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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.

Welcome to “Fall Fest” – Friday, October 19, 2018

Twentieth Century Club Dining Room

Friday, October 19, 2018
Twentieth Century Club
Cocktails: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Please join us at Fall Fest on Friday, October 19, as parishioners and friends enjoy an elegant evening at Buffalo’s historic Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Avenue. The event includes: a one-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner and live music by Neville Francis.
This $100 per person fundraiser benefits our Under This Roof Fund and will help fund the replacement of roof tiles and repairs to the front stairs and entrance plaza of our Landmark church. This work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019 as part of our New York State grant project.
The building which houses the Twentieth Century Club is another of Buffalo’s architectural treasure. You will be welcomed to a historic site which has, since 1894, played host to dignitaries including President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and Mr. and Mrs. Booker T. Washington.
Reservations are due by Thursday, October 11, and may be made by returning a completed reservation form with the appropriate funds to the church office or calling 716-833-0301, Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Twentieth Century Club

 

An Inside Look – 2018 Holiday Tours

Photo Credit: Ray Ordinario – Ft. Erie, ON

Sunday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Explore Buffalo® has once again chosen to showcase Blessed Trinity with docent-led tours of the church in October, November and December. Take advantage of a little holiday “down time” to experience our one-of-a-kind replication of twelfth-century Lombard-Romanesque architecture featuring handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, an elaborate display of medieval iconography, and more than 2,000 symbols summarizing Christian beliefs in ceramic tiles, paintings and sculpture.
Our site is wheelchair accessible, and visitors are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars.
A non-profit organization, Explore Buffalo® provides tours and other opportunities to discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history, and neighborhoods.

Click HERE to reserve your place on
October 28, November 24 or December 30.

Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricell

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 16, 2018

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
September 21
St. Matthew, whose feast day is celebrated on September 21, is depicted in this pendentive supporting Blessed Trinity’s great dome. “Since Christ sent the Apostles out to preach the Good News of how much God loves us, this church rightly places the missionary emphasis of the Church in a prominent position.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 21. Photo Credit: Gary Kelley.

September 16 – September 23, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 16 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging

Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible discussion in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Sunday, September 23 following Mass ~ Blessed Trinity School Alumni Reception 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 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Requested by Richard Stroh) and Celia, Robert, Aurora, and Emanuel Marien (Requested by Kathleen Marien)

Monday, September 17 ~ St. Robert Bellarmine ~ No Service

Tuesday, September  18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kevin Viola and Joseph Viola (Family)

Wednesday, September 19 ~ St. Januarius ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, September 20 ~ Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 21 ~ St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, September 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Birthday Thanksgiving for Frances Pernick (Family)

Sunday, September 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni (BTS Alumni)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 22 & 23:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; CHOIR – Dan Korchowsky

On Sunday, Sep 23, we welcome alumni of Blessed Trinity School for their annual Mass and all-class reunion. This photo from the 1950s shows Pastor Rev. Charles Kraehn and a group of the school’s “patrol boys.”

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection ~ There will be a special collection for Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of September 15/16.

Parish Bible Discussion Meetings  will resume on Monday, September 17 at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall.  Readings for these meetings are taken from Genesis 12-23,  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Assigned reading for September 17 is the entire Week 3 section. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 if you wish to obtain the book and participate in the discussion.

Instruments of Peace ~ Sometimes the texts of the hymns we sing at Mass are beautifully prayerful. This text by Barbara Bridge says it all:
God of love, your gift of peace is planted deep within our hearts.
God of peace, wherever there is hatred, may we bring your love.
May we bring your hope and gladness where despair and sadness are.
May we seek to understand another with a patient heart.
Faithful God, wherever there is darkness, may we bring your light.
God of mercy, help us to forgive when there is injury done.
Gracious God, whenever people hunger, may we fill their need.
Set us free from all our fear and anger; set us free to love.
Make me an instrument of your peace.
Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

New Parish Council Member
Colleen Schroeder

New Parish Council Member
Thomas Dinder

New Parish Council Member
Brenda St. John

Parish Council ~ The first meeting of our new Parish Council is this Wednesday, September 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. After our summer recess, there are a number of time-sensitive items on the agenda, as well as our new member welcome and selection of officers and committee chairs. Please call Mickey Dick at 832-2540 if you will be unable to attend.

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ On Sunday, September 23, we welcome alumni of the parish grammar school and friends for their annual Alumni Sunday. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni of the school will be remembered. We are especially pleased that members of the Class of 1968 will be with us to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary, as well as representatives of the Class of 1958 who will be commemorating their sixtieth. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. If you know anyone who attended the grammar school, please be sure to mention the annual all-class gathering to them. Click HERE for additional information regarding planned activities and weekend events of the Class of ’68.

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. Letters and reservation forms have been mailed to parishioners. Additional copies may be found at the side doors.

