St. Agatha Church - Polish Roman Catholic Parish
Archdiocese of St. Louis
Polish Roman Catholic Parish
Telephone: (314) 772-1603
Fax: (314) 772-3979
Parish Office Hours
Mondays and Tuesdays
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rev. Stan Poszwa, S.Chr.
8:00 a.m. (EN)
10:00 a.m. (PL)
4:30 p.m. (EN)
8:00 a.m. Mon- Thur (EN)
7 p.m. Fri (PL)
HOLY DAYS DURING WEEK
8:00 a.m. (EN)
7:00 p.m. (PL)
7:30 a.m. (EN)
9:30 a.m. (PL)
4:00 p.m. (EN)
St. Agatha Parish exists primarily to serve the spiritual needs of those of the Polish language and ethnicity living in the St. Louis area. We live our faith in union with the Supreme Pontiff and the Archbishop of St. Louis. While living in American society, we celebrate our heritage of rich cultural traditions. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the Queen of Poland, and St. Agatha, the patron of our Parish, we seek to fulfill our calling in Jesus Christ by living out our Catholic faith in love, justice and peace.
Twenty-five years after Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis, many
Catholics, people of good will and the Polish Community reflect on his life, teaching and legacy.
JANUARY 22-28, 1999
Apostolic Journey to Mexico and St. Louis (USA)
(January 22 - 28, 1999). The focal point of the Holy Father's Pastoral Visit to America was the Holy Mass he celebrated at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico, on Saturday morning, January 23, to conclude the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, held in the Vatican from November 16 to December 12, 1997.
Pope John Paul II’s Jan. 27-28, 1999, St. Louis visit included three major events: a youth rally at the Kiel Center (now the Enterprise Center); Mass at the Trans World Dome (now The Dome at the America’s Center) and an Evening Vespers prayer service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. His visit to St. Louis was part of a journey to North America that included a stop in Mexico for the Synod of Bishops for America. It was his fourth trip to Mexico and seventh to the United States. The St. Louis visit was arranged by Archbishop Justin F. Rigali, then archbishop of St. Louis and a longtime friend of the pope. During his visit, the 78-year-old Holy Father highlighted the ties of unity and solidarity necessary for the new evangelization in the Americas.
THE FINAL WORDS OF JOHN PAUL II
AT THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF ST. LOUIS
St. Louis, January 27, 1999
As my visit to St. Louis comes to an end, I wish to express my appreciation to Vice President and Mrs. Gore for greeting me before my departure for Rome. I thank those associated with the Federal Government for all that they have done to make this visit possible.
My gratitude goes to the Governor of the State of Missouri, and to the Mayor of the City of St. Louis, and to all the members of their staffs. I thank the Police and all those who have done so much for security and public order. I thank the civic and business communities of St. Louis for the support they have given.
The welcome extended to me by my fellow Christians and by the members of other religious communities has been most gracious. I hope you will accept my sincere thanks and the assurance of my friendship in the cause of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue and cooperation.
It has been a moving experience to visit the people of St. Louis. I would have wished to meet personally each one of the young people at the Kiel Center, and all the many other people at the Trans World Dome, and here in the Cathedral Basilica, as well as along the routes and at the Airport.
A word of thanks goes to the Cardinals and my brother Bishops of the United States who have come to St. Louis. It was a pleasure to know that so many other Dioceses sent representatives. I am grateful to you all.
In particular I wish to say thanks to the local Church of St. Louis. I am indebted to all the many dedicated people – organizers, committee members and volunteers – who have labored long and hard behind the scenes. Nor do I forget the hidden but effective support of all who prayed for the spiritual outcome of this event, especially the contemplatives in their monasteries. A special word of thanks and appreciation is due to Archbishop Rigali, who just two days ago celebrated his fifth anniversary as your dedicated Pastor.
A few months ago, a pilgrimage from St. Louis came to Rome. We met on the steps of St. Peters, where they sang to me: “Meet me in St. Louis. . . meet me at the Dome!” With God’s help, we have done it. I will always remember St. Louis. I will remember all of you.
God bless St. Louis!
God bless America!
FEAST OF ST. AGATHA
WILL BE CELEBRATED ON FEB. 4 & 5
Inviting all parishioners and friends of St. Agatha, as well as those who suffer from cancer, illnesses, all health care professionals, and single man and laywomen and join us for Holy Masses on
Sat., Feb. 3 at 4:30 PM,
Sunday, Feb. 4 at 8:00 AM in English & 10:00 AM in Polish
and Monday, Feb. 5 at 8:00 AM in English & 7:00 PM in Polish,
followed by prayers to St. Agatha, a blessing with the relic; then the blessing of St. Agatha Bread, to take home.
On Sunday, Feb. 4 after the 10:00 AM Holy Mass, a delicious homemade meal may be purchased in the social hall.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Monday, February 5 marks St. Agatha’s Feast Day. This great saint of the third century is the patron of our beloved parish community. Her courage and faithfulness to God amidst cruel tortures makes her a powerful intercessor for our parish. Similar to one’s name day, the Feast of St. Agatha is all parishioners and friends of St. Agatha’s personal day for celebration. St. Agatha becomes a personal patroness for every person who comes to worship in our church.
Just as in years before, we will celebrate a Triduum and hold three days of prayer and celebration in honor of St. Agatha.
For centuries, St. Agatha has been proven to be a great intercessor. I encourage you to send in your personal petitions to be remembered in a Novena of Holy Masses. Please consider sending a donation with your intentions in honor of St. Agatha.
In many Catholic Churches throughout Europe, one can see the images, medical devices no longer needed, Milagros, or monetary offerings left by pilgrims asking for a particular saint’s intercession for healing, work, spiritual needs, and more.
As we celebrate the Feast of St. Agatha, let us come in faith to seek her intercession and ask that a shower of grace be given to us, our families, and our parish community.
Please bring your intentions to the church or mail them in the envelope that is included.
May St. Agatha, who suffered pain and torture for her devotion to Jesus, intercede for our needs before the throne of God.
A NOVENA OF HOLY MASSES INVOKNG THE INTERCESSION OF ST. AGATHA
BEGINNING ON THE FEAST DAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2024
HOW TO FORGIVE
Pray (Matthew 5:44)
Love and do good to the offender (Romans12:9)
Don’t speak poorly of the offender (Romans 12:14)
Release them from your punishment (Romans 12:17-19)
Treat them the way you want to be treated (Luke 6:31)
Don’t celebrate their failures (Proverbs 24:17)
Stop dwelling on the past (Isaiah 43:18)