Parish and its History
From August to December of 1988, Father Guarnieri not only celebrated daily Mass at St. Stanislaus, but he also managed to have a Polish priest celebrate Mass on Sundays. Father Guarnieri happily announced that we would have a new Parochial Vicar - Father Joseph Tokarczyk. Father Joseph was here for a short time when Father Guarnieri was transferred. A new Administrator was appointed, the Reverend Robert McCarthy. Father McCarthy, like Father Guarnieri, was very dedicated to St. Stanislaus Kostka.
Father Joseph brought new life into the parish as soon as he arrived. A wave of Polish immigrants started attending Mass on Sunday. Improvements in the church and rectory were made. Father Joseph initiated CCD classes, ESL classes, and a Polish school for the children. He helped the immigrants get established by finding jobs and housing for them. The Church was repainted and a new roof was put on. Our parish was building up again with a lot of new people. For the first time in many years, we had many Baptisms, First Holy Communion, and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Many weddings were also taking place in our Church.
Upon the death of Father McCarthy in May of 1994, the Reverend John Pintabone, the Pastor of Assumption Church, was appointed Pastor and Administrator. After everything was getting into a wonderful, normal routine, Father Joseph was transferred to St. Joseph's Church in Florida, New York. Once again, the parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka wondered what the future would hold.
1996 – 2010
On September 21, 1996, our new Parochial Vicar arrived - Reverend Marek Suchocki. In the short time he has been with us, Father Marek has carried on the parish activities and renovation work begun by Father Joseph. He has taken new initiatives in every direction to benefit the Church and its parishioners spiritually and materially. Consequently, as a result of his untiring efforts, we now have a beautifully restored church, a completely renovated auditorium, central air-conditioning and other church property in good repair. Father Marek has the cooperation and financial support of his flock. Most noteworthy is the generosity of such benefactors as Bernice Potorski, John Dzwonkowski, and Emily Ostrowski.
A highlight in Father Marek's career at St. Stan's transpired on November 15, 1998 during the celebration of the 75th Anniversary Mass. John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York read a letter confirming Father Marek's appointment as Pastor to St. Stan's. This was particularly significant because it indicated that after approximately ten years, our parish was once again independent.
Father Marek continues to focus on making St. Stan's a center for Polish-American life. Along the way, he has been assisted by several very talented members of the clergy. Among the latter are Brother Jerzy Krzyskow who came to St. Stan's in 1997 and was here for a year; Reverend Pawel Sochacki who arrived in 1999 and was part of the St. Stan's family for about three years; Reverend Jacek Wozny who came 2002 and Reverent Slawomir Ciszkowski who came 2005.
Brother Jerzy was very involved with job placement activities and religious instruction for the children. Father Pawel also enjoyed working with the children. He introduced the Children's Mass on Sunday wherein he involved the children in aspects of the Mass. Besides fulfilling his priestly duties, Father Pawel took an interest in contributing tot he Church's decorations for the holidays. Father Pawel's talents extended into the literary realm as he was responsible for the weekly bulletin. Father Jacek has brought an artistic touch to the parish while fulfilling his ministry at St. Stan's. Although he has been here about a year on a regular basis, he first started to visit our parish back in 1992.
Under Father Marek's direction, the parish has continued to evolve as a veritable haven for Polish immigrants by providing language and religion classes, health and legal advice, employment counseling, social events, and anything that might help them assimilate into American culture and become good, productive citizens. For the children, he has established the John Paul II School. Here the youngest parishioners are able to study their Polish language and culture and also receive religious instruction in a language they know and understand.
While Father Marek has only been at St. Stan's for seven years, he has brought our parish into contact with some very prominent people on Staten Island. Former Assemblywoman Elizabeth Connelly and her husband Robert have continued to frequent parish affairs. Likewise, local politicians such as former Councilman Jerome O'Donovan and Councilman Michel McMahon have not only attended parish activities, but have been instrumental in helping the parish obtain grants for different educational and immigration programs.
In addition, Father Marek has likewise witnessed our parish's notoriety in the Polish community when two members of our congregation were selected Grand Marshals of the Annual Pulaski Parade: the late Emilie LiGreci and Prof. Krystyna Wisniewski.
Like his predecessors before him, Father Marek has a deep sense of Polish pride and commitment to the Polish community. We the parishioners are grateful to them for all that they have done.