Święcenie Pokarmów – Blessing of the Baskets

Saturday, April 15th 2017 at 11:00 AM

St. Joseph’s Church
1695 Wallenberg Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29414 (West Ashley)


Everyone is invited to bring a basket of food to be blessed by Father Gabe Smith in this popular Polish tradition celebrated on Holy Saturday.

After the Blessing of Food Baskets, there will be an Egg Hunt for children and the Polish American Society of Charleston invites you to join us to exchange Easter Greetings and Blessings. We will meet on the church grounds.

I hope to see you there!


Barbara Rembiesa, President





With a  SPA DAY / FUNDRAISER by Avon


Mini- massages, mini-facials, mini-Foot TXS

Food and Beverages will be served

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Portion of purchases will be donated to Polish American Society

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2017 Mardi Gras Carnival Ball

February 25, 2017
Starts @ 6:30pm

Location: Gage Hall  4 Archdale St, Charleston, SC
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A memorable evening of fine Polish hors d’oevres, great music, dancing and champagne.

This is an adult event & BYOB

The theme is “carnival” or “MardiGras”.
Masks and “carnival” attire are suggested.

Members $10.00 / Non-members $20.00

Limited Amount Reservations
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Deadline to Buy tickets is FEBRUARY 15, 2017 !!!

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Polsko-Amerykańska Komisja Fulbrighta

Polish American Society of Charleston 

Informuje o możliwości starania się o Stypendium Fulbright który oferuje studia na najlepszych Polskich Uniwersytetach . Program ten przeznaczony jest dla studentów i doktorantów z USA którzy chcą skorzystać z możliwości studiów na najwyższym poziomie edukacyjnym  i kulturowym.

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Reception for Visiting Miniature Portrait Artist

Dr. Jacek BojakowskiDr. Jacek Bojakowski was made an honorary member of the Polish American Society during a reception in his honor held on Thursday, May 21. Guests at the reception enjoyed an entertaining discussion of the art and technology of painting miniature portraits. Dr. Bojakowski also gave a presentation of his miniatures at Gage Hall on Sunday, May 24. A practicing neurologist and neurophysiologist, Dr. Bojakowksi’s pursuits in addition to painting include metalwork, book covers, and writing poetry.

Easter Blessing of the Baskets

On Holy Saturday, April 4, Fr. Gabe of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church invited us to share the Polish tradition of blessing the baskets of food for Easter.

The food items in the święconka or Easter basket have special significance.

  • Bacon – Boczek / Słonina  — Symbol of the abundance of God’s mercy.
  • Bread – Chleb  — The staff of life given by God.
  • Easter Bread – Babka — A round loaf of rich, eggy, yeast dough with raisins reminiscent of the risen Lord.
  • Butter – Masło — Dairy products are included to celebrate the end of Lent and the richness of our salvation. Butter is often shaped into a lamb (symbolic of the Paschal Lamb) and known as a baranek.
  • Candle – Świeca  — The candle symbolizes Jesus, the Light of the World
  • Colored Eggs Pisanki— Both colored and uncolored hard-cooked eggs indicate hope, new life and Christ rising from his tomb.
  • Ham – Szynka — Meats are symbolic of great joy and abundance in celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.
  • Sausage – Kiełbasa  — The sausage links are symbolic of the chains of death that were broken when Jesus rose from the dead as well as of God’s generosity.
  • Horseradish – Chrzan —  This is a reminder of the bitterness and harshness of the Passion of Jesus and the vinegar it is mixed with symbolizes the sour wine given to Jesus on the cross.
  • Salt – Sól — Salt symbolizes is represented to add zest to life and preserve us from corruption.
  • Sweets – Słodycze Sweets suggest the promise of eternal life or good things to come.

    Following the blessing of the baskets, St. Joseph’s hosted an Easter egg hunt for the children.