Holly Ghost PNCC, Shenandoah, PA Closes After 91 Years of Service
Before a crowd of less than 20 on hand for Mass Sunday morning at Holy Ghost Polish National Catholic Church, the pastor announced it would be the last Mass at the 91-year-old 28 N. Chestnut St. house of worship.
The church was built in 1923.
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the bishop of the Central Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church, Scranton, The Rt. Rev. Bernard Nowicki, is scheduled to deconsecrate the church, Fr. Plichta said.
“So, this is our last Sunday holy sacrifice of the Mass,” Father Plichta said.
Last year, the parish committee decided the church would close in 2014, according to committee Chairman Joseph Petrusky, 83, of Catawissa.
The parish committee is planning to sell the building to the Shenandoah Mennonite Church, which is headquartered at 239 W. Centre St., Petrusky said.
“They want a bare church, nothing inside. So we have to take everything out. We’re hoping to have everything out by the end of March or the first week of April,” Petrusky said.
Petrusky said statues and icons will be donated to other Polish National churches across the country. But the churches that want them will have to make the arrangements and pay for shipping, he said.
Giving an example, Fr. Plichta said the main altar, the side altar and the high-relief icons depicting the Stations of the Cross will be donated to Guardian Angel Polish National Catholic Church in Los Angeles, Calif.
WE ARE BLESSED FOR THE DONATION OF THE MAIN ALTAR, TWO SIDE ALTARS, 7 STATUES, AND 14 STATIONS OF THE CROSS FROM HOLY GHOST PARISH IN SHENANDOAH PA.
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The story of the Guardian Angel Catholic Parish in Los Angeles began on July 26, 1959 when 27 people representing 15 families met to plan the formation of the catholic mission on the West Coast with the declared intention to be part of the Polish National Catholic Church.
Today, more then 50 years later we continue the tradition of our founding families by adding something interesting and positive every year to the beautiful history of our parish. Last year we were blessed with the wonderful visit of our Diocesan Bishop Bernard Nowicki . His enthusiastic message and strong faith will stay in our hearts forever and guide our actions in the future. Bishop Bernard's visit inspired us to fulfill our desire to satisfy the spiritual needs of our international diverse congregation. We became aware of the availability of a beautiful altar which we felt would help us bring to the life the spirit and soul of our catholic faith. Fr. Robert Plichta from Frackville during the clergy retreats spread the news that the parish in Shenandoah would be merged and the altars and statues would be available. Mr. Joseph Petruski, Chairman of the Parish in Shenandoah offered to donate to our parish the altars and the stations of the cross. We were so grateful for this gift. We contacted Bishop Bernard asking for his blessing and assistance in making these items available to our parish.
A parish member, Mr. John Judziewicz, who before retirement had many years of experience in the field of Organizational Management, helped us prepare a very professional plan to raise the funds to dismantle, ship and reassemble the altar in our church. We called our project "The Journey", and started to implement it in the life of our parish. Due to the overwhelming support of our parish families the altar made its' 2,700 mile journey from Shenandoah to Los Angeles. On the 1st anniversary of Bishop Bernard's visit we were blessed to have the altars ready for worship again in our church.
The completion of the "The Journey" project was made possible because of the help and cooperation of many people. A special thank you to Bishop Bernard who supported our project from the very beginning. His comparisons to "the journey of Abraham" and "organ donor" lifted the hearts of parishioners in Los Angeles and the congregation in Shenandoah. We appreciate the hospitality and the donation of help from Rev. & Mrs. Robert Plichta, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Petruski, Mr. Julian Bednarek, Mr. Ted Mallick, and the other members of the Committee in Shenandoah and the new owner, Rev. Dale Weaver pastor of the Mennonite Church . We assure you that because of the donation of the altars and the stations of the cross you and the congregation from Shenandoah will live on and always remain in our hearts and our prayers. If you are interested in finding out more about our Journey project and it's steps, you are more than welcomed to follow our website at: www.gapncc.com.
We admire the ideas, persistence and hard work of our pastor Andrew and his wife Ella. Through their many years of dedication and sacrifices we are far ahead in the life of our congregation. Thank you to Ms. Esperanza Rodas our Chairperson for her involvement and cooperation for the benefits of our parish. Thank you to the members of the Guardian Angel congregation who with their donations of their time, talent, money and continued support made "The Journey" project a successful reality. It was a beautiful thing to see you come together to remove all items from the church; repaint and remodel the church; and finally install the altars and the statues in the church. This project showed us that we are a united and strong congregation and that cooperation, hard work and responsibility are priorities in the life of our parish. May God Bless all of you who helped us to succeed in our plans. Thank you.
Esperanza Rodas - Chairperson
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