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January 17, 2017 – National Day for Racial Healing

National Day of Racial Healing
Interfaith Service at Blessed Trinity

Almost 250 people attended the Interfaith Community Prayer Service sponsored by religious leaders of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable and held at Blessed Trinity on Tuesday, January 17. Designated as the National Day for Racial Healing, events were scheduled throughout the country, with our parish being chosen to host the Buffalo commemoration. We were deeply honored that Bishop Richard Malone proposed our church in which to hold the service. In addition to Bishop Malone, honored clergy participating in the event  included Bishop Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese, Rev. George Nicholas of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, Rev. Darius Pridgen of True Bethel Baptist Church, Rev. Jonathan Staples of First Shiloh Baptist Church, and Rev. T. Anthony Bronner of Elim Christian Fellowship.

 

Opening for Position of Music Director

Director of Music at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church
Position available January 1, 2017
Blessed Trinity Parish, a diverse and welcoming faith community at home in a Landmark edifice in Buffalo, NY, seeks a motivated musician familiar with the Roman Catholic Liturgy to serve part-time as Director of Music.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Plan music appropriate for the liturgical season, including hymns, and Mass and psalm settings, to be sung by congregation and choir at one Sunday service (10am), and additional special services; e.g., Christmas, Holy Week, and Holy Days
  • Serve as organist/pianist and cantor
  • Rehearse and conduct an established adult volunteer choir at weekly evening rehearsal, Sunday, and special liturgies
  • Serve as member of concert committee, which plans and implements the church’s concert series
  • Right of first refusal for all weddings and funerals
  • Monitor the church’s recently restored Tellers-Kent pipe organ for any needed service
Review of Applicants will begin immediately; resumes will be accepted until position is filled.
Apply to:      
Rev. Victor Ibhawa
Blessed Trinity RC Church
317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214
blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com

 

Blessed Trinity Featured in Neighborhood Mural

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Our Landmark church building is featured on a mural created earlier this year by Danial Galas on a neighborhood building located at 72 Jewett Avenue at Halbert Street. Thanks to local historian and preservationist, Chuck LaChiusa, who has included some marvelous photos of the mural on his website. Click HERE to view them.

 

Lew-Port Teachers Tour Blessed Trinity on August 18, 2016

Preservationist Tom Yots (far right) and teachers from the Lewiston-Porter District on their Aug. 18, 2016 visit to BTC.

Preservationist Tom Yots (far right) and teachers from the Lewiston-Porter
District on their Aug. 18, 2016 visit to BTC.

Blessed Trinity’s Architecture became part of the “summer school” curriculum for twenty-five teachers from the Lewiston-Porter School District who participated in an architectural tour of our church on Thursday, August 18.  Accompanied by local preservationist Tom Yots, they were welcomed by the docent team of Judy Casassa and Mickey Dick. We thank them for choosing to visit Blessed Trinity as part of their summertime professional development program and hope to see them again.

National Night Out and CCCB’s Summer in the City, 2016

Just some of our stalwart volunteers from "Summer in the City," Aug. 2, 2016.

Just some of our stalwart volunteers from “Summer in the City,” Aug. 2, 2016.

Who Doesn’t Like a Picnic! ~ On Tuesday, August 2nd, we proved that we all do. But even something as “relaxed” as a picnic requires a lot of planning and hard work, and Blessed Trinity was up to the task. And so we send heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a part in making National Night Out and the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo’s (“CCCB”) “Summer in the City” such an enjoyable evening. We won’t name names, but you know who you are: the folks who arranged for donations; gathered the grill and tents and shopped for essentials; made sure there was ample ice to keep all the drinks cold; hauled tables and chairs; set up games and erected canopies; prepared side dishes and desserts; provided entertainment for the children; endured the fire and smoke to grill our hot dogs and hamburgers; made numerous trips up and down stairs with food and utensils – and then did it all in reverse at the end of the night as we put everything back in its place. Whew! In between, we hope you all enjoyed meeting and dining with neighbors and dancing to the music of J.J. Williams. Thanks again to a wonderful team of BT volunteers. Click HERE for a photo gallery from our National Night Out celebration.

