Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I have had the joy of being in Buffalo (Corpus Christi Church and St. Stanislaus Church ) for 6 years. Fr. Jan has been here 2 years. Together, we have come to know you and we are humbled to have taught you more about your faith and how to know and love the Lord.
We have witnessed an increase in membership. We have seen the growth of the Sacraments. Baptisms, Holy Communion, Confirmation, weddings and anniversaries, anointing of the sick, and finally honoring loved ones at funeral Masses. We have created and supported various programs and fundraisers. Our membership has grown!
Parishes has grown into a beautiful family. You have become part of our life and family. We are privileged to serve in these historic churches and be part of the Western New York community. We have done our best to welcome all and serve you with humble hearts.
As a Pauline Father, we take a vow of obedience. We must always commit to serving the Lord and obeying His will for us. Through prayer and community life, we grow more deeply in our relationship with the Lord. Sadly, the time has unexpectedly come. We are both being reassigned to other parishes. I will be going to St. Stanislaus Parish in Manhattan, and Fr. Jan will return to Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, PA.
We will be leaving in February. Two priests will be assigned to carry on the spiritual and pastoral works needed for this faith community.
We ask for your prayers, understanding, and support. The work which has been started will continue. I encourage each of you to continue growing in your relationship with the Lord. Please remain as a volunteer. The church needs you to grow. From the tiny babies, to the single people, families, and elderly, each of you have blessed us and we know God will continue to bless Corpus Christi Church and St. Stanislaus Church into the future.
We would like to assure you of praying for your good heart in front of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
Fr. Michal Czyzewski and Fr. Jan Kolmaga