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

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

August 26 – September 2, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

Mass Intentions

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

Monday, August 27 ~ St. Monica ~ No Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

Artist George Palmer

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

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alumni Committee Adopts 2018 Bell Restoration Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent photo of bell

2018 Alumni Mass and Reunion Set for September 23

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

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

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

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

Tom Brodfuehrer
interprets iconography on the church facade.

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

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

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

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

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

Blessed Trinity Parish Community News

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

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

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

Highland Park construction, Chalmers & Holden

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

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

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

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

August 19 – August 26, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Dick (Requested by Family) and Chimuanya Mbenka and her children (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)
Anointing of the sick and well-again following Mass

Monday, August 20 ~ St. Bernard ~ No Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

Artist George Palmer

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

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 12, 2018

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15
This solemnity celebrates the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life. Dogmatically defined in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, accounts of the assumption of Mary into heaven survive in apocryphal narratives from the third and fourth centuries and was celebrated as early as the fifth century.
Painting of Mary’s Assumption by Joseph Mazur on left side of church transept.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

August 12 – August 19, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

Friday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Requested by Family)

Monday, August 13 ~ St. Pontian & St. Hippolytus ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 14 ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, August 15 ~ Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Outdoor Service at 6:00 p.m. – Offering of Prayers and Petitions.
Outdoor Mass at 7:00 p.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, August 16 ~ St. Stephen of Hungary ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Saturday, August 18 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Sunday, August 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Dick (Family) and Chimuanya Mbenka and her children (Fidelia Ejimadu)
Anointing of the sick and well-again following Mass

Ministry Schedule for Wednesday, August 15:

Readers: Judy Casassa, Bob Heicklen; Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Hartinger, Dan Korchowsky

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Grace Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Kathleen Marien, Maggie Gatson

Marian Devotion and outdoor Mass
beginning at 6pm on
The Feast of the Assumption
August 15

News from our Parish Community

Wednesday, August 15, is the Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation. Weather permitting, we will gather outside near the statue of the Blessed Mother beginning at 6pm for an offering of prayers and petitions and the presentation of individual flowers. An outdoor Mass will begin at 7pm. Please bring a lawn chair and a flower to offer. In the event of rain, services will be held in the church.

A Summertime “Must Read” ~ It’s not too late to throw your hat into the ring. Please consider running for Parish Council.  With the support of the present dedicated members, you will find that the “yoke is easy and the burden light.” Look for green information sheets and nomination forms at the church doors,  Thank You!

Wrong and Strong: It’s All for the Glory of God ~ Our Blessed Trinity Music Ministry provides beauty, joy, comfort and inspiration for our liturgies and festive parish celebrations through the musical gifts, generosity and commitment of our members.  As summer draws to an end, we are planning for the return of the choir and would love to include you in our membership.  No previous singing experience is necessary, nor is the ability to read music.  If you carry a song in your heart, want to learn more about the liturgy, and want to glorify God through music, do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth at 716-472-0009 or email twosingersintune [at] gmail [dot] comWrong and Strong – it’s our BT Choir’s motto! Choir practice resumes Tuesday September 4th at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Temporary Change in Bulletin Deadline ~ If you have announcements for the August 26 bulletin, please send them to the office by Monday, August 13.  Due to vacation scheduling, our secretary will be printing bulletins for the next two weeks ahead of time.

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

Father Victor and the Parish Council thank each of you who made the special effort to attend the August 7 “town hall” meeting and offer your observations and suggestions to diocesan representatives from the Central City Task Force. We await their advice on “next steps” in what Bishop Malone hopes will be a new ministry plan for the central city parishes of Blessed Trinity, St. Lawrence, St. Martin de Porres and Ss. Columba-Brigid.

Artist George Palmer

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

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

Mary with ministering angels, perhaps another depiction of the Assumption,
over exterior of east side church entrance.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Vigil Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

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

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

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

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

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 5, 2018

St. Clare (1193-1253)
August 11
St. Clare was a follower of St. Francis of Assisi and became superior of a religious community known as The Poor Clares. She is said to have carried the Host in a monstrance to an upper window of her convent where she successfully prayed for their deliverance from marauding Saracen mercenaries of Frederick II. Greatly revered and respected as a “new leader of women” and credited with many miracles, she was canonized just two years after her death. St. Clare is depicted in a grouping of “Virgins and Widows” in the great dome of our church as the standing figure on the far right, holding a monstrance.
Artist: Joseph Mazur. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

August 5 – August 12, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Diocesan “Town Hall” in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Williams, Chapman and Cavitt Families (Requested by Seta Chapman)

Monday, August 6 ~ The Transfiguration of the Lord ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 7 ~ St. Sixtus II & Companions; St. Cajetan ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, August 8 ~ St. Dominic ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Birthday Thanksgiving for Ozy Ibhawa (Father Victor)

Thursday, August 9 ~ St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, August 10 ~ St. Lawrence ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, August 11 ~ St. Clare ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, August 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 11 & 12:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joseph Nwogu, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Judy Casassa

Ministry Schedule for Wednesday, August 15:

Readers: Judy Casassa, Bob Heicklen; Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Hartinger, Dan Korchowsky

St. Dominic (1170-1221), whose feast day is celebrated on August 8, is depicted in this grouping of monks, hermits and religious in the dome of our church. He is the standing figure, second from the left, shown holding a book. The painting is by Joseph Mazur. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection ~ On the weekend of August 4/5, there will be a second collection for the Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund.

Important Parish Meeting, this Tuesday, August 7 ~ Father Victor and the Parish Council urge every parishioner to attend this Tuesday’s “town hall” meeting at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. This is your opportunity to pray, discuss, and discern with other parishioners and the newly created Central City Task Force and consider possibilities for future cooperation to ensure the health of central city parish life. A three-year arrangement under which the CCCB parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres have been linked with the suburban parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be coming to an end. Rev. Ronald P. Sadjak, who previously served all three parishes, will remain as pastor at Nativity. Bishop Richard Malone is asking the central city parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence to join with Blessed Trinity and Ss. Columba-Brigid “to enact a ministry plan that will lead to their successful growth in ministry and continued witness to faith and justice on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Bishop remains committed to keeping all four of our parishes open and in active ministry. Diocesan representatives at the meeting will include Sr. Maureen Harris, our CCCB Pastoral Care Minister, Rev. Joseph Rogliano (our Vicar) and Deacon Ron Thaler. Blessed Trinity will be represented by YOU.

The Bread of Life ~ According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (usccb.org), the celebration of the Eucharist is of the utmost importance.  In order for the Christian faithful to deeply understand the genuine significance of the rites and liturgical texts for active celebration of the Eucharist, the “dignity, the beauty of the sacred place, the music and art should contribute as greatly as possible.” No one would argue that Blessed Trinity Church is stunningly beautiful.  Perhaps also you have a sense of how the music enhances our Liturgical experience. Today’s opening hymn, Rain Down, contained text right from the first reading from Exodus. Singing Bread of Life for the Presentation and Preparation of Gifts reminded us of how we are all united by the Eucharist. Our Communion hymn, Transfigure Us, O Lord, allowed us to publicly proclaim how we are changed by Christ. If we are transformed by our relationship with our Savior, How Can We Keep from Singing? Pablo Casals, a Spanish cellist, once said “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”  … Elizabeth

Marian Devotion and outdoor Mass on
The Feast of the Assumption
August 15

Wednesday, August 15, is the Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation. Weather permitting, we will gather outside near the statue of the Blessed Mother beginning at 6pm for an offering of prayers and petitions and the presentation of individual flowers. An outdoor Mass will begin at 7pm. Please bring a lawn chair and a flower to offer.

Parish Council Nominations ~ Want to become more involved in the future of Blessed Trinity? It’s not too late. Sign up today to be a candidate for the September elections for Parish Council. Pick up a green sheet at the church doors. The nominating committee members, Kathy Press, Tom Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron and Sr. Liz Savage will be happy to answer your questions about serving on the Council.

Know Your Faith ~ Why should I give money in the church collection? Another word the church uses for collection is offertory meaning to offer back to God from the gifts He has given to us. (1 Corinthians 4:7). We make collection as an expression of our love, faith, and thanksgiving to God. Also, we make collection to fulfill one of our Christian DUTIES to the church. The catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2043 calls us to carry out our responsibility of providing for the material needs of the church. In the scripture we are told that the early Christian community brought their goods together to care for the Christian community (Acts 4:34-35). So when we give our collection we are fulfilling our responsibility or duty to the church. The collections we take up helps to care for the spiritual and material needs of the church. So how much should I give as my collection? We are called to give generously according to our ability.  For God loves a cheerful giver and reward us accordingly (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). When we fail to give according to our ability only God and ourselves knows. And failing to give much of what we have shows our failure to fulfill our duty towards the church. Jesus told us the story of the widow who was appreciated because she gave much of the little she had while others gave little from their surpluses. (Mark 12:41-44). We are encouraged to give or offer our gifts to God with a generous heart. Giving should be done with a joyful spirit not with a grumbling heart. Giving with a joyful spirit should be done with a genuine intention no matter how inconvenient it might be to us. For God, who sees everything in secret, definitely rewards us.

Temporary Change in Bulletin Deadline ~ If you have announcements for the August 19 and/or August 26 bulletins, please send them to the office by Friday August 10.  Our secretary will be preparing those publications early due to vacation scheduling.

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

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

 

St Clare is also one of six saints associated with the Eucharist who is depicted (center right) in silver relief on the doors of our Tabernacle. (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 30).
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Thursday August 2 – Sunday August 5 is Summerfest 2018 at Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Kicking off with a Meat Raffle on Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm in the hall. Join us each day for delicious dinners, raffles, Vera Bradley Bingo on Saturday, and much more. Prepare to be entertained with great live music including Nerds Gone Wild, Hit N’ Run, and The Buffalo Touch Polka Band. Don’t miss our Polka Mass on Sunday, August 5 at 12 noon, followed by our Polish Dinner. For more information, visit 14hh.org or call 716-674-2374.

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Vigil Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

When was the last time you sat down with Mama Mary and had a heart-to-heart conversation? Yes, Jesus’ Mama Mary. She waits, particularly at her sacred heaven windows, icons of the Madonna and Child, listening to your heart as she did to Jesus’. Try this innovative, seven-year running, prayer twist at the Church of St. Casimir (160 Cable Street in Buffalo) weekday evenings at 7 pm, Sundays at 10 am from August 18-26. Maybe you’ve yet to discover the mysteries of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, how the saints of the ages, Casimir and John Paul, and Mother Angela drew power and healing from God’s Mother, scarred by human hatred. Come, listen and sing her a song.

