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Fourth Sunday of Easter – Week of April 22, 2018

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

April 22 – April 29, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, April 24 ~ NO choir rehearsal this week.

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

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

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

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

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

 

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: Growing in generosity … rooted in faith

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

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

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

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

Nick DelBello

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third Sunday of Easter – Week of April 15, 2018

Father Victor Ibhawa in our Easter Sanctuary

April 15 – April 22, 2018

Weekly Activities

Monday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 21 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, April 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Price Francis (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, April 16  ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, April 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, April 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, April 21 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (Family)

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

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill; Dan Korchowsky (Choir)

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: time, talent, treasure …
embracing God’s investment strategy

The Easter Season is just as rich as Christmas with its musical diversity, and at Blessed Trinity we try to capture the brightest and best songs to enhance our liturgical experience as we celebrate the Risen Lord. We are constantly attempting to broaden our comfort level with our hymnals, so you will continue to sing some new melodies along with our standard favorites during Mass.  If you have any favorites Easter songs you would like to hear at Mass, please don’t hesitate to let a choir member know. Sunday’s meditation, Peace, I Leave With You, was sung in memory of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ, at the Mass celebrating Blessed Trinity’s 100 Years of Life and Worship in 2006.  You will notice a continual underpinning of peace throughout the musical selections this Easter Season.  Let us remember through the music in our hearts that we are all instruments of Christ’s peace. Choir practice continues Tuesday, April 17, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. ~ Elizabeth

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday, April 16, in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

The Parish Council will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, April 18, in St. Charles Hall.

Prayer Partner Potluck ~ Meet the person who has been praying for you during Lent. Attend the  Prayer Partner Potluck dinner at 5:30pm on Thursday, April 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish. Please sign up to bring a dish to share—lavender sheets by the entrance doors. Call Diane Dryja (716-892-6980) with questions.

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

May 5 tours close with choral music accompanied by 1927 Tellers-Kent Organ.

Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 5 and 6, Blessed Trinity will once again participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.  The theme of this eighth annual statewide event is “Sacred Sounds and Settings,” and we hope to demonstrate the splendid acoustic our house of worship provides, as well as its status as a repository of faith, art, and history. On Saturday at 4pm, choral music with organ accompaniment will soar from the loft as it has for more than 70 years in a brief concert by the parish choir prior to 4:30pm Mass. On Sunday at 2pm, enjoy the building’s acoustical embrace in the a cappella choral offerings of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, including seasonal selections and Gregorian chant. Docents will be on hand both days (Saturday, May 5, from 2–4pm and Sunday, May 6, from Noon–2pm) to explain the unique features of this replica of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Church tours are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken at the musical events.

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

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.

Thanks to all who participated in last Sunday’s Agape Feast. We had a wonderful assortment of foods and the dessert table was amazing. Father Victor is already thinking of ways to turn the 2019 feast into a “Taste of Trinity” with voting on food favorites.

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

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

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

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

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org. Then, on Monday, April 23, the school will host its Annual Fashion Show at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on Transit Road in Depew. Doors open at 5pm and a plated dinner will be served at 6pm. Call 716-683-4824 to RSVP by April 18. Ticket price is $45.  St. Mary’s students will model casual and formal attire from local retailers. Local boutique vendors will be on-hand for your shopping pleasure, and a basket raffle will also be available.

The Millennials are now young adults…So who is this NEXT generation? Frank Mercadante of Cultivation Ministries will be our guide as we explore these questions and more. He will examine the distinctive characteristics of our youngest generation and explore opportunities, challenges, and implications for those who work with young people or parent them. Parents, coaches, scout leaders, youth ministry volunteers, and all who work with young people are welcome! Sessions will be held April 24 and 25 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Visit dobyouth.org for more details and to register.

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

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

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

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

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

Divine Mercy Sunday – Week of April 8, 2018

Divine Mercy Sunday
April 8
Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Heart Shrine

April 8 – April 15, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, April 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, April 15 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, April 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Stuart Cowen (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Robert Santo Venti (Requested by Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer)

Monday, April 9  ~ The Annunciation of the Lord ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Thursday, April 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, April 13 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, April 14 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, April 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Price Francis (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky; Sharon Dunnigan, Choir

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is living a life of gratitude…
taking the time every day
to recognize the gifts that God has given
and be grateful for them.

Sunday, April 8, at 4pm our Parish Agape Feast will take place in St. Charles Hall. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to help make this even better than last year’s “love feast” by bringing a food item to share. There will be pre-heated ovens to keep hot food items warm until the meal begins, but you will not be able to cook or bake your special dish on site. Please  bring your salad, pasta, fish, meat or vegetable dish or dessert item already plated and “ready to serve.” Serving utensils will be provided. We hope the presence of you and your family will help to make our Second Annual Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship as we recall the meals that Jesus shared with the disciples during His ministry. Come be a part of your parish family as we continue celebrating the Easter season.

Special Thanks go out to all the folks who donated their time and talents to make our Holy Week services so meaningful: the Liturgy Committee: lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, and especially Jack Curtin, our dedicated Sacristan who pulled it all together; the decorating committee, under the capable direction of Bud Dick, for arranging the beautiful display of flowers and candles; the choir, under the direction of Elizabeth Clay, who helped make this Lenten Season and Holy Week services so special; our secretary, Pat Pendleton, who created the programs for each servcie; and Dennis Pawlikowski, our custodian, who keeps the church looking its best.

