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Alumni Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Our Annual Alumni Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Church on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM. We look forward to welcoming all Alumni, especially those celebrating significant anniversaries. A reception in St Charles Hall following the Mass provides an ideal opportunity to view school photos and memorabilia, reminisce and renew old acquaintances. As in past years, we ask those who are able to bring a food item to share at the reception.
James H. Stengel, '63 1949-2015

James H. Stengel, ’63
1949-2015

Honoring our Deceased Members

As part of our Annual Mass we pause to remember all deceased alumni and faculty. The names of graduates who have passed away since last year’s Mass will be read. We will be remembering Evelyn M. Rofe, ’32; Paul V. Glauber, ’39; Robert G. Klein, ’40; Patricia Honeychurck Bonfanti, ’46; Ruth O’Connor Beehler and Jean A. Sloan Pritchard, ’49; Robert E. Steinke, ’51; Howard F. Gabriel, ’52 ; Anthony R. Sorgi, ’56; Dennis F. Lesinski, ’61; James H. Stengel, ’63; Dennis M. Long, ’64; Margaret E. (“Peggy”) O’Donnell, ’68; and Michael J. O’Donnell, ’73. May they rest in peace. Please inform the Committee if you become aware of other recent Alumni or faculty deaths.

 Alumni Raffle
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In conjunction with the September 27, 2015 alumni gathering, we are sponsoring our Sixth BT Alumni Raffle for the purpose of raising funds to help pay for restoration and repairs on our beautiful Church. Since 2009, our raffles have raised $12,145.00, half of which was donated to the Church, with the remaining monies (after Alumni Committee expenses) divided among the winners (2 each year). Over this same period, individual alumni have contributed more than $1,200.00 directly to Blessed Trinity, which is greatly appreciated. We want to continue this tradition and, with your help, we hope to have an equally successful fundraiser. Earlier this year, the parish learned that it had succeeded in obtaining State preservation funding. The grant requires a significant outlay of funds on the part of the church, bringing a new sense of urgency to our goal.
The drawing will take place at the reception following the Alumni Mass. You don’t need to be present to win, but you DO need to return your completed ticket stubs and check payable to “Blessed Trinity Alumni” no later than September 21, 2015. Tickets are $5.00 each or six (6) for $25.00. Last year our two winners, Marilyn Schimek and Julia Alessi, each received $575.00. This year it could be you! A sheet of six tickets will be enclosed with your alumni newsletter, which you should receive by the end of August. If you would like more for yourself, friends, family or other alumni, feel free to make copies of your sheet or contact Jerry Powers at 716-656-8657 or powersj2004 [at] aol [dot] com. Please help us promote this fundraiser as you have done in the past. Winners will be notified by mail and listed on the “School Alumni News and Photos”page at www.blessedtrinity.org and on the Blessed Trinity School Alumni Facebook page.
Members of the Class of 1964 celebrate their 50th.

Members of the Class of 1964 celebrate their 50th.

All-Class Reception

The Alumni Committee continues to provide a time and place for you to reunite with former classmates and neighbors each year. No RSVP is required for the reception, so we can’t tell you who’s coming. Bobbe (Schmelzer) Lukasik maintains our database and will be happy to provide whatever information we have for your classmates and friends, enabling you to reach out and organize your own personal “reunion within the reunion.” Contact her at bertababe2 [at] yahoo [dot] com. In 2014, the Fiftieth Anniversary class of ’64 brought an anniversary cake and put together a display of class memorabilia. Our committee stands ready to assist the Class of ’65 (or ’45 or ’55 or ’75) with their own special touches.

Tour of the Church

Docent Tom Brodfuehrer, '75, interprets iconography

Docent Tom Brodfuehrer, ’75, interprets iconography

Since 2011, the parish has made a concerted effort to promote Blessed Trinity as a destination site for tourists. A dedicated team of volunteer docents (including several alumni) help visitors appreciate the architectural features and religious symbolism displayed in our Landmark church building. If there is sufficient interest expressed by school alumni, we will be happy to conduct a 30 minute tour prior to Mass on September 27 as we did two years ago. Click HERE to indicate your interest, using “Church Tour” as the subject.