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.

Know Your FaithWhat is a Sacrament? A sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace instituted by Jesus by which grace is given to us. The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders. (We shall examine each of these seven sacraments in the future). What are the reasons for the Sacrament? The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God; but being signs, they also have a teaching function. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and object, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called “sacraments of faith.” The sacraments impart grace but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God rightly, and to practice charity. How is it a means of Salvation? When we receive grace, grace helps us to live worthy lives as Christians. The doctrine of the sacraments is the doctrine of the second part of God’s way of salvation to us. It deals with the holy signs which Christ instituted as the vehicles of his grace. Why say Christ instituted the sacrament? Each of the seven sacraments corresponds to an action taken by Jesus Christ during His life here on earth. Jesus received baptism at the hands of John the Baptist; He blessed the marriage at Cana through the miracle of the water-made-wine; He consecrated bread and wine at the Last Supper, declared that they were His Body and Blood, and ordered his disciples to do the same; He breathed on those same disciples and gave them the gift of His Holy Spirit; etc. Finally, when the Church administers the sacraments to the faithful, she recalls the events in Christ’s life that correspond to each sacrament. Through the various sacraments, we are not only granted the graces that they signify; we are drawn into the mysteries of Christ’s own life.

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.

Symbols of the seven sacraments appear in the dome window soffits. From rt. to lt. in this photo: crosier (Confirmation), chalice (Eucharist), crossed keys (Reconciliation), Ambry
(Anointing of the Sick), clasped hands (Matrimony)
Photo Credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Healing Through Meditation,” Tuesday, September 18, 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore with presenter, Dawn Iacono, Director of Parish Outreach at St. Leo the Great Church.  From scripture to quieting one’s inner self to a hands-on expression, Dawn will lead us on a meditative journey. Registration is limited and open to the community at no charge. Call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services, at 716-873-6500.

A Peace-Justice-Non Violence Assembly, sponsored by the WNY Peace Center, Thursday, September 20, 5:30pm in Niagara Square, Buffalo. A time to stand together for the world we want. Time to end the violence of: poverty, racism and war. Time to end violence against immigrants, women, the marginalized and Mother Earth. Let us stand together to develop a culture of non-violence. Info at 716-332-3904 or wnypeace.org.

Open House at Mt. Olivet Cemetary (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo), Saturday, September 22 from 9am to 2pm. Pre-planning discount and incentives available.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 9, 2018

Feast of St. Peter Claver ~ September 9
St. Peter Claver (1581-1654) was a servant and missionary to the newly-arrived African slaves in South America. In addition to the Four Evangelists, Blessed Trinity places Peter Claver and other missionaries in a prominent position in the church to emphasize the importance of preaching the Good News.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley

September 9 – September 16, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Appointment of new Parish Council Members

Sunday, September 9 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. ~ NO Choir Rehearsal this Tuesday (see Sunday entry)

Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, September 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

Sunday, September 16 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging

Monday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible discussion 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 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Edward Wilbert (Seta and Family)

Monday, September 10 No Service

Feast of St. John Chrysostom
September 13

Tuesday, September  11 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kevin Viola (Joseph Viola)

Wednesday, September 12 ~ Most Holy Name of Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, September 13 ~ St. John Chrysostom ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 14 ~ Exaltation of the Holy Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (The Family)

Saturday, September 15 ~ Our Lady of Sorrows ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John and Rita Curtin (The Family)

Sunday, September 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Richard Stroh) and Celia, Robert, Aurora, and Emanuel Marien (Kathleen Marien)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, David Iheki;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Maggie Gatson, John Curtin; CHOIR – Sharon Dunnigan

News from our Parish Community

New Parish Council Member
Brenda St. John

Parish Council Candidates ~ The Council’s nominating committee is pleased to announce that the following parishioners have agreed to serve on the Parish Council for the 2018-21 term: Thomas Dinder, Brenda St. John, and Colleen Schroeder. They will be introduced at Mass on Sunday, September 9 and appointed at the next Council meeting on September 19. We are especially grateful to these individuals and the members of the current council who served on the nominating committee, chaired by Vice President Kathy Press.

New Parish Council Member
Thomas Dinder

Sodality September Meeting. The Ladies Sodality will hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 9, following the 11am Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join them as the board reveals their plans and proposed programs for the 2018-19 year.

New Parish Council Member
Colleen Schroeder

Special Collection ~ There will be a special collection for Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of September 15/16.

Piano or Organ? We are blessed at BT to have a beautiful pipe organ as well as a baby grand piano in our sanctuary.  You hear both utilized during the Mass, but what are their strengths and differences?