It’s Divine! On Sunday, April 8, we again welcome Carolyn Liarakos to the Blessed Trinity piano to lead the choir while Elizabeth is at a conference.  What a wonderful day to share in our liturgy, as we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, which is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  Musical selections for this weekend incorporated both the exultation of our Savior’s resurrection as well as the glory of Christ’s forgiveness.  This week’s choral meditation, O Sacrum Convivium, was one we had hoped to sing during Holy Week but did not have the opportunity.  We look forward to all seven Sundays of Easter with some of the most beautiful liturgical music ever composed, taking us right up to Pentecost on May 20. Choir practice resumes Tuesday, April 10, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. ~ Elizabeth

The Ladies Sodality’s meeting, normally held on the first Sunday of the month, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 15, following the 10am Mass. The agenda will include discussion of programs for May and June.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday, April 16 (not March 19 as posted earlier) in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

The Parish Council will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, April 18, in St. Charles Hall.

Prayer Partner Potluck ~ Meet the person who has been praying for you during Lent. Attend the  Prayer Partner Potluck dinner at 5:30pm on Thursday, April 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish. Please sign up to bring a dish to share—lavendar sheets by the entrance doors. Call Diane Dryja (716-892-6980) with questions.

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

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a dinner on April 21, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Health hosts an Osteoporosis Support Group the third Wednesday of every month (10-11:30am) in the Beechwood Residence Auditorium (2235 Millersport Highway at North Forest Road in Getzville). This month’s meeting is April 18 and will feature a webinar on Vitamin D and its role in bone health. New members and walk-ins are welcome.  Call 716-447-6205 for more information.

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org.

Sacred Sites Weekend Features Free Tours, Mini-Concerts

Blessed Trinity Plays Host to
New York Landmarks Conservancy’s

Eighth Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2018

May 5 tours close with choral music accompanied by 1927 Tellers-Kent Organ.

Saturday, 2-4pm, Docent Guided Tours
4-4:30pm, Choir with Organ 
On May 5 and 6, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Eighth Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend with its theme of “Sacred Sounds and Settings.” Experience the splendid acoustic our house of worship provides, as well as its status as a repository of faith, art, and history. Docents will be on hand both days (Saturday, May 5, from 2-4pm and Sunday, May 6, from Noon-2pm) to explain the unique features of this replica of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On Saturday at 4pm, choral music accompanied on the church’s original Tellers-Kent organ will soar from the loft as it has for more than 70 years in a brief concert by the parish choir prior to 4:30pm Mass. On Sunday at 2pm, enjoy the building’s acoustical embrace in the a cappella choral offerings of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, including seasonal selections and Gregorian chant.
Church tours are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken at the musical events.

May 6 event concludes with 2pm performance by St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Sunday, 12Noon-2pm, Docent Guided Tours
2-2:30pm, a cappella choral offerings

 

Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection – Week of April 1, 2018

 

April 1 – April 8, 2018

Weekly Activities

Thursday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast 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

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Easter Sunday, April 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Requested by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Easter Monday, April 2  ~ No Service

Easter Tuesday, April 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Wednesday, April 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Thursday, April 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

First Friday, April 6 ~ Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Easter Saturday, April 7 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ithrene Cameron (Mickey and Bud Dick)

Sunday, April 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Stuart Cowen (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Robert Santo Venti (Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Sharon Dunnigan;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill; Mary Kresse, Choir

News from our Parish Community

The Blessed Trinity Festival Choir has risen above and beyond the call of duty during this Lent and Easter season as they have intentionally prepared for these beautiful Alleluias! alongside every member of this wonderful congregation. How moving it was for those of us up in the loft to hear you singing Near the Cross on Palm Sunday! Sometimes it seems that lofty distance between us can be huge – yet we realized this Lent that we are all truly one body in Christ. Deep appreciation goes out to every member of our choir – you are one in a million!

Vera Andrew, Judy Casassa, Luis Clay,

Mickey Dick, Theresa Drum, Gayle Eagan, Kathleen Marien, Althea Porter,

Helen Roddy-Gray, Wilka Rodriguez,

Sr. Liz Savage, Matthew Spink, Sue Trabert,

Bonnie Williams, Don Williams, Palma Zanghi

Choir practice resumes on Tuesday , April 10, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome. Elizabeth

Our Parish Agape Feast is next Sunday, April 8, beginning at 4pm in St. Charles Hall. The Agape or “love feast” recalls the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry, and in the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to help make this a real “feast” by bringing a food item to share. Please bring your salad, pasta, fish, meat or vegetable dish or dessert item already plated and “ready to serve”; serving utensils will be provided. While we will have pre-heated ovens to keep hot food items warm until the meal begins, you will not be able to cook or bake your special dish on site. We hope the presence of you and your family will help to make our second annual Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship as we – the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity – continue celebrating the Easter season.

The Ladies Sodality’s meeting, normally held on the first Sunday of the month, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 15, following the 10am Mass.

Prayerful Thanks to those who spent their Good Friday evening preparing our sanctuary for Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday services. We can’t say enough in praise of our volunteer decorating team: Nik, Sean and Tom Brodfuehrer; Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Darvan and Vontrese Draper, Ozy Ibhawa, Amy Johnson, Sr. Liz Savage, and Palma Zanghi.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday April 16 (not March 19 as posted earlier) in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

Prayer Partner Potluck ~ Meet the person who has been praying for you during Lent. Attend the  Prayer Partner Potluck dinner at 5:30pm on Thursday, April 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish. Please sign up to bring a dish to share—lavendar sheets by the entrance doors. Call Diane Dryja (716-892-6980) with questions.

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

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a dinner on April 21, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

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.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org.

Palm Sunday – Week of March 25, 2018

March 25 – April 1, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 25 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass – Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in church

Thursday, March 29 ~ NO Bingo in observance of Holy Week

Friday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating the church for Easter

Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 30 ~ NO Bingo in observance of Holy Week

*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.

 

Holy Week 2018
Blessed Trinity Church

 

Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday – March 25

Blessing of Palms and Holy Mass
4:30 p.m. – Saturday, March 24
10:00 a.m. – Sunday, March 25

 

Weekday Masses

March 27 and March 28
Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Daily Mass Chapel

 

Reconciliation Service

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opportunity for private confession

 

Holy Thursday – March 29

7:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by Private Prayer at the Repository

Our church will be open until 10:00 p.m.
for Private Prayer at the Repository.
Reflection material will be available.

 

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Good Friday – March 30

2:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
3:00 p.m. – Solemn Service

St. John’s Passion
Veneration of the Cross
Holy Communion

 

 

Easter Vigil – March 31

7:00 p.m. – Easter Eve Mass with Choir

Fire and Light
Scripture
Renewal of Baptismal Vows

 

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Easter Sunday – April 1

10:00 a.m. – Easter Sunday Mass with Choir

 

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Robert Santo Venti (Requested by Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer) and Sylvia Griffin (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, March 26  ~ No Service

Tuesday, March 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, March 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Holy Thursday, March 29 ~ Mass at 7:00 p. m. – Blessed Trinity Parish Community

Good Friday, March 30 ~ Stations of the Cross at 2:00 p.m. ~ Solemn Good Friday Service at 3:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday, March 31 ~ Easter Vigil at 7:00 p.m. – Antoinette Allen (Nancy DeBoy)

Easter Sunday, April 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

News from our Parish Community

Amy Johnson

Good Friday at 6:30pm, parish volunteers will begin decorating the church for Easter. There are tasks for all skill levels, so please join us. Enter the church through the side door near the wheelchair ramp.

Palm Sunday Coffee Hour ~ There is a coffee hour, this Sunday, March 25, following the 10 o’clock Mass. The parish council invites you to join them in honoring Amy Johnson, our 2018 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker.

On Sunday, March 25, there will be a display of olive wood items, a fundraiser to support Catholics of the Holy Land. The hand crafted crosses, Rosaries, sculptures of the Last Supper and Holy Family and other religious items hand crafted in Jerusalem and Bethlehem may be viewed in the church vestibule.

Tradition ~ As pastoral musicians, we are more than just people who love music. We love serving our Lord and our community by augmenting the liturgy. Musical selection, and then its implementation, is particularly difficult during Lent and the Triduum. Palm Sunday is exceptionally demanding because we go from joyful Hosannas as our Savior enters Jerusalem to the reading of the Passion just minutes later. You may have noticed “Ours Were the Griefs He Bore,” the Communion meditation, was very different from “Ride On, King Jesus.” Both are so appropriate for this weekend, yet send completely different messages.  Pastoral musicians have to be sensitive not only to “what” we sing at mass, but “when” we sing it.  Music Ministry can become quite complicated, especially this time of year! As we travel the road to the Cross and Resurrection, we hope you will notice respect for the 70+ year tradition of choral music at Blessed Trinity while we explore new favorite ways of praising our Lord.  Our goal is always to engage your hearts as we celebrate the liturgy. Let’s link arms and raise our voices as we journey together. Choir practice continues Monday at 7pm in St. Charles Hall and Tuesday at 7pm in the loft.  All are welcome. Elizabeth

Lenten Reconciliation Service  ~ The final service in our CCCB Lenten Journey is this Monday, March 26. Please prepare for Holy Week by attending the Reconciliation Service scheduled for 6:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St. near Clinton. There will be another opportunity for private confessions at our church on Wednesday, March 28, from 6-8pm.

The Ladies Sodality’s meeting, normally held on the first Sunday of the month, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 15, following the 10am Mass.

Parish Agape Feast is April 8 ~ You are cordially invited to our parish family’s Agape or Love Feast on Sunday, April 8, beginning at 4pm in St. Charles Hall. Recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry, we hope ours will prove to be an expression of community, sharing, and fellowship for all ages. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to contribute something to the feast. Our 2017 Agape produced a bountiful array of salads, pasta, meat and vegetable dishes, pizza, desserts, and more. We trust that this year’s feast will be even better. Beverages will be provided. Please join in celebrating the Easter season and the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on April 8.

Parish adds Human Resource team. Blessed Trinity Parish now has a Human Resource team. We thank  Kathleen Marien, Darvan Draper, and Bob Heicklen for agreeing to be a part of this effort. The group will be headed by Bob Heicklen.

