A Note to Couples


“Dearly beloved…”


So begins the marriage rite in the Episcopal Church. St. Stephen’s historic setting and the beauty of the Episcopal Church’s liturgy make it a perfect setting for your wedding. Your wedding day is one that you will never forget and we are eager to help make the experience meaningful and special.


To be married in the Episcopal Church, one of the couple must be a baptized Christian (regardless of denomination). The Episcopal Church is also open to the remarriage of divorced persons, but it does require requesting permission from the Bishop of the Diocese of Western NY.


The first step would be to contact the Parish Office to check for available dates and to set up a meeting with a member of the clergy. The Parish Office may be contacted through e-mail at or by phone at 716-372-5628. There will be a series of at least three conversations with the priest to plan the wedding, to discuss your relationship, and to explore a Christian understanding of marriage.


May God bless you at this exciting time in your life!


Faithfully yours,

The Rev. Kim E. Rossi