St. Mary's Catholic Church in Canaseraga, NY            "...With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
“The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall want.”
Psalm 23:1


St. Mary's Pro-Life Ministry

Mission Statement

Our mission is to share the Good News that ALL life from conception to natural death and at all points between no matter how diminished or insignificant or burdensome a living person may appear to US is profoundly loved and cherished by God. And thus we are called as God's children to lvoe and cherish ALL life with equal passion.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made.  Psalm 139:15

You are not alone. We care, help is available.

Unexpected Pregnancy:
Birthright of Hornell: 607-281-1089, national number 800-550-4900
Birthright's mission is to offer loving, non-judgemental guidance in your time of need. They offer free, self-administered pregnancy tests.

Post Abortive Help
If you have experienced the pain and sorrow of an abortion, Jesus Christ, our Lord of Mercy, is waiting for you with love and forgiveness.

End of Life issues
Church's teaching on Euthanasia may be found in the Cathechism 2276-2279

Project Rachel: 1-877-HOPE-4ME
Project Rachel operates as a network of professional counselors and priests, all trained to provide one-on-one spiritual and psychological care for those who are suffering because of an abortion, both men and women.

Rachel's Vineyard: 1-716-847-2205
Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental environment for women and men.

Crisis Pregnancy Helpline 1-888-4-OPTIONS
National Life Center          1-800-848-LOVE
National Office of Post-Abortion Reconcilliation 1-800-WE-CARE

Additional sites that may be of help/interest:

“Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting and end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.” - 2277 Cathechism of the Catholic Church

“For her part, the Church has always had a great respect for the elderly. ...God wills a proper respect for the dignity and worth, the health and well-being of the elderly and though her charitable institutions... the Church seeks to fulfill the Lord's command to respect life, regardless of age or circumstances.” -Pope Benedict XVI

The Bishop's Committee addresses end of life, brain damaged, feeding/nutrition issues on their website:

Priests for Life suggests having a “Will to live” and Health Care Proxy as opposed to a “Living Will”. Information pertaining to this may be found at :

The National Catholic Bioethics Center provides a 24hr. Ethics consultation service, free of charge: 215-877-2660


Urge Congress to end the torment of unborn babies in the Nation's Capital!

On January 13, 2012, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az) introduced the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803). In this bill, Congress would declare that at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, an unborn child has the capacity to experience pain - and, on that basis, the bill would prohibit abortions within the Federal District from that point on (excpet when acute physical problems endanger the life of the mother).

Beginning in 2010 five states - Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Idaho - have already enacted such bans, with more states expected to join the list during 2012. Now it is time for Congress to act to end the horrors that are occurring in its own backyard.

We believe in the protection of every life from conception to natural death and this bill is a step in the right direction - acknowledging the unborn child as a person capable of feeling pain. Please take action and encourage your representatives to support this bill. You may send a pre-written email by going to To send a written copy, please take a sample in the back of the church.



The Annual Pro-Life Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is Sunday, February 19, 2012 after the 9am and 11am Masses. Come support our Pro-Life Ministry with our main fundraiser. Buffet style breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, and real maple syrup! Take a chance on our gift baskets. Enjoy delicious food while supporting an important cause. Bring your friends. Free Will donation.

Life Chain : 1st Sunday in October on Main St., Canaseraga from 2-3pm
An ecumenical gathering of peaceful prayer for the end of abortion.Hosted by St.Marys.

Light a Candle for Life: Everyone is encouraged to place a candle in the front window of their homes at sundown on January 22. The candle serves as a reminder of the millions of unborn babies who have been aborted since the heinous Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. Also a day of prayer and penance.

March for Life in Washington, DC: The next annual March for Life in Washington will be held on January 25, 2013. A peaceful protest against the horrible evil of legalized abortion in our country. Please visit for registration forms and information.

Rosary for Life: Every First Friday at 7pm at St. Marys. Rosary along with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and concluding with Benediction and confessions.

Peaceful prayer in front of Planned Parenthood in Hornell: Mondays at 10:30am on Main St. in Hornell. Rosary for the end of abortion.

Pro-Life Meetings: Usually the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm at St.Marys.

Teri's Day: International Day of Prayer and Remeberance for Terri Schindler Schiavo.
This day has been set aside to make people aware of what happened to Terri so that no one will have to suffer the terrible death of dehydration and starvation because of disabilities.

Speakers: Prison Ministry speakers TBA
Birthright speaker TBA


Pro-Life Prayers

Prayer for Respect of Life

All mighty God, giver of all that is good. We thank you for the precious gift of human life.
For life in the womb, coming from your creative power.
For life of children, making us glad with their freshness and promise.
For the life of young people, hoping for a better world.
For the life of the handicapped and disabled, teaching us humility.
For the life of the elderly, witnessing the ageless values of patience and wisdom.
Like Blessed Mary, may we always say yes to your gift. May we defend it and promote it from
conception to its natural end and bring us at last Oh Father to eternal life, in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
-Priests for Life


Fr. John Cullen, Pastor
Jennifer Spoth, Pro-Life Chair