Father Richard Rakoczy

Father Richard Rakoczy, wonderful and dedicated priest, died on November 14, 2020 at the age of 86. He served the Church of the Archdiocese of Detroit extremely well.

He was ordained a priest in 1959. He had a number of pastoral assignments with his last one being the pastor of St. Perpetua Parish in Waterford where he served for 13 years until his retirement in June 2008. As a senior priest he lived in a home in our parish and we were beneficiaries of his continued priestly service. I personally benefited from his willingness to help here at the parish and I enjoyed our friendship and his interest in our parish.

All of us as parishioners were blessed to have him for Sunday Masses, weekday Masses and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. His ministry to our young people was very noteworthy as he always made himself available to provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation to our school aged children. Even though he was a senior priest he volunteered his time to do hospital chaplaincy at St. Joseph Hospital in Pontiac. He was active til the end. He loved the blessings of the priesthood and it showed for 61 years.

I will miss him. Everyone that knew him will miss him. We can be very confident that he already enjoys the rich reward of Heaven. Well done — he lived a very good life. We pray the Church will have many more faithful priests like him.

Msgr. Gerald A. McEnhill

Video Introductions of Our New Parish Staff Members

We have three new parish staff members who have joined the staff in the past few months.  Here are short introduction videos from each of them, so that you can get to know them and understand some of their plans for their area of ministry:

Suzanne Barcewicz – Coordinator of Christian Service

Michael Garnett – Music Director

Denette Plant – Coordinator of Religious Education

Parish Bell Tower – The Bells of St. Stanislaus

Video highlighting the parish bell tower with remarks from Monsignor McEnhill regarding repair work completed over the summer of 2020 followed by Monsignor McEnhill leading the prayer of the Church, “The Angelus”.

Update to the article in the Sunday, November 22, 2020 bulletin

At the time St. Stanislaus Church was built, church bells were an integral part of the church structure. Beside their ecclesiastical function, the bells, through their constant, dependable tolling of the hours through the day, served as a clock for the neighborhood in an era when few people carried watches. The bells varied in size from 32-1/2 inches by 24 inches tall, to 42 inches by 36 inches tall.

As was traditional, each bell was named, in this case, in honor of the benefactor of that bell, and is inscribed with an appropriate quote from the psalms.

The largest bell is named “Francis” and named after Rev. Francis Gzella. The psalm verse is, “Today, of you should hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” The middle sized bell is named “Anthony” and named after Antoni Skotzke. The verse from the psalms is, “With my voice, I cry to the Lord.” The smallest bell is named “Stanislaus” and named after St. Stanislaus Parish. The psalm verse is, “Give glory to the Lord for He is good.”

Thank You Father Rakoczy!

In Remembrance

Dearest Parish Family,

Father Richard Rakoczy

I wanted to share with you my own personal witness of God’s presence in the life of Father Richard Rakoczy. I know his passing has impacted many of us and we have much to imitate in his honor!! He had so many gifts that he freely offered to us that we can try and pass on, knowing we can ask for his intercession. 😀

I organized two buses from our parish to attend the Beatification of Father Solanus at Ford Field. As you all know and if you don’t Google this event to peek in at this amazing and awesome witness of our faith, 70,000 people attended. The weather was horrible – torrential rain and high winds. There were 200 buses. At the end of the event as we exited the arena. the skys opened and poured down a blinding rain. Father Rakoczy, trusting his faithful traveling companion Genevieve, left the arena holding a malfunctioning umbrella. When he looked up, she was gone. Imagine leaving an arena of 70,000 people with umbrellas in pitch black air and driving rain. Father found a bus and got on – it wasn’t ours. After waiting for over an hour and having a medical emergency on one of our buses, we had to leave. I was missing Father and his sister Genevieve. I have NEVER lost a person on a trip until now. Two busloads of people were praying for their safety.

The weather as we were pulling away from the arena then turned into icy then snowy roads. On the way I received a call from the driver of the bus Father was riding on. I asked them where I needed to be to pick him up. Now remember, 200 buses. Father was heading to Pontiac, St. Vincent’s. Thank you, Jesus!!

I am sitting alone in my car in the parking lot waiting for Father to arrive when my phone rings again. A Good Samaritan had picked Genevieve up on the streets of Detroit and wanted to meet me. Thank you, God!! He was in Sterling Heights. I asked, “Where do I meet you?” His response was, “I’m heading now to White Lake.” Holy Spirit you ROCK!! Father and I met them at the Walgreens at 59 and Telegraph. After picking Father’s car up from our church, Father Rakoczy and Genevieve followed me to Father Rakoczy’s house. Once they were safely home I began frantically sharing of their safe passage to all those that were on our buses thanking God the entire time having experienced a truly miraculous evening!!

Peace be with all of us – with confidence – God’s got us!!

Lisa Marie Blanek

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