The Feast of Corpus Christi – Week of June 18, 2017

Our altar rail includes Latin words from the Sequence written for the Mass of Corpus Christi by St. Thomas Aquinas. The words on the left side, “Ecce panis angelorum factus cibus viatorum,” mean “Behold, the Bread of Angels is made into food for pilgrims.”
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

June 18 – June 25, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Monday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, June 24 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played 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.

Words from the Sequence continue on the right side of the Altar railing: “Vere panis filiorum non mittendus canibus,” meaning “”It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house dogs.” (Mk. 7:27)
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 18 ~ Corpus Christi~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and Chaka Chapman (Requested by Mom and Family)

Monday, June 19 ~ St. Romuald, Abbot ~  No Service

Tuesday, June 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Anniversary (Parents)

Wednesday, June 21 ~ St. Aloysius Gonzaga ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, June 22 ~ Ss. Paulinus of Nola, John Fisher and Thomas More ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent and Lucille Ihlenfeld (Susanne Bordonaro)

Friday, June 23 ~ The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~  Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, June 24 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. – James F. Eagan

Saturday, June 24 ~ The Nativity of St. John the Baptist ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John F. Curtin (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, June 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Sister Kristen McNamera (Angela Jost) and Don Hartinger (Pat Hartinger)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Don Williams, Bonnie Williams

News from our Parish Community

Honoring First Communicants ~ As we commemorate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) this Sunday, we also acknowledge our children, Charlotte Sperandeo and Simon Kresse who recently received their First Holy Communion. We pray that God will continue to guide and inspire them to grow in his love and wisdom.

Anointing of the Sick This Sunday ~ Our monthly communal anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place on Sunday, June 18, immediately after Mass and continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

Our Bible Study group will meet on Monday evening, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet, Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 38-49) on the topic of Distrust, Disobedience and Dismay. Copies may be obtained from Father Victor. Make sure to bring your Bible and copy of Agape: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. For more information, contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Parish Council Meets Wednesday ~ Our final regularly scheduled meeting until September will take place on Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Council members are reminded that we have several important agenda items to resolve, so please make every effort to attend.

New Food Pantry Hours ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm.

Members of the Choir concluded their final rehearsal until September with an ice cream social on June 13.
Photo credit: Palma Zanghi

Choir Vacation ~ The Feast of Corpus Christi marks the traditional end of the choir season. As they begin their summer break, we thank the members of the choir for their dedication and for enhancing our liturgies with song. We also express our appreciation for Elizabeth Clay, who will continue providing our instrumental music and leading us in song throughout the summer months. The choir will return to their official duties in September.

Vocation View ~ Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ:  Jesus has given us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink so as to nourish us on our journey as his disciples. God has called some to share this very gift of him-or-herself in a profound way. 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.buffalovocations.org.

Trinity Festival Weekend – Many heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who volunteered in making last weekend’s celebration of our parish feast day so memorable, especially the people who were here all three days helping with whatever needed to be done. We know that Friday’s recital, Saturday’s church tours, and Sunday’s Liturgy each attracted people who were visiting our church and experiencing our hospitality for the first time. We thank each of you who introduced someone to our parish and welcomed guests at our fellowship events. Let us each make this a habit going forward to Trinity Sunday 2018.

The Ladies Sodality held their annual June dinner on Wednesday evening , June 14, in St. Charles Hall. Members and friends enjoyed a Flag Day-themed holiday picnic supper prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. The program included a presentation by Father Victor honoring the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Sodality President Vera Andrew presented Father with the organization’s gift to the parish of $1,000 to be used in the ongoing beautification of the church’s outdoor Marian Shine. Ms. Andrew closed the evening with a reading of Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech containing a message that still resonates today.

Congratulations to all our graduates! As you move to the next chapter of your journey — from grade school, high school, college — we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

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.

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 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 ~ 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.

Sodality members and guests enjoy Flag Day picnic supper on June 14.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Mary’s Summer Camps (Lancaster, NY) offer soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders the chance to have fun and receive instruction from high school coaches, teachers and athletes. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824, ext. 235 for more information and to register for the appropriate camp session.

Mount Mercy Academy is hosting a Basketball Camp on June 26-29 for girls entering grades 4 – 9. Call 716-825-8796, ext. 320 for details.

Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo 2017/2018 enrollment deadline is June 30. Do you know any students in grades 4 or 5 who have or wish to develop a good attitude toward school and would benefit from a change?  If so, please ask them to visit the NativityMiguel website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org  or call Mrs. Langer at 716-836-5188 for details on how to apply.

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)