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The Bishop Baraga Association


Monthly Dinner to benefit

The Bishop Baraga Association

Sunday, January 14, 2018
After 11:00 am Sunday Mass at the Slovenian Catholic Mission church, join us for our fabulous and always home-cooked monthly dinner!  This month’s dinner proceeds will go to the Bishop Baraga Association to assist in furthering the cause of the great Bishop’s sainthood.

Dinner prices are:
     Adults are $15
     Children 7 and over are $8
     Children 6 and under are freehouse

There will be a 50/50 raffle!
All bakery and pastry donations are appreciated.

No reservations are required! 
Hope to see you Sunday!

Our current fundraising efforts

Renovation of the Baraga House
The Bishop Baraga Association has begun to renovate the house in which Bishop Baraga died for the purpose of moving all the archives associated with him and all the missionaries that worked with him (which eventually included over 20 Slovenian priests) to make them accessible for more in-depth research on the history of the church in the upper midwest.

The building is also being renovated to return it to its original look when the Bishop lived there and to ensure it will continue to exist for a long time. There is a firmly held belief in the leadership of the Bishop Baraga Association that Bishop Baraga was deeply influenced by his missionary work by his Slovenian heritage.  In every major monument or building in Michigan which has been created in our lifetimes such as the Shrine of the Snowshoe Priest and the Bishop Baraga chapel in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Marquette, there have always been plaques which recognized the contributions of the Slovenians from Northern Illinois. We would like to do the same by donating $5,000 for the renovation of the Baraga House. This Sunday’s Baraga Fund Raising Dinner is focused on this effort.

Aside from what is made at the dinner, donations are also being accepted for this cause. The plaque will recognize the specific donation of the Slovenians from Northern Illinois in the renovation of the home. Of course, anyone who wishes to make a donation on their own directly to the BBA for this cause is also welcome to do this. Checks can be written to the Bishop Baraga Association. The memo line should include a reference: Renovation of the Baraga House.

Within a few weeks, a short documentary will be released which was done by EWTN on Baraga’s work in the upper Midwest. The BBA has begun a discussion with the Slovenian organization that created the documentary on Bishop Volk, “The Bishop on Fire”, to create a documentary on Baraga’s Slovenian background and ministry.

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“Pursuit of Happiness”


“Pursuit of Happiness”
by Slovenian contemporary dance company

January 12 and 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm and January 14, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Festival “Uder the Radar”
Skirball Centre, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

OBIE-Award winning, New York-based performance group Nature Theater of Oklahoma takes on the American Dream and the bleak desert of its aspirational aftermath. Created in collaboration with six dancers of the highly acclaimed Slovenian dance company EnKnapGroup, lead by the renowned choreographer Iztok Kovač, the piece charges through a rough-and-tumble, endlessly morphing myth of the Wild West, where whiskey pours, fists fly, and bullets ultimately settle the score.

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Slovenian Cultural Garden

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Even in the cold winter, the snow-capped plants and statuary provide an elegant, formal look to the courtyard of the Slovenian Cultural Garden


I would like the thank the Slovenian Workmen’s Home Ladies Auxiliary “Kitchen Angels” for their donation of $100. This money will be used to offset the cost of winterization for the fountain, drains, and pumps which for the first time in many years once again work.

We now focus our attention on volunteer cleanup, fundraising for continued maintenance and participation in the 73rd Annual One World Day Celebration to be held in August 2018.

Mailing address: Slovenian Cultural Garden c/o St. Mary’s Church 15519 Holmes Ave Cleveland, OH 44110

Lep pozdrav,

Philip Hrvatin

President – Slovenian Cultural Garden Association

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Volunteer Opportunities at St. Vitus Church

Volunteer Opportunities in December 2017 at St. Vitus Church

As we are approaching, in gratitude to the many living as well as fallen Veterans for Veteran’s Day; and then Thanksgiving You canDay and weekend, I am providing volunteer opportunities in the month of December 2017 at St. Vitus Parish. These, as well as other opportunities are open and welcome to one and all. The month of December is quite hectic as you will note below in and around the parish.