Holy Week Office Hours ~ There will be a change in office hours at the rectory during Holy Week. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be present on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30am to 2:30 pm, but the office will be closed on Holy Thursday. Holy Week is especially busy for both staff and parish volunteers so, if you have any announcements to be included in the bulletin, please get them to Pat on Monday, March 26. She can be reached at 716-833-0301 or blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

Lenten Series ~ Our Wednesday evening Lenten programs concluded on March 14 with “Connections: Reflection on Passover and the Lord’s Supper.” Parishioner Bob Heicklen narrated a ceremonial Seder meal, explaining its symbolism and similarities to our Eucharistic celebration. Assisted by Dan and Jacquie Korchowsky and David Folmer, we were also treated to a supper of matzo ball soup, matzo, and symbolic foods which are an integral element of the Passover festival. We are especially grateful to each of them for creating such a prayerful and memorable evening.

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.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday April 16 (not March 19 as posted earlier) in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a dinner on April 21, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

May 20 is a celebration for Fr. Roy Herberger’s fiftieth anniversary of priesthood. There will be a 3pm Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul (5480 Main Street in Williamsville), followed by a 6:30pm dinner at the Grapevine Banquet Facility (333 Dick Road in Depew – the former Hearthstone Manor). If you wish to attend, please mail your name and address to Fr. Roy (15 Greenwish Drive, #2, Amherst, NY 14228) by March 25.

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org.

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Week of March 18, 2018

Feast of St. Joseph
March 19

March 18 – March 25, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 18 following the 10:00 Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church; Liturgy Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 24 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, March 25 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass – 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.

There will be NO BINGO on Holy Thursday, March 29, or Holy Saturday, March 31.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – James M. Cavarello (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and William Stiffler (Requested by Family)

Monday, March 19  ~ St. Joseph ~No Service

Tuesday, March 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Rosalind Autry (Victor Ibhawa)

Wednesday, March 21 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, March 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 23 ~ St. Turibius of Mogrovejo ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 23 ~ Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Saturday, March 24 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Marcy C. Nelson (Family)

Sunday, March 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Robert Santo Venti (Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer) and Sylvia Griffin (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill; Dan Korchowsky, Choir

Click HERE to view our Schedule of Holy Week Services.

 

Stations of the Cross
Friday, Mar 23, at 6 PM

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: time, talent, treasure

The liturgy committee will meet following Mass on Sunday, March 18, in St. Charles Hall, in preparation for Holy Week.

Lenten Journey Mass ~ This Monday, March 19, Mass will be celebrated at 6:30pm at  St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Ave. March 19 is also the feast of St. Joseph, and the parishioners of St. Lawrence invite you to their 5pm St. Joseph’s Table, which will replace the social after 6:30 Mass. The Reconciliation Service scheduled for March 26 will take place at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St. near Clinton.

The parish council will meet on Wednesday, March 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Psalm 51 ~ Did you know that *you* are a lector every week at Mass?  The assembly is given its turn to proclaim the Scripture at the responsorial psalm, as it is the communal response to the first reading. From a liturgical perspective, the music for the psalm should not be longer than the first reading, nor should it overshadow it. The great penitential psalm, Psalm 51, appears nine time within our three-year lectionary cycle because it is so important. It’s difficult to make sure this incredibly powerful text does not surpass the integral reading from Jeremiah 31 describing God’s covenant with the house of Israel. What rich passages are ours during this lean time of fasting, prayer and alms giving – yet another indication of the bounteous love of our God and the glory to come. Our Savior is creating a clean heart and renewing a steadfast spirit within us! Choir practice continues Tuesday at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome. ~ Elizabeth

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in church at 6pm each Friday of Lent.

Amy Johnson

Our Award Recipient ~ Every year the diocese acknowledges parishioners who have made significant contributions on the parish level with the Lay Award of  St. Joseph the Worker. This year, Amy Johnson was chosen for this honor in recognition of her stewardship at Blessed Trinity Parish. The award was conferred on Amy and other diocesan recipients at a special 12pm Mass on Sunday, March 11, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. We congratulate Amy and thank all who supported her by their attendance at the ceremony. You are invited to celebrate with Amy at a Palm Sunday coffee hour following the 10am Mass on March 25. The March coffee hour will be hosted by the parish council.

Parish adds Human Resource team. Blessed Trinity Parish now has a Human Resource team. We thank  Kathleen Marien, Darvan Draper, and Bob Heicklen for agreeing to be a part of this effort. The group will be headed by Bob Heicklen.

On Sunday, March 25, there will be a display of hand made olive wood items, such as crosses, Rosaries, sculptures of the Last Supper, and Holy Family from Jerusalem and Bethlehem, a fundraiser to support Catholics of the Holy Land.

