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2017-01-19

St Stanislaus hosts dedication & open house of Adoration Chapel

Special to the Courier

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church will host an open house and dedication of the new Adoration Chapel, Sunday, Jan. 22, during Mass at 11:30 am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 302 7th St, Bandera.
The Chapel will be open for all to visit on Sunday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Immediately following Mass, at 12:30 pm will be the Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction in the Church. Following the Benediction there will be a Eucharistic Procession from the Church to the Adoration Chapel. The Chapel will be blessed and Adoration in the new Adoration Chapel will begin.
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church is the second Oldest Polish Church in the United States. St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Parish had its beginning in 1855 when immigrant families from Poland landed at Indianola, Texas and proceeded to Bandera to settle. This was only six weeks after the settling of the first Polish Parish in the United States at Panna Maria, Texas. In 1859 they began in a 20 x 30 foot log structure, which served as their first Church. The Church in which we worship today was built in 1876. It was constructed of native limestone. In 2000, the small room off of the sanctuary was transformed into a chapel for the purpose of Perpetual Adoration. St. Stanislaus has continued this privilege of Perpetual Adoration for over 16 years.
In 1874, a stone convent was built, housing the nuns who taught the children and serving as their school. This building, bearing a Texas Historical Plaque, has also been used as a museum, displaying precious memorabilia from the original Polish families, their descendants, and from the early Church. In 2016, the restoration and repurposing of the stone convent began. The stone convent will now become the Adoration Chapel.
Father John Nolan, reflecting on the opportunity for perpetual adoration in the newly renovated chapel, said, “I am grateful for the gifts of so many coming together to bring us closer to God through Eucharistic adoration. I know in my heart the chapel will be a place where we all will have personal encounters with the Lord.”
We welcome everyone to “come and see” our beautiful Adoration Chapel and learn about the gift of Eucharistic Adoration. Learn more about St Stanislaus Catholic Church and the Adoration Chapel at www.ststanislausbandera.com.