Sacred Sites of the UK – a Pilgrimage with Bishop Malone, October 26 – November 5. Visit Walsingham (EWTN Studios), Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge! For reservations, contact Marianne at Unitours, 1-800-777-7432 or mpisano [at] unitours [dot] com.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 29, 2018

St. Ignatius of Loyola (c. 1491-1556)
July 31
St. Alphonsus Liguori (1695-1787)
August 1
St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Alphonsus Liguori, whose feast days we celebrate this week, are both depicted in a in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in the dome of our church. St. Ignatius, fourth from the left (standing), was on his way to military fame before a debilitating war injury. His conversion experience began during his convalescence, and his writings during that time culminated in his greatest work, the Spiritual Exercises. Founder of the Jesuits, his feast day is July 31. St. Alphonsus, the first standing figure on the left, is pictured with a pen and book. Although he acquired fame as a writer, the founder of the Redemptorist Congregation is also remembered for his preaching and pastoral reforms. His feast is celebrated on August 1.
The dome painting is by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur; the photo by Gary Kelley.

July 29 – August 5, 2018

Weekly Activities

Thursday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Diocesan “Town Hall” 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, July 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sara Dick (Requested by Family)

Monday, July 30 ~ St. Peter Chrysologus ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 31 ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, August 1 ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Dorothy Clough (Judy Casassa)

Thursday, August 2 ~ St. Eusebius of Vercelli;  St. Peter Julian Eymard ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, August 3 ~ First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, August 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, August 4 ~ St. John Vianney ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Sunday, August 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Williams, Chapman and Cavitt Families (Seta Chapman)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, Augus 4 & 5:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Kathleen Marien, Maggie Gatson

St. John Vianney
August 4
St. John Vianney (bottom left) is one of six saints depicted in silver relief on the doors of the church’s tabernacle. Each of these saints has some relationship to the offering of sacrificial gifts or to the Eucharist.

News from our Parish Community

Friday, August 3, is First Friday. There will be Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Daily Mass Chapel, from 8am – 11am, followed by morning Mass.

Our Catholic Central Food Pantry has new hours. The pantry in St. Charles Hall will once again be open on Fridays from 10am – 12 noon. It will continue to serve clients on Saturdays, also from 10am – 12 noon.

Buffalo Central City Parish Meetings ~ Father Victor and the Parish Council invite every parishioner to attend the “town hall” meeting in St. Charles Hall on Tuesday evening, August 7, at 7pm. A three-year arrangement under which the CCCB parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres have been linked with the suburban parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be coming to an end. Rev. Ronald P. Sadjak, who previously served all three parishes, will remain as pastor at Nativity. Bishop Richard Malone is asking the central city parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence to join with Blessed Trinity and Ss. Columba-Brigid “to enact a ministry plan that will lead to their successful growth in ministry and continued witness to faith and justice on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Bishop remains committed to keeping all four of our parishes open and in active ministry. Sr. Maureen, our CCCB Pastoral Care Minister, has been invited to join the newly created Central City Task Force together with Rev. Joseph Rogliano (our Vicar) and Deacon Ron Thaler. The task force has been charged with the responsibility of setting up “town hall” meetings in each of the four parishes to review the accomplishments of parish ministries, discuss parish vitality, determine the desires of each parish for its own future, and suggest possibilities for future cooperation to ensure the health of our central city parish life. Each parish will host the task force and its own parish family to pray, discuss, and discern. Our town hall is August 7. In the interim, Bishop Malone asks us to “please join me as we pray for the creative energy of God’s Holy Spirit to continue to move, work, and inspire new venues of ministry for Buffalo’s Central City.”

Special Collection ~ On the weekend of August 4/5, there will be a second collection for the Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund.

Sunday Family Supper ~ Who doesn’t enjoy a great meal on Sunday, surrounded by the people you love the most? The readings for these next five weeks in Ordinary Time are known are known as the “Bread of Life” discourse. We hear about Manna from Heaven in the Old Testament as well as how Jesus fed 5000 with abundant leftovers. Musical selections during these five weeks will focus on Christ’s generosity, and there are plenty of them. We will sing words contained in the Scriptures as well as some of the words in the Eucharistic Prayers spoken by the priest each week at Mass.  We will sing about gathering at the Table, enjoying the Feast, being Bread for others, and hoping for peace.  Do you find yourself tapping your toes or humming a hymn even after Mass?  If the musical selections at Mass make you crave second helpings, we are succeeding! If you have a favorite hymn about “Bread,” please let a choir member know. We have four more weekends to include it in the Liturgy. Remember, this is your Mass – let’s make it as meaningful as possible! … Elizabeth

Parish Council Nominations ~We are looking for candidates to run for Parish Council. What a great opportunity to get involved and serve your church. Pick up a green sheet on your way out of church today and sign up. Thank you.

George Palmer

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

Could you be the face of Christ to another? Our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo are offering Compassion Ministry Training to any parishioner who is interested in learning more about visiting the sick of our parish who are homebound or hospitalized, or those living in senior care facilities.  The six-session program begins Monday, September 10, at St. Lawrence Parish. For details, call  Sr. Maureen Harris, OSF at 716-897-9948 (x114) or Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola at IggyFest, Tuesday evening, July 31, from 6 to 9. IggyFest is a fundraiser for The Nativity Miguel Middle School at St. Michael’s Church (51 St. Michael’s Place, next to the Church on Washington Street). Festival begins at 5:15pm Mass followed by live music with “Wilma,” 50/50, raffles, grilled menu, beer, wine. Volunteers needed. Contact nlanger [at] nativitymiguelbuffalo [dot] org  or call 716-836-5188.

Creativity and Spirituality Retreat ~ Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm to Friday, August 3 at 4 pm at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Rendezvous with creativity while cultivating a spiritual place and sacred space this summer. Nurture your body, mind, and spirit through a variety of prayerful, artistic, and creative endeavors during this hands-on studio approach retreat. All are welcome; no experience necessary. Presented by Gina Marie Cutrona. For more information and to register, contact Doug George at 716-655-7091.

Thursday August 2 – Sunday August 5 is Summerfest 2018 at Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Kicking off with a Meat Raffle on Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm in the hall. Join us each day for delicious dinners, raffles, Vera Bradley Bingo on Saturday, and much more. Prepare to be entertained with great live music including Nerds Gone Wild, Hit N’ Run, and The Buffalo Touch Polka Band. Don’t miss our Polka Mass on Sunday, August 5 at 12 noon, followed by our Polish Dinner. For more information, visit 14hh.org or call 716-674-2374.

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Vigil Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

When was the last time you sat down with Mama Mary and had a heart-to-heart conversation? Yes, Jesus’ Mama Mary. She waits, particularly at her sacred heaven windows, icons of the Madonna and Child, listening to your heart as she did to Jesus’. Try this innovative, seven-year running, prayer twist at the Church of St. Casimir (160 Cable Street in Buffalo) weekday evenings at 7 pm, Sundays at 10 am from August 18-26. Maybe you’ve yet to discover the mysteries of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, how the saints of the ages, Casimir and John Paul, and Mother Angela drew power and healing from God’s Mother, scarred by human hatred. Come, listen and sing her a song.

Sacred Sites of the UK – a Pilgrimage with Bishop Malone, October 26 – November 5. Visit Walsingham (EWTN Studios), Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge! For reservations, contact Marianne at Unitours, 1-800-777-7432 or mpisano [at] unitours [dot] com.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 22, 2018

St. James, Apostle
July 25
St. James, known as the Greater in order to distinguish him from the other Apostle St. James, was St. John’s brother. With Peter and John he was one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration, and later, of the agony in the garden. There are two symbols on the church façade representing St. James, one of which is this shell (third from left) on one of the 45 decorated roofline corbels.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

July 22 – July 29, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

Saturday, July 28 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, July 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Monday, July 23 ~ St. Bridget ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 24 ~ St. Sharbel Makhluf ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Thursday, July 26 ~ St. Joachim and St. Anne ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Saturday, July 28 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Sunday, July 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sara Dick (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29:

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, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse

St. Joachim and St. Anne
July 26
This depiction of St. Anne and the Child Mary appears in a stained glass window in the shrine area near the left (east) side entrance of the church. She is celebrated along with her husband, St. Joachim, on July 26.

News from our Parish Community

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on July 23. Our next hosting opportunity is Monday, October 22. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Buffalo Central City Parish Meetings ~ Father Victor and the Parish Council invite every parishioner to attend the “town hall” meeting in St. Charles Hall on Tuesday evening, August 7, at 7pm. A three-year arrangement under which the CCCB parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres have been linked with the suburban parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be coming to an end. Rev. Ronald P. Sadjak, who previously served all three parishes, will remain as pastor at Nativity. Bishop Richard Malone is asking the central city parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence to join with Blessed Trinity and Ss. Columba-Brigid “to enact a ministry plan that will lead to their successful growth in ministry and continued witness to faith and justice on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Bishop remains committed to keeping all four of our parishes open and in active ministry. Sr. Maureen, our CCCB Pastoral Care Minister, has been invited to join the newly created Central City Task Force together with Rev. Joseph Rogliano (our Vicar) and Deacon Ron Thaler. The task force has been charged with the responsibility of setting up “town hall” meetings in each of the four parishes to review the accomplishments of parish ministries, discuss parish vitality, determine the desires of each parish for its own future, and suggest possibilities for future cooperation to ensure the health of our central city parish life. Each parish will host the task force and its own parish family to pray, discuss, and discern. Our town hall is August 7. In the interim, Bishop Malone asks us to “please join me as we pray for the creative energy of God’s Holy Spirit to continue to move, work, and inspire new venues of ministry for Buffalo’s Central City.”

What Mass setting is that? You may have noticed a new Mass setting this weekend – one we’ve never used at Blessed Trinity, to my knowledge.  St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian-American religious sister who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Catholic religious institute that was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States. Cabrini took religious vows in 1877 and added Xavier to her name to honor the Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionary service.  She was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church on July 7, 1946.  The Mass setting used at Blessed Trinity is changed regularly to help keep our liturgy dynamic.  During the summer months, music is selected directly from Breaking Bread so everyone can read the music if they wish.  You may also have noticed a change to the hymn board in the church: in addition to the four horizontal hymn numbers, there is a vertical line of numbers which represents the weekly Mass setting.  That way, if you miss the announcement at the beginning Mass, you will still know what is going on. Mother Cabrini’s example continues to be relevant to our community. Enjoy this music!  … Elizabeth

Don’t Miss Out! The July 15 bulletin included an insert about formation of the 2018-19 Parish Council. If you did not receive this information, please pick up a copy of the green sheet on the tables near each door. The Council wants all our parishioners to “be in the know.”

