Feast of Christ the King, Week of Nov. 20, 2016

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Sunday, November 20 Detail of church's stained glass skylight, the theme of which is Christ the King. "The central panel shows Christ reigning as Lord of the kingdom that we pray will come." Surrounding panels contain figures of angels and symbols both of Christ's suffering and His glorification. Photo credit: Jeannette Pikturna

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Sunday, November 20
Detail of church’s stained glass skylight, the theme of which is Christ the King. “The central panel shows Christ reigning as Lord of the kingdom that we pray will come.” Surrounding panels contain figures of angels and symbols both of Christ’s suffering and His glorification.
Photo credit: Jeannette Pikturna

November 20 – November 27, 2016

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, November 24 is Thanksgiving Day ~ There will be NO Bingo.

Friday, November 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 26 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Pastor’s meeting with his parishioners in St. Charles Hall

*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, November 20~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bob Kinmartin (Requested by S. Miletello)

Monday, November 21 ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 22 ~ St. Cecilia ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 23 ~ St. Clement I; St. Columban; Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis Pietrzykowski (Estate)

Thursday, November 24 ~ St. Andrew Dung-Lac ~ Thanksgiving Day Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Catherine Maher (Estate)

Friday, November 25 ~ St. Catherine of Alexandria ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Saturday, November 26 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. ~ Ray and Martha Freudenberger (Estate)

Sunday, November 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bob Kinmartin (S. Miletello)

Ministry Schedule for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Readers: Judy Casassa, Richard Plunkett; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Bernice Bradley, Kathleen Marien;  Judy Casassa (Loft)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Jack Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.   Readers: Pam Zanghi, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Sharon Dunnigan, Bernice Bradley; Maggie Gatson (Loft)

Readings for the Week of November 20

Sunday: 2 Sm 5:1-3; Ps 122:1-5; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43
Monday: Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5; Ps 24:1-6; Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday: Rv 14:14-19; Ps 96:10-13; Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday: Rv 15:1-4; Ps 98:1-3, 7-9; Lk 21:12-19
Thursday: Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1-5; Lk 21:20-28
Friday: Rv 20:1-4, 11–21:2; Ps 84:3-6, 8; Lk 21:29-33
Saturday: Rv 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-7; Lk 21:34-36
Sunday, Nov. 27: Is 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44

News from our Parish Community

Thanksgiving at Blessed Trinity ~ Mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 24, at 10am. Please join us to begin the celebration around the table of the Lord.

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Father Victor invites you to join him at 7pm on Wednesday evening, November 30, for a parish “meet and greet.” He would like to get to know you better, share his thoughts and yours, and begin a dialog with his congregation. Please show your support for our future together by participating in the conversation. The meeting will take place in St. Charles Hall.

The Ladies Sodality Christmas Dinner is Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 PM at the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 N. Bailey Ave., Amherst. All women of the parish are invited and guests are welcome. There are 3 entrees to choose from: pot roast, baked fish, or roast pork. Greek or baked potato, chef salad, rolls & butter, coffee, tea or soda and a dessert choice of ice cream with chocolate sauce or rice pudding complete the menu – all for only $25. This price includes tax and gratuity. Entrée choices and payment (checks payable to “Ladies Sodality”) are due no later than Friday, December 2 and may be given to either Jessie Wells or Treasurer Amy Johnson. Click HERE to leave a message for them (Subject: Reservation).

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Gifts for our Shut-ins – The Ladies Sodality is again assembling Christmas presents to be delivered to our homebound parishioners (6 women) and those in senior care facilities (2 women, 1 man). SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, is our target date for collecting all donated items and cash contributions so that presents and plants are ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 10/11. If you would like to contribute, please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the far left end of the communion rail. Some suggestions: socks, eye glass wipes, artificial tears (eye drops), calendars, large-print puzzle books, wrapped candies, or cash for a hair cut or shampoo & set. Ready-to-eat food items such as jam, jelly, toaster pastries; gelatin, fruit or pudding cups; or “add water” mixes; e.g., soup cups, single-serving oatmeal packets, tea, cocoa or coffee are also acceptable for the homebound. If you prefer to donate money, please do so before Thanksgiving so that our volunteers have time to shop. If you have any questions, please Click HERE and leave a message for Mickey Dick (Subject: Shut-ins).

