20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 16, 2015

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary August 22 This statue of the Blessed Mother was a gift to the parish in 1906. We have photographic proof of its existence in our original third floor church (over a store at Sanford and Dewey). Known to parishioners as “Our Lady of the Home and Neighborhood” for many years, she was refurbished in the early part of this decade by Todd Treat and made her return to the church for 2011 Midnight Mass. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 22
This statue of the Blessed Mother was a gift to the parish in 1906. We have photographic proof of its existence in our original third floor church (over a store at Sanford and Dewey). Known to parishioners as “Our Lady of the Home and Neighborhood” for many years, she was refurbished in the early part of this decade by Todd Treat and made her return to the church for 2011 Midnight Mass. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

August 16 – August 23, 2015

Weekly Activities

Thursday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, August 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

Monday, August 24 from 5:30 – 8:oo p.m. ~ Summer Fest in church parking lot

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, August 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Duffy (Requested by Ellen Duffy)
                                            Baptism of Charlotte Eileen DePue

Monday, August 17 ~  Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, August 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, August 19 ~ St. John Eudes ~ NO SERVICE

Thursday, August 20 ~ St. Bernard, Abbot ~  Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, August 21 ~  St. Pius X – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Saturday, August 22  ~ Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, August 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Our Anniversary (Requested by Bob and Mary Kinmartin)

Readings for the Week of August 16

Sunday: Prv 9:1-6; Eph 5:15-20; Jn 6:51-58
Monday: Jgs 2:11-19; Mt 19:16-22
Tuesday: Jgs 6:11-24a; Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday: Jgs 9:6-15; Mt 20:1-16
Thursday: Jgs 11:29-39a; Mt 22:1-14
Friday: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22/Mt 22:34-40
Saturday: Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17/Mt 23:1-12
Sunday, August 23: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32; Jn 6:60-69

Live reggae music by Neville Francis and the Riddim Posse at B.T. Summer Fest, August 24.

Live reggae music by Neville Francis and the Riddim Posse at B.T. Summer Fest, August 24.

News from our Parish Community

B. T. Summer Fest ~ We just don’t want to let go of summer, so please plan to join us on Monday, August 24, from 5:30-8 p.m. for our very own celebration: B. T. Summer Fest. Just listen for the Reggae music performed live by Neville Francis and the Riddim Posse and join the fun on the side lawn and in the church parking lot. Friends and neighbors are welcome. Summer Fest will also feature a food truck from R&R BBQ, door prizes and face painting. Menu includes BBQ (chicken, beef, or pork) for $5; sumptuous sides (potato salad, pasta salad, Cole slaw, or baked beans) for $3; drinks for $1.50 and free cookies and brownies. DO bring a “decorated lawn chair”; there’s a prize for the best!

Diocesan Celebration for couples marking their 50th, 60th or 70th wedding anniversaries this year is Sunday, October 18, 2015, at St. Joseph Cathedral. More information will be coming regarding the special event. We need to submit information about parish couples who have reached or will be reaching these milestones during 2015. If this includes you, please call Sister Barbara Horan at 833-0301 by Sunday, August 23. Even if you are unable to participate in the October celebration, the diocese wishes to include your names and prepare a “scroll” for all celebrating couples. Call Sister Barbara Thank you!

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.

We’ve Lost the Wednesday Farmer’s Market. With regret, we announce that the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Mobile Market will no longer be coming to FLARE on Wednesday afternoons. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough neighborhood support to sustain it. However, they will continue to bring their “farmer’s market on wheels” to nearby Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Avenue on Thursday evenings, from 4-6 p.m.  Take advantage of this opportunity to shop for fresh produce from local growers, and prove to grocery store operators that we could support a year-round store in our neighborhood! For more information, Click HERE.

The Catholic League Appeal for Religious Assistance to Poland will take place next weekend, August 15 – 16. The proceeds for this collection will help to keep open the Polish Pontifical Institute and the Polish Pontifical College, both in Rome, where the Bishops of Poland send talented priests for further studies. There is tremendous need to have a well educated clergy. While in Rome these priests have the opportunity to study under highly regarded scholars in the areas of Theology, Scripture, Canon Law and Liturgy. Your generosity will be gratefully appreciated.

Commentary on Pope Francis Encyclical, Laudato Si ~ St. Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. “Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker” (Wis. 13:5); indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world” (Rom. 1:20). Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise. Action: During this season of summer, be aware of the beauty that surrounds us, see beauty as a “magnificent book in which God speaks to us….” Ask yourself: Am I aware that this precious gift, Earth and all of creation, are a gift? Am I listening to God’s Spirit within me to hear what God is asking me to do to care for all people and all creatures and all creation? Read Pope Francis’ encyclical and hear what the Pope is asking us to do. Click HERE to read the encyclical in English.

The R&R BBQ food truck is coming to B.T. Summer Fest on August 24!

The R&R BBQ food truck is coming to B.T. Summer Fest on August 24!

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Kingdom Building ~ Back to School/City-Wide Youth Summit is being sponsored by St. Martin de Porres Youth and Young Adult Ministry, from Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the Church located at 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY. Special workshop musical guest: Mr. David Frazier, composer of “I Need You To Survive.” These sessions – spirited musical rehearsals on Friday and Saturday with a concluding service of prayer and praise on Sunday evening – offer spiritual renewal and awakening opportunities to youth and young adults. Friday evening runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday’s Ecumenical Prayer and Praise Worship Service begins a 5 p.m. The attire for Youth Workshop attendees on Sunday evening: Denim bottoms and “#IAMVALUABLE” T-Shirt available at www.iamvaluablemovement.org  Come and meet the Lord as the Young Church gathers for prayer and praise. All youth, of all Catholic and Christian Churches are invited to come and share our enthusiastic worship of our One God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Infant of Prague Lawn Fete. Come join the fun at the Infant of Prague Lawn Fete, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga on August 28-29. Rides and games, carnival food, games of chance, beer garden, entertainment, basket extravaganza, and much more. On Saturday there will be Party Animals Petting Zoo and from 4-7 p.m. (or until sold out) Krolick’s BBQ dinner. Fun for the whole family. See you there.

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 , 3269 Main Street, Buffalo, 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! Tickets at the door: $10. Light refreshments available.

Griefshare: A Supportive Group, When You Have Lost Someone Dear ~ 2 Wednesdays per month, starting Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Our Lady of Pompeii Parish Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086. Go to www.olpparish.com for details or call Sister Joyce at 716-683-6522.

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)