Flag Day at the Old Historical Florida Capital

The Knights of Columbus hosted the 2015 Flag Day event in front of the Historic Old Capitol. It took place on Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street at Noon on Sunday, June 14th. The event commemorated both the institution of Flag Day and the Pledge of Allegiance. The Knights presented the Colors, gave a Narrative of the Pledge of Allegiance, lead the crowd in a community Pledge of Allegiance, and retired the Colors.

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Polish-American Knight addresses Polish community about global Catholic affairs.

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Polish Heritage Society of Tallahassee


Polish American Affairs of 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen… Sir Knights and Fair Dames,

Słuchaj — Listen to me…

This moment is an historical moment.

Tonight is a a very special night for the Polish community. I am excited to share it with all of you. Tonight is the first Wigilia Christmas Celebration in the history of Wigilias that we have the pride of our Poland, John Paul II as a Saint!

I’d like to acknowledge some distinct members in the North-Florida Polish-Community who are present in the audience tonight: The Polish Heritage Society of Tallahassee, Polish Student Association from Florida State University, John Paul II High School faculty, our clergy, Fr Zalewski, and the the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Hugon Assembly. We are piggy backing our annual Christmas party with the Polish community this year, thank you for the invite. I am Benjamin Horbowy, Polish-American and Faithful Captain of the local Knights of Columbus Assembly. I’m here to share a few matters of Polish Affairs and local Polish news all during this calendar year 2014. Before my short speech, I sincerely would like to give a special thank you to Marty Saconchik-Pytel who works so hard every year to spearhead this celebration.

Procession of Our Lady of Guadalupe Poland

Procession of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Poland May 2014

In a eastern europe castle near Gdańsk Poland –  Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and his wife attended the 4th Poland State Convention. A formal banquet started with the Supreme Knight firing off a cannon. Imagine that: Knights of Columbus with our swords and Polish people with canons. Hey, we both wears hats with feathers in them.

A procession of Knights escorted an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe through the town followed by 30 newly ordained priests and Knights of Columbus council chaplains. Worthy Brother Anderson explained that the Knights of Columbus have the obligation to be stewards of St. John Paul II’s legacy and encouraged the Polish community to be followers of their fellow countryman. Remember, last year, I spoke to you and mentioned the next World Youth Day is in Poland 2016.  Who do you think is helping? They just ordained 30 new KofC Priest….

Polish-American community at celebrating canonization Tallahassee, Florida

Polish-American community at celebrating canonization Tallahassee, Florida

April 2014, a month later

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the canonization at JPII High School. In Tallahassee Florida, there was a formal celebration and procession around the school. The place was packed! Sr. Maureen Martin, principal of John Paul II Catholic High School said in the local paper, “It’s not often that our generation can witness the process of becoming a saint of the Faith,”

Adoration Procession at John Paul II High School Tallahassee, Florida

Adoration Procession at John Paul II High School
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Moving on

Did you know the Jesus statue in Rio De Jeniero? The real big tall one that overlooks the city…. Well, now Poland a tall Jesus statue. It’s now the tallest Jesus in the world. It’s in western Poland, 30km from where my dad grew up. Listen to this, the local townspeople of the 21,000 residents raised $1.5 million to build this.

Christ the King in Poland, Świebodzin

In Tallahassee

They have a new statue, and so do we. They have the tallest Jesus, we have the tallest bishop. Oct 17, 2014  The church blessed a beautiful wooden image of Saint John Paul II, created by Mr. John Birch, for public veneration at John Paul II High School. Tallahassee see has a statue of St. John Paul II.

Bishop Gregory Parkes blessed this beautiful wooden image of Saint John Paul II, created by Mr. John Birch.

Bishop Gregory Parkes blessed this beautiful wooden image of Saint John Paul II, created by Mr. John Birch.

That concludes matters of Polish Affairs and World News, but I want to say something about the Polish community before my 5 minute short speech is over.

Polish people. We have been through a lot. The things that my grandparents went through in world wars, the things my family back home went through with communism, and some of that stuff is unmentionable. Everyone in the world has some struggles. The people from the homeland, people around the world, and people who are in this room. As a nation, we are a small state, the size of Ohio,… but we are a large community and strong with the Faith. We have been tried and beaten. Now, we rejoice in the Faith and small things make us happy. If we have God, we have everything we need. For us to gather and have a feast like this tonight, some delicious food to share with others, this is wooooonderful.

