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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

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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

 

St. Joseph University Students Tour Church

 

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On Thursday, March 10, 2016, Blessed Trinity welcomed Explore Buffalo and a group of 5th and 6th grade students from St. Joseph University School who are part of an ongoing program with Explore Buffalo and the Darwin Martin House that introduces students to “Buffalo’s incredible architecture, history, and culture.” After a presentation by church docents on the church’s design and unique architectural features, the students, teachers and parents enjoyed a scavenger hunt for “Children in the church,” as depicted in paintings, stained glass and terra cotta sculpture. For more photos, click HERE.

 

Valentine’s Day Concert – “Celebration of Love”

The 2015-16 Trinity Series of “beautiful music in a beautiful space” continued on Valentine’s Day 2016 with “Celebration of Love,” a delightful program of some of musical theater’s most cherished love songs performed by tenor Robert Zimmerman and soprano Amy Grable.

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Click HERE for more photos from the February 14, 2016 performance.

And the Winners Are…

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There was a carnival atmosphere at our February 7, 2016 Coffee Hour, as parishioners celebrated both Tuesday’s prelude to Lent and today’s Super Bowl. Ed Marien, winner of the Mardi Gras Basket of Cheer, made sure that lots of folks went home happy as he shared his prize bottles with a number of the Over-21 Crowd in attendance. Jim Duffy and Florentina Dozer, respectively, won the $50 Wegmans and Dash’s gift cards.
Ed Marien posed happily with his Basket of Cheer.

Ed Marien posed happily with his Basket of Cheer.

 

Judging by the number of parishioners who chose the turquoise-topped table, the Carolina Panthers are favorites for today's big game.

Judging by the number of parishioners who chose the turquoise-topped table, the Carolina Panthers are favorites for today’s big game.

However, there were some who gave the edge to the Denver Broncos.

However, there were some who
gave the edge to the Denver Broncos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there's always the group that swears they only watch the game for the commercials.

And then there’s always the group that swears they only watch the game for the commercials.

Rest in Peace, Deacon Jimmie

Requiescat in pace - Rest in peace Deacon Jimmie L. Boyd August 22, 1940 - January 20, 2016

Requiescat in pace – Rest in peace
Deacon Jimmie L. Boyd
August 22, 1940 – January 20, 2016

Jimmie L. Boyd, who had served the Blessed Trinity Parish Community as their Deacon since 2008, passed from death into eternal life on January 20, 2016 at the age of seventy-five. His Mass of Christian Burial and “homecoming” were celebrated in the church on Saturday, January 23, and he was laid to rest at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.
On Friday evening, January 22, members of the diocesan Deacon Community gathered at Blessed Trinity and led mourners in praying and singing the Church’s official Office of the Dead.
Deacon Boyd was ordained a Permanent Deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on September 20, 1992. Prior to the 2008 parish merger that brought him to Blessed Trinity, he had served as a deacon at the former St. Mary of Sorrows, St. James and St. Gerard parishes.
In addition to the services he provided as a deacon, Deacon Boyd was also a dedicated community volunteer. He devoted many years to the Men’s Fellowship of the Little Portion Friary, mentoring men in temporary residence there. He was also a long-time volunteer at the Helping Hands Food Pantry and a valued bingo worker at both Blessed Trinity and St. Gerard’s.
Deacon Jimmie was a Life Member of the NAACP, a sign of his commitment to the mission of the century-old civil rights organization. A Resolution from Buffalo Chapter President Frank B. Mesiah honoring Deacon Boyd was read as part of Saturday’s funeral service.
A former employee of the Ford Stamping Plant, Deacon Boyd was also a business owner of Boyd & Brown Construction.
Deacon Boyd is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Maxine Grayson Boyd; his three children, Jimmie L., Jr. (Charlisa), Kim (Kenneth, Sr.) Harris and Kyle Boyd; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Herman (Gloria) and Albert (Earline) Boyd; and two sisters Juliette Graves and Dr. Bess (Wilbert) Stewart.
Prayers for Deacon Boyd led by his brother deacons on Jan. 22, 2016. Photo credit: Darvan Draper

Prayers for Deacon Boyd led by his brother deacons on Jan. 22, 2016.
Photo credit: Darvan Draper

 

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)