March 18: Diaconal Ordination
With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God we joyfully invite all our parishioners and friends for the Diaconal Ordination of Donna Nachefski. This happy and solemn ceremony of ordaining Donna to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate in Christ's one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church will take place on Sunday, March 18th at 9:00 a.m. Mass with reception to follow in the Polish Heritage Center. Let us express our support of Donna’s journey toward ordained ministry by our presence and continued prayers.
March 23: Communal Penance Service
We encourage all Parishioners to prepare themselves spiritually for Easter by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance. Every Saturday there is an opportunity for confession from 3:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Additionally, on Friday, March 23rd there will be several priests listening to confessions from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. a Communal Penance Service will be celebrated along with the Stations of the Cross.
March 25: Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch
Our popular Parish Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place on Palm Sunday, starting at 10:30 am There will be three separate egg hunts for the following age groups: 2-4 years old/5-8 years old/9-12 years old. Please bring your own empty Easter Basket to fill up with goodies. Accompanying Pancake and Sausage Brunch will be held from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Polish Heritage Hall. Brunch is $5 per person.
March 25: Building the Tomb of Jesus
Cultivating many ancient Polish traditions, among other things we erect in our church a side altar for the Holy Week, also known as a “The Tomb of Jesus.” It is used for the exhibition of the Blessed Sacrament on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. As it is a complex, time-consuming process, we invite all able volunteers to join us at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 25th - your help will be very much appreciated!
March 27: Free Hot Lunch (Soup Kitchen)
On every fourth Tuesday of the month St. Stanislaus is serving a free hot lunch, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, to anyone who cares to drop by. This meal not only provides food for the needy, but also is an opportunity to build a closer relationship with our neighbors. We could use your help, either your labor or your financial support. If you have time we will meet at 11:00 on March 27th to prepare to serve our guests.
March 29, 30, 31: Easter Triddum
The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum - Three Days from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil. The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are: Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday (March 29th at 7:00pm), Good Friday’s Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (March 30th at 7:00 p.m.), and Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Vigil on March 31stth at 8:00 p.m, and 9:00 a.m. Easter Mass and Procession on Sunday, April 1st).
March 31: Blessing of Easter Baskets
On Holy Saturday, March 31st, the Blessing of Easter Food will be offered in our church at four different times: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. This tradition called Święconka is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions - please help us to cultivate it, encourage your neighbors and friends to join us! If you need any guidance on how to prepare your Easter basket in accordance with the old, Polish traditions, special flyers with instructions can be found next to the bulletins.
April 29: First Holy Communion
On April 29th during 9:00 a.m. Mass, our Parish Family will celebrate a very joyful occasion: four of our young Parishioners will receive Holy Communion for the very first time! We congratulate Nicholas Beebe, Colt Kostecki, Jack Koster, and Annabell Ryals on (almost) completing their First Communion preparation program. We also assure them and their families of our support and prayers.
April 29: Sodality BBQ and Raffle
Our Lady of Czestochowa Rosary Sodality invites everyone to their Annual BBQ and Raffle on Sunday, April 29th from 10:30am until 2pm. They will serve BBQ Pork Steak Lunch with 3 sides, dessert and coffee for $12 per meal. Please join us for delicious food and great comradery, all while supporting this important Parish group!
May 5 & 6: May Crowning
We celebrate many Marian feast days in May which lend the entire month to her honor, these feasts include: May 1: Queen of Heaven, May 3: Mary, Queen of Poland, May 13: Our Lady of Fatima, May 24: Mary Help of Christians, May 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In accordance with an ancient Catholic tradition, after each Mass on May 5th and 6th we will honor Blessed Virgin Mary by placing a crown of flowers on her statue in our garden and praying together a Litany of Loretto.
June 3: Corpus Christi Sunday
On the feast of Corpus Christi we celebrate in a special way our Catholic faith in Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. On this June Sunday, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass (the only Mass on that day) we will have a procession with the Most Holy Sacrament around the church building, professing our faith and singing Eucharistic hymns at four altars. After Mass and Procession we will enjoy a BBQ potluck luncheon - please contact Deacon Donna Nachefski at 314-323-6415 if you are able to bring a dish or two.
June 9: Calling All Angels - Race for the Cure
Save this date for the 20th Anniversary Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. For the 7th year in a row, St. Stanislaus will be sponsoring a “One Mile” Walking Team. Registration will open online sometime in March. This year in order to guarantee you receive a “TEAM” t-shirt, you will need to register for our team no later than Sunday, May 6. Debby Gray has agreed to Captain our team for one final year. Anyone willing to take over as Team Captain beginning in 2019, please contact Fr. Marek and he will make sure you can shadow Debby to see how it’s done.
June 23-24: Catholics at the Pride Festival
Representatives from our Parish will be participating in St. Louis Pride Festival (June 23-24), where we will be giving witness to God’s unconditional love towards every person. At the same time we will spread the word about our awesome parish community and encourage all who seek a welcoming church to “give us a try”. Please consider joining us either by volunteering at the booth (June 23 and 24) or/and walking in the Parade (June 24). We ask that all interested parishioners register by contacting Allen Irby at 314-608-4110 or email@example.com