This Week

2nd Sunday of Advent – Week of December 9, 2018

December 9 – December 16, 2018

Weekly Activities


Sunday, December 9 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Pick up gifts for homebound in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, December 9 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, December 12 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ~ Assembly of Prison Project Gift Bags in Church

Friday, December 14 from 6:00 p.m. – completion ~ Assembly of Prison Project Gift Bags in Church

Saturday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, December 16 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Monday, December 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating church for Christmas

Tuesday, December 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating church for Christmas

*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.

The Freudig Singers of WNY perform a premier setting of The Huron Carol at Blessed Trinity on Dec 2, 2018.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, December 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and Edward Wilbert (Requested by Seta and Family)

Monday, December 10 ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 11 ~ St. Damasus I ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, December 12 ~ Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, December 13 ~ St. Lucy ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, December 14 ~ St. John of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 15 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, December 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Irene Hodur (Bonnie and Don Williams) and God’s Blessings for Sylvester Chapman (Judy Casassa)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 15/16:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister:
Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Gary Kelley, Mary Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, John Curtin;  CHOIR – Kathleen Marien

Assembly of gift bags for Prison Project
Assembly of gift bags for 2018 Prison Project will take place this Friday, December 14.
2010 Photo: Derek Gee, Buffalo News.

News from our Parish Community

Retirement Fund for Religious ~ There will be a second collection on the weekend of December 8/9 for the Retirement Fund for Religious. It supports hundreds of senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who have spent their lives serving others — even in “retirement” — but never benefited from a Diocesan retirement plan. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

Discernment ~ Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exultate, describes discernment as more than intelligence or common sense. “The gift of discernment has become all the more necessary today, since contemporary life offers immense possibilities for action and distrac-tion, and the world presents all of them as valid and good. Discernment also enables us to recognize the concrete means that the Lord provides in his mysterious and loving plan, to make us move beyond mere good inten-tions.” (167-169). Liturgy preparation requires developing a methodology to allow the opportunity for the Lord to speak to us. Prayer about the needs of our community is the initial step in developing a musical liturgy as well as prayer throughout the selection of hymns and musical settings. The texts sung at BT are carefully chosen to reflect the readings within the Liturgy as well as the needs of our community. As servants of the Liturgy, our priority must be to proclaim the Gospel message in a manner that is meaningful for our community. Therefore, every member of Blessed Trinity should feel free to share the music that brings them closer to the Lord. Please continue to bring your musical favorites to the attention of any one of the members of our Parish Music Ministry so they can be added to our musical Liturgy.  Choral Christmas preparation continues on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome. …. Elizabeth

Cocoa Challenge 2018 ~ With this weekend’s donations plus your generous cash contributions, we have reached our goal of 4,200 packets. THANK YOU! The Prisoner Package Project, a work of mercy and hope, was begun by Sr. Karen Klimczak, SSJ, and is now continued by Peaceprints Prison Minis-tries. Bag Decorators…Remember to return all your bags (decorated or not) by Friday Dec. 14. Place them in the box in the back pew. We still need volunteers to help fill 2,100 gift bags for inmates at the Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. The gifts will be assembled here at Blessed Trinity on Friday Dec. 14 during the day from 10am to 1pm and in the evening from 6pm to completion.

Church Decorating for Christmas ~ Volunteers are needed to help decor-ate. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 17, and continue at the same time on Tuesday, December 18. Please enter using the side door near the wheelchair ramp.

Parish bingo team hoping
to welcome new volunteers.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Know Your Faith: What is Advent? What are we called to do? How can we be prepared?The Latin word for Advent is Adventus meaning coming. Who is coming? Jesus the son of God, made man for us. The season of Advent calls us to prepare to re-enact the coming of Jesus which we cele-brate at Christmas and to prepare for his second coming. “I will come again to take you with me” (John 14:3). The season of Advent also reminds us that the coming of Jesus can be reflected upon in three ways.  Jesus came, Jesus comes, and Jesus will come. As Jesus came in its historic sense, he brought us salvation. As he comes in its mysterious sense, he brings graces to us, and when Jesus will come in glory, he will come with Justice. How can I best live out this season of Advent? We are not called to do extra-ordinary things, but to do ordinary things in an extra-ordinary way. Live in love, show love, give love, receive love, be kind, be compassionate, and forgive. We are called to keep making efforts each day to be better persons, to strive for good all the time and avoid evil. To strive to build and mend bridges of our relationship between us and God and our neighbors. Finally Advent calls us to be happy children of God waiting for the return of God our father. May the spirit of God empower us to live our lives according to God’s will. Amen. Happy Advent season!

Water With Blessings ~ In the spring, the Ladies Sodality solicited donations in support of the Felician Sisters “Gift of Clean Water” initiative. A total of $1,200 was collected and sent to the Sisters’ Our Lady of Hope Province in Beaver Falls, PA. The Sodality has received an acknowledge-ment letter from Provincial Minister Sister Mary Christopher Moore, CSSF, which reads, in part: “Thank you for the most generous gift of support from the parishioners of Blessed Trinity Church….This gift will enable Haitian mothers… specially chosen and trained …to use proven water filter tech-nology to provide clean, safe drinking water to their families and several neighboring families. We are deeply grateful for this gift, humbled by the kindness, and blessed by your interest in…this life-giving and life-changing initiative.” Your dollars purchased 20 filtration units for the women of Jacmel, Haiti. Visit feliciansistershaiti.com to see how our gift “is making a difference.” Sister Mary Christopher promised that “we will remember each of you…in our daily prayers,” and again thanked us for our “kindness and generosity.”

Under This Roof Fund ~ We are extremely grateful to everyone who responded to our “Fall Fest” fundraiser — both party attendees and financial supporters. Your response exceeded our expectations and, to date, proceeds total $7,260.00. Thank you to all!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Deacon Greg Feary Presents: The Mary of Advent, Monday December 17, 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (158 Laverack Avenue in  Lancaster). How can Mary help us prepare for Christmas?  Explore the stories of the Mary of Advent that we find in Scripture, song, and art to fill your Advent with joyful expectation.  Visit olpparish.com or call 716-683-6522.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18 is Friday December 28 at 10am through Sunday December 30 at 6pm for Boys and girls, ages 7-15.  An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail  CampTurner [at] gmail [dot] com  or call 716-354-4555.

First Sunday of Advent – Week of December 2, 2018

December 2 – December 9, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Freudig Singers in concert in the church

Sunday, December 2 at 4:30 p.m. ~ Post-concert reception in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, December 5 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Ladies Sodality December Dinner, Family Tree Restaurant

Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Volunteers are asked to pick up gifts in St. Charles Hall.

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

Sunday, December 9 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Pick up gifts for homebound in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, December 9 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

*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, December 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Joseph M. Rutowski (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Requested by Pedro and Family)

Monday, December 3 ~ St. Francis Xavier ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. – Sylvester Chapman

Tuesday, December 4 ~ St. John Damascene ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, December 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, December 6 ~ St. Nicholas ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, December 7 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – First Friday Adoration and Benediction

Friday, December 7 ~ St. Ambrose ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 8 ~ Immaculate Conception of the Bl. Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 8 ~ Celebration of Marriage at 1:00 p.m. –

Saturday, December 8 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Mary C. Nelson (Family)

Sunday, December 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Family) and Edward Wilbert (Seta and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 8/9:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Maggie Gatson, Mary Kresse;  CHOIR – Sharon Dunnigan

“Christmas Through the Ages,” Sunday, December 2 at 3 PM.

News from our Parish Community

Today…December 2 at 3pm … Advent is here and so are the FREUDIG SINGERS!! They will bring their marvelous repertoire of classical gems and popular carols to us. Come with a friend, have some seasonal fun, win a pie, enjoy a piece at the reception in the hall. Suggested donation $15 for a glorious opening to the Season of Hope, Peace and Joy!

A New (Liturgical) Year! The First Sunday of Advent always reminds me of receiving my textbooks the first week of school – that “new book” smell is one that thrills me for the excitement about to come. As we begin this new year, it is important to reflect upon how we can let our work in liturgy and music lead us to holiness – and how we might renew our desire for justice and peace. Today’s prayer after Communion implored: as we walk amid passing things, You teach us by them to love the things of heaven and hold fast to what endures. May the music here at BT help us all to discern the difference between what is passing and that which endures. Let’s crack open that new book and begin! Choral Christmas preparation continues on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome. …. Elizabeth

Sodality Christmas Dinner is this Wednesday, December 5, at The Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. Dinner choices and payment ($25/dinner) are due by December 2, so please contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694) if you have not already done so. You can select from five entrees: broiled fish, pot roast, lamb shank, stuffed Greek chicken (rice, spinach, olive, feta cheese, artichoke filling), or Chicken Souvlaki (marinated in herbs).

We welcome your donation of cocoa for Sr. Karen Klimczak’s Christmas Prison Project.

Cocoa Challenge 2018 ~ We have reached 75% of our goal of 4,200 packets of hot chocolate. Thank you! With this momentum and your continued support we will make our goal by Sunday December 9. Cash donations are being used to buy in bulk at reduced prices. No special talent is needed to help decorate the gift bags. Draw, trace, or just write season greetings or lines from carols & hymns to personalize the gift bags. Bags and instructions are available in a back pew near the cocoa donations (or call Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694). Help assemble the gifts on Friday, December 14 at 10 AM and 6 PM here at Blessed Trinity.

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners – The Ladies Sodality thanks everyone who has contributed gifts or money for our annual drive. The gift bags will be packed this week and ready for pick-up next weekend, December 8 & 9. We still need a few volunteers to deliver. The most distant residences are in Williamsville and West Seneca; the closest in the Bailey-Kensington area. If you can help, please call Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) by Wednesday.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Saturday, December 8. Our Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation will be celebrated at 10am. The 4:30pm Mass is the Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent and does not satisfy your obligation for the Holy Day.

Retirement Fund for Religious ~ There will be a second collection on the weekend of December 8/9 for the Retirement Fund for Religious. It supports hundreds of senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests have spent their lives serving others — even in “retirement” — but never benefited from a Diocesan retirement plan. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

Water With Blessings ~ In the spring, the Ladies Sodality solicited donations in support of the Felician Sisters “Gift of Clean Water” initiative. A total of $1,200 was collected and sent to the Sisters’ Our Lady of Hope Province in Beaver Falls, PA. The Sodality has received an acknowledgement letter from Provincial Minister Sister Mary Christopher Moore, CSSF, which reads, in part: “Thank you for the most generous gift of support from the parishioners of Blessed Trinity Church….This gift will enable Haitian mothers… specially chosen and trained …to use proven water filter technology to provide clean, safe drinking water to their families and several neighboring families. We are deeply grateful for this gift, humbled by the kindness, and blessed by your interest in…this life-giving and life-changing initiative.” Your dollars purchased 20 filtration units for the women of Jacmel, Haiti. Visit feliciansistershaiti.com to see how our gift “is making a difference.” Sister Mary Christopher promised that “we will remember each of you…in our daily prayers,” and again thanked us for our “kindness and generosity.”

Under This Roof Fund ~ We are extremely grateful to everyone who responded to our “Fall Fest” fundraiser — both party attendees and financial supporters. Your response exceeded our expectations and, to date,

Saint Francis Xavier
December 3
Right side aisle, statue of “St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552), the famous Jesuit missionary to the Far East.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, page 25). Photo credit: Margaret Dick

proceeds total $7,260.00. Thank you to all!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Deacon Greg Feary Presents: The Mary of AdventMonday December 17, 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (158 Laverack Avenue in  Lancaster). How can Mary help us prepare for Christmas?  Explore the stories of the Mary of Advent that we find in Scripture, song, and art to fill your Advent with joyful expectation.  Visit olpparish.com or call 716-683-6522.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18 is Friday December 28 at 10am through Sunday December 30 at 6pm for Boys and girls, ages 7-15.  An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail  CampTurner [at] gmail [dot] com  or call 716-354-4555.

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Week of Nov. 25, 2018

“The theme of the [church’s stained glass skylight] is Christ the King.… The central panel shows Christ reigning as Lord of the kingdom that we pray will come. On either side of him are seven panels. Some contain full-length figures of Angels, and the rest contain symbols of both his suffering (below) and of his glorification (middle of the panel).”
Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 44.
Photo credit: Terry Cervi

November 25 – December 2, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 28 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Freudig Singers in Concert in the church

*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, November 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Choir (Requested by Blessed Trinity Choir); Laurence Miano (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse); and In Thanksgiving for all born during the month of November

Monday, November 26 ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Edward Hodur (Bonnie and Don Williams)

Thursday, November 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, November 30 ~ St. Andrew, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, December 1 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (Family)

Sunday, December 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Joseph M. Rutowski (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Pedro and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 1/2:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley, Pat Hartinger;  CHOIR – Dan Korchowsky

“Christmas Through the Ages,” Sunday, December 2 at 3 PM.

News from our Parish Community

Birthday Blessing ~ After Mass on Sunday, November 25, there will be a birthday prayer for all those who celebrated birthdays during November.

The Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, November 28 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Depictions of St. Cecilia appear in two different places in our church. In this photo of Joseph Mazur’s dome mural, St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, is the kneeling figure at the far right of the group of Virgins and Widows. She is holding a harp.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

Giving Thanks ~ Did you know that the feast of Saint Cecilia, the Patroness of Musicians, fell on Thanksgiving this year?  That means the Blessed Trinity Choir is even *more* grateful than usual.

Part of our ministry as liturgical musicians is to provide musical prayer for the worshiping community. Our task is to enable them to be united in musical prayer, which is even closer than speaking together. When we sing our prayer we are one in melody, word, and rhythm. Liturgical music becomes more of a servant of the liturgy than ever when we do that. This is very different than making music for our people. Music at Mass is not a performance – it is a comprehensive, integral community prayer.

We are grateful for the people of Blessed Trinity, our beautiful space (with an amazing acoustic), and the wonderful instruments used to praise God. We are grateful to the women of the parish who came up to the loft last week to clean for advent. We are grateful for the 70+ year tradition of choral music ministry at BT. We are grateful for each other.

Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians – appear and inspire!

Choir practice continues on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome – let’s be inspired together! …. Elizabeth

This year’s Christmas concert is Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m. The German word “freudig” means “joyful,” and that is exactly what the “Christmas Through the Ages” concert by the Freudig Singers of WNY will be. Their blend of beautiful Advent and Christmas music will definitely put you in the mood for the coming season of hope, expectation, and joy! And then, of course, there is the promise of Christmas pie for everyone after the concert! The Freudig Singers have made a tradition of their Christmas concerts at Blessed Trinity – and we love to have them! Bring your friends and relatives. Suggested donation: $15.

Cocoa Challenge 2018 is underway and we need YOU! Blessed Trinity’s goal is 4,200 plus individual packets of Instant Hot Cocoa to help fill over 2,100 gift bags for inmates at the Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. Two more weekends until our December 9 deadline for donations. Put it on your “to do” list today. If shopping is inconvenient, please consider a cash donation in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” placed in the weekend collection basket. The gift bags will be assembled here at Blessed Trinity during morning and evening sessions on Friday, December 14. There will be two project packing shifts 10am-1pm and 6pm-completion.

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners – This coming Sunday, December 2, marks the end of the Ladies Sodality collection of items for inclusion in Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. Please leave your new, unwrapped items in the basket at the far left end of the communion rail. Presents and plants will be ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 8/9. The success of this project is dependent on volunteers willing to deliver a gift bag and visit with one of our 14 recipients. If you can help, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ The Sodality’s annual Christmas dinner is Wednesday, December 5, at The Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. We will gather at 6pm, with dinner being served at 6:30. The all inclusive $25 per person price includes a choice of five dinners: broiled fish, pot roast, lamb shank, stuffed Greek chicken (rice, spinach, olive, feta cheese, artichoke filling), or Chicken Souvlaki (marinated in herbs). Diners can also choose soup or salad and  potato. Friends are always welcome. Amy Johnson (716-836-4694) is accepting reservations until Thursday, November 29; payment is due Sunday, December 2.

Canisius High School student volunteers Patrick Crowe and Jack Manka and their families teamed up as part of the school’s Nov. 17, 2018 Canisius Family Service Day and helped to clean our church in preparation for Christmas. From left: Patrick, Cortney, Thomas, Pat and Laruen Crowe;
Jennifer, Madeline, Mike, Jack and Alex Manka; Joe Van Volkenberg.

This Thanksgiving, we give prayerful thanks for Canisius High School Associate Campus Minister Joe Van Volkenburg and students Patrick Crowe and Jack Manka, who chose Blessed Trinity as their Canisius Family Service Day volunteer project. On Saturday, November 17, the young men and their family members (Cortney, Pat, Thomas and Lauren Crowe and Jennifer, Mike, Madeline and Alex Manka) washed our pews, scrubbed our floors, and carried in hundreds of books donated for next month’s Christmas Prison Package Project. We are grateful to Mr. Van Volkenburg for his continued support of our parish and delighted to have benefitted from the youthful energy and enthusiasm of the Canisius team. At the same time, we acknowledge the dedication of parishioners Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Dan Korchowsky, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, Sr. Liz Savage and Colleen Schroeder who worked along with them and provided direction.

Know Your Faith: Do we each have a guardian angel? Angels are messengers of God. They are spirit beings that sometimes reveal themselves in human form. The message they communicate or actions they carry out sometimes depend on how they present themselves. And because they are spirit beings, they can also work through humans.

Some people believe that each person on Earth has his or her own guardian angel that focuses mainly on helping that one person throughout the person’s life. Others believe that people receive help from various guardian angels as needed, with God matching guardian angels’ abilities to the ways that any person needs help at any given time.

The Bible clearly teaches, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them” (Psalm 34:7). Psalm 91:11 tells us, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” And Hebrews 1:14 says of angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”  In Hebrews, we read that “some have unwittingly entertained angels” (13:2).

No one can say for certain whether individually we have a guardian angel, but something Jesus said would imply that perhaps children have guardian angels. He said, “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). This is reassuring, knowing how easily children can get themselves into trouble. Even if they don’t have a personalized angel, we can know that angels are involved in their lives.

Angels are involved in the lives of Christians. We have angelic activity around us every day. Angels are at work in our lives, protecting us, guiding us, and sometimes even speaking to us. But they work undercover. We could describe them as God’s secret agents. From the transitional catholic prayer, “Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day be at my side, To light and guard, to rule and guide” one can say we have guardian angels. One cannot categorically say if they are personalized ones.

Under This Roof Fund ~ We are extremely grateful to everyone who responded to our “Fall Fest” fundraiser — both party attendees and financial supporters. Your response exceeded our expectations and, to date, proceeds total $7,260.00. Thank you to all!

Attention Lectors ~ In anticipation of Advent and the new church year, please pick up your copy of the 2018-19 Manual in the priest’s sacristy. They are available now.

Important News from our Bingo Team ~ After almost ten years as our bingo chair, Francis (“Fran”) Cahill has resigned and is being succeeded by Kathy Press. We are very appreciative of Fran’s decade-long stewardship and of Kathy’s willingness to assume responsibility for the parish’s primary fundraiser.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

November is the month of All Souls. Your deceased loved ones are remembered at each Mass.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Advent Anticipation” with Sister Lucette Kinecki, Monday November 26 at 7pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Learn about this special time where “Emmanuel” God-with-us calls us to come and be refreshed in spirit with God’s warming grace and peace. During this sacred time, learn how to relax, reflect, and celebrate the season of Advent anticipation. For more information, call 716-683-6522.

Dinner at Ss. Columba-Brigid ~ Friday, November 30, at 12pm noon, Ida’s Kitchen invites you to join the table at Ss. Columba-Brigid (418 N Division Street in Buffalo) for a Christ-Giving Community Dinner with the neighborhood for a Thanksgiving-Christmas Celebration (donation is $5). Call 716-310-0840 to reserve a spot.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18 is Friday December 28 at 10am through Sunday December 30 at 6pm for Boys and girls, ages 7-15.  An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail  CampTurner [at] gmail [dot] com  or call 716-354-4555.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Nov. 18, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Join us at a special 10AM Mass.

November 18 – November 25, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in church

Sunday, November 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Monday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 21 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, November 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Thanksgiving Holiday – NO Bingo

Saturday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

*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, November 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Margaret Schimpf (Requested by Family) and Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Requested by Pedro and Family)

Monday, November 19 ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Mary Elizabeth Maul (Judy Casassa)

Wednesday, November 21 ~ Presentation of the Bl. Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, November 22 ~ St. Cecilia ~ Thanksgiving Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a. m. – Birthday Thanksgiving for Sylvester Chapman (Family)

Friday, November 23 ~ St. Clement I; St. Columban; Bl. Miguel Augustin Pro ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, November 24 ~ St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, November 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Choir (Blessed Trinity Choir); Laurence Miano (Bob and Mary Kresse); and In Thanksgiving for all born during the month of November

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 24/25:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger;  CHOIR – Jack Curtin

Canisius High School student volunteers Patrick Crowe and Jack Manka and their families teamed up as part of the school’s Nov. 17, 2018 Community Day and helped to clean our church in preparation for Christmas. From left: Patrick, Cortney, Thomas, Pat and Lauren Crowe;
Jennifer, Madeline, Mike, Jack and Alex Manka; Joe Van Volkenburg.

News from our Parish Community

This Sunday, November 18 ~ Join us after Mass for Anointing of Sick and Well Aging, followed by coffee hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Ladies Sodality.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development ~ The second collection on November 17/18 will benefit the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which supports those living at or near the poverty level in our own country. Please give generously.

Let’s Get Ready! This weekend’s Gospel was replete with the theme to Be ready! Advent is approaching, and preparations for Christ begin now. While our holiday celebrations are based in tradition, readying our hearts for Christ involves opening ourselves to new ways of glorifying Him. Perhaps you don’t believe a regular choir commitment is for you, but the Blessed Trinity Choir embraces those who want to do something “extra” for special times of the year. Please consider joining the choir for this year’s advent and Christmas season. All voices are welcome, and no previous singing experience is necessary. Help us “get ready” for the birth of our Saviour! Choir practice continues on Tuesday, November 20, at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome.…. Elizabeth

The last Bible Discussion Meeting for the year will be Monday, November 19, at 7pm in St Charles Hall. The booklet for the bible discussion meeting is Genesis 12-23 – Abraham and Sarah’s Journey by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002. The assigned reading for November 19 is from the Week #5 section, pages 54-63. The bible discussion meeting for the new year will resume on Wednesday, January 9, at 7pm and continue to meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in bible discussion meetings should contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Rescheduled Parish Council Meeting ~ Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, our November Parish Council Meeting will be held next Wednesday, November 28, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

We welcome your donation of cocoa for Sr. Karen Klimczak’s Christmas Prison Project.

Change in Mass Time on Thanksgiving Day ~ Please note that our daily Mass on Thanksgiving Thursday is 10am instead of the usual 11am.

Cocoa Challenge 2018 is underway and we need YOU! Blessed Trinity’s goal is 4,200 plus individual packets of Instant Hot Cocoa to help fill over 2,100 gift bags for inmates at the Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. Three more weekends until our December 9 deadline for donations. Put it on your “to do” list today. If shopping is inconvenient, please consider a cash donation in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” placed in the weekend collection basket. The gift bags will be assembled here at Blessed Trinity during morning and evening sessions on Friday, December 14. There will be two project packing shifts 10am-1pm and 6pm-completion.

This Thanksgiving, we give prayerful thanks for Canisius High School Associate Campus Minister Joe Van Volkenburg and students Patrick Crowe and Jack Manka, who chose Blessed Trinity as their Community Day volunteer project. On Saturday, November 17, the young men and their family members (Cortney, Pat, Thomas and Lauren Crowe and Jennifer, Mike, Madeline and Alex Manka) washed our pews, scrubbed our floors, and carried in hundreds of books donated for next month’s Christmas Prison Package Project. We are grateful to Mr. Van Volkenburg for his continued support of our parish and delighted to have benefitted from the youthful energy and enthusiasm of the Canisius team. At the same time, we acknowledge the dedication of parishioners Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Dan Korchowsky, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, Sr. Liz Savage and Colleen Schroeder who worked along with them and provided direction.

Gifts for Homebound ParishionersOnly 2 weekends remain to help the Ladies Sodality in their annual effort to prepare Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. Why not make a note to yourself and bring your contribution when you come to Mass on Thanksgiving. That’s the deadline for monetary contributions; gift items will be accepted through Sunday, December 2. Please leave your new, unwrapped items in the designated basket at the far left end of the communion rail. The basket also contains “take one” slips with gift suggestions. Presents and plants will be ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 8/9. If you can help by delivering a gift bag and visiting with one of our 14 recipients, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

The Freudig Singers in concert at Blessed Trinity, December 2 at 3 PM.

Christmas Concert ~ This year’s Christmas concert is Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m. when the Freudig Singers of WNY present Christmas Through the Ages—a sampling of musical treats from the fourteenth century to the present. Continuing with their popular pie-themed concerts, selections on the choral menu will include compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Lennon, Roland E. Martin, and the premiere of a new work by Sidney A. King. Specialty pies baked by members of the ensemble will be raffled at the concert intermission, and pie and warm beverages will be served at a post-concert reception in St. Charles Hall. A free-will offering will be taken with a suggested donation of $15.

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ The Sodality’s annual Christmas dinner is Wednesday, December 5, at The Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. The management has been very congenial, allowing us to offer five dinner choices to choose from: broiled fish, pot roast, lamb shank, stuffed Greek chicken (rice, spinach, olive, feta cheese, artichoke filling), or Chicken Souvlaki (marinated in herbs). You’ll also have your choice of soup or salad and potato, all for only $25.00. Friends are welcome. Amy Johnson (836-4694) will be accepting reservations until Thursday, November 29; payment is due by Sunday, December 2.

Under This Roof Fund ~ We are extremely grateful to everyone who responded to our “Fall Fest” fundraiser — both party attendees and financial supporters. Your response exceeded our expectations and, to date, proceeds total $7,260.00. Thank you to all!

Attention Lectors ~ In anticipation of Advent and the new church year, please pick up your copy of the 2018-19 Manual in the priest’s sacristy. They are available now.

Important News from our Bingo Team ~ After almost ten years as our bingo chair, Francis (“Fran”) Cahill has resigned and is being succeeded by Kathy Press. We are very appreciative of Fran’s decade-long stewardship and of Kathy’s willingness to assume responsibility for the parish’s primary fundraiser.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

November is the month of All Souls. Your deceased loved ones are remembered at each Mass.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Annual Craft Show at St. Gregory the Great (250 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville). Friday, November 23, 10am-4pm and Saturday November 24, 10am-3pm. More than 150 artisans and crafters selling their hand-crafted, unique, quality items. Avoid the Black Friday shopping frenzy, the crowds, and the chaos at the malls. Come and support the local economy by choosing gifts from one of the many artisans and crafters from all around WNY.

“Advent Anticipation” with Sister Lucette Kinecki, Monday November 26 at 7pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Learn about this special time where “Emmanuel” God-with-us calls us to come and be refreshed in spirit with God’s warming grace and peace. During this sacred time, learn how to relax, reflect, and celebrate the season of Advent anticipation. For more information, call 716-683-6522.

Dinner at Ss. Columba-Brigid ~ Friday, November 30, at 12pm noon, Ida’s Kitchen invites you to join the table at Ss. Columba-Brigid (418 N Division Street in Buffalo) for a Christ-Giving Community Dinner with the neighborhood for a Thanksgiving-Christmas Celebration (donation is $5). Call 716-310-0840 to reserve a spot.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18 is Friday December 28 at 10am through Sunday December 30 at 6pm for Boys and girls, ages 7-15.  An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail  CampTurner [at] gmail [dot] com  or call 716-354-4555.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Nov. 11, 2018

Veterans Day
November 11
The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, located 26 miles northwest of the city of Verdun,
is the final resting place of American soldiers who died in the biggest U. S. battle of World War I,
the Meuse-Argonne offensive in northeastern France.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

November 11 – November 18, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 14 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, November 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in church

Sunday, November 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Monday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion in St. Charles Hall

*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, November 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Homer Dick, Sr. (Requested by Family) and Clayton Marcanto-Mortenson (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, November 12 ~ St. Josaphat ~  No Service

Tuesday, November 13 ~ St. Francis Xavier Cabrini ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, November 15 ~ St. Albert the Great ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, November 16 ~ St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Gertrude ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis X. Hezel (Judy Casassa)

Saturday, November 17 ~ St. Elizabeth of Hungary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, November 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Margaret Schimpf (Family) and Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Pedro and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 17/18:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Mary Kresse;  CHOIR – Sharon Dunnigan

St. Albert the Great, whose feast day we celebrate on November 15, was the patron saint of Blessed Trinity’s second pastor, Rev. Albert Fritton. St. Albert appears in ceramic relief on the door of the church’s Ambry.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

Honoring Our Veterans ~ Veterans Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.  Sunday therefore marks the centennial of the signing of this pledge for peace. Liturgical musical selections this week were meant to show respect to those who protect our liberties, which include our right to worship our Lord.  Since we will still be at Mass at 11:00, we will ring handbells before our closing hymn, honoring our veterans. Thank you for your service, Veterans… here’s to another hundred years of peace. Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Change in November Coffee Hour ~ Our monthly coffee hour will take place on Sunday, November 18, instead of the usual fourth Sunday which falls during Thanksgiving weekend. Please join us in St. Charles Hall following Mass and Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging on Sunday, November 18. November’s coffee hour will by hosted by the Ladies Sodality.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development ~ The second collection on November 17/18 will benefit the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which supports those living at or near the poverty level in our own country. Please give generously.

