This Week

Second Sunday of Advent – Week of December 10, 2017

December 10 – December 17, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Gifts for homebound seniors available for delivery

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

Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, December 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Advent Service of Lessons and Carols 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, December 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Donald Blesnuk) and Fred Godert, Jr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, December 11 ~ St. Damasus I ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 12 ~ Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 13 ~ St. Lucy ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 14 ~ St. John of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

Friday, December 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 16 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, December 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill,  Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger, Sharon Dunnigan; Kathleen Marien (Choir)

    

 

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship … God can do it; we can help.

December Coffee Hour ~ Please join us after Mass this Sunday, December 10, for Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall.

Sodality President Vera Andrew readies gift bags for delivery

Gift Delivery ~ The Ladies Sodality would like to thank everyone who has so generously supported our collection of gifts for homebound parishioners. If you have agreed to deliver one of these gift bags and/or a poinsettia plant, please take them with you when you leave Mass this weekend, December 9 & 10. (Remember that poinsettias are susceptible to the cold and should not be left in you car or garage).

Parish Council meets this Wednesday, December 13, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Preliminary planning for Lent will be on the agenda. Please remember to call Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) if you are unable to attend.

Maranatha ~ There are many hymn settings appropriate for Advent using the word “Maranatha.” The word comes from an Aramaic expression occurring in St. Paul (I Cornithians 16:22) in the verse “If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse on him. Maran atha.” These two words translate into “Come, Lord Jesus.” Maranatha! became the common greeting of oppressed believers, soon after Christ’s death and resurrection, replacing the Jewish greeting shalom, which means “peace be with you.”  The words “Maran atha” appear only once in our Bible – and yet have come to mean so much to us during this Advent season.

Maranatha, Lord Messiah,
long awaited from afar.
Come and make your home among us.
Let us see your birthing star!

Praise in song continues on Tuesday evenings in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. – please join us!

We thank all parishioners who selected an envelope from the Giving Tree at Mass this weekend.

An Invitation of Christmas Sharing ~ Throughout Advent, we are inviting all parishioners to help two local service agencies by means of a Giving Tree—with a little difference. The two agencies are St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and Gerard Place. These two groups usually receive many gifts at Christmas time for the needy children they assist. However, the groups themselves can use a hand to help them help others.  Many of their expenses are behind the scenes and don’t have personal appeal.  BUT, things like heat, water, repairs carry big bills and are essential for enabling the agencies to help the people they serve. Sooo, the Parish Council has created a Giving Tree that’s a little different. There are envelopes on the tree—located in the front left side of the church.  Each envelope has a request for a specific gift. Please do not buy the gift! Instead, we ask that you put the value of the gift in the envelope. If you wish to give via check, make it payable to Blessed Trinity Church. Put your donation (cash or check) in the same envelope from the tree and put that envelope in the collection basket by Sunday, December 24. All donations will be sent to the service organizations.

Second Collection ~ The second collection on the weekend of December 9-10 is for the Retirement fund for Religious. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

Lessons and Carols at Blessed Trinity ~ Sunday, December 17, at 3 PM, the Saint John Paul II Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Steve Quebral, will present an Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at our church. This traditional English service, which dates back almost 100 years, celebrates the birth of Jesus by telling the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in a series of short Bible readings interspersed with a cappella choral music and congregational singing. Members of our own congregation will assist as greeters and readers. We are privileged to have been chosen by the Schola for their choral debut. Please help us show our appreciation by attending.

Sr. Maureen and novices from her Order in Butimba.

Greetings from Tanzania ~ Our CCCB parishes have received an email greeting from Sister Maureen Harris, who is almost at the mid point of her six-month mission trip to Tanzania, Africa. She attached this photo from her trip to the city of Butimba, where she introduced the novices from her religious order to pizza — with mixed results.

Christmas Flower Donations ~ The envelopes containing your donations will be placed on the altar during the Christmas season. The persons named on the envelopes will be remembered at all of our masses. Thank you for your generous donations.

Prison Project Update: Congratulations and “Thank You” to all who assisted in with Peaceprint’s Christmas Prison Package Project 2017.  Two thousand gift bags have been packed and boxed for Tuesday’s delivery to inmates at the Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. We are grateful to the residents of Bissonette House for handling this final step in the process.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

MLK Day of Organizing is January 15, 2018 at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). It will be a day of learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and learning ways to organize a community action. Churches in the northern vicariate are welcomed to help in this planning. For more information ask Fr. Jud Weiksnar at 716-852-3331.

Welcome to Barbara Strusienski, who has joined our part-time administrative team as a bookkeeper, while continuing to provide the same services for the CCCB parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence. We are grateful for her expertise and hope that this will be long and successful relationship for both Barb and our parish.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As the year ends and we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Thank you for your help with the 2017 Christmas Prison Package Project.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Building a Basilica,” the National Award winning hour documentary about how Fr. Nelson Baker envisioned and Architect Emile Ulrich designed Our Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine, will air on Sunday, December 10 at 1pm on WKBW-TV Ch. 7.

Villa Maria Chorale Christmas Concert is Sunday December 10 at 3pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (600 Doat Street in Buffalo). Free will offering.

Old World Christmas Cookie Shoppe is Sunday December 10, 11:30am – 2pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (57 Center Avenue in North Tonawanda). Have a photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Browse Santa’s workshop for small gifts.

Canisus High School Advent Music Program, Wednesday December 13 at 7:30pm at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street in Buffalo).

Grief and the Holidays program is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 (2-3pm) at the Hospice Buffalo Education Center (225 Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga). Email mgiesler [at] palliativecare [dot] org or call 716-836-6460 for required registration .

Christmas Nativity Sets on display at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries (1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from the weekend of November 25-26 until the weekend of January 6 & 7 (except December 23-24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. Please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076 for additional information.

Christmas by Candlelight ~ Harmonia Chamber Singers, Artistic Director-Robert Pacillo, continues its tradition of a cappella Advent and Christmas music, performed in the beauty of candlelight, featuring music from the Renaissance through the present (Bach, Poulenc, Rutter, Lauridsen, Mealor, Stopford, Gibbs, Rockapella). Saturday, December 16, at 7pm at St. Peter Church (620 Center Street in Lewiston). Nominal donation.

“Stories for Christmas” will air on Sunday, December 17 at 1pm and Monday, December 25 at 11pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7…featuring uplifting local stories.

Breakfast with Santa is set for Sunday, December 17 (9am-1pm) at St. Andrew Parish Hall (111 Crocker Street in Sloan). A buffet-style pancake breakfast will be served while pictures with Santa are offered along with activities for children and crafts for sale. Call 892-0425 for more information.

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

Struggling to make ends meet and still put food on the table? We can help. Catholic Charities is the provider of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers for all kinds of families with children under 5 years old. Services are free of charge. Call 716-218-1484 or visit ccwny.org/wic.

First Sunday of Advent – Week of December 3, 2017

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron Feast Day of the U.S.A.
December 8

December 3 – December 10, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 3 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Freudig Singers Christmas Pie Concert in church; dessert reception in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Sodality Christmas Part at The Family Tree

Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – ? ~ Assembly of gift bags for Prison Project in church

Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, December 9 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, December 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Gifts for homebound seniors available for delivery

Sunday, December 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour 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, December 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Mary C. Nelson (Requested by Family) and Frank and Delores Downing (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, December 4 ~ St. John Damascene ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 5 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 6 ~ St. Nicholas ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 7 ~ St. Ambrose ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

Friday, December 8 ~ Feast of the Immaculate Conception ~ Mass at 5:00 p.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 9 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, December 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Donald Blesnuk) and Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bernice Bradley, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

We thank Roland Martin and the Freudig Singers of WNY
for another wonderful Christmas Pie Concert.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is all about your heart… Everything we have is a gift from God that we are to use to help others.

Bulletin Distribution ~ Beginning Sunday, December 3, ushers will be standing near the 3 doors at the end of Mass to hand out the bulletin. We hope you will appreciate the return of their “personal touch.”

December 3 Concert ~ DON’T FORGET!! This Sunday at 3:00 p.m. the dynamic Freudig Singers of WNY will be back with their delightful and delicious Christmas Pie Concert and Reception. The group will perform a glorious array of seasonal music, some well-known traditional songs, some new music, and some just-for-fun pieces. There will also be a raffle of signature pies, CDs for sale, and a reception with pie for everybody. Bring a friend. Suggested donation: $15.