The organ has sixty-one keys on each of its three keyboards as well as an additional thirty-two notes on its pedalboard played by the feet. The sound of the instrument is made by the movement of air through pipes, each key on the organ opening a stop on a specific pipe to allow air to pass through and make sound.  The most distinct features of the organ are its ability to sustain sound indefinitely and its ability to play combinations of multiple sounds of different instruments from its ranks of pipes. A “rank” is a series of pipes that corresponds to the number of notes on the manual that sound like a different instrument – an oboe, trumpet or clarinet, for example.  The more ranks that are combined, the more an organ begins to sound like a full orchestra.

The piano is a single 88-note keyboard with each note playing a different pitch in the scale. The keys on the left side play very low notes and the keys on the right side play very high notes. The piano does not possess the ability to play sounds other than its natural one, and each note sounds and decays over a short time because the sound is created by a hammer striking a stretched string when the key is depressed. The length of decay can be prolonged by the use of a damper pedal, but the notes will have to be restruck to continue their sound.  Any sense of variety in the piano is created by the manipulation of chord structures by the pianist.While both the piano and organ share the same keys, the action and energy required by the hands to play them are actually quite different. The organ is a workout for the entire body, using arms, hands and feet constantly to play notes, adjust the volume, and change the instrumentation.  Pressing a key lightly or with force creates the same amount of sound on an organ. More hand strength is required to play the piano, as it is the physical action of the fingers that translates into the striking of the strings that controls the volume of the music. The case of the piano can be opened with either a short or long stick, which affects the volume and timbre of the music, but it is mostly the skill of the musician that creates the variety you hear. Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome. Elizabeth

Parish Bible Discussion Meetings  will resume on Monday, September 17 at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall.  Readings for these meetings are taken from Genesis 12-23,  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Assigned reading for September 17 is the entire Week 3 section. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 if you wish to obtain the book and participate in the discussion.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, September 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Any member who is unable to attend should call Mickey Dick at 716-832-2540.

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.

Garden Angels ~ As summer draws to a close, we pause to recognize our “Garden Angel,” Judy Casassa, who has dutifully attended to the gardens on the church’s east side. Your devotion and hard work are greatly appreciated.

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.

Prayerful thanks to David Folmar and Mickey Dick who performed some much needed weeding of Mary’s grotto garden — just in time for her September feastdays.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Deacon Ordinary ~ On Saturday, September 15, you are invited to attend the Ordination of Deacons with the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo at 9:30am at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (Ridge Road and South Park Avenue in Lackawanna).

Open House at Mt. Olivet Cemetary (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo), Saturday, September 22 from 9am to 2pm. Pre-planning discount and incentives available.

Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You! An 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven, begins Monday,  September 10 (7-8:30pm) at St. Gregory the Great (Gathering Room – 200 St. Gregory Ct. in Williamsville). Take a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information, contact Dawn Iacono at stgregsmoms [at] gmail [dot] com.

Meeting God Encounters begins Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton Street in Buffalo). Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Here’s a home improvement project for the soul. Jesus is knocking; he’s dying, or rather has died, to enter your home. He invites himself saying, “If you open, I will enter and have supper with you.” (Rv. 3:20) Discover, with Fr. Czeslaw Krysa, Diocesan Director of Worship, how believing families have encountered the living God at home, not just in church. This meeting will be held on Wednesdays through November 14.  For more information and to register, call 716-847-5545.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

“Healing Through Meditation,” Tuesday, September 18, 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore with presenter, Dawn Iacono, Director of Parish Outreach at St. Leo the Great Church.  From scripture to quieting one’s inner self to a hands-on expression, Dawn will lead us on a meditative journey. Registration is limited and open to the community at no charge. Call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services, at 716-873-6500.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 2, 2018

“Every worthwhile gift, every genuine benefit comes from above, descending from the Father…. He wills to bring us to birth … so that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” James 1:17-18.
(Woodcarving in rear of church symbolizing offering of first fruits and tithes [wheat and grapes] to the Lord).

September 2 – September 9, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, September 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Sunday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Appointment of new Parish Council Members

Sunday, September 9 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting 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 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler (Requested by Family)

Monday, September 3 ~ St. Gregory the Great ~ Labor Day Holiday ~ No Service

Tuesday, September  4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Randy and Rosanne Burgio (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Wednesday, September 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, September 7 ~ First Friday ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (The Family)

Saturday, September 8 ~ Nativity of the Bl. Virgin Mary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – In Honor of the Sisters of St. Francis (Sr. Ann Helene Koenig)

Sunday, September 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Edward Wilbert (Seta and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 8 & 9:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi, Richard Plunkett;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse

Parish Council Candidate
Thomas Dinder

News from our Parish Community

First Friday ~ There will be NO Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament or Benediction this Friday, September 7. However, daily Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m.

