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Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) at St. Stanislaus Kostka in Greenpoint – 1969


Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (future Pope John Paul II) visits St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Greenpoint – 1969

JPIIa Kardynał Karol Wojtyła odwiedza parafię Św. Stanisława Kostki w Greenpoint – 1969 rok

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The Friends of the John Paul II Foundation in New York each year honor Polish priests for the service and dedication extended to the foundation and Polonia. This year the honor was bestowed upon Fr. Marek Sobczak. This took place during the Banquet held on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the Princess Manor in Greenpoint. In this manner we showed appreciation to St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish which is celebrating its 115th Anniversary and Fr. Marek, who is celebrating his 30th anniversary in priesthood. The banquet was attended by representatives of many Polish institutions, as well as priests from Polish parishes. The guests were greeted by Mr. Michael Pajak, President who offered a brief history and causes of the John Paul II Foundation. The invocation was given by Fr. Prelat and Canon of Holy Cross Parish, Fr. Peter Zendzian. The emcee of the event was George Czastkiewicz.

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Poświęcenie obrazu Bł. Jan Pawła II

BlJPII Uwielbiamy Cię, Boże, bo tylko Tyś jest święty. Ty ulitowałeś się nad ludźmi i zesłałeś na świat swojego Syna, Jezusa Chrystusa, który udziela świętości i doprowadza ją do pełni. On w początkach Kościoła posłał Ducha Pocieszyciela, który jest głosem pouczającym o głębiach świętości, tchnieniem mocy i łagodności, ogniem rozpalającym miłość w sercach wiernych, Bożym nasieniem, z którego wyrastają obfite owoce łaski.

Ciebie więc, Boże, dzisiaj wychwalamy, bo darami tegoż Ducha ubogaciłeś Błogosławionego Jana Pawła II na cześć którego Twoi słudzy wykonali ten obraz, a który dzisiaj w Twoje Imię poświęcamy i błogosławimy. Prosimy Cie Ojcze w niebie: niech ci, którzy będą do Ciebie zanosili modlitwy przez wstawiennictwo Błogosławionego Jana Pawła II, krocząc śladami Pana i wpatrując się w Jego przykład, dążą do doskonałości, do miary wielkości według Pełni Chrystusa. Niech słowem i życiem głoszą Ewangelię, gotowi nawet krew za nią przelać.

Niech codziennie dźwigają krzyż z Chrystusem, ofiarnie służąc Tobie i braciom. Przez wierne wypełnianie doczesnych obowiązków niech przemieniają świat mocą Ducha Świętego i wznoszą oczy ku niebieskiej ojczyźnie, gdzie Ty, Ojcze, przyjmiesz ich do współdziedzictwa z Twoim Synem. Który z Tobą żyje i króluje na wieki wieków. Amen.

Spiritual deeds in thanksgiving for the beatification

The beatification of Pope John Paul II is a time to personally experience God’s Divine Mercy. God sent Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, a true embodiment of Holiness, to our Parish in September 1969 so that we as a community can whole-heartedly partake in his beatification and his eventual elevation to sainthood.
In thanksgiving, a program has been prepared for our Parish to spiritually participate in the beatification of John Paul II. Continue reading Spiritual deeds in thanksgiving for the beatification

Thanksgiving Novena – 9th Week

Novena of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II offered for families:

The law of God is univocal and categorical with respect to human life. God commands: “You shall not kill” (Ex 20:13). No human lawgiver can therefore assert: it is permissible for you to kill, you have the right to kill, or you should kill. Tragically, in the history of our century, this has actually occurred when certain political forces have come to power, even by democratic means, and have passed laws contrary to the right to life of every human being, in the name of eugenic, ethnic or other reasons, as unfounded as they are mistaken. A no less serious phenomenon, also because it meets with widespread acquiescence or consensus in public opinion, is that of laws which fail to respect the right to life from the moment of conception. How can one morally accept laws that permit the killing of a human being not yet born, but already alive in the mother’s womb? The right to life becomes an exclusive prerogative of adults who even manipulate legislatures in order to carry out their own plans and pursue their own interests. Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – 9th Week

John Paul II exhibit

The New York Society of John Paul II Foundation in cooperation with our Parish has prepared an exhibit dedicated to the person of Pope John Paul II. It is a rare opportunity to view images in the life of our beloved Pope. The pictorial exhibition will be on display in the most recently renovated room in the School Annex at 189 Driggs Avenue. The exhibit will be available for viewing during the times that our regular Sunday Masses are celebrated on Saturday and Sunday. All are welcome to the gallery for the viewing.