Holy Week Office Hours ~ There will be a change in office hours at the rectory during Holy Week. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be present on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30am to 2:30 pm, but the office will be closed on Holy Thursday. Holy Week is especially busy for both staff and parish volunteers so, if you have any announcements to be included in the bulletin, please get to Pat on Monday, March 26. She can be reached at 716-833-0301 or blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

Photo Credit: Phyllis Lobbins

Lenten Series Attendees at our March 7 Soup Supper were treated to a variety of delicious soups prepared by chefs David Folmer, Judy Casassa, Sister Liz Savage, and Angela Jost. We thank them and also those who donated fresh bakery breads and cookies.  Maggie Gatson and Vera Andrew arrived early to help with set-up and continued through to clean-up.  Much thanks to them and the “on the spot” volunteers who pitched in to help. We then sat to receive Fr. Peter Drilling’s talk, Who is Jesus? in which he revealed and explained the different views of Jesus as found in the four gospels. Thoughtful food for Lent.

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.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday April 16 (not March 19 as posted earlier) in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a dinner on April 21, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

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.

Statement of Contributions ~ If you need a record of your 2017 contributions for tax purposes and have not yet received it, please call Pat at the rectory during office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Catholic Charities ~ “Love your neighbor.” Gal. 5:14. Appeal Week 2018 kicks off this weekend. Please help us reach our goal of $11 million by contributing or pledging today. Your donation helps educate, counsel and train parents and guardians in your communities. Your donation provides food, clothing and shelter to individuals and families alike, mental health and chemical dependency treatment and affordable counseling for all ages. The 2018 Appeal is an opportunity to love your neighbor in Western New York by ensuring they can receive the assistance they need. Please support our Appeal by calling 716-218-1400 or visiting ccwny.org/donation.

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

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? Contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for your loved ones for any intention. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we begin the new year, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so announcements should be submitted no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ We have created a parish group email to be used for notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Tuesday, March 20, is the first day of Spring! Watch our east side garden for signs of new plant life beneath the snow.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Journey Through Grief…Mind, Body, Heart and Spirit on Monday, March 19 at 4pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga). No two circumstances are the same and no two people grieve in the same way. Grief affects the mind. One may be confused, mentally exhausted, depressed or suffer from grief, anxiety, sadness, guilt and anger. Catholic Health Faith Community Parish Nurse, Yvonne Askew, will address these elements that affect the mind during grief and offer new paths that can assist in the healing process. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

Create In Me a New Heart, a Lenten Reconciliation Service for the first day of Spring, on Tuesday, March 20 at 7pm at St. Michael’s Jesuit Downtown Church (651 Washington Street in Buffalo). Sister Mary Johnice, CSSF will offer a guided reflection. Music of the Harp by Susan Siuta of Peaceful Dove. Confession available. Parking in Ellicott Street lot (handicap accessible). For more information, call 716-854-6726 or visit stmichaelbuffalo.org.

Stations of the Cross Meatless Soup Suppers at St. Lawrence Church (1520 East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo) will conclude on Friday, March 23 at 4pm. Bring a meatless soup (preferably in a crockpot) to share. In an effort to minimize dish washing, guests are asked to bring along their own place setting and cup. Bread, butter, crackers, and drinks will be provided.

Catholic Health hosts an Osteoporosis Support Group the third Wednesday of every month in the Beechwood Residence Auditorium (2235 Millersport Highway in Getzville) 10-11:30am. This month’s meeting is March 21. New members and walk-ins welcome. Call 716-447-6205 for more information.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Mercy on Thursday, March 22, 6-8pm at St. Andrew Church (1525 Sheridan Drive in Kenmore) with Deacon Mike Ficorilli presiding. All welcome. After Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary.

May 20 is a celebration for Fr. Roy Herberger’s fiftieth anniversary of priesthood. There will be a 3pm Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul (5480 Main Street in Williamsville), followed by a 6:30pm dinner at the Grapevine Banquet Facility (333 Dick Road in Depew – the former Hearthstone Manor). If you wish to attend, please mail your name and address to Fr. Roy (15 Greenwish Drive, #2, Amherst, NY 14228) by March 25.

Annual Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale from February 17-March 25 at St. John Kanty Parish (101 Swineburne Street in Buffalo). Kanty’s Kitchen is open Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-12pm. Farmers cheese or sauerkraut pierogis; sold frozen and 6/package. Lunch available on March 25 (Palm Sunday) and large basket raffle. For further information, call 716-893-0412 or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Lenten Day of Reflection, Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, will direct our 26th Lenten Day of Reflection at Kloc’s Grove, 1245 Seneca Creek Road in West Seneca. Register with The Catholic Biblical Studies. Call 716-871-9180, email info [at] cbstudies [dot] org, or visit cbstudies.org.

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org.

Holy Week Services – 2018

Holy Week 2018
Blessed Trinity Church

 

Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday – March 25

Blessing of Palms and Holy Mass
4:30 p.m. – Saturday, March 24
10:00 a.m. – Sunday, March 25

 

Weekday Masses

March 27 and March 28
Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Daily Mass Chapel

 

Penitential Service

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

Holy Thursday – March 29

7:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by Private Prayer at the Repository

Our church will be open until 10:00 p.m.
for Private Prayer at the Repository.
Reflection material will be available.

 

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Good Friday – March 30

2:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
3:00 p.m. – Solemn Service

St. John’s Passion
Veneration of the Cross
Holy Communion

 

 

Easter Vigil – March 31

7:00 p.m. – Easter Eve Mass with Choir

Fire and Light
Scripture
Renewal of Baptismal Vows

 

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Easter Sunday – April 1

 

10:00 a.m. – Easter Sunday Mass with Choir

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Week of March 11, 2018

St. Patrick of Ireland (died 492), whose feast day we celebrate on March 17, appears in the dome
of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. He is depicted as the fourth standing figure from the left in this photo and is part of a group of 14 figures identified as “Confessors, Bishops, and Missionaries.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” p. 39). Photo credit: Duane Held.

