St. Stanislaus Basilica 125th Anniversary

Br. Michael Duffy, OFM Conv. and Fr. Joseph Benicewicz, OFM Conv. help cut the banquet cake.

Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Joseph Benicewicz, OFM Conv., pastor and rector of our pastoral ministry at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr, in Chicopee, MA, prepared his parish with this post in the April 30th parish bulletin:

Our Lady of the Angels Province Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. (Mass homilist) enjoyed visiting with parishioners at the banquet.

Our year-long 125th Anniversary celebration will come to a close this coming Saturday, May 6th. We will begin with the Closing Mass at 4:00 p.m. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will be the Principal Celebrant and Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., our Provincial, will be the homilist. Part of the prayers to be offered are the My Acts of Faith booklets that you received last year. At the Closing Mass during the Offertory Procession we offer all of our prayers and good works to God. So, please return your booklet any time now or bring them to the Closing Mass. They can also be dropped off in the Parish Office. The evening will conclude with a banquet at the Castle of the Knights. Let us join together to give God praise and honor for all of the blessings that He has so lavishly heaped upon us these first 125 years and pray for His grace for the parish and ourselves as we continue our mission of proclaiming the Good News.”

The Diocese of Springfield’s Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski served as Principal Celebrant.

The parish celebrated all year and concluded with this May 6, 2017 Mass and Banquet. They have posted many more photos from the day’s events on their newly refurbished parish website.

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