St. Joseph Parish
Davie, Florida

33314

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St Joseph’s Parish – Parafia Św. Józefa – Parroquia San José – Polish National Catholic Church

St. Joseph Parish, Polish National Catholic Church has been an integral part of the Davie/Broward County community for nearly 60 years and the Bishop Kardas Memorial Home has been serving the retirement needs of Polish National Catholics in South Florida since 1957. We hope to continue our growth in service to God and community. This commitment manifests itself in a regular devotional and prayer life and a greater participation in both ecumenical and community activities.

St. Joseph’s is located at 5401 South West 64th Avenue in Davie, FL. Saturday Vigil Holy Mass is offered in Spanish at 7:00pm. Sunday Holy Mass in English is at 9am, in Polish at 11am, and Ukrainian Orthodox Liturgy at 12:00pm. Daily Morning Prayer is held at 8:15am followed by Holy Mass at 8:30am. We also hold various devotional services, regular Bible study and wonderful community events. Contact us to find out more…

At St. Joseph Parish, our primary emphasis is on building God’s family. All who belong and visit St. Joseph’s sense this family spirit – expressed in real love and concern for one another. Our pastor, Father Krzysztof (Chris) Mendelewski makes a point to know each family on a one-to-one basis with frequent visits to family homes and to the hospitalized. Thus the spiritual health and vitality of all parishioners and all our friends is supported by both pastor and laity.

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St. Joseph Parish
5401 SW 64th Avenue
Davie, FL 33314
United States
Phone: 954-587-1196
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Rev. Krzysztof Mendelewski
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5401 SW 64th Avenue
Davie, FL 33314
United States
Phone: 954-587-1196
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Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Daily Mass 8:30 am

Saturday 5 pm in Spanish
Sunday 9 am in English, 11 am in Polish

St. Joseph Parish mass times last updated on the 6th of August, 2020
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History of St. Joseph Parish, Davie FL

1866 – 1899

1866 Francis Hodur born in Zarki, Austrian-ruled Poland 1870 Vatican Council 1 – Dogma of Papal Infallibility proclaimed. Old Catholic Churches organize in Germany and Switzerland 1889 Declaration of the Union of Utrecht published 1890 Independent parishes and movements in Polish American Catholic Communities: (Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Scranton) 1893 Seminarian Francis Hodur comes to the United States, is ordained a priest at St.Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania 1894 Fr. Hodur first pastor of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Parish in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. 1895 Founding of All Saints Independent (Old Catholic) Parish under Bp. Anthony Kozlowski who is consecrated by Old Catholics in 1897 in Chicago. 1896 Rioting by Sacred Hearts Parish parishioners, following a dispute over cemetery funds, parishioners want a say on parish property and funds 1897 Organization of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish in Scranton, March 14; March 21 first Mass celebrated by Fr. Hodur. Fr. Hodur’s “Kosciol Narodowy” (National Church) program announced, calling for: 1. Legal ownership of church properties 2. Parish government in secular matters by parish committees elected by the parishioners 3. Appointment to pastorates of priests approved by parishioners 4. Appointment of Polish Bishops in America by Rome with input by clergy and laity. Weekly Straz (The Guard) is the quasi-organ of the program 1898 Fr. Hodur excommunicated (He burns the excommunication document and throws its ashes in a nearby brook). In Straz Fr. Hodur challenged several Roman Catholic Church teachings including papal infallibility and supremacy

