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

Published: Sun, December 26, 2010 @ 8:27 p.m.




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.


1WChambers(2 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

[QUOTE]“I really don’t think that is the best solution that happened here,”

“We have to swallow that bitter pill.”[/QUOTE]
This is an outrage. If I were a member of this parish I would refuse to accept such a nonsensical decision. 80 year old Father Naroda does need his retirement. We also need a new vigorous priest to take care of those in the Polish flock who are accustomed to fine Polish liturgy.
Is it a Twilight Zone at Stanislaw Kostka, that with so many Polish priests and churches in the vale, no one can come and help? Polish hymns twice a week? Are you joking?

If no pirest can be found locally to help Father Naroda, then try the Order of Christ (Chrystusowcy) set up to minister to Polish communities worldwide. Do not accept this cost cutting measure by Central Commitee or wherever it is coming from!


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2AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

W maybe you missed the point that there is a shortage of priests which has led to this situation. Priests have been helping to fill in for other parishes but that can only continue for so long. Unfortunately we must deal with reality.

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3piak(508 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

This old Piak went to St Stans as a kid.
I carried away many happy memories of attending the grade school. I consider the elementary education I received there to be A 1 by any standards.

But I never forgot that this parish and all ethnic parishes were formed for a purpose: that people of a given nationality were able to meet and worship in familiar surroundings, although they were in a new country, far away from their former home. As families were assimilated into our native culture, the pressing need for an ethnic parish gradually diminished. But what did arise was a life and continuity to those ethnic parishes, and they became a community or family of their own. The sorrow and heartache for some of the current members is watching their community and parish family end it's existence. I can't say I blame them, but it's a sad part of life that such things happen. I have always believed that at some time, the ethnic parishes would eventually disappear.

In this part of the country, it's not uncommon to be referred to as a Polish-American or Italian-American or African-American. Many years ago I was in England, where an individual on this tour identified himself as a "Slovak-American" from Cleveland, Ohio. A bewildered Brit looked at him in puzzlement and asked,
"Well,man WHAT are you? Slovak or American? I only asked you your nationality because I thought you might be Canadian or American. I can't tell the difference between you both". Point: Once you leave here, you become an American no matter what your "pedigree" says you are.

To the memory of St Stan's and it's grand history and many distinguished parishioners, "Sto Lat".

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4Aware(247 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I saw this on TV last night. A comment was made that their 'identity' will be lost. There is so much complaining about 'Spanish' being used. Residents of the US insist we need to speak English! So what is the problem here? This is a Catholic Church. Catholic Churches need to have Masses understandable to everyone who attends. It is up to parishioners to learn OUR language - one member said he's been in the US since 1969. Seems like 41 years is enough to make the attempt. These people need to recognize that there is a real shortage of priests and money to have all of these ethnic worship sites. There is simply no means of support anymore. They need to be Catholics first and stop being so self-centered with their own nationality. They moved here and should not expect an indefinite crutch. They should be happy that Church is still open since many have already closed. They are acting greedy.

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5Ytownnative(1114 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

replaced with a gangsta mass????

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6UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Allow priests to get married so they will come!

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7Timofej(1 comment)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

This started in the 1970's with Bishop Malone who wanted to close the "Ethnic" Parishes. It has nothing to do with lack of priests, it has to do with money!. How much will the Diocese make when they sell off the statues, stained glass, etc from these churches, let alone take their treasuries? Where will that money go is the real question.

Its the same in Cleveland Diocese close all the "Ethnic" churches. At least the parishioners in Cleveland arnt going with out a fight, they have filed law suits, in Cleveland and at the Vatican, as well as started their owen rogue parishes.

The question, Bishop Murray is how many parishioners are you going to loose all together with this "Necessary Move"?

Our parish tried to bring a priest from Europe to our church so that a mass could be served in our language. Bishop Malone stated "Aboslutely not" a foreign priest could never assemulate here.

This is just another way to get rid of the most ornate and beautiful churches in the dioces. SHAME DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN

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