25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 23, 2018

The Archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael – whose feastday we celebrate on September 29 – are depicted in the stained glass windows of the skylight over the altar, on either side of the ten foot long central panel of Christ the King. In this photo by Teri Cervi, Gabriel is the fourth figure to the left of Christ, holding a palm branch. St. Michael appears in the second panel to the left of Christ holding a sword, and St. Raphael is shown in the second panel to the right of Christ. Installed in 1953, the skylight windows contain 20,000 pieces of glass set in approximately one half mile of lead strips. Together, the 15 panels weigh about 1,000 pounds.
(Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church at page 44).

September 23 – September 30, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 23 following Mass ~ Blessed Trinity School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, September 30 following Mass ~ September Birthday Blessing; Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

*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 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni (Requested by BTS Alumni)

Monday, September 24 ~ No Service

Tuesday, September  25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Healing for Micah Baldi (His Grandmother, Dorothy Prystawski)

Wednesday, September 26 ~ Ss. Cosmas and Damien ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, September 27 ~ St. Vincent dePaul ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 28 ~ St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, September 29 ~ Ss. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Healing for William Pernick (Family)

Sunday, September 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – John and Mary Nutt (Family) and Edward Dombasi Zola (Kathleen Marien)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joe Nwogu, Fran Cahill;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Maggie Gatson, Mary Kresse; CHOIR – Jack Curtin

This Sunday Blessed Trinity welcomed alumni of the parish grammar school
for their annual Memorial Mass and all-class reunion.

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection ~ There will be a special collection for Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of September 29/30.

Disciple School ~ As the leaves begin to turn and autumn descends upon us, we are all reminded that we are never too old to return to school.  This week’s gospel places the disciples in a difficult situation as they struggle to believe their Lord and Master is not of this earth. The healings, miracles, and the multiplications of bread to feed the hungry are not easy for them to comprehend.  Will they ever understand? The text of our Communion song, Bob Hurd’s Transfigure Us, O Lord is taken from Mark 9:30-37 after the actual Gospel account of Jesus’ Transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8).  This text is appropriate for today as we, as a society and a Church, plead for courage to follow the ways of the Lord.  It echoes the dilemma of the disciples who are so fearful for their future they begin to argue among themselves.  The last verse ends with the poignant question Shall we journey with you and share your Paschal road? Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, September 25 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Parish Council ~ At its meeting on Wednesday, the parish council welcomed Tom Dinder, Brenda St. John and Colleen Schroeder as new members and re-elected President Mickey Dick, Vice President Kathy Press and Secretary Tom Brodfuehrer to serve for a second one-year term.

School Alumni Sunday ~ On Sunday, September 23, we welcomed alumni of the parish grammar school and friends for their annual Alumni Sunday. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church preceded our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni of the school were remembered. We are especially pleased that members of the Class of 1968 celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with us and representatives of the Class of 1958 were present to commemorate their sixtieth. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. In the early years it was staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph, who were joined by lay faculty in the 1950s.

Mary’s Mystery Tour: Sunday, October 7 ~ There are many obvious images of the Blessed Virgin in our church, but there is a treasure trove of Marian symbols that you have probably never noticed. All are welcome to join members of the Ladies Sodality immediately after Sunday Mass on October 7 for a walking tour from the church’s front portico to its Marian entrance as we discover images of Mary “hiding in plain sight” along the way. It promises to be a fun and faith-filled way to open the month of October, which is dedicated to Mary and her Rosary as a powerful prayer for world peace.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us Friday, October 19 (6pm) at the historic Twentieth Century Club (595 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo) for Fall Fest, a benefit dinner dance for the church’s Under This Roof Fund. This promises to be a delightful, relaxing evening — the kind we haven’t been able to enjoy as a parish family in some time. Please click HERE for details and a link to our reservation form.

Retreat Set for October 20 ~ The retreat for lectors and Eucharistic ministers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 9am-4pm at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. If you serve the parish in one of these ministries, please be sure to use the sign-up sheet on the altar rail to reserve your place.

Members named to steering committee ~ The diocesan task force which met with our congregation in August has recommended that Bishop Malone create a steering committee to study the possible linkage of the CCCB parishes of Blessed Trinity, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres. Vera Andrew, Bud Dick and Bob Heicklen have been chosen to join Father Victor in representing our parish on the committee. Their first meeting is October 16. We ask that you pray for all of them as they accept this challenging assignment.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to be included.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Momnipotent ~ Tuesday September 25 (7-9pm) starts an 8-part monthly program for mothers at Queen of Heaven Church (4220 Seneca Street in West Seneca). The “Momnipotent” program validates the importance of motherhood and promotes unique strengths to find peace, purpose, balance, and joy in being a woman. Contact Selina Smith to find out more (716-342-9315 or queenofheavenmoms [at] gmail [dot] com).

Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing, Sunday September 30 at 3pm ~ Holy Hour of Prayer for Reparation and Healing with Bishop Malone at The Hour of Divine Mercy at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo).

The Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground to provide safe shelter and relief for thousands as “Florence” charges the southern east coast. To contribute to this effort, please visit redcross.org/donate. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

Worship & Services

Worship:
Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
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 fourth Sunday of the month (September-June)