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Olean church screens the 18th best movie of all time

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Olean will present the 1926 Black & White Movie "The General," starring Buster Keaton & Marion Mack on Friday, April 25 at 7 pm. Live music to accompany the film will be performed by Jack Bollman of St. Stephen's Church.

"The General" is ranked as the eighteenth greates film of all time. It continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing.

Rejected by the Confederate army as unfit, and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), young Johnny Gray (Keaton) is given a chance to redeem himself when Yankee spies steal his cherished locomotive. You'll laugh from beginning to end! 

Adults $2.00. Seniors and Children under 12 free. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall following the movie.


Britain's Poet Laureate visits Calvary

April 1, 2014

Meet Carol Ann Duffy, Great Britain's Poet Laureate, on Saturday, April 26th starting at 5 pm at Calvary's Hughson Hall. During her visit, she'll speak, do some readings from her work, answer questions, and sign copies of her works. Wine and cheese will be offered at the event.

"Four hundred years of male domination came to an end with the election of Carol Ann Duffy as the first woman Poet Laureate of Great Britain," declared the Guardian [newspaper in Britain], as Duffy became the twentieth poet to hold the position.  She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly bisexual person to hold the ten-year position -  as well as being the first laureate to be chosen in the twenty-first century."  



Ted Karpf to Preach at Calvary

April 1, 2014

The Rev. Canon Ted Karpf will be the featured speaker at Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville during holy week services in April 2014.

Describing himself as a 'stranger', he describes his religious experience this way: "Involved in organized religion for most of my life, I still find aspects of my involvement compelling and thrilling as well as depressing and predictable in spite of where I have worked. ... I have talked openly with the Creator and heard the "strange still small voice" over the din of despair and triumph. While some elements of my participation in organized religion have left me feeling embarrassed and humiliated at the foolishness of the failures of the institutional framework we call

Read more: Ted Karpf to Preach at Calvary


Ashes to Go

March 13, 2014

An Opportunity for Witness & Wake Up Call  

newsblogashestogoAllowing a total stranger on the street to pray with you and touch your forehead is not common practice in 21st century America. Yet on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, hundreds of people around Western New York did just that.

It was Ash Wednesday. Morning temperatures hovered in the low teens and never climbed out of the 20s. Clergy throughout the diocese donned heavy layers of clothing to participate in Ashes to Go.

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Evensong in Lockport

February 20, 2014

On Sunday, March 23 at 4:00 pm Christ Church, Lockport will host an Evensong Service at which St. Paul's Cathedral Choirs of Men, Boys and Girls will sing.

Following the Evensong a dinner of soups, salads and desserts will be provided for all who attend. Christ Church is located at the intersection of Rt. 31 and Fieldcrest Drive in Lockport.


An Afternoon of Music

February 20, 2014

At 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 9, St. James' Church in Batavia will host an Afternoon of Organ Music featuring students of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Recitalists Abigail Rockwood, Thomas Mueller and Margaret Harper will perform music composed by Bach, Whitlock and Widor. 

Free will donations will benefit student special projects at Eastman.

St. James' is located at 405 E. Main St. in Batavia, NY.