Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 4 – 11, 2012

Sylvia Hall Griffin
March 24, 1925 – October 31, 2012
Parish Trustee 1991-2012

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 4 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass – Generations of Faith Program in St. Charles Hall.

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon – Canisius College Community Outreach project at Blessed Trinity.

Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

 We now have new games: Red, White & Blue; carry over Bonus Ball; and a progressive Share-the-Wealth!

Mass Intentions

Sunday, November 4 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Shannon Long (Requested by Mary Schmelzer) and Robert Marien (Requested by Kathleen Marien)

Monday, November 5 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, November 6 ~ Catherine Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, November 7 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. – Sylvia Griffin

Thursday, November 8 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Mr. & Mrs. William Bauer (Estate)

Friday, November 9 ~ The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Mary Abbick (Angela Jost)

Saturday, November 10 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of Curtin and Downs Families (Family)

Sunday, November 11 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Elizabeth & John Duffy (Duffy Family) and John Abbick (Angela Jost)

News from our Parish Community

Generations of Faith ~ Our inter-generational religious education program continues on Sunday, November 4, with Session 2. This year we are “Celebrating the Sacraments,” and we will continue the discussion we began in October on Reconciliation. Adults and children are welcome to join us following the 10 a.m. Mass. The afternoon program includes lunch.

A Memorial Mass for Fr. Joe Moreno will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave. Fr. Paul Seil will celebrate the Mass and a reception will follow in the hall. It will give folks in the Central City Vicariate the opportunity to remember Fr. Joe and also show our support to our brothers and sisters at St. Lawrence in this time of sadness and loss. Blessed Trinity has offered to share in the event by our attendance at the Mass and by bringing food for the reception. If you are in a position to attend the liturgy and also bring some finger-foods (fruit, veggies, crackers and cheese, salsa and chips, cookies, or dessert items), please sign the sheet on the Communion rail and note what type of snack item you can bring. Food should be brought to the hall (downstairs under the church) before the Mass.

Support our Family Promise of WNY Ministry

The Catholic University of America is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, located in Washington, D.C. It provides an academically rigorous education guided by Catholic intellectual tradition to nearly 7,000 students every year. More than 4,000 students directly receive scholarship aid from this Collection, including many from our diocese. November 10/11 is the National Collection for The Catholic University of America. Please be generous.

Prisoner Gifts 2012 ~ Blessed Trinity will again host the assembly of Christmas gift bags for prison inmates. The Christmas Prison Package Project originated with Sr. Karen Klimczak, SSJ, at the Bissonette House over 20 years ago, and we are privileged to continue its message of forgiveness and non-violence. Janice Burns is coordinating the event with Peaceprints Prison Ministries. Previously, we have provided 1000 gift bags for men incarcerated at Wende Correctional Facility. This year, the ministry is being extended to women inmates at Albion and the target number is now 2000. Our parish has been asked to donate instant hot cocoa, and our goal is 4,000 individual serving envelopes.  Please start shopping early, bring your donations to church by December 2, and place them in the labeled back pew. The white paper gift bags are now available for decoration. If your are interested, contact Jan Burns at 716-491-4223.

The actual assembly will take place on Friday, December 7. Volunteers are needed for both shifts: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until completion. Cash donations or checks payable to “Peaceprints Prison Ministries” can be placed in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and dropped into the weekend collection.

Mission Passports ~ Last weekend Father Reger introduced the Year of Faith Program that Bishop Malone inaugurated for our Diocese at a Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica on Sunday, October 14. Blessed Trinity “Ambassadors” received Mission Passports for our parish and distributed them to us at each Mass. We are being called today to carry on Christ’s mission, to be witnesses to the Gospel by our lives, to bear the Good News, and to serve one another. If you were unable to be here or would need an extra copy, you will find Passports on a table near the Ushers’ seat in the middle of Church.

A Special Request for our Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Richard Plunkett advises that The Pantry has a critical need for volunteers with a pick-up truck who might be available a few hours each week or every other week for transport of food donations or extra food orders to the Helping Hands Food Pantry. If you can lend a hand or need further information, please contact Richard at 861-5022.

On a related note, The Helping Hands Food Pantry has been experiencing chronic shortages of cereal (store brands welcome). Their supply of cereal is usually gone by the end of the first week after the monthly food delivery from the Food Bank. They also are in need of any kind of canned vegetables, juice or canned soup, as well as flour or sugar and baking supplies. Many younger people and grandparents are asking for baby supplies, such as diapers and formula. You should also know that the food pantry now has used clothing that is clean and folded according to size for men, women, boys, girls and infants. They are in greatest need of clothing for men and infants. All clothing is donated and must be cleaned upon acceptance.

Parent Educations and Awareness ~ Keeping the children’s best interests a top priority is not always easy in the turmoil of divorce. Parents can learn how to develop a “professional” relationship with their co-parent for the benefit of the children – and oneself. Our Kids: Parent Education and Awareness programs, offered in most counties of the Diocese, are designed for any parents who have experienced conflict regarding custody and/or visitation issues. For details, call your neighborhood Catholic Charities office or (716) 896-6390. Check us out at www.ccwny.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo and twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo.

FREE High School Equivalency (GED) Preparation for students 17 years or older is offered by Catholic Charities Department of Education and Workforce! Job readiness preparation is also offered for those pursuing their GED. Classes are small with one to one help. Our students succeed! (By 2014 state requirements will change significantly and fees of up to $250 MAY be charged – now is the time to get this essential certificate). Locations are in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Cheektowaga and surrounding suburbs. For further information, contact Catholic Charities GED INFORMATION at 893-3500 or 856-4494.

Information from Area Catholic High Schools ~ We continue to receive information regarding entrance exams, etc., from high schools. Any new announcements are added to the table display in the front vestibule.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Nativity/Miguel Middle School of Buffalo is happy to announce that you can help raise money for the school just by using your TOPS Bonus card. Simply register your TOPS Bonus card at www.topsmarkets.com/Education and select NativityMiguel as your school. Whenever you purchase participating TOPS Brand, TOP Care orFull Circle products, TOPS Markets will donate a percentage of your purchase back to NativityMiguel for education programs and other school needs. They appreciate your support, every little bit helps!

Worship & Services

Worship:
Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 AM, Wednesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
Weekdays effective June 1, 2017: Tuesday – Thursday at 11:00 AM
Holy Days: As scheduled on “This Week” page

Other Services:
Opportunity for confession on Saturday at 4:00 PM
First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
A coffee hour is held after the 10 AM Mass on the third Sunday of the month (September-June)