Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, France (St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus) is honored by the Church on October 1.  She was canonized in 1925 – while our church was being built – and remains “one of the most popular saints of modern times because of her ‘Little Way’ of seeking holiness through the everyday things in the ordinary circumstances of life. The beautiful ceramic decorations around the shrine niche [in the right transept] are some of the most beautiful in the church.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, France (St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus) is honored by the Church on October 1. She was canonized in 1925 – while our church was being built – and remains “one of the most popular saints of modern times because of her ‘Little Way’ of seeking holiness through the everyday things in the ordinary circumstances of life. The beautiful ceramic decorations around the shrine niche [in the right transept] are some of the most beautiful in the church.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

September 29 – October 6, 2013

 

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. ~ NO Choir Practice; members are asked to rehearse in at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 6.

Thursday, October 3 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Sunday, October 6 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church.

We now have: Red, White & Blue; carry over Bonus Ball; and a progressive Share-the-Wealth! To check the carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

 

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 29 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Richard and Elizabeth Stabler (Requested by Ed Marien) and Mary James (Requested by B.T. Ladies Sodality)

Monday, September 30 ~ St. Jerome ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, October 1 ~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~ Deceased Members of St. Gerard Parish

Wednesday, October 2 ~ The Holy Guardian Angels ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – William Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Thursday, October 3 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Friday, October 4 ~ St. Francis of Assisi ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Gladys Kibler (Estate)

Saturday, October 5 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Sunday, October 6 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – John J. Barry, III (Bob and Mary Kresse and Family)

 

News from our Parish Community

The Ladies Sodality will resume their monthly meetings on Sunday, September 29.  All women of the parish are invited to join them in St. Charles Hall following the 10:00 a.m. Mass. If you wish to know more about becoming a member, please contact membership vice president, Mickey Dick or speak with any Sodality member.

Phi Sigma Sigma Volunteers ~ Back Row, l. to r: Bridget Fallon, Shana Aiken, Christine Meyers, Kelsey Mawk, Ali Scudder, Allison Shubert, Gretchen Hershberger, Imani Roache, Mikki Wise and Monica King. Middle Row: Michela Finn, Sarah Bidwell, Alyssa Sabio, Sydney Thomas, Shannon Stephens, Heather Serio, Jane Grucella, Kristen Booth and Meredith Lenz; Front: Katie Farinacci, Rachael Bosal, Sarah Mecca, Chelsea Swanekamp, Robin Wagner, Courtney Donaldson and Cassie Dunner.

Phi Sigma Sigma Volunteers ~ Back Row, l. to r: Bridget Fallon, Shana Aiken, Christine Meyers, Kelsey Mawk, Ali Scudder, Allison Shubert, Gretchen Hershberger, Imani Roache, Mikki Wise and Monica King. Middle Row: Michela Finn, Sarah Bidwell, Alyssa Sabio, Sydney Thomas, Shannon Stephens, Heather Serio, Jane Grucella, Kristen Booth and Meredith Lenz; Front: Katie Farinacci, Rachael Bosal, Sarah Mecca, Chelsea Swanekamp, Robin Wagner, Courtney Donaldson and Cassie Dunner.

Canisius Community Day ~ Our parish community is extremely grateful to Joe Van Volkenberg of the Canisius College Campus Ministry and the 26 women from Phi Sigma Sigma sorority who volunteered at Blessed Trinity on Saturday, September 28. Together, they donated 52 hours of woman power in helping parish volunteers Lawler Brown, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick and Roy Laciura in a fall cleanup of our parish campus.

“Beautiful Music in a Beautiful Space” ~ Blessed Trinity Church’s outstanding concert series for 2013-2014 contains a full schedule of five excellent concerts – each one different, each one a gem. The series showcases the Buffalo Brass Choir, the Freudig Singers of WNY, Peter Gonciarz and Friends, the Buffalo Choral Arts Society and the Colored Musicians Club. We kick off this sterling season with a return visit from the very talented Buffalo Brass Choir on Sunday, October 6, at 3:00 PM in a program of Fanfares and Fugues. The sound is spectacular no matter where you sit, no matter where they stand! The program of fanfares and fugues is quite diverse and wholly entertaining. Bring your family and friends for a resounding afternoon! Free will offering; suggested donation $10 per person.

The Buffalo Brass Choir, under the direction of Nick DelBello, open the
2013-14 Trinity Concert Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 6.

