Until August 10th: School Supply Drive
Social Justice Ministry will conduct a “School Supply” drive during the month of July for the children of Karen House. The children range in age from Kindergarten through High School, they are in need of all school supplies, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc. There will be collection boxes located at both entrances to the church. We would like to conclude this drive on Sunday, August 10th, in time for the new school year.
August 4-29: "Polish For Beginners" Intensive Summer Course
If there is enough interest (10 students minimum), this August we will be offering an Intensive Summer Course "Polish Language for Beginners." Classes will take place every weekday (Monday through Friday) from 6pm until 7:30pm, with attendance in Sunday Polish Mass highly encouraged. Cost of attendance is $ 220 per person.
Such intensive, daily programs combined with student’s work at home have been shown to be one of the most effective ways to learn foreign languages. Please, contact the rectory (314-421-5948 or email@example.com) to sign up for this Polish summer adventure!
August 10: Annual Parishioners Meeting
In accordance with our by-laws, the annual open meeting of all parishioners will be held on Sunday, August 10th at 10:30 a.m. in the Polish Heritage Center. Due to the meeting there will be only one Mass at 9:00 a.m. that Sunday. Registered parishioners over the age of eighteen (18) need to present themselves in person with a government issued photo ID. Voting will take place on two days: Saturday August 9th from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday, August 10th from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
August 16 & 17: Blessing of the Flowers & Produce of Fields, Gardens, and Orchards
On August 15th Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady, also known as Dormition of Virgin Mary. In Polish tradition it is a feast of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. On the weekend of August 16th and 17th special blessing of the produce of fields, gardens and orchards will be celebrated at each Masses. We invite you all to come this weekend with samples of the produce from your gardens to cultivate this beautiful custom.
August 16-17: Meeting with Bishop Lucey
On the weekend of August 16-17 we will host in our Parish the Most Rev. George Lucey, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church. He will be the fifth of several guests visiting St. Stanislaus to represent various Catholic, but not Roman, churches and denominations. You can familiarize yourself with the history and practices of this Catholic denomination at www.americannationalcatholicchurch.org
Immediately after the 4:00 p.m. Saturday Mass and 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass Bishop Lucey will deliver his presentation inside the church building. Questions and comments are welcomed, as he will be joining us at the Polish Heritage Center during the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Then, at 12 Noon our guest will meet with the Polish-speaking Parishioners.
August 24: Social Justice Committee Meeting
All interested in promoting Social Justice issues are invited to our committee’s meeting on Sunday, August 24th, at 10:15 a.m. at the rectory. Social Justice is the work of every baptized person. Our Parish committee seeks to address issues of social justice and injustice wherever they may occur and to accomplish this through consciousness-raising, education and action oriented activities. As a Church we are God’s voice, presence and peace in the world, concerned with local issues, as well as broader national and international affairs.
August 26: Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa
The icon of Black Madonna is dear to every Pole’s heart. We are privileged to have a side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Częstochowa, where since 1892 generations of our parishioners have entrusted their joys and sorrows in the loving hands of Mary, Queen of Poland. On the Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa - Monday, August 26th, a 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered at this side altar. We invite you all to participate, especially the members and friends of the Częstochowa Sodality.
September 13: “Polish Open” Golf Tournament
It is official, the 14th annual Polish Heritage Open (PHO) golf tournament and dinner will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the FALLS Golf Club at Turtle Creek in beautiful O’Fallon, MO. Make your reservation NOW as a team or individual by contacting Greg Poniewaz 314-984-8828, Joe Galkowski 314-518-8765 or Audrey Mueller 636-532-4154. This year’s tournament is again a “Scramble” format. The winners’ names will be engraved on the “crystal bowl” traveling trophy. This year’s tournament will feature the “World Famous” traveling VODKA cart and “Pickle Hole” along with many other gold venues. The PHO has raised over $150,000 with proceeds designated to the up-keep and care of the Polish Heritage Center. APPLY NOW!
September 16 & 30: “History of Poland” Adult Class
Poland’s history is an immense tale and a testament to the astounding resilience of the Polish people. We are proud to offer our members and friends a “History of Poland” Adult Education Program every other Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. One of our parishioners, Mr. Stan Piekarski, M.A. teaches the class, based on Adam Zamoyski’s book under the same title (“History of Poland”).
October 4: Outdoor Mass & Blessing of the Animals
The Blessing of animals is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all God’s creatures. We invite all the animals with their human friends to join us for a special outdoor Mass on Saturday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m. Let this joyful and beautiful ceremony remind us of the sacredness of all life.
This year we are combining this joyful celebration with an opportunity to help people make it through tough times with their best friends by their side. All our donations will be delivered to Bi-State Pet Food Pantry serving 150 families and over 500 pets in need every month. A donation box will be located in back of the church during September with final donations to be made on October 4. Items needed are: Canned dog and cat food (unopened); dry dog and cat food (opened or unopened); dog and cat treats (opened or unopened); cat litter (opened or unopened); gift cards (any amount) to PetSmart, PetCo, Target and Walmart. If you have any questions, please call Christine Mindak at 314-482-7810.