First Sunday in Lent – Week of March 5, 2017

March 5 – March 12, 2017

Weekly Activities

Monday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at St. Lawrence Church

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

Wednesday, March 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ~ Simple Supper in St. Charles Hall,
followed by presentation by Rev. Peter Drilling at 7:00 p.m. Please bring your Bible.

Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, March 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, March 12 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, March 12 at 9:40 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Sunday, March 12 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

Monday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church

*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.

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, March 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Peter and Mary Viola (Requested by Joseph Viola)

Monday, March 6 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, March 7 ~ St. Perpetua & St. Felicity ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Anne Crocker (John J. Emerling and Robert J. Fink)

Wednesday, March 8 ~ St. John of God ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, March 9 ~ St. Frances of Rome ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, March 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 10 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anne Crocker (John J. Emerling and Robert J. Fink)

Sunday, March 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Philip Garcia (Wife and Children)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Jack Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger; Sharon Dunigan (Choir)

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

News from our Parish Community

Stations of the Cross will take place at 6pm each Friday during Lent beginning on March 3.

Religious Education Update ~ Our first religious education class, focusing on Liturgy and Prayer, took place on Sunday morning, March 5. Classes will continue each Sunday of March from 9-9:45am in St. Charles Hall. If you have not already done so, please return your completed enrollment form to the Rectory this week. Additional forms are available at Mass if needed. We will be following the Buffalo Diocesan directives for Faith Formation and parents are expected to attend class with their children.  We are in desperate need of more teachers. If you are interested in helping to teach a small group of children with planned activities, please contact Elizabeth Clay at 472-0009.

Our 2017 Parish Lenten Program begins this Wednesday, March 8. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Peter Drilling, Rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, former President-rector of Christ the King Seminary, and long-time friend of Blessed Trinity. The evening begins in St. Charles Hall with a simple supper of homemade macaroni and cheese and a green salad served from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by Fr. Drilling’s presentation at 7:00pm.  He asks that you please bring your Bible. Our discussion centering on the “the Kingdom of God” continues on Wednesday March 15 with Seminarian Moses Ikuelogbon. Our simple supper on the 15th features pizza and a green salad, served from 5:30-6:30pm in St. Charles Hall, followed by a Deacon Ikuelogbon’s presentation at 7:00pm. Sign-up sheets are at the side doors of church for anyone who would like to offer cookies for March 8 and 15. Our three-week program will conclude on Wednesday, March 22, with Prayer Around the Cross at 7:00pm in church.

Our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo continues its tradition of Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses beginning this Monday, March 6, with 7pm Mass at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 East Delavan Avenue.

Prayer Partner Program ~ The names of prayer partners were distributed at Masses this weekend. If you did not receive yours, please see Elsieta Chapman or call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 x 114 or 716-892-2471.

The Sodality’s Spring Raffle took place on Sunday, February 26, at a special coffee hour in St. Charles Hall. Congratulations to our winners: Mary Kresse – “Basket of Cheer” valued at $250; Naoma Allen – $50 gift cards for Wegmans Food Markets; Sr. Liz Savage – $50 gift card for Dash’s Market; Colleen Schroeder – gift bag of Trader Joe’s products valued at $35.00. The Sodality thanks everyone who supported the raffle, which netted $900 in proceeds. In appreciation for their generosity, we hope you will patronize the local businesses that provided our prizes.

Vocation View: First Sunday in Lent ~ Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty days of prayer and fasting. Likewise, in places of solitude we too can hear the voice of God. Take some time to listen this Lent. 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.

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.

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

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.

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.

Lenten Fish Fry for St. Margaret’s Parish is Friday March 10 from 4-6:30pm at Holy Spirit Church (85 Dakota Street). Call 716-876-5318 for tickets.

Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) is an important part of the journey into love and marriage. a Pre-Cana program is scheduled at St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda on Saturday, March 11 from 9am to 3pm in the school cafeteria. All couples planning to marry in 2017 are invited to participate in this small group preparation program. The schedule for the day includes presentations and activities with sponsor couples from our Marriage Ministry as well as time for questions and answers. Contact St. Christopher’s rectory office at 716-692-2660 to register.

Reconnect & Recharge Women’s Retreat with Spiritual Director, Ann Kern. Saturday March 11 (9am) at St. Joseph Parish, 3269 Main Street. Call 833-0298, ext. 310 for reservations.

Experience the meandering path of a Labyrinth on Monday, March 13 (11am-8pm) in the Community Room at St. Joseph University Parish (3269 Main). The Labyrinth can be thought of as a journey to God, a metaphor for the inward journey.

Catholic Women’s Conference ~ “Joyful, Patient, Faithful” will take place Saturday, March 18 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School. $35, $40 at the door…register at www.catholicwomenofbuffalo.org.

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)