Christ, Our Rose ~ Advent brings preparation and anticipation for the birth of our Savior. This week, the Blessed Trinity Choir traveled to St. John the XIII parish to sing at the 4pm liturgy with Bill Fay and his choir. This was the second part of our first choir exchange, and we have learned a lot about enhancing our liturgy through music. We pray you are noticing our enthusiasm and dedication to worship and look forward to sharing this advent and Christmas season with you. If you didn’t recognize today’s Mass Setting, it is because it has not been sung at Blessed Trinity for many years. It is the Mass for Christian Unity, by Jan M. Vermulst. Today’s meditation, My Lord! What a Morning, was suggested by the National Pastoral Musician’s Guild to be sung at Mass during the first Sunday of Advent. It is a new Spiritual for the BT choir, but is quickly becoming one of our favorites. Today’s offertory hymn contains a beautiful text, originally written in German in the fifteenth century, set to a lovely melody harmonized by Michael Praetorius in the late sixteenth century. Can you imagine today’s music enduring over 400 years? We are grateful to be singing such wonderful music in our incredible church.

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As those of old have sung.
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half-spent was the night.

Christmas rehearsal continue on Tuesday evenings in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. – please join us!

We thank all parishioners who selected an envelope from the Giving Tree at Mass this weekend.

An Invitation of Christmas Sharing ~ Beginning this weekend, we are inviting all parishioners to help two local service agencies by means of a Giving Tree—with a little difference. The two agencies are St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and Gerard Place. These two groups usually receive many gifts at Christmas time for the needy children they assist. However, the groups themselves can use a hand to help them help others.  Many of their expenses are behind the scenes and don’t have personal appeal.  BUT, things like heat, water, repairs carry big bills and are essential for enabling the agencies to help the people they serve. Sooo, the Parish Council has created a Giving Tree that’s a little different. There are envelopes on the tree—located in the front left side of the church.  Each envelope has a request for a specific gift. Please do not buy the gift! Instead, we ask that you put the value of the gift in the envelope. If you wish to give via check, make it payable to Blessed Trinity Church. Put your donation (cash or check) in the same envelope from the tree and put that envelope in the collection basket by Sunday, December 24. All donations will be sent to the service organizations.

Holy Day of Obligation ~ Friday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 5pm rather than the usual 11am.

A Big Thank You for your generous donations toward Blessed Trinity’s Prisoner Gifts 2017 goal of 4,200 packets of hot chocolate. Reminder: Friday, December 8,  is Packing Day for the Christmas Prison Project! Bag Decorators: Please return all bags (decorated or not) by 10am that morning. We will pack the gifts into the decorated bags  and box them for delivery in two shifts (10am-1pm and 6pm-completion). We need lots of people with the energy and heart to help. Friday, December 8, is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The parish Holyday Mass will be celebrated at 5pm to accommodate the evening packing shift. Come to Mass and stay to help with packing. Light snacks will be available. Contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694) with questions.

Second Collection ~ The second collection on the weekend of December 9-10 is for the Retirement fund for Religious. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

December Coffee Hour ~ Please note that our December coffee hour will be held on Sunday, December 10, rather than the usual third Sunday.

Parish Council Mailing ~ During the past week, you should have received an Advent Calendar, as well as a schedule of parish Advent services and activities in the mail. We hope the calendar will help you prepare your own “way of the Lord” between now and Christmas. Additional copies of each can be found at the church divide near the ushers’ pew. If you did not receive the mailing, please check with the parish office to be sure we have up-to-date contact information for you.

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners ~ The Ladies Sodality would like to thank everyone who has so generously supported our collection of gifts for homebound parishioners. When you come to church next weekend, beautiful gift bags and poinsettia plants will be waiting for delivery. If you are willing to deliver one of these gifts and spend a few minutes visiting with a parishioner by December 19, please call Mickey Dick at 716-832-2540. Nine stops are in close proximity to church; one is in Cheektowaga.

Your help Christmas Prison Package Project is needed on Friday, December 8

Prison Project Update: Congratulations and Thank You! We met our goal of 4,200 packets of cocoa! Many wonderful people brought in boxes of hot chocolate or donated money so we could buy them in bulk. There will be lots of warm tummies in Albion and Wende at Christmas! Next Steps: During the week of December 4, other food and goodies collected by other churches and organizations will be delivered here for the Big Event: Packing Day! On Friday, December 8, we will pack all the gifts into the bags decorated by schoolchildren and community groups and box them for delivery. Packing will occur in two shifts: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM until ? (the job is finished). We need lots of people with good muscles and a caring heart to help. If you can come for a few hours for either shift, please do. It’s a congenial gathering and a rewarding experience. Call Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 with your questions. We need your help!!

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ If you have made a reservation for the Ladies Sodality annual Christmas dinner, please remember that it is at 6pm this Wednesday, December 6, at the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey near Longmeadow in Amherst. If you forgot to make your reservation, please call Amy Johnson today at 836-4694. Entree choices include: pot roast, chicken souvlaki, sweet and sour salmon, or a fish fry. The price for the dinner is $25.00, which includes tax and gratuity.

Advent Lessons and Carols ~ Plan now to attend Blessed Trinity’s first Advent Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 17, at 3pm. This service is a gift from the Saint John Paul II Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Steve Quebral, which will be making its debut at our church.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

Lectors ~ Please pick up your workbooks for the 2018 Litugical year from the Sacristy after Mass.

MLK Day of Organizing is January 15, 2018 at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). It will be a day of learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and learning ways to organize a community action. Churches in the northern vicariate are welcomed to help in this planning. For more information ask Fr. Jud Weiksnar at 716-852-3331.

Welcome to Barbara Strusienski, who has joined our part-time administrative team as a bookkeeper, while continuing to provide the same services for the CCCB parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence. We are grateful for her expertise and hope that this will be long and successful relationship for both Barb and our parish.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As the year ends and we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Christmas gifts for parish homebound will be ready for delivery on the weekend of December 9-10.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Vigil of National Night of Prayer for Life is Thursday, December 7 (5:30-6:30pm) at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster) with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction at 6:20pm, followed by Mass of the Immaculate Conception of Mary at 6:30pm.

Christmas Nativity Sets on display at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries (1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from the weekend of November 25-26 until the weekend of January 6 & 7 (except December 23-24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. Please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076 for additional information.

“Our Daily Bread.” On Saturday, December 9, at 6:30am on WKBW-TV Ch. 7, “Our Daily Bread” host, Fr. Paul Seil, will be talking about the season of Advent with Fr. Jack Ledwon, Pastor of St. Joseph University Parish. Together they will make Root of Jesse Stew, quinoa salad, and green salad with blueberries and blueberry dressing.

“Building a Basilica,” the National Award winning hour documentary about how Fr. Nelson Baker envisioned and Architect Emile Ulrich designed Our Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine, will air on Sunday, December 10 at 1pm on WKBW-TV Ch. 7.

Christmas by Candlelight ~ Harmonia Chamber Singers, Artistic Director-Robert Pacillo, continues its tradition of a cappella Advent and Christmas music, performed in the beauty of candlelight, featuring music from the Renaissance through the present (Bach, Poulenc, Rutter, Lauridsen, Mealor, Stopford, Gibbs, Rockapella). Saturday, December 9, at 7:30pm at St. Bernadette Church (5930 S. Abbott Road in Orchard Park), Saturday, December 16, at 7pm at St. Peter Church (620 Center Street in Lewiston), and Sunday, December 17, at 4pm at St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main Street in Buffalo). Nominal donation.

Buffalo Choral Art Society, a 115-voice community chorus, presents “Ringing in the Season,” a group of Christmas concerts featuring guest artists, The Royalton Ringers: Handbell Quartet. Concerts will be held on Sunday, December 3 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo), and Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm at SS. Peter & Paul Church (66 East Main Street in Hamburg). More information at 716-775-7664 or BuffaloChoralArts.org.

Christmas Show to be Remembered with Marsha McWilson is Saturday December 9, 6-9pm at Niagara Catholic High School (520 66th Street  in  Niagara Falls). Featuring  the sounds of Etta James, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and The Temptations with Vegas entertainer Richie Derwald and the vocal harmony group, “Steadfast.” Proceeds go to struggling families to help with tuition assistance so their kids can go to Niagara Catholic HS. Visit marshachristmas.brownpapertickets.com for tickets (admission at the door is $25).

Poustinia Experience is Saturday, December 9 (10am-noon) at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). Looking for something different during Advent? Consider this invitation to young adults 18-26 for a special experience to be alone with God for a day of silence, solitude, nature, fasting, and Scripture. This is experience is offered by an experienced retreat team. For further information, contact Kathy White at 716-605-0558 or email PoustiniaNY [at] gmail [dot] com.

Villa Maria Chorale Christmas Concert is Sunday December 10 at 3pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (600 Doat Street in Buffalo). Free will offering.

Old World Christmas Cookie Shoppe is Sunday December 10, 11:30am – 2pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (57 Center Avenue in North Tonawanda). Have a photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Browse Santa’s workshop for small gifts.

Grief and the Holidays program is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 (2-3pm) at the Hospice Buffalo Education Center (225 Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga). Email mgiesler [at] palliativecare [dot] org or call 716-836-6460 for required registration .

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

Struggling to make ends meet and still put food on the table? We can help. Catholic Charities is the provider of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers for all kinds of families with children under 5 years old. Services are free of charge. Call 716-218-1484 or visit ccwny.org/wic.

34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feast of Christ the King – Week of November 26, 2017

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Sunday, November 26
Detail of church’s stained glass skylight, the theme of which is Christ the King. “The central panel shows Christ reigning as Lord of the kingdom that we pray will come.” Surrounding panels contain
figures of angels and symbols both of Christ’s suffering and His glorification.

Photo credit: Jeannette Pikturna

November 26 – December 3, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, December 3 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Freudig Singers Christmas Pie Concert in church; dessert reception 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 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Geraldine Stroh (Requested by Richard R. Stroh) and Susanne Dulski (Requested by Colleen Schroeder and Sister Ann Helene Koenig)

Monday, November 27 ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 28 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 29 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 30 ~ St. Andrew, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (Family)

Friday, December 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, December 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Mary C. Nelson (Family) and Frank and Delores Downing (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger; Kathleen Marien (Choir)

    

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

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is living a life of gratitude… taking the time every day to recognize the gifts that God has given and to be grateful for them.

Bulletin Distribution ~ In response to concerns raised about our present system of bulletin distribution, we will be trying a more “hands on” approach going forward. Beginning Sunday, December 3, ushers will stand near the 3 doors at the end of Mass and hand the bulletin to you as you leave church. If you would like to assist them in their ministry, please talk to Ed Marien or Lawler Brown.

The Liturgy Committee will meet on Sunday, December 3, after 10am Mass.

December 3 Concert ~ Continuing a Christmas Pie Concert tradition, the Freudig Singers of Western New York will usher in the holiday season at Blessed Trinity with a glorious array of choral pieces selected by music director Roland E. Martin. Featured will be works by Morten Lauridsen, Hector Berlioz, John Rutter, and new compositions by Martin himself. “Love Came Down at Christmas” by Chris Artley, winner of Freudig’s biennial choral composition competition, will receive its North American premiere. Seasonal favorites will include “Sleigh Ride,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” a Grinch medley, and much more. As always, “Christmas Pie” features a raffle of signature pies baked by chorus members, and a post-concert reception where audience members are treated to beverages and – you guessed it – a delicious serving of Christmas pie. A free-will offering will be taken ($15 suggested). For further information, visit www.freudigsingersofwny.org.

Prepare the way of the Lord…” Advent, which begins on Sunday, December 3, is a time to prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate the birth of Jesus, a time when God became man and walked with us in our pain, our sorrows and our joys. This year our parish council will be providing each parishioner with an advent calendar to help prepare your own way for the Lord. When you receive it in the mail, take some time to fill in the blank days with actions, readings, or activities that are meaningful to you and bring you closer to the Christ Child as we prepare to celebrate His birthday. Additional copies of the calendar will be available in church.

Lectors ~ Please pick up your workbooks for the 2018 Litugical year from the Sacristy after Mass.

Canisius High Volunteers at BT, L. to R: Back row – Melissa Szczepanski, Andrew Szczepanski; middle row – Elaine Wendel, Andrew Armstrong, Janice Armstrong, Kevin Quinn; front row – Bill and Tracey Palisano, Faith Wendel (seated), Joe Van Volkenberg, Emmet Quinn.

We offer prayerful thanks to Joe Van Volkenberg, members of the Canisius High School Alumni and their family members who gave of their time and energies to clean our church for Advent and Christmas. The group of eleven arrived before 9am on Saturday, November 18, and got right to work washing the pews and floor and dusting a few nooks and crannies that were gathering webs. We are also grateful to parishioners Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Dan Korchowsky and Sister Liz Savage who worked along with them.

Soon and Very Soon ~ Like anticipatory children at Christmas, we are reminded of our eternal life with Jesus Christ, our King of the Universe.  The last weekend of the liturgical year is one of the best for  music, and selecting hymns with sufficient pomp and circumstance to celebrate was difficult.  May our music continue to praise our Lord and King throughout the upcoming advent season. Please continue to submit your ideas for how we can make our liturgical experience more meaningful through song to Elizabeth or any member of the Blessed Trinity Choir. The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread Hymnal, but it should be in your heart, because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. Advent is here! Please consider joining the choir as an “extra” for Christmas. Praise in Song continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners –The donation deadline for the Sodality’s Christmas project is next weekend, December 2/3. The early close of the drive is necessary so that the gift bags can be assembled and waiting in church on December 9/10 for delivery to our homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. Please leave your new, unwrapped items in the designated basket at the far left end of the communion rail. You will also find a slip with gift suggestions in this basket. Monetary contributions are also welcome, with checks payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” If you are willing to deliver one of these gifts and spend a few minutes visiting with a parishioner, please call Mickey Dick at 832-2540. Three of 4 suburban addresses are covered; the 9 remaining are all in close proximity to church.

Your help Christmas Prison Package Project is needed on Friday, December 8

Prison Project Update: Congratulations and Thank You! We met our goal of 4,200 packets of cocoa! Many wonderful people brought in boxes of hot chocolate or donated money so we could buy them in bulk. There will be lots of warm tummies in Albion and Wende at Christmas! Next Steps: During the week of December 4, other food and goodies collected by other churches and organizations will be delivered here for the Big Event: Packing Day! On Friday, December 8, we will pack all the gifts into the bags decorated by schoolchildren and community groups and box them for delivery. Packing will occur in two shifts: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM until ? (the job is finished). We need lots of people with good muscles and a caring heart to help. If you can come for a few hours for either shift, please do. It’s a congenial gathering and a rewarding experience. Call Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 with your questions. We need your help!!

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ The Ladies Sodality would like the women of the parish to join us for our annual Christmas dinner on Wednesday, December 6 at 6pm. It will be held at the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey near Longmeadow in Amherst. Menu choices include: pot roast, chicken souvlaki, sweet and sour salmon, or a fish fry. Salad, baked potato, pita bread, and rice pudding as well as your choice of coffee, tea or soft drink are also included. The price for the dinner is $25.00, which includes tax and gratuity. For reservations, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 by November 29. You can make your check payable to the Ladies Sodality. We thank you in advance for your support.

MLK Day of Organizing is January 15, 2018 at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). It will be a day of learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and learning ways to organize a community action. Churches in the northern vicariate are welcomed to help in this planning. For more information ask Fr. Jud Weiksnar at 716-852-3331.

Welcome to Barbara Strusienski, who has joined our part-time administrative team as a bookkeeper, while continuing to provide the same services for the CCCB parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence. We are grateful for her expertise and hope that this will be long and successful relationship for both Barb and our parish.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony and Mary Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As the year ends and we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

The Ladies Sodality’s annual Christmas collection for parish homebound continues though December 3.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Christmas Nativity Sets on display at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries (1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from the weekend of November 25-26 until the weekend of January 6 & 7 (except December 23-24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. Please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076 for additional information.

Rekindle the Fire Within on Thursday November 30 at 7pm at St. Christopher Parish (266 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda). This Praise and Worship evening will be an evening spent in adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, during which we will be singing songs of praise led by our music ministry and have moments of prayer and reflection interspersed throughout. Please give yourself a gift and attend this new and exciting time with Jesus! Parents bring your children! Children bring your parents and grandparents! Teens bring your friends! You won’t be disappointed because Jesus never disappoints those who praise Him!

Buffalo Choral Art Society, a 115-voice community chorus, presents “Ringing in the Season,” a group of Christmas concerts featuring guest artists, The Royalton Ringers: Handbell Quartet. Concerts will be held on Sunday, December 3 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo), and Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm at SS. Peter & Paul Church (66 East Main Street in Hamburg). More information at 716-775-7664 or BuffaloChoralArts.org.

Holiday Bazaar & Craft Show at Mount St. Mary Academy is Sunday December 3 (10am – 3pm) at 3756 Delaware Avenue in Kenmore) with over 70 vendors with everything from homemade candles, jellies, wreaths, scarves, artwork, jewelry, a used book sale, and more. Free to public. Accepting donations of canned goods or other non-perishable food item to our Food Drive. For more information, call Alexandra Fussell at 844-1358, ext. 304.or email afussell [at] msacademy [dot] org.

