4th Sunday of Advent, Week of December 21, 2014

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Christmas 2014 ~ Schedule of Services

Feast of the Birth of Our Lord
Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24
11:30 p.m. ~ Choral Preludes
Blessed Trinity Choir
12:00 a.m. ~ Midnight Mass

Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25
10:00 a.m. ~ Christmas Mass

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Saturday, December 27
4:30 p.m. ~ Vigil Mass
Sunday, December 28
10:00 a.m. ~ Mass

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Thursday, January 1, 2015
10:00 a.m. ~ Mass

The Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, January 3
4:30 p.m. ~ Vigil Mass
Sunday, January 4
10:00 a.m. ~ Mass

The Baptism of the Lord
Saturday, January 10
4:30 p.m. ~ Vigil Mass
Sunday, January 11
10:00 a.m. ~ Mass

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December 21 – December 28, 2014

Weekly Activities

Monday, December 22 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Tuesday, December 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church.

Thursday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day ~ NO BINGO.

Saturday, December 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, December 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification! To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page. SAM_7068 (Small)

Mass Intentions

Sunday, December 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Joan West (Requested by West Children) and Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Schmelzer Karlis)

Monday, December 22 ~ NO Service

Tuesday, December 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, December 24 ~ Feast of the Nativity of the Lord ~ No morning service
11:30 p.m. ~ Choral and Instrumental Program

12:00 Midnight ~ MassMembers of Blessed Trinity Parish

Thursday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day
10:00 a.m. Mass – Members of Blessed Trinity Parish

Friday, December 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Saturday, December 27 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Philomena M. Vaillancourt (Gayle and Jim Eagan) and Norma S. Marcette (Kresse Family

Baptisms of William Edward Kresse and Sweeney Carbone

Sunday, December 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Dick Blesnuk (Judy Casassa)

News from our Parish Community

Christmas in the City ~ The annual Christmas in the City celebration of the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo will take place on Sunday, December 28, beginning at 2:00 p.m at St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton Street. The Church Families of Blessed Trinity, Ss. Columba/Brigid, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Lawrence, St. Martin de Porres and friends are invited. Please bring your favorite Christmas finger foods or cookies to share; beverages provided.

Blessed Trinity Choir

Blessed Trinity Choir

Our Trinity Concert Series continues on Sunday, January 11, 2015, with Christmas Re-Gifted. Did you ever enjoy a Christmas present so much that you wanted to pass it on, even after the holiday season? That’s just what Music Director Nick DelBello and our concert committee had in mind when they concocted Christmas Re-Gifted. The combined choirs of Blessed Trinity and Our Lady of Pompeii, conducted and accompanied by Nick and his colleague, Peter Gonciarz, invite you to share a post-holiday concert featuring some of the choral favorites they worked so hard to perfect for Christmas. And you and your friends will have two chances to enjoy this musical finale: Sunday, January 11, at 3 p.m. here at Blessed Trinity Church, and again on Friday, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Lavarack Ave., Lancaster. To see photos from the December 7th Christmas Pie concert and reception featuring the Freudig Singers of WNY and their signature pies, Click HERE.

Thank You for Your Support ~ “We can certainly call you friends because of the way you care for our retired members,” writes a religious brother. Your gift to last week’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious benefits some 35,000 senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. May God bless you for your generosity!

The Christmas Prison Package Project ~ A sincere BIG THANK YOU to our parishioners for: Your generous donation of hot chocolate — we exceeded our goal with 4,300 packets collected; your time and talent spent decorating the white gift bags — 200 bags were taken home and into classrooms for decoration; your donation of over 1,000 soft cover books which, when added to donations from other sources, allowed us to include two books in each of the 2,100 gift bags; your time and effort on Friday, December 12; you unpacked and counted supplies and then joined the assembly line to fill bags and pack them into boxes. We acknowledge and thank Janice Burns, project coordinator, for her successful supervision of this project. Jan, with help from the men of Bissonette House, delivered the gifts to Wende and Albion Correctional Facilities on Wednesday and Thursday, December 17 and 18. We are grateful and blessed to be able to assist in continuing Sister Karen’s work. Click HERE to view photos from the community volunteer effort.

A Request from Our Ushers ~ Following services and other events held in church, we find all kinds of items left in the pews: hats, gloves, scarves, eye/sun glasses, jewelry, books, toys, etc. Items are kept in the Ushers Room in the back of church near the front entrance. If you are missing something, please look at “the collection” by January 1, 2015. All unclaimed items will then be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thanks for your cooperation.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Christmas Nativity Sets on Display ~ The annual display of nativity sets is now taking place at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church located at 75 Hickory Street at Eagle (one block south of Clinton Street in downtown Buffalo). There are 507 creches from 57 countries with a special section for the children. Sets are made from such diverse materials as banana leaves, corn husks, newspapers, automobile parts, rice, cork, and coal. The display runs each weekend through January 4 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. It is free and handicap accessible.

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)