Catholic community celebrates anniversary of St. Stanislaus Basilica

The Saturday mass was packed

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – An important milestone was hit on Saturday for Chicopee’s Catholic community.

A yearlong 125th anniversary celebration of St. Stanislaus Basilica came to a close Saturday with a special mass celebrated by Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.

The historic church with strong ties to Chicopee’s Polish-American community has served not only as a house of worship, but as a school, and home away from home for so many Chicopee families through the generations.

Jerry Underwood told 22News, “My wife has been a member here since she was born. I have been a member here since 1965. Our kids went to school here and it’s always provided love and support and spiritual enhancement for us.”

Parishioner’s packed the pews for Saturday’s 4 p.m. mass.

The church itself was founded in 1891, built in 1908 and was consecrated as a basilica in 1991 by then Pope John Paul II who was the first polish pope in history.

Saturday’s mass was followed by a celebration at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee.