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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 -2017

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)
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 Don't forget to download our flyer and prayer.

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March for Life - Friday, January 27, 2017    BUSES ARE FULL

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.

FOR ALL YOUTH - make sure to fill out and submit the permission & health form

March for Life brochure

Bus Registration available online at  (BUSES ARE FULL)

: will depart on the morning of Thursday, January 26, 2017 
BUS DEADLINE DATEFriday, December 30th, 2016 
Money non-refundable if payment received after December 30th     

    Round trip fare $175.00 (includes bus, speaker & breakfast)

    Bus Only


    Breakfast & Speaker $50.00


    You are responsible to make your own hotel reservation/s

    Hotel Reservation/s Rates: 14.5% DC sales tax per person 

    Rooms: Single Rate $179.00     Double Rate $199.00

    Call Washington Plaza Hotel: (202) 842-1300 or 800-424-1140   Mention: Diocese of Buffalo

    Hotel: 3:00 pm estimate arrival at the Washington Plaza Hotel

    National Vigil Mass for Life -  Opening Mass begins at 5:30 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

      Book on-line directly at

      YOU MUST register before  Hotel deadline date: December 19, 2016 OR THE REMAINING ROOMS IN OUR BLOCK WILL BE RELEASED

     To make your reservation or to become a generous sponsor call or email the

     Sponsors: Prayerfully consider making a donation so that we can ensure the right to life is not just afforded for some, but for all, born and unborn.


    The National Prayer Vigil for Life Opening Mass begins at 5:30 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.   The 2017 Schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized

    General Seating for the Opening Mass
    Additional seating is provided in the Lower Level Memorial Hall during the Opening Mass. Television monitors and communion distribution will allow those seated in this area to fully participate in Mass.

    Seating for Persons with Disabilities
    In collaboration with the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), advanced reserved seating arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made through the NCPD website. Please feel free to share this information with your diocesan networks to assist with planning for groups who may be traveling with persons with disabilities.

    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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     National Life Chain

    Annually, on the first Sunday in October, Life Chain invites the churches in each city and town across North America to bear witness in the public arena to raise awareness of the Sanctity of Life. Stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for one hour, while holding one of the following approved pro-life sign messages:  


     Parish is responsible to order their own signs, you can order online at or you download the PDF form return the completed form to  Life Support by mail (PO Box 270068 Fort Collins, CO 80527) or by fax (719-785-5775).


     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!  

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Keynote Speaker: Reverend Thomas Rosica, CSB - Chief Executive Officer of Canada's Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation

           click image for flier


    Yearly Events

    • In-Service - Parish Respect Life Committee, Saturday, September 9, 2017 (9 a.m. Mass)

    • Respect Life Mass - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017, St Joseph's Cathedral; Celebrant Bishop Malone
    • National Life Chain - 2 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017, 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  (brochure)  (permission health & image waiver form)
    • 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 15, 2017 at the Millennium Hotel, Buffalo
      Tickets: $60 per person/$50 per student     Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017  Tickets non-refundable

    • 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   2017, 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 Malone

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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.