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

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

October 8 – October 15, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 1 – October 8, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

Monday, October  2 ~ Holy Guardian AngelsNo Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

 

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

The Church celebrates the feast of St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660),
“champion of the poor and patron of practical charity to the needy,”
on September 27. This statue of St. Vincent is located in the
left side aisle in the church nave.

September 24 – October 1, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

Monday, September 25 ~ No Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roy Laciura

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

September 17 – September 24, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

Monday, September 18 ~No Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

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

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ On Sunday, September 24, we welcome alumni of the parish grammar school and friends for their annual Alumni Sunday. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. We are especially pleased that members of the Class of 1967 will be with us to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. If you know anyone who attended the grammar school, please be sure to mention the annual all-class gathering to them. Click HERE for additional information regarding planned activities and weekend events of the Class of 67.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the Early-Bird Winners are:

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

 

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

 

The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 12

September 10 – September 17, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John and Rita Curtin (Requested by Family) and Paul Robel (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

Monday, September 11 ~No Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

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

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

Blessed Trinity School Alumni will hold their annual Alumni Sunday at our church on September 24. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. If you know anyone who attended the grammar school, please be sure to mention the annual all-class gathering to them. Click HERE for additional information regarding planned activities and the Class of 1967’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parish Welcomes School Alumni on September 24, 2017

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

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

 

NY Path Through History Tours on October 7, 2017

Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

Blessed Trinity Welcomes the Public “Traveling”
on New York’s Path Through History
Saturday, October 7, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church is one of the finest replications of 12th Century Lombard Romanesque architecture in the country — and it is right here in Buffalo. At our Open House on October 7, you can see bricks, terra cotta and exquisite iconography made in the U.S.A in the same way as Italian craftsmen did it 900 years ago! The result: a most fascinating exhibit of art and architecture in New York State. Members of our knowledgeable docent team will be on hand to enhance your enjoyment of the experience. And don’t forget your binoculars and camera.
Travel New York State’s Path Through History to Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, October 7. Initiated by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August, 2012, Path Through History Weekend events are designed to showcase the State’s history and cultural significance.
Located at 317 Leroy Avenue (between Fillmore Avenue and Grider Street), Blessed Trinity is wheelchair accessible and has ample off-street parking.

 

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 3, 2017

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

September 3 – September 10, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Sodality Board Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

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

Saturday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Rosanne and Randy Burgio (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick) and Sylvia Heicklen (Requested by Son, Robert)

Monday, September 4 ~ Labor Day Holiday ~ No Service

Tuesday, September 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

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

Thursday, September 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 8 ~ Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, September 9 ~ St. Peter Claver ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, September 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John and Rita Curtin (Family) and Paul Robel (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley, Sharon Dunnigan, Maggie Gatson, Alice Davis; Dan Korchowsky (loft)

Parishioners and friends celebrate with Father Victor at Aug. 27 reception

    

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.

Ladies Sodality officers and directors will hold a board meeting on Thursday evening, September 7 at 6pm in St. Charles Hall. Regular membership meetings are scheduled to resume in October.

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

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

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

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

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

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

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

Father Victor wishes to thank all who attended the reception last week to mark his seventh year as a priest. “May God continue to bless and reward you all abundantly through Christ our Lord, Amen.”

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

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

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

Wedding Anniversary Mass ~ Any couple celebrating a 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during 2017 is invited to participate in a special Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Family members are also encouraged to attend. A special certificate will be signed by Bishop Malone to honor the occasion, even for those who are unable to come out to attend the ceremony. For further information, please contact Catherine Kwiatkowski at 716-847-2210 or email ckwiatkowski [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org. Seating is limited. You may also place your name on the list by calling the our parish secretary, Pat Pendleton, at the church office as soon as possible.

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  is retiring at the end of this month after 49-years of active ministry. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid are Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

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

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Annual Convocation and Mass of the Holy Spirit at SUNY Buffalo State College is Sunday, September 10 at 10am in the Social Hall at the Mildred Campbell Student Union. Join the faith community of the Newman Center in celebration of the Eightieth Anniversary of its founding and invoke God’s blessing on the new academic year.

Fundamentals of the Catholic Faith survey course begins on Tuesday evenings at Christ the King Seminary starting September 12 through November 28. Register at CKS.EDU.

Walking with Grief monthly lecture series and support group at St. Christopher Parish is the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Edmund Campus (Fr. Smiroldo Center – 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda). These evenings are provided to assist any person 18 years of age or older in their journey of grief. Each month a guest speaker offers knowledge and insight into the grief journey. Time for Q&A is provided. After the 20-30 minute presentation, attendees have the option to participate in small groups according to their loss. There is no charge for attendance and all are welcome. Call St. Christopher Parish Office at 716-692-2660 with any questions.