The last Bible Discussion Meeting for the year will be Monday, November 19, at 7pm in St Charles Hall. The booklet for the bible discussion meeting is Genesis 12-23 – Abraham and Sarah’s Journey by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002. The assigned reading for November 19 is from the Week #5 section, pages 54-63. The bible discussion meeting for the new year will resume on Wednesday, January 9, at 7pm and continue to meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in bible discussion meetings should contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Under This Roof Fund ~ We are extremely grateful to everyone who responded to our “Fall Fest” fundraiser — both party attendees and financial supporters. Your response exceeded our expectations and, to date, proceeds total $7,260.00. Thank you to all!

Attention Lectors ~ In anticipation of Advent and the new church year, please pick up your copy of the 2018-19 Manual in the priest’s sacristy. They are available now.

Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 2, 2018
featuring the Freudig Singers of WNY.

Christmas Concert ~ Blessed Trinity’s 2018 Christmas concert is Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m. when the Freudig Singers of WNY present Christmas Through the Ages—a sampling of musical treats from the 14th century to the present. Continuing with their popular pie-themed concerts, selections on the choral menu will include compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Lennon, Roland E. Martin, and the premiere of a new work by Sidney A. King. Specialty pies baked by members of the ensemble will be raffled at the concert intermission, and pie and warm beverages will be served at a post-concert reception.

Cocoa Challenge 2018, Part 1 ~ We continue Sr. Karen Klimczak’s message of hope to prisoners. Please remember to shop for instant hot chocolate packets and place them in the back pew of the church by Sunday, December 9.  As the price of chocolate has increased, we hope to economize by buying in bulk. Therefore, your cash donations are most welcome. Place your monetary donation in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and drop it in the collection basket. Then, plan to complete the challenge by joining volunteers at our church on Friday, December 14, to complete the assembly of 2,200 gift bags for men and women from Wende and Albion correctional facilities. There will be two project packing shifts 10am-1pm and 6pm-completion.

The Ladies Sodality’s annual Christmas collection for parish homebound continues though December 2.

Save the Date! The Sodality’s annual Christmas dinner meeting is Wednesday, December 5, at The Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. Details including cost and menu choices will follow.

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners  – From now through December 2 (only 3 weeks away), the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our 10 homebound parishioners and 4 in senior care facilities. Please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the far left end of the communion rail. Need ideas? Help yourself to a list of suggestions from the basket. We thank those who have already made cash contributions. If that’s your preference, please help our shopping volunteers by making your donation before Thanksgiving. Gift bags and plants will be ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 8/9. If you can help by delivering a gift bag and visiting with one of our 14 recipients, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Important News from our Bingo Team ~ After almost ten years as our bingo chair, Francis (“Fran”) Cahill has resigned and is being succeeded by Kathy Press. We are very appreciative of Fran’s decade-long stewardship and of Kathy’s willingness to assume responsibility for the parish’s primary fundraiser.

Know Your Faith: With all these allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests now being revealed, should I quit the church?

Why I will not quit the Catholic Church … The word quit means leaving something or somewhere. It’s true that some of our leaders have failed us; it is true that we are hurt; and it’s true that the media is full of different stories of the sexual scandal. After scandals, how should we move forward? What are the ways to resolve, correct, and grow?

When I became a member of the church, I answered my call based on conviction not by compulsion. On the day of baptism, whether as a child or adult, my intention was not based on institutions or on anyone. My reason of becoming a Catholic Christian was based on following Jesus. So Jesus is the reason I can’t quit because He is the one who invited me, He is the one whose voice I heard, or whose voice my parents heard when they chose to help me to answer his call to be God’s child. So nothing should distract me from following him. There are many factors that can affect me, challenge me, discourage me, but should I lose sight of the focus and just quit? No, because just as I was called, so too are others called. Each and everyone of us are called by a name, so we are meant to answer our names. I can’t answer another’s name. I can’t use as an excuse to quit someone else’s words or actions because I am affected or ashamed. I will face the problem and support the community in reaching a resolution. I will focus not only on the hurt, but on healing and solutions to prevent it from happening in the future.

True Catholics are true Christians; true Christians are truly the followers of Jesus. Now is the time for our faith to be tested generally. Although every day individually we face tests, now is the time to answer the three questions of love directed from Jesus to Peter: Do you love me…? (John 21:15). O Lord help my words when spoken and my actions when carried out to please you especially during these difficult moments. Amen.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

Kathy Press has succeeded Fran Cahill as Chair of Blessed Trinity Bingo.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Concerts For The Soul, “Concert by Candlelight: An Evening of Remembrance.”  Saturday, November 17 at 6pm  with Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher at Blessed Sacrament Church (1035 Delaware in Buffalo). Take a beautiful journey of remembering your deceased loved ones. This will be a memorable evening that will nourish your heart for a long time to come. Donations accepted.

Saturday, November 17, at 3pm ~ A unique presentation about the Mayer Stained glass windows of Corpus Christi Church (199 Clark Street in Buffalo). Martin Ederer, PhD, Professor of Medieval History at Buffalo State College, will discuss the figures represented in the painting and their significance in history and why they may have been selected to be in the painting. Also present will be representatives from the Swiatek Studios, Inc., who will discuss and have on display examples of the restoration and conservation that will be done to the church’s windows. A free will collection will be accepted that will be used for the restoration of the windows.

Annual Craft Show at St. Gregory the Great (250 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville). Friday, November 23, 10am-4pm and Saturday November 24, 10am-3pm. More than 150 artisans and crafters selling their hand-crafted, unique, quality items. Avoid the Black Friday shopping frenzy, the crowds, and the chaos at the malls. Come and support the local economy by choosing gifts from one of the many artisans and crafters from all around WNY.

“Advent Anticipation” with Sister Lucette Kinecki, Monday November 26 at 7pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Learn about this special time where “Emmanuel” God-with-us calls us to come and be refreshed in spirit with God’s warming grace and peace. During this sacred time, learn how to relax, reflect, and celebrate the season of Advent anticipation. For more information, call 716-683-6522.

Dinner at Ss. Columba-Brigid ~ Friday, November 30, at 12pm noon, Ida’s Kitchen invites you to join the table at Ss. Columba-Brigid (418 N Division Street in Buffalo) for a Christ-Giving Community Dinner with the neighborhood for a Thanksgiving-Christmas Celebration (donation is $5). Call 716-310-0840 to reserve a spot.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18 is Friday December 28 at 10am through Sunday December 30 at 6pm for Boys and girls, ages 7-15.  An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail  CampTurner [at] gmail [dot] com  or call 716-354-4555.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of November 4, 2018

Moses spoke to the people , saying: “Fear the Lord, your God, and keep…all his statutes and commandments….” Deut. 6:2
Ceramic relief in tympanum over door to the left of church’s main entrance.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

October 28 – November 4, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 4 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Annual Service of Remembrance in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day ~ Please make time to vote

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 7 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, November 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical Committee Meeting

*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, November 4 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Repose of Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Requested by Pedro and Family) and Grace Diamond (Requested by Ladies Sodality)

Monday, November 5 ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, November 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Allen M. Andrew (His Wife, Daughter and Grandchildren)

Friday, November 9 ~ Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, November 10 ~ St. Leo the Great ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, November 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Homer Dick, Sr. (Family) and Clayton Marcanto-Mortenson (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 10/11:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joe Nwogo, Maggie Gatson;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse;  CHOIR – Dan Korchowsky

Kathy Press has succeeded Fran Cahill as Chair of Blessed Trinity Bingo.

News from our Parish Community

The Ladies Sodality’s annual Service of Remembrance for deceased members will take place in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, November 4, immediately following Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join in sharing memories of Pauline Rollek and Grace Diamond and praying for these dynamic women and faithful Sodalists.

Important News from our Bingo Team ~ After almost ten years as our bingo chair, Francis (“Fran”) Cahill has resigned and is being succeeded by Kathy Press. We are very appreciative of Fran’s decade-long stewardship and of Kathy’s willingness to assume responsibility for the parish’s primary fundraiser.

This Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day. Please exercise your right to vote and encourage your neighbors to do the same. Polls are open from 6am-9pm.

The Liturgical Committee will meet after Mass on Sunday, November 11.

Special Thanks to David Folmer, Jessie Wells, Lucille Venezia and all who made Father Victor’s birthday coffee hour on October 28 so special.

We welcome your donation of cocoa for Sr. Karen Klimczak’s Christmas Prison Project.

