Reverend Marek Bożek
Pastor of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Saint Louis
Proboszcz Parafii Św Stanisława Kostki w Saint Louis
May 1, 15: New Adult Education Program - Following the success of our last Adult Education Program we will be offering a new class, starting on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. This time our parishioner, Tyler Crogg, Ph.D. will be offering a class titled “The Historical Jesus” provoking us to ask who was the historical Jesus of Nazareth, what did he actually say and do, as contrasted with what early Christians believed that he said and did? In short, we will look at the differences - and continuities - between the Jesus who lived and died in history and the Christ who lives on in believers’ faith. This Adult Education Program class will be meeting every other Wednesday.
May 19: May Crowning & Dedication - In line with our long-standing tradition, we will celebrate a joyful devotion of may Crowning on Sunday, May 19th at 10:15 a.m. (in between the English and Polish Mass). This year we will be privileged to dedicate a new, beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to be located in the garden area next to the side entrance to our church. This priceless addition to our parish campus we owe to the generosity of the ladies from the Sodality of Our Lady of Czestochowa. This joyful celebration will continue with the ceremony of retiring of the old flags and raising the new ones at the main entrance to our parking lot. We will be assisted in this beautiful ceremony by soldiers from the 35th Engineer Brigade HHC Company. Bring your friends and neighbors to join us for such a special occasion!
June 2: Summer Festival & Polka Mass - We invite all our Parishioners and Friends for the Summer Festival on the first Sunday of June, with many attractions for people of all ages! Our famous Polka Mass will be offered on June 2nd at 10:00 a.m. Live Polka music will accompany us all day long. Delicious dinners, refreshments, games, Polish arts & crafts, Polish bakery, guided church tours and lots of other fun will be waiting for all of us!
June 9: Study & Discernment Meeting - As we face the future outside of the institutional Roman Catholicism we need to educate ourselves about all the options available to us as a Catholic community of faith. Thus, on Sunday, June 9th at 12:15 p.m. we will hold the first of many Study and Discernment Meetings. We strongly encourage all the members of St. Stanislaus Parish to attend as many of those meetings as possible, to prayerfully discern our choices, and to discuss them with fellow parishioners. Please read Fr. Marek’s May message, write down your own reflections and questions, and keep an open mind.
June 15: Calling All Angels to Race for the Cure - Please join our team “The St. Stanislaus Angels” as we walk the One Mile Fun Walk during the 15th Annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. Register online at www.komenstlouis.org and join our team #130003, or see Debby Freeman-Gray after the 9a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 19th and 26th to fill out a paper registration in the Polish Heritage Center. The cost is $30.00 per person and includes a Komen Race t-shirt. Komen St. Louis has set a deadline of Tuesday, May 28th to join a team.
June 30: Catholics at the Parade - Five Catholic groups have joined this year to walk together at St. Louis Pride Fest on Sunday, June 30th. Representatives from St. Stanislaus will walk alongside the members of St. Clare and Francis, St. Therese of Divine Peace, Friendship & Justice Group, and Catholic Action Network - our team will be called “Welcoming Catholic Communities”. This year the Pride Fest will be held for the first time at the Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis at 11:00 a.m., but the festivities will last all weekend long. Our joint Catholic team will have their own booth both days (Saturday and Sunday), plus we want to be a visible witness of God’s inclusive love at the Parade - please consider joining us either by walking or volunteering at the booth, spreading the Good News and good word about St. Stanislaus. We ask that all interested parishioners register for free by contacting Travis Franklin at 314.914.0412 or tmfranklin@ stanislauskostka.com
In Poland, where I came from, we say "When Guest arrives, God arrives" and this is the rule by which I strive to live as a person as well as a pastor of a growing Catholic church of more than 500 households. We cherish our Polish roots while celebrating diversity of all who enter. All are welcome at St. Stanislaus and all are needed to spread the Good News of God's unconditional love. Here you can find out what is happening in our Parish in coming days and weeks, familiarize yourself with our story or watch recent Sunday homilies. Make yourself at home, and come back often!
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4:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass (English)
9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass (English)
11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass (Polish)
My life and ministry is centered around St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Parishioners, as well as anyone in need of priestly assistance, may request my ministry for spiritual counseling, sacramental preparation and celebrations. At St. Stanislaus we also offer a wide range of educational and social activities. I strive to make this faith community a place where all disenfrachised 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!
Weekday Mass is offered on Tuesday at 5:30PM (Polish), Thursday at 5:30PM (English) and Friday at 5:30PM (Latin).
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.
Bible Study is conducted every Saturday at 5:15 PM. Meetings are always open to the newcomers.
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 Sunday at 10:15 AM September through May.
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.