Despite the fact that there are rumors circulating about snow being on its way, the Corpus Christi Parish on Clark Street will be hosting a Hawaiian Luau on Sunday, October 24 to benefit the restoration of the church.
“I wanted to bring a summer-type celebration to Buffalo before our winter season begins,” said Associate Pastor Fr. Simon Shaner, who came to Western New York from a much sunnier parish in Saint Petersburg, Florida. “We’re going to have a great time, bring a warm-weather atmosphere to the East Side and support our thriving parish.”
The event will begin after the conclusion of the 11:30 a.m. service and will run until 9 p.m. The Luau will include a “Hawaiian Casino” featuring several games, a Chinese auction and Hawaiian music. Guests are encouraged to dress for the theme with their best Hawaiian attire. A pig roast buffet will be taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. and Hawaiian chicken will also be served. There will also be a tiki cash bar for beer and wine.
“This is going to be a fun-filled, great event that will bring a little bit of Hawaii to historic Polonia,” said Parish Pastor Matthew Wydmanksi. “We are experiencing a beautiful rebirth on the East Side, with thousands flocking to our community for Dyngus Day events, to shop at the Broadway Market and visit the Central Terminal. This Hawaiian Luau at Corpus Christi is another wonderful way for our community to come together and celebrate in a unique way.”
The proceeds from the Luau will go toward preservation efforts for the Church. The Corpus Christi Parish has been designated as a New York State Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003, the Conventual Franciscan Friars left the church and the Pauline Fathers of Brothers took over the following January. Since then, they have been working diligently to preserve this historic landmark. Currently, they are working towards completing the masonry work on the church towers and building a new roof for the building.
Tickets to the Luau will be $10 and will include a chance to win a queen-size Amish quilt that will be raffled off. Separate tickets for the quilt raffle are $5. Pre-sale tickets are available through the parish office, which can be reached Monday through Friday at 716-896-1050. One can also contact Fr. Shaner for tickets and information at 716-374-4821. The church is located at 199 Clark Street in Buffalo.