This Week

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 21, 2017

The Ascension of the Lord
May 25, 2017
Oil on canvas painting of the Ascension of Christ by Joseph Mazur in the right transept of the church. Photo credit: Steve Mangione

May 21 – May 28, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 21 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the Church – 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

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

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

Friday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 27 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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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, May 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Claire E. Martoche (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, May 22 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Tuesday, May 23 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Tilly Fuponsic (Pauline Rollek)

Thursday, May 25 ~ Ascension of the Lord ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, May 26 ~ St. Philip Neri ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 27 ~ St. Augustine of Canterbury ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Virginia Tapley (John Curtin)

Sunday, May 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Dr. Robert A. Baumler (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Healing for Barbara Draper (Nancy DeBoy)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Angela Jost, Maggie Gatson;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger;  Maggie Gatson (Choir)

Come garden with us on Monday, May 24, 6pm-?

News from our Parish Community

A Parish “Garden Party” is set  for Wednesday, May 24. Members of the local meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, have volunteered to help weed and plant our church gardens. We are hoping for a turnout of parishioners to work along with them. Please plan to join us on Wednesday evening, May 24, beginning at 6pm. Bring your favorite gardening tools and work gloves. Rain date is June 5.

Thursday, May 25, is the feast of The Ascension of the Lord. There will be 6pm Mass but no 11am Mass.

Summer Mass Schedule goes into effect on June 1. Please note that there will be NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time is changing to 11:00am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11:00am.

William Maddox in recital at Blessed Trinity
Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm

Our Trinity Festival Weekend is only 3 weeks away, June 9-11. In honor of our feast day, Trinity Sunday, the parish is planning 3 days of events and opportunities for you to “bring a friend to church.” Our lead-off event is an organ recital on Friday evening, June 9, at 7:30pm. William Maddox, music director at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, is returning to perform a benefit recital, a promise he made in 2011 when he first visited Blessed Trinity as part of a tour of Buffalo churches. He has chosen pieces that “showcase various colors” of our 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and what he has termed the church’s “splendid acoustic.” Those of us who were lucky enough to hear him practice on May 8 know you are in for a sensory treat, and you’ll have a chance to visit with Mr. Maddox at a post-concert reception. A free-will offering for the Under This Roof Fund will be taken. On Saturday afternoon, June 10 (2-4pm), you and your friends can take a guided tour of our landmark church. If you’ve ever wondered about the seemingly haphazard arrangement of bricks or the terra cotta decorations on the church façade, here is your chance to ask questions of our knowledgeable docents. Then celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity at the 10am Mass on Sunday, June 11, and bring your guests to brunch in St. Charles Hall.

Sixth Sunday of Easter:  Jesus’ love for us is unparalleled, and Jesus asks us to remain faithful to this love. Is God calling you to help his children know His love? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Sacred Sites Weekend ~ A sincere “thank you” to everyone who facilitated our participation in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Seventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend on May 20/21 by volunteering as docents, greeters, and friendly hosts. As usual, first-time visitors were overwhelmed by our art and architecture. However, what we really love are visitors’ comments about how much they enjoyed the experience of meeting the volunteers who shared Blessed Trinity’s story. And if you weren’t able to help this weekend, you’ll have another opportunity to volunteer when we again welcome visitors during our Trinity Festival Weekend, June 9-11.

Anointing of the Sick ~ The next communal anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place on Sunday, June 18, immediately after Mass and continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

Hope Award received by Blessed Trinity Parish from PeacePrints in recognition of contributions to Christmas Prisoner Gift Project.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Helen Roddy Gray with YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

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.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, 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 ~ 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

Healing Mass on June 2 at 7pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (4375 Harris Hill Road in Williamsville, 716-632-8838). Join Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun to pray for our families, for our community, for one another, especially the sick, those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those preparing for surgery, those with special intentions, the travelers, etc. This Service is for anyone seeking physical, spiritual healing.

Chiavetta’s Chicken Dinner (17th Annual) on Sunday, June 4 (noon until sold out) at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street at Eagle (a block south of Clinton). Tickets are $10.

