30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 25, 2015

“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….” The Feast of All Saints on November 1 and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2 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 on November 1 and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2 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.”

October 25 – November 1, 2015

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 25 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

Thursday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, October 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, November 1 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

Sunday, November 1 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting and Service of Remembrance in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo. As of  Thursday, October 15, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.
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, October 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Intentions of the Ejimadu Family (Requested by Fidelia and Family) and Gregory Bobo (Requested by Pauline Rollek)

Monday, October 26 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. ~ Catherine M. Maher

Wednesday, October 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Thursday, October 29 ~ Ss. Simon and Jude, Apostles ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Friday, October 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, October 31 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ithrene Cameron (The Gallisdorfers)

Sunday, November 1 ~ All Saints Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Phil Heubusch (Ed Marien) and Vivian Jones (Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

News from our Parish Community

Please welcome Rayana “Ray” Ralabate, who began working as our part-time parish secretary/ receptionist last week. A Kenmore resident, Rayana has a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree from Bryant & Stratton College. She is already putting her answering service experience to good use and adapting our voicemail system to make it more responsive to our callers’ needs. With Rayana’s arrival, we have instituted new rectory office hours: Tuesday-Friday from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Please stop by to introduce yourself and welcome the newest member of our parish family.

The Church Musicians Guild’s 2015 Choral Music Festival is Sunday, October 25, at 5 PM. Members of our choir will participate as part of the Festival Choir and Nick DelBello will be there with his brass quintet. Please join them at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street. There are no tickets, but a free will offering will be taken.

The Ladies Sodality Meeting is next Sunday, November 1, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10 AM Mass. In honor of All Saints and All Souls Days, there will be a Service of Remembrance for deceased members Mary Reilly, Ithrene Cameron, Eula Mae Cooper, and Vivian Jones. The November program will also include a brief business meeting and light refreshments. All women of the parish are invited to attend.

Watches for St. Vincent de Paul ~ The Sodality wishes to thank everyone who has donated used watches in support of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The drive continues through Sunday, November 8, which means there are only two weekends left to bring in your non-working timepieces. They will be repaired or used for parts and sold in the Society’s thrift stores with proceeds used to further the organization’s charitable work. Place your donation in the “No More Mister Nice Watch” container near the statue of St. Joseph.

World Mission Sunday ~ Thank you for your generous response to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith last weekend on World Mission Sunday. Some people are called to go to serve in other countries to develop the Church and serve its people, but all of us can pray and support the Missions from right here in the parish.

Please join us for a day of faith, prayer and remembrance by visiting one of our most sacred places, a Catholic Cemetery.  All Souls Day Masses will be held on Saturday, October 31, at 10:00 AM at Mt. Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Holy Sepuchre in Cheektowaga and Gate of Heaven in Lewiston.  “…It is the pious traditon during these days for the faithful to go visit the graves of their dear ones and to prayer for them.”  Pope John Paul II.

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The Vocalis Chamber Choir and director, James Burritt, in concert at Blessed Trinity on October 18, 2015.

Trinity Concert Series ~ We hope you were one of the almost 200 who enjoyed To Music, the opening concert of our 2015-16 Trinity Series featuring the Vocális Chamber Choir, under the direction of James Burritt. To view photos from the concert, click HERE. Next up: The Freudig Singers of Western New York and their Magnificant Pie, Sunday, December 6 at 3 PM. You’ll be hearing more about this event in the weeks to come, including the popular post-concert pie reception. You can pick up a schedule for the entire concert series in church or request one by clicking HERE and listing “Trinity Series” as the subject.

Updating Our Records ~ Thanks to all of you who completed the contact information form that appeared in the bulletin for several weekends. If you forgot, you can use the form at the bottom of the back page of the weekly bulletin to provide the following information: your name and preferred phone number; your email address; and, if applicable, your new mailing address. Alternatively, you may email the information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com specifying “Contact Information” in the subject line, or click HERE and use our handy template. Just remember to reference “Contact Information” when submitting information on-line.

School Alumni Gift ~ In 2006, the year of the Parish Centennial, alumni of Blessed Trinity School began what would become an annual tradition of reuniting for worship at our church. This year’s gathering took place on Sunday, September 27. In conjunction with this reunion the Alumni Committee also conducts a fundraiser, with graduates being encouraged to purchase tickets for a split club raffle held at a reception following the Mass. Our parish has benefited directly from the raffle, as the Alumni have generously donated a portion of the “split” to our Under This Roof Fund. This year’s gift totaled $1,425.00. The Alumni Committee’s solicitation also resulted in an additional $740.00 in individual member donations to the dedicated fund, which will be the primary source of funding for the three areas of major repair and restoration under the terms of our State grant. Since 2009, School Alumni have contributed a total of $9,205.00 in raffle returns and individual gifts and, in a October 13 letter to the Alumni Committee, Father Reger has expressed the appreciation of our entire Parish Community for their dedication and generosity.

Scholarship Opportunities ~ We just received the information and application forms for two scholarships. Please see Sister Barbara Horan for application forms.

  • Martin Luther King Scholarship – to help an 8th grade student attain a Catholic High School Education. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
  • Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship Fund – to assist applicants who want to continue their formal education beyond high school at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don’t have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org  or call us at 716-847-2210.

Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles October 28 Symbols representing the apostles appear in the roofline corbels across the entire front of the church and in the capitals and the bases of the columns surrounding the angels on either side of The Main Portico. According to former pastor Rev. Walter Kern, “[t]he common way of representing [the apostles] is with the symbol of their martyrdom.” (Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 15). St. Simon is symbolized by this saw; St. Jude is symbolized by a knotted club.

Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles
October 28
Symbols representing the apostles appear in the roofline corbels across the entire front of the church and in the capitals and the bases of the columns surrounding the angels on either side of The Main Portico. According to former pastor Rev. Walter Kern, “[t]he common way of representing [the apostles] is with the symbol of their martyrdom.” (Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 15).
St. Simon is symbolized by this saw;
St. Jude is symbolized by a knotted club.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

African All Saints Day Celebration ~ Auxiliary Bishop Fernand J. Cheri will be our guest Presider at St. Martin De Porres on Sunday, November 1, at 9:30 A.M. for a Mass celebrating All Saints. It will be jointly sponsored by Saint Martin De Porres and the African and African American Commission of the Diocese of Buffalo to give special recognition to our African and African American Saints. Please join us as we welcome Bishop Cheri and congratulate him on being named Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans this past January.

OLP Homemade Spaghetti Dinner ~ Sunday, November 1 (12 noon – 4 PM) in Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Ave, Lancaster, NY 14086.  For tickets and information, call 683-6522.

Seventh Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony sponsored by the Peace Islands Institute and Turkish Cultural Center at Buffalo is November 11 at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, beginning at 6 PM. The event will bring political, academic, religious, and other community leaders in the Greater Buffalo Area together to promote diversity, peace, and mutual understanding in our community through dialogue and education. The dinner theme will be “On Whose Shoulders? Violence and Extremism,” and the opening address will be delivered by Daemen College President Gary A. Olson. Kindly RSVP by Nov. 6 to rsvp [at] tccbuffalo [dot] org or by calling 716-575-5822. The cost is $25 per person, payable at the door.

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)