April 17, 18, 19, 20: Easter Triddum
The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum - 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 (7:00pm), Good Friday’s Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (7:00 p.m.), and Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (8:00 p.m on Holy Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday).
On Holy Thursday and Good Friday we will be joined by our friends from Saints Clare & Francis parish of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion in Webster Groves. After the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 17) we will host a simple reception at the Polish Heritage Center and we encourage everyone to use this opportunity to meet other “independent” Catholics from St. Louis area.
April 19: Blessing of Easter Baskets
On Holy Saturday, April 19th, the Blessing of Easter Food will be offered in our church at four different times: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 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!
April 21: “Dyngus” Day Celebration
Experience a tradition that is more than 1000 years old! Since 966 AD the Second Day of Easter has been associated with the baptism of Prince Mieszko I. Tradition states that Prince Mieszko I along with his court were baptized on Easter Monday. Thus, “Dyngus Day” and its rites of sprinkling with water have become a folk celebration in thanksgiving for the fact that the first king of Poland was baptized and thus brought Christian faith to Poland. In more modern times, the tradition continued when farm boys in Poland wanted to attract notice from the girls of their choice - it was custom to throw water and hit the girls on their legs with twigs or pussywillows. Join us for a special Dyngus Day outdoor Mass at 6:00 p.m. and be ready to get wet!
April 27: First Hiking Trip
Several “hiking enthusiasts” in our Parish would like to start a St. Stanislaus Hiking Group! Nothing helps you connect with nature and nurture your spirit the way hiking can. Being outdoors, away from civilization and the hustle and bustle of every day life, breathing fresh, cleansing air can give you a different perspective and help you recharge your body and soul! Everybody is invited to join us at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27th, at the entrance to Missouri Botanical Gardens. Our future destinations will include Riverfront Trail (June 1) and Calvary Cemetery. Please call Becky Janski (636) 256-7489 or Virginia Brown (314) 644-0588 to let us plan for box lunches.
April 29: "History of Poland" Adult Education Program
Poland's history is an immense tale and a testament to the astounding resilience of the Polish people. We are proud to offer a "History of Poland" Adult Education Program class 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").
May 4: First Holy Communion
On May 4th during 9:00 a.m. Mass, our Parish Family will celebrate a very joyful occasion: our young Parishioners will receive Holy Communion for the very first time! We congratulate Molly Elliott, Michael Gallaway, Roman Kaminski, Natalia Lee, Victor Lopez, Colin Markotay, Adriana Tapia, and Tony Tapia on completing their First Communion preparation program. We also assure them and their families of our support and prayers.
On May 4th we will have the honor of welcoming in our church the Fairfield High School Chamber Choir from Fairfield, Iowa. They will perform several pieces of liturgical music in Latin at our 9:00 a.m. Mass.
May 18: Trivia Party
It is time for another afternoon of fun playing Trivia, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Polish Heritage Center. Please bring your own snacks and munchies and the bar (called “The Chapel”) will be open for drinks. There will be a $5 per person entry fee for prize money. Choose your team, but try to limit the number of team members to seven or eight. You may also come by yourself and we will put together a team or two “on the spot.” Contact Ken or Sue Beekman (636-936-1785) if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!
May 25: Chamber Chorus Concert
On Sunday May 25th we will host our friends from the St. Louis Chamber Chorus with „Old Church Slavonic Concert.” Hymns and prayers in contrasting styles, all in the Orthodox tradition, are provided by Stravinsky, Georgy Sviridov, Tchaikovsky, and others. Their Composer-in-Residence, Yakov Gubanov, will travel to St. Louis for the world premiere of a new work he has written specially for the Chamber Chorus. Tickets ($28 regular and $10 students) can be purchased at www. chamberchorus.org
June 14: Race for the Cure - Calling All Angels
Please join the St. Stanislaus Angels on Saturday, June 14 for the 16th Annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure! This will be our third year to have an official team walking in the Race. We will be walking One Mile Fun Walk, so do not be afraid to register and join in the fun! If you are more athletic you can still register on our team and choose to either run or walk the 3.1 mile race course. The important thing is that we are raising money for Breast Cancer Research and helping those who cannot afford early detection tests to receive those life-saving services. You can register online (www.komenstlouis.org/teams and join “St. Stanislaus Angels” team # 140007), or contact Debby Freeman-Grey after any 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays in the Polish Heritage Center.
This year, our generous sponsor - “S&H parking Systems” is donating team t-shirts to all who register on our Team! We will be providing a shuttle bus from St. Stanislaus parking lot to the Race, and back to St. Stanislaus. Then, at 11:00 a.m. we will celebrate special Eucharist for those who fought, and those who are fighting cancer. This ecumenical Mass will be followed by a picnic lunch and tours of the church. This is going to be a wonderful, joyful day for our parish family to participate in along with family and friends from around the St. Louis Region. More information will follow as the “Race” draws closer.