1866 – 1899

1866 Francis Hodur born in Zarki, Austrian-ruled Poland 1870 Vatican Council 1 – Dogma of Papal Infallibility proclaimed. Old Catholic Churches organize in Germany and Switzerland 1889 Declaration of the Union of Utrecht published 1890 Independent parishes and movements in Polish American Catholic Communities: (Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Scranton) 1893 Seminarian Francis Hodur comes to the United States, is ordained a priest at St.Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania 1894 Fr. Hodur first pastor of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Parish in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. 1895 Founding of All Saints Independent (Old Catholic) Parish under Bp. Anthony Kozlowski who is consecrated by Old Catholics in 1897 in Chicago. 1896 Rioting by Sacred Hearts Parish parishioners, following a dispute over cemetery funds, parishioners want a say on parish property and funds 1897 Organization of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish in Scranton, March 14; March 21 first Mass celebrated by Fr. Hodur. Fr. Hodur’s “Kosciol Narodowy” (National Church) program announced, calling for: 1. Legal ownership of church properties 2. Parish government in secular matters by parish committees elected by the parishioners 3. Appointment to pastorates of priests approved by parishioners 4. Appointment of Polish Bishops in America by Rome with input by clergy and laity. Weekly Straz (The Guard) is the quasi-organ of the program 1898 Fr. Hodur excommunicated (He burns the excommunication document and throws its ashes in a nearby brook). In Straz Fr. Hodur challenged several Roman Catholic Church teachings including papal infallibility and supremacy 1900 – 1999 1900 At a December 16, meeting a decision is made by Fr. Hodur and his parishioners not to return to the Roman Catholic Church 1901 First Mass celebrated in Polish on Christmas Day 1904 Frst General Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church held in September in Scranton. Its actions include: 1. A decisive break with the Roman Catholic Church 2. Election of Fr. Hodur as Bishop 3. Straz as official organ/newspaper 4. Election of a Great Church Council of clergy and laity 5. Adoption of a Church Constitution for the Church is adopted providing for Synods and a Great Church Council 1905 The Polish National Catholic Church’s Seminary is founded (later named Savonarola Theological Seminary) 1906 Continuation and conclusion of the First Synod – Two feast days instituted: Feast of Brotherly Love (Second Sunday in September) and Feast of the Humble Shepherds (First Sunday after Christmas) 1907 September 29th, Fr. Hodur is consecrated Bishop by Dutch Old Catholic Bishops in Utrecht, Holland (the Polish National Catholic Church has unquestionable orders and Apostolic Succession). The Chicago – based independent movement in Chicago joins the Polish National Catholic Church after Bishop Kozlowski’s death 1908 The Polish National Union of America (Spójnia) fraternal insurance organization is founded by members of the Church 1908 Saw the first Roman Catholic Polish Bishop in the United States (one year after Bp Hodur was consecrated) 1909 Second General Synod – The Word of God heard and preached is recognized as a sacrament. “Polish National Catholic Church of America” is underscored as its legal denominational name. 1911 Death of Bishop Kaminski (leader of the Buffalo-based independence movement) Many of its parishes join the Polish National Catholic Church 1913 Three Provincial Synods held (Wilkes-Barre, PA; Chicopee, MA; Passiac, NJ) to discuss the church’s “Confession of Faith” written by Bp. Hodur 1914 Third General Synod of Polish National Catholic Church is held in Chicago. It adopts the “Confession of Faith” and institutes three new Feast Days: Feast of the Institution of the Polish National Catholic Church (2nd Sunday of March), Feast of the Fatherland (2nd Sunday in May), and the Feast of the Christian Family (2nd Sunday in October). 1921 Fourth General Synod of Polish National Catholic Church. It approves missionary activity to begin in Poland upon its regaining independence. Symbol of Polish National Catholic Church adopted “Tyle lat” (Through the Years) adopted as church anthem. General Confession adopted churchwide with same validity as aural (private) confession. Mandatory clerical celibacy abolished Fr. Francis Bónczak begins mission to Poland 1923 December – Rola Boza (God’s Field) newspaper becomes the Church organ 1924 Fifth General Synod of Polish National Catholic Church. Three Dioceses formed: Eastern, Central and Polish. Four Bishops elected and consecrated: (Valentine Gawrychowski, Francis Bonczak, Leon Grochowski, and John Gritenas) ( Bp Gritenas heads Lithuanian National Catholic and Bp Grochowski later heads the Western Diocese). Bp Francis Hodur is Prime Bishop 1926 Great Church Council created the Western Diocese 1928 A Provincial Synod creates the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese and elects Fr. John Z Jasinski as its Bishop. First Synod of the Polish Diocese in Warsaw elects Fr. Wladyslaw Faron its bishop. 1930 Bishop Hodur wrote his Apocalypse – June 30, 1930. Bp. Faron consecrated in Scranton for the Polish Diocese. 