“Father Dave,” as he was known to his parishioners, led us and was helped by weekend assistant Fr. John Aurelio, who instituted Story Sunday, attracting people and their children from all over Western New York.
In 1975, Fr. Leonard Biniszkiewicz became our first associate pastor. The charismatic movement and a commitment to the Holy Spirit spread like wild fire. Hundreds attended St. Catherine’s prayer meetings.
Building growth and spiritual growth ensued here. God’s Spirit flourished. When Fr. Len became a pastor in Niagara Falls, we greeted the young and energetic Fr. Joseph Rappl as associate pastor. He left for a military position and we welcomed another young priest, Fr. Bob Fink. Both priests did many good things for our youth. Three parishioners became ordained deacons: Ken Kulinowski, Larry Eschbach and Joseph Barr. Deacon Joe still gifts our parish with his liturgical ministry. In 2003, Mark Nowak, also a parishioner, was ordained as a deacon.
On the feast of St. Catherine of Siena in 1985, the house next to the rectory was purchased and transformed into parish offices. The parish has always been alive with activity, simply too many activities to list. There is a niche for everyone in our parish. Our parish family has lived and loved life in Christ, and like all families, we have had hard times too. The peace of Christ, which is beyond all understanding, always gives strength.
In 1995, our founding pastor retired. After 28 years, we said, “Thank you and God be with you,” to our Shepherd. God continued to provide for us as we welcomed Fr. Pascal Ipolito, our current pastor. Father Pat took to us and we took to him like a duck takes to water!
Life is good and life goes on.