Catholic Health is sponsoring a free* community dinner program entitled, “Walk This Way” on Monday, June 5, from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Grapevine Banquets (333 Dick Road, Depew). Join local knee expert, orthopedic surgeon Keith Stube, MD, for dinner and a discussion about the latest treatment options for knee pain, from conservative approaches, to total knee replacement surgery. Reservations are required by calling Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 716-447-6205. (*Catholic Health invites area residents to attend up to three free dinner programs per calendar year. After that, admission for each program is $20 and includes dinner).

Cardinal O’Hara Summer Camps and Clinics (enrichment in academics, arts, and athletics) for students in grades 5 – 9 starts in June. Visit cardinalohara.com for details.

Looking for a way to get your kids off the couch this summer?  St. Mary’s High School is offering summer camps for soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as for cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 14, 2017

May 14 – May 21, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 14 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by Holy Name Society

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

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

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 20 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the Church – 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

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

Sunday, May 21 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the Church – 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

*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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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, May 14 ~ Mother’s Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Paul R. James (Requested by Arnold Family) and Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Pauline Rollek)

Monday, May 15 ~ St. Isidore ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Louise Hitty (Pauline Rollek)

Tuesday, May 16 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Thursday, May 18 ~ St. John I ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, May 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 20 ~ St. Bernardine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rev. Joseph Carlo (John Curtin)

Sunday, May 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Claire E. Martoche (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: DanKorchowsky, Maggie Gatson, Fran Cahill;  Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

Mothers & daughters enjoy Mother’s Days brunch hosted by HNS

News from our Parish Community

Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by the men of our Holy Name Society is Sunday, May 14, following the 10:00am Mass. All women of the parish are invited as guests of the Holy Name Society.

Bible Study continues on Monday, May 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 26-37); you may contact Fr. Victor if you need a copy of the booklet.  Make sure to bring your Bible, and the Agape “A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture.” For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Volunteers needed for Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 20-21, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Seventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. We will join dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings. It’s an opportunity to highlight BT as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! The Open House will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (before 4:30 Mass), and on Sunday, May 21 from 12:00 noon (after 10:00 Mass) to 2:00 PM. We will need docents, greeters, sellers, and general hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket. Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. Please sign up to participate by Sunday, May 14. Thank you!! Click HERE for information about our public tours.

The Parish Council meets this Wednesday, May 17, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Summary of April 19 Parish Council Meeting: Acknowledged John Curtin for his efforts in making Holy Week and Easter so special; reviewed Agape plans. The PeacePrints Hope award was announced, along with a date for outdoor assistance with planting by Buffalo Underground. Trinity Sunday (June 11) is being planned, and we look forward to a June 9 organ recital by William Maddox. Finally, a date is being determined for an upcoming “Bring a Friend or Neighbor to Church Sunday.”

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning on May 21, there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

A Parish “Garden Party” is set  for Wednesday, May 24. Members of the local meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, have volunteered to help weed and plant our church gardens. We are hoping for a turnout of parishioners to work along with them. Please plan to join us on Monday evening, May 24, beginning at 6pm. Bring your favorite gardening tools and work gloves. Rain date is June 5.

William Maddox at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Our Trinity Festival Weekend is June 9 – 11. In honor of our feast day, Trinity Sunday, the parish is planning 3 days of events and opportunities for you to “bring a friend to church.” On Friday evening, June 9 at 7:30pm, noted Canadian organist, William Maddox, will travel from Toronto to perform an organ recital benefitting our Under This Roof Fund. He has chosen pieces that “showcase various colors” of our 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and the church’s “splendid acoustic.” On Saturday afternoon, June 10, from 2 to 4pm, you and a friend can take a guided tour of our Landmark church. If you’ve ever wondered about the seemingly haphazard arrangement of bricks or the terra cotta decorations on the church façade, here is your chance to ask questions of our knowledgeable docents. Then celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity at the 10am Mass on Sunday, June 11, and bring your guest to brunch in St. Charles Hall.

Hope Award received by Blessed Trinity Parish from PeacePrints in recognition of contributions to Christmas Prisoner Gift Project.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Fifth Sunday of Easter:   Faithful discipleship of Christ has tremendous rewards both in this life and in eternal life. How is Christ calling you to inspire discipleship among His children? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Helen Roddy Gray with YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

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.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, 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 ~ 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.

Come garden with us on Wed., May 24, 6pm-?

