All Souls’ Day – Week of November 2, 2014

 

“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….” ~ The Feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 1st and 2nd remind of this tenant of our Faith, expressed in The Apostles Creed and depicted by this symbol on the right side of the main doors to our church. In the words of Pope Paul VI: “We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers.”

“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….” ~ The Feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 1st and 2nd remind us of this tenant of our Faith, expressed in The Apostles Creed and depicted by this symbol on the right side of the main doors to our church. In the words of Pope Paul VI: “We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers.”

November 2 – November 9, 2014

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, November 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, November 8 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.

 

Mass Intentions

Sunday, November 2  ~ All Souls’ Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish Community) and John C. Courtin (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Sunday, November 2 ~ Baptism at 2:00 p.m. – Penelope Gillion Zynda

Monday, November 3 ~ St. Martin de Porres ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 4 ~ St. Charles Borromeo ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Wednesday, November 5  ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, November 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, November 7  ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Saturday, November 8 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel – Weppner V. Creighton (Family)

Sunday, November 9  ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Dick Blesnuk (Pauline Rollek) and Blessings for 20th Anniversary of William and Sharon Dunnigan (Family)

 

News from our Parish Community

WINE TASTING WRAP-UP ~ The committee is happy to report that proceeds from the October 24th event are as “robust” as some of the wines you tasted. A total of $4,405.00 will be added to our Under this Roof Fund, which was established to maintain and preserve our Landmark church. We give thanks for Bill Warren, Hertel Parker Liquor, and the businesses and friends who generously supported this fundraiser with their gifts of wine, food and raffle items. We hope that you in turn will support:

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Hertel Parker Liquor, 1859 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
The Adam’s Mark Hotel and Event Center, 210 Church Street, Buffalo
Bengert Greenhouses, 230 French Road, West Seneca
Black & Blue Steak and Crab, 5493 Sheridan Drive, Amherst
The Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo
The Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo
Dash’s Market, 1770 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo
DiTondo’s Tavern, 370 Seneca Street, Buffalo
Elbers Landscape Service, 2918 Main Street, Buffalo
Just Pizza, 3172 Main Street, Buffalo
Paula’s Donuts, 2319 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda
Raymondo’s Pizzeria, 1580 E. Delavan Avenue, Buffalo
Russell’s Steak, Chops & More, 6675 Transit Road, Williamsville
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew
David Studdert, Wine Country Connect, 1055 Broadway, Ste. C, Sonoma, CA
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo
Watson’s Chocolates of Distinction, 4733 Transit Road, Depew
Wegman’s Food Market, 601 Amherst Street, Buffalo
Winemaker Scott Harvey, 79 Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA

The parish also voices its sincere appreciation for the time and energy of those who shopped, cleaned, decorated, solicited donations, assembled raffle baskets, served the food, washed the dishes, and welcomed guests wishing to tour the church, as well as parishioners and friends who prepared and donated the hors d’oeuvres and desserts for which our wine tasting has become famous. You can all take pride in a job well done! And a very, very special thank you to Bud and Mickey Dick for coordinating the grand affair!!!

Gifts for our Shut-ins ~ The Ladies Sodality will again be assembling Christmas presents to be delivered to our home-bound parishioners (9 women) and those in senior care facilities (3 women and 2 men). Sunday, November 30, is our target date for collecting all donated items and cash contributions so that presents and plants are ready for delivery on the weekend of December 13/14.  If you would like to contribute, please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket near the statue of St. Joseph. Some suggestions: fleece throws, sweatpants, shawls or shrugs, socks, eye glass wipes, clips or combs to hold long hair, large print puzzle books, or cash for a hair cut or shampoo & set. Ready-to-eat food items such as jam, jelly, toaster pastries; gelatin, fruit or pudding cups; or “add water” mixes; e.g., soup cups, single-serving oatmeal packets, tea, cocoa or coffee are also acceptable for the home-bound. If you are willing to deliver a gift bag and visit with its recipient, please Click HERE and leave a message for Mickey Dick.

