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Announcing the Seventh Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest


Corpus Christi Church is once again looking for Buffalo’s best pierogi. This historic east side church is hosting its seventh annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi contest on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 4:30p.m. The contest is open to all amateur cooks and businesses.

The contest is the centerpiece of Corpus Christi’s Corpus Christi’s 35th annual Dożynki (pronounced Do-ZHIN-kee) Polish Harvest Festival on August 15, 16 and 17. Christopher Byrd, the contest organizer, says the event “captures Buffalo’s love for food and while celebrating our city’s rich ethnic heritage with recipes and traditions passed on from one generation to the next. The contest draws people from all of Western New York. Buffalonians have incredible passion for their pierogi.”

People who wish to enter the contest can online by visiting the church’s website or by contacting the rectory at (716) 896-1050. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Applicants will be judged in one of four following categories:

Homemade Traditional – boiled or fried pierogi filled with cheese, cheese/potato or kapusta (pickled or fresh cabbage) with or without mushrooms, carrots, etc.

Homemade Non-Traditional – open to entrant’s creativity, keeping in mind that a pierog is a stuffed pocket of dough.

Commercial – open to any business using a traditional recipe.

Desert – pierogi made as a desert open to entrant’s creativity.

To enter the contest, click here—>

A group of celebrity judges will determine the winners for the contest. Winners in each category will walk away with the title of Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Maker.

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 sites.

For more information about the festival, visit

This Coming Sunday is Second Sunday, Come to Church


Want an easy way to help out a church in the neighborhood?  Good.  What you need to do is get in the habit of coming to church in Broadway-Fillmore at least once a month.  Broadway Fillmore Alive established the Second Sunday movement a couple of years ago.  It is a simple easy way to help support a church every month.

The churches with Masses this weekend in the neighborhood.

Corpus Christi – 5:30pm (Sat.) – 8:15am, 10:00am (Polish) & 11:30am (Sun.)

Saint John Kanty – 4:00pm (Sat.) – 10:30am (Sun.)

Saint Luke’s Mission of Mercy – 1:00pm (Sun.)

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church - 4:30pm (Sat.)  - 10:00am & 12:00pm – ЛІТУРГІЇ

Saint Stan’s – 4:00pm (Sat.) – 9:00am & 12:00pm (Polish) (Sun.)

These heritage churches need your support…participate in Second Sundays.

Yesterday’s Corpus Christi Procession in East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia

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(click on photos above to see gallery of photos from procession

About ten years ago, Father Anzelm Chalupka, the then Pastor of Corpus Christi Church, had an idea. He wanted to make the church’s celebration of Corpus Christi weekend bigger and better. The Feast of Corpus Christi also represents the namesake for this iconic church in East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia. He wanted to do two things. One, have Corpus Christi Church open forty hours straight for Eucharistic adoration as part celebrating the feast. Two, he wanted to expand the church’s Corpus Christi procession to include the Saint Stanislaus Church community a few blocks away on Peckham Street.

If you are old enough to remember, these type of outdoor Catholic processions were the norm in the community many years ago. But as times changed and old inner city parishes numbers decreased, the processions were scaled down. Anzelm wanted to change that. He approached the Pastor of Saint Stan’s, Bishop Grosz, about doing the Corpus Christi procession between the churches. He agreed. From there, the procession has grown into an event attracting hundreds of people from not only Corpus Christi and Saint Stan’s, but from the larger Western New York Catholic Community.

Manya Pawlak Metzler has been participating in the procession for years now with the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble had this to say about about the event, “It’s such an honor to give reverence to the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ in this beautiful procession. Our members take pride in wearing traditional Polish folk costumes and helping carry the large rosary and banner every year because this festival is such a large event in Poland, and it makes us feel connected to our ancestral home as well.”

For as much as the neighborhood has changed in the last fifty years, it continues to be a center for Polish heritage in Buffalo and Western New York. The Corpus Christi procession allows us to keep the traditions our ancestors brought with them from Poland ALIVE. And in a way, it honors the people who built these incredible neighborhood churches over a century ago.

So you want to be a judge at Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest, this is how


Do you think you have what it takes to be a judge at the 7th Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest?

For the last few years, I have opened some slots to give people the opportunity to serve as a judge at the contest. All you have to do is make your case to be selected in 300 words or less via an online form.  Sounds easy, right? Last year, there were almost eighty submissions. You have to make a compelling argument. The deadline for submissions is 07/01/2014.

You can access the online form by clicking here—>

The contest is on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 4:30pm and is part of Corpus Christi Church’s annual Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival.

Good luck!