12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of June 25, 2017

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
June 29
“The portrait heads, which appear between the arches [of the church], give some historical proof of the Church’s faithfulness to her mission. These ‘portraits’ are of the great apostles, saints, and teachers of the faith.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 22). The portrait heads of St. Peter (shown here) and St. Paul are above the church narthex and best viewed from the choir loft.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

June 25 – July 2, 2017

Weekly Activities

Thursday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, July 1 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, July 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played 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. 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.

One of the four statues on the Blessed Trinity’s
Tabernacle represents the apostle, St. Paul,
whose feast day is celebrated on June 29. Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Sister Kristen McNamera (Requested by Angela Jost) and Don Hartinger (Requested by Pat Hartinger)

Monday, June 26 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 27 ~ St. Cyril of Alexandria ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Grace Ptak (Margaret Laciura)

Wednesday, June 28 ~ St. Irenaeus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Sergio and Angelina Marinelli (Margaret Laciura)

Thursday, June 29 ~ Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, June 30 ~ First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church ~  Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, July 1 ~ St. Junipero Serra ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Nadine Leavell – Birthday Remembrance (Mickey Dick)

Sunday, July 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Nancy Jo Dispenza (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Alice Rose Schroeder (Colleen Schroeder)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Helen Roddy Gray, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Sr. Elizabeth Savage, Kathleen Marien

News from our Parish Community

A Request from the Parish Council ~ August is traditionally the month when a slate of candidates for election to the Parish Council is announced. The Council Bylaws provide for the election of four (4) new members each year on the second Sunday of September (9/10/17), with new members being welcomed at the September Council meeting (9/20/17). A nominating committee consisting of Father Victor, Vice President Mickey Dick (chair), Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky and Palma Zanghi was appointed at the June 21 Council meeting and charged with assembling a slate of candidates. They will be contacting parishioners over the summer. You may also place your own name in nomination or nominate another. If you wish to nominate someone else, please check first to be sure the person is willing to serve. Any registered member of the parish who is at least 18 years of age is eligible. It is very important that all candidates take time to learn what is expected of council members.  To nominate yourself or another, or to obtain more information about serving on the parish council, please contact any of the committee members listed above or call the church office and request that someone contact you. A bulletin insert for the weekend of June 24/25 includes a form for nominations. It will be available in church through August 13.

Join your fellow parishioners and guests Sunday evening, July 30, from 4:30 to 6:00 on board the River Queen for a one and a half hour narrated tour of the Buffalo River. The cost of the tour is $20 per person which must be paid at the time of reservation. Please contact Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793 or Bud Dick at  716-832-2540 to reserve your place.

Catholic Charities Appeal for 2017 ends June 30. We have not reached out parish goal. If we have not yet sent in your pledge or would like to increase your contribution, please do so by the June 30 deadline. Extra pledge cards are available on the tables by the church entrances. Pledges may be mailed to Catholic Charities or Blessed Trinity Church. You may also leave the pledge cards in the collection basket.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm. Luis is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Vocation View ~ Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  A many people as there may be, God loves each of us individually. Not even a hair on our head goes unnoticed. We each have a purpose! What is yours? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovocations.org.

Trinity Festival Weekend – Many heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who volunteered in making the celebration of our parish feast day so memorable, especially the people who were here all three days helping with whatever needed to be done. We know that Friday’s recital, Saturday’s church tours, and Sunday’s Liturgy each attracted people who were visiting our church and experiencing our hospitality for the first time. We thank each of you who introduced someone to our parish and welcomed guests at our fellowship events. Let us each make this a habit going forward to Trinity Sunday 2018.

Congratulations to Jonathan Sands who earned First Honors during the fourth quarter honor roll at Canisius High School this month.

Congratulations to all our graduates! As you move to the next chapter of your journey — from grade school, high school, college — we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

Volunteer with monthly “Journey Into Love” monthly diocesan marriage preparation program. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to 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.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Our Altar of Sacrifice contains a relic of St. Irenaeus, a martyr, whose feast day is celebrated on June 28. Born in Asia Minor, he studied in Rome and went to Lyons as a missionary priest and was eventually named bishop. Through his writings, we know he was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who was himself a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. Thus Irenaeus was in the direct line of the disciples. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Summer Retreat Opportunities at Christ the King Seminary begin in July. Seminar Retreat (July 9−14) with Rev. James Vacco, OFM, is open to priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, CKS students, alumni and others wishing to enter more deeply into the meaning of the baptismal call to serve in the name and the spirit of Christ Jesus. Directed Silent Retreat (July 9-12  or July 9-14) is open to for anyone wishing to come to the seminary’s peaceful setting for a special encounter with the Lord. Pray & Paint – En Plein Air Retreat (August 10-11) will be facilitated by Gina Marie Cutrona. Encounter art, pray and create during this retreat. For further information and registration for any of the retreats, contact Mr. Doug George, Director of Lay Formation, at 716-655-7091 or dgeorge [at] cks [dot] edu.

Queen of Heaven Carnival is July 7, 8, and 9 (4220 Seneca Street at Mill Road in West Seneca). Details at qofhchurch.org or call 674-3468.

Father Baker Day is Sunday, July 30. Join others in celebration at 12 noon for Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna) and reception immediately following to commemorate the 81st anniversary of Father Nelson Baker’s passing. To reserve your space at the reception, contact our Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

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)