St. John’s–Grace Episcopal Church on Colonial Circle will host its eighth interdenominational service for Memorial Day at 10 a.m. Monday.

The service of words, music, prayer and ritual is designed to honor those who have died standing up for American values of freedom, equality, justice and community.

The service is open to the public.


The Rev. David W. Kofahl, lead pastor of Clarence United Methodist Church in Clarence since 2003, has been appointed conference superintendent of the Binghamton District of the United Methodist Upper New York Area.

Bishop Mark J. Webb made the appointment, effective July 1.

Kofahl, 58, has been ordained since 1977 and served churches in Niagara Falls and Olean prior to his time in Clarence.


Catholic parishes and institutions will be hosting voluntary collections today and Sunday for the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma. The funds will be used to assist Catholic Charities USA in responding to the needs of the people suffering as a result of the loss of life and property caused by the violent storms and tornadoes.

The collection will be designated for immediate relief and to assist with long-term rehabilitation.


Louise Carson will be guest speaker at the next breakfast meeting of Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women on June 15 in Holiday Inn-Amherst, 1881 Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Cost is $15 with prepaid reservations due by June 8, or $20 at the door.


The Watoto Children’s Choir, traveling from Africa, will perform three concerts at churches in Western New York next Saturday and June 2.

The performances are free and open to the public.

The choir acts as Watoto ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurturing they need to grow up as productive citizens of their own country.

The choir, which has traveled internationally since 1994, fuses contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm.

Local concerts are 6 p.m. next Saturday in Alden Mennonite Church, 923 Two Rod Road, Alden; 11 a.m. June 2 in Expressway Assembly of God, 260 Eggert Road; and 6 p.m. June 2 in Victory Assembly of God, 688 Tonawanda St.


St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church will join with Corpus Christi Church on June 2 to commemorate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, beginning at 3 p.m. in St. Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend St.

The event will feature a traditional outdoor procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Buffalo’s historic Polonia section. The procession will pause for devotions at four outside altars created for the feast and continue to Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark St., where benediction and Mass will be held.

A reception with light refreshments will follow at Corpus Christi. Call 896-1050.