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.
All Advent: Giving Tree
Starting with the first weekend of Advent (November 29-30) we encourage all parishioners to take an ornament from the Giving Tree and return the gift unwrapped by Sunday, December 21st. Your gift can be the item listed on the back of the ornament, or any other item of your choice: canned food, nonperishable, and personal hygiene items are needed.
December 21: “Opłatek” Dinner
The traditional Christmas “Opłatek” Dinner will be celebrated in the Polish Heritage Center following the 9:00 a.m. Mass (the only Mass that Sunday). We invite you all to join us as we cultivate this beautiful Polish custom when family members and friends break off a small piece of the opłatek wafer and give it to one another along with a blessing or a wish. Breaking off and exchanging part of opłatek with someone, is a symbol of forgiveness between two people and is meant to remind participants of the importance of Christmas, God, and family. Fr. Marek’s 40th birthday will be celebrated that day as well.
December 24 & 25: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
On Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th, we will start caroling in English and Polish at 9:30 p.m. and at 10:00 p.m. the “Midnight Mass” will be offered. On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th, solemn Masses of the Nativity of Our Lord will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. (English) and 11:00 a.m. (Polish). Invite your friends, neighbors, and family to experience the spirit of Christmas in our beautiful church!
January 2: Way of Lights
We continue our beautiful, six years old, tradition of a communal tour of the “way of Lights” at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, Illinois. We invite you all to meet with us on Friday, January 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at the parking lot of the Shrine. We will have supper together at the Shrine’s restaurant and then we will enjoy the beautiful drive through the “Way of Lights”. Please contact Janice Merzweiler with any questions.
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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
No matter how many times you have been told by your priest or minister that you don't belong in the Church - it simply is not true! God's love is much bigger than man made limitations and there is plenty of room for you in God's Family!
Should you wish to discuss your spiritual journey with our pastor, schedule sacramental celebration, or just chat with someone who will not judge you - send us a message and we will get back with you at the earliest convenience.