Could you be the face of Christ to another? Our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo are offering Compassion Ministry Training to any parishioner who is interested in learning more about visiting the sick of our parish who are homebound or hospitalized, or those living in senior care facilities.  The six-session program begins Monday, September 10, at St. Lawrence Parish. For details, call  Sr. Maureen Harris, OSF at 716-897-9948 (x114) or Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Know Your FaithHow do we respond when people say Catholics worship statues? The right answer to this question is, Catholics absolutely DO NOT worship statues or images in any form. Worship is reserved for God alone.  Catholics use religious images/statues for worship. There is a difference between religious use of statues and worshiping statues. God forbade the worship of images/statues called idolatry in the first of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not carve idols….” (Exodus 20:4-5).  The Catholic Church absolutely condemned idolatry in any form.

The making and use of religious statue is a thoroughly biblical practice. In the Bible, God also commanded the use of religious images/statues when God asked that an Ark be made for his dwelling and gave the description of the statues that will be found in the Ark. “Make two cherubim of beaten gold ….” (Exodus 25:18-20).

In the book of first Chronicles, chapter 28:18-19, David planned for the temple to be built for God and wrote down all that would be in the temple including the different types of images.

The books of Numbers tell us that the Israelites were bitten by serpents in the wilderness when they expressed their lack of faith in God by complaining against God. God forgave them after Moses interceded for them asked for God’s mercy. God commanded Moses to make a (statue of) a fiery serpent to set it on a pole, and anyone bitten who looks at it shall live (Numbers 21:8-9).

When a Catholic kneels or bows in prayer before a statue, they are not worshiping it in any way whatsoever.  They are using it as a person might use a picture of his family — to recall them, even pray for them, when he is not with them. He obviously does not consider a picture of his children as being his actual children, but simply a reminder of them.  And so it is with sacred art in any form.  It is used ultimately to raise our hearts and minds to God — to aid us in prayer.

Statues and other pieces of religious art became a means for the Church to teach the Bible.  A person could walk into a monastery or church and learn about Jesus Christ by simply looking at the religious art and the story that the art told. In fact, the Catholic Church’s long history of art reflects her ability to impact and evangelize within culture.

The greatest artistic period of the modern world was the Renaissance period. If you tour Europe and look at Renaissance art, it is almost all religious art pointing to Christian Tradition or Biblical stories. The art of the time period reflects the Catholic Church’s ability to evangelize an entire culture so that everything spoke of the glory of God.

So why do we use religious statues/images? Catholics use statues, paintings, and other artistic devices to recall the person or thing depicted. Just as it helps to remember one’s mother by looking at her photograph, so it helps to recall the example of the saints by looking at pictures of them. Catholics also use statues as teaching tools. In the early Church they were especially useful for the instruction of the illiterate. The use of sacred art is to evangelize, catechize and inspire.  It is also used to show reverence and honor for God and His saints.

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.

Marriage Moment. Summer is a time of rest – sort of. Maybe you take a vacation or ease up on your work schedule. But you may still feel busy. Consider, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31) Can you take some quiet, restful couple time this week?

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

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.

Stargazer lilies, which once graced our Easter altar, bloom again
on Leroy Avenue near the new church sign .

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Father Baker Day. Celebrate Father Baker Day on Sunday, July 29, beginning at 12 noon with Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna) followed a reception. Commemorating the 82nd anniversary of Father Nelson Baker’s passing. To reserve your space at the reception, contact OLV’s Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

Contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and recording artist, Paul Koleske, will be offering his concert of personally composed sacred music on Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 pm at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Hamburg. He will integrate faith witness and testimony with his music to show how it applies to you and your life. Paul has been on EWTN and is known throughout the nation for his music and speaking presentations. This is a very spiritually and uplifting event and you are invited to bring family and friends. Free-will offering. For additional information, visit paulkoleske.com.

Chicken BBQ on Sunday, July 29 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (or until sold out) at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue I Lakewood). All pre-sale meals must be picked up by 1 pm. Dinner includes chicken by Weidner’s BBQ, potato and macaroni salads, roll, cookies, and bottled water. For information or tickets, contact the office at 716-763-2815.

Celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola at IggyFest, Tuesday evening, July 31, from 6 to 9. IggyFest is a fundraiser for The Nativity Miguel Middle School at St. Michael’s Church (51 St. Michael’s Place, next to the Church on Washington Street). Festival begins at 5:15pm Mass followed by live music with “Wilma,” 50/50, raffles, grilled menu, beer, wine. Volunteers needed. Contact nlanger [at] nativitymiguelbuffalo [dot] org  or call 716-836-5188.

Thursday August 2 – Sunday August 5 is Summerfest 2018 at Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Kicking off with a Meat Raffle on Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm in the hall. Join us each day for delicious dinners, raffles, Vera Bradley Bingo on Saturday, and much more. Prepare to be entertained with great live music including Nerds Gone Wild, Hit N’ Run, and The Buffalo Touch Polka Band. Don’t miss our Polka Mass on Sunday, August 5 at 12 noon, followed by our Polish Dinner. For more information, visit 14hh.org or call 716-674-2374.

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Vigil Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

Sacred Sites of the UK – a Pilgrimage with Bishop Malone, October 26 – November 5. Visit Walsingham (EWTN Studios), Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge! For reservations, contact Marianne at Unitours, 1-800-777-7432 or mpisano [at] unitours [dot] com.

