November 1 and 2: All Saints and All Souls, Blessing of the Graves
The Solemnity of All Saints is celebrated in the Catholic Church as a day of rejoicing with our countless sisters and brothers who have already been saved and now are called Saints. This year it takes place on Saturday and Holy Mass for all Deceased Parishioners will be offered at 4:00 p.m. The following day, November 2nd, we remember all the faithful departed as the Church celebrates All Souls Day. In accordance with an ancient Polish tradition, we will offer special “Blessing of the Graves”: Resurrection Cemetery - November 1st at 11:00 a.m.; Calvary Cemetery - November 1st at 11:00 a.m.; Jefferson Barracks Cemetery - November 2nd at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays of November: Masses for Deceased
The month of November is a special time when we remember our deceased family members and friends. One of the ways to express our love for them is to offer a Holy Mass for his or her intention. In our Parish there will be a series of four (4) Masses offered every Wednesday in November at 11:30 a.m. for the souls of those departed whose names you wish to provide us. If you are interested in having these 4 Masses offered for your deceased loved ones, please pick up a special envelope at the side entrance to the church or in the parish office and return it with the names of your beloved deceased.
November 6: Chruściki Baking Party
We need volunteers to help us make chruściki (Polish bowtie cookies) for the Fall Festival! Please join us on Thursday November 6th at 9:00 a.m. at the Polish Heritage Center. Please, contact Josie Konsewicz (314-752-2439) or Leona Kaminski (314-351-4347) if you can help, or to pre-order a pan of our famous cookies!
November 9: Fall Festival
The Fall Festival is upon us! Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for 10:00 a.m. Mass, great dinner, pumpkin carving fun, Polish drinks and souvenirs, and all-together fun-filled day! We are in the process of collecting various donations and items for different booths - more information can be found on page 11. The Fall Festival Committee would appreciate all contributions - please contact Gene Koziatek at 314.846.7819.
November 13: Fr. Tony Flannery at St. Stan’s
On November 13th (Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. we will have the honor of hosting in our church Fr. Tony Flannery. Catholic Action Network has invited this famous Roman Catholic priest from Ireland to speak about his struggle for reform in the Church, as described in his most recent book “A Question of Conscience.”
Fr. Flannery is a popular preacher and writer who in 2009 organized the Association of Catholic Priests to articulate the views of rank-and-file members of the clergy. Last year he was investigated and silenced by the Vatican’s Congregation of Doctrine of Faith for leading Church reform efforts in Ireland.
November 15 & 16: Presbyteral Ordination and First Mass
With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God we joyfully invite all our parishioners and friends for the Presbyteral Ordination of Deacon Tomasz Pels. This happy and solemn ceremony of ordaining Tomasz to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood in Christ's one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church will take place on Saturday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m. Mass.
The following day, on Sunday November 16th, Father Pels will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving at 9:00 a.m. Reception in the Polish Heritage Center will follow. Let us express our support of Deacon Tomasz’s ministry by our presence and continued prayers.
November 23: Parish Thanksgiving Dinner
Being a church of immigrants and children of immigrants we have so much to be grateful for! On Sunday before Thanksgiving Day we will take time to gather at the table and express our gratitude for God’s blessings that each one of us has received. We invite everybody to join us for a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on November 23rd at 12:15 p.m. Please call Felicia Schnittker at 314-843-7772 to discuss what kind of a dish you can bring. This year we ask that along with a dish you bring several copies of the recipe for the meal you prepared.
November 30: Trivia Party
It's time for another afternoon of fun playing Trivia! We will gather on Sunday, November 30th 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. Contact Ken or Sue Beekman (636 936-1785) if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
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 12: Advent Penance Service
We encourage all Parishioners to prepare themselves spiritually for Christmas by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance. On the second Friday of Advent, December 12th, several priests will be listening to confessions from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. we will celebrate together a Communal Penance Service during which, as an alternative to individual confession, General Absolution will be offered.
December 14: Christmas Church decorating
On Sunday, December 14th at 12:15 p.m. Christmas decorations and the manger scene will be installed in our church. We need volunteers to join our team in this joyful chore! Please call Randy Mindak at 314.962.6355 to declare your willingness to be a part of this adventure.
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!