4th Sunday of Lent – Week of March 6, 2016

Iconography in church facade symbolizing the Four Last Things: Death (skull), Judgment (scale, book of life, sword), Heaven (crown, palm, stars), and Hell (not visible in photo). Photo credit: Chris Byrd

Iconography in church facade symbolizing the Four Last Things: Death (skull), Judgment (scale, book of life, sword), Heaven (crown, palm, stars), and Hell (not visible in photo). Photo credit: Chris Byrd

March 6 – March 13, 2016

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

Sunday, March 6 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Program in St. Charles Hall

Monday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Nativity/Miguel – St. Monica Campus at St. Lawrence

Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30 – 6:30 ~ Simple Supper  in St. Charles Hall, followed by The Way of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in church.

Thursday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Sister’s Hospital, 2157 Main Street

*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, March 6 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ithrene Cameron (Requested by Ed Marien) and Jim Hartzell (Requested by Madonna Hartzell)

Monday, March 7 ~ Ss. Perpetua and Felicity ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 8 ~ St. John of God ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Wednesday, March 9 ~ St. Francis of Rome ~ Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, March 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 11 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. Joseph Kohn (Family)

Saturday, March 12 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John J. (“Bud”) Horan, Jr. (Family)

Sunday, March 13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Kathleen Marien) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Family)

Celebrating Women Witnesses Sunday, March 6 follow Mass St. Charles Hall

“Celebrating Women Witnesses”
Sunday, March 6 following Mass
St. Charles Hall

Readings for the Week of March 6

Sunday: Jos 5:9a, 10-12; Ps. 34:2-7; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15: 1-3, 11-32
Monday: Is 65:17-21; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; Jn 4:43-54
Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; Jn 5:1-16
Wednesday: Is 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18; Jn 5:17-30
Thursday: Ex 32:7-14; Ps 106:19-23; Jn 5:31-47
Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22; Ps 34:17-21, 23; Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Saturday: Jer 11:18-20; Ps 7:2-3, 9-12; Jn 7:40-53
Sunday, March 13: Is 43:16-23; Ps 126:1-6; Phil 3:8-14; Jn 8:1-11

News from our Parish Community

The Ladies Sodality will present its second “Celebrating Women Witnesses” program on Sunday, March 6, in St. Charles Hall following the 10 AM Mass. Dr. Althea Porter will facilitate a discussion about the life of Prisca, a first century woman missionary who St. Paul recognized as a co-worker in Christ Jesus “who risked death to save my life.” All women of the parish are invited to attend, and friends are welcome.

This Week’s Lenten Journey Mass is Monday evening, March 7 at the St. Monica Campus of the Nativity/Miguel School. The school is located at St. Lawrence Parish, 1520 E. Delevan Avenue. Please join parishioners from the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo for the 6:30 PM Mass. A social with refreshments will follow the Mass.

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Our four-week Lenten Program concludes on Wednesday, March 9. We hope you will plan to join us for a simple supper served from 5:30-6:30 PM in St. Charles Hall and continue at 7 PM in church Praying the Stations of Mercy with Pope Francis. We are grateful to Evelyn Brady for drawing us together these past three weeks and leading us in prayer, meditation and discussion based on A Spirituality of Being Human by Dr. Hugh Brady.

Opportunities for Confession this week include a Penance Service at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street, on Tuesday evening, March 8, at 7 PM and private confession at our own church on Saturday afternoon, March 12, at 4 PM.

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2016 starts on the weekend of March 5/6.  Please help ensure that this year’s goal of $11 million is met by responding with your contribution or pledge today. Your donation helps educate, counsel, and train parents; provide basic assistance to families and the hope of a brighter future to youth through workforce and education programs.  Find Good Within.  Open hearts follow Jesus’ lead.  Please support the 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal.  Find out more at www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.

Keeping in Touch ~ Last month, members of the Parish Council attempted to call all parishioners to inform them of the death of Deacon Jimmie. They used the phone numbers contained in our parish records. In the process, they discovered a high percentage of non-working numbers. Surprisingly, many of them were people who attend church regularly. Please think about the last time you updated your contact information with the parish. Did you abandon your land line in favor of a cell phone? Switch to an unlisted number? Please use the form on the back of our bulletin to help us bring our information up to date, or send your new information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you.

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Lenten Reflections Dedicated to Deacon Jimmie ~ The African American Commission of the Office of Cultural Diversity, Diocese of Buffalo, has dedicated its second annual weekly Lenten reflections booklet to the memory of Deacon Jimmie L. Boyd. Entitled Merciful Like My Father: A Lenten Scripture Study of the Past, Present, and Future, the booklet features reflections together with testimonies of African American Catholics. One testimony featured is from parishioner Jessie Wells. A few booklets are still available in the sacristy.

Soprano Amy Grable, tenor Robert Zimmerman, and pianist Dr. Lori Abbott following their Valentine's Day performance. Click HERE for additional photos from the concert.

Soprano Amy Grable, tenor Robert Zimmerman, and pianist Dr. Lori Abbott following their Valentine’s Day performance. Click HERE for additional photos from the concert.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Community Meeting ~ On Tues. March 8 at 5:30 PM, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will join with VOICE-Buffalo and the Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope (NOAH) for a public meeting to seek solutions to address racial economic disparities across the Buffalo Niagara region through innovative workforce training and placement programs. Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster are also scheduled to attend the meeting at Bennett High School, 2885 Main St. The faith-based sponsoring organizations are attempting to bring together 1,500 concerned citizens from across the region in support of this issue of economic and social justice, and we encourage your attendance.

Walking the Way of the Cross: Biblical Reflections on the Land ~ Presenter: Sister Laurie Brink, OP on Saturday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. The Catholic Biblical Studies Program proudly announces the 24th Annual Lenten Day of Reflection. This will be a virtual Holy Land Retreat, drawing on familiar images and places mentioned in the Gospels. As you enter into the final days of Jesus’ life, you will imagine the journey of Jesus and the disciples as they ‘set their faces toward Jerusalem,’ journeying from Capernaum through Jericho to the Holy City and finally to the cross… and beyond to the empty tomb. Sister Laurie is a Dominican Sister, associate professor at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and associate editor of The Bible Today. Her study and research has taken her into the ancient social, religious and cultural world out of which Christianity emerged. Please contact the Catholic Biblical Studies Program (716) 871-9180, info [at] cbstudies [dot] org, or www.cbstudies.org, for registration information.

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)