CHICAGO — On the day during which the Church celebrates what is called Divine Mercy Sunday, Cardinal Blase Cupich celebrated mass at a church that’s residence to the Divine Mercy Chapel — one purpose it’s the solely parish within the space open 24 hours a day and 7 days every week, now in its one hundred and fiftieth yr.
The Jubilee Mass at St. Stainslaus Kostka Parish was full of trustworthy households that got here to worship with a number of relations in tow, just like the Morgan household, who gathered Sunday afternoon from 5 states to honor 5 generations of religion at a parish that towers over the Kennedy Expressway. It has been a beacon of hope for therefore many and for therefore lengthy.
“When my grandmother got here right here and my nice-grandmother, this was their place of security, their place of worship, and it tied them to the group,” Steve Morgan stated.
The parish, situated within the 1300 block of North Noble, was the primary Polish church within the metropolis when it opened in 1867. St Stan’s faculty opened in the identical yr.
“Although some college students aren’t that good, they could be imply to me typically, however I’ve to undergo it and be good to them regardless that they could be imply to me…as a result of Jesus took up his cross,” stated St. Stan’s seventh grader Justin Norman.
“There’s historical past not solely in stone, however in individuals. I feel that is necessary to remember right here as we thank God for all the various blessings which might be right here,” Cardinal Cupich stated.
It as soon as attracted what was hailed as the most important church membership on the planet: forty,000. It moved the trail of the Kennedy Expressway, as a result of this church, members say,belonged to the Lord. It will not shut or relocate.
“In 1950, once they constructed the Kennedy Expressway, they demolished over a thousand Polish houses on this space simply to make approach for the expressway. When that occurred, numerous Polish individuals started to maneuver out to the suburbs. Throughout that very same time, lots of the Hispanics from Mexico have been coming to Chicago as nicely, they usually discovered a spot right here at St. Stanislaus Kostka as nicely,” stated parishioner Lorenzo Smith.
For many years, membership has been extra numerous, as households like Erica Orona’s have referred to as it residence for years. Her grandmother cleaned the church for almost all of her working life.
“I used to be baptized right here, and all of our youngsters are baptized right here. It is a huge a part of our household,” Orona stated.
Members say they pray it should stay vibrant for an additional century and a half.
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