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Virginia Felchak Hill

2nd Church of St. Stanislaus In Chappell Hill TexasThis is the second St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chappell Hill. It was built in 1901, after their first church was destroyed by the 1900 Hurricane. My parents were married at St Stanislaus, I was baptized there as well as six of my seven siblings. This photograph is part of the Felchak family pictures and it is a post card. St. Stanislaus will celebrate their 125th Anniversary in November of this year. Fr. Jozef Musioł has asked me to write the history of the parish.
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The Polish Genealogical Society of Texas will hold it’s first regular meeting of 2010 on February 6 at Tracey Gee Community Center in Houston from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. The program will be “Post Card History Series; Houston” presented by Dan Monsanto, a local author.

Here’s the complete PGST 2010 Meeting Schedule:
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St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Chappell Hill, TexasRoots: There is a Polish, melancholic song which describes the reason and origin of the emigration from Poland to the United States:

Goralu, czy ci nie zal odchodzic od sron ojczystych;
Swierkowych lasow i hal i tych potokow srebrzystych.
Goralu, czy nie zal…Goralu, wracaj do hal.

A goral no gory spoziera, i lzy rekawen ociera;
dla chleba, panie, dla chleba, i gor porzucic trzeba.

Loosely translated, it means:

Mountaineer, aren't you sad to leave your homeland; its spruce forest, mountain pastures and silver brooks?

Mountaineer gazes at the mountains and wipes the tears away with his sleeve; knowing that for "bread" (livelihood) he must leave his mountains.

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