Attached in “pdf” file format Mihevc Grant Program Volunteer Form is a volunteer form you can fill-out, complete, and return either the weekend collection basket, via email, or by mail back to the parish rectory at 6019 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103.. For families involved in the parish Mihevc Grant Program, these are opportunities to fulfill service requirements of the parish scholarship program. But again, these opportunities are open to any parishioner or individual willing to help St. Vitus Parish; and by extension, the broader community. The opportunities are:

December 9 (Saturday) CHRISTMAS DECORATION WORK.  Start at 9:00AM. Start of Christmas decoration work, primarily assembling of swags, wreaths, hanging outside and assembly of inside Christmas trees in the church sanctuary. ENTER THE CHURCH ON THE MARY SIDE (WHERE THE ADA RAMP IS LOCATED) AND GO TO THE LOWER CHURCH HALL. Primary coordinator: Louise Strauss. Primary person(s) in charge of assembling swags, wreaths, etc., is Theresa Avsec; and primary persons in charge of setting up inside trees, lighting are Maggie and Mike Milakovich. Lunch will be provided on DEC 9.

December 16 (Saturday) Start time 9:30AM. Continuation of decoration work, primarily the inside of the church. Lunch will be provided on DEC 16.

December 12 (Tuesday) Food Bank Preparation. Start time at 9:00AM. Parish Food Bank Pantry. Preparation work in the lower church hall. Bringing in of boxes, storing, putting canned food items, etc., in paper bags, discard cut up card board boxes, etc., type tasks occur this day, each month. Normally finish around 11:30AM.. Betty Svekric is the coordinator for the parish food bank. Call the parish rectory at 216-361-1444 if interested in this service opportunity.

December 13 (Wednesday) Food Bank Distribution. Start time at 11AM. Distribution of food bank bags in the lower church hall. Verification of recipients (parish serves a geographical area), handing of bags, assisting elderly with bag(s) up the stairwell steps, breakdown and take-out of card board boxes to recycling dumpster in the backside of the auditorium, etc. Arrive at 10:30AM. Distribution begins at 11AM until 12:30PM. Note: Normally 60 to 75 bags are provided. Call the parish rectory if can volunteer in this work of mercy.

December 16 (Saturday) Parish Corporal Work of Mercy. Start time 9:00AM. Packaging boxes, bags, etc., for distribution to seniors, home-bound, seniors residing in assisted living facilities, etc. Also, you can make baked items for packaging. Need individuals to package as well as to deliver to seniors, etc. Contact Sister Mary Avsec, S.N.D., at (216) 432-9179 or Majdi Patyk if interested in this volunteer service. Packaging occurs in the lower church hall.

December 16 (Saturday) Delivery of food baskets. Delivery of food baskets to seniors, shut-ins, etc., Note: Food baskets/bags are to be picked up at St. Ignatius High School, by the Mary Chapel, located on Lorain Avenue and West 30th Street (north side of Lorain Ave.).  Our parish is scheduled to have 26 baskets. Each volunteer car to deliver 2-to-3 food baskets. Estimated value of each basket=$50 with no charge to the parish. A number of the deliveries are to residents at St. Vitus Village residents. Need 11 cars/volunteers and already have six families signed up.

December 30 (Saturday) Preparation work for social (in the parish auditorium) that follows the All Parish Mass and Concert of Sacred Songs on DEC. 31, (Sun.) All parish Mass at 10AM followed by Concert of Sacred Songs in St. Vitus Church. Social, fellowship, food, and light refreshments AFTER the Mass and concert in the parish auditorium. Bring your family and friends to the Mass, Concert, and then social.

In closing, thank you to everyone participating in these and other parish endeavors which enable St.. Vitus Parish to be a caring community and home for one another. Please continue to attend the weekend mass

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North, south, east, west, Cleveland-Style Polka is best! Dance to the finest Cleveland-and SlovenianStyle performers at PHOFNorth America’s renowned three-day polka-thon. The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum presents the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend and the 30th Awards Show spectacular – all at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Hotel, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 23, 24 and 25.

