Join the fun during St. Mary’s Picnic Weekend, July 20 – July 22. The 5K Chowder Chase kicks off picnic weekend on Friday, July 20. Register for the race by clicking on this link Chowder Chase registration or show up for the tent party with craft beer and live music! Saturday, July 21, outdoor Mass followed by community cutting of vegetables for the picnic chowder. New this year, families can enjoy inflatables on Saturday during the chowder prep. Picnic festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Volunteer opportunities are available for families: Find a sign-up by clicking on this link: Picnic Volunteer Sign Up
Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, presided at a liturgy on Sunday, June 3 to celebrate a ceremonial burning of the mortgage, marking the repayment of the loan used to construct the new church building between 2008 and 2010.
The total cost of the project was $7.1 million which included purchasing land and building a baseball diamond and soccer field. A mortgage of $1.3 million was obtained following a parish capital campaign. Donors and members of the Building Committee will be recognized at the Mass.
“I have been blessed to serve as pastor for the past 23 years and build upon the faith of thousands of Catholic parishioners who have worshipped in our first log cabin church, the 1865 chapel, and our new church,” Father Yetter said. “We share in a little bit of the Kingdom of God here in our parish as we prepare for heaven.”
Planning for the new church began in 2002, groundbreaking took place in October 2008 and the new church was dedicated on June 5, 2010 by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec. The church seats 1,000.
The legacy of St. Mary’s dates back to the mid 1830s when newly-ordained missionary Father John Neumann encouraged the people of Swormville to build a log cabin church so a priest could celebrate the Eucharist. The second church was competed in 1866 just as soldiers were retuning from the Civil War.
Join us for the Chowder Chase 5K Run/ 3K Walk on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m. It kicks off the 169th Annual St. Mary’s Parish Picnic. The fast, flat course takes runners and walkers through the area neighborhoods. Post-race party features the band Party of Nine, Coors Light beer for runners, and local craft beer for purchase. The 300 registrants will receive a dry fit shirt! New this year – top male and female each win $100 and top masters male and top masters female each win $50. Register online at: https://register-this.com/?raceid=20180720MARY
Join us in a very important prayer ministry to encourage vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. During Mass each week, the pilgrimage chalice is entrusted to a family who takes it home and prays daily throughout the week for vocations. The family returns the chalice to Mass the following week, a new family takes it, and the prayer chain is extended. Click here to select a week to host the chalice.
Thank You – donors, attendees and volunteers who contributed to the great success of this weekend’s gala auction. Special thanks to Rose Sponsor Monkey See, Monkey Do….Children’s Bookstore and Daisy sponsors: Daniel and Mary Ellen Burger, The Carlson Family, Joe Cecconi Chrysler Complex, James Desiderio, Inc., M&T Bank, Metzler Advisory Group LLC, The Noah Family, Rev. Robert Yetter and Zgoda & Associates, CPAs, PC.
Spring for Success Auction Gala is April 21, 2018 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Florida, Maine and Ellicottville vacations, Justin Timberlake concert tickets, and “Firefighter for A Day” will be offered in the live auction. Hundreds of silent auction items including jewelry, electronics, restaurant gift cards, home and garden items and children’s items are up for bid. Learn more by clicking on the following link: https://www.stmaryswormville.org/event/auction-gala/ Mark your calendars and join us for this memorable evening at a new venue. Tickets are available now. Reserve your spot early – this event sells out! j