Saint Join Paul II and Devine Mercy

The Polish people, we are strong in Faith. The Polish Community is soooo strong and in every church in the world; do you know why?? The Devine Mercy!!!!

If The Vatican is the head of the Church, the Polish Nation is the heart.

Thank you

  • Benjamin Horbowy

Blessing of Saint John Paul II Statue

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The church blessed this beautiful wooden image of Saint John Paul II, created by Mr. John Birch, for public veneration at John Paul II High School. Bishop Gregory Parkes celebrated a special Mass with the students, faculty, and the community in Tallahassee, Florida. James Dimarco helped develop a base for the statue as his Eagle Scout’s project.

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Saint John Paul II Statue in Tallahassee, Florida at John Paul II High School

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Left to right: James Dimarco, John Birch, Sr. Maureen Martin, Bishop Gregory Parkes

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Blessing of the statue

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Knights provide the Bishop escort leaving the Mass.

Our Faithful Friar was ordained

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Sir Knight and Deacon Matthew Busch was ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Bishop Gregory Parkes at the Cathedral of The Sacred Heart in Pensacola on Saturday, May 10, 2014.  Fr. Busch, one of the founding members of St. Louis the Crusader Council 12929 and a member of Father Hugon Assembly 0170 has recently been appointed Faithful Friar of that Assembly.  The Faithful Friar is the spiritual Advisor of the Assembly and we have been needing one. This is a blessing from God for him to bring us a Priest of valor.  The accompanying photographs reflect the support he received at his ordination from his fellow Fourth Degree Knights.  He has expressed gratitude to all Knights of Columbus and requests their continued prayers and support as he begins his priestly service at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on July 1st.Fr. Busch Ordination 2014 008 Fr. Busch Ordination 2014 077Fr. Busch Ordination 2014 119

Hundreds gathered in Tallahassee to celebrate the canonization at JPII High School

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A major event in modern Catholic history took place on April 27th in Rome and around the world. Two recent popes — John Paul II and John XXIII — were officially made saints. In Tallahassee, a formal celebration took place at JPII High School with streaming of the event, a Eucharistic Procession, reciting of the Devine Mercy Chaplet, speakers from those who knew Blessed John Paul II personally, and sharing of Polish foods.

“It’s not often that our generation can witness the process of becoming a saint in the Catholic faith,” said Sr. Maureen Martin, ASCJ, principal of John Paul II Catholic High School.

“Blessed Pope John Paul II is ‘our pride’ and his works still touches the hearts of others.” Members of the local Polish community.

Mention in the local newspaper  http://blogs.tallahassee.com/community/2014/04/30/hundreds-gathered-in-tallahassee-to-celebrate-the-canonization-at-jpii-high-school/

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Deacons, Squires, and 4th Degree Knights with the statue of Blessed John Paul II (during construction)

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Escort during Eucharistic Procession

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Squires carrying canopy above Holy Eucharist

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Hundreds joined the procession

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Procession around John Paul II High School courtyard

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Squires doing a “#PopeSelfie” with statue

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Knight of the Month went to Daniel Mangan. He is the Squires President and graduating from John Paul II High School as a 2nd Degree Knight seen here holding the award with his parents, grandparents, Grand Knight Jorge Caspary, Squires Youth Leader Benjamin Horbowy, and fellow squires.

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Polish Speakers Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kaczorowski and Rev. Mr. Thaddeus Horbowy.

Eight Florida Bishops Join in Prayer for Government Officials at Red Mass

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The Catholic Bishops of Florida celebrated the Annual Red Mass wednesday March 26, 2014. Participants pray for divine inspiration, wisdom, and guidance for those serving in the three branches of government. During the Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, members of the faithful community call upon God to guide politicians, lawyers, and judges in their pursuit of justice. In Tallahassee, the Red Mass is scheduled annually during Catholic Days at the Capitol.

The homilist was Bishop Robert N. Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He stated, “Government works best when it is constantly at the service of others…”

Photo published in the Tallahassee Democrat http://blogs.tallahassee.com/community/2014/03/26/eight-florida-bishops-join-in-prayer-for-government-officials-at-red-mass/?fb_action_ids=566793983435753&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

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Red Mass 2014

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Advice to of the Assembly’s newest Sir Knight, Alejandro Capote

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The Bishops of Florida/Mass Celebrants included Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami; Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg; Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of Palm Beach; Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice; Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando; Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of St. Augustine; and Bishop Gregory L Parkes, Diocese of Pensacola­/Tallahassee.

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