Wednesday, February 17, 2010

88. St. Stanislaus (Now St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Roman Catholic Church)

(mass times & church info last updated 04/24/2016)
Address: 101 E. 7th St.
Phone: 212.475.4576
Weekend Mass Times: 
Sat: 7pm (English), 8pm (Polish)
Sun: 8am (Polish), 9am (English), 10:30am, 12pm (both Polish)
Weekday Mass Times: 
Mon-Fri: 8am, 6pm (both Polish)
Sat: 8am (Polish)
Sat: 6pm
Sun: before each Mass
1st Fridays: 5pm
and upon request
Rosary: Sun: 11:30am
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: Mondays: 6pm
Devotion to St. John Paul II: Tuesdays: 6pm
Devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa: Wednesdays: 6pm
Other Devotions & Services: contact the church for more info
Church Constructed: 1900-1901
Official Website
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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!)


  1. Why would you use Wikipedia as a resource when the Catholic Church has such a rich tradition?

  2. It's a good question you ask, Anonymous. Probably because I am a young adult in this modern age and Wikipedia is a quick go-to resource for me. Catholic Encyclopedia can often be a bit much, too wordy if I am looking for the essential meaning of something. I guess though, since Wikipedia can often be mistaken and full of misinformation, I should head to any number of Catholic or spiritual based websites that contain the info I am looking for. Here's one example:

    Though, Anonymous, if you have further information about Ash Wednesday to give me that I could use to go on to discuss the day and the season of Lent with to my friends, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you.

  3. The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa is beautiful. You are doing us a very great service by making and documenting these visits. We thought these churches would be here forever and took them for granted. "Dust to dust" does not just pertain to our individual mortality.

  4. Dear Andrew the sinner,

    I have been reading your posts with great interest - I hope you have the historic St. James at 32 James Street on your list of final churches to visit. It is, I believe, the oldest surviving Catholic structure in the city and state of New York in original condition (Old St. Patrick's and St. Joseph on 6th Ave that had disastrous fires that gutted them, being officially older)

    From Tali the organist - 12:30 English Mass

  5. thanks for your Chicago, there Archidiocse has published a beautiful and a book about all 350 churches in the archdiocese, reviewing the architecture, history and special things about each - from tiny parishes to the three bascilicas and their cathedral (Holy Name). Too bad NYC doesn't do the same - but at least there is all the great work you have done