33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Nov. 15, 2015

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, whose feast day we celebrate on November 17, is depicted in Joseph Mazur’s procession of saints in the church dome. The daughter of the King of Hungary, she wears a crown and appears as the second standing figure from the right. Photo credit: Gary Kelley

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, whose feast day we celebrate on November 17, is depicted in Joseph Mazur’s procession of saints in the church dome. The daughter of the King of Hungary, she wears a crown and appears as the second standing figure from the right. Photo credit: Gary Kelley

November 15 – 22, 2015

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 15 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

Sunday, November 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by the Ladies Sodality

Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, November 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, November 22 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

*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, November 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Hans and Katharine Birner (Requested by Family) and Georgia Riles (Requested by Jacquelyn Ingram)

Monday, November 16 ~ St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Gertrude ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel

Tuesday, November 17 ~ St. Elizabeth of Hungary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Margaret Schimpf – 100th Birthday Remembrance – (Family)

Wednesday, November 18  ~ St. Rose Philipine Duchesne ~ Joseph Kohn (Family)

Thursday, November  19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, November  20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Saturday, November  21~ Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Sunday, November 22 ~ Feast of Christ the King ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Healing for Ogbuagu Ejimadu (Fidelia and Family) and Robert Dapp (Angela Jost)

Readings for the Week of November 1

Sunday: Dn 12:1-3; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk 13:24-32
Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31; Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31; Lk 19:11-28
Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29; Lk 19:41-44
Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59; Lk 19:45-48
Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13; Lk 20:27-40
Sunday, November 22: Dn 7:13-14; Rv 1:5-8; Jn 18:33b-37

There's plenty of room remaining for your donation of cocoa for Sr. Karen Klimczak's Christmas Prison Project.

There’s plenty of room remaining for
your donation of cocoa for Sr. Karen Klimczak’s Christmas Prison Project.

News from our Parish Community


Monthly Coffee Hour, scheduled for Sunday, November 15, will be hosted by the Ladies Sodality.

Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.

Attention Lectors ~ Please pick up your new edition of 2016 Workbook For Lectors, which is available in the Priest’s Sacristy. We will begin using this edition for the First Sunday of Advent, November 29.  Thank you.

Gifts for our Shut-ins ~ Until Sunday, December 6, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. The early completion date for the drive is necessary so that presents and plants are ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 12/13.  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. Suggested items include: socks, eye glass wipes, artificial tears (eye drops), calendars, large-print puzzle books, or cash for a hair cut or shampoo & set. Ready-to-eat food items such as jam, jelly, toaster pastries; fruit or pudding cups; or “add water” mixes; e.g., soup cups, oatmeal packets, tea, cocoa or coffee are also acceptable for the homebound. If you prefer to donate money (checks payable to “Ladies Sodality”), please do so before Thanksgiving so that our volunteers have time to shop.  You may direct any questions to Mickey Dick by clicking HERE.

The Freudig Singers of WNY with another serving of Christmas Pie.

The Freudig Singers of WNY return to Blessed Trinity on December 6 with another serving of Christmas Pie.

Our Trinity Concert Series continues on Sunday, December 6, at 3 PM when the Freudig Singers, featuring our own Elizabeth Sands and Luis Clay, offer audible as well as edible holiday confections. Highlighted will be Samuel Scheidt’s Magnificat, which inserts German carols between portions of the text, as well as a delightful assortment of holiday favorites, old and new. Their popular seasonal program concludes with the traditional post-concert pie reception, and we’re saving a piece just for you! Suggested donation: $10.00. Schedules for the entire concert series are available in church, or you may request one by clicking HERE and listing “Trinity Series” as the subject.

The Ladies Sodality Christmas dinner party is Wednesday, December 9 at 6:15 p.m., at the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Ave., Amherst. From her memoir, The Names of My Mothers, member Dianne Riordan will share the story of her all-too-brief relationship forged late in life with her birth mother. All women of the parish are invited and guests are welcome. You may choose from 3 dinner entrees: pot roast, baked fish, or roast pork. The cost, which includes tax and gratuity, is $25. Reservations are being accepted now through December 2 by Patty Gallisdorfer and Vera Andrew. To make a reservation on-line, click HERE and leave your name, dinner choice, and phone number.

Next week’s collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) needs your help.  CCHD was founded to end the cycle of poverty in the United States by funding organizations that help individuals help themselves. With the tradition of improving education, housing situations, and community economic development, CCHD continues to make a positive impact in communities nationwide. Your contribution will defend human dignity and reach out to those living on the margins. Please give generously to the CCHD Collection on November 21/22.

Thank you for your contributions to last week’s second collection for The Catholic University of America. Your gift will make great things possible by providing direct financial aid to more than 4,000 students from dioceses across the country.

The Ladies Sodality would like to thank all those who contributed watches for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.  Through your efforts, 103 watches have been donated to the Society where they will be used to raise money for their charitable works.

Scholarship Opportunities ~ Please contact Sister Barbara Horan for information regarding these two scholarships. The filing deadline is just 2 weeks away:

  • 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.

Updating Our Records ~ We will soon be initiating a new group email for those who have indicated a willingness to receive time-sensitive parish announcements by email. If you have not completed a form but would like to be added to the group, call Rayana at 716-833-0301 or 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.

New or gently used paperback books are also need for the Christmas Prison Project.

New or gently used paperback books are also need for the Christmas Prison Project.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community


Don’t Miss Opera Sacra’s Final Performance ~ In honor of its fortieth and final season, Opera Sacra presents Authur Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake with internationally renowned conductor, Doreen Rao. Performances are at 8 PM on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo. Colleen Marcello and Mike Randall will act the parts of Joan of Arc and Brother Dominic, with the largest singing role taken by a chorus. The cast also includes soloists Robert Zimmerman, Amy Grable, Rebecca Witty, and Laurie Tramuta. Suggested donation at the door is $20 ($15 for students and seniors). The performance is made possible with public funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.

Worship & Services

Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
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 fourth Sunday of the month (September-June)