St. Mary's 174th Annual Parish Picnic


St. Mary’s 174th Picnic will be held July 22-23 

The fun begins on Saturday, July 22nd with an outdoor Mass at 5:30pm and community vegetable cutting for our famous chowder afterwards. Our local restaurant neighbors will provide the food at the wine & beer social which begins at 6:30 pm. We will have ice cream from Uncle G's, Campobello's pizza, and clams from Stockman’s Tavern. Live music will be provided by Urban Renewal

The 5K Chowder Chase starts at 7 pm. Walk, run or just come to enjoy the party.

Picnic day is Sunday, July 23rd beginning at 11:30am (note the new start time) and includes St. Mary’s Chowder, food court, wine and beer garden, Kids' Zone games and activities, live entertainment all day including music by Gimme Buffet, and our annual raffle with a $10,000 Grand Prize

Picnic raffle tickets have been mailed to parish families. Ticket cost remains at $20! There is an Early Bird Drawing on June 29th for two $250 prizes. Tickets must be received by noon on June 28 to be eligible for the early bird drawing. Winners' tickets are returned to the barrel for the cash raffle drawings on Picnic Sunday. A total of $19,500 in cash prizes will be given away; the grand prize is $10,000! Additional tickets are available in the parish office.


Volunteers in aprons behind serving table

Volunteer Sign Ups for Picnic Weekend

Volunteers make our annual Parish Picnic possible. Click on this link for a complete list of volunteer opportunities:

Picnic Volunteers

Cutting of Vegetables: All are invited to cut vegetables for St. Mary's Famous Chowder on Saturday evening, July 22nd, immediately following our annual Outdoor Mass at 5:30 PM. No signup is required.

Runner with soup bowl, "Chowder Chase Race"

12th Annual Chowder Chase 5K Race: Saturday, July 22 at 7 PM

Participants are welcome to run the 5K course or walk an alternate 3K course.

T-shirt, meal/drink and chowder voucher all included with registration fee.

After-Race Party featuring live music by Urban Renewal, food from local restaurants, and wine/beer.

Click HERE for complete race details and to register ONLINE

Click HERE to download a race registration form. Form and payment must be submitted to the parish office.

chowder chase race and parish picnic logos

2023 Picnic Weekend Chairs

Please contact the chairperson of your area of interest with any questions. 2023 Picnic Chairs

We are currently in need of someone to chair Set Up/Take Down and the Big Wheel. Please contact Janice at if you can coordinate one of these areas.


Start Saving Your Trinkets and Treasures!

We will fill the gym with this, that, and other things! Your trinkets just might be their treasures!

Donations will be accepted July 16 to 21
Open on picnic day, July 23 , after 9:30 AM Mass

Get full Trinkets & Treasures details by clicking HERE!

Please call Janice O'Brien at (716) 688-9380 to volunteer as a chairperson and for general picnic questions. Questions regarding volunteering in a certain area should be directed to the chair of each activity.