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Corpus Christi Church invites the Western New York community to become part of its living history on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 when the parish holds an event to write letters that will be included inside of a cross atop its rebuilt north tower cupola. The letter writing will take place after the 8:15, 10:00 (Polish) and 11:30 Masses at the church.

A similar letter writing event took at place at Corpus Christi in 2011 when messages were written and then placed in the cross of the new south tower cupola. The placement of letters continues a tradition started by founders of the parish who placed their own notes in the original cupola when the church was officially dedicated in 1909.

The restoration of the north tower cupola is part of the ongoing efforts of the Friends of Corpus Christi. Established in 2003, the group oversees preserving the church. The new cupola will be installed and additional repairs to the north tower will be completed before the end of the 2014 construction season.

There will be coffee and light refreshments available after Mass each in the church’s Kolbe Center. More information about the ongoing preservation efforts of the church and the letter writing event can be found at

Established in 1898, Corpus Christi Church is located at 199 Clark Street and continues to serve East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia.

Solemn celebration for Our Lady of Częstochowa on August 24 at Corpus Christi


From Corpus Christi’s website—

Please join the Corpus Christi parish community for a solemn celebration for Our Lady of Częstochowa on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at our 10:00am Mass.

As the Pauline Fathers do at the Jasna Góra santuary to the Black Madonna in Częstochowa, Poland, the Our Lady of Częstochowa icon in our church is also unveiled for special religious celebrations. After Mass, we will renew our vows to the nation.

Wszystkich serdecznie zapraszamy na uroczystą celebrację z okazji Święta Matki Bożej Częstochowskiej.

Eucharystia rozpocznie się o godz. 10 rano odsłonięciem jasnogórskiej Ikony jak w sanktuarium na Jasnej Górze, a po Mszy sw. odnowimy jasnogórskie Przyżeczenia Narodu.

We invite the Western New York community to come pray and worship with us.

For more info on Corpus Christi Church, visit

The Winners of the 7th Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest

From Corpus Christi’s website:

Corpus Christi Church is pleased to announce the winners for the 7th Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 during our annual Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival. First place winners were awarded the Golden Rolling Pin to celebrate their titles as Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Makers.

Traditional Category

  • 1st: Paula Sepanik – Sauerkraut and Kielbasa
  • 2nd: Luci Buell – Potato and Cheese
  • 3rd: Pat Cwudzinski – Sauerkraut

Dessert Category

  • 1st: Deborah Wisholek – Sweet Potato Surpize
  • 2nd: Brian Marek - Apple Cinnamon Cheerio
  • 3rd: Karen McCarthur – Almond Ring

Non Traditional Category

  • 1st: Bobby Sikorski – NY Deli Pierogi
  • 2nd: KathyKalwicki – Oggie Doggie (Hot Dog)
  • 3rd: Sophia Wagner – Buffalo Chicken Wing

Thank you to all the contestants…without you, the contest would not be the success it is.

Here are some photos from the contest–click on images for full view.

Dożynki Festival Weekend at Corpus Christi Church


The 35th annual Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival at Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo, New York will take place this weekend on August 15, 16 and 17. The word Dożynki means a celebration of harvest and is a centuries old tradition by farmers in rural Poland.

The weekend long celebration will include traditional Polish food, music and drink. Festival highlights include music by the Melody Lane, Special Delivery, The Buffalo Touch and Phocus, the 7th Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest on Saturday, August 16 at 4:30pm and the Harvest Mass on Sunday, August 17 at 11:30am.

The festival opens on Friday, August 15 at 6:30pm and closes on Sunday, August 17 at 8:00pm.

Corpus Christi Church was founded in 1898 and is located in the heart of East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia. It is on the state and national lists of historic places.

For more information about the festival, visit

Removed Cupola on Display for Public this Week at Corpus Christi


Corpus Christi Church is inviting the public to come this week and view cupola  that was removed from the north tower on Friday, August 8th before it is sent to be dismantled.

Hours to view:

Monday through Thursday (2:00pm-6:00pm)

During Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival

Friday (6:00pm-10:00pm)

Saturday and Sunday (Noon-6:00pm)

To view, enter via Corpus Christi’s parking lot on Clark Street.


The church will also be taking $25.00 deposits during this time for a memento to be made from the copper of the cupola. Money raised from mementos will go to Preservation Fund for church.