We would like to sincerely thank the organizers of this presentation for their efforts and inspiration.

Thanksgiving Novena – 8th Week

Novena of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II offered for families:

Words of John Paul II:

When we speak about “fairest love”, we are also speaking about beauty: the beauty of love and the beauty of the human being who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is capable of such love. We are speaking of the beauty of man and woman: their beauty as brother or sister, as a couple about to be married, as husband and wife. The Gospel sheds light not only on the mystery of “fairest love”, but also on the equally profound mystery of beauty, which, like love, is from God. Man and woman are from God, two persons called to become a mutual gift. From the primordial gift of the Spirit, the “giver of life”, there arises the reciprocal gift of being husband or wife, no less than that of being brother or sister. Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – 8th Week

Novena for families

Week  7th  of the thanksgiving Novena for the beatification of John Paul II offered for the intention of families

 Words of John Paul II:

At Cana in Galilee Jesus is, as it were, the herald of the divine truth about marriage, that truth on which the human family can rely, gaining reassurance amid all the trials of life.

Jesus proclaims the truth about marriage again when, speaking to the Pharisees, he explains how the love which comes from God, a tender and spousal love, gives rise to profound and radical demands. Continue reading Novena for families


Nowhere else was the anticipation of Pope John Paul II’s May 1st beatification greater than at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Brooklyn, New York.  Prayers for his sainthood began in earnest the day he died, just six years earlier. 

Nowhere else were they as ardent and as hopeful as they were at this famous landmark church that began serving Greenpoint’s Polish immigrants as far back as the 19th century.  Because Father Marek Sobczak C.M. was observing his 30th anniversary of the day he first became a priest, what could be a better way to honor both their pastor and the pope than at a special mass celebrated at the church which now stands on land the City of New York had renamed “John Paul II Square?” Continue reading PRAYERS AND A TRIBUTE TO THE POPE AND THE PASTOR

Thanksgiving Novena – Week 6th – Education

Words of John Paul II:

  What is involved in raising children? In answering this question two fundamental truths should be kept in mind: first, that man is called to live in truth and love; and second, that everyone finds fulfillment through the sincere gift of self. This is true both for the educator and for the one being educated. Education is thus a unique process for which the mutual communion of persons has immense importance. The educator is a person who “begets” in a spiritual sense. From this point of view, raising children can be considered a genuine apostolate. It is a living means of communication, which not only creates a profound relationship between the educator and the one being educated, but also makes them both sharers in truth and love, that final goal to which everyone is called by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – Week 6th – Education

NOVENA WEEK 5th – Love is demanding

Words of John Paul II:

The love which the Apostle Paul celebrates in the First Letter to the Corinthians—the love which is “patient” and “kind”, and “endures all things” (1 Cor 13:4, 7)—is certainly a demanding love. But this is precisely the source of its beauty: by the very fact that it is demanding, it builds up the true good of man and allows it to radiate to others.

Love is true when it creates the good of persons and of communities; it creates that good and gives it to others. Only the one who is able to be demanding with himself in the name of love can also demand love from others. Nowadays people need to rediscover this demanding love, for it is the truly firm foundation of the family, a foundation able to “endure all things”. Continue reading NOVENA WEEK 5th – Love is demanding

Thanksgiving Novena – week 4th

Words of John Paul II:

 In particular, responsible fatherhood and motherhood directly concern the moment in which a man and a woman, uniting themselves “in one flesh”, can become parents —father and mother—by communicating life to a new human being. The two dimensions of conjugal union, the unitive and the procreative, cannot be artificially separated without damaging the deepest truth of the conjugal act itself.

 The Church both teaches the moral truth about responsible fatherhood and motherhood and protects it from the erroneous views and tendencies which are widespread today. Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – week 4th

Novena – week 3rd

Words of John Paul II:

Through the communion of persons which occurs in marriage, a man and a woman begin a family.

In affirming that the spouses, as parents, cooperate with God the Creator in conceiving and giving birth to a new human being, we are not speaking merely with reference to the laws of biology. Instead, we wish to emphasize that God himself is present in human fatherhood and motherhood…  Indeed, God alone is the source of that “image and likeness” which is proper to the human being, as it was received at Creation. Begetting is the continuation of Creation. Continue reading Novena – week 3rd

Novena – second week

Words of John Paul II:

God speaks to the newly-created beings and he blesses them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen 1:28).  Human fatherhood and motherhood, while remaining biologically similar to that of other living beings in nature, contain in an essential and unique way a “likeness” to God which is the basis of the family as a community of human life, as a community of persons united in love.   Continue reading Novena – second week