Wondering Why You Haven’t Heard from Us?

Every year we lose contact with some of our base because our mailing comes back marked: “Moved. Forwarding Expired.” If this year’s newsletter is forwarded to you from a previous address, you’ll be among the missing in 2016. To update or add your contact information, send the following information to bertababe2 [at] yahoo [dot] com: your name (including maiden name), year of graduation, mailing and email addresses, and a preferred phone number. We promise not to share your information except for purposes of class reunions.
 
In addition to this web page, the alumni have a Facebook page, “Blessed Trinity School Alumni,” which has allowed alumni to make personal connections and carry on “conversations.” Both sites provide class news and the latest information on scheduled events and activities. We encourage you to “like” us on Facebook and share your memories or class photos. (Graduates from the 1960s have been asking for the latter). If you have difficulty posting to the Facebook page or would like to add something to the web site, Click HERE and leave a message for the BT Web Diva, Margaret Stiffler Dick (’59).
 
We hope you will plan to join us on Sunday, September 27, 2015.  If you have any questions or comments or would like to become an active member of the Alumni Committee, Click HERE and leave a message, using “Alumni” as the subject. For information about upcoming events at Blessed Trinity Church, including the 2015-16 Trinity Concert Series, Click HERE.
Class photos on display at the Alumni Sunday reception.

Class photos on display at the Alumni Sunday reception.

Blessed Trinity Alumni Sunday – September 27, 2015

Class photos on display at the Alumni Sunday reception.

Class photos on display at the Alumni Sunday reception.

Our grammar school alumni will be holding its annual Alumni Memorial Mass on Sunday, September 27, 2015. More details about the Mass and the all-class reception that follows will be posted here prior to our August mailing. If you normally receive our mailings and have moved or changed your email address in the past year, please let us know. This will allow us to update our database and send information to you in a timely fashion. If you are just finding out about the alumni committee, we’ll be happy to add you to the database and include you in our mailings. We will need your name (including maiden name if applicable), mailing and email addresses, year of graduation, and a preferred phone number. Just Click HERE to submit your information.

Funeral Services for James H. Stengel, ’63

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Blessed Trinity Alumni Sunday, September 28, 2014

Class photos on display at the Alumni Sunday reception.

Class photos on display at the Alumni Sunday reception.

To view additional photos from the September 28, 2014 Mass and reception,
Click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

 

Annual Alumni Mass, September 28, 2014 at 10 a.m.

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Our Annual Alumni Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Church on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 10 A.M.  We look forward to welcoming all alumni, especially the graduates of 1944, 1954, 1964 and 1974 who will celebrate significant anniversaries. We encourage those graduates to contact their classmates and take advantage of the occasion to arrange individual class reunions.

A reception in St. Charles Hall following the Mass provides an ideal opportunity to reminisce and renew acquaintances. Please consider bringing a food item to share.

Margaret Foisset Schirmann, Class of 1925

Margaret Foisset Schirmann, Class of 1925

As part of our annual Mass, we pause to remember all deceased alumni and faculty, and the names of graduates who have passed away since last year’s Mass will be read. We will be remembering Edward Oscar Steinwachs, ’29; Sister Mary Helen (Teresea) Hope, ’36; Bernice Schwanekamp Graff, ’39; William J. Dengler, ’40; Joan M. Downs West, ’46; Frederick K. “Fritz” Ehlers, ’49; James J. Speyer, ’52; Michael H. Stone, ’53; David P. Zimolong, ’55; Donald Sheridan, ’56; Donald C. Nicklas, ’57; Karen E. Sweeney, ’64; Stephen D. Martin, ’66; and 1925 graduate and beloved former teacher,  Margaret M. Foisset Schirmann, who passed on December 18, 2013, just two weeks before her 103rd birthday. May they rest in peace. Please inform the committee if you are aware of other recent alumni deaths by leaving a message HERE, and their names will be added to the prayer intentions on that day.

