Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 10 – February 17, 2013

Freast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11. The painting on the wall behind the Altar of the Blessed Virgin to the left of the Sanctuary at Blessed Trinity is of the Virgin Mary “seen fulfilling the prophecy of Genesis (3:15), with the serpent under her feet.” The figure to the left of Mary is “St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879), to whom Our Lady appeared at Lourdes, France in 1858…. The message of Lourdes was really an invitation to trust in the power of prayer regardless of how desperate the situation is, to have great concern for the sick, and to sincerely trust in the concern of Mary for the followers of her son.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, page 44).

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11. The painting on the wall behind the Altar of the Blessed Virgin to the left of the Sanctuary at Blessed Trinity is of the Virgin Mary “seen fulfilling the prophecy of Genesis (3:15), with the serpent under her feet.” The figure to the left of Mary is “St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879), to whom Our Lady appeared at Lourdes, France in 1858…. The message of Lourdes was really an invitation to trust in the power of prayer regardless of how desperate the situation is, to have great concern for the sick, and to sincerely trust in the concern of Mary for the followers of her son.”
(Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, page 44). Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality Raffle, Coffee Hour and Bake Sale in St. Charles Hall.

Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 10 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Sylvia Griffin (Requested by Pauline Rollek) and Frank Gaglione (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, February 11 ~  Our Lady of Lourdes ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, February 12 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – James Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Wednesday, February 13 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 12 noon – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, February 13 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 6 p.m. – Irene Rambus (Family)

Thursday, February 14 ~ Sts. Cyril and Methodius ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Julia Roberts (Delmonte Family)

Friday, February 15 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Helene Lesage Almeras (Angela Jost)

Saturday, February 16 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Pauline Viola (Joe Viola) and Rita E. Curtin (Curtin Family)

Sunday, February 17 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Bob Hamsik (Angela Jost) and Julia Roberts (Bob and Mary Kresse)

News from our Parish Community

Congratulations to Sister Peggy Gallagher, Fran Cahill and Roberta Evans, the winners of The Ladies Sodality’s February 10 Mardi Gras raffle. The Sodality also extends a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who supported their bake sale and raffle. The proceeds of just under $1,300 will directly benefit the parish.

Two Soup Suppers … Two Pizza Suppers… Will they be on your Lenten schedule? We invite you to prepare and share with us your favorite soup and/or cookies/bar cookies. Please indicate your contribution as soon as possible on the sign-up board near the piano. Enjoy Soup Suppers on Wednesdays, February 27 and March 6. Our first Pizza Supper will be Wednesday, February 20. Many thanks to Amy Johnson who has offered to coordinate our Soup Suppers!

Sodality General Meeting ~ Our Ladies Sodality will hold its next general membership meeting in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, February 24, immediately following the 10 o’clock Mass.

Charitable Contributions ~ If you need a 2012 Statement of Contributions for income tax purposes, please contact Roy Laciura at the rectory, 716-833-0301.

Catholic Charities Appeal ~ Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and commemorates the start of a period of preparation for Jesus’ coming on Easter Sunday. As you start your own Lenten Journey this week, remember the selfless sacrifices of Jesus. Remember your neighbors in need and give as generously as you can to Catholic Charities’ 2013 Appeal, benefiting tens of thousands in Western New York. Protect. Strengthen. Empower. Please give to the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. Find out more at ccwny.org, facebook.com/ccbuffalo and twitter.com/ccbuffalo, or call (716) 218-1400.

Extra Word Copies ~ We have extra copies of the Lenten issues of The Word. Please feel free to take copies for family/friends. They are in the ushers’ pew at the middle of the church.

A Message from Family Promise ~ Ss. Columba-Brigid wants to thank all the volunteers that cooked and visited with our guests from Family Promise.  We logged 261 volunteer hours!!  Our next Hosting week will be Friday, March 22 through March 28.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Paula Hunt at 348-0154 or email to paulahunt57 [at] verizon [dot] net.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Bible Study – Ss. Columba-Brigid ~ Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way! It’s time for us to get back to Tuesday night. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 13; the season of Lent is coming. The weekly readings from Luke’s gospel will take us on the journey to Jerusalem and teach us to walk in his ways. Come out. Bring a friend. Come any week you can and don’t worry about weeks you can’t be with us. We’ll be here and you’ll always be welcome. So, we’ll return on Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday,” February 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Morning Prayer will be celebrated in St. Lawrence Church during Lent. We will start at 8:10 am on Ash Wednesday and continue Monday through Friday during Lent. Our weekday Mass follows at 8:30 am. Please consider joining us to experience the Daily Prayer of the Church.  Questions? Call Luke Dyer at 308-6302.

Queen of Heaven Parish will host a B & W Fish Fry on Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the parish center at Seneca Street and Mill Road, West Seneca. Fish and Shrimp dinner $9; ½ Fish Dinner $7. Meals include: macaroni salad, cole slaw, French fries, beverage and dessert. Take outs available!

Lenten Bible Study ~ The Church in the Modern World is the current topic of a luncheon Bible Study at St. Lawrence Church, each Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Please consider joining us for Lent as we review church teachings and Scripture for lessons in how to live and act in the world today. We gather in the Franciscan Guest House dining room on the St. Lawrence Campus behind the church and school buildings for a simple meal, reading and discussion.  Questions? Call Luke Dyer at 308-6302.

Mount St. Mary Academy offers Winter Writing Workshop ~ Fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls are invited to a fun, three-day workshop to write, read, learn and share their stories with other girls who LOVE writing! The workshop will be held February 20-22 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Students will participate in sessions on short stories, journalism and poetry taught by local poet, Ken Feltges and journalist, Tim O’Shei. To register, please contact Katie Brick, Admissions Coordinator, at 716-877-1358, ext.413. There is a $15 registration fee and a writing sample will be required prior to Wednesday February 13. Placement is limited so call today!

Lenten Series: “From Exodus to Easter” ~ The Catholic Biblical Studies Program will offer a Lenten series at 2 locations beginning in February. This program will take a “slow walk” through the Book of Exodus to realize what is beneath the surface of this foundational story. This FREE 5-week Lenten Series will be held at the following locations:  Wednesday evenings at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd. Orchard Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Mass, followed by a soup supper, then the talk. Feb. 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13. Friday mornings from 10:30 – 11:45 at the Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst. Feb. 15, 22, March 1, 8, 22. If you would like to enrich your Lenten experience, please consider attending this series. Call St. John Vianney Parish at 716-674-9133 or the Newman Center at 716-636-7495.

A Lenten Fish Fry will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew. The dinner is prepared by BW’s Barbeque and includes: battered fish, French fries, macaroni salad, cole slaw, rye bread/butter, tartar sauce, beverage and dessert. Tickets are: Adults $9 (presale) and $10 (at the door) and Children 12 & under $6 (presale) and $7 (at the door). For tickets, please contact Evelyn at 479-2089 or Mary at 668-5118. Thank you for your support of this event.

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)