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Embracing the Creative Flow” presented by Gina Marie Cutrona, Art Instructor, on Tuesday, May 16 at 7pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Building an awareness of the creative flow during grief and anytime fosters an appreciation of beauty, aids in healing the body and mind, while edifying the spirit. Through prayer, encountering art and creating, the body, mind, and spirit will be refreshed. No previous art experience is required to benefit from this interactive presentation. All supplies provided at no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services (716-873-6500).

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

12 Step Spirituality for Everyone presented by Rev. Barbara Price on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence. Few of us are completely free of attachment (addictions) to something (substances and/or behaviors). Supporting our movement toward surrender to the God of our understanding, 12-step spirituality can be part of your journey to healing and wholeness. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Cardinal O’Hara Summer Camps and Clinics (enrichment in academics, arts, and athletics) for students in grades 5 – 9 starts in June. Visit cardinalohara.com for details.

Looking for a way to get your kids off the couch this summer?  St. Mary’s High School is offering summer camps for soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as for cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 7, 2017

 

The church’s west side rose window contains images of the children to whom Our Lady Mary appeared at Fatima. They are positioned at “three,” “six” and “nine o’clock.”
Photo Credit: Steve Mangione

May 7 – May 14, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 7 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Friday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, May 14 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by Holy Name Society

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study 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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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, May 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Kimberly Louise Sperandeo (Sisters, Brothers, and Cousins)

Monday, May 8 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Tuesday, May 9 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 10 ~ St. Damien de Veuster ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

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

Friday, May 12 ~ St. Nereus & St. Achilleus; St. Pancras ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Virginia E. Tapley
1926-2017

Saturday, May 13 ~ Our Lady of Fatima ~ Memorial Mass at 12:00 Noon for Virginia Tapley

Saturday, May 13 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ted Rollek (Pauline Rollek)

Sunday, May 14 ~ Mother’s Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Paul R. James (Arnold Family) and Bridget Blesnuk (Pauline Rollek)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Angela Jost;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Sharon Dunnigan;  Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by Holy Name Society

News from our Parish Community

Sodality Meeting ~ The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, May 7, following 10am Mass. Agenda items will include May 13 Memorial Mass for Virginia Tapley and dinner options for closing meeting in June. In honor of Mother’s Day, please bring a picture of your mother or favorite mother-figure or a favorite photo of yourself as a mother.

Prayer Partners ~  The CCCB’s annual Pot Luck dinner and opportunity to meet your prayer partner will take place on Thursday, May 11, at St. Columba-Brigid Parish.  Please sign up on the sheets near the side doors if you are able to attend and bring a dish to share. For additional information, call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 (x 114).

Sodality Members are asked to assemble in church at 11:30am on Saturday, May 13, to recite the Rosary before the Memorial Mass for Sodalist Virginia Tapley.

Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by the men of our Holy Name Society is this coming Sunday, May 14, following the 10:00am Mass. All women of the parish are invited as guests of the Holy Name, but please remember that reservations are due by this Wednesday, May 10. They may be made by calling the Rectory Office at 716-833-0301 on Tuesday or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm. Non-parishioner adult guests, such as daughters, mothers, sisters, similar-in-laws, etc. are welcome. No children, please. Cost for a guest is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Bible Study continues on Monday, May 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 26-37); you may contact Fr. Victor if you need a copy of the booklet.  Make sure to bring your Bible, and the Agape “A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture.” For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Volunteers needed for Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 20-21, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Seventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. We will join dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings. It’s an opportunity to highlight BT as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! The Open House will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (before 4:30 Mass), and on Sunday, May 21 from 12:00 noon (after 10:00 Mass) to 2:00 PM. We will need docents, greeters, sellers, and general hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket. Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. Please sign up to participate by Sunday, May 14. Thank you!!

Hope Award received by Blessed Trinity Parish from PeacePrints in recognition of contributions to Christmas Prisoner Gift Project.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Summary of April 19 Parish Council Meeting ~ Acknowledged John Curtin for his efforts in making Holy Week and Easter so special; reviewed Agape plans. The PeacePrints Hope award was announced, along with a date for outdoor assistance with planting by Buffalo Underground. Trinity Sunday (June 11) is being planned, and we look forward to a June 9 organ recital by William Maddox. Finally, a date is being determined for an upcoming “Bring a Friend or Neighbor to Church Sunday.” The next Parish Council meeting is Wednesday, May 17, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning on May 21, there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

“Garden Party” Set for May 24 ~ If you love to garden or just enjoy working outdoors, please mark your calendar for 6pm Monday May 24. A group of parishioners will be joining forces with volunteers from Buffalo Underground to work on sprucing up the church gardens. Rain date is June 5.