Parish Council Candidate
Colleen Schroeder

Parish Council Candidates ~ The Council’s nominating committee is pleased to announce that the following parishioners have agreed to serve on the Parish Council for the 2018-21 term: Thomas Dinder, Brenda St. John, and Colleen Schroeder. They will be introduced at Mass on Sunday, September 9. We are especially grateful to these individuals and the members of the current council who served on the nominating committee, chaired by Vice President Kathy Press.

Sodality September Meeting. The Ladies Sodality will hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 9, following the 11am Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join them as the board reveals their plans and proposed programs for the 2018-19 year.

There’s a Song in the Air ~ Music Ministry provides beauty, joy, comfort, inspiration, and musical prayer for our communal liturgies and various parish celebrations. This is possible due to a generous sharing of time and talent of diverse and committed members. If you have a song in your heart and want to learn, come sing with us. Our organ restoration continues and the instrument is in better shape than it has been for years. The choir loft has been thoroughly cleaned and organized and is finally ready to welcome your voice. Come learn more about Music Ministry on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome and refreshments will be served … Elizabeth

Parish Bible Discussion Meetings  will resume on Monday, September 17 at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall.  Readings for these meetings are taken from Genesis 12-23,  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Assigned reading for September 17 is the entire Week 3 section. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 if you wish to obtain the book and participate in the discussion.

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.

Know Your FaithWhat are the sins against the Holy Spirit? According to the teaching of the church, there are six sins that blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. They are:

  • Despair (believing that one’s evil is beyond God’s forgiveness);
  • Presumption (glory without merit, that is, hope of salvation without keeping the Commandments, or expectation of pardon for sin without repentance);
  • Envying the goodness of another (sadness or repining at another’s growth in virtue and perfection);
  • Obstinacy in sin (willful persisting in wickedness, and continuing to sin, after sufficient instructions and admonition);
  • Final impenitence (to die without either confession or contrition for our sins), and
  • Impugning the known truth (to argue against known points of faith, including misrepresenting parts or all of the Christian faith to make it seem undesirable).

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.

Parish Council Candidate
Brenda St. John

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place is a social program for older adults over the age of sixty. The program is designed to provide assistance with activities of daily living (physical, cognitive, and socialization). The program is held in a safe supervised environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Nutritious meals and snacks are included, as well as shower services. For more information call 716-896-6388 or visit ccwny.org.

Workshop / Retreat / Concert with David Haas and Lori True, Saturday, September 8, at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood). Workshop ($15) begins at 9am with concert ($25) at 7pm. Call Maria Perron at 716-490-4187 for information or visit eventbrite.com.

The Congrega Society of Buffalo invites you to attend their Biannual Mass  at St. Lawrence Church (1520 East Delevan Avenue in Buffalo)  on Saturday, September 8 at 9am with Celebrant Rev. Paul Seil. Prayer and music included and a continental Breakfast / Meeting will follow in the Church Hall. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 716-870-3864. The Congrega Society has 45 members from the WNY area.  We honor the Mother of God under the title of “Crowned Virgin” through prayers and sacrifice.  The Society was founded in 1920 at St. Lawrence and is linked with the same ancient devotion in Pescasseroli, Italy.

Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You! An 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven, begins Monday,  September 10 (7-8:30pm) at St. Gregory the Great (Gathering Room – 200 St. Gregory Ct. in Williamsville). Take a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information, contact Dawn Iacono at stgregsmoms [at] gmail [dot] com.

Meeting God Encounters begins Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton Street in Buffalo). Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Here’s a home improvement project for the soul. Jesus is knocking; he’s dying, or rather has died, to enter your home. He invites himself saying, “If you open, I will enter and have supper with you.” (Rv. 3:20) Discover, with Fr. Czeslaw Krysa, Diocesan Director of Worship, how believing families have encountered the living God at home, not just in church. This meeting will be held on Wednesdays through November 14.  For more information and to register, call 716-847-5545.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

“Healing Through Meditation,” Tuesday, September 18, 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore with presenter, Dawn Iacono, Director of Parish Outreach at St. Leo the Great Church.  From scripture to quieting one’s inner self to a hands-on expression, Dawn will lead us on a meditative journey. Registration is limited and open to the community at no charge. Call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services, at 716-873-6500.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 26, 2018

“Jesus then said to the Twelve, ‘Do you also want to leave?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’.” Jn. 6:68-70
Ceramic relief of Peter and Christ over exterior of right (west) door.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News.

August 26 – September 2, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, August 26 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Birthday Blessing in church for those born in the month of August

Thursday, August 30 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, August 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played 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, August 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sylvia Heicklen (Son, Robert) and In Thanksgiving for the Baptism of Noah Osarobo Igbinigie (Parents)
Baptism of Noah Osarobo Igbinigie

Monday, August 27 ~ St. Monica ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 28 ~ St. Augustine ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Charlotte Casassa (Judy Casassa)

Wednesday, August 29 ~The Passion of St. John the BaptistMass at 11:00 a.m. –  Kevin Viola (Joseph Viola)

Thursday, August 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, August 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, September 1 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Sandra Gmyrek (Jack Curtin)

Sunday, September 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 1 & 2:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Kathleen Marien, Maggie Gatson

The Passion of St. John the Baptist
August 29
St. John the Baptist ends the procession of prophets and saints
from the Jewish Bible in Joseph Mazur’s artistic rendering in the dome of our church.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

Parish Council is still looking for a few good men and women to run for the next 3-year term.  If you are interested  use the green nomination forms at the side doors. Give any one of the committee members listed on the form a call if you  have any questions.  Please submit your nomination form by August 29 and see Mickey Dick after Mass on September 2 to have your photo taken. Elections will be held at Masses on September 8 and 9.  Thank You for your consideration in serving on your Parish Council.

Sodality September Meeting. The Ladies Sodality will hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 9, following the 11am Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join them as the board reveals their plans and proposed programs for the 2018-19 year.

To Sing (the Gloria) or Not to Sing? ~ With regard to singing the Glory to God, the Roman Missal says that this hymn is either sung or spoken. Generally, one would want to sing a song rather than recite it, but it is considered so important to the gathering rites on Sundays and certain other days that, even when it is not possible to sing it, the rubrics call for it to be recited. Why do we at BT sometimes sing the Gloria, but sometimes recite it? Father Victor has requested that we recite the Gloria at least once a month so we, as participants in the liturgy, actively learn it. He also requested that Mass Setting be changed periodically to help keep our liturgy dynamic. The Mass Setting is the music we sing during the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Holy, Holy, Holy; the Mystery of Faith; the Great Amen; and the Lamb of God). Did you know that except for the introduction to the Mass of the day, and generally except for the homily, the entire Mass could be sung? All the prayers, including the Eucharistic Prayer, as well as all of the readings, intercessions, greetings, blessing, and dismissal all have a long tradition of being sung. While our Music Ministry at Blessed Trinity is quite dynamic, we still have other avenues to explore as we continue to search for ways to glorify our God. Choir practice resumes Tuesday September 4th at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome! … Elizabeth

Artist George Palmer

Featured Artist with a BT Connection ~ The Kenan Center House Gallery (433 Locust Street in Lockport) is currently exhibiting “George Palmer: His Many Faces, 1956 – 2018,” featuring more than 80 artworks from the long career of Mr. Palmer who, at the age of 93, is still painting and teaching art from his Kenmore Avenue Studio. Parishioners may recognize George who occasionally attends our Sunday Mass, but his BT connection goes back to the beginning of his seven-decade career. In the early 1960s, Mr. Palmer painted the portrait of our fourth pastor, Rev. Charles T. Kraehn, which hangs in the Dewey Avenue entrance of St. Charles Hall. The exhibit continues through August 26 at the Kenan Center, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 12 Noon – 5pm and Sun. 2 – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations help the Center to continue its mission of service to the WNY community.

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 attend.

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.

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.

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.

“We thank you, the Creator, for all things bright and good, the seed time and the harvest, our life our health, our food.”
Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place is a social program for older adults over the age of sixty. The program is designed to provide assistance with activities of daily living (physical, cognitive, and socialization). The program is held in a safe supervised environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Nutritious meals and snacks are included, as well as shower services. For more information call 716-896-6388 or visit ccwny.org.

Workshop / Retreat / Concert with David Haas and Lori True, Saturday, September 8, at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood). Workshop ($15) begins at 9am with concert ($25) at 7pm. Call Maria Perron at 716-490-4187 for information or visit eventbrite.com.

The Congrega Society of Buffalo invites you to attend their Biannual Mass  at St. Lawrence Church (1520 East Delevan Avenue in Buffalo)  on Saturday, September 8 at 9am with Celebrant Rev. Paul Seil. Prayer and music included and a continental Breakfast / Meeting will follow in the Church Hall. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 716-870-3864. The Congrega Society has 45 members from the WNY area.  We honor the Mother of God under the title of “Crowned Virgin” through prayers and sacrifice.  The Society was founded in 1920 at St. Lawrence and is linked with the same ancient devotion in Pescasseroli, Italy.

Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You! An 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven, begins Monday,  September 10 (7-8:30pm) at St. Gregory the Great (Gathering Room – 200 St. Gregory Ct. in Williamsville). Take a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information, contact Dawn Iacono at stgregsmoms [at] gmail [dot] com.

Meeting God Encounters begins Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton Street in Buffalo). Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Here’s a home improvement project for the soul. Jesus is knocking; he’s dying, or rather has died, to enter your home. He invites himself saying, “If you open, I will enter and have supper with you.” (Rv. 3:20) Discover, with Fr. Czeslaw Krysa, Diocesan Director of Worship, how believing families have encountered the living God at home, not just in church. This meeting will be held on Wednesdays through November 14.  For more information and to register, call 716-847-5545.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

Alumni Committee Adopts 2018 Bell Restoration Project

The Alumni Committee has decided to forgo the usual money raffle this year and instead take on a project to help Blessed Trinity.  The recent sale of the old school building has necessitated removal of the church/school bell located in the building’s bell tower.

The combination church/school building opened in 1907, and two years later the 1,200 pound bell manufactured by the McShane Bell Company in Baltimore, Maryland was installed in its bell tower. It was customary for a church bell to be given a saint’s name, and Blessed Trinity’s bell — a gift of parishioner Helen Eckard — is named after St. Cecilia, the patroness of musicians.

Your only recollection of the bell may be a nun’s stern warning not to touch the bell rope hanging outside the third floor gym. However, from its installation in 1909 until the dedication of the new church in 1928, it was recognized throughout the neighborhood as a call to pray the Angelus and a summons to Sunday and Holy Day Masses.

The bell has not been rung on a regular basis for almost a century.  If you attended the 2006 reunion Mass, the bell was rung at that time, and it has not tolled since until Trinity Sunday of this year when alumni from the classes of 1958 and 1975 did so in recognition of the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the “new” church. Blessed Trinity is working with the Verdin Bell Company and John Cozzarelli, the new owner of our former school building, to facilitate removal of the bell, probably in early September. The present plan is to have the bell repaired and restored at Verdin’s facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then brought back to Buffalo for placement on the parish grounds. The church will then once again be able to use the bell and preserve an important part of its past.

Obviously this removal and restoration project comes with a cost. The parish is fortunate to have covered a portion of the expense thanks to Mr. Cozzarelli and a fortuitous donation from a couple who happened to attend a Sunday Mass and wanted to help with the project.  The Alumni Committee believes that we could fund the balance of this project as a lasting gift to the parish from its school Alumni.  We are hoping that you will agree.

If you would like to contribute to the bell project, please make your check payable to Blessed Trinity Alumni and specify “bell donation” on the memo line of the check. Checks may be mailed to “Blessed Trinity School Alumni, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214. Donors’ names will be displayed in the church and on the church’s web site. (Written acknowledgements will also be provided if required by IRS Regulations).  We hope you will join the members of the Alumni Committee in making this campaign “a bell ringer”!

Recent photo of bell

2018 Alumni Mass and Reunion Set for September 23

Alumni Mass – Our Annual Alumni Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Church on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM. We look forward to welcoming all Alumni, especially the Fiftieth Anniversary Class of 1968. A reception in St Charles Hall following the Mass provides an ideal opportunity to view or display school photos and memorabilia, reminisce and renew old acquaintances. As in past years, we ask those who are able to bring a food item to share at the reception.

As part of our Annual Mass we pause to remember all deceased alumni and faculty. The names of graduates who have passed away since last year’s Mass will be read. We will be remembering Patricia Dolan Speyer, ’48; Frederick Godert, Jr.,’72; Robert “Bob” Leins, ’55; John “Jack” Drennen, ’43; Corene Stocker, ’48; Bertha “Betty” Steck Brachmann, ’45; Cornelius A. O’Donnell II, ’36; Shirley Horn Pitts, ’39; Marlene Mauger, ‘67; David Adowski, ’73; Thomas O’Connor, ’60; James “Jim” Castro, 57; Roberta S. Meister, ’67; Lucille O’Connor Ryan, ’55; Patrick J. McPartland, ’59; and Rev. Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, who served as pastor from 1970-74. Please inform the Committee if you are aware of other recent alumni or faculty deaths so that they may be included as well.

The Class of 1968 will kick-off their 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, September 22, with a cocktail reception and dinner at Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd. in Cheektowaga. They plan to assemble again on Sunday at the Alumni Mass and reception. Gary Schmelzer and his committee have worked hard to locate their former classmates. If you are one of them and have not yet been contacted, please reach out to Gary at 716-961-8388 or Gizmo1914 [at] roadrunner [dot] com.

Alumni Project – The Alumni Committee has decided to forgo the usual money raffle this year and instead take on a project to help Blessed Trinity. Based on your past participation in our annual fundraiser, we anticipate your generous support of this campaign to restore an important piece of church and school history. The project is explained in a separate post on this page.

Tom Brodfuehrer
interprets iconography on the church facade.

Church Tour – Since 2011, Blessed Trinity has made a concerted effort to promote its Landmark church as a destination site for tourists. A dedicated team of volunteer docents (including several alumni) help visitors appreciate the architectural features and religious symbolism displayed in our Landmark building. There will be a special 30 minute tour for alumni and friends beginning at 9:30 AM on September 23. Please assemble in front of the church. (In the event of inclement weather, wait in the front vestibule).

Keeping in Touch – The Alumni Committee continues to provide a time and place for you to renew acquaintances, but we can’t guarantee that the people you want to see the most will be there. That’s where you come in. Bobbe Lukasik, who maintains our database, will be happy to provide whatever information she has for your former classmates and friends so that you can reach out and make that reunion happen. If 2019 will be a significant anniversary for your class, it’s not too soon to consider how you might want to personalize the occasion. We stand ready to help you get started.

BTS Social media presence ~ In addition to the “School Alumni” pages of this web site, the Alumni maintains a “Blessed Trinity School Alumni” Facebook page. We encourage you to “like” us on Facebook and share your memories or class photos. You’d be amazed at how many comments one class photo can generate. The BT Web Diva, Margaret Stiffler Dick (’59), will happily assist you in adding photos or information to the Facebook page or web site. You can reach her at mnbdick [at] roadrunner [dot] com or 716-832-2540. 

Every year we lose contact with some of our base because this mailing comes back marked: “Moved. Forwarding Expired.” Please don’t become a missing person in 2019. If you move, change your email address or abandon your land line telephone, please notify Bobbe Lukasik of your new contact information. You can also use the contact feature of the church web site to update your information; just remember to specify “alumni” as the subject.

We hope you will plan to join us on Sunday, September 23, 2018.  If you have any questions or comments, call or send them to Bud Dick, 716-832-2540, mnbdick [at] roadrunner [dot] com or Bobbe (Schmelzer) Lukasik, 716-684-5365, bertababe2 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Blessed Trinity Parish Community News

Restoration Project – Last year’s newsletter included a progress report on the church repair and restoration project being partially funded by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (“OPRHP”). With the sale of the former school building completed, the parish was finally able to sign a start-up contract with OPRHP.  Our architectural team from Flynn-Battaglia Architects developed an excellent plan and specifications for replacement of sections of the church roof and front steps. In June and July of this year we conducted a successful bidding process and are now working with Allstate General Contracting, which will oversee all facets of construction. But delay does seem to be the name of the game. We recently learned that fabrication of replacement clay tiles for the church roof will take longer than expected, so it is unlikely that any work will take place before the spring of 2019. Although the parish will eventually be reimbursed for 75% of construction costs by New York State, it must initially pay those expenses. The parish is very appreciative of the help it has received from the school alumni in raising funds for this project. We are also deeply grateful to all the wonderful people who’ve attended our tours, concerts and other events and donated from their hearts and wallets. Such support allows us to continue with the restoration of our beautiful and beloved Landmark building.

The 2018-19 Trinity Concert Series schedule is not yet complete, but we can tell you that The Freudig Singers of WNY will be back for their annual “Christmas Pie” performance on Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m. This presentation of holiday favorites with its post-concert dessert reception and pie raffle is always a popular event. To receive advance email notification of our concert offerings, send your request and contact information to blessedtrinity [dot] bflo [at] yahoo [dot] com. Visit www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org and click on “Upcoming Events” on the right side of the home page for updates on the concert series.

Come Home for Christmas – Our Christmas 2018 celebration will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, December 24, with choral preludes sung by the church choir, followed by Christmas Eve Mass at 10 p.m. Mass on Christmas morning will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.

Highland Park construction, Chalmers & Holden

Highland Park – The Highland Park housing development at the site of the former Central Park Plaza is changing the face of the neighborhood. We invite you to stop by when you are in the vicinity and observe the progress on apartment and towne house construction by LPCiminelli.

Explore Buffalo® has once again chosen to showcase Blessed Trinity with scheduled tours of the church in October, November and December. A non-profit organization, Explore Buffalo® provides tours and other opportunities to discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history, and neighborhoods.

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 19, 2018

St. Bernard of Clairbeaux (1090-1153) and St. Rose of Lima (1568-1617), whose feastdays we celebrate this week, are depicted in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. St. Rose appears in a group of ten figures identified as “Virgins and Widows”; she is the second kneeling figure from the left, wearing a green cloak and floral crown. St. Bernard appears in a grouping of “Monks, Hermits, and Religious”; his figure is at the far right in this photo, standing and robed in white. (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” p. 38. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

August 19 – August 26, 2018

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, August 22 at 11:30 a.m. ~ Guided tour of church for parishioners of St. Leo Church, Hilton, NY

Thursday, August 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played 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, August 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Dick (Requested by Family) and Chimuanya Mbenka and her children (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)
Anointing of the sick and well-again following Mass

Monday, August 20 ~ St. Bernard ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 21 ~ St. Pius X ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kevin Viola (Joseph Viola)

Wednesday, August 22 ~ Queenship of the Blessed Virgin MaryMass at 11:00 a.m. in Church –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, August 23 ~ St. Rose of Lima ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, August 24 ~ St. Bartholomew, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, August 25 ~ St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Sunday, August 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sylvia Heicklen (Son, Robert) and In Thanksgiving for the Baptism of Noah Osarobo Igbinigie (Parents)
Baptism of Noah Osarobo Igbinigie

