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.
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.