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Pro-Life Events


The Office of Pro-Life Activities sponsors several events throughout the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond to defend all life.

Rosary Novena for Life

Rosary Novena for Life is a regularly scheduled Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 500 Parker Avenue, Buffalo.

The 8 a.m. Saturday Mass will be followed by a silently and prayerfully procession to and from a local abortion clinic (optional) where we join together in prayer. Closing prayers will take place upon our return outside of St. Rose of Lima. Respect Life committees, youth groups and parish ministers are especially encouraged to join us to show their support for the Sanctity of Life.

The remaining Saturdays are: (with exceptions as noted by * due to holiday weekends)
April 30 Celebrant: Fr. James Ciupek, Pastor of St. John, Alden
May 21* Celebrant: Fr. Justus Ndyamukama
June 25 Celebrant: Fr. Dan Young, Pastor of Good Shepherd, Pendleton & Clarence Center
July 30 Celebrant: Fr. Michael LaMarca
August 27 Celebrant: Fr. Jeff Nowak, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, N.F.
September 24 Celebrant: Fr. Steve Jekielek, Pastor of St. Christopher 
October 29 Celebrant: Fr. Jacek Mazur, Pastor of Divine Mercy
November 19* Celebrant: Most Reverend Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo

For more information, call the Pro-Life office (716) 847-2205 or download our flyer.

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National Night of Prayer for Life

The 27th annual event will take place Thursday, Dec. 8, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

Let us bow down in UNISON across the nation before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration and Reparation for the sins against the lives of our innocent unborn and helpless ones.

If your parish is participating in the National Night of Prayer please let us know at the Office of Pro-Life Activities, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, (716) 847-2205 or by email Pro-Lifeoffice@buffalodiocese.org. Don't forget to download our flyer and prayer.

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March for Life - Friday, January 27, 2017

The annual March for Life takes place in late January as thousands of pro-life supporters gather in Washington, D.C. The diocese coordinates a trip for any local Western New Yorkers who wish to attend. More information will be available later this year.

St. Francis High School of Athol Springs was one of the groups who participated in the March for Life. Watch their video recap below:


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  St. Gianna Benefit Banquet

The annual St. Gianna Benefit Banquet is to raise enough money to able to keep pace with our increasing need to continue to service the woman, men, and babies that are referred to the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center.  We hope and pray that you can come and learn more about the center.
We hope we can count on your support and prayers throughout the year and hope to see you at the banquet!


Yearly Events

• In-Service - Parish Respect Life Committee, Saturday, September 10, 2016 (9 a.m. Mass)

• Respect Life Mass - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 2, 2016, St Joseph's Cathedral; Celebrant Bishop Edward Grosz
• National Life Chain - 2 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2016, Niagara Falls Blvd. and some outlying areas

• National Night of Prayer - 9 p.m. December 8 until 1 a.m. December 9 (flyer) (prayers), takes place at a variety of parishes

• March for Life - Friday, January 27, 2017
• Light for a Candle for Life (Candle in the Window) (flyer)
• Observance of Roe vs Wade/Pro-Vita Award - Saturday, January 21, 2017 (Parish to be announced)

• 6th Annual St. Gianna Banquet, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY 14228

• Rosary Novena for Life Mass 2016, 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 19 to Saturday, November 19
• Mass for the Unborn, March 2017

• Mass for anyone touched by adoption, 10:30 a.m., April 16, 2016, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna

• Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb Mass - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017, St. Joseph Cathedral; Main Celebrant Bishop Edward Grosz

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Other Events

Rosary for Life & Holy Hours before the Blessed Sacrament 

• Last Saturday of each month from March through November with 8 a.m. mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Parkside & Parker Ave, Buffalo followed by procession to abortion clinic at 2500 Main Street.
• 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month with mass at 8 a.m. at St. Leo the Great Church, Amherst, followed by a rosary in front of 2500 Sweet Home Rd (Travel by car)
• Our Lady of Pompeii Parish - 158 Laverack Ave.- Lancaster, NY host every 1st Friday of every month from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., final hour (6-7 p.m.) devoted to praying for an end to abortion with benediction at 7 p.m.  For more information contact Our Lady of Pompeii Rectory at 716-683-6522.
• Planned Parenthood - William's Road & Lancaster Dr, Wheatfield, Fridays 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
• Women's Services - 2500 Main St, Buffalo, Wednesday 9 a.m.; Thursday 7:30 am (no organized group); Friday 9 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.
• Children's Hospital - 140 Hodge Ave, Buffalo, Monday 9 a.m. 
• St. Vincent de Paul (Military Road, Niagara Falls), first Saturday of every month 8 a.m. preceding the 8:30 a.m. Mass
• St. Raphael (College & Macklem Ave., Niagara Falls) Second Monday of every month following the 8 a.m. Mass, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
• Divine Mercy (Niagara & 24th Street, Niagara Falls) Every Tuesday, Noon-1 p.m. followed by adoration until 2 p.m., Divine Mercy chaplet then 3 p.m. Benediction.
• St. Mary of the Cataract (4th Street, Niagara Falls) First Wednesday of every month following the 12:10 p.m. Communion Service - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 12:30 p.m.; Pro-Life Rosary at 1:05 p.m.
• Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 27th & Independence Ave., Niagara Falls) First Thursday of every month from Noon-1 p.m. continue with Adoration until 3 p.m.
• St. Mary of the Angels, Olean - Monthly the first Sunday of every month from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at the intersection of routes 417 and 16 in Olean

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Guidelines for presence at clinics during diocesan rosary for life

Please, no signs as we have a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a banner that reads "For God, For Mary, For Life." We are there to peacefully pray for an end to abortion so if anyone says anything demeaning or insulting to us, please do not answer back.

A Mass to Remember (Healing Service)

For women and their families who have lost a child through abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth.