5th Sunday of Lent – Week of March 13, 2016

St. Patrick of Ireland (died 492), whose feast day we celebrate on March 17, appears in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. He is depicted as the fourth standing figure from the left in this photo and is part of a group of 14 figures identified as “Confessors, Bishops, and Missionaries.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s "Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church," p. 39. Photo credit: Duane Held.

St. Patrick of Ireland (died 492), whose feast day we celebrate on March 17, appears in the dome
of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. He is depicted as the fourth standing figure from the left in this photo and is part of a group of 14 figures identified as “Confessors, Bishops, and Missionaries.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” p. 39. Photo credit: Duane Held.

March 13 – March 20, 2016

Weekly Activities

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

Tuesday, March 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting  in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

There will be NO BINGO on Holy Thursday, March 24

Saturday, March 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

There will be NO BINGO on Holy Saturday, March 26

Sunday, March 20 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Monday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. ~ CCCB Lenten Penance Service at St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo. 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, March 13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Kathleen Marien) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, March 14 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 15 ~ NO SERVICE SCHEDULED

Wednesday, March 16 ~ Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, March 17 ~ St. Patrick ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Gwendolyn Moore (David Folmar)

Friday, March 18 ~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, March 19 ~ St. Joseph ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bob Kinmartin (Judy Casassa)

Sunday, March 20 ~ Palm Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sara Dick and Elizabeth Dick (Family) and Bob Kinmartin (Amy Johnson)

Readings for the Week of March 13

Sunday: Is 43:16-23; Ps 126:1-6; Phil 3:8-14; Jn 8:1-11
Monday: Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62; Ps 23:1-6;  Jn 8:12-20
Tuesday: Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102:2-3, 16-21; Jn 8:21-30
Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Dn 3:52-56; Jn 8:31-42
Thursday: Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-9; Jn 8:51-59
Friday: Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:2-7; Jn 10:31-42
Saturday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Sunday, March 20: Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-34; Phil 2:6-11; Lk 22:14–23:56 or 23:1-49

Fifth and sixth-grade students from St. Joseph University School visited Blessed Trinity Church on March 10 to learn more about local architecture. They even brought along "Flat [Pope] Francis."

Fifth and sixth-grade students from St. Joseph University School visited Blessed Trinity Church on March 10 to learn more about local architecture. They even brought along “Flat [Pope] Francis.”

News from our Parish Community

This Week’s Lenten Journey Mass is Monday evening, March 14 at Sisters Hospital, 2157 Main Street.  Please join parishioners from the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo for the 6:30 PM Mass in the hospital’s second floor Chapel. You may park in the main parking lot; tickets will be provided to cover the cost. A social with refreshments will follow the Mass.

The Parish Council meets this Wednesday, March 16, at 7 PM in St. Charles Hall.

Freudig Singers & Buffalo Brass Choir Collaborate – Gloriously! The Freudig Singers of Western New York will combine talents with our resident ensemble, the Buffalo Brass Choir in a concert titled Gloria! that enthusiastically heralds the approach of Spring. Freudig’s music director Roland Martin has collaborated with Nicholas DelBello, leader of the Buffalo Brass Choir, to present a program that includes the Gloria from Franz Liszt’s Missa Choralis; John Rutter’s Gloria for chorus, brass, percussion, and organ; Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium; J.S. Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring; and Martin’s arrangements of Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia and Felix Mendelssohn’s Festgesang. The concert will be presented at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 and at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. Tickets are $10.00 each in advance and at the door. For individual tickets, group sales and further information, please call Elizabeth Bailey Sands at 716-551-6870.

Prayerful Thanks for everyone who participated in our four-week Lenten program. We are especially grateful for the individuals who made it happen: our soup makers, “simple supper” chefs, cookie bakers, dishwashers, and those who planned and presented the evenings of prayer and discussion.

Parish Council Seeking Feedback ~ The 2016 Lenten Program included three evenings of prayer, meditation and discussion centering on A Spirituality of Being Human by Dr. Hugh Brady and a fourth that ended in church with us Praying the Stations of Mercy with Pope Francis. Our Parish Council is requesting your help in evaluating the Wednesday evening offerings. In particular, they would like to know: How many did you attend? What was the primary reason you decided to participate? If not, what kept you from attending? Is there anything else you wish had been included? You can click HERE and respond on-line or talk with Sr. Peg Gallagher, Sr. Liz Savage, or Mickey Dick.

Coffee Hour ~ There will be a coffee hour on Palm Sunday, March 20, following the 10 AM Mass. Thanks to Dan Korchowsky for offering to host our monthly gathering in St. Charles Hall.

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Catholic Charities Appeal 2016 is now underway.  Our Parish Chairman, Bob Heicklen, will be happy to accept your donation or provide you with a pledge form. Please open your heart and follow Jesus’ lead. Be as generous as you can and help to ensure that this year’s goal of $11 million is met. Learn more about the many local programs funded by Catholic Charities at www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.

School Children Tour the Church ~ On Thursday, March 10, Blessed Trinity welcomed Explore Buffalo and a group of 5th and 6th grade students from St. Joseph University School who are part of an ongoing program with Explore Buffalo and the Darwin Martin House that introduces students to “Buffalo’s incredible architecture, history, and culture.” After a presentation by church docents on the church’s design and unique architectural features, the students, teachers and parents enjoyed a scavenger hunt for “Children in the church,” as depicted in paintings, stained glass and terra cotta sculpture. For more photos, click HERE.

Keeping in Touch ~ In January, 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. Please think about the last time you updated your contact information with the parish. Have you abandoned your land line in favor of a cell phone? Moved and acquired a new number? Please use the form on the back of our bulletin to bring our information up to date, or send your new information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you.

Care for Creation ~ Pope Francis says in Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home, “The current global situation engenders a feeling of instability and uncertainty, which in turn becomes ‘a seedbed for collective selfishness.’ When people become self-centered and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own, and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality. In this horizon, a genuine sense of the common good also disappears. As these attitudes become more widespread, social norms are respected only to the extent that they do not clash with personal needs. So our concern cannot be limited merely to the threat of extreme weather events, but must also extend to the catastrophic consequences of social unrest.” Action: Pope Francis warns us about a consumerist lifestyle. During this season of Lent, ponder deeply the idea of reducing our need for “stuff” and increasing our need to care for one another. Go to the Catholic Relief services website – www.crs.org – and learn how our brothers and sisters in other countries are affected by climate change and poverty.

Good News Gets Around ~ The Western New York Catholic features articles for the young church. Look for “The Scene” which reports on young people’s faith in action and the “Sound Board” where youths share their opinions on important topics and issues. Articles like these are featured in the latest issue of The Western New York Catholic, or visit their website at www.wnycatholic.orgThe Western New York Catholic is funded in part by your generous donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).

St. Joseph March 19 Photo is of the Shrine to St. Joseph to the left of the Sanctuary. The niche surrounding the statue “is one of the exquisite ceramic creations in the church.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s "Guide to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church," page 45). Photo credit: Margaret Dick

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Photo is of the Shrine to St. Joseph to the left of the Sanctuary. The niche surrounding the statue “is one of the exquisite ceramic creations in the church.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guide to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” page 45). Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will present a program in collaboration with the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Weber, director, on Sunday, March 13 at 7:30 PM in Canisus College’s Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main Street in Buffalo.  For more information, contact the Canisus College Music Office at 716-888-2536.

Documentary:  Building a Basilica ~ WKBW-TV will air Building a Basilica, the documentary about how Father Baker built Our Lady of Victory Basilica, on Easter Sunday, March 27, from 5:00 -6:00 PM.

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)