The Founding of St. Mary's Church

February 12, 1890
Orleans Republican

It is said that a Polish Roman Catholic church society will soon be organized in Medina. Extensive improvements will also be made to the present Catholic church edifice, including a handsome and lofty stone tower.


May 21, 1890
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

Services were conducted at St. Joseph's church last Friday by a Polish priest for the people of that nationality.


July 29, 1891
Orleans Republican

The Poles of Albion are hereafter to have religious services in their own language. Father Swinko, of Elmira, has been appointed to this parish, and services will be held in the schoolhouse in the rear of St. Joseph's church. Father Swinko will make his home in the Lewis house on North Avenue.


August 6, 1891
Orleans American - Curch and Society News

The Polish Catholics held a meeting last Sunday and appointed Stephen Daniels and Joseph Cichochi a committee to and locate a site for a church.


August 12, 1891
Orleans Republican - The Poles to Build a Church

The Polish Catholics having appointed Stephen Daniels and Joseph Cichochi as a committee to take in hand the matter of a Polish church and locate a site for the structure, they have contracted with C. H. Moore for the purchase of three acres of land on the knoll on the south side of Moore street, in the Polish settlement, on which a church and paarsonage will be built. The price of the land is $1,200 and Mr. Moore gives them $300 on the purchase. The last census shows the Polish population of Albion to be over 800. Their priest is Father Swinko, who comes here from Elmira, and who at present holds services in the Catholic schoolhouse.


August 19, 1891
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

The Poles expect to build a schoolhouse, also, when they erect their church on Moore street.


June 15, 1892
Orleans Republican - To Build a Church

The Polish Catholic society, of which Rev. B. Swinko is the pastor, have decided to build their proposed church edifice at once. The contract has been let to a Rochester builder named Vanenken and it is thought that the ground will be of brick and stone and will be on the society's lot on Hall street, occupying the corner of Hall and Moore streets. The contract price is $13,600. The Poles are an industrious, saving people, and the fact that they are ready to shoulder such a burden is an evidence of their devotion to the church. At present their religious services are held in St. Joseph's hall in the rear of the Catholic church.


June 6, 1892
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

The Polish Catholics at Albion are about to erect a church. The pastor Rev. B. Swinko has been making the necessary efforts for some time. The building will be of brick and stone to cost $13,000.


August 15, 1892
Buffalo Morning Express

A New Polish Church
A Great Assemblage Witnessed the Cornerstone Laying at Albion Yesterday

Albion, Aug. 14 - Today was a gala day among Albion Poles, the occasion being the laying of the cornerstone of the new Polish Church at the corner of Moore and Brown streets. At 11 o'clock the three special trains arrived bearing 3,000 people from Buffalo, among whom were members of the Red Hussars, Kosciusco Guards, St. Stanislaus, Casimir, St. Adelbert, St. Valentine, St. Stephen, St. John and St. Joseph societies and three Buffalo bands. They were escorted from the station to the grounds by members of St. Stanislaus Society of Albion.

After refreshment the parade reformed and marched to the home of Father Castaldi, from which they escorted Bishop Ryan and the Rev. Fathers Castaldi and Swinko of Albion, Pitass and Sorandazki of Buffalo, McNab of Medina, and Wozcik of Black Rock to the new church, where the exercises were conducted by Bishop Ryan, assisted by these clergy. The sermon in Polish was preached by Father Wozcik, who was followed by Bishop Ryan with remarks in English. This concluded the exercises.

The stone was inscribed on three sides, the face bearing the date, divided by a cross. The crowd on the ground numbered about 5,000 and was very orderly.


August 15, 1892
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle - Orleans

The corner stone of the new Polish Catholic church at Albion was laid with interestin ceremonies Sunday. Bishop Ryan of Buffalo, Rev. Father Swinko, the pastor, Rev. Father McNab of Medina, and Rev. Father Castaldi took part in the exercises. There were about 5,000 people present. There were several Catholic societies from Buffalo. Several bands furnished music. The foundation of the church is stone and the walls which are partly laid, of brick.


August 17, 1892
Orleans Republican - A Great Day For the Polish Catholics - Corner Stone of their New Church Laid

Sunday last was a great day with the Poles of Albion, the event being the laying of the cornerstone of their new St. Mary's church on the corner of Hall and Moore streets. About 2,000 people from Buffalo arrived by special trains, and 300 or 400 came from Rochester on the regular noon train. Among the Buffalonians were several uniformed societies and four brass bands, and when the grand procession marched down State street from the depot about 1 o'clock it presented an imposing appearance. An American flag led the column, after which came the richly uniformed marshals on horses, and the Albion band, followed by the Catholic Ritters and Catholic Knights in full military dress and carrying swords. There were about 1000 men in the line and with the brass music and banners gave a decided holiday appearance to the streets. Reaching the grounds on Hall street, the guests were given a hearty welcome and provided with all the catables and liquid refreshments they desired. The large orchard was converted into one great caravansary where the thousands were bidden to satisfy their appetites from the great store of refreshments provided. Gathered in and about the grounds were fully 5,000 people and all were orderly and courteous.

