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Special Guests from Monroe & Orleans Counties

Rev. Mark Noonan (front left) and part of a group of more than 70 who visited our church on October 13, 2017.

We so enjoyed meeting and hosting Rev. Mark Noonan and parishioners from churches in Holley and Hilton, NY who visited our Landmark church on October 13. Thank you Father Mark for celebrating Mass with us. We are also grateful to three of our faithful docents, Eleanor Ash, Judy Casassa and Mickey Dick, who shared their knowledge of parish history and the building’s art and architecture with our visitors, as well as Jack Curtin, David Folmar, Ozy Ibhawa, and Bob Heicklen who were on hand to welcome them. After Mass and a church tour at Blessed Trinity, these WNY pilgrims continued on to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston, NY. Click HERE for more photos of our guests from Orleans and Monroe County.

 

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 15, 2017

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
October 16
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) is depicted on the left in this painting at The Sacred Heart Altar on the right side of our church. “Christ appeared to her in 1673-75 to request efforts to spread devotion to his Sacred Heart to overcome the ‘coldness, neglect, and indifference’ of so many people to God’s message of love revealed in Christ.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, page 28).

October 15 – October 22, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 15 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Holy Name Society

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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, October  15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ James Eagan (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, October  16 ~ St. Hedwig; St. Margaret Mary AlocoqueNo Service

Tuesday, October  17 ~ St. Ignatius of AntiochNo Service

Wednesday, October  18 ~ St. Luke, evangelist ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October  19 ~ Ss. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues & companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, October  20 ~ St. Paul of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, October  21 ~ St Callistus I ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Family)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Jack Curtin, Mary Kresse; Maggie Gatson; Fran Cahill (Choir)

    

Young people who toured the church on Oct. 13 enjoyed a mini “scavenger hunt” for Christian symbols in the terra cotta represented by animals and fantastical creatures.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is transformative. Once we embrace the stewardship message, it changes the way we look at every decision we make. Stewardship becomes a total way of life.

Father Victor has arrived safely in his Nigerian homeland for a well-earned vacation and family visit. Please remember that during his absence (October 11 through December 17) there will be a change in the daily Mass schedule. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There will be NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times. This  Tuesday, October 17 only, there will be no Communion service.

While Father Victor is away, Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated above.

The Wine Tasting committee is counting on you. Our November 3rd Wine Tasting benefiting the church’s “Under This Roof Fund” is now less than three weeks away. Parishioners have traditionally provided the hors d’oeuvres and desserts which make our wine tasting a cut above the rest. We are hoping you’ll be able to help us out by donating a favorite of yours.  The event runs from 7 – 9 p.m. and in addition to wine and food includes beer, non-alcoholic beverages, a basket raffle and silent auction. Our last wine tasting in 2014 raised more than $4,000.00, but we need your support to duplicate that success. Tickets are available after weekend Masses for a donation of $25/person ($30 at the door); see Bud Dick or call him at 716-832-2540 to reserve yours.

The next bible study meeting and last one for the year will be held in St Charles Hall on Monday, October 16, at 7 pm. The theme will be “The End of the Beginning.”  Please read from the booklet Genesis 1-11: God Makes a Start, pages 74 – 82, and bring your bible and the Agape A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. Call Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for information.

The Parish Council’s monthly meeting is Wednesday, October 18 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Members are reminded to come prepared to discuss committee assignments and preparation for Advent.

World Mission Sunday is October 22. Since “mission” is at the heart of our Christian faith, we ask you to give generously to the second collection on October 21/22.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Gerald Gallisdorfer, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Praying Twice ~ The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread hymnal, but it should be in your heart because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following:  “Address . . . one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart….He who sings prays twice.”  Whether or not St. Augustine actually wrote these words, your choir believes song is prayer.  Prayer in Song continues on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall – join us anytime!

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection continues through Sunday, October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Rev. Mark Noonan (front left) and part of a group of more than 70 who visited our church on October 13, 2017.

