God Will and Does Provide- A New Pastor and More!

God Will and Does Provide- A New Pastor and More!

God Will and Does Provide- A New Pastor and More!

October 10, 2020


To My Fellow Parishioners,

Fr. Jack has been reminding us each weekend at Mass to pray a “Hail Mary” so God will send us a good and holy priest. As my homily this weekend expressed, that with prayer and petition, God will provide, I have something to share with you of great importance regarding God’s willingness to provide for St. Mary’s.

It is with great joy that I announce to you the appointment of Fr. Bryan Zielenieski as our new Pastor. Fr. Bryan will begin his ministry here on Friday, October 30th. But here is the more part- Fr. Luke Uebler has also been appointed as our Parochial Vicar. Our prayers have been heard and God is sending us not one, but two priests to minister to our parish community.

As I transition out of my role as the Temporary Administrator, I want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. It has been a blessing to lead this parish during a difficult time, especially with Covid-19 affecting our ministries and ability to gather as a community.

I ask that you welcome Fr. Bryan and Fr. Luke as I know the warm and welcoming community of St. Mary’s only can.

God Bless,

Deacon Rick Stachura



Fr. Bryan Zielenieski, Pastor 

Father Bryan Zielenieski was ordained in 2014. His first assignment as a priest was as parochial vicar for St. Christopher Parish, Tonawanda. He was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Charity Parish, Buffalo in 2018, and earlier that year was appointed vicar forane for the Vicariate of Southeast Buffalo. Father Zielenieski also is canonical administrator of South Buffalo Catholic School Notre Dame Academy and is a member of the College of Consultors, a board the bishop must consult with before making certain decisions.

Fr Bryan grew up in Arcade where his family owned and operated a dairy farm. He graduated from Pioneer High School, then went on to study agricultural business at SUNY Cobleskill. He also earned a teaching certificate from Buffalo State College.


Fr. Luke Uebler, Parochial Vicar

Fr. Luke Uebler was the parochial vicar at Queen of Heaven Parish, his first assignment after his ordination in 2017. He is a graduate of Canisius High School and Gannon University and has attended St. Mark and Christ the King Seminaries. Fr. Luke is a fan of Buffalo sports teams, and also enjoys scouting, playing hockey, and spending time with his family and brother priests.


Road to Renewal-Survey Extended to October 19th

Road to Renewal-Survey Extended to October 19th

Letter from Apostolic Adminstrator, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger- Weekend of September 19-20, 2020 to the Faithful in Buffalo

Letter to the Catholic Faithful – Road to Renewal


The Road to Renewal is seeking input from throughout our Diocese

and encourages everyone to please participate in their brief online survey at


Please be sure to participate before the deadline of October 19th.

Thank you!


There are opportunities for those who prefer to share their insights in writing. Please send an email to renewal@buffalodiocese.org outlining your thoughts on renewing our Church’s mission and ministry, or take the online survey. Written letters can also be mailed directly to Diocese of Buffalo, Road to Renewal, 795 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14203.



…and we’re LIVE!

…and we’re LIVE!

…and we’re LIVE!

Last weekend, we ran a soft launch of our NEW LIVE STREAM equipment for St. Mary’s! If you were watching on our YouTube Channel, you may have noticed us playing with and testing all the bells and whistles that this system has to offer.

We were very excited to see the professional quality of our new video and audio feed and we hope that you enjoyed it to! This system will give us the ability to live stream funerals, baptisms, weddings, and all of our Masses.

Effective October 3rd, we will be streaming all of our weekend Mass times and will keep you posted as we expand to streaming other events.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to our business partners- Tri-Delta and Advanced Audio Productions for their assistance and guidance on this project.  An extra special thank you to one of our St. Mary’s parishioners Mr. Ed Milbrandt, for supplying cable and assisting in running the wires!

Please bear with us in the coming weeks as we continue to work through any system bugs and fixes necessary along with training on the equipment.

Election 2020

Election 2020

Election 2020

The USCCB offers Catholics an opportunity to prepare for voting in the upcoming presidential election.





A Letter from Our Favorite Jesuit Priest…

A Letter from Our Favorite Jesuit Priest…

My brothers and sisters at St. Mary’s,

Greetings from Canisius College!

First, a word of explanation – there are two types of priests in the Catholic Church: diocesan priests and religious priests.  Diocesan priests promise celibacy when they are ordained transitional deacons and promise obedience to the bishop and his successors at their priestly ordination.  They do not take religious vows. They are ordained to serve in a particular diocese, primarily in parishes.

Religious priests belong to a religious order and take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They have a longer formation than diocesan priests. They live in community and do the works of their religious order, such as teaching, foreign mission work, or serving the poor, and they can be sent anywhere in the world where their religious order is present.   At their ordination to the priesthood, they promise obedience, not to the bishop, but to their ordinary, a technical term for their major religious superior. When a religious priest is sent to a particular diocese to work, it is his provincial who assigns him, not the bishop, although the bishop welcomes him into the diocese once it has been determined that he is a priest in good standing.

When some suggested that I might be the next pastor of St. Mary Church Swormville, I said that I would be honored to do so, but that it was not my decision to make, nor would the bishop be able to assign me; my Jesuit provincial would make the call.

Bishop Ed Scharfenberger, our Apostolic Administrator, wrote my provincial asking if I could serve as pastor of St. Mary.  After prayer and consultation with his assistants, my provincial has decided that I should continue my work at Canisius College, which I only began in January.

In my 32 years of priesthood, while working in Jesuit schools and with the Jesuit Refugee Service, I have always assisted in a diocesan parish on weekends. I love sacramental work, especially saying Mass, preaching, and hearing confessions.  Past years and these recent months, especially, have been a time of grace for me to be with all of you at St. Mary’s.  

While I am disappointed I can’t do everything, I love my vow of obedience and have always done what is asked of me, so I look forward to my work at Canisius.

Let’s all continue to pray for a pastor for St. Mary’s, and know that I will be asking the Lord particularly for a pastor who won’t mind sharing his flock with a Jesuit.


See you in church or online!


God bless.


Fr. Jack Mattimore, S.J.