Christmas Show to be Remembered with Marsha McWilson is Saturday December 9, 6-9pm at Niagara Catholic High School (520 66th Street  in  Niagara Falls). Featuring  the sounds of Etta James, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and The Temptations with Vegas entertainer Richie Derwald and the vocal harmony group, “Steadfast.” Proceeds go to struggling families to help with tuition assistance so their kids can go to Niagara Catholic HS. Visit marshachristmas.brownpapertickets.com for tickets (admission at the door is $25).

Villa Maria Chorale Christmas Concert is Sunday December 10 at 3pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (600 Doat Street in Buffalo). Free will offering.

Old World Christmas Cookie Shoppe is Sunday December 10, 11:30am – 2pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (57 Center Avenue in North Tonawanda). Have a photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Browse Santa’s workshop for small gifts.

Grief and the Holidays program is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 (2-3pm) at the Hospice Buffalo Education Center (225 Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga). Email mgiesler [at] palliativecare [dot] org or call 716-836-6460 for required registration .

Uplift at Advent packet is full of practical and easy reassurances, articles, and prayers to provide you with materials for those feeling overwhelmed by Christmas. Call the Office of Family Life Ministries for the free packet at 716-847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

Western New York Caregiver Partnership offers support to caregivers and seeks volunteers. Visit wnyacp.org or call 800-342-9871 to learn more.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Nov. 19, 2017

November 19 – November 26, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 19 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church and Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by Ladies Sodality

Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ NO Choir Rehearsal – Enjoy your holiday!

Thursday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ NO BINGO in observance of Thanksgiving Day

Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 25 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 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Tom Wisniewski (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, November 20 ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 21 ~ Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 22 ~ St. Cecilia ~Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 23 ~ THANKSGIVING ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, November 24 ~ St. Andrew Dung-Lac & companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, November 25 ~ St. Catherine of Alexandria ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, November 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Geraldine Stroh (Richard R. Stroh) and Susanne Dulski (Colleen Schroeder and Sister Ann Helene Koenig)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, John Curtin, Maggie Gatson, Alice Davis; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

Canisius High Volunteers at BT – L. to R: Front row – Bill and Tracey Palisano, Faith Wendel (seated), Joe Van Volkenberg, Emmet Quinn; middle row –  Elaine Wendel, Andrew Armstrong, Janice Armstrong, Kevin Quinn; Back row – Melissa Szczepanski, Andrew Szczepanski

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is returning a portion of our gifts to God. The gifts we return are our time, our talent, and our treasure. We return these gifts not because God or our church needs them, but because we feel an overwhelming need to show our love and gratitude to God.

Special Collections ~ The second collection on November 19 benefits the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place in church on Sunday, November 19, immediately following Mass.

November’s coffee hour on Sunday, November 19, in St. Charles Hall, will be hosted by the Ladies Sodality.

Special Mass Time on Thanksgiving – On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, our Mass will be at 10 AM. Please join your parish family in giving thanks for our many blessings.

Adjusting for the Holiday ~ Please note that the parish bulletin for November 26 will be prepared early due to Thanksgiving. Submissions must be received in the parish office by Tuesday, November 21.

We offer prayerful thanks to Joe Van Volkenberg, members of the Canisius High School Alumni and their family members who gave of their time and energies to clean our church for Advent and Christmas. The group of eleven arrived before 9am on Saturday, November 18, and got right to work washing the pews and floor and dusting a few nooks and crannies that were gathering webs. We are also grateful to parishioners Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Dan Korchowsky and Sister Liz Savage who worked along with them.

Advent begins on December 3. A number of activities are taking place in our parish during the month of December – some charitable, some prayerful – but all designed to help us prepare for the Savior’s first coming. Watch your mail for a complete schedule of Advent activities and your individualized Advent Calendar, being provided by your parish council.

Gifts for homebound parishioners may be left in this designated basket in the front of church.

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners – Only 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. 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 will also find slips with gift suggestions in this basket). We always try to give each recipient money for a hair cut or shampoo & set, so cash contributions are also welcome. Why not make a note to yourself and bring your donation when you come to Mass on Thanksgiving. Sunday, December 3, is our target date for collecting all donated items; presents and plants will be ready on the weekend of December 9/10 for delivery by December 23. If you are willing to deliver one and spend a few minutes visiting with a parishioner, please call Mickey Dick at 716-832-2540.

Mark Your Calendar!! On Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 PM, the Freudig Singers will again bring their holiday Christmas Pie Concert to Blessed Trinity. A glorious array of choral pieces will feature works by Morten Lauridsen, Hector Berlioz, John Rutter, and new compositions by Freudig music director Roland E. Martin himself. Also on the program will be some old favorites, including “Sleigh Ride” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  In addition, the singers will perform a Grinch medley and much more. There will be a raffle of signature pies baked by chorus members, and following the concert, a reception with a delicious serving of Christmas pie for concert attendees. Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at the door.

Notes from the Loft ~ Our choir members frequently share ideas on how to make our liturgical music more meaningful, and this week is a jackpot of favorites.  You may have seen the viral video of Grace Anna, a little girl who is disabled, beautifully singing “Give Me Jesus” (our Offertory hymn) with benefit of neither accompaniment nor choir.  She reminds us that Jesus is all we truly need. Please continue to submit your ideas for how we can make our liturgical experience more meaningful through song to Elizabeth or any member of the Blessed Trinity Choir. The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread Hymnal, but it should be in your heart, because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. Advent is coming! Please consider joining the choir as an “extra” for Christmas. Praise in Song continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in St. Charles Hall, but we are taking this Tuesday off in advance of the holiday.

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

WE’RE ALMOST THERE!! Thus far we’ve collected 2,800 packages of hot chocolate for our annual Christmas Prison Project. That’s 2/3 of the total packages needed (4,200). Will you help us go “over the top”? Just purchase boxes of instant cocoa when you shop, or put a cash donation in one of the envelopes at the tables near the church doors and drop it in the collection basket. We’ll get the hot chocolate for you. Also, Amy Johnson still has bags to be decorated for the project. If you, your family, your school or youth group can decorate them, you will have fun doing it and bring a beautiful smile to some very lonely prisoners at Christmas. All cocoa packages and decorated bags need to be in the church by December 1!

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ The Ladies Sodality would like the women of the parish to join us for our annual Christmas dinner on Wednesday, December 6 at 6pm. It will be held at the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey near Longmeadow in Amherst. Menu choices include: pot roast, chicken souvlaki, sweet and sour salmon, or a fish fry. Salad, baked potato, pita bread, and rice pudding as well as your choice of coffee, tea or soft drink are also included. The price for the dinner is $25.00, which includes tax and gratuity. For reservation, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. You can make your check payable to the Ladies Sodality. We thank you in advance for your support.

Father Victor sends his warm regards to all after being away for one month. He is enjoying time with his family in their village of origin and will return the week before Christmas.

Wine Tasting Kudos. Once again we have reason to celebrate a successful wine tasting. There are so many people to thank, but we will start with Bill Warren from Aurora Liquor who contributed his time and knowledge of vine and wine, and his wife, Gwen, who assisted with selections and pours. We are also indebted to the following businesses that donated food or merchandise for our fundraiser: Bengert Greenhouses, Black & Blue Steak and Crab, Cugino’s Restaurant, Curtiss Hotel, Darwin Martin House, Dash’s Markets, Elbers Landscape Service, Just Pizza, Lone Star Fajita Grill, Mason’s Grille 52, Paula’s Donuts, Raymondo’s Pizzeria, Russell’s Steaks Chops and More, Salvatore’s Hospitality, Share Kitchen & Bar Room, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Trader Joe’s, Watson’s Chocolates (Depew), Wegman’s Markets, and WOOT [Wine] Cellars. Please remember to support them in return by utilizing their services or purchasing their products. Parishioners and friends who contributed time, raffle prizes, and delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts are too numerous to list, but we love you all and thank you for your role in hosting such a memorable evening.

Welcome to Barbara Strusienski, who has joined our part-time administrative team as a bookkeeper, while continuing to provide the same services for the CCCB parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence. We are grateful for her expertise and hope that this will be long and successful relationship for both Barb and our parish.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony and Mary Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As the year ends and we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

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

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Christmas Nativity Sets on display at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries (1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from the weekend of November 25-26 until the weekend of January 6 & 7 (except December 23-24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. Please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076 for additional information.

Rekindle the Fire Within on Thursday  November 30 at 7pm at St. Christopher Parish (266 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda). This Praise and Worship evening will be an evening spent in adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, during which we will be singing songs of praise led by our music ministry and have moments of prayer and reflection interspersed throughout. Please give yourself a gift and attend this new and exciting time with Jesus! Parents bring your children! Children bring your parents and grandparents! Teens bring your friends! You won’t be disappointed because Jesus never disappoints those who praise Him!

Buffalo Choral Art Society, a 115-voice community chorus, presents “Ringing in the Season,” a group of Christmas concerts featuring guest artists, The Royalton Ringers: Handbell Quartet. Concerts will be held on Friday, December 1 at 7:30pm at St. Mary Church (6919 Transit Road in Swormville), Sunday, December 3 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo), and Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm at SS. Peter & Paul Church (66 East Main Street in Hamburg). More information at 716-775-7664 or BuffaloChoralArts.org.

Holiday Bazaar & Craft Show at Mount St. Mary Academy is Sunday December 3 (10am – 3pm) at 3756 Delaware Avenue in Kenmore) with over 70 vendors with everything from homemade candles, jellies, wreaths, scarves, artwork, jewelry, a used book sale, and more. Free to public. Accepting donations of canned goods or other non-perishable food item to our Food Drive. For more information, call Alexandra Fussell at 844-1358, ext. 304.or email afussell [at] msacademy [dot] org.

Villa Maria Chorale Christmas Concert is Sunday December 10 at 3pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (600 Doat Street in Buffalo). Free will offering.

Old World Christmas Cookie Shoppe is Sunday December 10, 11:30am – 2pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (57 Center Avenue in North Tonawanda). Have a photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Clause. Browse Santa’s workshop for small gifts.

Grief and the Holidays program is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 (2-3pm) at the Hospice Buffalo Education Center (225 Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga). Email mgiesler [at] palliativecare [dot] org or call 716-836-6460 for required registration .

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

Western New York Caregiver Partnership offers support to caregivers and seeks volunteers. Visit wnyacp.org or call 800-342-9871 to learn more.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Nov. 12, 2017

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, whose feast day we celebrate on November 17, is depicted in Joseph Mazur’s procession of saints in the church dome. The daughter of the King of Hungary, she wears a crown and appears as the second standing figure from the right. Photo credit: Gary Kelley

November 12 – November 19, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, November 19 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by the Ladies Sodality

*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 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Ed and Claudia Post (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, November 13 ~ St. Frances Xavier Cabrini ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 14 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 15 ~ St. Albert the Great ~Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 16 ~ St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Gertrude ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, November 17 ~ St. Elizabeth of Hungary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, November 18 ~ Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, November 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Tom Wisniewski (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Bernice Bradley, Sharon Dunnigan, Mary Kresse; Pat Hartinger (Choir)

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

    

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship calls us to realize that each of us is called to give as God has given to us. We no longer base our giving on what others are giving. We no longer excuse ourselves from giving because we do not see others giving. Rather we give in proportion to all that God has given to us.

The Parish Council meets this Wednesday November 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please come prepared to finalize our Advent Program.

Special Collections ~ The second collection on November 18/19 benefits the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place in church on Sunday, November 18, immediately following Mass.

Our November coffee hour is Sunday, November 18, in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Ladies Sodality.

Father Victor sends his warm regards to all after being away for one month. He is enjoying time with his family in their village of origin and will return the week before Christmas.

Adjusting for the Holiday ~ Please note that the parish bulletin for November 26 will be prepared early due to Thanksgiving. Submissions must be received in the parish office by Tuesday, November 21.

The Ladies Sodality’s annual Christmas collection for parish homebound continues though December 3.

Collection for Parish Homebound – For the next 3 weeks, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our homebound parishioners (5 women) and those in senior care facilities (1 man; 1 woman). 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 3, is our target date for collecting all donated items; presents and plants will be ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 9/10. Need ideas? You will find a slip with suggestions in the basket at the left end of the communion rail. To share information about someone you think should be included, please contact Vera Andrew (704-2944) or Mickey Dick (832-2540). Please let Mickey know if you are willing to deliver one of the gift bags between December 9 and 23.

Our Ever-Changing World ~ This Sunday’s meditation is a traditional Irish tune called Star of the County Down with a powerful text based on Luke 1:46-58.  This psalm-like setting of Mary’s “Magnificat” includes the following refrain: “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!” Please continue to submit your ideas for how we can make our liturgical experience more meaningful through song to Elizabeth or any member of the Blessed Trinity Choir.  The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread Hymnal, but it should be in your heart, because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. Advent is coming! Please consider joining the choir as an “extra” for Christmas. Praise in Song continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Prisoner Gift Project…Cocoa Challenge 2017. Please remember to shop for instant hot chocolate packets. If shopping is inconvenient, consider a donation in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts,” which can be dropped in the collection basket.   No special talent is needed to help decorate the gift bags, just a desire to personalize the gift. Make it a family project.  Bags available at Sunday Mass or by caling Amy Johnson (836-4694).

Save the Date ~ The Ladies Sodality Christmas Dinner Party is Wednesday, December 6, at 6:00pm at the Family Tree Restaurant (4346 N. Bailey Avenue, Amherst).

Wine Tasting Kudos. Once again we have reason to celebrate a successful wine tasting. There are so many people to thank, but we will start with Bill Warren from Aurora Liquor who contributed his time and knowledge of vine and wine, and his wife, Gwen, who assisted with selections and pours. We are also indebted to the following businesses that donated food or merchandise for our fundraiser: Bengert Greenhouses, Black & Blue Steak and Crab, Cugino’s Restaurant, Curtiss Hotel, Darwin Martin House, Dash’s Markets, Elbers Landscape Service, Just Pizza, Lone Star Fajita Grill, Mason’s Grille 52, Paula’s Donuts, Raymondo’s Pizzeria, Russell’s Steaks Chops and More, Salvatore’s Hospitality, Share Kitchen & Bar Room, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Trader Joe’s, Watson’s Chocolates (Depew), Wegman’s Markets, and WOOT [Wine] Cellars. Please remember to support them in return by utilizing their services or purchasing their products. Parishioners and friends who contributed time, raffle prizes, and delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts are too numerous to list, but we love you all and thank you for your role in hosting such a memorable evening.

Welcome to Barbara Strusienski, who has joined our part-time administrative team as a bookkeeper, while continuing to provide the same services for the CCCB parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence. We are grateful for her expertise and hope that this will be long and successful relationship for both Barb and our parish.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony and Mary Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As the year ends and we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

November 15 Women’s Health Program ~ Catholic Health presents a free dinner program, “Genetic Testing and Women’s Cancers: Are You at Risk?”on Wednesday, November 15, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo. Registration begins at 5pm; reservations are required by calling 716-447-6205. Women’s health experts Stacey Akers, MD, and Karen Gutierrez, NP, provide an in-depth look at the various gynecologic cancers and discuss the link between endometriosis, ovarian and breast cancer. They’ll present the latest information on prevention, detection, and treatment options, and whether genetic testing is right for you.

Grief and the Holidays programs are scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 (6-7pm) and Thursday, December 14 (2-3pm) at the Hospice Buffalo Education Center (225 Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga). Registration required.  Email mgiesler [at] palliativecare [dot] org or call 716-836-6460.

Concert for The Angels…An Evening of RemembranceCall 716-836-6460with Cory James Gallagher, is Sunday, November 12, 5pm at SS. Columba-Brigid Church in Buffalo (75 Hickory) and Saturday, November 18, 7pm at St. Mary of the Lake in Hamburg (4737 Lakeshore). Donations will help cover the cost of medical treatment for his father, Daniel Gallagher.

Advent is quickly approaching! Are you looking for ways to enhance your family’s Advent journey? The Office of Family Life Ministries is offering newly revised free packets of prayers, activities, and ideas to help engage your family in fun, spiritual ways. We now have a packet for children ages 3-8 and one for children ages 9-14, to try to reach families at all levels. To order, please contact the office of Family Life Ministries at 847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Western New York Caregiver Partnership offers support to caregivers and seeks volunteers. Visit wnyacp.org or call 800-342-9871 to learn more.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of November 5, 2017

“In the rustling of leaves and the beauty of autumn, we remember them.”

November 5 – November 12, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 5 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Service of Remembrance in St. Charles Hall

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

Thursday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, November 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

 

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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.

Veterans Day
November 11
Remember and pray for all men and women serving in the armed forces
and those who have served in the past.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, November 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Laurence D. Miano (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, November 6 ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 7 ~ ELECTION DAY ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 8 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 9 ~ Dedication of Lateran Basilica in Rome ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, November 10 ~ St. Leo the Great ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, November 11 ~ VETERANS DAY ~ St. Martin of Tours ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, November 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Ed and Claudia Post (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Sharon Dunnigan, Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger; Kathleen Marien (Choir)

Beginning Nov. 11, 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.

    

News from our Parish Community

All the teachings of stewardship come directly from the Gospels, the Old Testament and theletters of the New Testament. Stewardship is not a new fad or environmental word. Stewardship is the way God expected His people to live since the beginning of time.