Special Guests ~ We so enjoyed meeting and hosting Rev. Mark Noonan and parishioners from churches in Holley and Hilton, NY who visited our Landmark church on October 13. Thank you Father Mark for celebrating Mass with us. We are also grateful to three of our faithful docents, Eleanor Ash, Judy Casassa and Mickey Dick, who shared their knowledge of parish history and the building’s art and architecture with our visitors as well as Jack Curtin, David Folmar, Ozy Ibhawa, and Bob Heicklen who were on hand to welcome them. After Mass and a church tour at Blessed Trinity, these WNY pilgrims continued on to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston, NY.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Hurricane Victims ~As we donate money and material gifts for hurricane and earthquake victims, let us also consider offering masses for them. Request Masses for their divine comfort, healing, and strength to endure these traumatic times.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, 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 please remember to submit your announcements to 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 ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email 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.

Some of our October 13 “pilgrims” after learning about
medieval iconography on the church facade.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Maryknoll Mission Society is inviting young writers (grades 6-12) to submit an essay on the topic, “Recognizing Violence and Promoting Peace.” November 10 is the contest deadline for submission of your essay,  with prizes up to $3000 in scholarship funds. Find out more at Maryknollsociety.org/Essay.

Western New York Caregiver Partnership offers support to caregivers and seeks volunteers. Visit wnyacp.org or call 800-342-9871 to learn more.

Training for Ministers of Holy Communion is being offered on Saturday, October 28, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Ransomville and Saturday, November 4, at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. Applications are available at buffalodiocese.org or call Office of Worship at 716-847-2210. Both sessions are from 9:30am-2:00pm.

 

Tickets Now Available for November 3, 2017 Wine Tasting

Fall Wine Tasting
Friday, November 3, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT winetasting.

Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. Our friend, Bill Warren from Aurora Liquor, will be offering a variety of wines and expertise on how to select what is pleasing to your palate. In addition, there will be delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages for you to sample. Advance sale tickets are now available by calling Mickey and Bud Dick (716-832-2540) for a donation of $25/person. ($30 at the door). Proceeds benefit our Under This Roof Fund, a sustaining fund created in 2002 for the preservation and restoration of our architectural landmark and house of worship.

 

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 9, 2017

A group of “travelers” on New York’s “Path Through History” appreciated Sr. Liz Savage’s
commentary on Sanctuary artwork during our October 7 Open House.

October 8 – October 15, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, October 15 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Holy Name Society

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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, October  8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Joseph and Ella Loibl (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, October  9 ~ St. Denis & companions; St. John LeonardiNo Service

Tuesday, October  10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, October  11 ~ St. John XXIII ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October  12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, October  13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, October  14 ~ St Callistus I ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ James Eagan (Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Sharon Dunnigan, Bernice Bradley; Kathleen Marien (Choir)

    

Parishioner and greeter, Tom Dinder, chats with Oct. 7 open house visitors as video of art restoration plays in the background.

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 to be grateful for them.

We wish Father Victor “God speed” as he returns to his Nigerian homeland and blessings on his extended vacation and visit with his family. During his absence (October 11 through December 17) there will be a change in the daily Mass schedule. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There will be NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times. This  Friday, October 13 only, MASS WILL BE AT 10:00 AM to accommodate more than 50 visitors from Holley and Hilton, New York who are coming for a church tour. All parishioners are welcome to attend this Mass, which will be celebrated by the visiting priests.

While Father Victor is away, Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated above.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Gerald Gallisdorfer, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Father Victor thanks all parishioners who attended the “Town Hall” meeting on Monday, October 2. Your suggestions and observations will be taken into consideration as we go forward with plans for programs and ministries in the coming year.

Saturday Open House ~ Docents and greeters alike were delighted with the turn out for our October 7 New York State Path Through History Weekend open house. More than 30 visitors attended this local tourism event designed to highlight the State’s history and cultural significance. This year’s event featured a display of photos and descriptions of 12th Century churches in Pavia, Italy on which our building’s Lombard Romanesque architecture is closely modeled. Visitors were able to view bricks, terra cotta, and exquisite iconography close up, and appreciate the experience all the more, thanks to commentary by docents Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Sr. Liz Savage, and Nancy Yager and video presentations on church art and restoration. We are also grateful to parishioners Tom Dinder, Mary Karlis and Annette Maus who sacrificed a sunny Saturday afternoon to serve as greeters.

Let All Around Us Be Peace ~ The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread hymnal, but it should be in your heart because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. Do you have a favorite hymn you would like to hear during the liturgy?  Don’t hesitate to let Elizabeth or one of the choir members know.  Also, choir practice continues in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  You are always welcome to join us!

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT winetasting.

Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. Our friend, Bill Warren from Aurora Liquor, will be offering a variety of wines and expertise on how to select what is pleasing to your palate. In addition, there will be delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages for you to sample. Advance sale tickets are now available by calling Mickey and Bud Dick (716-832-2540) for a donation of $25/person. ($30 at the door). Proceeds benefit our Under This Roof Fund, a sustaining fund created in 2002 for the preservation and restoration of our architectural landmark and house of worship.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1 and continues through October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Hurricane Victims ~As we donate money and material gifts for hurricane and earthquake victims, let us also consider offering masses for them. Request Masses for their divine comfort, healing, and strength to endure these traumatic times.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, 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 please remember to submit your announcements to 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 ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email 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.

Visitors examine parish history display at Oct. 7 Open House.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Revival 2017 is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 9-11, at 6:30pm each day at St. Martin dePorres Church, 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo,, with guest speaker, Reverend R. Tony Ricard. This event, “Shut Up and Just Listen: Jesus Has Something to Say,” is sponsored by the African American Commission and the Diocese of Buffalo. Call 716-847-2217 for more information.

Labor & Delivery Open House at Sisters Hospital (2157 Main Street in Buffalo) is Tuesday, October 10 (4:30-7:30pm). Come see why more families choose Sisters Hospital to deliver their babies than any other hospital in Western New York  Afterwards, the hospital will be presenting informational displays on infant/child CPR, sleep safety, car seat safety, childbirth classes and more! There will also be giveaways and an opportunity to win a new car seat or stroller.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and free parking is available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Catholic Health’s Health Connection at 716-923-9790.

Griefshare Support Group begins Wednesday, October 11, at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Pompeii. Register at olpparish.com or contact Sister Joyce at 716-683-6522, ext. 103.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima at St. Leo the Great Parish (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst), Friday October 13 at 7pm with a Mass followed by candelight rosary procession, film and reception. Free event—all are welcome.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Oct. 1, 2017

St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226), whose feast we celebrate on October 4, is depicted in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. St. Francis appears in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, p. 38. He is the second kneeling figure from the left in this photo by Gary Kelley.

October 1 – October 8, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 1 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Blessing of the Animals in church

Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish “Town Hall” Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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, October  1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Requested by Estate)

Monday, October  2 ~ Holy Guardian AngelsNo Service

Tuesday, October  3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, October  4 ~ St. Francis of Assisi ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, October  5 ~ Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, October  6 ~ 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel ~ First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction

Friday, October  6 ~ St. Bruno, Bl. Marie Rose Durocher ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, October  7 ~ Our Lady of the Rosary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Joseph and Ella Loibl (Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Alice Davis, Mary Kresse; Dan Korchowsky (Choir)

Blessed Trinity welcomes “travelers” on NY’s “Path Through History” on Saturday, October 7, from 2-4 p.m.

    

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is returning a portion of our gifts to God. The gifts we return are our time, our talent and our treasure. We return these gifts not because God or our church needs them but because we feel an overwhelming need to show our love and gratitude to God.

After Communion on Sunday, October 1, there will be an introduction and blessing of the newly elected Parish Council members, Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams,  and 2017-18 officers President Mickey Dick, Vice President Kathy Press, and Secretary Tom Brodfuehrer. We are grateful to these individuals and all the hold-over Council members for their stewardship and leadership.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 1, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass. The agenda will focus on the organization’s plans for the 2017-18 calendar year.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Gerald Gallisdorfer, Fran Cahill, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Fr. Victor will offer a Blessing of Animals in the church this Sunday October 1 at 4pm to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Please bring your pets for a blessing and thank God for their companionship.

Parish General Meeting is Monday evening October 2 at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

First Friday Adoration is this week on October 6. If you are coming at any time between 8 and 11am, please sign up on the sheets by the doors of the church.

Saturday Open House features free church tours ~ We will host an Open House on Saturday, October 7 between 2:00 and 4:00 PM in conjunction with New York State’s Path Through History Weekend. The theme for the event is “Come See a Bit of OLD Italy.” In addition to free tours of our Landmark church, we will feature a display of photos and descriptions of 12th Century churches in Pavia, Italy on which our architecture is closely modeled. Visitors can see bricks, terra cotta, and exquisite iconography made in the U.S.A. in the same way Italian craftsmen did it 900 years ago! Invite your friends to come and share some biscotti!

Alumni Sunday ~ On Sunday, September 24, we welcomed members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni for their annual Alumni Memorial Mass and all-class reunion. Parishioners and alumni Tom Brodfuehrer and Mickey Dick  served as docents for a special guided mini-tour of the church,  while Madonna Hartzell and Marianne Pernick acted as greeters at the Mass at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school were remembered. Members of the fiftieth anniversary Class of ’67 presented the bread and wine as well as symbolic gifts. At the conclusion of the Mass, Father Victor bestowed a special blessing on alumni who attended.

Hurricane Victims ~As we donate money and material gifts for hurricane and earthquake victims, let us also consider offering masses for them. Request Masses for their divine comfort, healing, and strength to endure these traumatic times.

Notes from the Loft ~ The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread hymnal, but it should be in your heart because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. Do you have a favorite hymn you would like to hear during the liturgy?  Don’t hesitate to let Elizabeth or one of the choir members know.  Also, choir practice continues in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  You are always welcome to join us!

Fr. Victor will be away on his annual vacation from October 11 until December 18, as he travels to Nigeria. Please remember him in your prayers. While away, Fr. Peter Drilling, past rector of Christ the King Seminary, along with Fr. Martin Eneh, will be celebrating Masses and administering sacraments.

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT winetasting.

Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. Please save the date and start inviting your family and friends. Pre-sale tickets are already available from Bud Dick for $25.00. They will be $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit our Under This Roof Fund, a sustaining fund created in 2002 for the preservation and restoration of our architectural landmark and house of worship.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1 and continues through October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, 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 please remember to submit your announcements to 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 ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email 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.

Parishioners Dan Korchowsky and Mickey Dick were among the guests wishing Sr. Maureen Harris (certer) success in her mission trip to Tanzania at her Sep 17 Bon Voyage Tea Party at Ss. Columba-Brigid.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

A lecture series, “The Life and Times of Bishop John Timon,” will being Monday, October 2, at 6:30pm. Presented by Dr. Dennis Castillo, Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary, the conclusion is Thursday October 12 at 6:30pm. Both session take place in Marian Hall below the church. More information at 716-884-0053.

Revival 2017 is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 9-11, at 6:30pm each day at St. Martin dePorres Church, 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo,, with guest speaker, Reverend R. Tony Ricard. This event, “Shut Up and Just Listen: Jesus Has Something to Say,” is sponsored by the African American Commission and the Diocese of Buffalo. Call 716-847-2217 for more information.

Labor & Delivery Open House at Sisters Hospital (2157 Main Street in Buffalo) is Tuesday, October 10 (4:30-7:30pm). Come see why more families choose Sisters Hospital to deliver their babies than any other hospital in Western New York  Afterwards, the hospital will be presenting informational displays on infant/child CPR, sleep safety, car seat safety, childbirth classes and more! There will also be giveaways and an opportunity to win a new car seat or stroller.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and free parking is available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Catholic Health’s Health Connection at 716-923-9790.

 

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 24, 2017

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.

September 24 – October 1, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ BT School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, October 1 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish “Town Hall” Meeting in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Alumni (Requested by Blessed Trinity School Alumni) and James F. Eagan (Requested by Guy and Margaret Latona)

Monday, September 25 ~ No Service

Tuesday, September 26 ~ Ss. Cosmas and Damian ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – John F. Curtin (Family)

Wednesday, September 27 ~ St. Vincent dePaul ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 28 ~ St. Wenceslaus, St.Lawrence Ruiz & companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 29 ~ Ss. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, September 30 ~ St. Jerome ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Bernice Bradley; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

Parishioners Dan Korchowsky and Mickey Dick were among the guests wishing Sr. Maureen Harris (certer) success in her mission trip to Tanzania at her Sep 17 Bon Voyage Tea Party at Ss. Columba-Brigid.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship calls us to realize that each of us is called upon to give as God has given to us. We no longer base our giving on what others are giving. We no longer excuse ourselves from giving because we do not see others giving. Rather we give in proportion to all that God has given to us.

