Fifth Sunday in Lent – Week of April 2, 2017

“Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live….” Ezekiel 37: 13-14
(Iconography from church facade. Photo credit: Margaret Dick)

April 2 – April 9, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 2 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, April 2 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Monday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at St. Martin de Porres

Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, April 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, April 9 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Penance Service in church

* There will be no Bingo on Holy Thursday, April 13, or Holy Saturday, April 15.
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

Our new daily Mass schedule is now in effect.
Mass on Mondays and Tuesdays will be an 8:00 am;
Mass on Wednesday – Friday will continue at 11:00 am.

Sunday, April 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Larry Panko (Requested by Joseph Viola)

Monday, April 3 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, April 4 ~ St. IsidoreMass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Wednesday, April 5 ~ St. Vincent Ferrer ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, April 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – John Peotock (Marge Laciura)

Friday, April 7 ~ St. John Baptist de la Salle ~ First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 a.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, April 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, April 7 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 8 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Nancy Jo Dispenza (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Sunday, April 9 ~ Palm Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Monday, April 10 ~  CCCB Lenten Penance Service at 7:00 p.m. in church

To view our complete schedule of Holy Week Services, click HERE.

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Readers: Jack Curtin, Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Dianne Riordan, Mary Kresse, Fran Cahill;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; Maggie Gatson (Choir)

News from our Parish Community

The Liturgical Committee will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, April 2, following the 10am Mass to finalize plans for Holy Week.

Our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo continues its tradition of Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses at 7pm. On April 3 we will be visiting St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton St., Buffalo.

Readers and Eucharistic Ministers will meet with Father Victor on Thursday, April 6, at 7pm.

This Friday, April 7, is First Friday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction will take place in the Daily Mass Chapel beginning at 8am and ending at 11am, followed by daily Mass. Please consider spending at least one-half hour in prayer and meditation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. If you can commit to a specific time, use the pink sign-up sheets at the side doors of the church or call the church office (716-833-0301) during regular office hours.

Stations of the Cross will take place in church at 6pm on Friday, April 7.

Penance Service Here on April 10 ~ Blessed Trinity will be the site of this year’s penance service for the CCCB parishes on Monday evening, April 10, at 7pm. We hope you will take advantage of this convenient opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we begin the most sacred week in the Christian calendar. There will be five priests available to hear Confessions.

Jack Curtin
Recipient of Lay Award of
St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Parish Agape Feast is April 23 ~ The Agape or Love Feast refers to a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ. You are cordially invited to our parish family’s Love Feast on Sunday, April 23, beginning at 5pm in St. Charles Hall. It’s meant to be an informal evening of fellowship, including recognition of the stewardship of parishioners involved in various ministries. In the spirit of communal sharing, we are asking everyone who can to contribute a food item for the feast. To assure that we cover all the essentials, please indicate the type of food you plan to bring; for example, green salad, pasta dish, meat or vegetable casserole, dessert, etc., on the signup sheets at the side doors of the church. Please plan to join in celebrating the Easter season and the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on April 23.

The next Bible Study meeting will be held Monday, April 17 at 7pm in St Charles Hall. Please prepare for discussion by reading: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, and pages 6 – 25 from the book Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. You will find copies of the 12-page bible study guide on the tables at the side doors of the church or by Clicking HERE. Please contact Fr. Victor to obtain a copy of the book Genesis 1-11.  Make sure to bring your bible, the study guide, and Genesis 1-11 with you on April 17. For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 316-8395.

Vocation View: Fifth Sunday in Lent ~ Like Lazarus, all who have faith in Christ have hope for eternal life. How might God be calling you to proclaim his hope?  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.buffalovacations.org.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning with the third Sunday in May (May 21), there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

2016 Donation Reports for tax filing purposes are available upon request. Please contact the church office if you need proof of your 2016 contributions to the church. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday; 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. 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 Wednesday. 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 Landmark church building is featured on a mural created by Danial Galas on a the building located at 72 Jewett Avenue at Halbert Street. The building was originally owned by the Culliton Ice Cream Co. Local historian and preservationist, Chuck LaChiusa, has shared some marvelous photos of the mural depicting Blessed Trinity and other historical sites in the neighborhood on his web site. Click HERE to view them.

Decorated corbels on exterior of church ambulatory
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Lenten Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty (101 Swinburne Street) March 4 – April 9 on Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-noon. Call 716-893-0412 for information.

St. Ann’s 11th Annual German Mass will take place April 2 at 12:30pm at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street at the corner of Edward). All are welcome!

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).

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)