First Niagara Center will be the site of “Good Friday Together” – a free gathering of Christian churches of various denominations from throughout Western New York.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The event, the first of its kind in Western New York, will begin at 7 p.m. and feature speakers from local churches and the Christian community, including Pastor Pat Jones of Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, Pastor Marty Macdonald of the City Church in Batavia, Pastor Roderick L. Hennings of Zion Dominion Global Ministries, Jill Kelly of Hunter’s Hope Foundation, Pastor Darius Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church, Pastor Angel Gautier of Prince of Peace Church, and Pastor Jerry Gillis of The Chapel at CrossPoint.

An offering will be taken to benefit needs in Buffalo in the areas of education, sustainable housing, health care and teen mentoring.


Seven Catholic churches in Buffalo’s First Ward, the Valley and Broadway-Fillmore neighborhoods will be open for visitation of the Blessed Sacrament from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Broadway Fillmore Alive has organized the self-guided tour of these historic churches for the seventh straight year on Holy Thursday, one of the most significant days of the year on the Catholic calendar.

Churches on this year’s tour are: Corpus Christi, 199 Clark St.; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 115 O’Connell Ave.; St. Stanislaus, 123 Townsend St.; St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, 325 Walden Ave.; St. Adalbert, 212 Stanislaus St.; St. John Kanty, Broadway and Swinburne Street; and St. Stephen (where St. Clare Parish meets), 193 Elk St.

For more information and a brochure and map, visit or call 218-0232.


St. Matthew’s Cemetery, 180 Old French Road, West Seneca, will present its annual Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. on March 31.

Pastor Richard Hanks of St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ will lead the service, which also will feature organist Betty Pitcher, soloist Aurora Boneberg and double-bass soloist Noah Weiss.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is available. Refreshments will be served after the service. Reservations are recommended by calling 822-1960.


The 18th annual Mass for Peace in Northern Ireland – and throughout the world – will be offered at 7 p.m. Easter Monday, April 1, in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Celebrant will be Monsignor William Gallagher. David and Felicia Meyer of Kindred will provide the music. The Erie County Sheriff’s Pipes and Drums Band and step dancers from Buffalo-area schools of traditional Irish dance will also participate.

The collection will benefit the Belfast Summer Relief Program, which provides children from Northern Ireland with a new perspective on life through a six-week holiday in the Buffalo area.


The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, celebrating 150 years of service in the United States, will offer an afternoon retreat of scripture and prayer, “Spirituality Sampler,” from 1 to 5 p.m. April 14 in Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

Registration is due by March 31. For details, call 877-1358, Ext. 414.


A Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Faith United Church of Christ, 8651 Boston State Road, Boston.

The church also will host an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. March 31 at 7752 Omphalius Road in Boston. A breakfast will follow.

For more information, call the church office, 941-3529.


An Easter Sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. March 31 at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, with a breakfast to follow at First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown.


WNYMuslims will host “Roses of The Prophet: iLove” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3 at Lafayette Square and the University at Buffalo North Campus Student Union.

The local organization will distribute hundreds of roses, along with inspirational quotes from the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, to members of the larger community in a gesture of peace aimed at improving the perception of Muslims.

WNYMuslims seeks to discourage misrepresentation of Muslims in the mainstream media and to encourage Muslims to become actively engaged in the media.

Roses also will be distributed to patients at Sisters Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital.