15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 10, 2016

St. Benedict (c. 480-547) July 11 St. Benedict, whose feast day the Church celebrates this week, is depicted as the kneeling figure at the far right in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in this dome painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. (More about St. Benedict below) Photo credit: Gary Kelley

St. Benedict (c. 480-547)
July 11
St. Benedict, whose feast day the Church celebrates this week, is depicted as the kneeling figure at the far right in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in this dome painting
by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. (More about St. Benedict below).
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

July 10 – July 17, 2016

Weekly Activities

Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, July 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, July 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

*Now that school is out for the summer please remember that we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo in response to requests from our players. As of  October 15, 2015, 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, July 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Joseph Kohn (Requested by Family) and Bridget Blesnuk – Birthday Remembrance (Requested by Donald Blesnuk)

Monday, July 11 ~ St. Benedict, AbbotNo Service

Tuesday, July 12  ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, July 13 ~ St. Henry ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Thursday, July 14 ~ St. Kateri TekakwithaNo Service

Friday, July 15 ~ St. BonaventureNo Service

Saturday, July 16 ~ Our Lady of Mount Carmel ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, July 17 ~ Catherine Floyd (Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality) and Thomas Eldred – 4th Anniversary (Gary Weber)

Readings for the Week of July 10

Sunday: Dt 30:10-14; Ps 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37; Cor 1:15-20; Lk 10:25-37
Monday: Is 1:10-17; Ps 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23; Mt 10:34-11:1
Tuesday: Is 7:1-9; Ps 48:2-8; Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Is 10:5-7, 13b-16; Ps 94:5-10, 14-15; Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Ps 102:13-21; Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Is 38:10-12, 16; Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Mi 2:1-5; Ps 10:1-4, 7-8, 14; Mt 12:14-21
Sunday, July 17: Gn 18:1-10; Ps 15:2-5; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42

News from our Parish Community

Our long-time custodian and maintenance person, Jerry Gallisdorfer, will be retiring at the end of September. We owe him our deep thanks for his competence and dedication to Blessed Trinity and wish him a full and happy retirement……..
But, we would like to bring on board a new custodian before Jerry leaves so that he can show the new person around and train him/her in the main facets of the job. For that reason, we have advertised the position with the Diocese (http://www.buffalodiocese.org/job-opportunities) and have “put out the word” that we are looking to hire immediately. Below are some requirements for the position. If you know of someone qualified for the job, please have him/her submit a resume to the rectory as soon as possible. For detailed questions about the job, contact Bud Dick (832-2540). The Custodian is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of several buildings and assisting with a variety of semi-skilled manual work in the maintenance, repair and energy management of church and other parish buildings. Requires a high school education, completed police background check, basic knowledge of plumbing and electrical work and ability to maintain the buildings and grounds of the parish. This is a full-time position, with salary commensurate with education and experience.

The Ladies Sodality is planning a board meeting on Sunday, July 31, following the 10 AM Mass. We will be organizing to assist the Holy Name Society in hosting “Summer in the City” on August 2 and planning programs for the coming year. Officers and board members are asked to contact Vera Andrew as soon as possible and let her know if you will be attending.

Summer in the City Tuesday, August 2, at BT!

Summer in the City
Tuesday, August 2, at BT!

Summer in the City ~ On Tuesday, August 2, from 5:30-8:00 PM, we will be celebrating National Night Out with the other CCCB parishes here at Blessed Trinity. Please join us for FUN, FOOD, GAMES, MUSIC and FELLOWSHIP! We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. If able, we ask you to prepare a side dish or dessert to share and be sure to bring a folding chair. We will need volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up and serving. Contact Daniel Korchowsky at 716-465-4771 or Click HERE for information. If you would like to volunteer or help in any way, you will find sign-up sheets on the altar rail near Our Lady’s shrine. Please add your name by July 24.

St. Benedict ~ “Once again our nation is mourning the loss of innocent life. As news from Dallas continues to unfold, we receive it with broken hearts, dismay, and concern for the direction in which our nation is heading. St. Benedict (whose feast we celebrate on Monday, July 11) understood political unrest, cultural decay, violence, fear, and confusion. He was born during the fall of the Western Roman Empire and his Rule can serve as an important guide to us as we navigate the unfamiliar waters of violence, anger, and fear within our contemporary nation and world. Author, speaker, and Benedictine Oblate Pamela Patnode will be discussing important truths found within the Rule of St. Benedict that can help us during these uncertain times. Tune into Relevant Radio on Monday, July 11 (7:00am ET)….” www.relevantradio.com. From Philomena Press, LLC

Faithful Citizenship: A message from Sister Maureen Harris ~ “Concerned about the upcoming election? I am. I hope to have a few remarks each week taken from the document A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States – ‘Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.’ (It is online if you want to read it yourself at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithfulcitizenship/upload.) There are three parts to the document. I will begin with highlights from Part 1 – the text stresses that ‘the work for justice requires that the mind and heart of Catholics be educated and formed to know and practice the whole faith.’ Among those teachings are the four basic principles of Catholic social doctrine: the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity.