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 15, 2018

Mary of Magdala
July 22
The Church today recognizes Mary of Magdala’s rightful role as an important early Christian leader. Although her feast day is normally celebrated on July 22, it is superseded this year by the liturgy for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Along with your July 22 bulletin, you will receive a “FutureChurch” brochure explaining Mary’s complicated history and saluting her as “the primary witness to the most central events of Christian faith….” We hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with Mary’s real story and why early church Fathers named her “the Apostle to the Apostles.”
Confessional woodcarving, right (west) transept

July 15 – July 22, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, July 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass – Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church.

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

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

Saturday, July 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, July 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – The Chapman Family (Requested by Seta Chapman) and Thomas Eldred (Requested by Gary Weber)

Monday, July 16 ~ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

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

Friday, July 20 ~ St. Apolinaris~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Saturday, July 21 ~ St. Lawrence of Brindisi ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Then and Ferella Families (Family)

Sunday, July 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 21 & 22:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi, Joseph Nwogu;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Judy Casassa, Kathleen Marien

Poly-chrome relief of Sacred Heart of Jesus over exterior of church’s right side door.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

Third Sunday Anointing ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place in church following Mass on Sunday, July 15.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on July 23. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

The Peter’s Pence Collection will take place in our parish on July 21 and 22. Pope Francis has called each of us to be a witness of charity. He encourages us to “open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!” The Peter’s Pence Collection provides the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease, and  unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your church envelopes include one for this collection. Please consider how blessed you are and be as generous as possible.

Buffalo Central City Parish Meetings ~ Father Victor and the Parish Council invite every parishioner to attend the “town hall” meeting in St. Charles Hall on Tuesday evening, August 7, at 7pm. A three-year arrangement under which the CCCB parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres have been linked with the suburban parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be coming to an end. Rev. Ronald P. Sadjak, who previously served all three parishes, will remain as pastor at Nativity. Bishop Richard Malone is asking the central city parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence to join with Blessed Trinity and Ss. Columba-Brigid “to enact a ministry plan that will lead to their successful growth in ministry and continued witness to faith and justice on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Bishop remains committed to keeping all four of our parishes open and in active ministry. Sr. Maureen, our CCCB Pastoral Care Minister, has been invited to join the newly created Central City Task Force together with Rev. Joseph Rogliano (our Vicar) and Deacon Ron Thaler. The task force has been charged with the responsibility of setting up “town hall” meetings in each of the four parishes to review the accomplishments of parish ministries, discuss parish vitality, determine the desires of each parish for its own future, and suggest possibilities for future cooperation to ensure the health of our central city parish life. Each parish will host the task force and its own parish family to pray, discuss, and discern. Our town hall is August 7. In the interim, Bishop Malone asks us to “please join me as we pray for the creative energy of God’s Holy Spirit to continue to move, work, and inspire new venues of ministry for Buffalo’s Central City.”

Positive Change for Church and Community. Bernadette Farrell (born March 26, 1957) is a British hymnographer and composer of beautiful contemporary liturgical music that is well-loved by Christians around the world. Among her compositions are “Christ, Be Our Light,” “O God, You Search Me,” and today’s Communion hymn, “Bread for the World.”

Farrell has served on the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Liturgical Commission for many years and has helped build the Catholic music tradition we love. Her work in adult education has encouraged the formation of lay liturgical ministries. One of the founding organizers of London Citizens, she authored a report on immigration that was adopted by the government, leading campaigns on safety, sanctuary, housing, wages and health.

Writing in a variety of styles, Farrell draws inspiration from the English choral tradition as well as the melodic roots of British folk songs. Her texts are based either on Scripture, her own compositions, or the words of lyricists like her husband, Owen Alstott. Do you agree the words she wrote in 1990 are pertinent today?

Bread for the world: a world of hunger.
Wine for all peoples: people who thirst.
May we who eat be bread for others.
May we who drink pour out our love.

Bernadette Farrell is an example of a woman who has made a significant difference in our world through her music as well as her missions. How’s that for positive change?   … Elizabeth

Joining Your Parish Council ~ August is traditionally the month when a slate of candidates for election to the Parish Council is announced. The Council Bylaws provide for the election of 4 new members each year on the second Sunday of September (9/09/18), with new members being welcomed at the September Council meeting (9/19/18).

The Council exists to more effectively promote and perform “the mission of Christ in our parish community and in the greater community,” through “study, … mutual works and assistance….” (Preamble to the Constitution and By-laws).

“Any active parishioner 18 years of age and over who is a registered member of [the parish] may become an elected member of the Council.” (Art. 3, Sect. 2, Constitution and By-laws).

A nominating committee was appointed and charged with assembling a slate of candidates over the summer. They will be contacting parishioners. You may also place your own name in nomination or nominate another parishioner. If you wish to nominate another, please check first to be sure the person is willing to serve.

We hope you will consider being a Parish Council candidate and be involved in the continuing success of Blessed Trinity Church. It is very important that all candidates take time to learn what is expected of council members. To learn more, you may contact a member of the nominating committee which includes: Father Victor – 833-0301; Kathy Press (Chair) – 445-8160; Tom Brodfuehrer – 876-6425; Lorna Cameron – 432-8541; or Don Williams – 572-9603. If you prefer, use the form included in your July 15, 2018 bulletin or found at the church doors and a committee member will contact you. This same form may be used to nominate yourself or others. You may also submit your contact information using this LINK. Just be sure to use “Parish Council” as the subject.

