St. Stanislaus parish in Nashua to celebrate first Mass Aug. 7

Nashua – The Most Rev. Peter A. Libasci, bishop of Manchester, announced that the newly reopened St. Stanislaus parish will celebrate its first Mass on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. The Rev. John Brancich, a member of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), has been named as pastor of the new parish.

"With thankfulness and a profound sense of joy I announce the opening of this new parish, dedicated to serving the many Catholics who have a deep affection and reverence for the traditional liturgical forms of the pre-Vatican II era," said Libasci. "I am particularly grateful to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter for sending us such a fine and gifted priest to be the first pastor of the new St. Stanislaus parish, and I extend a hearty welcome to Father John Brancich and all his parishioners."

St. Stanislaus parish, originally established in 1908 to serve the Polish community of Nashua, was unified with St. Aloysius of Gonzaga Parish in 2002. St. Hedwig Parish in Manchester, under the leadership of Father Eric Delisle, and St. Joseph Parish in Claremont, under the leadership of Father George Majka, faithfully serve the Polish community. This year, Libasci established St. Stanislaus as a new parish, independent of St. Aloysius, entrusting it to the members of the FSSP and dedicating it to the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and the sacraments, according to the liturgical books of 1962. More information about the new parish is available at www.latinmassnashua.org.

Since 1999, St. Stanislaus church has also been the home of the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. The pantry, with its many dedicated volunteers, will continue to offer its valuable services and programs that serve those who are in need in Greater Nashua. More information about the food pantry can be found at www.corpuschristifoodpantry.org.

The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of more than 264,000 Catholics. For more information, visit www.catholicnh.org/about/overview.