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.
September 14: Discernment Committee Meeting
All Parishioners are invited to attend the next meeting of our Discernment Committee on Sunday, September 14th, at 12:15 p.m. in the sacristy. The focus of the committee and our meetings is to gather information about a variety of choices (different Catholic denominations) we have, and to participate in conversations about those choices.
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. 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!
September 26 & 28: “Corpus Christi” Play and Panel
Famous Corpus Christi play by Terrance MacNally will be performed in St. Louis only twice: on September 26th (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. and September 28th (Sunday) at 8:00 p.m. Both performances will take place at Moore Auditorium on Webster’s University campus. Following Sunday’s performance, a Townhall Diversity Dialogue will take place, with Fr. Marek as one of the panelists. All Parishioners interested in promoting acceptance and diversity in religious context are encouraged to attend. Tickets can be purchased online at www.iamlovecampaign.org/st-louis-tour
Terrence McNally's play Corpus Christi has been captivating audiences and drawing detractors ever since its debut, 14 years ago. By resetting the familiar tale of the life of Jesus in the town of his youth, Corpus Christi, Texas, McNally created a work which meditates on the life, love, and passion of Christ, but in a modern and relatable way. It is worth seeing at least once!
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 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.
October 12: “Voices of the Baltic Coast” Concert
On Sunday, October 12th, at 3:00 p.m. we will host once again The Bach Society of Saint Louis with another spectacular choral concert, “Voices of the Baltic Coast.” After decades of suppression under communist rule, composers of the Baltic States returned to writing sacred music following their liberation in 1991. Experience this rarely-heard and enchanting a cappella music of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania in the beautiful setting of our church. After the performance join us for refreshments in the adjoining Polish Heritage Hall to meet friends and greet the performers. Tickets can be purchased at www.bachsociety.org
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 9: Fall Festival
It is not too early to be thinking of the Fall Festival - 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. 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.