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

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

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

“The Beginning Experience” ~ Turn the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth during a weekend program for those who have worked through the initial stage of grief after a death or divorce of one’s spouse. The Beginning Experience weekend at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake will take place in October (date to be determined). For information or registration, call the Diocese of Rochester at 585-987-1750.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 27, 2017

St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (c. 354-430) whose feast we celebrate on August 28, is recognized as one of the greatest Doctors of the Western Church. The unceasing prayers of his mother, St. Monica and the powerful preaching of St. Ambrose are credited with Augustine’s conversion from the dissolute lifestyle of his youth. His image appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting of “Confessors, Bishops, and Missionaries” in the dome of our church. Augustine is depicted at the far right in this photo, standing, wearing a bishop’s mitre and holding a crosier. St. Ambrose (c. 339-397), Bishop of Milan, appears (standing) to his immediate left. Photo credit: Duane Held.

August 27 – September 3, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, August 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anniversary reception for Fr. Victor in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, August 31 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Elizabeth Dick (Requested by Family) and Philip Garcia (Requested by Grandchildren)

Monday, August 28 ~ St. Augustine ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 29 ~ Passion of St. John the Baptist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent and Agnes Manion (Estate)

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

Thursday, August 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 1 ~ First Friday ~  Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Saturday, September 2 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Donald C. Nuwer (Family)

Sunday, September 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Rosanne and Randy Burgio (Bud and Mickey Dick) and Sylvia Heicklen (Son, Robert)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 2 and 3:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Pam Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Sr. Elizabeth Savage, Luis Clay, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, Kathleen Marien (loft)

Parishioners and friends celebrate with Father Victor at Aug. 27 reception

    

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is is recognizing that everything we have is a gift from God. We can take for credit nothing. Everything we have and everything we do is the result of some gift that God has placed into our hands.

Father Victor welcomes friends and parishioners at social celebrating his seventh anniversary of ordination.

Ordination Anniversary Celebration ~ There will be a reception in St. Charles Hall following the 10:00am Mass on Sunday, August 27, to celebrate Father Victor Ibhawa’s seventh anniversary of ordination, which is August 28. Please join us.

First Friday Adoration is this week on September 1. Sign-up sheets are posted by the side doors for those who wish to join in prayer anytime during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (8-11am). Benediction and Mass will follow.

This weekend we welcome Marpha Delaney, a spokesperson from Christ the King Seminary, who will speak with us about the importance of the Seminary in educating priests, deacons, and lay ministers, and the special collection for the Seminary on the weekend of September 2/3. Please give generously.

Parish Council Elections ~ We are pleased to announce that the following parishioners have agreed to run for election to the Parish Council: Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Tom Dinder, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathleen Marien, Joseph Nwoglo, Michael Ogoh, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams. Elections are scheduled to take place at Masses on the weekend of September 9/10. The Council’s nominating committee is grateful to each and every one of them. To assist parishioners in selecting their four candidates, we have placed posters with photos of the candidates inside the church’s three entrances.

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

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

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

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

Wedding Anniversary Mass ~ Any couple celebrating a 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during 2017 is invited to participate in a special Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Family members are also encouraged to attend. A special certificate will be signed by Bishop Malone to honor the occasion, even for those who are unable to come out to attend the ceremony. For further information, please contact Catherine Kwiatkowski at 716-847-2210 or email ckwiatkowski [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org. Seating is limited. You may also place your name on the list by calling the our parish secretary, Pat Pendleton, at the church office as soon as possible.

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ Save the dateSeptember 17 (12:30-2:30pm) at Ss. Columba-Brigid’s parish hall. Everyone from the CCCB parishes is invited to attend a Bon Voyage Tea Party for Sr. Maureen Harris on that day. If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  is retiring at the end of this month after 49-years of active ministry. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid are Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, 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 ~ 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

Marriage Preparation Classes will take place at D’Youville College (329 Porter Avenue) September 9, October 7, November 5, and December 2. Register through the Office of Family Life Ministries at 847-2210. Find out more at buffalodiocese.org/for-the-engaged.

Biannual Congrega Society of Buffalo Mass and Breakfast at Saint Lawrence Parish is Saturday, September 9. Find out more at stlawrencebuffalo.org or call 716-656-7195.

Annual Convocation and Mass of the Holy Spirit at SUNY Buffalo State College is Sunday, September 10 at 10am in the Social Hall at the Mildred Campbell Student Union. Join the faith community of the Newman Center in celebration of the Eightieth Anniversary of its founding and invoke God’s blessing on the new academic year.

Walking with Grief monthly lecture series and support group at St. Christopher Parish is the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Edmund Campus (Fr. Smiroldo Center – 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda). These evenings are provided to assist any person 18 years of age or older in their journey of grief. Each month a guest speaker offers knowledge and insight into the grief journey. Time for Q&A is provided. After the 20-30 minute presentation, attendees have the option to participate in small groups according to their loss. There is no charge for attendance and all are welcome. Call St. Christopher Parish Office at 716-692-2660 with any questions.

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

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

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

“The Beginning Experience” ~ Turn the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth during a weekend program for those who have worked through the initial stage of grief after a death or divorce of one’s spouse. The Beginning Experience weekend at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake will take place in October (date to be determined). For information or registration, call the Diocese of Rochester at 585-987-1750.

Worship & Services

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

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