Congratulations to Esther Moore, for receiving the High School Music Ministry Recognition Award, from the Rochester Chapter, National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
Esther Moore pictured with Dariusz Terefenko, Organist and Choir Director.
On April 30th, 23 teens from around the diocese, including our own Esther Moore, received the High School Music Ministry Recognition Award from the Rochester Chapter, National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
This award recognizes high school students for their participation in parish music ministry. Esther was nominated by Dariusz Terefenko, Organist and Choir Director. Esther began her service in music ministry at St. Stanislaus in 4th grade by joining the Polyphonic Choir, and became a cantor in this adult choir in 7th grade.
Congratulations Esther, and thank you for your service to our parish!
Congratulations to Eugene and Frances Chmiel as they celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary!
Eugene & Frances Chmiel pictured with Father Roman after Mass celebrating their 65th Ann.
The presence and activity of God has always been at work among the people who have lived in the territory that is now called upstate western New York. The Spirit of God was at work among the Seneca, the Cayuga, and other native American peoples from the beginning of their time in this land. Jesus, the light of the nations, was proclaimed in this land during the seventeenth century by French Jesuit missionaries.
In 1789, Pope Pius VI established the first Roman Catholic diocese within the boundaries of the original United States at Baltimore. In 1808, the Diocese of Baltimore was divided into a number of other dioceses. The newly created Diocese of New York included all of New York State and the northern half of New Jersey. In 1847, the Diocese of Buffalo was created with Cayuga, Tompkins, and Tioga as its easternmost counties.
Not until 21 years later was the Diocese of Rochester established. Before then, many Catholic people migrated to upstate Western New York to seek their future. They lived their faith. They gathered to hear the Word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist. Parishes were established, often without a resident pastor.
Many of these Catholics gathered according to their ethnic background and language. The incoming waves of Catholic immigrants differed in their culture and customs from those people who were already settled as citizens of the new and expanding United States of America. How to preserve the faith of the Catholic immigrants? How to help them to establish themselves as productive citizens of the new nation? How to respond to those opposed to immigrants and to the Catholic Church? These were some of the issues facing the Catholic Church in the nineteenth century.
On March 29th Catholic Courier published an article featuring St. Stanislaus Church and the use of drone technology to capture beauty of local parishes. To read more please visit Catholic Courier Article