Holiday Prison Package Project ~ Please consider joining Peaceprints of WNY in fulfilling our annual Holiday Prison Package Project campaign. For over a decade these packages have given hope to men and women incarcerated through the holiday season. For many, this will be the only gift received all year. Thanks to your support, over two thousand men and women from Wende and Albion correctional facilities will receive hope-filled holiday packages consisting of a hand-decorated bag full of comfort items and a note of encouragement. These packages serve as a small token of inspiration, encouraging individuals to keep hope alive in their hearts.

These are several ways that you can leave your peace prints within this project including:

  • Collecting specific items: Blessed Trinity’s assignment is Hot Chocolate packets, and our goal is 4,400 individual packets of Instant Hot Cocoa to fill gift bags for 2,200 inmates.
  • Gathering monetary donations to allow us purchase items still needed. Checks can be made payable to Peaceprints of WNY.
  • Through your service on December 14 at Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave in Buffalo. There will be two project packing shifts 10am-1pm and 6:00pm-completion.
  • Decorating a bag. Bags are available now for decoration by school children, religious education groups, families, etc.

For more information or to schedule a volunteer shift, please contact Prison Project Coordinator, Jan Burns at 716-491-4223 or Peaceprints of WNY Administration at 716-856-6131.  All donations are due by Friday, November 30. Please call ahead to arrange for pick up with PPWNY or have items delivered to 660 Smith St., Buffalo, NY 14210.

Turning to God ~So much change this past week – Hallowe’en, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day *and* we turned back the clocks as we turned over a new page in our calendars. Soon we will be thanking our veterans, thanking God for our blessings, and starting a new liturgical calendar as we begin the season of Advent. As our community prepares for Election Day on Tuesday, the lyrics of Sunday’s choir meditation ring in our hearts. The text of Canticle of the Turning was based on Luke 1:46-58, set by Rory Cooney to a traditional Irish melody, Star of the County Down.

My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of my heart is great,
and my spirit sings of the wondrous things that You bring to the ones who wait.
You fixed Your sight on Your servant’s plight, and my weakness You did not spurn,
so from east to west shall my name be blessed. Could the world be about to turn?

 Though I am small, my God, my all, You work great things in me,
and Your mercy will last from the depths of the past to the end of the age to be.
Your very name puts the proud to shame, and to those who would for You yearn,
You will show Your might, put the strong to flight, for the world is about to turn.

 From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a stone will be left on stone.
Let the king beware for Your justice tears ev’ry tyrant from his throne.
T
he hungry poor shall weep no more, for the food they can never earn;
There are tables spread, ev’ry mouth be fed, for the world is about to turn.

 Though the nations rage from age to age, we remember who holds us fast:
God’s mercy must deliver us from the conqueror’s crushing grasp.
This saving word that our forebears heard is the promise which holds us bound,
til the spear and rod can be crushed by God, who is turning the world around.

 My heart shall sing of the day You bring. Let the fires of Your justice burn.
Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn!

Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, November 6 at 7pm. All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners  – For the next 4 weeks, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our 14 homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. If you would like to contribute, please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the far left end of the communion rail. You may also contribute cash instead of gifts, but please do so before Thanksgiving so that our volunteers have time to shop. Sunday, December 2, is our end date for collecting all donated items so that presents and plants will be ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 8/9. Need ideas? Take a slip with suggestions from the gift basket in the front of church.

The last Bible Discussion Meeting for the year will be Monday, November 19, at 7pm in St Charles Hall. The booklet for the bible discussion meeting is Genesis 12-23 – Abraham and Sarah’s Journey by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002. The assigned reading for November 19 is from the Week #5 section, pages 54-63. The bible discussion meeting for the new year will resume on Wednesday, January 9, at 7pm and continue to meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in bible discussion meetings should contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Due to a change in scheduling by Family Promise, Blessed Trinity will not be providing dinner this month for the homeless families sheltered at SS. Columba-Brigid. However, parishioners who are interested or just curious about Family Promise of WNY can find volunteer opportunities, a wish list of needs, and their newsletter on the website at fpwny.org.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

The Ladies Sodality’s annual Christmas collection for parish homebound continues though December 2.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Two scholarships opportunities are available to interested students. The Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship is for those wishing to pursue education beyond high school. The Martin Luther King Scholarship is for African American eighth grade students wishing to attend a Catholic High School. Deadlines are approaching soon. You will find information for both on the tables inside our church entrances.

Fr. Roy Herberger’s collection of nearly 600 nativity sets (formerly displayed at Ss. Columba-Brigid) will be exhibited at a new location this year. He is in need of coat racks, “winter” mats for the doorways, glass display cases, and rectangular tables. If you have some to donate, please call him at 716-852-2076.

Free Community Events for Seniors at St. Francis Park ~ St. Francis Park, the Southtown’s most unique independent living option for seniors located at 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg, is hosting the following community events in November: “Estate Planning” on Monday, November 5, 1-2:30 pm. “Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, November 14, 2-3:30 pm. “Living Life to the Fullest: Adaptive Equipment and Home Safety Tips” on Monday, November 26 from 1-2:30 pm. “Outsmart the Scammers” on Wednesday, November 28, 1-2:30 pm. Free and open to both residents of St. Francis Park and seniors in the community. Reservations required. Call 716-649-1205 or visit SaintFrancisPark.com/Events.

David Haas Concert, Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Parish (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore). Haas will take us on a musical journey of songs and reflections born from over 40 years of liturgical composition. For tickets, call 716-873-1122 or email cheryldhtickets [at] gmail [dot] com.

Annual Women’s Retreat, Saturday, November 10 from 8:30am to 1:30pm at St. John Paul II Parish (2052 Lakeview Road in Lake View). The theme is “Living Water…Come and Be Refreshed!” The retreat begins with Mass at 8:30 am, followed by a light breakfast, retreat program and lunch at 12:30 pm. Free of charge and open to all (free-will offering will be accepted), but seating is limited. Call 716-627-2910 or email parish [at] jp2parish [dot] org to reserve your seat. Women are invited to bring a new or gently used winter clothing item or blanket as a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Winter Clothing Drive.

“Advent Anticipation” with Sister Lucette Kinecki, Monday November 26 at 7pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Learn about this special time where “Emmanuel” God-with-us calls us to come and be refreshed in spirit with God’s warming grace and peace. During this sacred time, learn how to relax, reflect, and celebrate the season of Advent anticipation. For more information, call 716-683-6522.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18 is Friday December 28 at 10am through Sunday December 30 at 6pm for Boys and girls, ages 7-15.  An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail  CampTurner [at] gmail [dot] com  or call 716-354-4555.

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 28, 2018

“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….and life everlating. Amen.”

The Feast of All Saints on November 1 and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2 remind us of these tenants of our Faith, expressed in The Apostles Creed and depicted in symbols on the right side of the main doors to our church. In the words of Pope Paul VI: “We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth,
the dead who are being purified and the blessed in heaven,
all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this
communion, the merciful love of God and
his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers.”
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

October 28 – November 4, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 28 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ October Birthdays Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m. ~ Explore Buffalo docent-guided tour of our church

Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m. ~ Bingo Workers Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, November 4 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Annual Service of Remembrance in St. Charles Hall

*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 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – for the Repose of Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Requested by Pedro and Family)

Monday, October 29 ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – St. Ignatius of Antioch ~ For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, November 1 ~ All Saints Day ~ Mass at 6:00 p. m. – Deceased Sodality Members (The Ladies Sodality)

Friday, November 2 ~ All Souls Day ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, November 3 ~ St. Martin de Porres ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, November 4 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Repose of Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Pedro and Family) and Grace Diamond (Requested by Ladies Sodality)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 3/4:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Maggie Gatson, Mary Kresse;  CHOIR – Kathleen Marien

St. Martin de Porres
November 3
Woodcarving of St. Martin de Porres
in the church’s left transept.
A gift of the Southtowns Woodcarvers.

News from our Parish Community

All Saints Day ~ Thursday, November 1, is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Mass for the Holy Day will be celebrated in church at 6pm. There will be NO 11am Mass in the Daily Mass Chapel.

All Souls Day ~ As we prepare for the feast of All Souls on Friday, November 2, you are encouraged to send your prayer requests to the church office using the special All Souls envelope included with your weekly church envelopes. We will pray for the deceased members of your family and their names will be mentioned at Masses.

The Ladies Sodality’s annual Service of Remembrance for deceased members will take place in St. Charles Hall next Sunday, November 4, immediately following Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join us in sharing memories of Pauline Rollek and Grace Diamond and praying for these dynamic women and faithful Sodalists.

The Second Collection on the weekend of November 3/4 is for the Catholic University. Please give generously.

There is a Balm (in Buffalo) ~ Today’s Gospel is one to which we can all relate. The blind man on the side of the road is absolutely desperate. He cries out louder and louder until Jesus hears him. The “blindness” can be interpreted as “the inability to notice, understand, and integrate the spiritual dimension of life.” (John Shea, Eating with the Bridegroom, Year B: July, 2005). Today’s hymn for the Presentation and Preparation of Gifts is a well-known spiritual based on Jeremiah 8:22. The text is powerful as it relates to today’s readings as well as our societal environment:

There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole,
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.
Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
If you cannot preach like Peter, and you cannot pray like Paul,
Y
ou can tell the love of Jesus, and say, “He died for all.”
Don’t ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend;
And if you lack for knowledge, He’ll ne’er refuse to lend.

Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Gifts for our Shut-insStarting next weekend (November 3/4) and continuing through December 2, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities – a total of 8 women and 3 men at last count. It may seems as if we have plenty of time to prepare for the holiday, but an early completion date for the drive is necessary so that presents and plants are ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 8/9.  If you would like to contribute, please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket near the statue of St. Joseph. If you prefer to donate money, please do so before Thanksgiving so that our volunteers have time to shop. To share information about someone you think should be included, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

The Liturgical Committee will meet after Mass on Sunday, November 11.

