As winter comes upon us again our thoughts will be geared towards Christmas and the coming New Year of Grace. These can be special times of God’s grace for us and our families. As the Pope is announcing Dec. 8 this will be a special year of God’s Mercy for all People and members of the Catholic community. If you are new into the area, I invite you to join us at Mass during Advent, Christmas time, and of course during the coming year.
Review the Sunday bulletin after Mass or on our parish website to learn about all the programs and activities happening at our vibrant parish. I invite you to review the rest of the parish website to discover what makes up St. Mary’s parish and that it is “the people of God.” We have been blessed here in Swormville, East Amherst to have a parish heritage of more than 165 years that has shaped the community we are today.
From the days when a missionary priest, Father John Neumann, came from Bohemia in Europe to serve the German-speaking people of the rural Buffalo area, we have grown into a large suburban parish of more than 2,700 families from Clarence, Amherst and Lockport. Our first church was a log cabin located close to our current site on Transit Road then to our chapel built by the soldiers coming back from the Civil War in 1866. Our new church was completed in 2010 and we have gathered here to give praise and thanks to God for 165 years.
I invite you to learn more about St. Mary’s as we serve a community of about 7,000 including 600 families with children in our school and our faith formation programs. Our many ministries reach out to serve countless people during the year and our Commitment to Parish Life invites all to take on a role in the parish through their sharing of their time, talents and treasures. May God bless you and your family during these fall and early winter months.
Rev. Robert M. Yetter