Bridget Dick Blesnuk July 11, 1970 - June 20, 2014 Former Music Director 1991 - 2010

Bridget Dick Blesnuk
July 11, 1970 – June 20, 2014
Former Music Director
1991 – 2010

Pausing to Remember ~ On Sunday, November 16, we pause to honor our late music director, Bridget Dick Blesnuk, and recognize her place in the musical heritage of our parish. A photo of Bridget will be dedicated and subsequently displayed with those of her predecessors and mentors, Msgr. Henry S. Kawalec and Ethel M. Grabenstatter, on the west (rectory) side staircase to the choir loft. The dedication of these three musicians created and sustained a remarkable music program, long recognized beyond our parish. Msgr. Kawalec, our choir director from 1943-1968, was also one of a small group of liturgical visionaries in the 1950s who published Cantate Omnes, the first vernacular hymnal for Catholics in the U.S., reissued after Vatican II as The Community Mass Book. Ethel Grabenstatter, parish organist for almost fifty years, succeeded him as choir director, continuing in that position until her death in 1991. In 1945, both were founding members of the Catholic Choirmasters’ Guild, known today as the Church Musicians Guild (CMG). Bridget assumed Ethel’s position as organist in 1991 and added the responsibilities of choir director and cantor shortly thereafter. She also continued Blessed Trinity’s diocesan-wide influence, serving as an office and director of the CMG, a presenter at their musical workshops, and a cantor at diocesan liturgies. Our musical legacy lives on in Nick DelBello, who succeeded Bridget in 2010, and the choir. Following the Mass, you are invited to join them as they host November’s coffee hour.

Important Scholarship Information ~ The Albert Lenhard  Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 through a bequest of the estate of Albert M. Lenhard to assist applicants who want to continue their formal education beyond high school at the undergraduate and graduate levels.The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship was established in 1987 to help an eighth grade student in attaining a Catholic High School Education. Information including criteria and eligibility requirements has been posted at the two side church entrances.  If you are interested, we have available copies of the application forms. Please contact/see Sister Barbara. Thank you.

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. The National Collection for The Catholic University of America will take place on the weekend of November 8/9. More than 4,000 students directly receive scholarship aid from this Collection, including young adults from our diocese. Please be generous.

Attention Medicare Advantage Participants ~ BlueCross BlueShield of WNY has recently introduced a new Medicare Advantage product, Senior Blue HMO Select, that replaces its existing Senior Blue HMO-POS 650 plan.  This product specifically excludes all Catholic Health facilities including all hospitals, labs, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation centers, home care, and all other sites/services.  BlueCross BlueShield may not have adequately communicated this exclusion to its members. Please note that several other Medicare Advantage plans are available that include access to Catholic Health.  For more information, visit CHSMedicareOptions.org or call 716-923-9790.

From Our Parish Council ~ Since our last update, Palma Zanghi has agreed to serve on the Parish Council, along with Robert Heicklen. A big thank you goes out to all who give of their time and talents to serve our congregation on the Council.

 Saturday Mass Change – As of October 4 and continuing through the winter heating season, we are celebrating Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays in the Daily Mass Chapel (priest’s sacristy). We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this change. The two side entrances of the church will be unlocked for easy access through the church to the Chapel.

 

St. Martin de Porres November 3 Woodcarving of St. Martin de Porres in the church's left transept. A gift of the Southtowns Woodcarvers.

St. Martin de Porres
November 3
Woodcarving of St. Martin de Porres in the church’s left transept. A gift of the Southtowns Woodcarvers.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Remembering Our Veterans ~ On Tuesday, November 11, the Frontline Faith Project is sponsoring the third annual “An American Moment” to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces, past and present. An American Moment will include one moment of silent prayer — to thank our military for their service, to pray for the peaceful repose of those who have died, and to pray for the intentions of those still living. This event will take place at noon in each respective time zone, all across the world, on Veteran’s Day, November 11. Father Jim Evans, a chaplain serving with the Texas Army National Guard, has recorded a presentation that can be viewed on the Frontline Faith website beginning mid-October at http://www.frontlinefaith.org.

Ask Us Anything About Your Health: A Health Expo Event ~ Free Community Seminars. Thursday November 20, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. You deserve the best, especially when it comes to understanding your health. Join our board-certified, nationally recognized physicians for a FREE evening expo all about you and your well being. Meet with expert specialists for presentations on your most pressing health issues, and have your questions answered in an easily digestible, down-to-earth manner. Plus, get free health screenings and learn about wellness services available to you right here in WNY. Hear about these topics, and more: New Ways to Treat Knee and Hip Pain; Obstretrics; Weight Loss Surgery; Fixes for Chronic Back Pain; Women’s Heart Health; Pelvic Health & Incontinence; Stroke; Surviving an Unhealthy Heart; Gynecology; Blood Vessel Health. Please register by calling (716) 447-6205 or online at www. chsbuffalo.org/events.

Children Are Our Most Valuable Resource ~ For new mothers and moms-to-be in Erie and Niagara Counties, Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program provides food, participant-centered nutrition education and referrals for eligible pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of 5. Visit http://www.ccwny.org for more information or call 716-218-1400.

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)