March 11 – March 18, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ NO Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Lenten Program in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, March 18 following the 10am Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church; Liturgy Committee 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, March 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Anderson Patrick Kesse (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Robert Santo Venti (Requested by Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer)

Monday, March 12  ~ No Service

Tuesday, March 13 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, March 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, March 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 16 ~ Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 ~ St. Patrick ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Pauline Rollek (Catherine Bucki Gress)

Sunday, March 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – James M. Cavarello (Bob and Mary Kresse) and William Stiffler (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky; Sharon Dunnigan, Choir

 

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

News from our Parish Community

In stewardship, you give off the top; not what is left over.
Consider the apple. If you have some and give just what is left over,
you give just the apple core.

Amy Johnson

Our Award Recipient ~ Every year the diocese acknowledges parishioners who have made significant contributions on the parish level with the Lay Award of  St. Joseph the Worker. This year, Amy Johnson has been chosen for this honor in recognition of her stewardship at Blessed Trinity Parish. The award will be conferred on Amy and other diocesan recipients at a special 12pm Mass on Sunday, March 11, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. We congratulate Amy and pray for God’s abundant blessings on her.

Lenten Journey Mass ~ This Monday, March 12, Mass will be celebrated at 6:30pm at St. Martin dePorres, 555 Northampton St. Please note that the sites have been changed for the remaining 2 weeks. St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Ave., is hosting on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. You are invited to their 5:30pm St. Joseph’s Table, which will replace the social after 6:30 Mass. The Reconciliation Service scheduled for March 26 will take place at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St. near Clinton.

Our 3-part Lenten series concludes Wednesday evening, March 14, at 6pm with “Connections: Reflection on Passover and the Lord’s Supper.” Bob Heicklen will narrate a brief ceremonial Seder meal, explaining its symbolism and similarities to our Eucharistic celebration. Assisted by Dan Korchowsky and his wife, Jacquie, their presentation will incorporate a simple supper featuring symbolic foods which are an integral element of the Passover festival.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in church at 6pm each Friday of Lent.

Intentionally Preparing for Holy Week ~ We have made it through a large portion of Lent, and our eyes and hearts are drawing ever nearer to the cross. The choir members glimpse the glory to come every week at practice as we prepare for Holy Week. This week’s liturgical musical selections are readying us for what is to come – intentionally propelling us through these final days of Lent.

Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see Your face.
Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see.

Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear Your voice.
Open my ears, Lord. Help me to hear.

Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love like You.
Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love.

I live within You; Deep in Your heart, O Love.
I live within You. Rest now in me.

May our eyes, ears, heart and life be open to the glory to come – our Salvation is at hand! There is no choir practice this week. Plan to join us March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. Elizabeth

The liturgy committee will meet following Mass on Sunday, March 18, in St. Charles Hall, in preparation for Holy Week.

The parish council will meet on Wednesday, March 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Child and Youth Religious Education Program is scheduled to resume in the fall, but we need to know the number and ages of prospective students. If you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation, please call Father Victor at 716-833-0301 .

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a dinner on April 21, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Statement of Contributions ~ If you need a record of your 2017 contributions for tax purposes and have not yet received it, please call Pat at the rectory during office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday April 16 (not March 19 as posted earlier) in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

Catholic Charities ~ St. Clare of Assisi, our patron saint of the 2018 Appeal, believed that “we are to become the vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.” Today, Catholic Charities shows that same compassion and love for others by offering counseling, and mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Your gift to our 2018 Appeal helps us to continue these services in Western New York. To donate, call 716-218-1400 or visit ccwny.org/donation.

Save the Date—May 20 is a celebration for Fr. Roy Herberger’s fiftieth anniversary of priesthood. There will be a 3pm Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul (5480 Main Street in Williamsville), followed by a 6:30pm dinner at the Grapevine Banquet Facility (333 Dick Road in Depew – the former Hearthstone Manor). If you wish to attend, please mail your name and address to Fr. Roy by March 25 (15 Greenwish Drive, #2, Amherst, NY 14228).

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

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? Contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for your loved ones for any intention. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we begin the new year, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so announcements should be submitted no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ We have created a parish group email to be used for notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Sunday March 11 at 2pm is Diva by Diva: A Celebration of Women at St. Martin dePorres (555 Northampton in Buffalo). This O’Connell & Company award-winning original show of songs, readings, humor, and quotes marks the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. Free will offering at the door.

Steve Quebral, left, and the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tenebrae: A Lenten Service of Shadows is Friday March 16 at 7:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). Presented by St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, this service of increasing darkness dramatizes the increasing sadness of Holy Week and the seven shadows that represent the seven stages of the passion of Jesus.

Movie Night featuring Risen! Is March 16 at 6:30pm at Franciscan Guest House at St. Lawrence (1520 East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo). The film travels along with the Roman Centurion assigned to find the body of Jesus. This evening is for adults only. Wine and cheese will be served.

