Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Parish Events

These are some of the events going on at congregations around Western New York in the next few weeks.

If your congregation has an event coming up, click here to let us know about it.


West Seneca – Suicide Awareness & Prevention with Jennifer Perski (September 17)

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month! St. David’s Church (3951 Seneca St., next to Southgate Plaza in West Seneca) welcomes Speaker, Activist, and Mom Jennifer Perski as she shares important information about Suicide and Prevention, as well as her personal story as survivor and family member of a loved one lost to suicide. The presentation is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Monday, September 17 and is free to the public.


Lockport – Mass with Blessing of the Chapel; Cookout & Music (September 19)

We would love to have you join us on Wednesday September 19th at 6:00 PM when The Rt. Reverend R. William Franklin celebrates mass at Good Shepherd Chapel (the SE corner of Day Road and Slayton Settlement Road) and blesses the chapel and newly renovated Parish Hall including kitchen and handicap accessible bathroom.

Following the service there will be a free cookout and an outdoor concert.

For questions please contact Dominic at 716.433.2878 X103.

Our schedule for Wednesday evening Eucharists continues through All Hallows Eve on October 31st. Please join us!


Lockport – Concerts in the Courtyard (September 20, 27)

EACH Thursday in September from 6-8 PM, Grace Church in Lockport featuring an outdoor concert in the Rose Garden/Courtyard between Arnold Hall and the former Rectory: Massie Hall (108 Genesee St.). 09/13 – Creek Bend (Blue Grass); 9/20 FREIGHTRAIN; and 9/27 Road Trip. Bring a lawn chair! Concerts are FREE, but donations of dry cat food to our pet food pantry are appreciated.

RAIN OR SHINE – If the weather is inclement, we will hold the concert in the church. We will have grilled hot dogs and bottled water for sale. Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy the fellowship with us!


Buffalo – Chili Cook-off (September 22)

St. Michael & All Angels Church (81 Burke Dr. in Buffalo) will hold a chili cook-off on Saturday, September 22 from 4-7 p.m.  Tickets are $10 to attend, or $20 to compete.  Admission includes a variety of chili tastings, cornbread, mac & cheese, desserts, 2 drink tickets (beer/wine and pop/water).  Judging categories are: Hottest, Most Unique, Best Overall.

Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event, and also available for pre-sale online.


Buffalo – Chicken BBQ (September 23)

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (1182 Seneca St. in Buffalo) will be holding a Chicken BBQ on Sunday, September 23, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.  Dinners are $11, and include 1/2 chicken, macaroni salad, coleslaw, roll and butter.  Beverages and desserts also available.  Takeout available!  Pre-sale tickets are $1 off, and are available at St. Matthew’s, after the 9 a.m. Sunday service.


Medina – An Afternoon of Chamber Music with Trio Campana (September 30)

St. John’s Episcopal Church (200 East Center St. in Medina) will hold an Afternoon of Chamber Music with Trio Campana on Sunday, September 30.

Trio Campana: Paul Schlossman, Oboe and English Horn; Diane Dick, Solo Handbells; Tim Socha, Piano and Organ

Concert begins at 4:00 PM with a reception to follow in our newly refurbished Undercroft.


Wilson – Fall Rummage Sale (October 5-6)

Fall Rummage Sale will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church (431 Lake St. in Wilson) on Friday, October 5th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Saturday, October 6th from 9 a.m. – Noon. $1.00 BAG SALE on Saturday Only!

We have something for everyone.


West Seneca – The Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Ihiasota Speaks on Free Medical Missions in Africa (October 8)

On October 8, St. David’s Church (3951 Seneca St., next to Southgate Plaza in West Seneca) welcomes the Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Ihiasota, for a presentation on Free Medical Missions in Africa. In 2018 Father Isaac celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination traveling to Nigeria on a free Medical Mission trip. This was Fr. Isaac’s 14th trip to Africa with teams of doctors from New York. All are welcome to attend this engaging presentation. Father Isaac has served the Episcopal Church in many capacities in the US, the UK, and Nigeria. In addition he has served as an adjunct professor at Niagara University teaching Church and Politics, Global Conflicts and Conflict Resolution, and International Relations. The program is scheduled at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 8 with a reception to follow. The event is free to the public. A free-will offering will benefit Medical Missions.