  • #7 – No one can tell us for whom or against whom to vote. The Bishops’ purpose is to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth.
  • #8 – We encourage Catholics to seek those resources authorized by their bishops, their state Catholic conferences, and the USCCB.
  • #9 – The Church’s obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith.
  • #10 – At the center of these truths is respect for the dignity of every person. This is the core of Catholic moral and social teaching. We are called to practice Christ’s commandment to “love one another” (Jn. 13:34).

I hope you will find this helpful and encourage you to get out and vote.”

New rectory office hours ~ Please remember that since May, we have new rectory office hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Please call our secretary, Barbara Sercu, at 716-833-0301 if you have changes to your phone number or mailing address.

Our Helping Hands Food Pantry has extended its hours and now operates on both Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 12 Noon. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Luis Clay at 716-812-3461.News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

One of four angels on the church facade symbolizing the Four Marks of the Church: One, Holy [Sanctitas], Catholic, and Apostolic.

One of four angels on the church facade symbolizing the Four Marks of the Church: One, Holy [Sanctitas], Catholic, and Apostolic.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Chiavetta’s Chicken BBQ on Sunday, July 17 from 12-5 PM (or until sold out) at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs. Hot dog meal also available. For more information or pre-sale tickets, contact 627-3357. American Red Cross Blood Drive also held from 12-5 PM.

Uptown Fresh ~ A Healthy Lifestyle Market featuring fresh fruits and vegetables is now taking place every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM at the corner of Bailey and Dartmouth in Buffalo. It began operation on June 25 and will continue every Saturday (except Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3) through September 24.

Medicine and Ethics series continues at St. Gregory the Great Parish, 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Join St. Greg’s Health Ministry and The Catholic Medical Association of Buffalo on Saturday, July 23 after the 8 AM Mass. Dr. Stanley Bukowski will speak on Abortion and its Aftermath. Many are affected by abortion which can leave psychological effects long after its occurrence. There is no cost to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Women’s Respite Program for low income moms over 25 who need a vacation/respite away from the stress of everyday. Dates are July 28, 29, 30, 2016 at the Center of Renewal on the Stella Niagara Campus, near Lewiston, NY.  The Program provides a modest private bedroom, all meals, linens, plus great recreational activities that are all optional. It takes place in a beautiful, peaceful setting along the Niagara River.  We can even provide transportation. To apply: Fill out a 2-page application. A $15 donation is  encouraged.   For  an  application call  Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, x114, and leave a message  or go  online  http://www.womensrespite.wordpress.com.  Hurry, don’t delay.  It’s coming fast.

Our Lady of Victory Annual Pennies to Heaven/6th Lawn Fete ~ 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, in Shrine parking lot. Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7. The event opens on Saturday at 5:30 PM. Food tent, beer tent, games of chance, silent auction, theme baskets. Treasure Chest (filled with lottery scratch-offs) raffle. “Wine Shelf” sure winner, children’s activities, bounce house and obstacle course, bell jar and split club raffles. Music provided by “Flipside” beginning at 7 PM. The day ends at 11:30 PM. On Sunday all activities continue and the “Kokomo Band” performs at 1 PM. Chicken Barbecue will take place from 1-5:30 PM serving Chiavetta’s chicken. Tickets are $11.00/adults and $6.00/children pre-sale. After July 24 they go up! Raffle prizes include an iPad Pro, airline vouchers for two, theater package, casino trip for two and more. Tickets are $1.00 each or a book of 15 for $10.00. Winners’ names will be drawn on Sunday, August 7, at 5:30 PM. We hope you will join us. Call 828-9444 for more information.

News from the Nativity/Miguel School of Buffalo ~ Thank you St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres parishes for hosting our graduation ceremonies. The Class of 2016 received a prayerful and heartfelt send-off as they prepare to enter high schools such as Nardin, St. Joe’s, Bishop Timon, Canisius, St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart. Do you know a child entering fifth, sixth or seventh grade who would benefit from small classes, an extended day, and a summer program in a single gender setting? If so, please call Nancy Langer at 836-5188 or visit www.nativitymiguelbuffalo.org to learn how to apply.

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)