, Florida. Paul frequently volunteers his time and talent to raise funds for various charities. Their “Father and Son” charitable summer tour will make a stop here in Cleveland for one day only – August 20th, and will play a matinee at 3pm and an evening performance at 7pm.

Space is limited and these performances are likely to sell out. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  or call 1-800-965-9324.

Gilmour Academy is located at: 34001 Cedar Rd. Gates Mills, OH 44040

Be part of the “Miracle in Madagascar!”  To help insure the success of this unique event, please forward this letter to family, friends, and acquaintances.  This concert is sure to memorable, and will benefit the mission of Father Pedro Opeka to the poor in Madagascar.


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ST. MARY ANNUAL PICNIC. August 21, 2016Picnic

Our parish picnic will be held at Slovenska Pristava, Brandt Rd. in Harpersfield, in the heart of Ashtabula County’s Wine Country.

We will begin the day with Mass at 12:30 at Pristava (PLEASE NOTE: NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST, THERE WILL BE NO 12 NOON MASS IN CHURCH).

Following Mass, delicious chicken/roast beef dinners prepared by Julie Zalar will be served. Donation is $15 for adults and $8 for children. Roast pig and lamb dinners will also be served from the grill. Donation are $15. The International Biergarten will feature of number of beers from different countries along with brats, burgers and sweet corn prepared by Bob Frederico and his crew. There will be a Chinese Auction, Children’s Games, an Ice Cream Stand, food and refreshments all day long, as well as a Bake Sale and the music of Ansambel Veseli Godci. The Raffle Drawing will be at 7:15 p.m. Invite your family and friends and hope to see you all at Pristava next Sunday, August 21st.

BAKED GOOD NEEDED. We kindly ask the women and men of the parish for donations of bakery for our summer picnic Bake Sale. Your donations may be brought to the parish hall on Saturday morning or taken directly to Pristava on Sunday.

PICNIC HELP NEEDED. We especially are in need of our high school students to help at the parish picnic Ice Cream Stand. If you could give an hour of your time, please contact Toni Jo Kozak at 216-870-4989.

PIKNIK NAŠE ŽUPNIJE je naslednjo nedeljo 21. augusta na Slovenski pristavi. Začeli bomo z mašo ob 12:30 popoldan na Pristavi. (Opomin; naslednjo nedeljo 21. augusta ne bo 12:00 opoldan maše v cerkvi). Po maši sledi kosilo s piščancem in govejo pečenko, ki ga bo pripravila Julka Zalar. Dar je $15 za odrasle in $8 za otroke. Servirali bodo tudi jagnje in odojek iz ražnja za $15.V Biergartnu bodo nudili mednarodna piva poleg brats, hamburgerjev in koruze, ki jo bodo pripravili Bob Frederico in njegova ekipa. Imeli bomo tudi Kitajsko žrebanje, igre za otroke, stojnico s sladoledom, prodajo peciva in dovolj
hrane, tudi čevapčiče in pijače. Za zabavo in ples bodo igrali Veseli godci. Žrebanje glavnega dobitka bo ob 7:15 zvečer. Pridite z vašo družino in prijatelji, nasvidenje na Pristavi 21. augusta.

PROSIMO ZA PECIVO naše žene in može v župniji, da bi darovali pecivo za prodajo na pikniku. Vaše pecivo prinesite v soboto dopoldan v župnijsko dvorano ali v nedeljo na Pristavo.

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Are you ready for the BEST day of your summer? The Slovenian Catholic Center will be hosting its ANNUAL PICNIC on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at St. Mary’s in Lemont!

Your checklist of fun includes…

11:00 a.m. Mass at Grotto (weather permitting – otherwise Mass in Church)
12:00 p.m. Picnic “on the Hill”
1:00 p.m. Slomsek Slovenian School Project
2:00 p.m. Cevapcici
4:00 p.m. $1 Raffle
5:00 p.m. $10,000 Grand Prize Rafifile Drawing

27 additional prizes in amounts of $1,000, $500 & $100

BBQ lunch – Lamb, Pork, Chicken, Cevapcici
Pecenice & Hot Dogs
Bakery Tent
Ice Cream Cart
Beer Tent
Fully Stocked Bar
Dollar Raffle including Cash Prizes
BIG $$ Raffle
• Souvenir Booths
• Bocce Ball
• Bags & Volleyball
• Water Slide & additional water activities (Kids bring your suits & towels!)
• Children’s Games
• Slovenian School Project Tent Playground
• Bounce House
• Facepainting & more…
• Musical Entertainment by ANSAMBEL VESELJAKI
• Open Pavilion Dancing

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Photo by Jure Korber Photography 

In the last few years there has been an explosion of interest in the emerging field of aerial drone photography. Discovering a location from a different vantage point allows seeing a familiar location from a totally different perspective. For over a century we have been taking and seeing photographs from an eye level perspective. Taking that camera just 10 or 20 meters higher up, changes the way we see a familiar place, a natural wonder or a cultural landmark. Jure Korber and Tjasa Borsnak, a young student couple based in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, have accomplished just that – they took their aerial photography platform called Hexabee into the sky and captured Slovenia from angles not seen before. The result is a stunning work of art showcasing one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

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35th Annual Slovenefest

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