Solemnity of Corpus Christi – Week of June 3, 2018

 

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 3 – June 10, 2018

Weekly Activities

Thursday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, June 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers in Priest’s Sacristy

*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, June 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ithrene Cameron (Requested by Lorna Cameron) and My Son, Ogbuagu (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Monday, June 4 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 5 ~ St. Boniface ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, June 6 ~ St. Norbert ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, June 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, June 8 ~ The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Robert and Maria Reinhart – Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Renewal of Vows – (Father Victor)

Saturday, June 9 ~ The Immaculate Heart of Mary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rite E. Curtin (The Family)

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

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Derek DeJac; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Grace Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Bernice Bradley, Alice Davis; John Curtin (Choir)

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 8
Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Heart Shrine

News from our Parish Community

Catholic Charities’ Day of Giving is June 8. The 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal is $1.25 million short of its $11 million goal. With the support of a generous donor, all new appeal gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Your $10 gift becomes $20…$50 becomes $100, etc. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the multitudes, this is your chance to feed and bless our neighbors in need. There will be a second collection on the weekend of June 2/3 to accommodate this need. Please give generously.

A Note of Appreciation ~ On behalf of the Parish, I thank and appreciate the planning committee and all others who worked hard to make our feast day and the church building’s ninetieth Anniversary a successful and beautiful Trinity Sunday celebration. May the continuous blessing of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit be with you all and your families … Father Victor

Celebrating Our Future Along With Our Past ~ As reflected in Father Victor’s message, we combined a anniversary remembrance with last Sunday’s celebration of our parish feast day. During the 10am Mass, we recognized those who have joined the parish in the last year and a half — so essential to our future — while also commemorating the 90th anniversary of the completion of our church building, dedicated by Bishop Turner on June 3, 1928. Click HERE to see photos from the Mass, the blessing of the church cornerstone and our new sign, and the social which followed.

Bridget Dick Blesnuk
July 11, 1970 – June 20, 2014
Former Music Director
1991 – 2010

Happy Summer ~ While the calendar may disagree, this past week certainly felt like summer in Western New York.  Corpus Christi has historically been the last week the choir sings until the fall. The choir members have earned a rest!  This year, they have outdone themselves by learning three new Mass settings, collaborating with other church choirs, and enhancing the liturgy at other churches in addition to our own.  They are tireless in their energy as well as their love for our Lord.  Please express your gratitude when you hear them singing with you in the congregation for the next few months. They are wonderful! This week’s offertory hymn, How Great Thou Art, reminds me of Bridget Blesnuk, our former Music Minister. She sang this hymn as a solo with the Diocesan Festival Choir and the entire congregation was moved to sing along. Bridget always enjoyed the Feast of Corpus Christi – so we sang it today to honor her memory. Hope you were moved to join in – Bridget would have loved that! Choir practice will resume in September. Please watch this space for information about how to join the Music Ministry at BT.  God Be With You ‘Til We Meet AgainElizabeth

The Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers will meet in the Priest’s Sacristy after Mass on Sunday, June 10, to prepare for summer Masses.

The Ladies Sodality Dinner is Wednesday, June 13 ~ If you haven’t already made your reservation, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net by this Wednesday, June 6. Make checks payable to: Ladies Sodality. The dinner will be held in St. Charles Hall. We are hoping to have a good turn out to welcome Sr. Maureen Harris back from her recent assignment in Tanzania, Africa. With the help of photos from her journey, Sister Maureen will share her faith experience with us, including insights into the life and ministries of the native Sisters at her congregation’s Mission. The $20 per person cost includes a buffet dinner featuring salad, vegetarian lasagna, chicken parmesan, garlic bread, dessert, coffee, tea and soda. We will gather at 6pm with plans to serve at 6:30pm. Friends and non-members are always welcome.

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

The parish’s next Bible discussion meeting will be Monday, June 18, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. The subject matter for bible discussion meetings will be from Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  In preparation for June 18, participants should read the entire week #2 section. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in the discussion, please call Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

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, please use the form on the back of the bulletin to notify the office.

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.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. Additional photos appear in their Photo Gallery.

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. Please 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.

Father Victor blesses the new church sign on Trinity Sunday 2018

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Concerts for the Soul presents “Summer Concert of Joy and Inspiration, ” Friday, June 8, at 7:30pm, SS Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer/Poet Amy Gallagher will guide you on a Musical-Poetic Journey celebrating the many gifts and ordinary miracles that greet us each day. An evening to Inspire. Event is by donation.

Chicken or Pulled-Pork BBQ Dinner at Blessed Sacrament Church (1029 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo), Sunday June 10, 2-5pm. Adult Dinners are $13 and $6 for children under 12. Takeout is also available. Pre-order tickets at 716-884-0053.

Pork Chop Dinner & Theme Basket Raffle, Sunday, June 10, from noon to 3pm at St. Andrew Church (Parish Hall – 111 Crocker Street in Sloan). Dinner includes mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet & sour cabbage, green beans, applesauce, roll & butter, beverage and dessert. Tickets are pre-sale only. Theme basket winning tickets will be drawn at 2:30 pm. For tickets, call 716-892-0425.

Annual Children’s Memorial Prayer Service  on Monday, June 11, 7 pm at St. Christopher Church (2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda). Anyone who has lost a child, regardless of  how old the child was or how long ago the loss, is invited to attend “I Light a Candle for You.” This special service includes prayers and readings, poems, music, and a candle-lighting remembrance. For more information, call 716-692-2660.

Dinner Lecture Series begins Wednesday, June 13, at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). Each of four Wednesday evening events begins with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. June 13: Beauty, Art, & Pope Francis’s Laudata Si’; June 20: Transform Daily Life Through the Trinity; July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Wordthe new Focus Features film directed by Wim Wenders, is now showing at the Eastern Hills Dipson Theater. Co-produced with the Vatican’s Office of Communication, this movie experience offers a chance to meet Pope Francis through interviews and footage of public appearances. In addition to footage from the Pope’s many international journeys, settings include unique and special locations within the Papal palaces and Vatican gardens.

Position Available: Keyboardist for Sunday 10 am Mass at St. George Parish in West Falls. If you or someone you know is interested in this (per diem) position, whether regular weekly or on a casual basis, call 716-652-3153 or email stgeorge [at] gmail [dot] com.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School announces that registration is now open for Summer Timon 2018. All boys entering fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Each day campers will experience a wide-range of activities from history tours of WNY, rowing, photography, field trips, and much more! We make sure that all our campers get a well-rounded experience, learning something new while still having fun. Week 1 is July 9-13; week 2 is July 16-20. You can sign up for both or just one. Register online at bishoptimon.com or contact Jim Barnes at 716-826-3610 for more information.

St. Joe’s Collegiate Summer, a four-week program for students entering the eighth grade, is June 25-July 20 from 9am to 3pm each day. Find out more and register at sjci.com or call 716-874-4953.

Lord Teach Me to Pray, a 3-Part Ignatian Prayer Series, begins Saturday, June 16, at 8:30am at Christ the King Seminary Retreat Center (711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY). Visit lordteachmetopray.com for more information and registration or call 504-439-5933.

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)