Could you be the face of Christ to another? Our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo are offering Compassion Ministry Training to any parishioner who is interested in learning more about visiting the sick of our parish who are homebound or hospitalized, or those living in senior care facilities.  The six-session program begins Monday, September 10, at St. Lawrence Parish. For details, call  Sr. Maureen Harris, OSF at 716-897-9948 (x114) or Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598.

We thank Father Roldan Zerna of The Mission Society of the Philippines for celebrating Mass with us last weekend and familiarizing us with the mission work of the Society.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

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

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.

Give thanks for summer sunsets.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Driver Education Classes at Cardinal O’Hara High School, July 16 to August 6. Participants may choose from several class times. Drivers who complete the course will receive a DMV Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for insurance reduction certificate. A student’s permit or license is due prior to the start of class. For more information or to receive a registration form, visit cardinalohara.com.

Dinner Lecture Series continues at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). There are 2 remaining Wednesday evening events, each beginning with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Friday July 27 at 7pm is O’Harafest ~ Alumni, current students, incoming students and their families are all invited. Event takes place in the school’s backyard sports complex. Live music from The Jim Levinthal Band will be featured, along with food and beverages. For reservations or further information, call the school at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or 311.

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a vigil mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 8, 2018

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
July 14
Woodcarving, gift of the Southtowns Woodcarvers of WNY
Right (West) Transept Wall
On October 21, 2012, Blessed Kateri became the first Native American to be canonized. The daughter of a Mohawk warrior and Catholic Algonquin woman, Kateri was born in a Mohawk fortress near Auriesville, New York. Her parents and brother died in a smallpox epidemic, and she was left with scars and weakened eyesight. Her mother’s faith had made an impression on Kateri, and she was baptized on Easter Sunday in 1676. Her conversion to Christianity caused her relatives to mistreat her, and Kateri fled to a community of Native American Christians at Kahnawake, Quebec. She died when she was only 24, and came to be known as “Lily of the Mohawks.” A young boy’s recovery from a flesh-eating bacteria in 2006 was the miracle cited by the Vatican in elevating Blessed Kateri to sainthood.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

July 8 – July 15, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

Sunday, July 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass – Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church.

*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, July 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Birthday Remebrance (Requested by Family)

Monday, July 9 ~ St. Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – The Chapman Family (Seta Chapman)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 14 & 15:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Kathleen Marien, Pat Hartinger

St. Benedict (c. 480-547)
July 11
St. Benedict, whose feast day the Church celebrates this week, is depicted as the kneeling figure at the far right in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious”
in this dome painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

Missionary Priest to Address Congregation ~ On the weekend  of July 7/8, we welcome a visiting missionary, Father Roldan Zerna, who will talk to us about a special collection for The Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP). Having been established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the MSP serves as the official and chief missionary arm of the Catholic Church of the Philippines in proclaiming the Gospel, especially to the young churches in Asia and other parts of the world. Since its inception in 1965, the MSP has been working in five continents and twelve countries, including the Diocese of Sacramento in California. The Church encourages the faithful to be in solidarity with the MSP, and the second collection at Masses that weekend will provide an opportunity for us to be part of its missionary work.

Third Sunday Anointing ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place in church following Mass on Sunday, July 15.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on July 23. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Buffalo Central City Parish Meetings ~ A three-year arrangement under which the CCCB parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres have been linked with the suburban parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be coming to an end. Rev. Ronald P. Sadjak, who previously served all three parishes, will remain as pastor at Nativity. Bishop Richard Malone is asking the central city parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence to join with Blessed Trinity and Ss. Columba-Brigid “to enact a ministry plan that will lead to their successful growth in ministry and continued witness to faith and justice on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Bishop remains committed to keeping all four of our parishes open and in active ministry. Sr. Maureen, our CCCB Pastoral Care Minister, has been invited to join the newly created Central City Task Force together with Rev. Joseph Rogliano (our Vicar) and Deacon Ron Thaler. The task force has been charged with the responsibility of setting up “town hall” meetings in each of the four parishes to review the accomplishments of parish ministries, discuss parish vitality, determine the desires of each parish for its own future, and suggest possibilities for future cooperation to ensure the health of our central city parish life. Each parish will host the task force and its own parish family to pray, discuss, and discern. Father Victor and the Parish Council encourage every parishioner to attend the “town hall” meeting in St. Charles Hall on Tuesday evening, August 7, at 7pm. In the interim, Bishop Malone asks us to “please join me as we pray for the creative energy of God’s Holy Spirit to continue to move, work, and inspire new venues of ministry for Buffalo’s Central City.”

Wrong and Strong. It is all for the Glory of God Why So Loud? Our magnificent Tellers-Kent organ will be undergoing some refurbishment this summer, having one pipe rank repaired which will give the organ a deeper, more romantic sound.  This series of pipes, the oboe, has been non-functional for many years and is one of three ranks that need some tender loving care.  The organ was built in 1927 and has held up remarkably well, but fluctuations in temperature and humidity are problems that accelerate its aging. The organ is utilized at Mass for a variety of reasons.  It gathers the people for the beginning of the service and sends them on their way at the end, hopefully with a song in their hearts.  Quieter music is more contemplative and is appropriate during the Mass itself; that is why you hear a change in the organ’s volume and pipe registration.   There are general instructions for pastoral musicians developed right through the Roman Missal:

Music should be “holy,” meaning it is based in the liturgy and corresponds with the part of the liturgy during which it is sung.  You will notice that the music at the beginning and the end of Mass is joyful and louder than the music within the Mass–that helps create a community of worshipers with one voice, glorifying God.  On Feast days, you may notice the organ is even louder at the beginning and end of Mass, not to drown out your singing, but to  emphasize the importance of these High Holy days. Alternatively, you may notice the organ dropping out of a well-loved hymn  so parishioners can enjoy being a part of a community while glorifying God.  Both strategies can bring us closer to God and help us to carry music in our hearts.