Alumni Sunday ~ On Sunday, September 24, we welcome the Blessed Trinity School Alumni for their annual Alumni Memorial Mass and all-class reunion. Parishioners who are also alumni will act as docents for a special guided mini-tour of the church and as greeters at the Mass, at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. Members of the fiftieth anniversary Class of ’67 will present the offertory gifts.

Hurricane Relief Collection ~ There will be a second collection on September 23/24 for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This will be our contribution to a diocesan-wide collection, so please do what you can to help the many thousands of people affected by the recent storms.

Over your heads, there is music in the air!  The Blessed Trinity Choir is back in full force, singing the Lord’s praises with joyful hearts. We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to enhance our liturgical experience through the gift of song. Thank you all for your continued support of music at Blessed Trinity!

Do you have a song in your heart? There are still openings in the Blessed Trinity Choir! If you think God is calling you to serve Him through a music ministry, don’t hesitate to join us at choir practice at 7:00 on Tuesday evening, September 26, in St. Charles Hall.  No audition necessary. The only requirement is a love of The Lord.

Parish Council ~ Newly elected parish council members Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams were welcomed at the Council’s September meeting, held on Wednesday, 9/20. The body elected the following officers to serve for 2017-18:  President Mickey Dick, Vice President Kathy Press, and Secretary Tom Brodfuehrer. They will be introduced to the congregation and prayed for on Sunday, October 1 after Communion. We are grateful to these individuals and all the hold-over members for their stewardship and leadership.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 1, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass. The agenda will focus on the organization’s plans for the 2017-18 calendar year.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is October 4. Father Victor will offer a Blessing of Animals on Sunday October 1 at 4pm. Please bring your pets for a blessing and thank God for their companionship.

Parish General Meeting is Monday evening October 2 at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

Roy Laciura

Thank You Roy – Welcome Jacob  ~ On behalf of our parish family, we express our gratitude to Roy Laciura for his years of service as our bookkeeper and welcome Jacob Rachwal who has taking his place. We pray that God will bless them both in their new responsibilities.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1 and continues through October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Save the Date ~ Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. If you have attended in the past, you know how much fun this can be. If not, you’re in for a real treat. Either way: save the date!

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, 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 please remember to submit your announcements to 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 ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email 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.

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT winetasting.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

 

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program presents Understanding Islam, a four part series with Dr. Judith Martin beginning September 21 at 7pm at The University of Buffalo Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). The program continues on Oct. 5 and 19, and concludes Nov. 2 ($40 registration).

A lecture series, “The Life and Times of Bishop John Timon,” will being Monday, October 2, at 6:30pm. Presented by Dr. Dennis Castillo, Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary, the conclusion is Thursday October 12 at 6:30pm. Both session take place in Marian Hall below the church. More information at 716-884-0053.

The annual St. Joseph Collegiate Institute (845 Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo) Open House is Monday evening, October 2, from 5 to 7pm.

Revival 2017 is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 9-11, at 6:30pm each day at St. Martin dePorres Church, 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo,, with guest speaker, Reverend R. Tony Ricard. This event, “Shut Up and Just Listen: Jesus Has Something to Say,” is sponsored by the African American Commission and the Diocese of Buffalo. Call 716-847-2217 for more information.

Labor & Delivery Open House at Sisters Hospital (2157 Main Street in Buffalo) is Tuesday, October 10 (4:30-7:30pm). Come see why more families choose Sisters Hospital to deliver their babies than any other hospital in Western New York  Afterwards, the hospital will be presenting informational displays on infant/child CPR, sleep safety, car seat safety, childbirth classes and more! There will also be giveaways and an opportunity to win a new car seat or stroller.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and free parking is available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Catholic Health’s Health Connection at 716-923-9790.