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 25 & 26:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Derek DeJac; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice, Davis, Pat Hartinger

Prayerful thanks to all who helped with and participated in the outdoor devotion and Mass on the Feast of the Assumption. Special thanks to David Folmer for weeding Mary’s garden in preparation for our special Holy Day tribute. Photo credit: Elizabeth Clay

News from our Parish Community

How Can I Help? Much reasoned discussion and cooperation will be needed if Blessed Trinity and the other CCCB parishes are to devise a creative working arrangement as proposed by diocesan representatives at the August 7 Town Hall meeting. Each of you has something to contribute. Please consider being an active participant in the process as a member of your Parish Council. Nominations for a three-year term are being accepted through Wednesday, August 29. You may use a nomination form found on the tables at each entrance or speak directly with a member of the nominating committee: Kathy Press, Chair (445-8160), Father Victor (833-0301), Tom Brodfuehrer (876-6425), Lorna Cameron (432-8541), Don Williams (572-9603).

Visitors from Hilton, NY. On Wednesday, August 22, The Rosary Society of St. Leo’s Church in Hilton, NY is bringing a group of their parishioners to visit Blessed Trinity. They will be joining us for daily Mass and staying for a tour of the church. Your attendance at 11 o’clock Mass would be a further evidence of our reputation as a welcoming faith community. Wednesday’s Mass will be celebrated in the church rather than the Daily Mass Chapel.

Musical Gifts ~ We were blessed this week by the musical talents of two wonderful men. On Saturday, our own Don Williams cantored the Mass, leading congregational singing from the lectern. According to the Pastoral Notes for the Celebration of the Eucharist in Light of the Revised Roman Missal (2012), “the human voice always holds a primary place in the singing of the Church.”  Don, a retired educator, active church/community volunteer, and longtime choir member, is an accomplished musician whose talent always enhances our liturgical experience. Lorenzo Quebral first played the organ at Blessed Trinity during a 2018 concert presented by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, of which he is a member.  He is a developing church musician and exemplifies the future of Music Ministry.  We are grateful for his willingness to gift us with his music not only this week, but also next week for Saturday Mass. Please join in me in thanking these men for their musical contributions – our Liturgy is more meaningful because of their efforts.  At Blessed Trinity there is a place for everyone who wants to participate in music!” Choir practice resumes Tuesday September 4th at 7pm in St. Charles Hall…Elizabeth

August Birthday Blessing ~ Father Victor will give a special birthday blessing at the end of Mass on August 26 for everyone who celebrates a birthday during the month of August.

Dennis Walczyk, CEO of Catholic Charities, has expressed his sincerest appreciation for the generosity of our Blessed Trinity Parish during the Catholic Charities annual appeal. These gifts make possible the continuation of programs offering counseling, clothing, and medicine for so many families in need.

Artist George Palmer

Featured Artist with a BT Connection ~ The Kenan Center House Gallery (433 Locust Street in Lockport) is currently exhibiting “George Palmer: His Many Faces, 1956 – 2018,” featuring more than 80 artworks from the long career of Mr. Palmer who, at the age of 93, is still painting and teaching art from his Kenmore Avenue Studio. Parishioners may recognize George who occasionally attends our Sunday Mass, but his BT connection goes back to the beginning of his seven-decade career. In the early 1960s, Mr. Palmer painted the portrait of our fourth pastor, Rev. Charles T. Kraehn, which hangs in the Dewey Avenue entrance of St. Charles Hall. The exhibit continues through August 26 at the Kenan Center, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 12 Noon – 5pm and Sun. 2 – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations help the Center to continue its mission of service to the WNY community.

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 attend.

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.

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.

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.

St. Bartholomew
August 24
This ceramic medallion of St. Bartholomew originally hung in St. Bartholomew R. C. Church on Grider Street in Buffalo. Since the merger of our parishes in 1993, it has hung on the wall of the transept on the right (west) side of the church.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Dancing Under the Stars, Sunday August 19 (7-9pm) at St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main Street in Buffalo) featuring Jim Tudini Big Band with Bobby Militello. Call 716-833-0298 or visit stjosephbuffalo.org for information.

Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place is a social program for older adults over the age of sixty. The program is designed to provide assistance with activities of daily living (physical, cognitive, and socialization). The program is held in a safe supervised environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Nutritious meals and snacks are included, as well as shower services. For more information call 716-896-6388 or visit ccwny.org.

Workshop / Retreat / Concert with David Haas and Lori True, Saturday, September 8, at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood). Workshop ($15) begins at 9am with concert ($25) at 7pm. Call Maria Perron at 716-490-4187 for information or visit eventbrite.com.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

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)