Come, rejoice and give thanks ~ Sister Maureen Harris invites you to the 4:00 p.m. Saturday Mass at St. Columba-Brigid on October 5 to help her celebrate her  50th Jubilee of Religious Profession. There will be a simple dinner reception after the liturgy in the parish hall. You are most welcome. Please sign-up so we can have a count of how many will stay for the reception or call Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, ext. 114, and leave your name and the number coming. No gift please, only the gift of your presence and support in prayer.

Doors Open Niagara ~ On the weekend of October 19-20, 2013, Blessed Trinity will participate in the Bi-National Tourism Alliance’s Doors Open Niagara weekend. We will join dozens of sites all over WNY showcasing their landmark buildings. It’s an opportunity to welcome visitors from our own neighborhood and from across the river to our wonderful architecture and hospitality. However, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! The Open House will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. (before 4:30 Mass), and on Sunday, October 20 from 11:30 a.m. (after 10:00 Mass) to 3:30 p.m. We will need docents, greeters/sellers, and general hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. The “shifts” will be only two hours each and you will be able to move around. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket. Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. Please sign up to participate by Sunday, October 6. Thank you!!

An Invitation from Bishop Malone ~ To all couples who celebrate their 50th, 60th or 70th Anniversaries of Marriage in 2013 – You are invited to a special Mass in St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. On this day the entire Diocese of Buffalo will join those celebrating in their joy and gratitude to God, who has set them among us as a sign of His constant and faithful love. During the Mass, couples will renew their marriage vows. A reception will follow at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. If you are one of these special couples and plan to participate in this Diocesan Celebration, please call Sr. Barbara Horan (833-0301) by October 1.

Revival 2013 ~ The African American Commission of the Office of Cultural Diversity invites you to Revival 2013. The revival will be led by Buffalo native, Rev. Arthur Cavitt. The theme for this year’s revival is We Walk By Faith… in Faith… through Faith. The revival will be held on Monday, October 14 through Wednesday, October 16, at St. Martin de Porres, 355 Northampton Street. Service will begin each night at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday is Teen Night. A reception will be held Wednesday following the service. The members of the African American Commission encourage attendees to bring a refreshment to share. Refreshments should be delivered by 5:30 p.m. For additional information please Click HERE to leave a message for Althea Porter.

Tom Brodfuehrer interprets iconography
on church façade for alumni members.

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ On Sunday, September 22, Blessed Trinity welcomed more than 60 alumni of the former parish grammar school and their family members for the Annual Alumni Memorial Mass, which was followed by a reception in St. Charles Hall. The Alumni Association extends special thanks to Tom Brodfuehrer , Marianne Pernick and Jerry Powers, graduates of the school who are also parish docents, for conducting a mini-tour of the church for alumni prior to the 10 a.m. Mass.

Doors Open Niagara ~ The next opportunity to tour our church will be Saturday, October 19 and Sunday October 20, as we participate in the bi-national tourism event, Doors Open Niagara. Save the dates, and Click HERE to read more about it.

Attention Parents and Eighth Graders – We have received a great deal of information from various high schools re: information on their placement exams and review classes as well as schedules for Open House, Shadow Day, etc. For your convenience, all of this material is being displayed on the table in the front vestibule of church.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The World on Your Plate 10th Annual Conference on Food and Sustainable Living will be held on Friday evening, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at the Wick Center of Daemen College in Amherst. Friday night (7-9:30 p.m.) features video clips of food programs, speaker Elizabeth Henderson and organic movie snacks. Saturday’s program (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) includes workshops, local vendors, information tables, an organic lunch, and a presentation by Dr. Jane Mt. Pleasant of Cornell University. Cost: $25 if pre-registered at http://www.worldonyourplate.org/, $30 at the door; free to students with ID.

The Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. — “Where Families Come First” — serves victims of Domestic Violence who are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, law enforcement, or limited medical assistance counseling. All services are free. All conversations are strictly private. For more information call 716-558-7233 or visit http://www.fjcsafe.org/.

Knowledge is Power, and now is the time to start thinking about your future. Catholic Charities Education and Workforce Department helps to provide High School Equivalency test preparation and job readiness services to Erie County adults ages 16 and older. As of January 2014, changes by New York State to the High School Equivalency exam process, will make it more difficult and harder to obtain, so it is important to be prepared and take the exam before the end of this year. At Catholic Charities, after receiving an educational/career assessment, students attend classes and a counselor works with each student on job readiness skills, leadership training and potential college placement. For more information visit our website, http://www.ccwny.org/ or call (716) 893-3500. We’re also on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo and Twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo.
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)