 

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 17, 2017

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 17 – September 24, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in the church

Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, September 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ BT School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ William Stiffler and Margaret Schimpf (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick) and James M. Lojacono (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, September 18 ~No Service

Tuesday, September 19 ~ St. Januarius ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, September 20 ~ Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang & companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 21 ~ St. Matthew, apostle & evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Frances Pernick (Children)

Saturday, September 23 ~ St. Pius of Pietrelcina ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Peter DeRosa (Joseph DeRosa)

Sunday, September 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Alumni (Blessed Trinity School Alumni) and James F. Eagan (Guy and Margaret Latona)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Grace Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, Sharon Dunnigan; Maggie Gatson (Choir)

    

The BT Choir is looking for a few good men and women
to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship ~ Once we allow God to truly take up residence in our hearts we become so overwhelmed by his abundant love for us that we just naturally feel the need to join our lives with Him and dedicate our time, talent and treasure to carrying out God’s work here on earth. Our generosity comes from within and not from any eternal pressure or reward.

A warm Blessed Trinity welcome to Carolyn Liarakos, who will be sharing her musical talents with us this weekend while Elizabeth is away at school.  Thank you, Carolyn, for enhancing our liturgical experience!

Bible Study resumes Monday, September 18, at 7pm. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for information.

Do you have a song in your heart? There are still openings in the Blessed Trinity Choir! If you think God is calling you to serve Him through a music ministry, don’t hesitate to join us at choir practice at 7:00 on Tuesday evening, September 19, in St. Charles Hall.  No audition necessary. The only requirement is a love of The Lord.

The Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, September 20, in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 6pm. (Please note earlier start time). Due to a tie vote in last weekend’s election, the council will  welcome five, rather than four new members: Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams. We hope you will congratulate them and support their efforts on your behalf. The September meeting agenda will include election of officers (president, vice president and secretary) and formation of committees for 2017-18. Summary of the last Parish Council Meeting on June 21, 2017: Proceeds from the sale of the FLARE Building will help bring St. Charles Hall up to code. Blessed Trinity continues to be responsible for some debts incurred because of the merger with St. Gerard. Thanks to all for the success of Trinity Weekend; 12 new parishioners have registered. The Ladies Sodality donated $1000 for tree removal and beautification of the Marian shrine.  Plans for nomination for Parish Council according to the By-laws and the Summer River Cruise were  finalized. Arrangements will be made for weekend liturgies while Father Victor is away on vacation from the 2nd week of October to the 2nd week of December.

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ The “Bon Voyage to Tanzania Tea Party” for Sr. Maureen is Sunday, September 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid. She will be traveling to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa, leaving for six months at the end of September. After a stop in Rome, she will continue on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending her farewell party this Sunday, September 17.

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ On Sunday, September 24, 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 and faculty of the school will be remembered. We are especially pleased that members of the Class of 1967 will be with us to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. 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 67.

Collection for Hurricane Victims ~ There will be a second collection to assist  victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the weekend of September 23 and 24. This will be our contribution to a diocesan-wide collection, so please do what you can to help the many thousands of people affected by the recent storms.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 1, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass. The agenda will focus on the organization’s plans for the 2017-18 calendar year.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1 and continues through October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Parish General Meeting is planned for Monday evening, October 2, at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, 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 please remember to submit your announcements to 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 ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email 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

 

“We thank you, then, Creator, for all things bright and good, the seed time and the harvest, our life our health, our food.”

“Welcoming the Stranger” Prayer Services will take place in September. Hosted by the WNY Leadership Conference of Religious Women, come learn about refugee advocacy opportunities. Prayer services will be held on September 17 at 2pm (St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville and at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, 115 E. Main St., Allegany); September 24 at 2pm (Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg and at the Sacred Heart Center, 22 Meadowbrook Pkwy., Cheektowaga); and September 24 at 4:30pm (Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St., Buffalo). Personal hygiene items may be donated at any of these services to refugees in Jericho Road’s Vive program.

Thursday September 21 at 7pm is the Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, Patron Saint of Cancer Patients, at St. Aloysius Gonzaga (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheetowaga). More information at 716-283-0011.

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program presents Understanding Islam, a four part series with Dr. Judith Martin beginning September 21 at 7pm at The University of Buffalo Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). The program continues on Oct.5 and 19, and concludes Nov. 2 ($40 registration).

