First Sunday of Lent – Week of February 14, 2016

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February 14 – February 21, 2016

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Trinity Series Concert, Celebration of Love, in church

Monday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at St. Lawrence

Wednesday, February 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ~ Soup Supper in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 17 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. ~ Prayer, meditation and discussion with Evelyn Brady in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, February 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, February 21 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

*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, February 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Ed Marien) and Robert Dapp (Requested by The Gallisdorfers)

Monday, February 15 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel

Tuesday, February 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, February 17 ~ Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order ~ NO SERVICE

Thursday, February 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Friday, February 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, February 20 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita E. Curtin (Family)

Sunday, February 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – James Hartzell (Angela Jost) and Michael Murphy (Kathleen Marien)

Readings for the Week of February 14

Sunday: Dt 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13
Monday: : Lv 19:1-2, 11-18; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mt 25:31-46
Tuesday: Is 55:10-11; Ps 34:4-7, 16-19; Mt 6:7-15
Wednesday: Jon 3:1-10; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19; Lk 11:29-32
Thursday: Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Ps 138:1-3, 7-8; Mt 7:7-12
Friday: Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130:1-8; Mt 5:20-26
Saturday: Dt 26:16-19; Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8; Mt 5:43-48
Sunday, February 21:  Gn 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14; Phil 3:17-4:1 or 3:20-4:1; Lk 9:28b-36

News from our Parish Community

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.

A Vocal Valentine ~ On Sunday, February 14, at 3:00 PM, treat yourself to a Celebration of Love as the Trinity Concert Series brings you soprano Amy Grable and tenor Robert Zimmerman in this popular music program including some of the most cherished love songs from Broadway and the movies. We’ll follow this musical treat with a post-concert reception, giving you and your guests an opportunity to meet the performers and satisfy your sweet tooth. A free-will offering ($10 suggested) will be taken.

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Our 2016 Lenten Program begins Wednesday evening, February 17, with our traditional Soup Supper from 5:30-6:30 PM, followed by the first of three Wednesday evenings devoted to prayer, meditation and discussion of Dr. Hugh Brady’s book, A Spirituality of Being Human. It is not necessary to have read the book to participate, but do take advantage of this opportunity for spiritual growth. We are grateful to those who have already agreed to make soup for this week, but we are still looking for cookie bakers and – most importantly – a few folks to help with clean-up each Wednesday evening through March 9. Please add your name to the sign-up boards on the table near the rectory-side door. Click HERE for additional information about the 4-week program and CCCB Lenten Journey Masses.

Change in Parish Council Meeting ~ Because of the Wednesday evening Lenten Program, the date and time of the February Parish Council meeting has been changed. The Council will meet in St. Charles Hall from 5:30-6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 24. Sandwiches will be provided so that Council members will be able to stay for the 7 PM program.

Lenten Journey Masses begin Monday, February 15, with 6:30 PM Mass at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan. The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (CCCB) take turns hosting Monday evening Masses during Lent, each of which is followed by an opportunity for fellowship. Blessed Trinity will host on Monday, February 29.

Prayer Partners ~ Sister Barbara has the names of our Lenten Prayer Partners. If you haven’t received yours, please check with her during the week.

Summary of Parish Council Meeting – January 19, 2016

  • The Finance Council continues to meet. Minor repairs on church buildings will be handled.
  • Efforts to build parish membership include contacting parishioners not able to be in church, having programs for concerts, tours, etc. Include our Mass days/times, inviting Bingo players to join us in worship.
  • The vicariate will discuss continuing “Christmas in the City.”
  • Blessed Trinity was well represented at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mass. Judy Casassa, Sue Trabert, Helen Roddy Gray, and Vera Andrew sang in the choir; Althea Porter introduced Bishop Holly.
  • The concert committee is beginning to plan the 2016/2017 series.
  • Amy Johnson and Naoma Allen continue to work with Family Promise.
  • Lenten program was reviewed. Details will be in bulletin.

Lenten Handouts ~ Last weekend we distributed three special publications that we hope will enrich your Lenten experience. There are extra copies on the usher’s bench. We encourage you to take copies for family members and friends.

Ed Marien posed happily with his Basket of Cheer.

Ed Marien posed happily with his Basket of Cheer.

The Ladies Sodality extends sincere thanks to everyone who supported last week’s raffle, which raised more than $900. Ed Marien won the Basket of Cheer, and Jim Duffy and Florentina Dozer were able to do their last-minute Super Bowl shopping with $50 gift cards from Wegmans and Dash’s. We are especially grateful to Bill Warren and Hertel Parker Liquor for donating the “cheer” for Ed’s basket.

Catholic Charities Appeal ~ Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and commemorates the start of a period of preparation for Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday. As you start your own Lenten Journey this week, remember the selfless sacrifice of Jesus. What can you sacrifice that will allow you to donate just $3.12? That’s the cost of feeding a family of four one meal through one of Catholic Charities’ eight food pantries. Remember the love you have for your neighbors in need, and give as generously as you can to the Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal, benefitting tens of thousands in Western New York. Find Good Within. Open hearts to follow Jesus’ lead.  Find out more at www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.

The First Sunday of Lent marks the Choir’s return to the loft.We welcome them back from their winter break.

Sunday TV Mass ~ Do you know someone who misses going to Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral each Sunday at 7:30 AM on the WUTV-Fox Channel.

Blessed Trinity 2016 Calendars are still available in the Ushers’ Pew. Share one with a friend.

Our Choir returns on Sunday, February 14.

Our Choir returns on Sunday, February 14.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund ~ This fund believes that all children, whether rich or poor, should have access to the widest array of educational opportunities as possible. By offering partial scholarship assistance to economically disadvantaged families, BISON is empowering parents, often for the first time, with the ability to choose the school which best meets their child’s needs. Visit the website at www.bisonfund.com and complete an electronic Scholarship Pre-Application for the 2016-17 school year. Please note the scholarship amounts very depending on the family’s income, household size and the school’s tuition cost. The highest scholarship amount for 2016-17 will be $1,800. Families will be expected to contribute partial tuition towards their child’s education. Time of the essence! Our first deadline is February 29, 2016. All pre-applications will be entered into a lottery drawing in early March. If your name is drawn in the lottery, you will received notification with instructions on how to proceed with the application. If you have questions or need further information, call the BISON Fund office at 716-854-0869.

Respite Weekend for Women with Cancer ~ March 4–6, 2016 at Stella Niagara. Application deadline is Thursday, February 18. If you know someone, applications are available by calling Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, x114.

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)