Saint Giles’ Church near Wawel Castle
Ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic
The regular 10:30 AM Sunday Mass continues being offered at St. Giles. All in attendance are required to have their mouth and nose covered.
For those who cannot attend, Mass broadcast times and other useful Catholic info can be found at www.churchservices.tv/churches.
Feel free to contact Fr. Lukasz ([email protected]) with any questions or concerns you may have. We also recommend our Facebook page (@catholicKRK) where we post regular updates.
The friars have taken pastoral care of this little church by the Wawel Hill since 1595. St. Giles church in Krakow was built in 1085 by prince Wladyslaw Herman in thanksgiving for the birth of his son Boleslaw Wrymouth. The current Gothic structure, one of the first brick buildings in town, dates from the early 1300’s. It underwent a thorough renovation in the years 1982-86.
The altarpiece painting of St. Giles by an unknown author (early 1600’s). It used to be considered miraculous by the faithful who would donate vota (items commemorating miraculous healing through the saint’s intercession) until the beginning of the 20th century.
Choir stalls, originally from St. Hyacinth’s tomb chapel at Holy Trinity Basilica, moved to St. Giles in 1629. The Renaissance stalls are made of different kinds of marble, limestone, sandstone, and alabaster.
The late Renaissance high altar from the beginning of the 17th century, with the statues of saints. Two side altars and the wall mounted ambo date from the same period.
The crucifix is dated to 1520 and seats along with the statues of Our Lady and St. John (ca. 1470) on the Baroque three-leaf beam.
The image of the Madonna with the Child (on wood, 1500’s) and other smaller items dating from medieval to contemporary.
Sundays and Solemnities 9am & 12pm (in Polish)
10:30am (in English)
On weekdays we hold no regular Masses at St. Giles.
The church and the sacristy are open:
Sundays and Solemnities 9am – 1pm
Tuesday through Friday 10am – 1pm and 3pm – 5pm
Saturdays 10am – 1pm
Confession in English by appointment. ([email protected])
RCIA program (a year-long preparation for adults who would like to be baptized, confirmed, or received into the full communion with the Catholic Church) begins in early October. See the details here.
Children’s Baptism and Holy Matrimony require individual preparation. For further inquiry please contact the chaplain. ([email protected])
The feast of our patron saint St. Giles is celebrated on the first Sunday of September.
Chaplain: Fr. Lukasz Misko, OP
Fr. Lukasz serves as the Director of the Dominican Liturgical Center in Krakow (www.dlc.foundation). Prior to his assignment in Krakow he spent a decade in campus ministries around the United States (Columbia University, NYC, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT). He looks forward to working with the English speaking Catholic community in Krakow. Please do not hesitate to contact him with questions and ministry ideas. Hint: he LOVES coffee!
Email: [email protected]
Sacristan: Laurenty Józef Kupiec