Stations of the Cross Meatless Soup Suppers at St. Lawrence Church (1520 East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo) will continue on Fridays March 16 and 23 at 4pm. Bring a meatless soup (preferably in a crockpot) to share. In an effort to minimize dish washing, guests are asked to bring along their own place setting and cup. Bread, butter, crackers, and drinks will be provided.

Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women present a morning of prayer, testimony and praise, helping women to experience the power of the Holy Spirit on Saturday, March 17 at the Millennium Hotel, Cheektowaga. Guest speaker, Marge Fetterman, will share how living a Life in the Spirit has set her heart on fire for Jesus! Registration opens at 9:30am and breakfast program begins at 10am. For tickets or further information, call 716-632-0646 or visit magnificatbuffalo.org.

Catholic Health hosts an Osteoporosis Support Group the third Wednesday of every month in the Beechwood Residence Auditorium (2235 Millersport Highway in Getzville) 10-11:30am. This month’s meeting is March 21. New members and walk-ins welcome. Call 716-447-6205 for more information.

Annual Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale from February 17-March 25 at St. John Kanty Parish (101 Swineburne Street in Buffalo). Kanty’s Kitchen is open Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-12pm. Farmers cheese or sauerkraut pierogis; sold frozen and 6/package. Lunch available on March 25 (Palm Sunday) and large basket raffle. For further information, call 716-893-0412 or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Lenten Day of Reflection, Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, will direct our 26th Lenten Day of Reflection at Kloc’s Grove, 1245 Seneca Creek Road in West Seneca. Register with The Catholic Biblical Studies. Call 716-871-9180, email info [at] cbstudies [dot] org, or visit cbstudies.org.

Palm Sunday Buffet Brunch at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (1023 Swann Road in Lewiston) is Sunday, March 25 from 10am-3pm. Tickets are available in advance by calling 716-754-7489 or at the door. Come join us for a spirit-filled day, with great food, Easter bake sale, raffle and 50/50 split. Proceeds to benefit Our Lady’s Shrine.

Third Sunday of Lent – Week of March 4, 2018

March 4 – March 11, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 4 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality “Prayer Tour” in Church

Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. ~ Soup Supper and 7 PM Lenten Program in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 10 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, March 4 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Frances Danner (Requested by Judy Casassa) and Morris Heicklen (Requested by Bob Heicklen)

Monday, March 5  ~ No Service

Tuesday, March 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, March 7 ~ Ss. Perpetua and Felicity ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, March 8 ~ St. John of God ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 9 ~ St. Frances of Rome ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 9 ~ Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 10 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, March 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Anderson Patrick Kesse (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Robert Santo Venti (Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer)

Remember to set your clocks AHEAD on Saturday night, March 10.
Yes, you’ll lose an hour’s sleep, but you don’t want to be late for Mass on March 11.

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky; Sharon Dunnigan, Choir

Rev. Peter Drilling
Lenten Speaker
Wed., March 7 at 7pm

 

News from our Parish Community

When you come to a potluck, you always try to bring something good.
We should think of our day that way. Whatever we do during during the day,
it’s like a potluck, and God wants us to bring goodness to it.

Guest Speaker ~ We will have a special guest speaker after Mass on Sunday, March 4. Lisa Maria Cruz, an Outreach Specialist from Mental Health Peer Connection will be speaking with the parish about mental health concerns.

Ladies Sodality’s “Prayer Tour” will take place after Mass on Sunday, March 4. All are invited to walk with us as we meet the women who accompanied Jesus to the cross and the tomb as they are depicted in the art work and symbols within our church. Please assemble near the first Station of the Cross.

Lenten Journey Mass ~ On Monday, March 5, the CCCB Lenten Journey Mass will be celebrated at 6:30pm at Sisters Hospital, 2157 Main St. Please stop at the hospital reception desk before proceeding to the chapel.

Our 3-part Lenten series continues on Wednesday evening, March 7, with a soup supper served from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by Rev. Peter Drilling’s presentation at 7pm. Expanding on last year’s theme of the Kingdom of God, Father Drilling will address two related questions: “Who is Jesus?” and “How are we to relate to Him?” Amy Johnson is counting on our parish soup chefs to step up to the stove with their savory specialties. Contributions of dinner breads and desserts are also needed. Please help us avoid unnecessary purchases or last-minute shopping trips by specifying your contribution on the soup supper sign-up sheets this weekend. They can be found on the tables near each door. If you forget, please give Amy a call by Monday at 836-4694. Click HERE for details of the concluding program on March 14.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in church at 6pm each Friday of Lent.

Amy Johnson

Our Award Recipient ~ Every year the diocese acknowledges parishioners who have made significant contributions on the parish level with the Lay Award of  St. Joseph the Worker. This year, Amy Johnson has been chosen for this honor in recognition of her stewardship at Blessed Trinity Parish. The award will be conferred on Amy and other diocesan recipients at a special 12pm Mass on Sunday, March 11, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. We congratulate Amy and pray for God’s abundant blessings on her.

