Open house to be held at St. Stanislaus Church - Catholic Courier
The restored steeple and beatitude window at Rochester's St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The restored steeple and beatitude window at Rochester's St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

Open house to be held at St. Stanislaus Church

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, a local landmark and the spiritual heart of Rochester’s Polish community, will participate in a statewide open house of historic religious structures on Sunday, May 22, from 1 to 4 PM. Visitors are invited to the church (1124 Hudson Avenue) for self-guided tours during which they can learn about St. Stanislaus’ architecture, artwork, and history. 

Designed in the Romanesque Revival style by the architectural firm of Gordon and Madden, St. Stanislaus has an exterior of red pressed brick and is crowned with a distinctive domed steeple reminiscent of church spires in Eastern Europe. The church’s interior is a vivid display of religious art that conveys the parish’s heritage in murals, stained glass, statues, and elaborate stenciling.  A new shrine dedicated in 2008 honors Our Lady of Cz?stochowa – Poland’s Black Madonna – and the recently canonized Pope John Paul II.

Between 1998 and 2004, the parish carried out an extensive series of repairs to secure the structure of the church and add to its beauty. These projects included restoration of the tower, roof replacement, repair of gutters and downspouts, electrical improvements, replacement of the cupola, and full restoration of the church’s magnificent interior artwork. Funds were raised with a remarkable show of loyalty on the part of parishioners and friends of the parish: the campaign met its five-year goal of $500,000 in just 15 months, and ultimately exceeded that goal by 60%.

The open house is sponsored by the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program, the country’s oldest and largest statewide program providing financial and technical assistance to historic religious properties. Since 1986 the Sacred Sites program has supported more than 750 religious institutions throughout the state which have received over $9.3 million in matching grants. St. Stanislaus has received six Sacred Sites grants totaling $53,200. More than 120 religious properties across the state are taking part in the open house weekend.

For more information about visiting St. Stanislaus Church on May 22, call the rectory at 467-3068 or email polishrochester@hotmail.com.

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