Know Your Faith: Why so much emphasis on praying to Mary? When we pray and call on Mary, we pray to God asking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  There are many reasons we call on Mary in our prayers. She is the mother of God. With her “fiat,” her “yes” to the invitation of being the mother of the savior, Mary became part of the redemptive work of God. Read her conversation with angel Gabriel, God’s messenger ((Luke 1:1-38).

The Bible tells us that she interceded at the first miracle performed by Jesus at the wedding feast at Cana. After her conversation with Jesus she came with the words: “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:1-12). She continues to intercede for all who invoke her maternal intercession. I have never asked anything through her intercession that I didn’t receive. You can try it yourself. Do it with faith. Each time we call on Mary, we seek her intercession to intercede for us as she did at the first miracle of Jesus.

Jesus also introduces Mary his mother to John his beloved apostles. In doing so, he introduces his mother to the church, for the apostles continued the ministry of Christ. “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then said to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” (John 19:26-27).

Each time we pray the Hail Mary, we are glorifying God because God created Mary and we are praising the handiwork of God. How do we praise God when we mention Mary in our prayers? Remembering the words of Jesus when someone shouted “Blessed is the womb that bore you,” Jesus completed the statement saying “Blessed is the one that does God’s will,” affirming that Mary did the will of God. (Luke 11:27-30). When we, like Mary, do God’s will, we receive God’s blessing.

Are we more of Mary’s church or Jesus? Well, Jesus is the son of God. Mary is his mother. So if Mary is the mother of Jesus and Jesus is God, then Mary is the mother of God. Jesus started the Church. When we remember all holy men and women, all the saints, and Mary, we are praising God. It does not make it a church of Mary or other saints. And there is no emphasis we can lay on either saints or Mary that will be excess because all glory goes to God.

Our Bell Restoration Project Has Begun ~ In 1909, a bell donated by parishioner Helena Eckert was installed in the bell tower of Blessed Trinity’s combination church/school building, which most of you know as the FLARE Building. The last time the bell tolled was on May 27 of this year when we celebrated Trinity Sunday and the ninetieth anniversary of the dedication of our “new” church.

Once the bell was removed,
we were able to read the inscription.
The bell is named St. Helena and was
“Donated by Helena Eckert, 1909.”
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

The recent sale of the FLARE Building necessitated removal of the bell, so plans were made to have it repaired, restored and relocated on the church grounds in the hope of using it on special occasions and as a way of preserving an important parish artifact. Obviously this project comes with a cost.

The parish is fortunate to have already covered the removal and restoration portion of the expense. This came about thanks to John Cozzarelli, the building’s new owner, a generous contribution from a couple who happened to attend a Sunday Mass and wanted to help with the project, and more than $7,000.00 in donations from members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni.

On October 4, the bell was removed and has been transported to the Verdin Bell Company in Cincinnati, Ohio where restoration work will take place. While that work is being done, we will continue to evaluate the cost-effectiveness and suitability of different types of structures that can be used to display the bell.

We are especially grateful to the Mr. Cozzarelli and his employees for their assistance in removing the bell and very appreciative of everyone who has contributed to the project thus far.

Additional photos of the are now on display in church.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Due to a change in scheduling by Family Promise, Blessed Trinity will not be providing dinner this month for the homeless families sheltered at SS. Columba-Brigid. However, parishioners who are interested or just curious about Family Promise of WNY can find volunteer opportunities, a wish list of needs, and their newsletter on the website at fpwny.org.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

Some of the more than ninety “Fall Fest” guests enjoy dinner in the historic
Twentieth Century Club’s elegant dining room on Oct. 19, 2018.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Two scholarships opportunities are available to interested students. The Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship is for those wishing to pursue education beyond high school. The Martin Luther King Scholarship is for African American eighth grade students wishing to attend a Catholic High School. Deadlines are approaching soon. You will find information for both on the tables inside our church entrances.

Fr. Roy Herberger’s collection of nearly 600 nativity sets (formerly displayed at Ss. Columba-Brigid) will be exhibited at a new location this year. He is in need of coat racks, “winter” mats for the doorways, glass display cases, and rectangular tables. If you have some to donate, please call him at 716-852-2076.

Healing Mass on Friday, November 2, at 7 pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (4375 Harris Hill Road in Williamsville). Celebrant: Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun. Come together and pray for our family, for our community, for one another, especially the sick, those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those going for surgery, those with special intentions, the travelers – anyone seeking “physical, spiritual healing.” For additional information, call their rectory office at 716-632-8838.

Annual Fall Festival fundraiser hosted by Our Lady of Hope Parish,  is Saturday, November 3, at 5pm in O’Brien Hall (corner of Grant and Lafayette in Buffalo). $5 admission includes sheet of tickets for basket auction, dessert and coffee. Big Money Raffle with grand prize of $1500. Call 716-885-2469 for more information.

Black Catholic History Month Celebration is Sunday November 4, following 9:30am Mass at St. Martin De Porres (555 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Slide presentation, Split Club Raffle 50/50, and one-act play with award-winning actor/director, Mary Craig.

Sunday, November 4, is Cemetery Sunday as designated by the Catholic Cemetery Conference. Please note that Grief Support Programs for those experiencing the pain of grief are offered as part of their community outreach services. Call 716-873-6500 to find out more.

Free Community Events for Seniors at St. Francis Park ~ St. Francis Park, the Southtown’s most unique independent living option for seniors located at 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg, is hosting the following community events in November: “Estate Planning” on Monday, November 5, 1-2:30 pm. “Tea in the Park” on Wednesday, November 14, 2-3:30 pm. “Living Life to the Fullest: Adaptive Equipment and Home Safety Tips” on Monday, November 26 from 1-2:30 pm. “Outsmart the Scammers” on Wednesday, November 28, 1-2:30 pm. Free and open to both residents of St. Francis Park and seniors in the community. Reservations required. Call 716-649-1205 or visit SaintFrancisPark.com/Events.

David Haas Concert, Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Parish (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore). Haas will take us on a musical journey of songs and reflections born from over 40 years of liturgical composition. For tickets, call 716-873-1122 or email cheryldhtickets [at] gmail [dot] com.

Annual Women’s Retreat, Saturday, November 10 from 8:30am to 1:30pm at St. John Paul II Parish (2052 Lakeview Road in Lake View). The theme is “Living Water…Come and Be Refreshed!” The retreat begins with Mass at 8:30 am, followed by a light breakfast, retreat program and lunch at 12:30 pm. Free of charge and open to all (free-will offering will be accepted), but seating is limited. Call 716-627-2910 or email parish [at] jp2parish [dot] org to reserve your seat. Women are invited to bring a new or gently used winter clothing item or blanket as a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Winter Clothing Drive.

“Advent Anticipation” with Sister Lucette Kinecki, Monday November 26 at 7pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Learn about this special time where “Emmanuel” God-with-us calls us to come and be refreshed in spirit with God’s warming grace and peace. During this sacred time, learn how to relax, reflect, and celebrate the season of Advent anticipation. For more information, call 716-683-6522.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18 is Friday December 28 at 10am through Sunday December 30 at 6pm for Boys and girls, ages 7-15.  An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit CampTurner.com for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail  CampTurner [at] gmail [dot] com  or call 716-354-4555.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 21, 2018

October is dedicated to Mary under her title, Our Lady of the Rosary. The Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries are reflected in Blessed Trinity’s three rose windows. The left transept window symbols represent the Joyful Mysteries. “The four circular windows at the top, bottom, and both sides…are the most important…. At the top is Our Lady of the Rosary, and at the bottom is St. Dominic…the great promoter of the rosary…..”
Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 43.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

 

October 21 – October 28, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 21 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church

Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, October 24 ~ Happy Birthday Father Victor!

Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 28 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ October Birthdays Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m. ~ Explore Buffalo docent-guided tour of our church

*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 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and David Downing (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, October 22 ~ St. John Paul II ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 23 ~ St. John of Capistrano ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 24 ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – St. Ignatius of Antioch ~ Birthday Thanksgiving for Fr. Victor Ibhawa (The Castillo Family)

Thursday, October 25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – God’s Blessings for Yvonne Andrew (Family)

Friday, October 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, October 27 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, October 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – for the Repose of Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Pedro and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse;  CHOIR – Fran Cahill

Despite his “bad back,” even Father Victor couldn’t resist dancing to the rhythms of
The Francis Neville Band at Friday’s “Fall Fest.”

News from our Parish Community

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, October 24, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. It’s been a very busy month, so there will be a lot on our agenda. Please make every effort to attend.

October Birthday Blessing ~ Join us after Mass on Sunday, October 28, for our monthly Birthday Blessing, followed by coffee hour in St. Charles Hall.

The Ladies Sodality’s Service of Remembrance for deceased members Pauline Rollek and Grace Diamond will take place following Mass on Sunday, November 4. All women of the parish are invited to join us in honoring and praying for these dynamic women and faithful Sodalists.

All Souls Day ~ As we prepare for the feast of All Souls on Friday, November 2, you are encouraged to send your prayer requests to the church office using the special All Souls envelope included with your weekly church envelopes. We will pray for the deceased members of your family and their names will be mentioned at Masses.

Is it Easter? Our closing hymn, Gustav Holst’s Three Days (text by M.D. Ridge) may have seemed like a curious choice, given that we are about as far away from Easter Sunday as possible when you look at the calendar. However, this reminder of Christ’s suffering and resurrection is appropriate when you consider the Gospel readings these past weeks. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus predicts his own suffering and death on three occasions.  We heard about the first on the 24th Sunday, after he asked, “Who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:32).  The second prediction was included on the 25th Sunday when the disciples were squabbling about which one of them was the greatest.  Jesus told them he would be handed over and killed (Mark 9:30-32).  The third prediction is found in the verses that directly preceded today’s Gospel reading: Mark 10:32-34:

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve aside once more, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise.

