The path of the paczki

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – They’re pockets of warm deep-fried dough stuffed with rich filling, and topped with sweet glaze, and they’re the hot sellers at the Broadway Market on Fat Tuesday.

The staff at Mazurek’s Bakery made 50 packzi just to prepare this year. One of their first customers was retired pastor, Monsignor Robert Golombek.

“It was always a tradition to come to the market, buy the donuts, and share them with family and friends,” he said.

As is his tradition, Golombek bought seven dozen treats — to deliver to churches all over Western New York. He has been doing this for more than fifty years. One of his first stops was Blessed Sacrement in the Town of Tonawanda.

“Father Bob comes faithfully every year, delivers it to our parish here, and to the convent where I live too, to the sisters,” said Sister Lucette Kinecki.

Golombek used to be the pastor here, and his old friends love when he visits.

“It’s really a nice celebration where we just enjoy each other, we enjoy donuts, and we get ready for the holy season of lent starting tomorrow,” said Kinecki.

The fasting starts tomorrow, but today, they feast.

“I always told the people. Lent is not for giving up, it’s for taking up. Eat the donuts, but do something nice for somebody. Eat the candy, but go visit somebody that’s sick,” Golombek said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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