In conjunction with the September 28, 2014 alumni gathering, we are sponsoring our Fifth BT Alumni Raffle for the purpose of raising funds to help pay for restoration and repairs on our beautiful Church. Since we began our raffles in 2009 we have raised over $9,400, half of which was donated to the Church, with the remaining monies (after Alumni Committee expenses) divided among the winners (2 each year). We want to continue this tradition and, with your help, we hope to have an equally successful fundraiser. The drawing will take place at the reception following the Alumni Mass. You don’t need to be present to winbut you DO need to return your completed ticket stubs and check payable to “Blessed Trinity Alumni” no later than September 22, 2014. Raffle tickets — priced at $5.00 each or six (6) for $25.00 — will be in the mail by August 22, so watch for yours. Winners will be notified by mail and included in a post on this web site and on the Blessed Trinity School Alumni Facebook page. You may also purchase tickets at the reception prior to the drawing. To request raffle tickets, check your status on our mailing list, or change your contact information, click HERE and leave a detailed message.

One hundred thirty alumni and guests enjoyed our October 13, 2012 all-class reunion dinner, with seventy attending Sunday’s Mass and reception. (Click HERE to view photos). The Alumni Committee continues to provide a time and place for you to reunite with former classmates and neighbors each year. As in the past, we encourage each of you, particularly members of the anniversary classes, to personally contact members of your graduating classes regarding alumni activities. We are willing to provide whatever contact information we have for your classmates, but our committee is just too small to do the organizing for you.

To update or add your contact information, click HERE and send us the following information: your name (including maiden name), year of graduation, mailing and email addresses, and a preferred phone number. We promise not to share your information except for purposes of class reunions.

We hope you will plan to join us on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  If you have any questions or comments, Click HERE and leave a message for the Alumni Committee. For information about upcoming events at Blessed Trinity Church, including the 2014-15 Trinity Concert Series and opportunities to tour the church, Click HERE.

Annual Alumni Mass, September 22, 2013 at 10 a.m.

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Our Annual Alumni Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Church on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 10 AM.  We look forward to welcoming all alumni, especially the graduates of 1943, 1953, 1963 and 1973 who will celebrate significant anniversaries. We encourage those graduates to contact their classmates and take advantage of the occasion to arrange individual class reunions. A reception in St. Charles Hall following the Mass provides an ideal opportunity to reminisce and renew acquaintances. Please consider bringing a food item to share.

As part of our annual Mass, we pause to remember all deceased alumni and faculty, and the names of graduates who have passed away since last year’s Mass will be read. We will be remembering Norine Kurtz Randle and Robert F. Harrer, ‘37; Bernice Stengel Burgasser, ’41; Richard J. Dentinger, ’44; John E. “Jack” Lester, ‘54; James J. Loesch, ’55; and Josephine Chilelli Drescher, ’57. May they rest in peace. Please inform the committee if you are aware of other recent alumni deaths by leaving a message HERE, and their names will be added to the prayer intentions on that day.

New this year: We will offer a tour of the church before Mass. In April, Blessed Trinity’s building heritage committee trained a new class of docents, including several who are alumni of our school. Volunteers from the Classes of 1975, 1956 and 1951 have done their homework, and will be available to offer insights on the architectural features, symbolism and artworks of our landmark church. To participate, please assemble in front of church by 9:20 a.m. so that we can begin promptly at 9:30. (If it’s raining, we’ll meet in the front vestibule).

In conjunction with the September 22, 2013 alumni gathering, we are sponsoring our Fourth BT Alumni Raffle for the purpose of raising funds to help pay for restoration and repairs on our beautiful Church. Since we began our raffles in 2009 we have raised over $6,000, half of which was donated to the Church, with the remaining monies (after Alumni Committee expenses) divided among the winners (2 each year). We want to continue this tradition and, with your help, we hope to have an equally successful fundraiser. The drawing will take place at the reception following the Alumni Mass. You don’t need to be present to win, but you DO need to return your completed ticket stubs and check payable to “Blessed Trinity Alumni” no later than September 16, 2013. Tickets are $5.00 each or six (6) for $25.00. Winners will be notified by mail and included in a post on this web site and on the Blessed Trinity School Alumni Facebook page. To request raffle tickets, Click HERE and leave a message “Attention Jerry Powers.” You may also purchase tickets at the reception prior to the drawing.

