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Mass & Dinner to Celebrate Felician Sisters Legacy at Saint Stan’s

1-Fullscreen capture 8122014 90907 AMCome join Saint Stan’s on Saturday, September 13, 2014 to honor the legacy of the Felician Sisters at the church. Since the arrival of three sisters on December 27, 1881, the Felicians have been a major part of the development of our Parish.

A special Mass will be celebrated Saturday, September 13th at 4:00 pm by Bishop Edward Grosz, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Buffalo, followed by a delicious family-style dinner (Marilyn’s Catering) in the the church’s Marian Hall at 5:30 pm.

Tickets are available before/after each weekend Mass in August, at the Rectory office, or by calling Mary Janczak at 675-5012. Ticket donation $25.00 per person. Checks are payable to St. Stanislaus Church and the last day to purchase tickets will be August 31, 2014. No ticket sales at the door.

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.