17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 26, 2015

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) and St. Alphonsus Liguori (1695-1787), whose feast days we celebrate this week, are both depicted in a in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in the dome of our church. St. Ignatius, fourth from the left (standing), was on his way to military fame before a debilitating war injury. His conversion experience began during his convalescence, and his writings during that time culminated in his greatest work, the Spiritual Exercises. Founder of the Jesuits, his feastday is July 31. St. Alphonsus, the first standing figure on the left, is pictured with a pen and book. Although he acquired fame as a writer, the founder of the Redemptorist Congregation is also remembered for his preaching and pastoral reforms. His feast is celebrated on August 1. The dome painting is by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur; the photo by Gary Kelley.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) and St. Alphonsus Liguori (1695-1787), whose feast days we celebrate this week, are both depicted in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in the dome of our church. St. Ignatius, fourth from the left (standing), was on his way to military fame before a debilitating war injury. His conversion experience began during his convalescence, and his writings during that time culminated in his greatest work, the “Spiritual Exercises.” Founder of the Jesuits, his feast day is July 31. St. Alphonsus, the first standing figure on the left, is pictured with a pen and book. Although he acquired fame as a writer, the founder of the Redemptorist Congregation is also remembered for his preaching and pastoral reforms. His feast is celebrated on August 1. The dome painting is by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur; the photo by Gary Kelley.

July 26 – August 2, 2015

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, July 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ~ Mobile Farmer’s Market in the driveway next to FLARE

Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, August 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, August 2 following the 10 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Board Meeting in the Rectory

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, July 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – In honor of Effie McNamara (Requested by Family)

Monday, July 27 ~NO SERVICE

Tuesday, July 28 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. – Gregory Bobo – preceded by visitation with family from 9-10:00 a.m. in church

Wednesday, July 29 ~ St. Martha ~ NO SERVICE

Thursday, July 30 ~ St. Peter Chrysologus ~  Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Friday, July 31 ~  St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, August 1  ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Sunday, August 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Margaret F. Schirmann (Mary C. Stoddard) and Judy Chiariello (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Readings for the Week of July 26

Sunday: 2 Kgs 4:42-44; Eph 4:1-6; Jn 6:1-15
Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34; Mt 13:31-35
Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28; Mt 13:36-43
Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35; Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Thursday: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38; Mt 13:47-53
Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Mt 13:54-58
Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17; Mt 14:1-12
Sunday, August 2: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24-35

Decorative stenciling surrounds the windows in our Daily Mass Chapel.

Decorative stenciling surrounds the windows in our Daily Mass Chapel.

News from our Parish Community

Women from Blessed Trinity enjoy hospitality of  the Sisters of St. Mary Namur following Mary  of Magdala Celebration.

Women from Blessed Trinity enjoy hospitality of the Sisters of St. Mary Namur following Mary of Magdala Celebration.

Women from Blessed Trinity were among those attending a St. Mary of Magdala Celebration on Wednesday, July 22, at the Chapel of the Sisters of St. Mary Namur, 241 Lafayette Avenue, in Buffalo. The service, one of many held throughout the world on the feast of one of Jesus’ most influential apostles, also honored Sister Mary (Joan) Thompson, SSMN. The former Sister Mary Robert was an educator and author who died unexpectedly on July 7. Three selections from her book, “Mary of Magdala: Apostle and Preacher,” were read as part of the service. Click HERE for additional photos from the celebration.

Summer in the City ~ The annual CCCB Summer in the City celebration takes place this year on Tuesday, August 4, in conjunction with National Night Out 2015. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. in the St. Martin de Porres Church parking lot, 555 Northampton St. We invite you to help in whatever way you are able: bring a dessert or special dish (with serving utensil); help serve for a one-hour interval, beginning at 5:00 p.m.; help with clean-up at 8:00 p.m. For further information, call our parish co-ordinator, Dan Korchowsky, at 716-689-4783 or 716-465-4771.

