27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 2, 2016

St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226), whose feast we celebrate on October 4, is depicted in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. St. Francis appears in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, p. 38. He is the second kneeling figure from the left in this photo by Gary Kelley.

St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226), whose feast we celebrate on October 4, is depicted in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. St. Francis appears in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, p. 38. Francis is the second kneeling figure from the left in this photo by Gary Kelley.

October 2 – October 9, 2016

Weekly Activities

Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, October 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in church

*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.
Our Trinity Series opens October 2 with Charles Reedy and the Touch'e Band.

Our Trinity Series opens October 2 with Charles Reedy and the Touch’e Band.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, October 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Maria Mejuto (Requested by Family) and Aileen Horan Townsell (Requested by Madonna Hartzell)

Monday, October 3 ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 4 ~ St. Francis of Assisi ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Wednesday, October 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Ray and Martha Freudenberger (Estate)

Thursday, October 6 ~ St. Bruno; St. Isaac Jogues and companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, October 7 ~ Our Lady of the Rosary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, October 8 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, October 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Intentions of the Mgbenka Family (Fidelia Ejimadu) and Deacon Jimmie Boyd (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Assisting on the Altar – Ministry Schedule for Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Jack Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.   Readers: Mary Kresse, Richard Plunkett; Eucharistic Ministers: Alice Davis, Maggie Gatson, Bernice Bradley; Fran Cahill (Loft)

Readings for the Week of October 2

Sunday: Hab 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; 2 Tim 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10
Monday: Gal 1:6-12; Ps 111:1-2, 7-10; Lk 10:25-37
Tuesday: Gal 1:13-24; Ps 139:1-3, 13-15; Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Gal 2:1-2, 7-14; Ps 117:1-2; Lk 11:1-4
Thursday: Gal 3:1-5; Lk 1:69-75; Lk 11:5-13
Friday: Gal 3:7-14; Ps 111:1-6; Lk 11:15-26
Saturday: Gal 3:22-29; Ps 105:2-7; Lk 11:27-28
Sunday, Oct. 9: 2 Kgs 5:14-17; Ps 98:1-4; 2 Tm 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19

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Jerry Gallisdorfer, left; Sodality President Vera Andrew, & Trustee Bud Dick

News from our Parish Community

Jerry Gallisdorfer extends his heartfelt THANK YOU to all who attended the reception on Sunday, September 25. Having all of you with him to celebrate his retirement was gratifying. He will remember your kindness and friendship as he begins a new phase of life.

More jazz, more swing, more blues … Sunday, October 2 ~ Blessed Trinity opens its 2016-17 Trinity Concert Series at 3pm this Sunday when our Landmark church hosts Charles Reedy and the talented musicians and singers of TOUCH’E with their exciting blend of jazz, blues, gospel and swing music. Mr. Reedy was a crowd pleaser when he closed the 2013-14 concert season. This band is guaranteed to get your toes tappin’ and your spirits soaring. Join us at 3 o’clock for a musical treat!

Sodality Program This Sunday ~ All women of the parish are invited to participate in the Ladies Sodality’s Celebrating Women Witnesses program this Sunday, October 2, immediately following the 10am Mass. Dr. Althea Porter will lead a discussion of the life and legacy of Penny Lernoux (1940-1989), an American Journalist in Latin America who worked to expose social injustice and became a strong advocate for Church reform. Pease join us in St. Charles Hall.

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Giving Griffins ~ On Sat. October 1, 2016, Blessed Trinity welcomed 13 Canisius College “Giving Griffins” who chose our site for their Community Day volunteer efforts. We are so grateful to them for their hard work and youthful energy in helping to make our Landmark edifice even more welcoming. Many thanks to Accounting Society members Quinn Corrao, Thomas Gagola, Donald Hymers, Wesley Ireland, Liam Kula- kowski, Tom Widman, and Nicholas Wojtkiewicz; Disney Club members David Hicks, Sophie Huffman, Nathan Hynes, Gwyneth Romon, Krystal Saimon and Ethan Shannon; and Joe Van Volkenberg from the College’s Campus Ministry for remembering us. We also are grateful to Judy Casassa and Bud and Mickey Dick who welcomed the students and worked along with them. Click HERE for additional photos.