Seminary and Diocese to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passing of John Timon, the first Bishop of Buffalo. The Diocese of Buffalo and Christ the King Seminary will host a conference on Friday, September 22 (1-5pm) at the seminary in East Aurora and a memorial Mass, celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone, on Sunday September 24 at 10:30am at St. Joseph Cathedral. There is no cost for the conference, but please register at cks.edu/timon or call 716-805-1438. A lecture series, “The Life and Times of Bishop John Timon,” will being Monday, October 2, at 6:30pm. Presented by Dr. Dennis Castillo, Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary, the conclusion is Thursday October 12 at 6:30pm. Both session take place in Marian Hall below the church. More information at 716-884-0053.

The annual St. Joseph Collegiate Institute (845 Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo) Open House is Monday evening, October 2, from 5 to 7pm.

Revival 2017 is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 9-11, at 6:30pm each day at St. Martin dePorres Church, 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo,, with guest speaker, Reverend R. Tony Ricard. This event, “Shut Up and Just Listen: Jesus Has Something to Say,” is sponsored by the African American Commission and the Diocese of Buffalo. Call 716-847-2217 for more information.

Labor & Delivery Open House at Sisters Hospital (2157 Main Street in Buffalo) is Tuesday, October 10 (4:30-7:30pm). Come see why more families choose Sisters Hospital to deliver their babies than any other hospital in Western New York  Afterwards, the hospital will be presenting informational displays on infant/child CPR, sleep safety, car seat safety, childbirth classes and more! There will also be giveaways and an opportunity to win a new car seat or stroller.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and free parking is available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Catholic Health’s Health Connection at 716-923-9790.

Employment Opportunity ~ The Franciscan Center has a part-time employment opportunity in a Transitional Independent Living Program for young men. Find out more at franciscancenterinc.org or call Fr. Joe Bayne at 716-822-8537.

World Youth Day 2019 ~ If you or someone you know is interested in World Youth Day 2019 visit jp2parish.org/wyd2019 for all the information and forms. Contact Fr. Mike at 716-627-2910 or FrMikeL [at] jp2parish [dot] org with questions or special arrangements.

And the Early-Bird Winners are:

The Alumni Committee is happy to announce the winners of the early-bird drawing for raffle returns received by September 8. They are: Marie LeCorte, Msgr. Kevin O’Neill, and Patrick Long. Your checks are in the mail. The big drawing is Sunday, September 24, at the all-class reception following the annual Alumni Memorial Mass. Read all about it HERE.

 

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 10, 2017

 

The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 12

September 10 – September 17, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers in Church

Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, September 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in the church

Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John and Rita Curtin (Requested by Family) and Paul Robel (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Pope Benedict XVI prays at site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers in New York, April 20, 2008.
Photo credit: CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Monday, September 11 ~No Service

Tuesday, September 12 ~ The Most Holy Name of Mary ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, September 13 ~ St. John Chrysostom ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 14 ~ Exultation of the Holy Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 15 ~ Our Lady of Sorrows ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Marie Nutt (Mickey Dick)

Saturday, September 16 ~ St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Richard Stroh)

Sunday, September 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ William Stiffler and Margaret Schimpf (Bud and Mickey Dick) and James M. Lojacono (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Mary Kresse, Fran Cahill; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

The BT Choir is looking for a few good men and women
to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music.

News from our Parish Community

All the teachings of Stewardship come directly from the Gospels, the Old Testament and the letters of the New Testament. Stewardship is not a new fad or environmental word.
Stewardship is the way God expected His people to live since the beginning of time.

Parish Council Elections will take place at Masses on the weekend, September 9 & 10. Pursuant to the Council’s Constitution and Bylaws, we will be electing four (4) individuals, each of whom will serve a three-year term. (Council officers are chosen by the council members at their September meeting). We thank the following parishioners who have agreed to stand for election: Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Tom Dinder, Dorothy Manuppelli, Joseph Nwoglo, Michael Ogoh, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams and Don Williams.

On Sunday, September 10, we welcome a guest choir. We thank the folk choir from St. Anthony’s Church in Lackawanna who will sing at our 10am Mass.

Readers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers will meet in the church after Mass on Sunday, Septmber 10.

Bishops’ Response to September 11 ~ Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued A Pastoral Message: Living With Faith and Hope After September 11. The message remains extremely relevant as we reflect on what happened that day. Visit www.usccb.org and search on “9/11” to re-read, reflect on, and pray with the bishops’ statement, for only with God’s help can we have the strength to forgive and the ability to live in hope instead of fear and hatred.

