A Message from Fr. Yetter
After a long winter and spring, we have entered into our summer time here in the area of Swormville-East Amherst. During the 170 years of our parish community we have certainly grown our campus from a small plot of land on the corner of Dodge and Transit to our almost 20 acres between Transit, Stahley and County Roads.
Our second church from the Civil War era still serves as a pivotal spot here on Transit Rd. Our current main church was completed in 2010 and can accommodate almost 1000 people for our main services during the church. I invite you to learn about our parish history through our website and by visiting here at St. Mary’s Church to experience the warmth of the people some of whom trace their ancestry here to the middle of the 1800s.
During July, the parish holds an annual picnic, a major part of parish life. There has been some sort of gathering of parishioners during the summer except during a few years of the Civil War. Some of the soldiers from the parish finished building the church when they returned home in 1865-66.
Picnic weekend begins on July 21 with the 5K Chowder Chase race and party. On Saturday, July 22, we have an outdoor Mass under the tents at 6 p.m. followed by hundreds of people preparing the vegetables for the chowder who will come on Sunday. A warning – chowder usually sells out by 1 p.m. on Sunday. Stop in and visit St. Mary’s Parish campus and enjoy fellowship with our faith community.
Please check out other areas of our website to learn about our parish community serving the spiritual needs of so many Catholics who live in our area of Amherst, Clarence and Lockport. You can also find us on Facebook at StMarySworm and on Twitter at StMarySV.
May God bless you and your family this summer.
Rev. Robert M. Yetter