One hundred thirty alumni and guests enjoyed our October 13, 2012 all-class reunion dinner, with seventy attending Sunday’s Mass and reception. (Click HERE to view photos). In lieu of a raffle, proceeds from the dinner provided a $1,000 gift to the Church’s “Under This Roof Fund.” The Alumni Committee continues to provide a time and place for you to reunite with former classmates and neighbors each year. As in the past, we encourage each of you, particularly members of the anniversary classes, to personally contact members of your graduating classes regarding alumni activities. We are willing to provide whatever contact information we have for your classmates, but our committee is just too small to do the organizing for you. To update or add your contact information, Click HERE and leave a message “Attention Bobbe Lukasik.”

We hope you will plan to join us on Sunday, September 22, 2013.  If you have any questions or comments, Click HERE and leave a message “Attention Alumni Committee.”

For information about upcoming events at Blessed Trinity Church, including the 2013-14 Trinity Concert Series and opportunities to tour the church, Click HERE.

October 2012 Reunion

Photos from our October 13-14, 2012 reunion events have been posted on Facebook. Click HERE to view them.

All Class Reunion Event Planned

We thank everyone who responded to our July questionnaire about the possibility of a 2012 reunion event and have planned accordingly. Our all-class reunion dinner will be held on Saturday evening, October 13, 2012 at Classics Banquet & Conference Center (known locally as Classics V), 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst, New York. The Alumni Mass will be scheduled for Sunday, October 14. For your convenience in planning separate class events, we have not scheduled anything for Friday evening, October 12.

We continue to encourage each of you, particularly members of the anniversary classes, to personally contact members of your graduating classes regarding alumni activities. This will be particularly important as we prepare for our 2012 All Class Reunion Events. We are happy to provide whatever contact information we have for your classmates, but our committee is just too small to organize separate class reunions. To request class information, send an email to Roberta Schmelzer Lukasik at bertababe2 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Check this page for class news and the latest information on scheduled events and activities. If you would like to post a notice for your classmates on this page, click HERE.  Blessed Trinity School Alumni also has a Facebook page with some old and not-so-old class photos. We encourage you to “like” us and share your memories or class photo.

We thank those of you who joined us at the 2011 Alumni Memorial Mass on October 2, 2011, and we look forward to welcoming many more of you next year on October 13-14.

2011 ALL-CLASS RECEPTION

ALUMNI FROM THE 1930s THROUGH THE 1970s ATTENDED OCTOBER 2, 2011 ALL-CLASS RECEPTION

The Alumni Committee was delighted with the turnout for our all-class reception following Mass on October 2, 2011. Among those who stopped by were representatives from classes spanning five decades. They included six sets of siblings and a Father-Daughter duo. Clate Steinwachs, representing the Class of 1930, was our oldest alumni in attendance. He was accompanied by his daughter, Ann Steinwachs Manganello, from the Class of ’61. The Class of ’64 had the best turnout, followed by a three-way tie among grads from ’55, ’59 & ’61. And – a very sincere “thank you” to Jerry Powers for organizing this year’s Split Club. Theresa Green and Mary Kathleen Keane were our winners, each taking home $300, and The Alumni also made a $600 donation to the Under This Roof Fund of Blessed Trinity Church from the split club proceeds.

Madonna Hartzell Receives Diocesan Recognition

Madonna Hartzell, a life-long parishioner of Blessed Trinity, received The Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker at a diocesan ceremony which took place during Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, May 15th. She was also among the Award recipients honored at a reception at The Adam’s Mark, which followed the Mass. We congratulate Madonna and thank her for her dedicated and outstanding service to our parish community and to a number of other charitable organizations.

The parish is grateful for “her for many years — and many ways — of setting an example for all with her stewardship.”  On behalf of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni, we salute her continued dedication to her parish and thank her for her contributions to our Alumni Committee.

 

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)