Anniversary of death of Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko

On the anniversary of the death of Bl. Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, October, 19th, it is appropriate to remember his efforts in a liturgical memorial. We encourage all to pray at the relics of Father Jerzy , which are present in our church. One hears more and more that praying to Bl. Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko for intercession, leads to graces being bestowed on the needy. Masses in our church are at 6:30AM, 7:00AM, 8:00AM, 7:00PM.

Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko was born in 1947 in the village of Okopy na Białostocczyźnie in the Bialystok region of Poland where he was the chaplain of the workers in the “Solidarity” movement.

He opposed the system of oppression, but in accordance with his self-proclaimed principle "overcome evil with good" cautioned against hatred of the officials in the government. He was repeatedly bullied and harassed by the state, and finally on October 19, 1984, he was kidnapped by officers of the Security Service of the Department of the Interior Ministry, which was engaging the Catholic Church in the conflict. After a very brutal beating, the executioners threw this priest into the Vistula River near Włocławka. The whole incident was caught on tape.

The tomb of Fr. Jerzy at the church of St. Stanislaus in Warsaw is a place of pilgrimage. The beatification of Fr. Jerzy took place on June 6, 2010 in Warsaw. The solemn liturgy at Pilsudski Square in the capital city was attended by about 150 thousand faithful. Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints, presided over the ceremony.