Music should be “beautiful.”  This one is a bit more difficult, as we all have a different definition of beauty.  At Blessed Trinity, we work hard to offer music from a variety of sources, from classical to contemporary.  While you may sing hymns at church that are not your favorites, know that they have been selected to enhance the liturgy in some way.  Don’t worry, chances are good you won’t have to sing them again for at least another year!

Music should be “universal,” meaning it appeals to a variety of age groups and ethnicities and is easily accessible to all.

When we sing at Mass, we lead our community in praising our God.

 Remember the Blessed Trinity Choir Motto,
“Wrong and Strong – It is all for the glory of God!” 

God created your voice, and we believe
He is well-pleased when you raise it for Praise!

… Elizabeth

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Know Your Faith … How is the Liturgical calendar created, and why? A liturgical calendar is a directive created by the Holy Catholic Church to help in the celebration of the liturgy. This calendar contains various seasons that express the different time periods and aspects of the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. The liturgical calendar that is currently used is based upon the General Roman Calendar, promulgated by Pope Paul VI on February 14, 1969 and subsequently amended by Pope John Paul II. The calendar guides the church in her sacramental worship, and helps us to know what season to celebrate, what color of vestment, and what scriptural passages should be use for a celebration.

The liturgical calendar begins with the season of Advent as we prepare for the birth of Christ. Then comes the Christmas season, followed by Ordinary Time until Lent, which celebrates the 40 days when Christ was fasting in the desert. Next is Easter, celebrating the Resurrection, followed by another season of Ordinary Time, briefer than the earlier one. The entire one-year cycle begins again in late Fall with Advent.

Specific colors are associated with these seasons: Purple is the color of Penance Preparation and is used during Advent and Lent. Red is the color of Sacrifice used during Passion Sunday, Good Friday, Pentecost, and the feast of the apostles and the martyrs. Rose/Pink are the colors of anticipation used on the third Sunday in Advent and the fourth Sunday during Lent. Green is the color of Hope, Life and Growth used throughout Ordinary Time. White/Gold are the colors of Joy and Purity used during the Easter and Christmas seasons, the feasts of the Blessed Mother, as well as Angels and saints who were not  martyred.

During each season, the “Lectionary” (Mass readings from the Holy Bible) follows a Sunday cycle and a weekday cycle. The Liturgical Calendar follows a three-year cycle, each year being represented by the a letter. During the Year A cycle, the Gospel of Matthew is the primary Gospel that is used for the readings. In Year B, Mark is the primary Gospel. (We are currently in Year B). In year C, Luke is the primary Gospel. The Gospel of John is proclaimed on particular Sundays in each of the years. During the year, in addition to the Sunday worship, the Church also celebrates Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials, which may be on any day of the week. These occur during the year to commemorate special events or persons that are highly revered by the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis to Pray with and for Christians in the Middle East on July 7 ~ Every day Christians of Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries beg for our prayers. They have been persecuted in recent years for committing one crime: that of being Christians. To awaken the world from its indifference, Pope Francis has convoked an ecumenical prayer meeting on July 7 in Bari, Italy, with the participation of the patriarchs and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Middle East. During this last week of preparation for the Pope’s meeting in Bari, show your commitment by remembering Christians of the Middle East in your daily prayer.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. To really appreciate the fine work of their photographer, Derek Gee, and view places in the church that you can’t normally see, visit the Buffalo News Photo Gallery. It includes 100 photos taken of our church!

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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.

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

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

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.

Summer Sunset

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Driver Education Classes at Cardinal O’Hara High School, July 16 to August 6. Participants may choose from several class times. Drivers who complete the course will receive a DMV Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for insurance reduction certificate. A student’s permit or license is due prior to the start of class. For more information or to receive a registration form, visit cardinalohara.com.

Dinner Lecture Series continues at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). There are 2 remaining Wednesday evening events, each beginning with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Friday July 27 at 7pm is O’Harafest ~ Alumni, current students, incoming students and their families are all invited. Event takes place in the school’s backyard sports complex. Live music from The Jim Levinthal Band will be featured, along with food and beverages. For reservations or further information, call the school at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or 311.

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a vigil mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

Seeking a Volunteer Opportunity? Ignatian Volunteers are semi-retired and retired men and women who share their time and talents to help local non-profit agencies address important community issues through volunteerism. IVC Buffalo needs help with administration (processing donations, mail, answering calls), communications, and as Volunteer Coordinator for a local school district. If you are interested in the opportunity to use your leadership and professional skills to transform our communities while being supported through spiritual reflection in your ministry and passion to serve others, contact Minnie Wyse, Director of Ignatian Volunteer Corps Buffalo, at St. Michael’s Parish at 716-854-6726 or 716-479-1334 or ivcusa.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)