When we look at these three weekends in Ordinary Time as a unit, we can see why it is appropriate to remember Christ’s sacrifice in a special way.  May you carry this reminder in your heart for the weeks to come. Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, October 23 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Our Bell Restoration Project Has Begun ~ In 1909, a bell donated by parishioner Helena Eckert was installed in the bell tower of Blessed Trinity’s combination church/school building, which most of you know as the FLARE Building. The last time the bell tolled was on May 27 of this year when we celebrated Trinity Sunday and the ninetieth anniversary of the dedication of our “new” church.

The recent sale of the FLARE Building necessitated removal of the bell, so plans were made to have it repaired, restored and relocated on the church grounds in the hope of using it on special occasions and as a way of preserving an important parish artifact. Obviously this project comes with a cost.

The parish is fortunate to have already covered the removal and restoration portion of the expense. This came about thanks to John Cozzarelli, the building’s new owner, a generous contribution from a couple who happened to attend a Sunday Mass and wanted to help with the project, and more than $7,000.00 in donations from members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni.

On October 4, the bell was removed and has been transported to the Verdin Bell Company in Cincinnati, Ohio where restoration work will take place. While that work is being done, we will continue to evaluate the cost-effectiveness and suitability of different types of structures that can be used to display the bell.

We are especially grateful to the Mr. Cozzarelli and his employees for their assistance in removing the bell and very appreciative of everyone who has contributed to the project thus far.

Watch for a display of additional bell photos in church later this month.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Due to a change in scheduling by Family Promise, Blessed Trinity will not be providing dinner this month for the homeless families sheltered at SS. Columba-Brigid. However, parishioners who are interested or just curious about Family Promise of WNY can find volunteer opportunities, a wish list of needs, and their newsletter on the website at fpwny.org.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

Some of the more than ninety “Fall Fest” guests enjoy dinner in the historic
Twentieth Century Club’s elegant dining room on Oct. 19, 2018.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Nuns on the Bus” comes to Buffalo on Monday, October 22, for a Town Hall for Justice at 6pm at St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo. This national “Tax Justice Truth Tour” focuses on reasonable revenue for responsible programs (i.e., to change tax policies that hurt our communities while giving handouts to the wealthiest in our nation). Nuns on the Bus is a project of NETWORK, an organization founded in 1971 by Catholic sisters to educate, organize and work for economic and social transformation to benefit all citizens.

Neighborhood Church Hosts Community Meeting ~ A Public Meeting with VOICE BUFFALO and the Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team (BILT) is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 6:30-8pm, at Elim Christian Fellowship (70 Chalmers Avenue at Holden in Buffalo). The meeting is an opportunity for the community to hold public officials accountable to the needs of the people. VOICE has invited Gov. Cuomo and the other gubernatorial candidates to publicly commit to moving the Developmental Disabilities State Offices from West Seneca to the City of Buffalo. BILT is inviting Buffalo Public Schools officials, including Dr. Kriner Cash and Dr. Barbara Nevergold, to publicly commit to expanding services for English Language Learner students to raise the ELL graduation rate (currently 26%). VOICE and BILT are asking our congregation to join them in Raising Our Voices with people with disabilities for access to jobs and services and with refugee and immigrant students for access to an excellent education. Doors open at 6pm. For more information, go to: voicebuffalo.org.

Fr. Roy Herberger’s collection of nearly 600 nativity sets (formerly displayed at Ss. Columba-Brigid) will be exhibited at a new location this year. He is in need of coat racks, “winter” mats for the doorways, glass display cases, and rectangular tables. If you have some to donate, please call him at 716-852-2076.

All Souls Day Masses will be celebrated at the Catholic Diocese Cemeteries on Saturday, October 27, at 10 am.Please join us as we remember our faithful departed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore, Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, or Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheektowaga. For information, call 716-873-6500.

Healing Mass on Friday, November 2, at 7 pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (4375 Harris Hill Road in Williamsville). Celebrant: Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun. Come together and pray for our family, for our community, for one another, especially the sick, those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those going for surgery, those with special intentions, the travelers – anyone seeking “physical, spiritual healing.” For additional information, call their rectory office at 716-632-8838.

Annual Fall Festival fundraiser hosted by Our Lady of Hope Parish,  is Saturday, November 3, at 5pm in O’Brien Hall (corner of Grant and Lafayette in Buffalo). $5 admission includes sheet of tickets for basket auction, dessert and coffee. Big Money Raffle with grand prize of $1500. Call 716-885-2469 for more information.

Ten Commandments Hike, Saturday November 3, open to all interested Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts & American Heritage Girls. Registration begins at 8:30 am at First United Methodist Church, 65 Main St., North Tonawanda. Register by October 31 at wnyscouting.org or contact Gerald Hodgson at 716-694-8364 or gmhodgson [at] roadrunner [dot] com.

Sunday, November 4, is Cemetery Sunday as designated by the Catholic Cemetery Conference. Please note that Grief Support Programs for those experiencing the pain of grief are offered as part of their community outreach services. Call 716-873-6500 to find out more.

David Haas Concert, Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Parish (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore). Haas will take us on a musical journey of songs and reflections born from over 40 years of liturgical composition. For tickets, call 716-873-1122 or email cheryldhtickets [at] gmail [dot] com.

Annual Women’s Retreat, Saturday, November 10 from 8:30am to 1:30pm at St. John Paul II Parish (2052 Lakeview Road in Lake View). The theme is “Living Water…Come and Be Refreshed!” The retreat begins with Mass at 8:30 am, followed by a light breakfast, retreat program and lunch at 12:30 pm. Free of charge and open to all (free-will offering will be accepted), but seating is limited. Call 716-627-2910 or email parish [at] jp2parish [dot] org to reserve your seat. Women are invited to bring a new or gently used winter clothing item or blanket as a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Winter Clothing Drive.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 14, 2018

Sunday’s Gospel story of the rich young man is the subject of this painting in the Shrine Area of
our church’s right transept. Christ urged the young man to sell what he had and “give to the poor,”
who are represented by the elderly couple on the right.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

October 14 – October 21, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. ~ Blessing of pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

“Fall Fest” dinner will be served in the Twentieth Century Club dining room.

Friday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Friday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Fall Fest at The Twentieth Century Club

Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ~ Retreat for lectors & Eucharistic ministers at Christ the King Seminary

Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 21 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church

*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 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Rita Hufnagle (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, October 15 ~ St. Teresa of Jesus ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 16 ~ St. Hedwig; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – St. Ignatius of Antioch ~ For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, October 18 ~ St. Luke, Evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – A. Michael Andrew (His mother, sister and family)

Friday, October 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – St. John de Brebeuf; St. Isaac Jogues & Companions ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, October 20 ~ St. Paul of the Cross ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, October 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Family) and David Downing (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger;   CHOIR – Maggie Gatson

The Twentieth Century Club is the site of “Fall Fest” on Friday, Oct. 19.

News from our Parish Community

 

Reservations are now closed for Fall Fest, a benefit dinner for the church’s Under This Roof Fund which will be held this Friday, October 19, at the historic Twentieth Century Club (595 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). The dinner committee is very pleased with the response to this fundraiser, and reminds those with reservations that the Club’s parking lot is located on Franklin Street, across the street from the building’s rear entrance. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 6pm, followed by a three-course dinner at 7pm, with musical offerings from The Neville Francis Band.

Parish Bible Discussion Meetings  will continue on Monday, October 15 at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall.  Readings for these meetings are taken from Genesis 12-23,  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Assigned reading for October’s discussion is the entire Week 4 section, pages 44-53. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 if you have not yet obtained the book but wish to participate in the discussion.

The Parish Council Meeting, normally held on the third Wednesday of the month, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

St. Luke, whose feast day we celebrate on October 18, is depicted in this circular painting in one of the pendentives supporting Blessed Trinity’s dome. It replicates a similar design from St. Peter’s in Rome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

Retreat Set for October 20 ~ The retreat for lectors and Eucharistic ministers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 9am-4pm at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. If you serve the parish in one of these ministries, this is the last weekend (Oct 13/14) to register for the retreat.

Contemporary Liturgy, Part 2: David Haas, (born in 1958 in Bridgeport, Michigan), is an American author and composer of liturgical music, primarily for Roman Catholic congregations. He is among the most widely-sung living liturgical composers today, and is a favorite of the Blessed Trinity Choir. Haas lives in Eagan, Minnesota where he is the Director of the Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry. He is also Campus Minister and Artist in Residence at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he teaches in the music and theology departments. Haas has produced over forty original collections and recordings of liturgical music. His music is sung throughout the world and appears in many hymnals of various denominations and languages. His best-known works include sacred songs and hymns, including Blest Are They, We Have Been Told, You Are Mine, Song of the Body of Christ and We Will Rise Again, as well as several Masses, collections of ritual music, and collections of psalm settings.  Haas composed today’s Communion hymn as well as the choir meditation, Prayer of Peace, based on a Navajo prayer.

Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ under our feet.
Christ within us, Christ over us, let all around us be Christ.
Alleluia!

Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

World Mission Sunday is October 21. The second collection that weekend will be for the world missions of the Catholic Church. Please show your gratitude for all your blessings by sharing with your world family.

