23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 10, 2017

 

The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 12

September 10 – September 17, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers in Church

Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, September 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in the church

Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study 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.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John and Rita Curtin (Requested by Family) and Paul Robel (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Pope Benedict XVI prays at site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers in New York, April 20, 2008.
Photo credit: CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Monday, September 11 ~No Service

Tuesday, September 12 ~ The Most Holy Name of Mary ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, September 13 ~ St. John Chrysostom ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 14 ~ Exultation of the Holy Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 15 ~ Our Lady of Sorrows ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Marie Nutt (Mickey Dick)

Saturday, September 16 ~ St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Richard Stroh)

Sunday, September 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ William Stiffler and Margaret Schimpf (Bud and Mickey Dick) and James M. Lojacono (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Jack Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Mary Kresse, Fran Cahill; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

The BT Choir is looking for a few good men and women
to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music.

News from our Parish Community

All the teachings of Stewardship come directly from the Gospels, the Old Testament and the letters of the New Testament. Stewardship is not a new fad or environmental word.
Stewardship is the way God expected His people to live since the beginning of time.

Parish Council Elections will take place at Masses on the weekend, September 9 & 10. Pursuant to the Council’s Constitution and Bylaws, we will be electing four (4) individuals, each of whom will serve a three-year term. (Council officers are chosen by the council members at their September meeting). We thank the following parishioners who have agreed to stand for election: Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Tom Dinder, Dorothy Manuppelli, Joseph Nwoglo, Michael Ogoh, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams and Don Williams.

On Sunday, September 10, we welcome a guest choir. We thank the folk choir from St. Anthony’s Church in Lackawanna who will sing at our 10am Mass.

Readers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers will meet in the church after Mass on Sunday, Septmber 10.

Bishops’ Response to September 11 ~ Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued A Pastoral Message: Living With Faith and Hope After September 11. The message remains extremely relevant as we reflect on what happened that day. Visit www.usccb.org and search on “9/11” to re-read, reflect on, and pray with the bishops’ statement, for only with God’s help can we have the strength to forgive and the ability to live in hope instead of fear and hatred.

Do you have a song in your heart? The Blessed Trinity Choir is looking for a few good men and women to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music. The only requirement is a love of The Lord – no audition necessary. We meet on Tuesday evenings beginning September 5 from 7 to 8:30pm in St. Charles Hall.  If you have an interest in serving your Church through our music ministry, please join us. Contact Elizabeth at 716-472-0009 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ The “Bon Voyage to Tanzania Tea Party” for Sr. Maureen is Sunday, September 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid .  If you are coming and are able to bring some finger food, please sign-up on the sheets located at the side doors.  If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

Bible Study resumes Monday, September 18, at 7pm. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for information.

Blessed Trinity School Alumni will hold their annual Alumni Sunday at our church on September 24. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. If you know anyone who attended the grammar school, please be sure to mention the annual all-class gathering to them. Click HERE for additional information regarding planned activities and the Class of 1967’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (straps not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Parish General Meeting is planned for Monday evening, October 2, at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, 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.

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  has retired after 49-years of active ministry. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid took place on the weekend of August 26 and 27. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

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.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to 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 ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. 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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Employment Opportunity ~ The Franciscan Center has a part-time employment opportunity in a Transitional Independent Living Program for young men. Find out more at franciscancenterinc.org or call Fr. Joe Bayne at 716-822-8537.

The Role of Faith Communities in Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic ~ A Faith Forum, Tuesday September 19 (9:30am – 3:30pm) at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester. All are welcome. Pre-register by 9/12/17. Call 800-692-8528 or email elizabeth [dot] greenwood [at] health [dot] ny [dot] gov.

“Welcoming the Stranger” Prayer Services will take place in September. Hosted by the WNY Leadership Conference of Religious Women, come learn about refugee advocacy opportunities. Prayer services will be held on September 15 at 7pm (St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo); September 17 at 2pm (St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville and at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, 115 E. Main St., Allegany); September 24 at 2pm (Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg and at the Sacred Heart Center, 22 Meadowbrook Pkwy., Cheektowaga); and September 24 at 4:30pm (Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St., Buffalo). Personal hygiene items may be donated at any of these services to refugees in Jericho Road’s Vive program.

St. Leo the Great’s Oktoberfest is Friday September 15 at 5pm (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). Admission is $5.00 (with dinner, $20). The Frankfurters German Band will begin at 6pm. Food provided by Schnitzel & Co. Families and children welcome until 11:00pm. For more information or tickets call 716-835-8905 or visit stleothegreatamherst.com.

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program presents Understanding Islam, a four part series with Dr. Judith Martin beginning September 21 at 7pm at The University of Buffalo Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). The program continues on Oct.5 and 19, and concludes Nov. 2 ($40 registration).

Religious Emblem Program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts wishing to earn Catholic Religious Emblem badge. Adults interested in working with older scouts in the Religious Emblem Program, please join a training session on September 23. Contact Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887 or sue1221 [at] aol [dot] com.

St. Pius X Parish is hosting a Whole Community College Fair on September 28 (6-8pm) at 1700 North French Road in Getzville. For information call 716-688-5417.

World Youth Day 2019 ~ If you or someone you know is interested in World Youth Day 2019 visit jp2parish.org/wyd2019 for all the information and forms. Contact Fr. Mike at 716-627-2910 or FrMikeL [at] jp2parish [dot] org with questions or special arrangements.

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)