The Basilica – St Stanislaus Church

St Stanislaus Church, 566 Front St, Chicopee, Massachusetts, Združene države Amerike

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Some of the most exquisite stained-glass windows, the work of talented European artists, grace the church designated a Minor Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr by Pope John Paul II in 1991.

Church Designated a Basilica

After St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church had met the stringent requirements for Basilica status, it was designated a Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1991, the year the parish celebrated its centennial.

The majestic St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Basilica with its exterior and interior splendor stands as a monument to God and to God’s people.

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St Stanislaus Church

Founding of the Parish. St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish was founded and financed by farsighted, hard-worked, and devout Polish immigrants who had arrived in Chicopee in the 1880’s.

The young Poles were determined to establish and finance their own church in which they could worship in their own native language, espouse their Polish customs and traditions which they valued highly, and enjoy a sense of acceptance and security.

Devotion to God, family, country, the work ethic, and church was the hallmark of the Poles. The parish Polish roots are deep while the branches, which have been growing for more than a century have become widespread. Even a cursory perusal of the parish roster confirms the wide diversity of the ethnic backgrounds of the parishioners.

 

Stained-glass Windows

Some of the most exquisite stained-glass windows, the work of talented European artists, grace the basilica. Each stained-glass window, and there are many, has its own theme.

Stained-glass Windows and Stations of the Cross. Some of the most exquisite stained-glass windows, the work of talented European artists, grace the basilica. Each stained-glass window, and there are many, has its own theme.

On the walls amid the stained-glass windows on the first level are the Stations of the Cross. The artistically sculpted and painted figures of each Station of the Cross are set in the appropriate niche. The basilica is replete with religious symbolism.

 

Stained-glass Windows

Some of the most exquisite stained-glass windows, the work of talented European artists, grace the basilica. Each stained-glass window, and there are many, has its own theme.

Stained-glass Windows and Stations of the Cross. Some of the most exquisite stained-glass windows, the work of talented European artists, grace the basilica. Each stained-glass window, and there are many, has its own theme. On the walls amid the stained-glass windows on the first level are the Stations of the Cross. The artistically sculpted and painted figures of each Station of the Cross are set in the appropriate niche. The basilica is replete with religious symbolism.

  • Monday – Friday: After 6:30 a.m. Mass; 11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
  • Saturday: After 7:00 a.m. Mass
    • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
    • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    • 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
  • First Friday of the Month: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • First Saturday of the Month 7:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Third Thursday of the Month (for Vocations): 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Church Designated a Basilica

After St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church had met the stringent requirements for Basilica status, it was designated a Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1991, the year the parish celebrated its centennial. The majestic St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Basilica with its exterior and interior splendor stands as a monument to God and to God’s people.

History of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus

Founding of the Parish. St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Parish was founded and financed by farsighted, hard-worked, and devout Polish immigrants who had arrived in Chicopee in the 1880’s. The young Poles were determined to establish and finance their own church in which they could worship in their own native language, espouse their Polish customs and traditions which they valued highly, and enjoy a sense of acceptance and security. Devotion to God, family, country, the work ethic, and church was the hallmark of the Poles. The parish Polish roots are deep while the branches, which have been growing for more than a century have become widespread. Even a cursory perusal of the parish roster confirms the wide diversity of the ethnic backgrounds of the parishioners.

First Church. In 1890 the Bishop entrusted the organization of a Polish church to Rev. Franciszek Chalupka. The first St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church, a wood-frame church, was located on the parcel of land on which St. Stanislaus School now stands. The first Mass, a midnight Mass, was celebrated by Rev. Chalupka on Christmas 1891 in an unfinished church. It was not only the first church for St. Stanislaus Parish but also the first Polish church in Western Massachusetts.

Franciscan Friars Assume Leadership. For a little more than a decade the parish had been under the aegis of a diocesan priest, but early in the twentieth century the spiritual leadership of the parish was entrusted to the Franciscan Friars, Order of Friars Minor Conventual. The Franciscans will observe the centennial of their ministry at St. Stanislaus in July 2002. The parish is a large, vibrant, and cohesive one, but it is no longer an exclusively Polish one. All the pastors have been natives of Poland or Americans of Polish descents. However, many non-Polish priests have ministered in the parish.
Second Church.

The second St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church, located on Front Street in Chicopee, Massachusetts, was built in 1908 to accommodate the growing number of parishioners. The impressive brownstone, cathedral-like church built in the Baroque Revival Style of architecture has been regarded as one the most imposing churches in the area. The spacious interior of the church can accommodate at least 800 worshipers in the main and two side naves. A pipe organ was installed in the choir loft in 1920.

Lower church. The parishioners have been fortunate to have both an upper and a lower church in which the faithful can worship. The lower church is more contemporary in its architectural style. The lower church is used daily for Masses, for confessions, for the Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as for other services. A sizable collection of relics in reliquaries is displayed in special-built cabinets near the sacristy.

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