End of Polish Mass at Youngstown church sparks some to consider leaving parish

By SEAN BARRON

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Stanislaw Radomski met and married his wife, Josephine, at St. Stanislaus Church, has been a 37-year member and raised his two sons there. But those strong ties likely won’t be enough to keep him coming back.

“I really don’t think that is the best solution that happened here,” the Boardman man said, referring to a recent decision to discontinue the weekly 9 a.m. Polish Mass at the church, 430 Williamson Ave., on the city’s South Side.

“We have to swallow that bitter pill.”

On Sunday, Radomski was one of about 70 parishioners who attended what will likely be St. Stanislaus’ final regularly scheduled Polish liturgy.

He also is among those who said they might start attending other Catholic churches in response to the decision.

As part of a diocesan reorganization plan, the Diocese of Youngstown and Bishop George V. Murry have announced that St. Stanislaus, St. Casimir and St. Columba will be merged units with one priest and one parish. The number of locations is to be determined.

A shortage of priests in the Youngstown Diocese was part of what prompted the Rev. Ed Naroda, pastor, to cut the weekly 9 a.m. Polish Mass and perform a service in English at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday at the 86-year-old church.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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