Helen Roddy Gray with YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

Parish Agape Feast ~ Thanks to everyone who attended our first Agape Feast on April 23, especially those of you who prepared food, helped to serve it, or stayed to assist with clean-up. We hope you had a good time and enjoyed sampling from the great variety of familiar offerings and new-to-you foods. Congratulations to Jack Curtin, this year’s recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker, as well as our bingo workers and members of the choir and finance council.  They were presented with certificates by Father Victor in recognition of their dedication to the parish. Father Victor promises to honor additional parish volunteers at future events of this nature.

Fourth Sunday of Easter:   On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life, especially for our diocese. May God raise up good shepherds in our midst.  If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

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.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, 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 ~ 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

Slow Roll Buffalo ~ Join with other cyclists for Slow Roll Bi-weekly Monday Evenings. The group assembles for the first roll of the season on Monday, May 8 at Martin Luther King Park at 6:30pm and returns to that location by 8pm for an after-party. Please be advised that some streets might be closed to traffic during those hours as approximately 1,000 bicyclists roll through. Orange and black signs can be seen on some of the streets along the route. Please go to slowrollbuffalo.org to register and to learn more. We hope you’ll join us, whether on the ride or waving along the way!

Protecting God’s Children Workshop for Adults (18+) ~ Wednesday, May 10 (1pm) at the Catholic Center of Buffalo. Call 895-3010 or email jacqueline-joy [at] ccwny [dot] org.

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

Looking for a way to get your kids off the couch this summer?  St. Mary’s High School is offering summer camps for soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as for cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824.

Third Sunday of Easter – Week of April 30, 2017

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
May 1

April 30 – May 7, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, May 7 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting 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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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, April 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis)

Monday, May 1 ~ St. Joseph the Worker ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Tuesday, May 2 ~ St. Athanasius ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 3 ~ St Philip and St. James, Apostles ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Thursday, May 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, May 5 ~ First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 a.m. (Daily Mass Chapel)

Friday, May 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 6 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – William and Frances Pernick (Her Children)

Sunday, May 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Kimberly Louise Sperandeo (Sisters, Brothers, and Cousins)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Shammy Dunnigan;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis;  Maggie Gatson (Choir)

Carpenter’s tools: symbol of labor and St. Joseph in church narthex
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

 

News from our Parish Community

First Friday ~ This Friday, May 5, is First Friday. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8am to 11am in the Daily Mass Chapel. Please consider spending at least 3o minutes in adoration and meditation. The 11am daily Mass will follow Benediction.

Sodality Meeting ~ The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, May 7, following 10am Mass. Agenda items will include May 13 Memorial Mass for Virginia Tapley and dinner options for closing meeting in June. In honor of Mother’s Day, please bring a picture of your mother or favorite mother-figure or a favorite photo of yourself as a mother.

Mother’s Day Breakfast ~ The men of the parish Holy Name Society extend a cordial invitation to the women of the parish to be their guests at the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast, to be held on Sunday, May 14, following the 10:00am Mass. Reservations for the breakfast are necessary and may be made by calling the Rectory Office at 716-833-0301, Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, May 10. Non-parishioner adult guests, such as daughters, mothers, sisters, similar-in-laws, etc. are welcome. No children, please. Cost for your guest is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Prayer Partners ~  The CCCB’s annual Pot Luck dinner and opportunity to meet your prayer partner will take place on Thursday, May 11, at St. Columba-Brigid Parish.  Please sign up on the sheets near the side doors if you are able to attend and bring a dish to share. For additional information, call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 (x 114).

Bible Study continues on Monday, May 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please bring your Bible and copy of Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. If you did not receive this study aide, please contact Father Victor.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning on May 21, there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

Parish Agape Feast ~ Thanks to everyone who attended last Sunday’s Agape Feast, especially those of you who prepared food, helped to serve it, or stayed to assist with clean-up. We hope you had a good time and enjoyed sampling from the great variety of familiar offerings and new-to-you foods. Congratulations to Jack Curtin, this year’s recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker, as well as our bingo workers and members of the choir and finance council.  They were presented with certificates by Father Victor in recognition of their dedication to the parish. Father Victor promises to honor additional parish volunteers at future events of this nature.

Third Sunday of Easter:  After some time of journeying to Emmaus, and after failure to recognize the risen Jesus at first, two of Jesus’ disciples recognized the Risen Lord as he broke bread with them. Might Jesus be calling you to make His presence known by this very gesture? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marked the last class for this year’s Religious Education program.  We have been delighted to spend this Lenten journey with the children of Blessed Trinity. They are faith-filled and each is an asset to our parish. Parents: please look for upcoming information regarding our confirmation program as well as our expanding youth program for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be sending along a brief questionnaire in the weeks to come for feedback on how you would like to see our program change to meet your family’s needs.  We are deeply grateful for your willingness to help us develop a faith formation program that is meaningful for our parish.  The Faith Formation Team at Blessed Trinity thanks you for sharing your children with us!

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.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, 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 ~ 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.

Carpenter’s square: symbol of Trades in
woodcarving over usher’s office in church nave
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Women’s Day of Spiritual Renewal ~ “We are Sisters on the Path of Life” is Saturday, May 6 (10am-3pm) at 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Box lunch served. Seating is limited. Contact Joy Bila at 716-834-0128 or jbila [at] hotmail [dot] com for information and registration.

Three Choirs Festival Concert ~ Sunday, May 7, 4pm, at St. Joseph Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir will be joined by the Amherst High School Concert Chorale, Justin Pomietlarz, director, and the Hamburg High School Concert Choir, Norm Zogaib, director. Each choir will perform several selections separately, as well as three combined pieces. Amherst and Hamburg are among the very best high school choirs in western New York, and they, along with our Cathedral Choir, will surely delight all who attend. There will be a feel-will [sic] offering. A reception in the Msgr. Britt Room will follow the concert sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music. St. Joseph Cathedral is located in downtown Buffalo at 50 Franklin Street.

Protecting God’s Children Workshop for Adults (18+) ~ Wednesday, May 10 (1pm) at the Catholic Center of Buffalo. Call 895-3010 or email jacqueline-joy [at] ccwny [dot] org.

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

Second Sunday of Easter – Week of April 23, 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday
April 23
Sacred Heart Shrine

April 23 – April 30, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 29 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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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, April 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis) and Dawn Wilby (Requested by Kathleen Marien)

Monday, April 24 ~ St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Bernadette A. Dorsheimer (Family)

Tuesday, April 25 ~ St. Mark, Evangelist ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Paul Mahler (Dianne Riordan)

Thursday, April 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, April 28 ~ St. Peter Chanel; St. Louis Grignion de MontfortMass at 11:00 a.m. – Mgbeka Family (Fidelia Ejimadu)

Saturday, April 29 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Sunday, April 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Bernice Bradley; Shammy Dunnigan (Choir)

 

News from our Parish Community

Parish Agape Feast is this Sunday, April 23, at 5pm ~ We hope by now you have indicated your intention to celebrate the Easter season with us at this Sunday’s Agape Feast. However, if circumstances prevented you from doing so, your church family will still be happy to welcome you at 5pm in St. Charles Hall. Please bring your food item already plated and “ready to serve”; serving utensils will be provided. While we will have pre-heated ovens to keep hot food items warm until the meal begins, you will not be able to cook or bake your special dish on site. We hope your family will help to make our Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship this Sunday, April 23, at 5pm.

Second Sunday of Easter:  It is an unspeakable blessing that from our Lord flows boundless mercy, a mercy that forgives even the deadliest of sins. We should never forget this or take it for granted. Can God be calling you to make His mercy known? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Prayer Partners ~  The CCCB’s annual Pot Luck dinner and opportunity to meet your prayer partner will take place on Thursday, May 11, at St. Columba-Brigid Parish.  Please sign up on the sheets near the side doors if you are able to attend and bring a dish to share. For additional information, call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 (x 114).

Church Madness 2017 ~ Blessed Trinity made it as far as the “Stunning Sixteen” in the balloting for the Most Beautiful Catholic Church in the United States. St. Francis de Sales Oratory (St. Louis, MO) triumphed over St. Mary (Norwalk, CT) and St. James (Louisville, KY) bested St. Paul (Nampa, IN) in the “Faithful Four” to advance to the final round of Church Madness 2017.  St. Francis de Sales Oratory was declared the winner on April 7, garnering 51.75% of the 17,860 votes tallied. Click HERE to learn more about the Oratory and nominate Blessed Trinity for the 2018 bracket.