Do you have a song in your heart? The Blessed Trinity Choir is looking for a few good men and women to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music. The only requirement is a love of The Lord – no audition necessary. We meet on Tuesday evenings beginning September 5 from 7 to 8:30pm in St. Charles Hall.  If you have an interest in serving your Church through our music ministry, please join us. Contact Elizabeth at 716-472-0009 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ The “Bon Voyage to Tanzania Tea Party” for Sr. Maureen is Sunday, September 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid .  If you are coming and are able to bring some finger food, please sign-up on the sheets located at the side doors.  If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

Bible Study resumes Monday, September 18, at 7pm. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for information.

Blessed Trinity School Alumni will hold their annual Alumni Sunday at our church on September 24. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. 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 the Class of 1967’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (straps not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Parish General Meeting is planned for Monday evening, October 2, at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  has retired after 49-years of active ministry. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid took place on the weekend of August 26 and 27. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, 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 please remember to submit your announcements to 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 ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email 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

Employment Opportunity ~ The Franciscan Center has a part-time employment opportunity in a Transitional Independent Living Program for young men. Find out more at franciscancenterinc.org or call Fr. Joe Bayne at 716-822-8537.

The Role of Faith Communities in Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic ~ A Faith Forum, Tuesday September 19 (9:30am – 3:30pm) at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester. All are welcome. Pre-register by 9/12/17. Call 800-692-8528 or email elizabeth [dot] greenwood [at] health [dot] ny [dot] gov.

“Welcoming the Stranger” Prayer Services will take place in September. Hosted by the WNY Leadership Conference of Religious Women, come learn about refugee advocacy opportunities. Prayer services will be held on September 15 at 7pm (St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo); September 17 at 2pm (St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville and at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, 115 E. Main St., Allegany); September 24 at 2pm (Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg and at the Sacred Heart Center, 22 Meadowbrook Pkwy., Cheektowaga); and September 24 at 4:30pm (Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St., Buffalo). Personal hygiene items may be donated at any of these services to refugees in Jericho Road’s Vive program.

St. Leo the Great’s Oktoberfest is Friday September 15 at 5pm (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). Admission is $5.00 (with dinner, $20). The Frankfurters German Band will begin at 6pm. Food provided by Schnitzel & Co. Families and children welcome until 11:00pm. For more information or tickets call 716-835-8905 or visit stleothegreatamherst.com.

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program presents Understanding Islam, a four part series with Dr. Judith Martin beginning September 21 at 7pm at The University of Buffalo Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). The program continues on Oct.5 and 19, and concludes Nov. 2 ($40 registration).

Religious Emblem Program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts wishing to earn Catholic Religious Emblem badge. Adults interested in working with older scouts in the Religious Emblem Program, please join a training session on September 23. Contact Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887 or sue1221 [at] aol [dot] com.

St. Pius X Parish is hosting a Whole Community College Fair on September 28 (6-8pm) at 1700 North French Road in Getzville. For information call 716-688-5417.

World Youth Day 2019 ~ If you or someone you know is interested in World Youth Day 2019 visit jp2parish.org/wyd2019 for all the information and forms. Contact Fr. Mike at 716-627-2910 or FrMikeL [at] jp2parish [dot] org with questions or special arrangements.

Parish Welcomes School Alumni on September 24, 2017

Rev. Charles Kraehn and a contingent of
BTS “Patrol Boys” in the 1950s.

Our Annual Alumni Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Trinity Church on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM. We look forward to welcoming all Alumni of the parish school, especially the Fiftieth Anniversary Class of 1967. Between 1909 and 1975 more than 2,300 students were educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph at Blessed Trinity. A reception hosted by the Alumni Committee in St Charles Hall immediately following the September 24 Mass provides an ideal opportunity for alumni and friends to view or display school photos and memorabilia, reminisce and renew old acquaintances.

 

Worship & Services

Worship:
Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 AM, Wednesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
Weekdays effective June 1, 2017: Tuesday – Thursday at 11:00 AM
Holy Days: As scheduled on “This Week” page

Other Services:
Opportunity for confession on Saturday at 4:00 PM
First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
A coffee hour is held after the 10 AM Mass on the third Sunday of the month (September-June)