Prayers for the Catholic Church

"...nor any other creature will be able to seperate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:39


Relying on the promptings of the Holy Spirit, “Prayers for the Catholic Church” was formed by lay Catholics of Western New York as means to take action in response to the clerical sex abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the world. We believe our premise is simple, yet powerful – we gather to participate in Catholic Mass and communal public prayer.

Through participation in Mass, Catholics receive both the Word of God and the Body of the Lord. The Word of God is proclaimed through the Spirit-inspired Old Testament and the Gospels and Letters of the Apostles. The Body of the Lord is manifested in the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Catholic life.

Through communal public prayer, we express to the world our unity with God and each other. We pray to strengthen the faith of all Catholics, which can be challenged and compromised during this time of crisis in the Church. We also ask forgiveness from God and mankind for the wrongdoings perpetrated towards others, and for our Church and each other, as we face the challenges of daily life. We specifically pray to Mary, the mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Rosary. In praying the Rosary we not only acknowledge Mary’s special role in our salvation history and ask her to pray for us now and at the time of our death, but we meditate on the mysteries of the life of her son, Jesus.

The Prayers for the Catholic Church group has gathered for 12:05 P.M. Mass at St. Louis Church and prayer outside the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Center every Thursday since the beginning of fall 2018. We see the Catholic Center, the Diocesan “headquarters”, as the focal point of the current crisis, and thus we pray that the people and activities within maintain true to their mission of serving God and His people.

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Please prayerfully consider participating in the 12:05 pm Mass at St. Louis Church (35 Edward St., Buffalo, NY 14202).  

Immediately following Mass, walk across Main St. to outside of the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Center (780 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203) to pray the Holy Rosary aloud and publicly.

Parking is available behind St. Louis Church; the parking lot entrance is on Franklin St.

CAUTION:  Although the St. Louis Church and Catholic Center area is safe during the noon hour, do not pray outside the Center if you are alone and not comfortable.  Your personal safety should be a priority.


Church of the Annunciation parking lot (7580 Clinton St., Elma, NY 14059).  Leave at 11:30 am, return by 1:30 pm.


If you are unable to attend Mass and pray at St. Louis Church and the Catholic Center, please consider doing so at your local church.


It can be a challenge to get to daily Mass.  Prayerfully consider how you can create a habit of daily prayer with your spouse and children... or with your children’s friend’s families.


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It was a pleasure being out there with you all.  Our church needs the prayers.  Our religious need our support in this tough time.

Joy from Niagara Falls, 11/8/18


Like most devoted Catholics in WNY this (clerical sex abuse) situation has challenged my choice raising a son in today’s Catholic Church, never abandoning our Christian faith. God never promised us there won’t be struggles, but he did promise he’ll always be there to see us through them.  I believe groups like this are ways he’s doing just that.

Patti from Buffalo, 10/31/18


Thank you for organizing our faith community to utilize prayer our best tool against evil. Our Lord gave us the Holy Spirit that is planted within us all to strengthen and unite us when in prayer to work towards good. Daily let us remind each other in prayer we can overcome so much. I am with our community, and whenever possible physically together at the Mass times you scheduled, to show unity in making our statement for the Bishop to understand we need his action plans in this matter of injustice done to God's people. Keep up the good work, let me know how I can be of further help.

In Prayers, in Peace and in Love,

Anonymous, 9/25/18


On Friday, I attended Mass at St. Louis and then prayed the Rosary outside the Catholic Center.  Although I was alone, I felt the strength of the Lord in me.  The shade from the building and cooling breeze was a blessing on this 87 degree day.  I pray that other Catholics throughout WNY will join together at Mass and in prayer to strengthen our Catholic Church during this difficult time.  

Randy from Elma, 9/23/18


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