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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.

Corpus Christi Procession Sunday in East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia


Traditional Outdoor Procession in East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia

On Sunday, June 22, 2014, St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church will join with Corpus Christi Church to commemorate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Catholics from all around Buffalo and Western New York are invited to participate.

The observance will begin at 3:00p.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, located at 123 Townsend Street in Buffalo, for a traditional outdoor procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia. In keeping with tradition, the procession will pause for devotions at four outside altars created specifically for this feast. The procession will end at Corpus Christi Church, located at 199 Clark Street, followed immediately by Benediction and Holy Mass. A reception with light refreshments will follow at Corpus Christi. All are welcome to attend

The Feast of Corpus Christi, which dates to the 13th Century, celebrates the institution of the Holy Mass and professes the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. This ceremony has long been an important day in Polish culture that is observed with a public display of faith. Especially in recent years, hundreds of Western New Yorkers have commemorated this important event by participating in the church procession.

Leading up to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is Forty Hours of Adoration of the Holy Eucharist. This begins On Friday, June 20th at 6:30pm and continues until 11:00a.m. on Sunday June 22nd at Corpus Christi Church.

For additional information, please call (716) 896-1050 or visit the Saint Stanislaus or Corpus Christi websites at or