All Saints’ Day – Week of Nov. 1, 2015

“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….and life everlating. Amen.” The Feast of All Saints on November 1 and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2 remind us of these tenants of our Faith, expressed in The Apostles Creed and depicted in symbols 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….and life everlasting. Amen.”

The Feast of All Saints on November 1 and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2 remind us of these tenants of our Faith, expressed in The Apostles Creed and depicted in symbols 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 1 – 8, 2015

Weekly Activities

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

Thursday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, November 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, November 8 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 1 ~ All Saints Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Phil Heubusch (Requested by Ed Marien) and Vivian Jones (Requested by Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

Monday, November 2 ~ All Souls’ Day ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish Community)

Tuesday, November 3 ~ St. Martin de Porres ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (The Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 4  ~ St. Charles Borromeo ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher

Thursday, November  5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, November  6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Mary Horan Roach (Family)

Saturday, November  7~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Sunday, November 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Margaret F. Schirmann (Mary C. Stoddard) and Torrey Barnes (Family)

Readings for the Week of November 1

Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a
Monday: Wis 3:1-9; Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9; Jn 6:37-40
Tuesday: Rom 12:5-16b; Lk 14:15-24
Wednesday: Rom 13:8-10; Lk 14:25-33
Thursday: Rom 14:7-12; Lk 15:1-10
Friday: Rom 15:14-21; Lk 16:1-8
Saturday: Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27; Lk 16:9-15
Sunday, November 8: 1 Kgs 17:10-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

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 Parish Community

The Ladies Sodality Meeting is this 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. All women of the parish are invited to attend.

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Prison Project volunteers display decorated gift bags.

The 2015 Cocoa Challenge is underway! Blessed Trinity is again asked to donate instant hot cocoa to help fill 2,100 gift bags for inmates at the Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. This Prison Package Project was begun by Sr. KIaren Klimczak and is now continued by Peaceprints Prison Ministries. Our goal is 4,200 packets by November 22! We can participate in this work of mercy and honor Sr. Karen’s memory when we: 1) donate instant hot chocolate packets, placing them in the back pew; 2) make a monetary donation to purchase needed items (Cash or checks payable to “Peaceprints of WNY” can be placed in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and dropped in the weekend collection basket); 3) decorate gift bags (Bags are available at Sunday Mass from Amy Johnson); and 4) help assemble the gift bags on Friday, December 11 at 6 PM here at Blessed Trinity. Put it on you “to do” list today!

Last Week For Watches ~ The Sodality’s drive to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul concludes next Sunday, November 8. If you’ve been procrastinating, you have only a few more days to locate your non-working timepieces. When you do, why not place them in your car right away so you will have them when you come to church next weekend. Please place your donation in the “No More Mister Nice Watch” container near the statue of St. Joseph.

Gifts for our Shut-ins ~ Next weekend, November 7/8, and continuing until Sunday, December 6, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our homebound parishioners (7 women & 1 man) and those in senior care facilities (3 women & 1 man). 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. If you prefer to donate money, please do so before Thanksgiving so that our volunteers have time to shop; checks should be made payable to “Ladies Sodality.” You may direct any questions you may have to Mickey Dick by clicking HERE.

The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, D.C., is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. It provides an academically rigorous education guided by Catholic intellectual tradition to nearly 7,000 students every year. More than 4,000 students directly receive scholarship aid from this collection, including many from our diocese. The weekend of November 7/8 is the National Collection for the Catholic University of America. Please be generous.

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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.

Veterans’ Day is November 11. Remember and thank our veterans who served and those who are presently serving our country on Wednesday, November 11. Catholic Charities offers a broad range of support — from basic assistance, mental health and substance abuse programs to parenting skills and adult day care — to help not only veterans and their families, but everyone deal with life’s difficulties. Call 716-856-4494 or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

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.

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.

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.

National Donor Sabbath is observed annually on Friday – Sunday, two weekends before Thanksgiving (November 13-15, 2015). During this three-day observance, faith leaders donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals join forces to increase awareness of the need for lifesaving organ, tissue, and eye donation. Show compassion and love to your brothers and sisters by joining the New York State Organ, Tissue, and Eye Registry. You can find out more about the lifesaving gifts passed to others through organ, tissue, and eye donation by visiting http://alliancefordonation.org.

Remember and pray for our veterans.

Remember and pray for our veterans.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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)