About 5 o'clock the venerable Bishop Ryan arrived on the grounds under escort of the marchin societies, and accompanied by Revs. Fatherss Castaldi and Swinko of Albion, Father McNab of Medina, and Fathers Pitass, Soranzski and Wojcik of Buffalo. They at once entered the church, and proceeding to the northwest corned began the service attending the formal laying of the corner stone. The copper box containing the records, etc., was deposited in the cavity of the stone, after which it was set in place and sealed. Brief addresses were made by the Bishop and by Father Wojcik. The face of the stone is exposed on three sides and on each side is a Latin inscription giving the year and date of construction, etc. The who affair passed off successfully and to the great satisfaction of all concerned. The visitors left town in the evening, taking with them pleasant recollections of the hospitality of their Polish brethren in Albion.

The new church is being built by Contractor Vanenken of Rochester at a cost of $13,800. It is of brick and will have a seating capacity of 500. The church property comprises five acres from the old Oliver Brown farm, purchased from C. H. Moore for $2,500 two years ago. The dwelling house has been remodeled and beautified for the residence of Father Swinko, the parish priest, and a neat school house has also been built upon the Hall street front of the property. The church occupies the northwest corner of the lot. As an illustration of the devotion of these people to their church, it may be said that the real estate has already been fully paid for, and they will make comparative short work of paying for their new churc hedifice, the erection of which they rejoice over with a great deal of pardonable pride. It is situated in the heart of the Polish settlement and is therefore easily accessible to all.

There are in Albion about 150 Polish families, representing a total population of about 800 persons. They are industrious and thrifty people, orderly and courteous in their contact with other nationalities, and have the faculty of saving their earnings and speedily becoming home-owners. They are intensely loyal to the Catholic church and as a people are a desireable addition to the population of the community.


August 18, 1892
Orleans American - The Corner Stone Laid

Sunday last witnessed and unusual occurence in Albion. As noticed last week, the corner stone of the Polish Catholic church, in process of erection on the corner of Brown and Moore streets, was laid with the usual ceremonies attending such events. Bishop Ryan of Buffalo was master of ceremonies. He was attended by Father Swinko, pastor of the new church; Father Castaldi, pastor of St. Joseph's church; Father McNab, of Medina; two priests from Buffalo and one from Rochester. The principal feature of the event was the number in attendance, from Buffalo mostly. Three special trains from that city came and brought as many as 2,200 or 2,300 persons, including women and children, three brass bands, and several organized companies, representing Polish societies. The Albion band acted as escort to the procession, which formed as the special trains arrived at our station, marched down Clinton to Park street, from Park north on Main to East State, down East State to Brown street, north on Brown to the location of the new church. The procession made an imposing display - one very unusual for a Sunday in our village. The last train from Buffalo arrived between twelve and one o'clock, the procession moved about one o'clock P.M. Everything passed in an orderly manner. Refreshments were furnished about the grounds, in the locality of the church. Large numbers of the people of the county were attracted by curiosity to witness the ceremonies not usual in our midst. The ceremony of laying the corner stone was announced to take place at 4 o'clock P.M., but it was after five before Bishop Ryan and escort arrived. During the delay the large crowd was very orderly and peaceable. The ceremony occupied by a short time after the arrival of the bishop and associates.

The good order an quiet of the large crowd was remarklable in view of the fact that it was generally understood that a plentiful supply of beer was within reach of all who observed the regulations governing this part of the programme. The amount of beer disposed of at the various places, report says, was about fifty barrels.

The new church edifice, which is a brick structure above the foundation, with a seating capacity of about 500, is progressing rapidly towards completion. The cost will be about $14,000. When completed it will be a decided improvement to the portion of the village where it is located. The old Brown farm house on the same lot has been overhauled and improved, and is now occupied as a residence by Father Swinko. Another improvement on the premises is a new schoolhouse on the Brown street front of the lot.

The last of the special trains for Buffalo took its departure about 8 o'clock P.M. A few of the Buffalo excusionists were seen on our streets Monday morning.

The members of St. Joseph's church in this village did not participate in the exercises.


September 28, 1892
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

The Polish church will be completed by December 1st, it is expected.


November 2, 1892
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

People of all denominations are subscribing to the new Polish church building fund.


January 25, 1893
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

The new Polish church has a bell now and it sounded out its call to worship last Sunday.


February 8, 1893
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

The new Polish church on Hall street, of which Rev. Father Swinko is the priest, will be formally dedicated at 10 a.m. to-day by Rt. Rev. Bishop Ryan, assisted by a number of out-of-town priests.


February 15, 1893
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

Revs. Fathers Flaozok, Kopythiewicz, Zaleski, Pitass, Krzeroniak and Shredzinski were in attendance at the Polish church dedication services last Wednesday.

The Polish church was formally dedicated by Rev. Father Flaozck on Wednesday last. Several priests from abroad were in attendance at the exercise, and the music for the occasion was furnished by the choir of St. Stanislaus church of Buffalo. Our Polish people are to be congratulated upon the completion of their house of worship. They now have a nice church and school property, conveniently situated, and the zeal which they have displayed in thus bringing matters to a successful finish is worthy of the cause. Father Swinko has been a hard worker and is evidently the right kind of a man to lead these people.


February 22, 1893
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

The Buffalo Express says the new Polish church in Albion cost $5,000. So it did and some $10,000 more. And the Polish people will foot the bill like heroes.


April 5, 1893
Orleans Republican - Gospel Bells

The Polish people could show Protestants some points in giving that would make the latter ashamed of their stinginess. These poor people have mortgaged their very labor in order to have a church in which to worship. They are heroes.