The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, May 7, immeiately following 10am Mass.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning with the third Sunday in May (May 21), there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

Canisius College “Clean Team” (l. to r.): Jack McGuire, Wesley Ireland, David Cich, Brianna LaPrell, Quinn Corrao, Dale Nicosia, Tom Widman, Jack Dorn, and Ozy Ibhawa.

“Canisius Clean” ~ Students and alumni of Canisius College – including members of the college’s Accounting Society and its Economics & Finance Club —  once again devoted their Community Day volunteer efforts to Blessed Trinity. On April 8, a team of nine dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed our pews and floors, as well as the Daily Mass Chapel, choir loft, and ambulatory. Sincere and prayerful thanks go out to David Cich, Quinn Corrao, Jack Dorn (alumnus and former parishioner), Canisius student-in-residence, Osaze “Ozy” Ibhawa, Wesley Ireland, Brianna LaPrell, Jack McGuire, Dale Nicosia, and Tom Widman, as well as parishioners Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick (a Canisius alumna), Darvan Draper, Angela Jost, Dan Korchowsky and Sr. Liz Savage who gave up their Saturday morning to work along with and guide the students.

More than 50 people participated in the April 10 CCCB Penitential Service at Blessed Trinity. We are grateful to Sister Maureen Harris and Sister Liz Savage who planned the service and Our Confessors, Fathers Roy Herberger, Victor Ibhawa, Ron Sadjak, and Jud Weiksnar.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marked the last class for this year’s Religious Education program.  We have been delighted to spend this Lenten journey with the children of Blessed Trinity. They are faith-filled and each is an asset to our parish. Parents: please look for upcoming information regarding our confirmation program as well as our expanding youth program for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be sending along a brief questionnaire in the weeks to come for feedback on how you would like to see our program change to meet your family’s needs.  We are deeply grateful for your willingness to help us develop a faith formation program that is meaningful for our parish.  The Faith Formation Team at Blessed Trinity thanks you for sharing your children with us!

Jack Curtin

Recipient of Lay Award of

St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. 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 ~ 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

Mass for the Devotion of Our Lady ~ Saturday, April 29 (9am) at St. Lawrence Parish, 1520 East Delavan Ave. A free breakfast will be served afterwards. Please RSVP to Mary Jean D. Steinhauser (716-656-7195) if you wish to be included in the breakfast.

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

Easter Sunday – Week of April 16, 2017

April 16 – April 23, 2017

Weekly Activities

Monday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~  Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 18 ~ Choir Holiday – NO Rehearsal

Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast 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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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

Easter Sunday, April 16 ~ Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ The Family of Fidelia Ejimadu (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Easter Monday, April 17 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Easter Tuesday, April 18 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Wednesday, April 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Easter Thursday, April 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Friday, April 21 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Easter Saturday, April 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Julia Treacy (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis) and Dawn Wilby (Kathleen Marien)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Dianne Riordan, Bob Heicklen;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Maggie Gatson (Choir)

 

News from our Parish Community

Bible Study will be held Monday, April 17 at 7pm in St Charles Hall. Please prepare for discussion by reading: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, and pages 6 – 25 from the book Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. You will find copies of the 12-page bible study guide on the tables at the side doors of the church or by Clicking HERE. Please contact Fr. Victor to obtain a copy of the book Genesis 1-11.  Make sure to bring your bible, the study guide, and Genesis 1-11 with you on April 17. For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, April 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Vice President Mickey Dick.

Bingo Games resume this Thursday, April 20, at 8pm in St. Charles Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Parish Agape Feast is Sunday, April 23 ~ Although the church signup sheets for our parish family’s Agape or Love Feast had to be removed for Easter weekend, the parish council still needs your assistance in determining how many people to plan for and what additional food items to purchase. If you have not already made your reservation, please call the church office this Tues.-Thurs. between 10:30am & 2:30pm. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to help make this a real “feast” by bringing food to share, so kindly let us know what you plan to bring; e.g., salad, pasta dish, meat or vegetable dish, dessert, etc. We hope your family will help to make our Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship by celebrating the Easter season with the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on Sunday, April 23 at 5pm.