The Ladies Sodality’s annual service of remembrance is Sunday, November 5. Women of the parish are invited to join us after Mass in St. Charles Hall as we honor our members who passed in 2017, Virginia Tapley and Agnes Manion.

Special Collections ~ The second collection on November 4/5 benefits the Catholic University.

Gifts for our Shut-insStarting on the weekend of November 11/12 and continuing through December 3, 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 (7 women and 1 man at last count). The early completion date for the drive is necessary so that presents and plants are ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 10/11.  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 (704-2944) or Mickey Dick (832-2540).

Welcome to Barbara Strusienski, who has joined our part-time administrative team as a bookkeeper, while continuing to provide the same services for the CCCB parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence. We are grateful for her expertise and hope that this will be long and successful relationship for both Barb and our parish.

Friday’s Wine Tasting ~ Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone — especially Bill Warren –who worked so hard to make Friday’s wine tasting such an enjoyable event. The committee is still recuperating, but they’re promising more acknowledgements and information in the days to come. In addition to bill Warren and Aurora Liquor, the following businesses supported our fund raising efforts with donations of food or items for our basket raffle and silent auction: Bengert Greenhouses, Black & Blue Steak and Crab, Cugino’s Restaurant, Curtiss Hotel, Darwin Martin House, Dash’s Markets, Elbers Landscape Service, Inc., Just Pizza, Lone Star Fajita Grill, Mason’s Grille 52, Paula’s Donuts, Raymondo’s Pizzeria, Russell’s Steaks Chops and More, Salvatore’s Hospitality, Share Kitchen & Bar Room, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Trader Joe’s, Watson’s Chocolate (Depew), Wegman’s Markets, and WOOT [wine] Cellars. Please remember to return that support by patronizing them.

Notes from the Loft ~ We are deeply appreciative of William Fay and the Choir from St. John XXIII in West Seneca for enhancing last week’s liturgy.  How wonderful to have so many voices praising our Lord simultaneously from the loft!  Please continue to submit your ideas for how we can make our liturgical experience more meaningful with song to Elizabeth or any member of the Blessed Trinity Choir. The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread Hymnal, but it should be in your heart, because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873. Advent is coming! Please consider joining the choir as an “extra” for Christmas. Praise in Song continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

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

More on Our 2017 Prison Project ~ The envelope in this November 4/5 bulletin is for those who would like to contribute for the purchase of hot chocolate packets in bulk. You can put it in the collection or drop it off sometime next week. Every dollar gets us closer to 4,000 packets! Amy Johnson will have bags to be decorated soon. Let her know if you can get some youngsters (or adults) to make them beautiful. AND…. Mark your calendar to assemble the packages on Friday, December 8 (morning and evening)! Since December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation, we have scheduled a Mass for 5pm instead of the usual 6pm. If you are coming in the evening to help with assembly, please consider joining us in worship at 5pm.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony and Mary Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

November 15 Women’s Health Program ~ Catholic Health presents a free dinner program, “Genetic Testing and Women’s Cancers: Are You at Risk?”on Wednesday, November 15, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo. Registration begins at 5pm; reservations are required by calling 716-447-6205. Women’s health experts Stacey Akers, MD, and Karen Gutierrez, NP, provide an in-depth look at the various gynecologic cancers and discuss the link between endometriosis, ovarian and breast cancer. They’ll present the latest information on prevention, detection, and treatment options, and whether genetic testing is right for you.

Grief and the Holidays programs are scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 (6-7pm) and Thursday, December 14 (2-3pm) at the Hospice Buffalo Education Center (225 Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga). Registration required.  Email mgiesler [at] palliativecare [dot] org or call 716-836-6460.

Concert for The Angels…An Evening of RemembranceCall 716-836-6460with Cory James Gallagher, is Sunday, November 12, 5pm at SS. Columba-Brigid Church in Buffalo (75 Hickory) and Saturday, November 18, 7pm at St. Mary of the Lake in Hamburg (4737 Lakeshore). Donations will help cover the cost of medical treatment for his father, Daniel Gallagher.
Advent is quickly approaching! Are you looking for ways to enhance your family’s Advent journey? The Office of Family Life Ministries is offering newly revised free packets of prayers, activities, and ideas to help engage your family in fun, spiritual ways. We now have a packet for children ages 3-8 and one for children ages 9-14, to try to reach families at all levels. To order, please contact the office of Family Life Ministries at 847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Western New York Caregiver Partnership offers support to caregivers and seeks volunteers. Visit wnyacp.org or call 800-342-9871 to learn more.

 

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 29, 2017

“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.”

October 29 – November 5, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, November 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m. ~ Wine Tasting in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, November 5 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Service of Remembrance in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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 Communion of Saints depicted in iconography on the façade of Blessed Trinity Church. Photo Credit: Margaret Dick.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, October  29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Catherine M. Maher (Requested by Estate)

Sunday, October 29 ~ Mass at 2:00 p.m. ~ Twenty-fifth Anniversary Mass of Father Chris Okoli

Monday, October  30 ~ No Service

Tuesday, October  31 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 1 ~ All Saints Day ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Thursday, November 2 ~ All Souls Day ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, November 3 ~ St. Martin de Porres ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, November 4 ~ St. Charles Borromeo ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, November 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Laurence D. Miano (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, John Curtin, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, Fran Cahill; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT this Friday, Nov 3.

News from our Parish Community

All the teachings of stewardship come directly from the Gospels, the Old Testament and theletters of the New Testament. Stewardship is not a new fad or environmental word. Stewardship is the way God expected His people to live since the beginning of time.

Rev. Cole T. Webster

Change in Weekday Services, November 1-3. All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation, is Wednesday, November 1. Instead of a Communion Service in the morning, there will be Mass at 6pm. Our celebrant will be our former business manager, Rev. Cole T. Webster. This will be Father Webster’s First Mass at Blessed Trinity since being ordained in May of this year. Mass on All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2, will be at the usual 11am Daily Mass time. There will be NO First Friday Adoration and Benediction in November or December.

This week only, there will be a change in parish office hours. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be working on Monday and Tuesday, October 30 and 31, from 10:30am-2:30pm. If you have any bulletin announcements, please be sure they are received in the office on Monday. Information to be included in the after-Mass announcements must be received by Tuesday.

Friday’s Wine Tasting ~ This is the last weekend to obtain tickets for the November 3 Wine Tasting for a $25 donation. They will be $30 if purchased at the door. If you’ve attended previous wine tastings, no sales pitch is necessary; if this is your first time, you are in for a real treat. Please remember that we are counting on parishioners to do what they do best: provide favorite hors d’oeuvres and desserts for our guests. In addition to a great variety of wines from Aurora Liquor, beer and non-alcoholic beverages are included. A silent auction and basket raffle add to the fun. All proceeds benefit the church’s “Under This Roof Fund.” Tickets are available after Sunday Mass from Bud Dick or by calling 716-832-2540. The wine tasting runs from 7 – 9 PM on Friday, November 3.

Visitors in the Loft ~ On Sunday, October 29, we welcome William Fay and the Choir from St. John XXIII Church in West Seneca, who will join our Blessed Trinity Choir in song and praise.  It is wonderful to have twenty-five voices praising God from the loft.  Thank you for enhancing our liturgical experience . We are looking forward to visiting your church for liturgy in December!  The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread Hymnal, but it should be in your heart, because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873. Advent is coming! Please consider joining the choir as an “extra” for Christmas. Praise in Song continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

The Ladies Sodality will meet after the 10am Mass on Sunday, November 5. They will be holding their annual service of remembrance for deceased members, particularly Virginia Tapley and Agnes Manion. All women of the parish are invited to attend and share their memories of these gentle ladies.

The Parish is invited to join Father Chris Okoli, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Sisters Hospital, in celebration of his twenty-fifth Priestly Anniversary at a 2pm Mass on Sunday, October 29, in our church, followed by a reception in St. Charles Hall.

Special Collections ~ Thank you for your generosity in donating to the October 21/22 collection for World Mission Sunday. The second collection on November 4/5 benefits the Catholic University.

Have you noticed the boxes that have started filling the back pews of the church?? We’re getting ready for the 2017 Peaceprints Prison Project in December. As in previous years, Blessed Trinity is responsible for contributing 4,000 packages of cocoa. We’ve noticed that the cost of hot chocolate boxes is twice the price we’ve traditionally paid for them. In order to economize, the project committee will buy cocoa packages in bulk. If you know of a place to buy cocoa at a good price, please do so and bring them in during November. If not, we will gladly accept cash donations. See Judy Cassasa about this. Also, we need lots of decorated bags. Your family, school, or community group is encouraged to lend their artistry to prepare bags to send a message of joy and peace to our prison brothers and sisters. See Amy Johnson; she will provide the bags.Thank you!

