25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 24, 2017

The Church celebrates the feast of St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660),
“champion of the poor and patron of practical charity to the needy,”
on September 27. This statue of St. Vincent is located in the
left side aisle in the church nave.

September 24 – October 1, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ BT School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 1 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish “Town Hall” Meeting 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 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Alumni (Requested by Blessed Trinity School Alumni) and James F. Eagan (Requested by Guy and Margaret Latona)

Monday, September 25 ~ No Service

Tuesday, September 26 ~ Ss. Cosmas and Damian ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – John F. Curtin (Family)

Wednesday, September 27 ~ St. Vincent dePaul ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 28 ~ St. Wenceslaus, St.Lawrence Ruiz & companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 29 ~ Ss. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, September 30 ~ St. Jerome ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Bernice Bradley; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

Parishioners Dan Korchowsky and Mickey Dick were among the guests wishing Sr. Maureen Harris (certer) success in her mission trip to Tanzania at her Sep 17 Bon Voyage Tea Party at Ss. Columba-Brigid.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship calls us to realize that each of us is called upon to give as God has given to us. We no longer base our giving on what others are giving. We no longer excuse ourselves from giving because we do not see others giving. Rather we give in proportion to all that God has given to us.

Alumni Sunday ~ On Sunday, September 24, we welcome the Blessed Trinity School Alumni for their annual Alumni Memorial Mass and all-class reunion. Parishioners who are also alumni will act as docents for a special guided mini-tour of the church and as greeters at the Mass, at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. Members of the fiftieth anniversary Class of ’67 will present the offertory gifts.

Hurricane Relief Collection ~ There will be a second collection on September 23/24 for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This will be our contribution to a diocesan-wide collection, so please do what you can to help the many thousands of people affected by the recent storms.

Over your heads, there is music in the air!  The Blessed Trinity Choir is back in full force, singing the Lord’s praises with joyful hearts. We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to enhance our liturgical experience through the gift of song. Thank you all for your continued support of music at Blessed Trinity!

Do you have a song in your heart? There are still openings in the Blessed Trinity Choir! If you think God is calling you to serve Him through a music ministry, don’t hesitate to join us at choir practice at 7:00 on Tuesday evening, September 26, in St. Charles Hall.  No audition necessary. The only requirement is a love of The Lord.

Parish Council ~ Newly elected parish council members Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams were welcomed at the Council’s September meeting, held on Wednesday, 9/20. The body elected the following officers to serve for 2017-18:  President Mickey Dick, Vice President Kathy Press, and Secretary Tom Brodfuehrer. They will be introduced to the congregation and prayed for on Sunday, October 1 after Communion. We are grateful to these individuals and all the hold-over members for their stewardship and leadership.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 1, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass. The agenda will focus on the organization’s plans for the 2017-18 calendar year.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is October 4. Father Victor will offer a Blessing of Animals on Sunday October 1 at 4pm. Please bring your pets for a blessing and thank God for their companionship.

Parish General Meeting is 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.

Roy Laciura

Thank You Roy – Welcome Jacob  ~ On behalf of our parish family, we express our gratitude to Roy Laciura for his years of service as our bookkeeper and welcome Jacob Rachwal who has taking his place. We pray that God will bless them both in their new responsibilities.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1 and continues through October 22.  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 (wristbands 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.

Save the Date ~ Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. If you have attended in the past, you know how much fun this can be. If not, you’re in for a real treat. Either way: save the date!

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.

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.

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT winetasting.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

 

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).

A lecture series, “The Life and Times of Bishop John Timon,” will being Monday, October 2, at 6:30pm. Presented by Dr. Dennis Castillo, Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary, the conclusion is Thursday October 12 at 6:30pm. Both session take place in Marian Hall below the church. More information at 716-884-0053.

The annual St. Joseph Collegiate Institute (845 Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo) Open House is Monday evening, October 2, from 5 to 7pm.

Revival 2017 is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 9-11, at 6:30pm each day at St. Martin dePorres Church, 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo,, with guest speaker, Reverend R. Tony Ricard. This event, “Shut Up and Just Listen: Jesus Has Something to Say,” is sponsored by the African American Commission and the Diocese of Buffalo. Call 716-847-2217 for more information.

Labor & Delivery Open House at Sisters Hospital (2157 Main Street in Buffalo) is Tuesday, October 10 (4:30-7:30pm). Come see why more families choose Sisters Hospital to deliver their babies than any other hospital in Western New York  Afterwards, the hospital will be presenting informational displays on infant/child CPR, sleep safety, car seat safety, childbirth classes and more! There will also be giveaways and an opportunity to win a new car seat or stroller.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and free parking is available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Catholic Health’s Health Connection at 716-923-9790.

 

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)