BRISTOL - St. Stanislaus Church, at 510 West St., is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
“I’m very excited,” said the Rev. Tomasz Sztuber.
To celebrate the milestone, Sztuber said, church officials will be doing a number of things throughout the year. On April 28, a special Mass will be held, which the Archbishop of Hartford and a number of priests in the area will help celebrate.
The St. Stanislaus Choir will perform in both English and Polish.
The Mass will be followed by a big celebration in the church’s basement and in a large tent outside. The event will include food and festivities.
“It will be very nice,” Sztuber said.
“We have invited the mayor,” he continued. “We hope she can make it.”
Additionally, church officials all year will have an exhibit set up in the church, near the entrance. The theme of the exhibit changes each month. In March, the photos showed previous sisters of the convent.
“We keep the sisters in our memory,” Sztuber said.
Throughout April, the photos show the buildings over the past 100 years, including the rectory, the church and the convent. Then in May, photos in the church will display children who have received their First Communion at St. Stanislaus over the past century.
The themes for the remaining months have not yet been decided. Photos are still being accepted.
“We’re trying to emphasize the parish anniversary,” Sztuber said.
According to St. Stanislaus’ website, one of the projects preparing the church for the 100th anniversary involves the repainting of the church interior.
Donations for this will still be accepted and can be sent to the rectory or placed in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Painting of the Church.”
The Anniversary Committee is also collecting stories, pictures and memories of St. Stanislaus Church from the past 100 years. Stories or copies of photos can be submitted - with dates if possible - for a commemorative video.
These also can be placed in the collection basket.