Polish parishioners concerned over church merger
by Lisa A. Fraser
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On a typical Sunday, the St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish, located at 88-10 102nd Avenue, just off of Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park, sees roughly 150 parishioners – many of them attending not just for the solace a church so often gives, but for the community that the church nurtures for the local and not-so-local Polish parishioners.

Last Sunday marked Ascension Day, and over 200 parishioners attended, filling the pews and forcing 35 others to stand at the back. The service carried on for a bit longer than usual, but it was what happened after that really made an impact on some parishioners.

Stan Korasadowicz, a parishioner of the church over the last 20 years, mobilized some to congregate in the church's basement to plan out a strategy on how to save the church from being merged with the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, located a few blocks up at 101-41 91st Street.

“The Bishop is selling everything – we don’t know where the money is going,” said Korasadowicz, who lives in New Jersey and makes it his duty to attend mass every Sunday in efforts to save it.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which St. Stanislaus is part of, is merging the parish with Nativity to cut costs. But parishioners are upset that many of the church’s property has already been sold, including the parking lot and the St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr School on 101st Avenue.

Community Board 9 voted in March to construct a new school at the location, which is set to seat 416 students.

Korasadowicz is planning to start a committee “pronto,” which will act as a liason between the parishioners and the community. They are planning to circle a petition to their pastor and the pastor of Nativity, as well as to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. They are also planning a protest to show that they are “not quiet.”

The hope is that although they are not able to stop the sale of the school, perhaps they could stop the merger, which is set to happen on June 30.

Parishioners are afraid that if the church merges with Nativity, it will then be sold for good later on, leaving them no place to congregate.

“It’s a shame what’s going on because the funds are here,” Korasadowicz said.

The parishioners found out two years ago about the merger and circulated a petition then, but the Bishop told them that there was nothing that could be done.

The church has over 2,000 parishioners, but not all of them disagree with the merger.

“Some see it as a good thing because we could possibly get more funding after,” said Mike Kulawik, chariman of the Pulaski Day Parade Committee at St. Stanislaus.

“For others," Kulawik continued, "just the fact that they want to sell out our property brings a lot of anger. This is something their ancestors gave them.

“It doesn’t seem like the Bishop’s office wants to give us any options,” he said.

St. Stanislaus was built in 1930 and has since been a beacon for many Polish immigrants. The church suffered through a fire in June of 1994, but was back 15 months later – a testament to its perseverance.

“This church is much more vibrant; there are more things going on here,” Kulawik said as he listed the Young People’s Polish Committee, the Sacred Heart Association and the Polaski Parade Committee, among others. “And yet they decide to sell some our properties instead of reconsidering to sell some of [Nativity’s] properties.”

“Everybody comes here, they’re born here, they’re baptized here, everybody knows each other," said another parishioner. "It’s a shame.”

After repeated attempts, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn could not be reached for comment. Please check our website regularly for updates.

UPDATE: Monseigneur Kieran Harrington of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, noted that the merge is an administrative merge, done as a way to cut costs.

"There are two parishes that are as close as you can get to one another and there are substantial costs associated with running parishes," he said. "This will give us a better use of our resources so that we could better serve the community."

He noted that while the two churches are merging, mass will continue at St. Stanislaus and at Nativity.
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parishioner
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July 07, 2011
Paszkowska has embedded interest in Nativity wealth as her son works there, so I wouldn't think she'd care for St. Stans
parafianka
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July 04, 2011
Za duzo krzyku a malo roboty-gdzie sa ci co organizuja zabawy umiecie wszystko ale kosciola nie dacie rady ochronic.
Malgorzata polish.
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July 04, 2011
Our church is special-Ks.Andrzej please pray for us.We will be pray to to save church.
John W.
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July 04, 2011
church is not only polish .God is only one.

Are you pray every day?.
polish man from zone
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July 04, 2011
This chuch is not only polish. Stop morge we will take our church.

We have a polish prist he will pray with us.
halina w.
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July 04, 2011
Nie umiem angielskiego ale rozumiem bol polskich ludzi ze za pare lat tez straca i kosciol bo kto bedzie trzymal kosciol dla polakow-to kosztuje i bedzie podstawa do zamkniecia.

