Memorial Mass scheduled for Cudahy priest

Memorial Mass scheduled for Cudahy priest

By Yona Gavino and Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jul 21, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 22, 2013

CUDAHY - Mourners will take time Monday to remember a beloved priest who passed away this weekend.

A memorial Mass for Father Jan Kieliszewski has been scheduled for Monday night at 5:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in St. Francis.

His body was taken away on a stretcher from Nativity of the Lord Parish.

“I don’t really think it’s settled in yet,” expresses parishioner Mark Slizewski. “I’m dumbfounded.”

When parishioners got to the church Sunday morning, police told them Fr. Jan had died.

Residents say he’d been at the parish for a few years.

"He was very easy-going. He was easy to talk to. He always had a smile on his face and was wishing you a good day," explained those who knew him.

They were expecting to see him Sunday morning. People said when they saw the police tape and found out what happened, they had to go to a different service.

Parishioners tell TODAY’S TMJ4 Fr. Jan's impact on the community will be widespread.

“He's been very helpful with my oldest son who has a developmental disability,” added another resident. “He has never questioned Tyler's ability to serve."

Police state someone called in that Fr. Jan had died. They don’t believe there was any foul play involved.

The parish posted this message on its web site:

"It is with much sorrow that we announce the passing of our pastor, Fr. Jan Kieliszewski. At this time the details are not known as to the exact cause of death. As information is made available to us we will share them with you.

"Parishioners of Sacred Heart and Nativity of the Lord Parishes are invited to attend a Memorial Mass for Fr. Jan. The Mass will be Monday, July 22 at 5:00pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus church. The celebrant will be Fr. Bob Betz, a classmate of Fr. Jan's. Your prayers for Fr. Jan, his relatives, and the parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Nativity of the Lord Parishes will be greatly appreciated."