When guests arrive, God arrives!
In Poland, where many of our original and current parishioners came from, they say "When guests arrive, God arrives." This is the rule by which we strive to live as a growing Catholic parish community with open doors and minds. We cherish our Polish roots, while celebrating diversity of all who enter. All really are welcome at St. Stanislaus and all are needed to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. On this website you can find out what is happening in our Parish in coming days and weeks, familiarize yourself with our story, read our Parish bulletin, watch recent Sunday homilies or read Fr. Marek's most recent monthly reflection. Make yourself at home, and come back often!
We proudly profess Catholic faith and celebrate Catholic sacraments, but we are no longer a part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, nor do we belong to the institutional Roman Catholic Church. On March 15, 2012 Judge Bryan L. Hettenbach issued a ruling in which he affirmed St. Stanislaus' ownership of its property, thus denying the claims of the Archdiocese. On February 13, 2013 the Archdiocese of St. Louis and St. Stanislaus issued a joint press release in which a settlement was announced that ended, once and for all, legal disputes between these two parties. The Archdiocese dismissed its appeal and the judgment of the trial court from March 15, 2012 is now final.
Our church and grounds are owned by the parishioners and we do not receive any funds from any source other than through individual donations and fundraisers. Consider supporting our Parish and its many ministries - all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass (English) 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Mass (English) 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Mass (Polish) 11:00 a.m.
February 1: Blessing of Throats
In honor of Saint Blaise, the patron saint of people with throat illnesses, we will hold a special blessing of throats at all three Masses on the weekend of January 31 - February 1. Those with throat ilness(es), or anyone who wishes to avoid getting such a malady, are invited to participate in this rite, whereby the priest touches the throats of the faithful with two crossed candles while invoking the prayer of Saint Blaise and imparts God’s blessing.
February 8: Trivia Party
It's time for another afternoon of fun playing Trivia! We will gather on Sunday, February 12th at 12:30 p.m. at the Polish Heritage Center. There will be a $5 per person entry fee which will be used for prize money. Chose your team, but try to limit the number to 7 or 8. You may also come by yourself and we will put together a team. Please bring your own snacks and munchies, and the bar (chapel) will be open for drinks. We hope to see you there!
February 15: “Pride” Committee Meeting
All Parishioners and friends interested in having a strong Catholic presence at the “Pride Festival” this year are invited to attend an organizational meeting on Sunday, February 15th. We will gather in the sacristy immediately following the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Please contact Travis Franklin with any questions at 314-914-0412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
February 15: “Zapusty” Pre-Lenten Dinner
Please join us for the Zapusty Dinner which is a Polish version of the famous “Mardi Gras” celebration. In Poland it is sometimes called “Fat Thursday”, as it was celebrated the last Thursday before Lent - our last chance to dance and be merry before fast. The most desirable food on this day is “pączki”, a special kind of donut filled with fruit jelly, which will be available for sale.
February 18: Ash Wednesday
The season of Lent starts on Wednesday, February 18th. As a sign of penitential character of those forty days, the foreheads of the faithful are signed with ashes. In our church this will be done during the 7:00 p.m. Mass. We encourage all Parishioners to attend this poignant ceremony.
All Fridays of Lent: Stations of the Cross
All Fridays of Lent, starting on February 20th, we will celebrate the devotion of Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m., there will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass on Fridays in Lent. Please join us for this ancient Christian Lenten practice as we meditate on Jesus’ passion and death.
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Parishioners, as well as anyone in need of spiritual or sacramental assistance, may request Fr. Marek Bozek's ministry for spiritual counseling, sacramental preparation and celebrations. At St. Stanislaus we also offer a wide range of educational and social activities. We strive to make this faith community a place where all disenfranchised and excluded persons can find their spiritual home.
Sunday Mass (Eucharist) is offered at three different times: Saturday 4:00 PM (English), Sunday 9:00 AM (English) and 11:00 AM (Polish). All are welcome at our Eucharistic table and Holy Communion is never denied to anyone!
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available every Saturday from 3:00 until 3:45 PM or by appointment. Communal Penance Service with General Absolution is celebrated twice a year - before Easter and Christmas.
Sunday School or Parish School of Religion is a program through which our young members grow in knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Its meetings take place every other Sunday at 10:15 AM September through May.
Adult Education Program offers a variety of classes for adult parishioners and friends. At this time a "History of Poland" class is taught every other Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Poland’s history is an immense tale and a testament to the astounding resilience of the Polish people.
Polish Language Classes for Adults. In addition to basic conversational skills we are also studying Polish customs, songs, and prayers. Our fun class meets at the rectory every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Bible Study convenes every Wednesday at 10 a.m. It is based on the Lectionary Scripture selections read on Sunday Mass. This Bible Study helps make the Scriptures easier to understand, explain historical and cultural background and encourage the participants to apply these Scriptures to their daily lives.
Anointing of the Sick is offered communally twice a year and individually by request, either at home or any healthcare institution.
Baptism of Infants and Adults is celebrated as a joyful event and is a testimony to the growth of our community.
Funeral Mass or Service is always a celebration of life of the deceased person. It is never denied.
Weddings, and Marriage Preparation, are offered to all couples on as needed basis. We are honored to be one of the most popular wedding churches in St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Sunday Homily on YouTube