Jestesmy pracowitym narodem-zorganizujmy sie z ksiedzem i cos robmy z tym-tak tego nie mozemy zostawic.
R B parafian
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July 04, 2011
Do Ksiedza Andrzeja -czy nie da sie uratowac kosciola aby byl oddzielny.W Polsce czekaja ksieza na wyjazd i by przyjechali i pomogli nam tylko trzeba o to sie starac.Ksieze polski lud nie jest juz nejgorszy -wspolnymi silami cos ustalimy.Prosimy porozmawiac z nami.
edward zero
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July 04, 2011
GOD is with us -we have faith-and willingness to share faith.Many plish parishiners com to polish mass.Jesus with us--everyone please pray especiaiiy for prist's . POLISH COMMUNITY STAY TOGETHER.Father PALMIOTTO YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND US.Jesus had extraodinary rapport.
helena k.
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July 04, 2011
message to pastor Palmiotto-how long you cancontinue make a problems for us.we trust you -you can not stend polish people whay? we came to this country with HOP,for butter future ror us and our family's.IN WARSAW I pray for better live.

You parents cam from Italy they now wath is a FREEDOM-you do not understand -please ask us we will gat together-even after when we say something wrong-please do not belive for everything wath they tell you.
Marian polish paris
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July 04, 2011
Now we need t do something9together that they will see us.And now we're pretty sure they willdriving us crazy but what do we do?

Love one another-keep communicating-stay together

NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!
Reresa Parish
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July 04, 2011
Polish parishiners please do not fight beetwen us Palmiotto is very happy -we have to do something smart we belive in God.Church is ouers not bishopps we need to call TV station,newspapers

lets make a meeting after polish mass Michal Kulawki do something-you smart man.Liga do not sleep wake up Palmiotto seeling our property.

Jan chrostwski
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July 04, 2011
Do wszystkich ktorzy sie zgadzaja na polaczenie naszego kosciola-lat przemina ;my odejdziemy co po sobie zostawimy? Nasze wnuki odnajda ze to byl polsk kosciol z polskimy tradycjami-co za odpowiedz uslysza?Ja nie wstydze sie przed moja rodzina ze staran nie czynie aby ten kosciol istnial.Zrobilem BARDZO DUZO jest nasgrupa ludzi ktorzy czuja sie POLAKAMI.Nie patrzymy ze reszta nic nie robi-my robimy -remontujemy-kupujemy za swoje $-nie prosimy.Dziwi mnie jedno jak polonia moze tak objetnie podchodzic do kosciola.Krytykujecie ksiezy poza ich plecami nie macie odwagi chrzescijanskiej powiedziec im t w oczy.Po raz pierwszy od 79 lat w tym rku nie odbylo sie KORONACJA MATKI BOZEJ-pytam sie czyja to wina?Liga nie dotarla? Liga miala informacje ze kornacje robia dzieci komunijne bo teg dnia byla I KOMUNIA SWIETA w naszym kosciele. Liga jest to organizacja ktora martwi sie o kosciol-nasz prosic nie trzeba-kotwice nosimy na ramionach a BOGA W SERCU. zwracam sie do wszystkich zastanowcie sie c robicie-nadejda lata ze bedziecie prosic o PASTERKE- SWIECONKE- BOZE CIALO-uslyszycie -serce was zaboli ale juz bedzie za pozno.

Mamy kosciol-poswiecmy te kilka minut w tygodniu,

ci ludzie co sie oglaszali glosno w kosciele juz zakonczyli usluge Bogu-niema ogloszenia o sprzataniu niema sprzatania-teraz widac prawde co sie za tym kryje.My sprzatamy co tydzien-oglaszac nas nie trzeba.bede dbal o kosciol dopoki bede zyl.Swiety Stanislaw jest dla mojej rodziny specialnym miejscem-nasze zmartwienia bol tragedie nieslismy do Boga w tym kosciolku-Bog nas sluchal-dopomagal i pomaga.To jest specialny kosciol-jezdzilem w wiele miejsc widzialem marmury colosy ale ten kosciol jest mi najblizszy serce.SZCZESC WAM BOZE
Szarnacka B.
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July 03, 2011
Mama moja dawno temu mowila mi ze polacy nie utrzymaja tego kosciola ona juz nie zyje i te czsy teraz nadchodza.Nie wierze w to co slysze jak ksiadz krytykuje luldzi co walcza o kosciol.Zal mi tych co donosza do proboszcza na polakow-wam to bedzie zaplacone.Jest w kosciele grupa ludzi co zalezy im na losie kosciola w Ozone Park.Polacy -broncie kosciola tak nas nauczyli ojcowie-BEZ BOGA ANI DO PROGA

CO sie stalo ze ksiadz nie oglasza sprzatania-czynie otrzymalzamowienia albo zap.... bo co miesiac oglaszal dla prywatnej osoby aby nazwisko okrzyknac-to wiele ludzi slyszalo i widac bylo kto sie za tym kryje?
MARIA S.
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July 03, 2011
i do not belive in priests,thispeople bring many parish problems.I support them many years but after milions dollars wy have to pay to clergy sex-abuse scandal as a reason why bishop need moore money.