More About Our Preservation Project ~ Earlier this year, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church received word from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that our application for funding to repair and restore major sections of our landmark church had been approved. With God’s help, we have begun the process of making these improvements happen in accordance with State and Federal standards. Firms wishing to submit proposals for architectural design services in connection with restoring our roof, nave windows and front entrance steps were required to demonstrate education, experience and expertise in historic preservation and the development of Sectarian Budgets as well as assurances of significant (30%) contracting opportunities for minority-and woman-owned business enterprises. Members of our building heritage committee and their advisers evaluated the proposals submitted in response and are currently in the process of selecting an architectural firm that will head up the restoration project over the next 18-24 months. Each member of our team takes his/her responsibilities very seriously, and they request that you continue to pray that their decisions will be inspired ones.

The Parish Council will hold an important summer meeting on Wednesday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.

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An Evening Farmer’s Market Comes to Leroy Avenue ~ Every Wednesday evening, from 4-6 p.m., now through October 22nd, the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Mobile Market will be coming to the FLARE! Rain or shine, you’ll find “a farmers market on wheels” in the driveway next to FLARE. On Thursday evenings, from 4-6 p.m., it will be at nearby Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Avenue. Take advantage of this twice a week opportunity to shop for fresh produce from local growers right in your neighborhood! For more information, Click HERE.

Care for Creation ~ Pope Francis began his encyclical, Praise be to you, my Lord: On Care for our Common Home, with the reminder that “St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with who we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.” (1) “St. Francis was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.” (10) Action: take time during this summer to enjoy nature and learn God’s creativity and love from this wondrous gift God has given us. To learn more, go to http://www.franciscanaction.org.

Catholic Biblical Studies Program ~  For those who’ve been part of it, this opportunity is often credited with being a “life changer,” sometimes bringing people back to a meaningful experience of faith, sometimes carrying them through difficult challenges and personal crises and always opening the door to meeting remarkable women and men. It has quietly but steadily continued for nearly three decades and now is taking a slightly altered form, adapted to the needs of busy people.  An introductory Bible study, “Israel Becomes God’s People,” will start in September.  This is to be the first of three seven-week sessions planned for the school year 2015-2016.  The locations will be:

  • John Vianney Parish, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon;
  • Vincent de Paul Parish, 6441 Seneca St., Springbrook on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • The Newman Center (UB North), 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration information with details about specific class dates and cost is available on the website www.cbstudies.org and by phone at (716) 871-9180. You can also learn about other upcoming events sponsored by the Catholic Biblical Studies Program involving nationally known speakers and teachers. (Our parishioner, Elsieta Chapman, has been participating in this program. She would be happy to share her experience and answer any questions you may have. See her after Sunday Mass or call 892-1204).

Planter at the west (right) side entrance of the church.

Planter at the west (right) side entrance of the church.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Dinner Lecture Series at Christ the King Seminary ~ “Praying with Masterpieces of Art” presented by Jan Sheridan on Wednesday, August 5. Reservations are required. Dinner is at 5:45 p.m.; lectures are from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the main dining room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. To register, call Gayle Angelli at 716-805-1438.

Third Annual Peaceprints Hike for Hope and 5K Wellness Walk will be held Saturday, August 29 on the Ring Road in Delaware Park. You are invited to join in leaving Peaceprints! Call 856-6131 for further information.

Nineteenth Annual Irish Famine Memorial Mass, Sunday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Erie Basin Marina. Celebrant: Bishop Richard J. Malone; music by Kindred. Bring a lawn chair to this beautiful outside waterfront Mass. Non-perishable food and/or monetary donation to support St. Vincent DePaul Society philanthropic famine relief. Rain or Shine.

Summer Celebration Features Big Band Dance Under The Stars! Sunday, August 30, from 7 – 9:30 p.m., St. Joseph University Church will host an outdoor Big Band Concert and Dance featuring the Jim Tudini Band with Bobby Militello. Join us for a great summer evening of music and dance under the stars!

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)