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Gerald Gallisdorfer, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony and Mary Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Living out our Faith in the Universal Church ~ The Diocese of Buffalo’s African Ministry Commission of the Office of Cultural Diversity invites you to a special Retreat and Bazaar 2017 on November 4 and 5 at St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo. Saturday’s retreat, from 6-9pm, is a night of adoration, worship, preaching and prayer, featuring guest speaker Rev. Cornelius Kelechi Ejiogu, S.S.J., from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Sunday’s celebration will begin with Mass at 9:30am, followed by a African Thanksgiving Bazaar from 10:30-12:30pm. In Africa, people are asked to give a gift from the heart in thanksgiving to God for the blessing of the harvest. Gifts are presented and auctioned at a thanksgiving bazaar, with monies raised used for a village or community need. The proceeds of the November 5 auction will go toward the Buffalo Peace House. Contact the Office of Cultural Diversity, 716-847-2217, for additional information.

Sunday November 5 (12-4pm) is a Spaghetti Dinner at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish Mininstry Center (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Call the rectory at 716-683-6522 for information.

The Maryknoll Mission Society is inviting young writers (grades 6-12) to submit an essay on the topic, “Recognizing Violence and Promoting Peace.” November 10 is the contest deadline for submission of your essay,  with prizes up to $3000 in scholarship funds. Find out more at Maryknollsociety.org/Essay.

November 15 Women’s Health Program ~ Catholic Health presents a free dinner program, “Genetic Testing and Women’s Cancers: Are You at Risk?”on Wednesday, November 15, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo. Registration begins at 5pm; reservations are required by calling 716-447-6205. Women’s health experts Stacey Akers, MD, and Karen Gutierrez, NP, provide an in-depth look at the various gynecologic cancers and discuss the link between endometriosis, ovarian and breast cancer. They’ll present the latest information on prevention, detection, and treatment options, and whether genetic testing is right for you.

Concert for The Angels…An Evening of Remembrance with Cory James Gallagher, is Sunday, November 12, 5pm at SS. Columba-Brigid Church in Buffalo (75 Hickory) and Saturday, November 18, 7pm at St. Mary of the Lake in Hamburg (4737 Lakeshore). Donations will help cover the cost of medical treatment for his father, Daniel Gallagher.

Western New York Caregiver Partnership offers support to caregivers and seeks volunteers. Visit wnyacp.org or call 800-342-9871 to learn more.

 

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 22, 2017

Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles
October 28
Symbols representing the apostles appear in the capitals and the bases of the columns surrounding the angels on either side of The Main Portico. “The common way of representing [the apostles] is with the symbol of their martyrdom.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 15). St. Simon is symbolized by this saw;
St. Jude is symbolized by a knotted club which appears in another column.

October 22 – October 29, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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  22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family)

Monday, October  23 ~ St. John of CapistranoNo Service

Tuesday, October  24 ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October  25 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October  26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, October  27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, October  28 ~ Ss. Simon and Jude, apostles ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Maggie Gatson; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT winetasting.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is recognizing that everything we have is a gift from God. We can take credit for nothing. Everything we have and everything we do is the result of some gift that God has placed into our hands.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

The Wine Tasting committee is counting on you. Our November 3rd Wine Tasting benefiting the church’s “Under This Roof Fund” is now less than three weeks away. Parishioners have traditionally provided the hors d’oeuvres and desserts which make our wine tasting a cut above the rest. We are hoping you’ll be able to help us out by donating a favorite of yours.  The event runs from 7 – 9 p.m. and in addition to wine and food includes beer, non-alcoholic beverages, a basket raffle and silent auction. Our last wine tasting in 2014 raised more than $4,000.00, but we need your support to duplicate that success. Tickets are available after weekend Masses for a donation of $25/person ($30 at the door), checks payable to “Blessed Trinity Church,” or by calling Bud Dick (716-832-2540). Unable to attend? You can still support the effort with a food or monetary donation.

World Mission Sunday is October 22. Since “mission” is at the heart of our Christian faith, we ask you to give generously to the second collection on October 21/22.

Bridget Dick Blesnuk
July 11, 1970 – June 20, 2014
Former Music Director
1991 – 2010

Wonderful, Glorious, Awesome – God! Welcome to Carolyn Liarakos, who is sharing her musical talents with us this week as Elizabeth attends class in Georgia.  Thank you, Carolyn, for enhancing our liturgical experience! The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread Hymnal, but it should be in your heart, because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873. As we sing Sunday’s meditation hymn, “How Great Thous Art,” we will be remembering our fearless Choir Mistress, Bridget Dick Blesnuk, and the anniversary of her marriage (October 23).  Bridget, an active member of the Church Musician’s Guild with the voice of an angel, sang this at the Cathedral in 2011 for Bishop Kmiec’s 50th Anniversary Mass. It was meant to be a solo leading into a choral piece, but the congregation was so moved they began to sing with her. Thank you, Bridget, for teaching us how to praise our Lord through song. Praise in Song continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Join us anytime.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection continues through Sunday, October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

The Ladies Sodality will meet after the 10am Mass on Sunday, November 5. They will be holding their annual service of remembrance for deceased members, particularly Virginia Tapley and Agnes Manion.

Parish Council Update ~ At its October 18 meeting the Council chose Dan Korchowsky and Palma Zanghi to co-chair the Council’s Spiritual Life Committee, which is charged with coordinating activities that “affect the life of faith of the members of the parish including…prayer and worship, intergenerational faith formation, and youth.” Sister Liz Savage and Kathy Press will co-chair the Community Life Committee, which is “concerned with the development of community in the parish and between the parish and the larger community…includ[ing]…social life, pastoral care of the sick and homebound, and social justice and peace-making activities.” We honor them for accepting these additional duties and thank all the members who contributed in planning for Advent.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Gerald Gallisdorfer, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Young people who toured the church on Oct. 13 enjoyed a mini “scavenger hunt” for animals and fantastical creatures as Christian symbols in the Sanctuary’s terra cotta.

Special Guests ~ We so enjoyed meeting and hosting Rev. Mark Noonan and parishioners from churches in Holley and Hilton, NY who visited our Landmark church on October 13. Thank you Father Mark for celebrating Mass with us. We are also grateful to three of our faithful docents, Eleanor Ash, Judy Casassa and Mickey Dick, who shared their knowledge of parish history and the building’s art and architecture with our visitors as well as Jack Curtin, David Folmar, Ozy Ibhawa, and Bob Heicklen who were on hand to welcome them. After Mass and a church tour at Blessed Trinity, these WNY pilgrims continued on to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston, NY.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Hurricane Victims ~As we donate money and material gifts for hurricane and earthquake victims, let us also consider offering masses for them. Request Masses for their divine comfort, healing, and strength to endure these traumatic times.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Some of our October 13 “pilgrims” who learned about
medieval iconography on the church facade.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Training for Ministers of Holy Communion is being offered on Saturday, October 28, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Ransomville and Saturday, November 4, at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. Applications are available at buffalodiocese.org or call Office of Worship at 716-847-2210. Both sessions are from 9:30am-2:00pm.

Divine Mercy Pilgrimage ~ Informational meeting on Wednesday, October 25, at 7pm at Blessed Sacrament about a Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Poland and Lithuania May 22-June 1, 2018. Call 716-834-4282 for brochure or email mnycz [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Sunday November 5 (12-4pm) is a Spaghetti Dinner at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish Mininstry Center (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Call the rectory at 716-683-6522 for information.

The Maryknoll Mission Society is inviting young writers (grades 6-12) to submit an essay on the topic, “Recognizing Violence and Promoting Peace.” November 10 is the contest deadline for submission of your essay,  with prizes up to $3000 in scholarship funds. Find out more at Maryknollsociety.org/Essay.

Western New York Caregiver Partnership offers support to caregivers and seeks volunteers. Visit wnyacp.org or call 800-342-9871 to learn more.

 

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 15, 2017

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
October 16
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) is depicted on the left in this painting at The Sacred Heart Altar on the right side of our church. “Christ appeared to her in 1673-75 to request efforts to spread devotion to his Sacred Heart to overcome the ‘coldness, neglect, and indifference’ of so many people to God’s message of love revealed in Christ.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, page 28).