Special Collection for the Flood Victims of Louisiana ~ We are all well aware of the terrible hardships people are facing in Louisiana because of the recent floods and their need for help. Aware in this Year of Mercy of our need to care for each other, Bishop Malone has authorized a special collection for the Flood Victims of Louisiana to be taken up the weekend of October 8-9. There will be envelopes in the pews next weekend for this collection. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you.

The Parish Council thanks the sixty plus parishioners who attended the September 19 meeting with Rev. Joseph Rogliano, a member of the priest’s personnel board and diocesan representative. Father Rogliano, who also serves as pastor of our neighboring parishes of St. Mark’s and St. Rose of Lima, complimented our attendance and promised to convey his impressions and our hopes to the other members of the personnel board. They are responsible for recommending a replacement candidate to Bishop Malone. Please continue to pray for a successful search and, as Father Rogliano suggested, “reach out” to priests we know and encourage them to consider the position.

Our Annual WATCH FOR WATCHES Campaign to assist the St. Vincent de Paul Society has begun and will continue through the month of October. Your watch does not have to have a strap or be in working order. Watches are repaired and sold to further the work of the Society which is to help the poor. Last year we collected 104 watches. The Watch for Watches box will be next to the statue of St. Joseph. For further information see Marianne Pernick.

Thank you for supporting Christ the King Seminary. Thank you to everyone who donated to the annual collection for Christ the King Seminary. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to join in the journey and support our seminary’s important work of educating our future priests, deacons and lay leaders to serve in our diocese.  Donations are still being accepted at www.cks.edu or by calling 716-655-7089. Gifts may also be placed in the collection (Attn: Seminary Appeal) or mailed to Christ the King Seminary, Attn: Parish Appeal, PO Box 607, East Aurora, NY 14052.

Support for those who are grieving ~ St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God’s presence in our lives. Though we can’t imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, first of all, it is a process. The Office of Family Life Ministries has a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet call 847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Rectory office hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Please call our secretary, Barbara Sercu, at 716-833-0301 if you have information for the bulletin, changes to your phone number or mailing address, or would like to register as a parishioner.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Political responsibility from a Catholic Perspective presented by Msgr. Frederick Leising on Monday, October 17 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii church, 158 Laverack Ave, Lancaster. As we prepare to exercise our rights and duties as participants in our democracy on Election Day, Msgr. Leising will help us evaluate what we hear through culture and the media and what the Bible teaches us. All our welcome! Refreshments follow presentation. Free will offering accepted.

Save the Date ~ Sr. Maureen invites you to save the date – Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30-8pm for a live session about “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” and our Catholic participation in political life as a U.S. Citizen. Deacon Don Weigel will assist us in bringing together our principles and our political voices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world. Place to be announced. Contact Sr. Maureen Harris OSF at 897-9948 x114 to RSVP or with any questions.

October 28/29 Retreat: “Sharing the Mercy of God” ~ The African Commission is sponsoring a retreat from 6-9pm on Friday, Oct. 28 and Sat. Oct 29 at Holy Cross Parish, 345 Seventh St, Buffalo. Reverend Anthony Mario Ozele will conduct the retreat and serve as homilist at the Africa Thanksgiving Bazaar Mass, to be celebrated by Most Reverend Bishop Richard J. Malone at 10am on Sun., Oct. 30.. A bazaar following the Mass will include a Taste of Africa, auction and basket raffle. All are welcome to participate.

The new year at NativityMiguel Middle School is off to a strong start with our teachers reporting students ready and eager to learn! Our students look sharp and so does the school. Why? A big part of the answer is the best summer volunteers ever! We had outstanding work done by Nardin Academy, Canisius High School and M&T Bank. In addition, our St. Monica Campus renovated two new classrooms and installed lockers. Thank you, Mr. Joe and all our dedicated volunteers!

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)