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2018 Wednesday Lenten Program at Blessed Trinity

2018 CCCB Lenten Journey Masses

 

In Memoriam, 2018

Cornelius A. O’Donnell II, ’36

Cornelius A. O’Donnell, II, ’36
August 31, 1923 – February 7, 2018

 

Msgr. Paul R. Juenker
Pastor, 1970-1974

Rev. Msgr. Paul Renow Juenker, P.A.
July 2, 1920 – February 8, 2018

 

Marlene Y. Mauger, ’67

Marlene Y. Mauger, ’67
August 31, 1953 – March 19, 2018

First Sunday of Lent – Week of February 18, 2018

February 18, 2018 – February 25, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Monday, February 19 following 6:30 p.m. Journey Mass ~ CCCB Social in St. Charles Hall

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

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

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

Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, February 25 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Requested by Judy Casassa)

Grace Diamond
1921-2018

Monday, February 19  ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at 6:30 p.m. in Church – CCCB Parish Communities

Tuesday, February 20 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. – Grace Diamond

Wednesday, February 21 ~ St. Peter Damian ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

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

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

Saturday, February 24 ~ Seven Holy Founders of Servite Order ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John D. Kresse (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Sunday, February 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Dorothy Clough (Judy Casassa) and Allen M. Andrew, Sr. (Wife, Daughter and Grandchildren)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Maggie Gatson;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, John Curtin; Sharon Dunnigan, Loft

News from our Parish Community

“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus answered, “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven.” (Mk. 10:17-21).
What is God calling me to let go of? What is God asking me to become?

Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place in church following the 10am Mass on Sunday, February 18.

Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses hosted by the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) will begin here at Blessed Trinity on February 19 at 6:30pm. If you are donating finger-foods for the social that follows the Mass, please drop them off at St. Charles Hall before Mass.

Ladies Sodality members are asked to assemble in church at 10:30am on Tuesday, February 20, prior to the Mass of Christian Burial for member Grace Diamond. All are welcome to join them in reciting the Rosary.

The Parish Council meets on Wednesday, February 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Members who are unable to attend are asked to contact Council President Mickey Dick.

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

Intentional Preparation ~ Your choir is already hard at work developing the music program for Lent and Easter.  You may have noticed some significant changes in the music at Mass today.  We are working together to take responsibility for the beautiful psalm texts along our Lenten Journey. That is why you hear every voice in the choir cantoring the psalm. We are many individuals, but together we unify as one voice, as Christ unifies us as one people. You also heard a Mass Setting that is completely new to Blessed Trinity. It is the Mass of Joy and Peace, by Tony Alonso. It is not in our Breaking Bread hymnals, but it is gentle and melodic and we will all become comfortable with it quickly.  We won’t get to hear the beautiful Gloria until the Easter Vigil, though, so look forward with us to wonderful things to come. Choir practice continues Tuesday at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome! Elizabeth

Our 2018 Lenten program will take place on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: February 28, March 7 and March 14. On February 28, Sr. Liz Savage will lead our prayerful consideration and discussion of two meditations (“Suffering in Communion with the Lord” and “As Those Who Serve”) from Joseph Cardinal Bernadin’s book, The Gift of Peace. Copies will be provided. We will gather to share simple refreshments at 6:45pm; our program will begin at 7pm. If you can help by providing fruit or cookies for February 28 or required food items for the March 7 soup supper, please add your name and phone number to the appropriate sign-up sheet in church or call Mickey Dick, 832-2540.

The Ladies Sodality monthly programs will resume after Sunday Mass on March 4. Participants will meet the women who accompanied Jesus to the cross and the tomb as they are depicted in the art work and symbols within our church.

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

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday March 19 in St. Charles Hall and continue on Monday evenings through April 16. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in bible study.

Gerard Place ~ We received a nice thank you letter from Gerard Place for our Advent Giving Tree Donation of $633. Thank you again to all who made this possible.

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

Sunday TV Mass. For those who are unable to physically attend Mass, the Diocese of Buffalo provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral that airs each Sunday on WUTV-Fox channel at 7:30am. The broadcast on February 18 features celebrant Rev. John Mack and Deacon Tim Maloney. The celebrant on February 25 is  Rev. Cole Webster.

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

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

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

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

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

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

Decorated corbels on exterior of church ambulatory
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Buffalo Employment Training Center has new classes March 1 – June 30. For information, or call 716-856-5627.

Two five-week classes begin soon at Christ the King Seminary. “From the Beginning: The Gospel of John,” taught by our academic dean, Michael Sherry, begins Thursday evening, February 8 from 6:30 to 8:30. “Sacraments & Ministry,” taught by Eileen Warner, begins Tuesday, February 20 (either 9:30-11:30 am or 6:30-8:30 pm). For more information about retreats and lectures, visit cks.edu.

Catholic Women’s Conference 2018: The Heart of a Woman. Want to be inspired and uplifted? Does your faith need a boost? Join hundreds of women from New York and surrounding areas as they gather on Saturday, February 24 from 7:30am-3pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Keynote speaker: Dr. Janet Smith, as well as Kate Wicker and Sr. Tatum McWhirter; Mass with Bishop Richard Malone. Tickets $35. For further information or to purchase tickets, call 716-222-0622 or visit catholicwomenofbuffalo.org.

Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal. Jesus was entrusted to and raised lovingly by his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph. Catholic Charities gives ordinary citizens the opportunity to raise an extraordinary child through our Foster Care and Adoption programs. Catholic Charities provides foster care for children of all ages in Erie County who cannot safely live in their own homes. Catholic Charities also works with the birth families toward reunification, all while providing referrals for needed services and support. To support our mission of providing happy and safe homes for children across Erie County, please donate to our 2018 Appeal by calling 716-218-1400 or visit ccwny.org/donation.

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

Join Bishop Richard Malone as he visits the sacred sites of England and Scotland! Pilgrimage includes Walsingham, Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge. October 26 to November 5 – 11 days. $3,999 from Buffalo/Toronto. For information and reservations, contact Marianna Pisano at 800-777-7432, mpisano [at] unitours [dot] com, or book online at bit.ly/BishopPilgrimage.

A Gathering Place ~ Are you an older adult who is looking for a social program? Or do you have a loved one who could benefit from one? Try Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place, a program designed for adults age 60+ who may need assistance with activities of daily living, in addition to physical and cognitive activities and socialization. The program is held in a supervised and safe environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Services include individualized program options, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, and shower services. For more information, call 716-896-6388.  For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit ccwny.org.  Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 11, 2018

February 11, 2018 – February 18, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

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

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

Sunday, February 18 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.

Deacon Jimmie Boyd
1940-2016

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deacon Jimmie Boyd (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish)

Monday, February 12  ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, February 14 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 7:00 p.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

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

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

Saturday, February 17 ~ Seven Holy Founders of Servite Order ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita E. Curtin (Family)

Sunday, February 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Judy Casassa)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Sharon Dunnigan, Mary Kresse, Lucille Venezia; Maggie Gatson, Loft

 

News from our Parish Community

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

Msgr. Paul R. Juenker
1920-2018

Rev. Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, pastor of Blessed Trinity from 1970-1974, passed from death into eternal life on Thursday, February 8, at the age of 97. Parishioners who wish to express their condolences to his family may do so at the Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave in Kenmore on Sunday or Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm or at Blessed Sacrament Church, Delaware Ave. at W. Utica St. on Tuesday, February 13, beginning at 9am. Bishop Malone will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Juenker at 10am.

The Liturgy Committee will meet on Sunday, February 11, in St. Charles Hall after Mass.

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14. Mass and Distribution of Ashes will take place at 7pm. There will be NO daily Mass at 11am.

Stations of the Cross will take place on Friday, February 16, at 6pm. They will continue every Friday during Lent.

Preparing to Prepare ~ Ash Wednesday is just a few days away, and soon we will begin the journey with our Savior to the cross.  This Sunday represents our final “Alleluia” for a very long time – and our music this week strengthens us for the struggles to come.

Let us go to the Altar of God, give praise with blast of trumpet and dance before the Lord.
Love is patient, Love is kind – never ending.
Shelter me, O God – hide me in the shadow of your wings.  You alone are my Hope.
All to Jesus I surrender.
Alleluia, Alleluia, to the Triune Majesty!

We are ready, Lord. Lead us to our Salvation. Choir practice continues Tuesday at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome! Elizabeth

Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place in church following the 10am Mass on Sunday, February 18.

Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses hosted by the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) will begin here at Blessed Trinity on February 19 at 6:30pm. Each Mass is followed by a social, with refreshments provided by the host parish. If you can prepare a finger-food for next Monday evening, please sign the appropriate sheet at the left end of the altar rail today. You may drop off your donation at St. Charles Hall before the Mass.

Our 2018 Lenten program will take place on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: February 28, March 7 and March 14. On February 28, Sr. Liz Savage will lead our prayerful consideration and discussion of two meditations (“Suffering in Communion with the Lord” and “As Those Who Serve”) from Joseph Cardinal Bernadin’s book, The Gift of Peace. Copies will be provided. We will gather to share simple refreshments at 6:45pm; our program will begin at 7pm.

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

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday March 19 in St. Charles Hall and continue on Monday evenings through April 16. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in bible study.

Gerard Place ~ We received a nice thank you letter from Gerard Place for our Advent Giving Tree Donation of $633. Thank you again to all who made this possible.

Thank you for all you do. We so appreciate our dedicated volunteers who will be concluding their time of service in order to pass on important tasks to other parishioners:  Thank you Angela Jost for laundering the Mass linens, and thank you to Mickey Dick for crafting the weekly Prayer of the Faithful.

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

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

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

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

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

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

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

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Two five-week classes begin soon at Christ the King Seiminary. “From the Beginning: The Gospel of John,” taught by our academic dean, Michael Sherry, begins Thursday evening, February 8 from 6:30 to 8:30. “Sacraments & Ministry,” taught by Eileen Warner, begins Tuesday, February 20 (either 9:30-11:30 am or 6:30-8:30 pm). For more information about retreats and lectures, visit cks.edu.

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

Catholic Women’s Conference 2018: The Heart of a Woman. Want to be inspired and uplifted? Does your faith need a boost? Join hundreds of women from New York and surrounding areas as they gather on Saturday, February 24 from 7:30am-3pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Keynote speaker: Dr. Janet Smith, as well as Kate Wicker and Sr. Tatum McWhirter; Mass with Bishop Richard Malone. Tickets $35. For further information or to purchase tickets, call 716-222-0622 or visit catholicwomenofbuffalo.org.

Third Option Program. Do you need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together? If so, consider attending the Third Option program. This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Group meetings are held every three weeks on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 at Resurrection Life (2145 Old Union Road in Cheekktowaga). The 2018 dates are: February 18, March 11, April 8, April 29, May 20, June 10 and June 24. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit res-life.com/the-third-option.

Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal. “They have been my angels. They’re for me.” That’s how one client described her experience with our Project HOPE (Helping Older People Excel) program. Designed for older adults who’ve been diagnosed with a mental health illness and are at risk of out-of-home placement, the program provides services and linkages to keep them in their home. Care coordinators and nurses work with clients to develop individualized action plans to empower them to thrive in their home environment. Your gift to the 2018 Appeal ensures that Project HOPE can continue to make a difference in the lives of Western New Yorkers. To make a donation or to find out more about the 2018 Appeal, call 218-1400 or visit ccwny.org/donation.

Join Bishop Richard Malone as he visits the sacred sites of England and Scotland! Pilgrimage includes Walsingham, Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge. October 26 to November 5 – 11 days. $3,999 from Buffalo/Toronto. For information and reservations, contact Marianna Pisano at 800-777-7432, mpisano [at] unitours [dot] com, or book online at bit.ly/BishopPilgrimage.

A Gathering Place ~ Are you an older adult who is looking for a social program? Or do you have a loved one who could benefit from one? Try Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place, a program designed for adults age 60+ who may need assistance with activities of daily living, in addition to physical and cognitive activities and socialization. The program is held in a supervised and safe environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Services include individualized program options, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, and shower services. For more information, call 716-896-6388.  For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit ccwny.org.  Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 4, 2018

Photo credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

February 4, 2018 – February 11, 2018

Msgr. Paul R. Juenker
1920-2018

Rev. Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, pastor of Blessed Trinity from 1970-1974, passed from death into eternal life on Thursday, February 8, at the age of 97. Parishioners who wish to express their condolences to his family may do so at the Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave in Kenmore on Sunday or Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm or at Blessed Sacrament Church, Delaware Ave. at W. Utica St. on Tuesday, January 13, beginning at 9am. Bishop Malone will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Juenker at 10am.

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

Saturday, February 10 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, February 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 4 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Holly Hecker (Requested by Bud & Mickey Dick)

Monday, February 5  ~ No Service

Deacon Jimmie Boyd
1940-2016

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

Wednesday, February 7 ~ Ss. Perpetua and Felicity ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, February 8 ~ St. John of God ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

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

Sunday, February 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deacon Jimmie Boyd (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

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, John Curtin, Fran Cahill; Kathleen Marien, Loft

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: We are gifted; we are called.

Blessing of Throats ~ Saturday, February 3, is the Feast of St. Blaise. The Blessing of Throats will take place after both weekend Masses.

Healing ~ A bout of laryngitis this week had me researching music about healing even before I read this week’s Gospel!  Personal healing is a priority for all of us, but this week’s music focuses on Christ’s ability to heal our world spiritually. Scott Soper composed this week’s communion hymn.  I think the text is beautiful – and so appropriate for this week as well as this era.

Jesus, You are the healing, You came to make us whole again.
Jesus, You are the healing, come show us how to live.

Jesus, You are the freedom, You break the chains that bind us.
Jesus, You are the freedom, come show us how to live.

Jesus, You are the power, You triumph over sin and death.
Jesus, You are the power, come show us how to live.

Jesus, the Resurrection, You raise us to eternal life.
Jesus, the Resurrection, come show us how to live.

We all need Christ’s healing right about now. I, for one, am looking forward to having my throat blessed on the Feast of St. Blaise! Choir practice resumes on February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m (in St. Charles Hall). All are welcome! Elizabeth

The Liturgy Committee will meet on Sunday, February 11, in St. Charles Hall after Mass.

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

Ash Wednesday is February 14. Our Mass that day will be at 7pm.

CCCB Lenten Journey Masses will be celebrated at 6:30pm on Monday evenings during Lent. The first one is Monday, February 19 at Blessed Trinity. We will then “journey” to the other Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo on successive Mondays.

Our 2018 Lenten program will take place on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: February 28, March 7 and March 14. Members of your Parish Council are working out the details with our speakers and discussion leaders, so watch for more information in future bulletins and online “This Week” posts at blessedtrinitybuffalo.org. Our soup supper will be March 7.

Thank you for all you do. We so appreciate our dedicated volunteers who will be concluding their time of service in order to pass on important tasks to other parishioners:  Thank you Angela Jost for laundering the Mass linens, and thank you to Mickey Dick for crafting the weekly Prayer of the Faithful.

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

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

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday March 19 in St. Charles Hall and continue on Monday evenings through April 16. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in bible study.

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

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

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

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

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

MLK Day of Organizing: Part 2 is this Wednesday, February 7, from 7:15-8:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. Join the conversation about community organizing. To register, please call their parish office at 852-3331.

2018 White Mass for all healthcare workers will be held on Saturday, February 10, at 4:30pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffao). Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate Mass and confer a blessing on all healthcare workers; dinner and speaker will follow at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Ellen Snyder will speak of her miraculous healing of stage IV breast cancer and Marie Romagnano, Catastrophic Injury Medical Director and founder of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets can be purchased online at cmabuffalo.org or call Dr. Roetzer at 716-228-0439.

Homemade Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, February 10 (4-7pm), hosted by the Sodality of Our Lady at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in the Msgr. Ebner Hall (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Tickets will be on sale at the door only: adult $9, child (3-10), family with 3+ children $35. Dinner includes all you can eat spaghetti, 2 meatballs, salad, bread and butter, beverage, along with a Valentine’s cupcake. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Please call the church Rectory at 716-674-2374 with questions.

Father/Daughter Bonding Day will be Sunday February 11 (1-4pm) for girls in grades 4-7 and their fathers at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart Academy (3860 Main Street in Eggertsville). Call 716-834-2101, ext. 311  or visit sacredheartacademy.org to register.

Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal Begins. Catholic Charities offers basic, emergency assistance such as food, housing, medications, and clothing.  “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, especially those who are struggling. Your donation to the 2018 Appeal helps us to ease the struggling by giving food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and shelter to the homeless. To make a donation, call 716-218-1400 or visit ccwny.org/donation.  “Love your neighbor.”

A Gathering Place ~ Are you an older adult who is looking for a social program? Or do you have a loved one who could benefit from one? Try Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place, a program designed for adults age 60+ who may need assistance with activities of daily living, in addition to physical and cognitive activities and socialization. The program is held in a supervised and safe environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Services include individualized program options, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, and shower services. For more information, call 716-896-6388.  For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit ccwny.org.  Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend – May 5 & 6, 2018

 

 

For the seventh straight year, Blessed Trinity is proud to participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Annual Sacred Sites Open House. This year’s theme is Sacred Sounds and Settings, and members of our Building Heritage Committee are planning now to showcase the splendid acoustic of our Landmark edifice during the weekend of May 5 and 6, 2018. Details of our docent-led tours and musical offerings will appear in this space.

 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Jan. 28, 2018

The Presentation of the Lord
February 2
The Presentation, depicted in terra cotta oval relief in the church narthex.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

January 28 – February 4, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 28 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, February 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, February 3 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, January 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Most Rev. Dominic Luong (Requested by John Curtin)

Monday, January 29 ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, January 31 ~ St. John Bosco ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – A. Michael Andrew (Mother, Sister and Family)

Thursday, February 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, February 2 ~ First Friday ~ Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, February 3 ~ St. Blaise, St. Ansgar~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, February 4 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Holly Hecker (Bud & Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 3 and 4:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Gary Kelley, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson, Bernice Bradley; Sharon Dunnigan, Loft

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Parish Community

Living a Stewardship Life.
It is all about your heart. Everything we have is a gift from God that we are to use to help others.

God Bless You on Your Birthday ~ We celebrate monthly birthdays with a special prayer on the last Sunday of the month. On January 28, we will be honoring all those born in January.

Monthly Coffee Hour is Sunday, January 28, following Mass. It will be hosted by our bingo volunteers. Please stop by St. Charles Hall for coffee and conversation with your parish family.

First Friday is February 2. Please sign up to participate in Adoration during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8-11am.  Mass will follow Benediction at 11am. The sign-up sheets are located at the side doors of church.

Blessing of Throats ~ Saturday, February 3, is the Feast of St. Blaise. Blessings of throats will take place at both weekend Masses.

The choir welcomes new members on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Keeping Our Faith Fresh ~ Truly marvelous progress has been made toward full, conscious, and active participation of our Roman Catholic assemblies since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Some of us are too young to remember how challenging it was to ask people to open their books to learn a new song before Vatican II. I suspect with Blessed Trinity’s 70+ year choral tradition that was not necessarily the case in our parish over the years. Music selections for January 27/28 all came from contemporary composers after Vatican II.  Michael Joncas (1985), Owen Alstott (1977), Marty Haugan (2010), Dan Schutte (2015), Scott Soper (2002) and Tom Kendzia (1998) wrote today’s music and even some of the texts. It’s a beautiful thing to have a musical tradition that goes back for decades yet continues to grow and change. I believe we are getting ever closer to full, conscious and active participation at Mass! Choir practice resumes on February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m (in St. Charles Hall). All are welcome!

December Giving Tree ~ Thank you to all who donated generously to our Annual Giving Tree, resulting in an abundance of wonderful “fruit.” Forty-six envelopes “blossomed” into $1,266.00! Gerard Place and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy each received a check for $633.00 to apply to operating costs.

Mass of Thanksgiving for the success of the Upon This Rock Campaign with Bishop Richard J. Malone will be at 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 30, at Infant of Prague Parish  (921 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga).

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Sign Up for a Prayer Partner ~ Lent is a time when we are called to pray for the needs of others. If you would like to participate in the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) Prayer Partner Program, please sign up by the weekend of January 27. Registration sheets will be found on the altar rail. You will then receive the name of a person from another CCCB parish to pray for, and that person will be given your name to pray for throughout the Lenten season. If you have questions or you are a homebound person who wishes participate, please call Pam Zanghi (716-834-9129) or Dan Korchowsky (716-465-4771). You will have the chance to meet your prayer partner at a pot-luck dinner on April 19.

Save These Dates ~ Your Parish Council is busy finalizing plans for our 2018 Lenten Program, which will take place on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: February 28, March 7 and March 14. Please plan now to attend, and watch for details in future bulletins and online “This Week” posts at blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.

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

MLK Day of Organizing: Part 2The conversation about community organizing continues on Wednesday, February 7, from 7:15-8:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. To register, please call their parish office at 716-852-3331.

Bible Study ~ Plans for the next series of Bible study meetings are underway. Please continue to watch this space and the bulletin for details of our next meeting and assigned readings. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for more information.

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal Begins. “I have never been so excited to learn in my life,” said Victoria, a student in Catholic Charities’ Tomorrow’s Youth Today program. Tomorrow’s Youth Today is just one of many services offered through Catholic Charities. In the program, students like Victoria are able to upgrade reading or math skill levels, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, gain job readiness skills and find paid work experiences and other employment preparation. Your donation to the Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal helps us to continue to educate, mentor, and set up young people for success. Donate by calling 218-1400 or visit cc.wny.org/donation.

2018 White Mass for all healthcare workers will be held on Saturday, February 10, at 4:30pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffao). Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate Mass and confer a blessing on all healthcare workers; dinner and speaker will follow at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Ellen Snyder will speak of her miraculous healing of stage IV breast cancer and Marie Romagnano, Catastrophic Injury Medical Director and founder of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets can be purchased online at cmabuffalo.org or call Dr. Roetzer at 716-228-0439.

Homemade Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, February 10 (4-7pm), hosted by the Sodality of Our Lady at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in the Msgr. Ebner Hall (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Tickets will be on sale at the door only: adult $9, child (3-10), family with 3+ children $35. Dinner includes all you can eat spaghetti, 2 meatballs, salad, bread and butter, beverage, along with a Valentine’s cupcake. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Please call the church Rectory at 716-674-2374 with questions.

A Gathering Place ~ Are you an older adult who is looking for a social program? Or do you have a loved one who could benefit from one? Try Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place, a program designed for adults age 60+ who may need assistance with activities of daily living, in addition to physical and cognitive activities and socialization. The program is held in a supervised and safe environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Services include individualized program options, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, and shower services. For more information, call 716-896-6388.  For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit ccwny.org.  Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Mass celebrating the First Anniversary of the designation of St. Mary of the Angels (202 South Union St., Olean, NY) as a Minor Basilica by Pope Francis is Sunday, February 11, at 11:30am.  Very Rev. Gregory Dobson, Rector of the basilica, will preside. Highlights of the celebration will include the announcement of a proclamation received by Bishop Richard Malone that will affect pilgrims to the basilica and the unveiling of a special insignia that will be displayed in the basilica. The basilica will also host a public tour at 10:15am conducted by the author of the Vatican application for minor basilica status. Complimentary refreshments will be served after Mass in the basilica’s dining hall. All are invited.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of January 21, 2018

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2018
“Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power….” Ex. 15:6
Depiction of Trinity in Baldachino
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

January 21 – January 28, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 21 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

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

Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, January 28 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Requested by John Curtin)

Monday, January 22 ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 23 ~ St. Vincent, St. Marianne Cope ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, January 24 ~ St. Francis de Sales ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, January 25 ~ Conversion of St. Paul ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, January 26 ~ Ss. Timothy and Titus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, January 27 ~ St. Angela Merici ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, January 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Most Rev. Dominic Luong (John Curtin)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bonnie Williams, Don Williams;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Sharon Dunnigan, Kathleen Marien, Judy Casassa, Maggie Gatson

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Parish Community

Monthly Coffee Hour is Sunday, January 28, following Mass. It will be hosted by our bingo volunteers. Please stop by St. Charles Hall for coffee and conversation with your parish family.

A Prayerful People ~ The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25, and January 22 is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection for Unborn Children.  This week of prayer becomes increasingly significant as our current era becomes more tumultuous. The theme of this year’s prayer week is “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power,” taken from Exodus 15:6, the victory song of Moses and Miriam. This is a required canticle for the Easter Vigil. In keeping with our initiative of using a new hymn every week during Ordinary Time, this week’s closing hymn was a setting of that Exodus text – To God Be Praise and Glory. Please let me know if you liked this arrangement of that text, as you may be singing it again this year at the Vigil Mass. Until then, remember that singing is twice praying, so consider singing your prayers this week! Choir practice resumes on Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.

Follow-up to MLK Day of Organizing ~ If you liked what you learned at Monday’s event at Ss. Columba-Brigid, you can find out more about organizing in your own community on Wednesday, February 7, from 7:15-8:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. Even if you were unable to attend on January 15, you are still more than welcome at this “Part 2” gathering. To register, please call their parish office at 852-3331.

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Sign Up for a Prayer Partner ~ Lent is a time when we are called to pray for the needs of others. If you would like to participate in the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) Prayer Partner Program, please sign up by the weekend of January 27. Registration sheets will be found on the altar rail. You will then receive the name of a person from another CCCB parish to pray for, and that person will be given your name to pray for throughout the Lenten season. If you have questions or you are a homebound person who wishes participate, please call Pam Zanghi (716-834-9129) or Dan Korchowsky (716-465-4771). You will have the chance to meet your prayer partner at a pot-luck dinner on April 19.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018Sodality membership runs with the calendar year, so please remember to renew. Life membership (no dues required) begins at age 80. Mickey Dick, our membership chair, will be happy to accept your $5 payment in cash or check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” You may also drop your dues in the collection basket as long as the envelope is clearly marked “Sodality Dues.” If you would like information on becoming a member, please call Mickey (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Mass of Thanksgiving for the success of the Upon This Rock Campaign with Bishop Richard J. Malone will be at 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 30, at Infant of Prague Parish  (921 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga).

Bible Study ~ Plans for the next series of Bible study meetings are underway. Please continue to watch this space and the bulletin for details of our next meeting and assigned readings. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for more information.

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

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

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

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

 

Terra cotta ornamentation in the right (west) transept Shrine Area. The “Globe surmounted by a Cross, Olive Branch and Lily…are used as symbols of Christ’s life on earth.”
Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Tomorrow’s Youth Today Program can help you obtain your high school equivalency diploma and gain job readiness. The Catholic Charities program through the Workforce and Education Department is available to those ages 16-24 who are out of school. Visit ccwny.org/ReadySetJob or call 716-893-3500.

Journey into Love Program for engaged couples seeks married couples willing to offer a 20-minute talk to share their experiences. Contact the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210 or visit buffalodiocese.org for more details about volunteering.

The Calix Society meets on the last Sunday of each Month at 3pm in the basement of St. Michael’s Church Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo) for those seeking a spiritual-based program for recovery of alcoholism.  More information at calixsociety.org or 716-847-2210.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of January 14, 2018

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Memorial
January 15
Photo credit: Phil Woods

January 14 – January 21, 2018

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, January 20 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, January 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler and Margaret Stiffler Schimpf (Requested by Family)

Monday, January 15 ~ Martin Luther King Holiday ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, January 17 ~ St. Anthony, Abbot ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, January 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Saturday, January 20 ~ St. Fabian, St. Sebastian ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, January 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (John Curtin)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Sr. Elizabeth Savage, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger, Kathleen Marien, Bonnie Williams

News from our Parish Community

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

The Annual Diocesan Mass Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will be held at Ss. Columba-Brigid at 10am, Sunday, January 14. Bishop Malone will be the celebrant of the Mass with guest homilist, Deacon LeRoy T. Gill, Jr. Deacon Gill is chair of the Black Deacons of Chicago. Their priority is to address the violence against black male youth. This year’s theme is The Cost of the Call to Discipleship. It is a goal of the African American Commission of the Buffalo Diocese to raise funds for students of color attending Catholic schools with a collection of theme baskets for an auction. The Commission hopes to collect five or more baskets from each parish of the CCCB. Contact Arlene Feaster at  716-381-3856 if you are planning to donate baskets. Following the Mass, attendees are welcome to participate in the silent auction featuring donated theme baskets.

MLK Day of Organizing ~ The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo have been invited to participate in The Martin Luther King Day of Organizing on Monday, January 15. Attendees will remember the organizational roots of the civil rights movement, discover ways to develop relationships across varied backgrounds, and learn how to organize around issues in your own neighborhood. Speakers will include Dr. Barry Gan, a professor at St. Bonaventure and an expert on Dr. King’s life; Pastor James Giles, Executive Director at Greater Works Fellowship and Founder of the Peacekeepers; and Brian Zralek, a VOICE-Buffalo community organizer. The free program runs from 9am-12Noon in the Ss. Columba-Brigid Church Hall, 75 Hickory Street. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information, phone 716-852-3331. We hope that you can attend for at least part of the morning.

 A New Spin on “Ordinary” ~ From today until Ash Wednesday, we return to Ordinary Time, a season unto itself. Every week will include music you may have never heard before at Blessed Trinity as we try to expand our musical offerings. Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sunday’s music included songs by African-American composers as well as a spiritual. New at BT was Jesse Manibusan’s “Hold on to Love.”  It is not African American in style, but the text is pertinent to our world today.  The verses speak of terror, fear, violence, hatred and prejudice, and how we respond as Christians. They are not unlike the words in St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians instructing them how to handle the moral issues of their own times. Can you imagine Dr. King singing these words?

There is a place for the sadness
There is a season of gladness
Hold on to Love
When pain and confusion seem endless
We cultivate healing through kindness
Hold on to Love

When terror and fear overwhelm us
Courage and faith will sustain us
Hold on to Love
When violence seeks to destroy us
Acts of compassion restore us
Hold on to Love

When hatred is used to divide us
Wisdom and truth reunite us
Hold on to Love
When prejudice poses as freedom
Dignity means “all are welcome”
Hold on to Love

Hold on to Love, where hope is found
Hold on to Love, where joy abounds
Hold on to Love, where grace and mercy’s overflowing
Hold on to Love

Choir practice resumes on February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

The Parish Council meets this Wednesday, January 17, at 7pm. Agenda items will include finalizing our Lenten programs. If you are unable to attend, please call Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Change in Coffee Hour ~ Starting in January, coffee hour will be held on the fourth Sunday rather than this third. This will coincide with the Sunday of Fr. Victor’s monthly “birthday blessing,” and allow us to continue fellowship with the birthday celebrants. If this is your birthday month, plan to join us in St. Charles Hall following Mass on January 28.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018 ~ If you are a member of the Ladies Sodality and under the age of 80, it is time to pay your dues for 2018. Membership chair, Mickey Dick, will be happy to accept your $5 payment in cash or check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” If you would like information about the Sodality or becoming a member, please call her (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Bible Study ~ Plans for the next series of Bible study meetings are underway. Please continue to watch this space and the bulletin for details of our next next meeting and assigned readings. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for more information.

Sign Up for a Prayer Partner ~ Lent is a time when we are called to pray for the needs of others. If you would like to participate, please sign up and experience God’s blessings. You will be given the name of a person to pray for and that person will be given your name to pray for your needs during the Lenten season. There will be sign-up sheets in church for the next two weekends of January 20 and January 27. Homebound persons can sign up by calling the rectory. You will have the chance to meet your prayer partner at a pot-luck dinner on April 19, 2018.

Pauline A. Rollek
1928-2017

Remembering Pauline Rollek ~ The Ladies Sodality would like to recognize Pauline Rollek, a member of their board of directors and former treasurer, who passed on December 30, just a month before her 90th birthday. Pauline was a beautiful example of stewardship, contributing her time and talent in many ways during her more than 50 years as a parishioner. Until health issues forced her retirement several years ago, Pauline volunteered as our “Rectory Coordinator,” performing administrative duties as well as cooking and housekeeping. She also cooked for parish functions and fundraisers. Her earliest leadership activities were as a member of the Parent Teacher Association of our grade school. For many years she was one of a group of women who met every Saturday morning to clean the church and care for the altar linens. Pauline loved decorating and flower arranging. Her talents in these areas were displayed in church throughout the year, especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons. She was also a bingo volunteer for more than four decades, working both Thursday and Saturday nights. We ask that you remember Pauline and her family in your prayers and give thanks for the many ways in which she cared for her parish family. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Rollek was held on Saturday, January 6, with Father Victor Ibhawa and our former pastor, Father George Reger, concelebrating.

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

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

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

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

 

Photo credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Tomorrow’s Youth Today Program can help you obtain your high school equivalency diploma and gain job readiness. The Catholic Charities program through the Workforce and Education Department is available to those ages 16-24 who are out of school. Visit ccwny.org/ReadySetJob or call 716-893-3500.

Journey into Love Program for engaged couples seeks married couples willing to offer a 20-minute talk to share their experiences. Contact the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210 or visit buffalodiocese.org for more details about volunteering.

The Calix Society meets on the last Sunday of each Month at 3pm in the basement of St. Michael’s Church Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo) for those seeking a spiritual-based program for recovery of alcoholism.  More information at calixsociety.org or 716-847-2210.

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)