All October: “Blankets for Thanksgiving” Drive
Together with our friends from the “Michael Latchison Singing Ministry” we would like to provide as many blankets as possible to our homeless sisters and brothers this Thanksgiving. For this reason, we kindly request all of our Parishioners and Friends to donate one, or more, new blanket of any size. Please, bring the blanket(s) to church any Sunday in October. Our friends from the “Michael Latchison Singing Ministry” will serve Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless on Wednesday, November 26th at Solomon Temple Missionary Baptist Church at 4859 St. Louis Ave. and the blankets will be passed out at the end of that dinner.
October 14 & 28: “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. After summer break we will reconvene on September 16th and 30th 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”). Participation in previous classes is not required - join us and learn about rich Polish history!
October 25-26: Meeting with Bishop Bigaj
On the weekend of October 25-26 we will host in our Parish the Most Rev. Sylwester Bigaj, bishop from Toronto in Canada. He will be the sixth of several guests visiting St. Stanislaus to represent various Catholic, but not Roman, churches and denominations.
Immediately after the 4:00 p.m. Saturday Mass Bishop Bigaj will deliver his presentation inside the church building. On Sunday, due to our "Trunk or Treat" event between the Masses, he will speak in English at 11:00 am in the Polish Heritage Center, and then again in Polish at 12:15pm Questions and comments are welcomed.
October 26: “Trunk or Treat”
On the last Sunday before the Eve of All Hallows we invite all our young friends, ages 17 and younger, to join us for a joyful “Trunk or Treat” celebration from 10:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. (between the Masses). Please dress in church appropriate customs to make sure that you will not get locked in church’s scary dungeon with all the vampires, demons, and such! Our adult members and friends are encouraged to come with trunks full of goodies and treat our youngsters with sweet generosity!
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!