Psalmody ~ Have you noticed a change in the singing of the psalm at Sunday Mass? The Blessed Trinity Choir is intentionally preparing for the Triduum, and each and every member is now a cantor. We are unifying our hearts and our voices, breathing and singing together as we travel this Lenten road. There are, in fact, a variety of ways to sing psalms at liturgies. In Responsorial Style, the cantor or choir sings the verses of the psalm and the assembly sings the antiphon. This is the style we use at BT. In Antiphonal, the assembly is divided into two groups which alternate verses. The antiphon is usually sung by all at the beginning and the end of the verses. With Through-Composed, the psalm can be for a soloist, soloist and choir, or choir only.  This is rarely used as it does not encourage congregational singing. The choir supports congregational singing much in the same way the organ does – feel free to join in and sing along! This includes the psalm as well as the choir meditation after communion. Hopefully you are hearing some favorites during this Lenten season – songs that bring you closer to Jesus and make you want to sing for joy. Let’s prepare, intentionally, for the glory to come – together! Choir practice continues Tuesday at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome! Elizabeth

Reservations for March 14 ~ We hope you are planning to join us for the ceremonial Seder meal and matzo ball soup supper on Wednesday, March 14. Because special foods will need to be purchased and prepared, we need an estimate of attendance. Please sign the purple reservation sheet found on the tables at each entrance to the church.

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a future dinner, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Statement of Contributions ~ If you need a record of your 2017 contributions for tax purposes and have not yet received it, please call Pat at the rectory during office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Child and Youth Religious Education Program is scheduled to resume in the fall, but we need to know the number and ages of prospective students. If you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation, please call Father Victor at 716-833-0301 .

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday March 19 in St. Charles Hall The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in bible study.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018 ~ Sodality membership runs with the calendar year. Have you renewed? Dues are still only $5 and Mickey Dick, our membership chair, will be happy to accept your payment in cash or check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” You may also drop your dues in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Sodality Dues.”

Save the Date—May 20 is a celebration for Fr. Roy Herberger’s fiftieth anniversary of priesthood. There will be a 3pm Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul (5480 Main Street in Williamsville), followed by a 6:30pm dinner at the Grapevine Banquet Facility (333 Dick Road in Depew – the former Hearthstone Manor). If you wish to attend, please mail your name and address to Fr. Roy by March 25 (15 Greenwish Drive, #2, Amherst, NY 14228).

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

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? Contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for your loved ones for any intention. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we begin the new year, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so announcements should be submitted no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ We have created a parish group email to be used for notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Eighth Station: Jesus Speaks to the Weeping Women
One of our 14 Stations of the Cross painted on copper by Vincent Mondo of New Haven, CT
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Blessed Sacrament Church Lenten Fish Fry is Friday March 9 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Gymnasium (1069 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo). Adults $12, child $6, and a child’s chicken finger dinner is also $6. Takeout available. Call 884-0053 for tickets.

St. Leo the Great Lenten Fish Fry is Friday March 9 (5-7pm) at 885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst. Call 835-8905 for information.

Stations of the Cross Meatless Soup Suppers at St. Lawrence Church (1520 East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo) will continue on Fridays March 9, 16, and 23 at 4pm. Bring a meatless soup (preferably in a crockpot) to share. In an effort to minimize dish washing, guests are asked to bring along their own place setting and cup. Bread, butter, crackers, and drinks will be provided.

Saturday March 10 (4-7pm) is Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team Community Celebration at Our Lady of Hope-O’Brien Center (Lafayette and Grant Street in Buffalo). Register and purchase tickets at voice-buffalo.org/bilt or call 842-6571.

Sunday March 11 at 2pm is Diva by Diva: A Celebration of Women at St. Martin dePorres (555 Northampton in Buffalo). This O’Connell & Company award-winning original show of songs, readings, humor, and quotes marks the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. Free will offering at the door.

Steve Quebral, left, and the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tenebrae: A Lenten Service of Shadows is Friday March 16 at 7:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). Presented by St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, this service of increasing darkness dramatizes the increasing sadness of Holy Week and the seven shadows that represent the seven stages of the passion of Jesus.

Movie Night featuring Risen! Is March 16 at 6:30pm at Franciscan Guest House at St. Lawrence (1520 East Delavan Avenue in Buffalo). The film travels along with the Roman Centurion assigned to find the body of Jesus. This evening is for adults only. Wine and cheese will be served

Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal. St. Clare of Assisi, our patron saint of the 2018 Appeal, believed that “we are to become the vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.” Today, Catholic Charities shows that same compassion and love for others by offering individual, children and family counseling, and mental health and chemical dependency treatment through our Family and Community Services sites, Monsignor Carr Clinics, Marriage Counseling Center, and Diocesan Counseling Center. Your gift to our 2018 Appeal helps us to continue these services in Western New York. To donate, call 218-1400 or visit ccwny.org/donation.

Annual Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale from February 17-March 25 at St. John Kanty Parish (101 Swineburne Street in Buffalo). Kanty’s Kitchen is open Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-12pm. Farmers cheese or sauerkraut pierogis; sold frozen and 6/package. Lunch available on March 25 (Palm Sunday) and large basket raffle. For further information, call 716-893-0412 or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Lenten Day of Reflection, Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, will direct our 26th Lenten Day of Reflection at Kloc’s Grove, 1245 Seneca Creek Road in West Seneca. Register with The Catholic Biblical Studies. Call 716-871-9180, email info [at] cbstudies [dot] org, or visit cbstudies.org.

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)