In March of 2009, Saint Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr Parish, formerly on Nichols Street in East Utica, merged with Holy Trinity Parish, about 2 miles away. The final Mass of Thanksgiving was held at Saint Stanislaus Sunday, March 8th, with a reception following, honoring 98 years of Parish life. Both parishes shared in the observances.
Saint Stanislaus parishioners “mourn” the end of their parish family but also give thanks for the many blessings and graces of the past 98 years. According to Father Arthur Hapanowicz, “Holy Trinity was the original “Mother Church” of Saint Stanislaus and the time has come for Saint Stanislaus to “come home” to the Mother Church”. With the celebration of this final Mass, the parish of Saint Stanislaus merged with Holy Trinity parish, where traditions of the past 98 years will be continued and the good people of Saint Stanislaus will find a warm and a spiritual welcome at Holy Trinity. Several beautiful items from Saint Stanislaus parish are now a part of the Mass celebration at Holy Trinity. These include the painting of Our Lady of Czestocowa from over the main altar, the statue of Saint Stanislaus, candle holders and the Cross, now on the main altar, two beautiful candelabra and the processional Cross which will lead Holy Week and Easter processions at Holy Trinity.
On the weekend of March 21st and 22nd, 2009, Holy Trinity parishioners formally welcomed Saint Stanislaus during all weekend Masses and in the Church Social rooms following Mass. Also welcomed were new parishioners from other area churches that recently closed as the result of reconfiguration. The new parishioners now share in the parish life of Holy Trinity as lectors, ushers, and choir members as well as in other social activities. Young people will share as altar servers and in religious education programs and First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation. Father Hapanowicz stated at all Masses: “A warm welcome to all new parishioners!”
Fifty Years at St. Stanislaus BM, East Utica, NY. Golden Jubilee 1913-1963. CAP at Orchard Lake.
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