When guests arrive, God arrives!
We are seekers, believers, doubters, and dreamers who gather each week to celebrate God's love and presence in our midst. We are married, partnered, single, gay and straight; we are families at all ages and stages of life. We are theologically progressive, liturgically somewhat traditional, and politically diverse - and we welcome all. We come from Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Unitarian and many other faith traditions - and from no tradition at all. In Poland, where many of our original and current parishioners came from, they say "When guests arrive, God arrives." This is the rule by which we strive to live as a growing Catholic parish community with open doors and minds. We cherish our Polish roots, while celebrating diversity of all who enter. All really are welcome at St. Stanislaus and all are needed to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. On this website you can find out what is happening in our Parish in coming days and weeks, familiarize yourself with our story, read our Parish bulletin, watch recent Sunday homilies or read Fr. Marek's most recent monthly reflection. Make yourself at home, and come back often!
We proudly profess Catholic faith and celebrate Catholic sacraments, but we are no longer a part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, nor do we belong to the institutional Roman Catholic Church. On March 15, 2012 Judge Bryan L. Hettenbach issued a ruling in which he affirmed St. Stanislaus' ownership of its property, thus denying the claims of the Archdiocese. On February 13, 2013 the Archdiocese of St. Louis and St. Stanislaus issued a joint press release in which a settlement was announced that ended, once and for all, legal disputes between these two parties. The Archdiocese dismissed its appeal and the judgment of the trial court from March 15, 2012 is now final.
Our church and grounds are owned by the parishioners and we do not receive any funds from any source other than through individual donations and fundraisers. Consider supporting our Parish and its many ministries - all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass 4:00 pm English
Sunday Mass 9:00 am English
Sunday Mass 11:00 am Polish
"Swieconka" Blessing of Easter Food
Easter Saturday (April 15) 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:15pm
April 9: Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday
We are bringing back our Easter Egg Hunt! Our Lady of Czestochowa Rosary Sodality will sponsor this popular and fun event on Palm Sunday at 11:00 am. There will be three separate egg hunts for the following age groups: 2-4 years old/5-8 years old/9-12 years old. Please bring your own empty Easter Basket to fill up with goodies. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us as well! Please keep in mind that most downtown streets will be closed that morning due to a marathon. Plan ahead your alternative way to church, we don’t want to miss you!
April 13, 14, 15, 16: 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 (April 13 at 6:00pm), Good Friday’s Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (April 14 at 6:00 p.m.), and Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Vigil on April 15 at 8:00 p.m, and 9:00 a.m. Easter Mass and Procession on Sunday, April 16).
April 21: “From Silence to Solidarity” - Meeting with Fr. Roy Bourgeois
Fr. Roy Bourgeois, an excommunicated Maryknoll priest, human rights activist, and 2010 Noble Peace Prize Nominee will deliver a presentation in our church on Friday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. The title of his speech will be “My Journey from Silence to Solidarity.” This event is free and open to public, with free will donations encouraged to support Fr. Roy’s ministry. On April 22nd and 23rd (Saturday and Sunday) Fr. Roy will preach at our both English Masses.
Fr. Bourgeois served four years as a naval officer and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in a bombing. After discharge from the Navy, he entered the seminary of the Maryknoll Missionary order. As a priest he worked with the marginalized in Bolivia and El Salvador. Later he became an outspoken peace activist and strong supporter of women’s ordination movement.
Parishioners, as well as anyone in need of spiritual or sacramental assistance, may request Fr. Marek Bozek's or Fr. Tomasz Pels' ministry for spiritual counseling, sacramental preparation and celebrations. At St. Stanislaus we also offer a wide range of educational and social activities. We strive to make this faith community a place where all disenfranchised and excluded persons can find their spiritual home.
Sunday Mass (Eucharist) is offered at three different times: Saturday 4:00 PM (English), Sunday 9:00 AM (English) and 11:00 AM (Polish). All are welcome at our Eucharistic table and Holy Communion is never denied to anyone!
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available every Saturday from 3:00 until 3:45 PM or by appointment. Communal Penance Service with General Absolution is celebrated twice a year - before Easter and Christmas.
Sunday School or Parish School of Religion is a program through which our young members grow in knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Its meetings take place every other Sunday at 10:15 AM September through May.
Polish Language Classes for Adults. In addition to basic conversational skills we are also studying Polish customs, songs, and prayers.
Bible Study convenes every Wednesday at 10am and 6pm. It is based on the Lectionary Scripture selections read on Sunday Mass. This Bible Study helps make the Scriptures easier to understand, explain historical and cultural background and encourage the participants to apply these Scriptures to their daily lives.
Anointing of the Sick is offered communally twice a year and individually by request, either at home or any healthcare institution.
Baptism of Infants and Adults is celebrated as a joyful event and is a testimony to the growth of our community.
Funeral Mass or Service is always a celebration of life of the deceased person. It is never denied.
Weddings, and Marriage Preparation, are offered to all couples on as needed basis. We are honored to be one of the most popular wedding churches in St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Sunday Homily on YouTube