Fourth Sunday of Easter – Week of April 22, 2018

St. Mark, Evangelist
April 25
Painting of St. Mark by Joseph Mazur in large pendentive supporting great dome of the church.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

April 22 – April 29, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, April 24 ~ NO choir rehearsal this week.

Thursday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, April 29 at 9:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the loft.

*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, April 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Philip Garcia (Requested by Garcia Family) and Donald Konesky, Jr. (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, April 23  ~ St. George; St. Adalbert ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 24 ~ St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 25 ~ St. Mark, Evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, April 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, April 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, April 28 ~ St. Peter Chanel ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Donald Szymanski (John Curtin)

Sunday, April 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Marjorie Weber (Barbara A. Blantern)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley ; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky; Fran Cahill (Choir)

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: Growing in generosity … rooted in faith

BT Welcomes Tourists and Music Lovers ~ On the weekend of May 5-6, 2018, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Eighth Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. The theme this year is “Sacred Sounds and Settings.” The Open House will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, with our own choir offering a musical interlude between 4:00 and 4:30 Mass; and on Sunday, May 6 from 12:00 noon (after 10:00 Mass) to 2:00 PM. From 2:00 to 3:00 PM, the a cappella singers of St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum will join us with their beautiful melodies. The whole parish is invited to enjoy their very special “sacred sounds”. Click HERE for more details about our open house events.

Docent Terry Gress (left) gives a visiting family his unique perspective on the nave and dome during a previous Sacred Sites Open House.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for Sacred Sites Weekend: docents, greeters, sellers, and hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket, and Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. (You may also use the CONTACT  feature of our web site to leave a message for Judy with your preferred day and time). Please sign up to participate by Sunday, April 29.Thank you!!

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Imagine what it would be like to not have clean, running water. Living on the Great Lakes, we take it for granted. Millions throughout this world are not so fortunate.  On April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day.  At this time, the Ladies Sodality would like to make you aware of something we can do as a parish to give thanks for our God-given natural resources. “Give the gift of clean water” to those in need through a Felician Sisters sponsored mission program that is taking place in Jacmel, Haiti.  The Felician Missionary Sisters have partnered with the “Water with Blessings” program to help bring the life-giving gift of clean water to the people they serve. For only $60, we can provide a Haitian mother with a simple device that filters unclean water into drinking water for her family and neighbors. Can you spare a few dollars or more? From Earth Day through Mother’s Day (April 22 – May 13), the Sodality will be collecting money to purchase these water filters. Please take a “Water with Blessings” envelope from the table near the church doors and use it to drop your donation in the collection basket. Let’s see how many filter systems we can make available for families in Haiti. Thank you for your support! To learn more, visit waterwithblessings.org.

Nick DelBello

Musical Notes ~ This week we welcomed Nick DelBello back to the loft – how wonderful to have him celebrating Good Shepherd Sunday with us! Many of the complex four-part hymn arrangements we enjoy at Blessed Trinity were spear-headed by Nick when he was our Minister of Music. Thank you, Nick, for your musical legacy as well as your willingness to continue to support our liturgy. Shall We Gather at the River is the popular name for a traditional Christian hymn, Hanson Place, written by American Robert Lowry in 1864. The original title refers to Hanson Place Baptist Church in Brooklyn where Lowry served as minister. The song’s lyrics of anticipation of restoration and reward reference the motifs found in Revelations 22:1-2 – a crystal clear river with the water of life, issuing from the throne of Heaven.  What a lovely image to shepherd us on to a new week! There is no choir practice this week.  Choir practice resumes on Tuesday, May 1, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Elizabeth

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who prepared dinner on Saturday, April 21, for temporarily homeless families sheltered for the week at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21. If you want to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Bishop Malone has asked for a count of Mass attendance during three consecutive weeks (April 15, 22, and 29) in order to measure the capacity of seating in our churches and to determine our church population. Visitors from his task force will be here to document the attendance for those weeks.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there–pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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.

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth;
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
by Dorothy Frances Gurney

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Health is sponsoring a Dinner Program Discussing Vascular Disease Management on Wednesday, April 25 (5:30-7:30pm) at Protocol Restaurant (6766 Transit Road in Amherst). Call 716-447-6205 to register. Catholic Health invites area residents to attend two free dinner programs each year. Admission for each additional program is $20 and includes dinner.

Nativity Miguel Buffalo, a faith-based middle school with single gender campuses, is now accepting applications for grades 5 and 6. Visit nativitymiguelbuffalo.org or call 716-852-6852 (girls) or 716-835-5188 (boys).

The Congrega Society at St. Lawrence Parish (1520 East Delavan Avenue) invites you to experience a devotion to Our Blessed Mother under the title of Crowned Virgin on Saturday, April 28, at 9am. There is a free continental breakfast following the Mass. Please call Mary Jean Steinhayser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

High School freshman, sophomores, and juniors are invited to apply to join the Diocesan Youth Board. Visit dobyouth.org to find out more and apply.

How do we deal with end of life issues for myself and my loved ones? Presentation by Patricia Bomba, MD, Medical Director of Geriatrics for Univera Healthcare is Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm at St. John Paul II Community Room (2052 Lakeview Road in Lake View). Visit jp2parish.org for more information

May 1 to May 9 is Novena in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. The Dominican Nuns will celebrate a Novena to Our Lady at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary (335 Doat Street in Buffalo). Confessions will be heard beginning at 6:15pm. The recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6:40pm and Holy Mass is at 7pm. All are welcomed to attend. Call 716-892-0066 for further information.

Camp Turner is hiring ages 16 and up for support staff for 2018 Summer Session (July 1 – August 19). Visit campturner.com for information and application.

Healing the “Broken” Heart…Monday, May 7 at 4pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga), presented by Sister Donna Lord, GNSH, Mercy Hospital Chaplain. Losing a loved one can result in a broken heart. Grief affects the heart. There is a void that cannot be filled. Speaker, Sister Donna will focus on the testimony of love shared and ways to honor that love as one strives towards healing the broken heart. Bring a 4×6 picture of your loved one and RSVP for supplies. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

The African American Commission of The Office of Cultural Diversity Presents a retreat on Saturday, May 19 (9:30am-3:30pm) for those over 55 years old.  EMBRACING LIFE CHANGES: God + Self + Others, will be held at St. Anthony’s Church (306 Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna). Call 716-847-2217 for more information or email  mramos [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Thursday May 24 is Rock Around the Block, hosted by St. John School (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore) with food trucks and music by Vinderosa Trio. Call 716-873-6500 for more information.

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)