Poland Day 1 & 2: Arrival in Warsaw, Mass at St. Stanislaw Koska, Westin Hotel
by Steve Ray on August 6, 2023
The big day has arrived as our group flew over the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in Warsaw in good time.
We gathered everyone together at the Chopin Airport and went directly to the quaint Old City of Warsaw where everyone scattered to find nice cafés and coffee shops and snack bars. We gathered and bused to St. Stanislaw Kostka Church.
We toured the nicely done museum and venerated Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko and his martyrdom. We found out that he was declared a Blessed aon August 6, which is the day we were here.
He was the famous priest that was murdered because he stood up to the Communists during the days of the Solidarity Movement, which eventually brought down the Soviet Union. Polish Pope John Paul II was massively important in the liberation of the Eastern Bloc countries, including Poland.
Fr. Ryan Lewis celebrated Mass for us at the main altar of the beautiful church before we arrived an our luxurious Westin Hotel, had a delicious dinner, and everybody got settled in early for the night. All is well and we are OFF TO A GREAT START!