Pentecost Sunday – Week of May 15, 2016

"Holy Spirit, Lord divine, come from heights of heaven and shine; come with blessed radiance bright! Of consolers, wisest, best, and our soul's most welcome guest, sweet refreshment, sweet repose." Pentecost Sequence Symbol of Holy Spirit in church skylight above the altar. Photo credit: Terry Cervi

“Holy Spirit, Lord divine, come from heights of heaven and shine; come with blessed radiance bright!
Of consolers, wisest, best, and our soul’s most welcome guest, sweet refreshment, sweet repose.”
Pentecost Sequence
Symbol of Holy Spirit in church skylight above the altar. Photo credit: Terry Cervi

May 15 – May 22, 2016

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House – Docent-guided church tours

Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

Sunday, May 22 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House – Docent-guided church tours

*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.
Holy Spirit as depicted in iconography on church facade. Photo credit: Gary Kelley

Holy Spirit as depicted in iconography on church facade. Photo credit: Gary Kelley

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 15 ~ Pentecost Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bob Kinmartin (Requested by Brunch Family)

Monday, May 16 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, May 18 ~ St. John I ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, May 20 ~ St. Bernadine of Siena ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Saturday, May 21 ~ St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Sunday, May 22 ~ The Most Holy Trinity ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Dorothy West (Bud and Mickey Dick) and Jeanne Heubusch (Don and Bonnie Williams)

Readings for the Week of May 15

Sunday: Acts 7:55-60; Ps 97:1-2, 6-7, 9; Rv 22:12-14; 16-17, 20; Jn 17:20-26
Monday: Jas 3:13-18; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mk 9:14-29
Tuesday: : Jas 4:1-10; Ps 55:7-11, 23; Mk 9:30-37
Wednesday: Jas 4:13-17; Ps 49:2-3, 6-11; Mk 9:38-40
Thursday: Jas 5:1-6; Ps 49:14-20; Mk 9:41-50
Friday: Jas 5:9-12; Ps 103:1-4, 8-9, 11-12; Mk 10:1-12
Saturday: Jas 5:13-20; Ps 141:1-3, 8; Mk 10:13-16
Sunday, May 22: Prv 8:22-31; Ps 8:4-9; Rom 5:1-5; Jn 16:12-15

News from our Parish Community

Docent Eleanor Ash describes Sanctuary art and architecture to Sacred Sites Open House visitors.

Docent Eleanor Ash describes Sanctuary art and architecture to Sacred Sites Open House visitors.

Sacred Sites Open House is Next Weekend ~ On May 21-22, 2016, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sixth Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. We will join dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings. It’s an opportunity to highlight our Landmark church as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. Open House hours at Blessed Trinity are Saturday, May 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (before 4:30 Mass), and following Sunday Mass on May 22 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. Tell your friends, neighbors and anyone who may never have visited BT about it. All are welcome!! We still need one or two volunteers as greeters – welcoming everyone who comes in the doors. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket. Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment.

The Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, May 18, at 7 PM in St. Charles Hall. We will be discussing on-going committee projects and summer events. If unable to attend, please call the rectory office (716-833-0301).

Prayer Partner Meet and Greet ~ If you participated in the Lenten Prayer Partner Program, come and meet your partner beginning at 5:30 PM this Thursday, May 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church. A pot-luck dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. If able, please bring a dish to share with other prayer partners.  There is a sign-up sheet on the Communion rail. Any questions, call Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, ext. 114.

Members of the Choir are invited to attend the annual Festival Liturgy sponsored by the Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo on Thursday, May 19, at 7 PM. Representatives from choirs throughout the diocese will gather at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 73 Adam St., Tonawanda, NY 14150, to celebrate the end of the Easter and choir seasons. The Guild will honor its 50-year members, Dr. James Kosnick, Robert Winkler and Edward Witul, and present its Cecelia Roy Kenny Award to Gail Shepherd of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Williamsville. A reception will follow the Mass. Anyone planning to attend should contact Mickey Dick by Sunday, May 15.

A Senior Retreat, “Living and Loving through the Generations,” is being presented by the African American Commission of the Office of Cultural Diversity on Saturday, May 21, from 9:30 AM – 4 PM at St. Anthony’s Church, Lackawanna, NY. Geared for those 55 years of age and older, the retreat will feature discussions entitled “Life Review,” led by Fr. Roy Herberger, and “Living and Loving Through the Generations,” led by Sr. Barbara Riter. Brochures and registration forms are available at our parish. For additional information you may contact Commission member Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Sodality Dinner ~ On Wednesday evening, June 8, members of the Ladies Sodality will meet at Sean Patrick’s Restaurant, 3480 Millersport Hgwy. in Getzville for their annual dinner. There will be 3 dinner entrees priced at $29: broiled haddock (with Italian breadcrumbs or Cajun style) including soup or salad & choice of sides; roast turkey (with homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy); or sautéed shrimp (with garlic, basil, tomato pesto & a hint of chipotle) served over fettuccini pasta. A fourth entrée choice features charbroiled boneless chicken & ½ rack of BBQ baby back ribs with coleslaw & one side for $31. These prices include tax and gratuity. All women of the parish are invited to attend and friends are welcome. There will be a cash bar beginning at 6 PM with dinner served at 6:30 PM. Please contact Mickey Dick or Amy Johnson with your reservations by Wednesday, June 1. Payment is due by Sunday, June 5. Checks should be made payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.”

Congratulations, Elsieta! ~ Our parish would like to congratulate Elsieta Chapman on the completion of four years of study with the Catholic Biblical Studies Program. This accomplishment will be recognized with the awarding of a certificate at a Closing Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster. The certificate received at this celebration of faith represents a dedication to the study of Scripture and openness to how the Bible challenges us in our daily lives.

The Ladies Sodality thanks Sue Trabert and Palma Zanghi for leading our members to a greater understanding of the importance of water as a resource and, more specifically, the Felician Sisters’ “Water with Blessing” purification project in Haiti.

Our Helping Hands Food Pantry has extended its hours and now operates on both Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 12 Noon. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Luis Clay at 716-812-3461.

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News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

A Memorial Concert in honor of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ, will be offered twice on Pentecost weekend: Friday, May 13 and Sunday, May 15. Join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher for a beautifully reflective and uplifting “Musical-Poetic Tribute” honoring the life and legacy of Sister Karen. Both performances are at 7:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street (between Clinton and N. Division). A reception will follow. Event is by donation, with a portion of the proceeds going to Peaceprints of WNY.

Remember the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will occur on Saturday, May 14. Catholic Charities’ 8 food pantries in Erie, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties will be among the local pantries to benefit from the bag(s) of non-perishable foods you leave for your mail carrier.

Respite Weekend for Grandmothers raising their grandchildren is scheduled from 3 PM on Friday, June 10 through 3 PM Sunday, June 12. Applications are available at our church. Questions may be directed to Sr. Maureen Harris at 716-882-3129.

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)