Sunday Mass Schedule

Vigil Mass on Saturday –5:00 p.m.English

7:30 a.m. - English
8:45 a.m. - Polish
10:00 a.m. - English
11:30 a.m. - Spanish
5:30 p.m. - Spanish

Weekday Mass Schedule

7:00 p.m. - English/Spanish
Saturday morning Mass - 7:30 a.m. English

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

24 hours - 7 days

Please note that the Blessed Sacrament is reposed during the celebration of the Mass.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Monday - Friday 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. (English/Spanish)

 

Our Past, Present and Future

The parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka opened in 1867. Bishop Foley put the Resurrection Fathers in charge of the growing parish in 1871. As the flow of Polish immigrants continued into the neighborhood, a larger church was needed. The cornerstone of the present church building was laid in 1877 and the church was dedicated in 1881.

By 1897, St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish was the largest parish in the United States with 8,000 families, totaling 40,000 people. There were twelve Masses each Sunday: six Masses in the upper church and another six Masses in the lower church. St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish is considered the mother church of the many Polish parishes founded by Fr. Vincent Barzynski, C.R., during his pastorate (1874-1899).

In the early 1950’s, the church was slated to be razed to make room for the Kennedy Expressway, but due to protests by the Polish community and the work of legislators like U.S. Representative Daniel Rostenkowski, the path of the expressway was altered and the church was saved.

Today, the parish continues to serve the spiritual needs of parishioners who come from a wide geographic area and include many different ethnic groups. The large number of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans has brought a new vitality to the parish. Masses are said in English, Spanish and Polish. The parish continues to operate an elementary school, as well as, a strong religious education program.

In 2007, Cardinal Francis George designated St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish as the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Chicago and, in 2008, he blessed the iconic Monstrance, Our Lady of the Sign-Ark of Mercy, which draws many people to 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration at this historic church.

In September, 2011, St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish began a project of essential repair and restoration of the church building. The vision is that the parish will continue to be a beacon of hope for the next generations of Catholics of Chicago.

Today

Today, the parish continues to serve the spiritual needs of parishioners who come from a wide geographic area and include many different ethnic groups. The large number of Mexican and Mexican-Americans has brought a new vitality to the parish. Masses are said in English, Spanish and Polish. The parish continues to operate an elementary school, as well as a strong religious education program. In 2007, Cardinal Francis George designated St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish as the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Chicago and, in 2008, he blessed the iconic Monstrance , Our Lady of the Sign-Ark of Mercy, which draws many people to 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration at this historic church. In September 2011, St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish began a project of essential structural repair and restoration of the church building. The vision is that the parish will continue to be a beacon of hope for the next generations of Catholics of Chicago.

Parish Mission

As the disciples eagerly awaited the gift of the Holy Spirit, “with one accord they devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.”  (Acts 1:14)   

We, too, under the patronage of St. Stanislaus Kostka and together with the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother and Queen, prayerfully receive the Holy Spirit and aspire to build a unified community, faithful to the summons of the Mother of God that we be a Sanctuary of The Divine Mercy focused on Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist.

We hold close to ourselves the need for silence and beauty in this sanctuary and we actively call others to encounter Jesus Christ, come down from heaven, in the Eucharistic Bread.  His peaceful, merciful, and transformative presence will satisfy and satiate one’s inborn hunger and thirst for God who alone gives life to the full as Jesus himself declared:  “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  (John 6:35ff)
January, 2013

Parish Vision

Through participation in the Sacred Mysteries of the Church and through adoration of the Holy Eucharist, enveloped in the iconic Monstrance, Our Lady of the Sign, Ark of Mercy, humanity will be restored to its rightful identity, as conceived and created in the image and likeliness of God-an identity of childlike trust in Jesus and inspire enthusiasm for the work of life.

Parish Core Values

  • The need for sacred silence that God’s voice be heard.
  • The Holy Eucharist as God’s unique and perfect presence among us.
  • The Blessed Virgin Mary’s solicitous care and concern for her children.
  • The sacrificial and sacred character of the Church’s mission and that of her members.
  • Connection to the Jewish roots of our faith and the religious and spiritual traditions of the Catholic faith as exemplified in the lives of the Saints.
  • Humility, modesty, and hospitality to safeguard the sacred in the space of sanctuary.
  • Detachment from many good things in life in order to be single-minded in our devotion to Christ.
  • The fulfillment of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy Humble recognition that we are sinners and always in need of conversion.
  • Joy in the incomprehensible desire of God to transform us through His mercy.
  • Vigilance and perseverance in prayer in preparation for the Second Coming of Christ.