October 15 – October 22, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 15 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Holy Name Society

Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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  15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ James Eagan (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, October  16 ~ St. Hedwig; St. Margaret Mary AlocoqueNo Service

Tuesday, October  17 ~ St. Ignatius of AntiochNo Service

Wednesday, October  18 ~ St. Luke, evangelist ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October  19 ~ Ss. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues & companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, October  20 ~ St. Paul of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, October  21 ~ St Callistus I ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Jack Curtin, Mary Kresse; Maggie Gatson; Fran Cahill (Choir)

    

Young people who toured the church on Oct. 13 enjoyed a mini “scavenger hunt” for Christian symbols in the terra cotta represented by animals and fantastical creatures.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is transformative. Once we embrace the stewardship message, it changes the way we look at every decision we make. Stewardship becomes a total way of life.

Father Victor has arrived safely in his Nigerian homeland for a well-earned vacation and family visit. Please remember that during his absence (October 11 through December 17) there will be a change in the daily Mass schedule. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There will be NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times. This  Tuesday, October 17 only, there will be no Communion service.

While Father Victor is away, Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated above.

The Wine Tasting committee is counting on you. Our November 3rd Wine Tasting benefiting the church’s “Under This Roof Fund” is now less than three weeks away. Parishioners have traditionally provided the hors d’oeuvres and desserts which make our wine tasting a cut above the rest. We are hoping you’ll be able to help us out by donating a favorite of yours.  The event runs from 7 – 9 p.m. and in addition to wine and food includes beer, non-alcoholic beverages, a basket raffle and silent auction. Our last wine tasting in 2014 raised more than $4,000.00, but we need your support to duplicate that success. Tickets are available after weekend Masses for a donation of $25/person ($30 at the door); see Bud Dick or call him at 716-832-2540 to reserve yours.

The next bible study meeting and last one for the year will be held in St Charles Hall on Monday, October 16, at 7 pm. The theme will be “The End of the Beginning.”  Please read from the booklet Genesis 1-11: God Makes a Start, pages 74 – 82, and bring your bible and the Agape A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. Call Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for information.

The Parish Council’s monthly meeting is Wednesday, October 18 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Members are reminded to come prepared to discuss committee assignments and preparation for Advent.

World Mission Sunday is October 22. Since “mission” is at the heart of our Christian faith, we ask you to give generously to the second collection on October 21/22.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Gerald Gallisdorfer, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Praying Twice ~ The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread hymnal, but it should be in your heart because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following:  “Address . . . one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart….He who sings prays twice.”  Whether or not St. Augustine actually wrote these words, your choir believes song is prayer.  Prayer in Song continues on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall – join us anytime!

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection continues through Sunday, October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Rev. Mark Noonan (front left) and part of a group of more than 70 who visited our church on October 13, 2017.

Special Guests ~ We so enjoyed meeting and hosting Rev. Mark Noonan and parishioners from churches in Holley and Hilton, NY who visited our Landmark church on October 13. Thank you Father Mark for celebrating Mass with us. We are also grateful to three of our faithful docents, Eleanor Ash, Judy Casassa and Mickey Dick, who shared their knowledge of parish history and the building’s art and architecture with our visitors as well as Jack Curtin, David Folmar, Ozy Ibhawa, and Bob Heicklen who were on hand to welcome them. After Mass and a church tour at Blessed Trinity, these WNY pilgrims continued on to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston, NY.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Hurricane Victims ~As we donate money and material gifts for hurricane and earthquake victims, let us also consider offering masses for them. Request Masses for their divine comfort, healing, and strength to endure these traumatic times.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Some of our October 13 “pilgrims” after learning about
medieval iconography on the church facade.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Maryknoll Mission Society is inviting young writers (grades 6-12) to submit an essay on the topic, “Recognizing Violence and Promoting Peace.” November 10 is the contest deadline for submission of your essay,  with prizes up to $3000 in scholarship funds. Find out more at Maryknollsociety.org/Essay.

Western New York Caregiver Partnership offers support to caregivers and seeks volunteers. Visit wnyacp.org or call 800-342-9871 to learn more.

Training for Ministers of Holy Communion is being offered on Saturday, October 28, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Ransomville and Saturday, November 4, at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. Applications are available at buffalodiocese.org or call Office of Worship at 716-847-2210. Both sessions are from 9:30am-2:00pm.

 

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of October 9, 2017

A group of “travelers” on New York’s “Path Through History” appreciated Sr. Liz Savage’s
commentary on Sanctuary artwork during our October 7 Open House.

October 8 – October 15, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 15 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Holy Name Society

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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  8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Joseph and Ella Loibl (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, October  9 ~ St. Denis & companions; St. John LeonardiNo Service

Tuesday, October  10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, October  11 ~ St. John XXIII ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October  12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, October  13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, October  14 ~ St Callistus I ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ James Eagan (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Sharon Dunnigan, Bernice Bradley; Kathleen Marien (Choir)

    

Parishioner and greeter, Tom Dinder, chats with Oct. 7 open house visitors as video of art restoration plays in the background.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is living a life of gratitude… taking the time every day to recognize the gifts that God has given and to be grateful for them.

We wish Father Victor “God speed” as he returns to his Nigerian homeland and blessings on his extended vacation and visit with his family. During his absence (October 11 through December 17) there will be a change in the daily Mass schedule. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There will be NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times. This  Friday, October 13 only, MASS WILL BE AT 10:00 AM to accommodate more than 50 visitors from Holley and Hilton, New York who are coming for a church tour. All parishioners are welcome to attend this Mass, which will be celebrated by the visiting priests.

While Father Victor is away, Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated above.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Gerald Gallisdorfer, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Father Victor thanks all parishioners who attended the “Town Hall” meeting on Monday, October 2. Your suggestions and observations will be taken into consideration as we go forward with plans for programs and ministries in the coming year.

Saturday Open House ~ Docents and greeters alike were delighted with the turn out for our October 7 New York State Path Through History Weekend open house. More than 30 visitors attended this local tourism event designed to highlight the State’s history and cultural significance. This year’s event featured a display of photos and descriptions of 12th Century churches in Pavia, Italy on which our building’s Lombard Romanesque architecture is closely modeled. Visitors were able to view bricks, terra cotta, and exquisite iconography close up, and appreciate the experience all the more, thanks to commentary by docents Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Sr. Liz Savage, and Nancy Yager and video presentations on church art and restoration. We are also grateful to parishioners Tom Dinder, Mary Karlis and Annette Maus who sacrificed a sunny Saturday afternoon to serve as greeters.

Let All Around Us Be Peace ~ The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread hymnal, but it should be in your heart because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. Do you have a favorite hymn you would like to hear during the liturgy?  Don’t hesitate to let Elizabeth or one of the choir members know.  Also, choir practice continues in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  You are always welcome to join us!

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT winetasting.

Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. Our friend, Bill Warren from Aurora Liquor, will be offering a variety of wines and expertise on how to select what is pleasing to your palate. In addition, there will be delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages for you to sample. Advance sale tickets are now available by calling Mickey and Bud Dick (716-832-2540) for a donation of $25/person. ($30 at the door). Proceeds benefit our Under This Roof Fund, a sustaining fund created in 2002 for the preservation and restoration of our architectural landmark and house of worship.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1 and continues through October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Hurricane Victims ~As we donate money and material gifts for hurricane and earthquake victims, let us also consider offering masses for them. Request Masses for their divine comfort, healing, and strength to endure these traumatic times.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Visitors examine parish history display at Oct. 7 Open House.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Revival 2017 is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 9-11, at 6:30pm each day at St. Martin dePorres Church, 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo,, with guest speaker, Reverend R. Tony Ricard. This event, “Shut Up and Just Listen: Jesus Has Something to Say,” is sponsored by the African American Commission and the Diocese of Buffalo. Call 716-847-2217 for more information.

Labor & Delivery Open House at Sisters Hospital (2157 Main Street in Buffalo) is Tuesday, October 10 (4:30-7:30pm). Come see why more families choose Sisters Hospital to deliver their babies than any other hospital in Western New York  Afterwards, the hospital will be presenting informational displays on infant/child CPR, sleep safety, car seat safety, childbirth classes and more! There will also be giveaways and an opportunity to win a new car seat or stroller.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and free parking is available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Catholic Health’s Health Connection at 716-923-9790.

Griefshare Support Group begins Wednesday, October 11, at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Pompeii. Register at olpparish.com or contact Sister Joyce at 716-683-6522, ext. 103.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima at St. Leo the Great Parish (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst), Friday October 13 at 7pm with a Mass followed by candelight rosary procession, film and reception. Free event—all are welcome.

Worship & Services

Worship:
Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Monday and Tuesday at 8:00 AM, Wednesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
Weekdays effective June 1, 2017: Tuesday – Thursday at 11:00 AM
Holy Days: As scheduled on “This Week” page

Other Services:
Opportunity for confession on Saturday at 4:00 PM
First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
A coffee hour is held after the 10 AM Mass on the third Sunday of the month (September-June)