Weekend Mass Times: Sat: 7pm (English); Sun: 8am (Polish), 9am (English), 10:30am (Polish), 12pm (Polish)
Weekday Mass Times: M-F: 8am (Polish), 6pm (Polish); Sat: 8am (Polish)
Confession: Sat: 4-5pm; Sun: before Mass
Exposition: Fridays: 5pm-6pm
Rosary: M-F: 5:30pm
Chaplet to DIVINE MERCY: Mondays 6:30pm
Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa: Wednesdays: 6:30pm
Night Vigil: 3rd Friday of the month, 7pm
St. Maximillian Devotion: 1st Saturday of the month, 6pm
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Wikipedia: St. Stanislaus
Today, for Ash Wednesday services, at 12pm I attended the very Polish parish of St. Stanislaus on east 7th street. I had attended this church once before about three years ago for a Saturday vigil Mass, and now having visited it "officially" and posting about it here, the remaining eight or so churches left on my list will be all new to me, unexplored sanctuaries.
Another season of Lent begins, and I've chosen to give up boozing once again. Third year in a row. I try to explain to people why: that it is a big sacrifice to someone like me, my age, and that it really helps bring the message of Lent home to me, as well as realize the zealous celebration of Easter once it finally comes, but I'm not sure I can ever truly relate my meanings. It is better practiced than taught, experienced than discussed.
The priest today, during his sermon, said: "Lent is a time to let go of sin, and leave it behind." I pray I can do this successfully this year. Sin follows me around like a cloud. A storm I cannot escape. Doom itself.
My girlfriend asked me what the real meaning of Ash Wednesday is, and I tried to expain: the ashes symbolize that we came from dust and ash and it is to that we will return. That the ashes are the burned remains of last Easter's palms and that it is all a symbol and metaphor for death and rebirth. After further formal research, I realize what I should have told her is...
"Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and it marks the beginning of Lent. Ashes were used in ancient times, according to the Bible, to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent's way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. An ancient example of one expressing one's penitence is found in Job 42:3-6. Job says to God: "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. The other eye wandereth of its own accord. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."...Ezekiel 9 also speaks of a linen-clad messenger marking the forehead of the city inhabitants that have sorrow over the sins of the people. All those without the mark are destroyed."(thank you Wikipedia!)