|Traditional Blessing of the Altar|
As many of you know, St. Stanislaus in Milwaukee celebrated their 150th anniversary as a parish this past weekend. Archbishop Listecki prayed the Te Deum and presided at Benediction on Saturday evening, and Bishop Joseph Perry from Chicago presided at the Pontifical High Mass and blessing of the restored Altar on Sunday the 24th.
While I was not able to attend the Mass itself (though we did see the procession lining up on our way to St. Anthony's), we were there a few weeks ago and the restorations are incredible. Below is a link from the venerable Cream City Catholic Blog to their excellent video and wrap up for the celebration. I was especially struck at the strong emphasis on the Polish roots of the parish. Being from Chicago, and married into a Polish family, the fact that "St. Stan's" was the first Polish parish in North America and the starting point for the creation of the great Polish parishes in Milwaukee and Chicago like the Basilica of St. Josaphat, St. John Cantius, St. Mary of the Angels and so many others was truly inspiring.
If you have not had the chance yet to ever attend Mass at St. Stan's, or if you haven't been there since they began the restoration work, take the opportunity to attend. You will be truly blessed by the parish's commitment to Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.