TV’s Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen arrive from Iowa, the Singing Slovenes from Minnesota, Dick and Jack Tady from Pennsylvania, Joey Miskulin from Nashville, Fritz’s Polka Band from New York and Walter Ostanek from Canada.
Performers include last year’s winning band, the Jeff Pecon Orchestra, and button-boxers of the year Kathy Hlad and the Fairport Jammers. Check the daily line-up for your favorites.

Twenty orchestras and entertainers are scheduled each day in three hotel locations. Polka personality Tony Petkovsek, who started the festival in 1963, gives the downbeat for the Friday evening button box jam with as many as fifty accordions.

Take a “Polka Road Trip” with the Polka Hall of Fame as it celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stage full of stars from across America’s Polka Belt at the awards show spectacular in the Marriott Ballroom, Saturday, November 25, at 2 p.m. Tom
Mroczka directs the all-star stage orchestra as top talents share the spotlight with winners of this year’s awards, celebrity presenters and polkarific surprises. Father Frank Perkovich follows the festivities with his Polka mass at 4 p.m.

Reserve today – The Marriott Hotel books up fast! Only $105 for a single or double room per night, tax included and free attached indoor parking. Each Thursday ticket is $15, $20 on Friday, and $10 on Saturday, including free indoor parking. 18 and under free! Awards Show tickets are $25 each. Save with a Polka Combo Pass – all four events only $60 per person. For hotel reservations, call Kollander Travel, (216) 692-1000. To order tickets, contact the Polka Hall of Fame, (216) 261-3263.

Joe Valencic, President
National Cleveland-Style Polka
Hall of Fame & Museum

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Father John Kumse’s 65th

St. Vitus Church bulletin October 29, 2017

EVER SO QUIETLY – Father John Kumse’s 65th birthday on October 14th came and went unnoticed by many of his friends and admirers at St. Vitus Parish. We remember that Fr. Kumse was an associate pastor at St. Vitus Parish from 1979-1986.
Since 1987, Father has been serving as the wise and hard working pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Collinwood.
Happy Birthday Father John!

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Slovenian Grape Festival – Cleveland

grapeSlovenian Grape Festival – Cleveland
Sunday September 24

2:00 PM
10946 Heath Road, Kirtland

SNPJ Farm’s Colorful, Musical Tradition. Celebrate the autumn season Old Country-style at SNPJ Farm’s colorful, musical Slovenian Grape Festival, Sunday, September 24, 2017, down on the Farm on Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio. The polka parade starts the festivities, featuring the Joey Tomsick Orchestra for four hours of dancing. Hearty harvest fare includes smoked Slovenian sausages, savory roast beef and homemade donuts.  Slovenian singing and costumes highlight the harvest parade at 2:45 led by accordionist Tony Fortuna. Join the sing-along with Joe Valencic – song-sheets provided. Dance to Joey Tomsick’s toe-tapping tunes from 3:00 to 7:00. Free admission when you wear your Slovenian costume or bring your accordion to the parade. Participants need to arrive by 2:15 to prep for the parade. 18 and under free. Regular admission, $8, includes four hours of live music and all the balinca you can play. Dinners, sandwiches and refreshments served 2:00 on.

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Slovenians x 3


Phil Hrvatin KSKJ, Joe Evanish SNPJ & Tim Percic ALMA attending the 2017 American Fraternal Alliance annual meeting in Chandler Arizona.

The American Fraternal Alliance unites nearly 63 not-for-profit fraternal benefit societies operating in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Alliance member societies represent nearly 8 million individuals, making it one of America’s largest member-volunteer networks. AFAThrough advocacy, developing policy and providing opportunities for a broader understanding of fraternal benefit societies as financial providers and community service activists, the Alliance serves as a vital and valued resource.

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SLO ElectionsElections of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Sunday, October 22, 2017


In the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, no. 43/17, the Call for the Presidential Elections, to be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017, was published. The day of the announcement of the elections, with which the time limits for the electoral process begin to run, is 21 August 2017.

In the US the presidential elections will be held at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, DC and the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland, OH.


Ballot at the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland, will be at the following address:
Slovenian Home for the Aged
18621 Neff Road
Cleveland, OH 44119

Ballot at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, will be at the following address:
2410 California Street, NW,
Washington DC, DC 20008

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