Fourth Sunday in Lent – Week of March 26, 2017

Today’s First Reading from the first Book of Samuel tells the story of David’s anointing as king. This depiction of David with his harp is found in the rose window in the church’s choir loft.
Photo by Duane Held

March 26 – April 2, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 26 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Monday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Sisters’s Hospital, second floor Chapel

Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

*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 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John Riordan (Requested by Family)

Monday, March 27 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Mary C. Nelson (Family)

Tuesday, March 28 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Gwendolyn Moore (David)

Wednesday, March 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, March 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, March 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, March 31 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 1 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita Mulligan (Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

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

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Angela Jost, Bob Heicklen;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; Shammy Dunnigan (Choir)

 

News from our Parish Community

We recognize and bless our Liturgical Committee members who have started planning for our liturgical celebrations. The committee will meet after Sunday Mass on April 2 to finalize plans for Holy Week.

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.

Sweet While it Lasted ~  Blessed Trinity made it to the “Stunning Sixteen” in Church Madness 2017, but Holy Trinity in Gainsville, VA — with a much larger congregation — was more successful in getting out the vote. With 1,513 votes cast in the “Trinitarian Throwdown,” the more modern house of worship scored 871 (57.6%) to our 642 (42.4%). Click HERE if you’d like to check out what would have been our competition. Polls close at 11:59pm CST on Wed., March 29, for the Ecclesiastical Eight.

Our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo continues its tradition of Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses at 7pm. On March 27 we will be visiting Sister’s Hospital (2nd Floor Chapel), 2157 Main St., Buffalo. You will receive a ticket to cover the cost of your parking.

The Parish Council meeting will meet on Wednesday March 29 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please notify Sr. Peggy Gallagher or the parish office.

Summary of February 15 Parish Council Meeting: Movement on sale of FLARE awaits action from NYS. Closing date of St. Gerard [sale] is not set. Planning continues for new “Welcome” sign on side lawn. Thanks to Luis Clay and dedicated volunteers for their service at the Food Pantry; more volunteers are welcome. Attendance at Mass is up recently and times for Masses will be reviewed for several months. Religious Education program has fourteen youths ranging from second grade to high school. Additional teachers are welcome. Also seeking those interested in joining an Event Planning Team to identify events/activities that will increase participation.

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

Stations of the Cross will take place in church at 6pm on Friday, March 31 and Friday, April 7.

The Ladies Sodality’s meeting scheduled for next Sunday, April 2, has been cancelled.

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

Penance Service 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. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we begin the most sacred week in the Christian calendar. We hope you will plan to attend.

Agape Meal Planned for 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. An early evening agape meal is being planned for our parishioners on Sunday, April 23. Please save the date and watch future “This Week” posts for more information, including how you may contribute to our shared meal.

Vocation View: Fourth Sunday in Lent:  There are many forms of blindness from which Jesus delivers us. Sometimes certain kinds of blindness prevent us from appreciating the purpose for which we have been created, and our unique place in God’s kingdom. Ask Jesus today to remove whatever is preventing you from seeing or understanding the will of the Father.  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 on Sunday May 7, there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the first Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing and also inform those who are sick 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.

Photos credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Welcome the Stranger” Monday March 27 (7pm) at St. Joseph University Community Room. The Lenten Speaker Series features Executive Director of International Institute of Buffalo. Eva Hassett, will explore issues related to refugee resettlement in Buffalo.

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.

Fish Fry catered by Krolick’s at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School March 31 (4-7pm) will be hosted by Timon’s Parent Guild. Call 716-826-3610 for information.

Polish Easter Egg Ornamentation for beginners and advanced on Saturday April 1 from 9:30am to 3:45pm at St. Casimir’s Social Center (1833 Clinton). Call 716-824-9598 to register as seating is limited.

“The Passion of Paul” presentation by by Mary Ann Getty Saturday, April 1 from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga). Please register at cbstudies.org or call 716-871-9180.

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)