Prisoner Gift Project 2016 – Cocoa Challenge 2016 ~ We need your donation of instant hot chocolate packets. Only two weeks remain to reach our goal of 4,200 by December 4. If you prefer to make a cash donation or can help decorate gift bags, leave a message for Amy Johnson (Subject: Prison Project) HERE.

The Freudig Singers performing at Blessed Trinity in December 2015

The Freudig Singers performing at Blessed Trinity in December 2015

Our next Trinity Series Concert is Sunday, December 4 at 3pm, when the Freudig Singers of WNY will be bringing us “A Frozen Christmas Pie.” Under the direction of Roland E. Martin, the program features traditional and contemporary music for Advent and Christmas, plus the premier of a new piece – “Star Carol” by Sidney King – to enhance your celebration of this beautiful season. The Singers invite you to “come a’wassailing” with them, take chances on their signature pies, and enjoy a delicious post-concert pie reception. Suggested donation $10.

Special Alert for Lectorers ~ Please pick up your copy of “2017 Workbook for Readers” in the priest’s sacristy today. We begin using it for the First Sunday in Advent, November 26/27. Suggestion: as a refresher, read pages iv to ix.

Mass Intentions ~ If you wish to have a Mass offered for a special intention, please call Barbara Sercu at the Rectory Office 716-833-0301. She will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am-2:30pm. The Mass offering is $15.00.

The Diocese of Buffalo wants your feedback. A survey has been created to understand perceptions about how deacons are currently ministering within our community, as well as direct future needs so that our ordained deacons are able to effectively minister to all people within the diocese. Please visit http://bit.ly/dcnsurvey to take this short survey.

In grateful Thanksgiving, we raise our hands in prayer for all we have, that God might also bless others through us, and that with each memory of God's goodness our hearts might overflow with joy.

In grateful Thanksgiving, we raise our hands in prayer for all we have, that God might also bless others through us, and that with each memory of God’s goodness our hearts might overflow with joy.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Christ the King Seminary will host its annual Advent Vespers Service on the second Sunday of Advent, Sunday, December 4 at 4pm in the seminary’s St. John Vianney Chapel. The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone will preside. Alan Lukas, director of music for the seminary and the Diocese of Buffalo, will lead the Christ the King Seminary Festival chorus through a selected arrangement of Scripture passages and sacred songs. A reception will follow the service. A free-will offering will be taken; ALL are welcome. Fur further information visit www.cks.edu or call Gayle Mann, coordinator of events and scheduling 716-805-1438. Christ the King Seminary is located at 711 Knox Road in East Aurora.

Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program is collecting donations of winter outerwear and clothing. Many of the program’s clients do not have proper clothing or shoes for the winter months, especially those who arrive in the summer. Items being collected include winter boots, galoshes, jackets, coats and sweaters. All sizes are being accepted. Items can be dropped off at Immigration and Refugee Assistance, 20 Herkimer St, Buffalo from 8:45am-4:45pm Monday through Friday. Please call ahead if possible: 716-842-0270. Consider helping Buffalo’s newest neighbors. More information on Immigration and Refugee Assistance, visit http://www.ccwny.org  or call 716-842-0270.

Journey Into Love ~ The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to assist with the monthly diocesan marriage preparation program, Journey Into Love. Married couples help by giving a 20-minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

Volunteers needed ~ Little Portion Friary, located at 1305 Main St (south of Canisius College), Buffalo, is a shelter for homeless men and women whose goal is to assist our guests in ending the reasons for their homelessness. Needed are men and women willing to greet and serve the guests on weekends and weekday shifts. Training is provided. It is an ideal ministry for retired seniors as well as for men and women who want another opportunity to “live out” their faith. Please consider in answering God’s call to help feed and shelter the homeless. Call Ed L. at 875-3610 x221 or 222.

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)