Architecture

Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church is one of the finest examples of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States. Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in the heart of Buffalo, New York, the edifice is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its unique style makes it stand out from other churches in Western New York.

Blessed Trinity Parish was established in the northeast section of the City of Buffalo in 1906. In the early 1920s, the second pastor, Rev. Albert Fritton, wanted to build a new church like those found in northern Italy. He selected Chester Oakley and Albert Schallmo as architects. Construction began in 1923 and the church was dedicated in 1928. When it was completed, the total expenditures amounted to $513,000. In 1976, the replacement cost of the building was estimated at four and a quarter million dollars. Today, it would be impossible to reproduce as it now stands because craftsmen knowledgeable in the various processes used in its construction are no longer available.

The Buffalo Alliance for Sacred Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation 2011 Conference in Buffalo put our city’s architectural treasury of civic, sacred and residential landmarks “front and center” for a national audience. In the aftermath of this high profile event, a new collaborative titled the Buffalo Alliance (the “Alliance”) for Sacred Places has been formed “to promote the preservation and appreciation of the art, architecture and history of Buffalo’s houses of worship.” The initial member organizations, which began meeting in January, 2012, are Blessed Trinity, the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, Corpus Christi RC Church, and First Presbyterian Church. The group chose to participate in The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend on May 19-20, 2012 as their first collaborative initiative. Over the two-day period, Blessed Trinity welcomed 98 visitors including residents of Rochester, Toronto, Pennsylvania and Michigan. We anticipate an increase in church tours as one result of this collaborative and are looking to expand our team of parish docents. If you are interested in becoming a Blessed Trinity docent, click HERE to leave a message for Judy Casassa or Mickey Dick. To learn more about the other Alliance sites, click HERE. We would also appreciate your becoming a friend of our Alliance on its Facebook page.

The New York State Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

Blessed Trinity participates annually in The New York State Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, taking place May 21 and 22, 2016. Click HERE for more information about this opportunity to visit our church and other local houses of worship.

Doors Open Niagara

We also participate in the Bi-National Doors Open Niagara festivities each October, giving visitors to Western New York and southern Ontario an opportunity to visit many outstanding architectural jewels. In addition, tours of the church for groups and individuals can be scheduled at other times of the year by contacting the rectory (716-833-0301).

While you’re in the neighborhood, you might want to compare the medieval form of brick laying displayed in Blessed Trinity Church with that of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House, located less than a mile from the Church at 125 Jewett Parkway.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

From October 18 – 22, 2011, more than 2,500 delegates attended the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference in Buffalo. To celebrate this major tourism event and the architectural wonders of Western New York – of which we are one – Blessed Trinity opened its doors for free, docent-guided tours on October 22nd and 23rd. More than 65 visitors from as near as Woodbridge Avenue and as far as Massachusetts, Virginia, Wisconsin, San Francisco, CA (!) and Toronto, Canada joined us for Mass and/or tours of the church. Let us hope and pray that the enthusiasm and recognition around Buffalo and WNY’s magnificent sights will be an impetus to work toward building a community of peace, unity and compassion for all. Click HERE to view Blessed Trinity’s This Place Matters photo on The National Trust’s web site.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation 2011 Conference in Buffalo put our city’s architectural treasury of civic, sacred and residential landmarks “front and center” for a national audience. In the aftermath of this high profile event, a new collaborative titled the Buffalo Alliance (the “Alliance”) for Sacred Places has been formed “to promote the preservation and appreciation of the art, architecture and history of Buffalo’s houses of worship.” The initial member organizations, which began meeting in January, 2012, are Blessed Trinity, the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, Corpus Christi RC Church, and First Presbyterian Church. The group chose to participate in The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend on May 19-20, 2012 as their first collaborative initiative. Over the two-day period, Blessed Trinity welcomed 98 visitors including residents of Rochester, Toronto, Pennsylvania and Michigan. To learn more about the other Alliance sites, click HERE. We would also appreciate your becoming a friend of our Alliance on its Facebook page.

Blessed Trinity featured as “Architectural Gem” ~ A Buffalo News web site feature on Buffalo’s “Architectural Gems” includes Blessed Trinity. Click HERE to see all their choices — we’re number 13.

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)