Respect Life

The mission of the Holy Trinity Respect Life Committee, working in conjunction with the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities is to activate the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities authored by the USCCB (United States Catholic Conference Bishops), in our parish in defense of human life

Public Information: Educate both the Catholic Community and the public at large about pro-life issues.

Pastoral Care: Provide spiritual/material support for those in need. Public Policy: A Legislative efforts directed to ensure effective legal protection for all human life. Prayer & Worship: directed to participation in the sacramental life of the church and in programs of communal and individual prayer.

Public Information: As directed by the Buffalo Diocese there are bulletin posts to educate the parishioners of pro-life issues and events.

Our parish recognizes the USCCB’s Respect Life month each October, Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in January and Natural Family Planning week in July.

To educate the public at large about pro-life issues we encourage participation in the annual Life Chain the first Sunday of October, and the March for Life in January. We are actively involved with the Vicariate Pro-Life Booth at the Orleans County Fair each July.

Pastoral Care: We encourage support of the local Pregnancy Center, Care Net of Greater Orleans Co., Albion, NY. Parishioners participate in their annual baby bottles fundraiser, as well as their Walk for Life, and various other fundraisers for the center. Catholic Daughters of America, Court Santa Maria encourages parishioners to participate in the court’s yearly baby shower for the pregnancy Center.

Via bulletin posts and e-mail parishioners are made aware of diocese events including post-abortive healing programs.

Public Policy: Every two years prior to November elections, Holy Trinity provides parishioners with literature educating them on the responsibility to participate with Catholic values in the election process. Throughout the year, via bulletin posts and e-mail parishioners are made aware of pending legislation and are encouraged to communicate with their elective representatives regarding the legislation.

Prayer & Worship: A rosary for pro-life is prayed each Wednesday at 5:00 P.M. at St. Stephen’s Church. Diocese and vicariate prayer events are encouraged via bulletin announcements and e-mail.

One need that the Holy Trinity Parish Respect Life ministry is your active participation, including but not limited to representation at the diocesan Vine & Branches meetings which are held a couple times a year. We are also ‘looking’ for a new coordinator, so as to enable the mission at Holy Trinity to thrive.

Patricia Sands, current coordinator (585) 798-5324

Visit the Diocese of Buffalo’s Pro Life webpage here.

The Parish Council serves as an advisory board to the pastor. It is comprised of nine voting members which include the two trustees. The pastor and the Religious Education coordinator are ex-officio members and a Youth Member is appointed by the pastor. Members are elected for three year terms. The Council meets on the first Wednesday of each month, September through June. Elected officers are a President, Vice-President, and Secretary. Council members are registered members of Holy Trinity Parish. Council members other than the elected officers also serve on one of the following committees: Parish Life, Education, Outreach and Social Justice, Finance, Worship.

Bereavement Committee helps with the preparations for funeral services, and offers assistance to the loved ones who are preparing for a funeral Mass. Members are contacted as they are needed.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is an international organization dedicated to performing charitable works and supporting local priests and parishes. Local Court Santa Maria, #295 meets at the Medina site of Holy Trinity Parish on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. This organization has a special dedication to the Blessed Mother and is open to any Catholic woman over 18 years of age. The local court will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017.

The Contemplative Prayer Group is an informal gathering of individuals interested in deepening their prayer life through Scripture reading, contemplative prayer, and discussion. The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month in the Cry Room of St. Mary Church at 7:00 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

The Education Committee is chaired by the Religious Education coordinator and meets as needed to review Religious Education topics and issues.


The Finance Committee serves as an advisory group to the pastor in regard to parish finances. The committee reviews income and expense records, discusses long-term financial planning, helps establish a parish budget and financial report, and discusses financial concerns voiced by parishioners. The committee also reviews expenses for maintenance and building projects. The committee includes the two parish trustees, members of the Parish Council, and other interested parishioners. The committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month alternating between the two worship sites. The committee is chaired by Fr. Dan.

Meets Monday evenings from 7-8 p.m. i the school library at the St. Mary’s Worship Site.

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbor on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries.

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Each praesidium has a name so as to create a litany of the Blessed Virgin. The Holy Trinity Parish praesidium is named Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals, and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

The Outreach and Social Justice Committee works to extend a helping hand to those in the area who may be in need of a little extra assistance. Major projects include a “Giving Tree” at Christmas time and an Easter basket donation at the end of Lent. The committee also works to become better informed about environmental and social justice issues with guest speakers and discussions. The committee meets on the second Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m. and alternates meetings at the worship sites. The current chair is Amy Monti.

The Parish Life Committee helps organize and sponsor spiritual and social activities within the parish. The committee meets once a month, usually on the first Monday at 10:00 a.m. Meetings alternate between the two worship sites. Fr. Dan currently chairs this committee. Events include the annual parish BBQ, a reception for high school graduates, an Easter Vigil reception, and other similar events. All parishioners are invited to attend the meetings and to help in whatever manner is most convenient for the individual.