Youngstown – Untethering Your Inner Self (October 10, 17, 24)

St. Paul’s, Lewiston & St. John’s, Youngstown are joining together to offer “Untethering Your Inner Self” on 3 consecutive Wednesdays, October 10, 17, and 24, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at St. John’s (Main & Chestnut Sts. in Youngstown).  Bring your own lunch.

This is an exploration of the topics of critical thinking and how that process can be used to free ourselves from being trapped by the limitations of our self-imposed world.

It provides the opportunity to view your ‘self’ from different angles. And although the journey is primarily an inner one, it will draw upon every aspect of your life. We will be seeking the root of our ‘self,’ which means what we are actually seeking is you.

It is a how-to session on looking at your inner growth and how it is completely dependent upon the realization that the only way to find peace and contentment is to stop thinking about yourself.

Could your thoughts be creating barriers to your growth? Do you believe you can reprogram your “self” to be more open? How do you protect your self-concept? Do these acts of protection help you? If you continue to protect your “self,” you will never be free.

If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens. This seems so simple. Have you ever abruptly stopped doing something—a negative habit or behavior? Have you ever truly examined the assumptions that drive all of your behavior?

The session helps you explore the difference between avoiding pain and fear, and simply releasing it. We present a powerful practice to help you with this transformation. See the possibility of relaxing every time you feel the energy of fear, anger, or insecurity, and that, how over time, the energy of those emotions would pass through and have less influence on your life?

Learn to stop resisting reality, and what used to look like stressful problems will begin to look like the stepping-stones of your spiritual journey. We will create dialog about what it would be like to live a life free of resistance. What would the world be like if everyone lived this way?

This special event will be facilitated by Germain Ludwig, a member of St Paul’s Lewiston, NY congregation and is based on his own research and writings on critical thinking and a book by author Michael Springer; the Untethered Soul. Germain has been a professor for over 25 years and is currently an adjunct professor at Niagara University. Prior to that he directed the graduate program in Organizational Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has a doctorate in Transformative Learning from Columbia University; a masters in adult education from Columbia University; a masters in Personnel and Human Resource Management from American University; and a bachelors in Math and Psychology from State University of NY at Buffalo. He also has over 30 years of experience in management positions in various business organizations.


LeRoy – Community for Understanding & Reconciliation (October 11)

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (1 East Main St. in LeRoy) is hosting a monthly ecumenical community discussion series starting Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm. “Community for Understanding & Reconciliation” will look at a variety of TED talks, short documentaries and current books to tackle big topics related to social issues, our responses, and our faith. This will be a safe place to meet with other community members, and meetings will emphasize civility in discourse with faith considered in its broadest sense from all religious experiences. Free and open to all. Materials provided.  More information at www.stmarksleroy.org or 585-768-7200.


Tonawanda – Disaster Planning Conference (October 15)

Disasters are tragedies that overwhelm our communities, destroy our property, and harm our populations.  Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. will host a Disaster Planning Conference, entitled “Finding the Abundant Life..Hope and Life in the Midst of the Storm” on Monday, October 15, at the Tonawanda Castle (69 Delaware Ave. in Tonawanda).  Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., conference begins at 9 a.m.

At this conference we hope to communicate and demonstrate how to plan in advance for emergencies and become aware of potential catastrophes. We will also discuss the need to develop a plan to survive following a disaster as well as understanding the need to minister to others. We take seriously the gifts that God has provided that we may be prepared to serve in both the “day of prosperity” and the “day of adversity” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).

To Register visit our website at www.pnmny.org or call 716-834-4465 (Pre registration is required)
Cost is $50 Members
$60 Non Member
$70 New Member and Conference Registration
$30 Student or Retiree

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., conference begins at 9 a.m.


North Tonawanda – Oktoberfest (October 20)

St. Mark’s Church (corner of Payne & Tremont Sts. in North Tonawanda) will celebrate their annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 20, at 5 pm.  Menu includes: Bratwurst and Knockwurst, Carrots Lyonnaise, German Potato Salad, Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad), Sweet Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Applesauce, Spatzel, and Rye Bread. Hors D’Oeuvres, Dessert and Beverages included!  Tickets are $21.  Join us!


Wilson – Applefest (October 21)

St. John’s Episcopal Church (431 Lake St. in Wilson) will hold its annual Applefest on Sunday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This event will feature: basket raffle, roast beef sandwiches, chowder, baked goods (cookies, pies, and NEW this year: homemade candy), decorate your own cut-out cookie, crafts, Christmas ornaments and decor, and fresh produce.  Come and join us!  Take Outs available: 751-6109