Neighborhood Church Hosts Community Meeting ~ A Public Meeting with VOICE BUFFALO and the Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team (BILT) is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 6:30-8pm, at Elim Christian Fellowship (70 Chalmers Avenue at Holden in Buffalo). The meeting is an opportunity for the community to hold public officials accountable to the needs of the people. VOICE has invited Gov. Cuomo and the other gubernatorial candidates to publicly commit to moving the Developmental Disabilities State Offices from West Seneca to the City of Buffalo. BILT is inviting Buffalo Public Schools officials, including Dr. Kriner Cash and Dr. Barbara Nevergold, to publicly commit to expanding services for English Language Learner students to raise the ELL graduation rate (currently 26%). VOICE and BILT are asking our congregation to join them in Raising Our Voices with people with disabilities for access to jobs and services and with refugee and immigrant students for access to an excellent education. Doors open at 6pm. For more information, go to: voicebuffalo.org.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

The Altar of Sacrifice at Blessed Trinity is dedicated to St. Isaac Jogues and his companions, Jesuit martyrs who are commemorated in a single celebration on October 19. A relic of St. Isaac Jogues is one of several placed in the altar when it was consecrated by Bishop Edward D. Head on June 2, 1976.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Kingdom of Happiness begins in October at St. Leo the Great. For 8 weeks, escape the kingdom of man, expose the “anti-beatitudes,” and dive deeper than ever before to discover TRUE happiness. Thursday evenings from October 11 – December 13, 7-8:30 pm. For further information, contact Dawn Iacono at diacono [at] stleothegreatamherst [dot] com  or call 835-8905, ext. 12.

Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday, October 14 from 11am – 6pm to benefit Sisters of St. Francis (Williamsville) at Our Lady of Peace (10950 Main Street in Clarence). Dine-in and take-out will be available. Enjoy door prizes, theme baskets, grand prize, 50-50 split, and the ever popular “Nun-Sweeter” bake sale. For additional information, call 716-632-2155, ext. 687.

Monday October 15 at 4pm ~ “Angels in Our Midst” at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (school building door G, 157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga). Presenter, Monica Saltarelli, will discuss the various ways angels appear to us. From scripture to current day, angels have an impact in our life. This is especially true when a loved one has died. Monica will share some stories, handouts, and visuals. Open to the community; no charge. Sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 873-6500.

Big Book Sale on Friday, October 19 (1:30-5pm) at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality (4975 Strickler Road in Clarence).

“Nuns on the Bus” comes to Buffalo on Monday, October 22, for a Town Hall for Justice at 6pm at St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo. This national “Tax Justice Truth Tour” focuses on reasonable revenue for responsible programs (i.e., to change tax policies that hurt our communities while giving handouts to the wealthiest in our nation). Nuns on the Bus is a project of NETWORK, an organization founded in 1971 by Catholic sisters to educate, organize and work for economic and social transformation to benefit all citizens.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 7, 2018

1909 church bell removed from the former church and school building on Oct 4, 2018. More…

October 7 – October 14, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 7 following Mass ~ Sodality’s Mary’s Mystery Walking Tour of Church

Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 14 following Mass ~ Blessing of pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi

*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 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Requested by Ladies Sodality)

Monday, October 8 ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 9 ~ St. Denis & Companions; St. John Leonardi ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, October 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Monique Andrew and her children (Yvonne Andrew)

Saturday, October 13 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, October 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Rita Hufnagel (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson; CHOIR – John Curtin

The Twentieth Century Club is the site of “Fall Fest” on Friday, Oct. 19.

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection for Disaster Relief2018 Disasters Appeal ~ Given the weather patterns of recent years and the increasing number of natural disasters, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops requests that we take up a special collection this weekend to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the US Catholic Church, as they respond to immediate emergency needs and aid in long-term recovery.

Join Mary’s Mystery Tour on Sunday ~ All are welcome to join docent Mickey Dick and members of the Ladies Sodality after Mass on Sunday, October 7, as they search out Marian symbolism in the artwork, iconography and stained glass of our church. Please gather in the front vestibule.

Fall Fest Reservations Due This WeekFall Fest, a benefit dinner for the church’s Under This Roof Fund is Friday, October 19 at the historic Twentieth Century Club (595 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). This promises to be a delightful, relaxing evening — the kind we haven’t been able to enjoy as a parish family in some time. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 6pm, followed by a three-course dinner at 7pm, with musical offerings from The Neville Francis Band. Paid reservations and dinner choices are due by Thursday, October 11. Please click HERE for details and a link to our reservation form.

Contemporary Liturgy ~ Dan Schutte is one of the choir’s favorite contemporary liturgical composers. His music is lovely and his text settings are spot on. Now 70 years old, Schutte grew up in Elm Grove, Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University High School before entering the Society of Jesus. He was one of the founding members of the St. Louis Jesuits who popularized a contemporary style of church music set to sacred texts sung in English as a result of the liturgical reforms initiated by the Second Vatican Council. His compositions are primarily written for Catholic liturgical use, but, over time, have also found their way into Protestant worship. Some of his more notable compositions include City of God (1981), Only This I Want (1981), Blest Be the Lord (1976), You Are Near (1971), Sing a New Song (1972), Here I Am, Lord (1981), Table of Plenty (1992), and These Alone Are Enough (2004), his setting of the Ignatian Suscipe prayer. Today’s offertory hymn, Where Love is Found, is new to Blessed Trinity, but contains pertinent text to our current social situation.  It is based on the Latin chant, Ubi Caritas, and 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 13.

Where charity and love are found,
there will the face of God be seen.
The love of Christ will bind our hearts;
as one body we will be.
Love is patient, love is kind, never boastful, never proud.
Love is hopeful in its waiting, ever trusting in God’s light.
Love is steadfast to the end, ever ready to endure.
Love is gracious in its kindness, ever ready to forgive.
Though I speak with angel’s tongue,
I am nothing more than sound.
I am but a cymbal clanging if I sing without God’s love.
There are three things that will last: there is faith,
hope and love. But the greatest of all blessings is the faithfulness of love.

Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, October 9 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Retreat Set for October 20 ~ The retreat for lectors and Eucharistic ministers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 9am-4pm at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. If you serve the parish in one of these ministries, please be sure to use the sign-up sheet on the altar rail to reserve your place.

Members named to steering committee ~ The diocesan task force which met with our congregation in August has recommended that Bishop Malone create a steering committee to study the possible linkage of the CCCB parishes of Blessed Trinity, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres. Vera Andrew, Bud Dick and Bob Heicklen have been chosen to join Father Victor in representing our parish on the committee. Their first meeting is October 16. We ask that you pray for all of them as they accept this challenging assignment.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish underthe Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Neighborhood Church Hosts Community Meeting ~ A Public Meeting with VOICE BUFFALO and the Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team (BILT) is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 6:30-8pm, at Elim Christian Fellowship (70 Chalmers Avenue at Holden in Buffalo). The meeting is an opportunity for the community to hold public officials accountable to the needs of the people. VOICE has invited Gov. Cuomo and the other gubernatorial candidates to publicly commit to moving the Developmental Disabilities State Offices from West Seneca to the City of Buffalo. BILT is inviting Buffalo Public Schools officials, including Dr. Kriner Cash and Dr. Barbara Nevergold, to publicly commit to expanding services for English Language Learner students to raise the ELL graduation rate (currently 26%). VOICE and BILT are asking our congregation to join them in Raising Our Voices with people with disabilities for access to jobs and services and with refugee and immigrant students for access to an excellent education. Doors open at 6pm. For more information, go to: voicebuffalo.org.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

Violets: symbol of “Mary’s Modesty”

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, Thursday, October 11 at 7pm at St. John Gualbert Church (83 Gualbert Avenue in Cheektowaga). Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or in need special healing and who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit stperry.org.

The Kingdom of Happiness begins in October at St. Leo the Great. For 8 weeks, escape the kingdom of man, expose the “anti-beatitudes,” and dive deeper than ever before to discover TRUE happiness. Thursday evenings from October 11 – December 13, 7-8:30 pm. For further information, contact Dawn Iacono at diacono [at] stleothegreatamherst [dot] com  or call 835-8905, ext. 12.

Big Book Sale on Friday October 12 and Friday, October 19 (1:30-5pm) at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality (4975 Strickler Road in Clarence).

Meat and Basket Raffle, Friday, October 12 at 6pm hosted by the Home School Association at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda), followed at 7 pm with the first spin. Admission includes beer, wine, and soda. A 50/50 split and a grand prize raffle of a freezer filled with meat will be featured. For tickets or information, call Renee Orr at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email rorr [at] cardinalohara [dot] com.

Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13 from 5:30-9 pm at Good Shepherd Parish (5442 Tonawanda Creek Road in North Tonawanda). Authentic German food, German beer, pop and desserts and a basket raffle. Music by the Bergholz German Band. For more information or to reserve a table, call 716-625-8594.

“Fur”ever in My Heart Pet Remembrance service will be held on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore). The service will feature Keith Kelly performing songs, with poems and pieces interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your pet’s name. Call 716-873-6500 by October 4th for a reservation to have your pet’s names included in the program book. Program is presented as part of the Bereavement Support Programs, Catholic Diocese Cemeteries.

Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday, October 14 from 11am – 6pm to benefit Sisters of St. Francis (Williamsville) at Our Lady of Peace (10950 Main Street in Clarence). Dine-in and take-out will be available. Enjoy door prizes, theme baskets, grand prize, 50-50 split, and the ever popular “Nun-Sweeter” bake sale. For additional information, call 716-632-2155, ext. 687.

Monday October 15 at 4pm ~ “Angels in Our Midst” at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (school building door G, 157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga). Presenter, Monica Saltarelli, will discuss the various ways angels appear to us. From scripture to current day, angels have an impact in our life. This is especially true when a loved one has died. Monica will share some stories, handouts, and visuals. Open to the community; no charge. Sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 873-6500.

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)