Alumni News & Photos

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.

 

2010 Alumni Reception

 

… And the October 3, 2010 Split Club winners were Teri Ferella and Bob Klein!

FORMER PRINCIPAL DONATES MEMORABILIA

Our Alumni organization wishes to thank Sister Mary Ann Butler, SSJ, a former principal of the grammar school, for donating her photos taken during eighth grade field trips as well as graduation and class day programs from the early 1970s.

PHOTOS FROM THE ALUMNI PICNIC

The picnic was held Saturday, September 11, 2010

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)