All Advent: Reverse Advent Calendar
Instead of our traditional “Giving Tree” this year we encourage all our Parishioners to participate in a “Reverse Advent Calendar” program. The idea is quite simple: each day of Advent you add one non-perishable food item (or personal hygiene product) to a special box in your home. Then, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day you donate the contents of that box to St. Stanislaus Food Pantry. It is the season of giving, please remember those who need our help the most!
December 3: Ladies Sodality Brunch
Ladies Sodality will hold its Holiday Brunch on Saturday, December 3rd at LaBonne Bouchee Bakery & Café, 12344 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO at 10:00 a.m. All members and spouses are invited to join us. Each person will order separately off the menu with prices for brunch ranging from $3.95-$10.95 plus drinks, tax and gratuity. Please let one of the Sodality officers know by Sunday, November 20th if you will be attending so we can reserve the correct number of tables.
December 3: “Brawl for It All” Fundraiser
Our Parish, in conjunction with Elite Boxing Promotions, is hosting “The Brawl for It All” on Saturday, December 3rd at the Polish Heritage Center (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) This amateur boxing event is a fund raiser to benefit amateur youth boxing in St Louis and St. Stanislaus Restoration Fund. In addition to the boxing, dinner and drinks will be provided along with a silent auction and various drawings. Tickets are $20 each, or $250 for a VIP table for 10 people. For tickets and more info, please call Steve Creamer at 636-352-9741.
December 4: Parishioners’ Discernment Meeting
The recent passing of Archbishop Peter Brennan, as well as our ongoing cooperation with the local ECC parish of Saints Clare and Francis, have put the conversation about our possible affiliation back on the proverbial “front burner.” To facilitate this important conversation, we invite all parishioners to join us at two Discernment Meetings. The first one will take place during/after our Thanksgiving Brunch on November 27th. The second Discernment Meeting will be held on December 4th at 10:00 a.m. (after 9am Mass) in the church. Please make every effort to participate in these meetings.
December 7: Pre-Christmas Church Cleaning
On Wednesday, December 7th, we will gather at 9:00 a.m. to clean our beautiful church, right in time for Christmas celebrations. We ask that all Parishioners who are free that day come and join us in this joyful chore. John Ruskin, famous English artists, said a long time ago “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece!”
December 11: Christmas Church decorating
On Sunday, December 11th 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 11: Walking Tour of Brewery Lights
Several walking enthusiasts in our Parish invite everybody on another adventure. On Sunday, December 11th, we will visit together the Anheuser-Bush Brewery Lights! Let’s meet at 1200 Lynch Street entrance at 5:00 pm. With any questions please contact Becky Janski at 636-299-6068.
December 18: “Opłatek” Dinner
The traditional Christmas “Opłatek” Dinner will be celebrated on December 18th 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 of breaking off a small piece of the opłatek wafer and sharing it with 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 42nd birthday will be celebrated that day as well.
December 24 & 25: Christmas Schedule
On Saturday, December 24th, we will celebrate Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 p.m. and then 10:00 p.m. “Midnight Mass.” On Christmas Day (Sunday) 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 6 & 7: Women’s Epiphany Retreat
All ladies are invited to join us for a two day Epiphany Retreat on Friday and Saturday of January 6th and 7th. The theme of this retreat will be “What Precious Gifts Am I Offering?” Rev. Annie Watson will lead us in this special time of prayer, reflection, and group sharing. On Friday we will meet from 6pm until 8pm, and on Saturday we will reconvene at 11am and conclude with 4pm Mass. Snacks and Saturday lunch will be provided. This Retreat will be taking place in the Rudawski Center (our Sunday School and Library Building). Please call Mother Annie (859-583-1948) if you would like to participate!
January 7 & 8: Epiphany, blessing of the chalk
During all Masses on Epiphany (Wise Magi) weekend we will bless small pieces of chalk. According to the Polish custom we encourage all Parishioners to mark the doors of their homes with that blessed chalk, signing them with C+M+B 2014 symbols. In doing so we ask God’s protection and blessing upon those who live, work or visit throughout the coming year. It is also a visible sign that we have invited God’s presence into our homes.
January 22: “Sip and Savor” Wine Party
We will be hosting our annual wine tasting event on Sunday, January 22nd at 12:15 p.m. in the small meeting room of the Polish Heritage Center. Please bring your favorite bottle of wine to SIP and an appetizer to SAVOR and share, along with your own wine glass. Prizes will be awarded to the top three wines to be voted on by the participates. With any questions, please call Greg or Chris Zinselmeier at 636.493.0979.