1931 Sixth General Synod – Buffalo, Bishop Hodur laments the spiritual decline of the church feeling many saw the Polish National Catholic Church as just a copy of the Roman Catholic Church – He offers to step down as Prime Bishop. It affirms Polish National Catholic belief in: The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The role of the priest as minister of the sacrament of marriage (not as its witness as in Roman Catholic Church). Mass facing the people is instituted in Scranton by Bp. Hodur Altar of Sacrifice introduced 1935 Special Synod – Fr. John Misiaszek elected Bishop and consecrated. (He was to head the Central Diocese) the administrative rank of Senior Priest is implemented. Second Polish Synod is held in Warsaw. Fr. Joseph Padewski elected Bishop 1935 Bishops Misiaszek and Padewski are consecrated 1936 Bp. Joseph Lesniak consecrated to head the Eastern Diocese by a Diocesan Synod 1939 Nazis force the Polish Diocese to break with the Polish National Catholic Church and call itself “Old Catholic Church of the Union of Utrecht in the general Government.” Bp. Padewski is in turn then returned to the United States via a 1944 internee exchange. 1946 Seventh General Synod – Intercommunion is established with the Episcopal Church 1947 Eighth General Synod. Prime Bishop Grochowski is elected to be second Prime Bishop 1951 Fr. Sr. Joseph Soltysiak elected Bishop of the Eastern Diocese by a Diocesan Synod – Bishop Soltysiak is consecrated and Manchester becomes its See. Bp. Padewski dies while held in communist prison for trial. Polish Diocese breaks from the Polish National Catholic Church and is renamed Polish Catholic Church. 1953 Prime Bishop Francis Hodur dies on February 16th 1958 Ninth General Synod of Polish National Catholic Church – heated discussion about Mass in English. Fr. Srs. Thaddeus Zielinski and Joseph Kardas elected bishops and consecrated ( Bp. Zielinski for the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese, Bp. Kardas for the Western Diocese ) 1958 Tenth General Synod. English language Mass is approved. Bishop Francis Rowinski elected and consecrated to head the Western Diocese after the death of Bp. Kardas 1963 Eleventh General Synod. The election of Fr. Senior Eugene Magyar by the Czech and Slovak National Catholic Parishes. Meeting is accepted and he is consecrated. First National Youth Convocation held in Buffalo, NY 1967 Twelfth General Synod creates the Canadian Diocese with See in Toronto. Fr. Seniors Anthony Rysz, Walter Slowakiewicz and Joseph Nieminski elected bishops and they are consecrated in 1969 Bishop Leon Grochowski dies while visiting Poland 1971 Thirteenth General Synod: Bishop Zielinski elected third Prime Bishop. Contemporary issues paper (abortion, birth control, war and drugs) discussed. Fr. Sr. Daniel Cyganowski elected Bishop and consecrated 1975 Fourteenth General Synod 1976 Intercommunion suspended with the Episcopal Church over issue of latter’s ordaining women. 1978 Fifteenth General Synod . Bishop Francis Rowinski elected 4th Prime Bishop. Fr. Seniors Thomas Gnat, John Swantek and Joseph Zawistowski elected Bishops and consecrated. Intercommunion with Episcopal Church terminated 1982 Sixteenth General Synod 1984 Polish National Catholic Church begins dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church – hopes to end animosity between the two Churches and live in harmony with mutual respect for each others traditions, teachings and practices. 1985 Seventeenth General Synod. Bishop Swantek elected 5th Prime Bishop 1990 Eighteenth General Synod. Fr. Seniors Robert Nemkovich, Thaddeus Peplowski and Joseph Tomczyk elected Bishops. Bishop Peplowski consecrated. Journeying together In Christ: A Report of the Polish National Catholic Church-Roman Catholic Dialogue is published. 1993 Bishops Nemkovich and Tomczyk are consecrated 1994 Nineteenth General Synod 1995 100th Anniversary of All Saints Cathedral Parish in Chicago, IL celebrated. October – 100th Anniversary of Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral in Buffalo, NY celebrated 1997 100th Anniversary of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish of the Polish National Catholic Church. Special Masses of Thanksgiving celebrated in all Polish National Catholic Church dioceses 1998 Twentieth General Synod 1999 Special Polish National Catholic Church Synod elects Fr. Srs. Casimir Grotnik and John Dawidziuk candidates for Bishop. They are consecrated later that year.

2000 – Today

2002 Twenty-First General Synod . Bishop Robert M. Nemkovich elected as 6th Prime Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church 2003 Journeying Together in Christ: the Journey Continues – The Report of the Polish National Catholic – Roman Catholic Dialogue 1989-2002 is published. PNCC voted out of the International Bishop Conference of the Union of Utrecht because the PNCC remained faithful to the Catholic Faith as well as the Declaration of Utrecht. 2005 Prime Bishop Nemkovich attends the funeral of Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. He is greeted by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Cardinal Walter Kasper while in Rome. 2006 Twenty-Second General Synod. Frs. Sylvester Bigaj, Anthony Kopka, John Mack and Anthony Mikovsky elected candidates for bishop. The Solemnity of the Fatherland was changed to Heritage Sunday. Consecration of Bishops Sylvester Bigaj, Anthony Kopka, John Mack and Anthony Mikovsky.

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