 

Visitors from Our Mother of Good Counsel, July 19, 2016

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Parishioners of Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Blasdell, New York had a chance to learn more about out our handmade bricks, medieval iconography displayed in the church’s terra cotta facade, and some of the 2,000 symbols summarizing Christian beliefs when they visited Blessed Trinity in July. Our docent team of Judy Casassa and Mickey Dick enjoyed welcoming our visitors and answering their insightful questions.

 

Parish Honors Bill and Gwen Warren

Bill and Gwen Warren

Thank You, Bill and Gwen!

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, the parish honored Bill and Gwen Warren at a special reception following the 10 AM Mass. Bill, a recent retiree and former owner of Hertel Parker Liquor, first became associated with our parish in the Fall of 1998 when he hosted our first wine tasting. He and Gwen subsequently became both parishioners and benefactors. Over the next sixteen years, their generosity allowed us to raise thousands of dollars for our parish and two community organizations we supported, the Interfaith Hospitality Network (now Family Promise) and The Bridge. Special thanks to Bob Heicklen and Jessie Wells for hosting such a wonderful luncheon for all of us. Click HERE for additional photos from our reception.

 

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, May 21-22, 2016

Photo of church transept and nave looking from Sanctuary down the main aisle, taken by Open House visitor Paige Miller.

Photo of church transept and nave looking from Sanctuary down the main aisle, taken by Open House visitor Paige Miller.

Our 2016 Sacred Sites Open House Weekend was a great success. We hosted more than sixty people, and every single visitor was positively impressed by the church – and by the kindness, knowledge, helpfulness and enthusiasm of all the volunteers. We heard nothing but good things from everyone who came! And we also learned some new facts and heard some interesting stories from folks who’ve been part of the parish’s history over the years. Our new video – an aerial view of the church and immediate neighborhood filmed by Buffalo Above using a drone – was a big hit. Thanks to Brandon Moran for supplying us with a copy in time for the Open House. Click HERE to view additional photos.

 

2015-16 Trinity Series Finale Features Buffalo Brass Choir

 

The Buffalo Brass Choir, directed by Nick DelBello, in concert at Blessed Trinity on April 22, 2016. Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

The Buffalo Brass Choir, directed by Nick DelBello, in concert at Blessed Trinity on April 22, 2016.
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

Our final concert in the 2015-16 Trinity Series took place on Friday evening, April 22. Nick DelBello directed our ensemble-in-residence, the Buffalo Brass Choir, in a performance of “American Originals.” The program of all-American works originally composed for brass ensemble included “Fanfaria” by local composer Rob Deemer, and a solo performance by the very personable Timothy Smith, second trombone with the BPO. The concert ended with Brian Balmages’s rousing Symphony No. 1 Brass.
Featured soloist Tim Smith, Second Trombone with the BPO, performs "Andante con moto" from James Kazik's "Conerto for Tenor Trombone and Brass Ensemble" at BT. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Featured soloist Tim Smith, Second Trombone with the BPO, performs “Andante con moto” from James Kazik’s “Conerto for Tenor Trombone and Brass Ensemble” at BT.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

2016 Holy Week Schedule of Services

Holy Week 2016
Blessed Trinity Church

 

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Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday – March 20
Blessing of Palms and Holy Mass
4:30 p.m. – Saturday, March 19
10:00 a.m. – Sunday, March 20

Weekday Masses
March 22 and March 23
Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Daily Mass Chapel

 

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Holy Thursday – March 24
7:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by Supper of Friends in St. Charles Hall

Our church will be open until 11:00 p.m.
for Private Prayer at the Repository.
Reflection material will be available.

 

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Good Friday – March 25
3:00 p.m. – Solemn Service
St. John’s Passion
Veneration of the Cross
Holy Communion

 

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Easter Vigil – March 26
7:00 p.m. – Easter Eve Mass with Choir
Fire and Light
Scripture
Renewal of Baptismal Vows

 

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Easter Sunday – March 27
10:00 a.m. – Easter Sunday Mass with Choir and Brass

 

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)