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Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone to Celebrate St. Stanislaus Church’s 140th Anniversary
Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone to Celebrate St. Stanislaus Church’s 140th Anniversary

Buffalo, New York – The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will celebrate the 140th Anniversary of the founding of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church during a special mass at 4pm on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

St. Stanislaus is located at 123 Townsend Street, corner of Peckham in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District. Concelebrants during this special mass will include Bishop Emeritus Edward U. Kmiec and former St. Stanislaus Parish Pastor and current Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz. Liturgical music will be performed by Buffalo’s Chopin Singing Society under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski.

Immediately, following the mass, Bishop Malone will join parishioners, friends, invited dignitaries and members of Western New York’s Polish Community at a gala reception to be held at the Millennium Hotel on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. Founded in 1873, St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church is regarded as the “Mother Church of Buffalo Polonia.” It was established to serve the spiritual needs and offer temporal guidance to what was once the second largest Polish-American colony in North America. The parish has the distinction of being the oldest Polish parish in the Diocese of Buffalo and is the oldest in New York State.

Today, under the leadership of Pastor Thaddeus Bocianowski, the Parish serves a diverse population while maintaining its rich Polish heritage and customs through daily liturgy and cultural, educational and social activities. In 2012, with the securing of a rare relic of the former Pope, St. Stanislaus Church was named an official shrine to the Blessed John Paul II. (www.StStansBuffalo.com).

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