Ozone Park pleas

e fight for your church-keep ouer tradition going PASTERKA SWIECONKA BOZE CIALO.

sand message to bishop-polish tradition is unique.

Keep good attendance on sunday mass in Sw.Stan.

nativity can not stand pastor P...

They no he is not a priest he is a good bisnesman .Nativity is empthy church.They need you $ to pay they bills.Polish cathlics fight for church open 7 days.
STANISLAW K.
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July 03, 2011
I do understand we have a problem with $.but Palmiotto is sealing SwStasisl.catholic school so we have $. what is the problem? Way we need to be merge becouse Nativity they have no $.We will rescu them from clousing parish.Lord says allyou who have no money come to me I will help you.Listen me do not follow wrong people.A man who comes to me will not go away angry I will help him.We build up our church not only fo us but also for our sons and daughters.

NO!!! NO!!! NO!!! NO!!!! NO!!! MORGE!!!!!!!!!!!
elzbieta parafianka
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July 03, 2011
Nic dobrego z teg nie wyniknie skloca nas na wzajem narobia miedzy nami balaganu.Ucierpia ci ktorzy dbali o kosciol d tej pory-to juz widac co sie swieci ks Andrzejmowi od rzeczy zamiast wziac sie za rbote.Nie dziwie sie proboszczowi on od biskupa dostanie odpowiednia dawke a na jaki prezent liczy ks.... Bylam na Maspeth kilka razy tam ksieza cos robia a u nas ma wszystko na tacy podane -glupia D.... robi wszystko sama ledwo co nogi ciaga.Gdzie sa ludzie co tak rwali sie do rzadow teraz moga sie popisac-jakodgonic swinie od koryta.Niechaj nie wyciagaja lap do tog co nie ich.Swiety Stanislaw byl budowanu przez naszych dzidkow-ojcow ktorzy teraz w grobach sie przewracaja jak widza co sie robi.

Nam potrzebny jest ksiadz jak Ks.Gorczyca on by wiedzial co z nimi zrobic to inteligentny facet.

Ksieze Andrzeju czas pokazac jak lezy ksiedzu POlSKA na sercu.
kaz br
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July 03, 2011
do wszystkich ksiezy co wy robicie? ludzie wam zaufali -zawierzyli-do spowiedzi ida do was a wy zdrajcy -judasze wielu z was nie powinno byc w klerze.Sprzedacie koscioly,szkoly ale nie zabijecie wiary w ludziach.Ozone Park walczcie zmieniajcie ksiedza.On wam nic dobrego nie zrobi.

Trzymcie sie nie dajcie sie sprowokowac miedzy soba. Oni beda probowac was sklocic-wytrzymajcie.

Modlcie sie modlitwa waszlaczy.

wybierzcie miedzy soba mocnych ludzi aby prowadzili was. Znam Kulawika on sie nadaje cos zorganizowac-ma glowe.Nie bierzcie Pasz,ona jest falszywa.Skontaktujcie sie zKs.WITOLDEM on moze Wam cos podpowie.Rigwood z Wami
Stanislaw gross
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July 03, 2011
Do wszystkich polakow w Ozone Park. To bylo do przewidzenia ze to sie stanie,sami zaniesliscie 2 lata temu sakrament do wlochow teraz sie dziwicie.Bardzo dziwie sie ks.A. za co oni go kupili.Nic dobrego po sobie nie zostawiles w Rig. i w Ozonie tez nic dobrego nie zrobiles.Lisa za malo wiesz o ksiezach.Polska parafia walcz o kosciol bo to wasz dom.My jestesmy nauczeni dbac o koscioly.
Krystyna polish pari
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July 03, 2011
Lisa Thanks-You did something nice for us.You d not now the trurh whats is going on with Sw.Stan.

WE have no polish people in parish counc.

we no bishop need ouer $ to pay for clergy sex abuse scandal.The scandal has damaged the church, to be sure. But whay we have to pay the price.This criminals are guility NOT US!!!!!!!!!!

Pastor Palmiotto if YOU support them sell Your apartment and give bishop $. Do not toutch SW,Stan.Save yourselv from this corrupt group.
Polish parishiner
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July 03, 2011
Please do not touch ouer church. Lisa thank you so much to help us on sunday.Many plish parishiners will come together and do sonething special. We will call you -when?

No MERGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!