CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee’s St. Stanislaus Basilica Sunday began a yearlong series of celebrations. It’s been 125 years since its first Mass on Christmas Eve in 1891.
Bishop of the Springfield Diocese, Mitchell Rozanski, celebrated mass during the special noon hour service. This was the beginning of the yearlong celebration.
Parishioners told 22News of the deep significance the 125th anniversary has for them.
Al Kendall, Chicopee Longtime Parishioner said, “It means allot, my wife and I were in charge of the program that started the school more than 40 years ago. We’re proud of the naming of the Basilica, it’s a tribute to all the people who put their nickels and dimes to make this a beautiful parish.”
Sister Agnes Negru, of St. Stanislaus Basilica said, “It shows that people who were here before they built up the church and the stature but even more than that the church spiritually.”
St. Stanislaus was founded by Polish immigrants who first arrived in Chicopee during the 1880’s.