Canisius College “Clean Team” (l. to r.): Jack McGuire, Wesley Ireland, David Cich, Brianna LaPrell, Quinn Corrao, Dale Nicosia, Tom Widman, Jack Dorn, and Ozy Ibhawa.

“Canisius Clean” ~ Students and alumni of Canisius College – including members of the college’s Accounting Society and its Economics & Finance Club —  once again devoted their Community Day volunteer efforts to Blessed Trinity. On April 8, a team of nine dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed our pews and floors, as well as the Daily Mass Chapel, choir loft, and ambulatory. Sincere and prayerful thanks go out to David Cich, Quinn Corrao, Jack Dorn (alumnus and former parishioner), Canisius student-in-residence, Osaze “Ozy” Ibhawa, Wesley Ireland, Brianna LaPrell, Jack McGuire, Dale Nicosia, and Tom Widman, as well as parishioners Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick (a Canisius alumna), Darvan Draper, Angela Jost, Dan Korchowsky and Sr. Liz Savage who gave up their Saturday morning to work along with and guide the students.

Easter Sunday: The Lord is risen, it is true! Through his death and Resurrection, Jesus affords us new life. We must now decide how we are going to live that new life. Will we answer the call from our Lord? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

More than 50 people participated in the April 10 CCCB Penitential Service at Blessed Trinity. We are grateful to Sister Maureen Harris and Sister Liz Savage who planned the service and Our Confessors, Fathers Roy Herberger, Victor Ibhawa, Ron Sadjak, and Jud Weiksnar.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marked the last class for this year’s Religious Education program.  We have been delighted to spend this Lenten journey with the children of Blessed Trinity. They are faith-filled and each is an asset to our parish. Parents: please look for upcoming information regarding our confirmation program as well as our expanding youth program for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be sending along a brief questionnaire in the weeks to come for feedback on how you would like to see our program change to meet your family’s needs.  We are deeply grateful for your willingness to help us develop a faith formation program that is meaningful for our parish.  The Faith Formation Team at Blessed Trinity thanks you for sharing your children with us!

Jack Curtin

Recipient of Lay Award of

St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning with the third Sunday in May (May 21), there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

Church Madness 2017 ~ Blessed Trinity made it as far as the “Stunning Sixteen” in the balloting for the Most Beautiful Catholic Church in the United States. St. Francis de Sales Oratory (St. Louis, MO) triumphed over St. Mary (Norwalk, CT) and St. James (Louisville, KY) bested St. Paul (Nampa, IN) in the “Faithful Four” to advance to the final round of Church Madness 2017.  St. Francis de Sales Oratory was declared the winner on April 7, garnering 51.75% of the 17,860 votes tallied. Click HERE to learn more about the Oratory and nominate Blessed Trinity for the 2018 bracket.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. 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 ~ 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

Organ Recital at Saint Joseph Cathedral – On Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 pm Nathan Laube, one of America’s finest concert organists, will present a recital exploring the full range of St. Joseph Cathedral’s incomparable 1876 Hook & Hastings instrument, with its more than 5,000 pipes. The recital will include major works by Charles-Marie Widor, Healey Willan, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. There will be a free-will offering. This event is co-sponsored by St. Joseph Cathedral, the Buffalo Chapter AGO and the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music. St. Joseph Cathedral is located in downtown Buffalo at 50 Franklin Street. All are welcome!

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).

Passion (Palm) Sunday – Week of April 9, 2017

 

April 9 – April 16, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 9 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Penitential Service in Church

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

Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Thursday, April 13 ~ HOLY THURSDAY – NO BINGO

Friday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 15~ HOLD SATURDAY – NO BINGO

Monday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~  Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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.

To view our complete schedule of Holy Week Services, click HERE.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 9 ~ Palm Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis)

Monday, April 10 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Monday, April 10 ~  CCCB Lenten Reconciliation Service at 7:00 p.m. in church

Tuesday, April 11 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Holy Thursday, April 13 ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Good Friday, April 14 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 2:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 14 ~ Solemn Service at 3:00 p.m. 

Holy Saturday, April 15 ~ Easter Vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Easter Sunday, April 16 ~ Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ The Family of Fidelia Ejimadu (Fidelia Ejimadu)

To view our complete schedule of Holy Week Services, click HERE.

 

News from our Parish Community

Penance Service Here on April 10 ~ Blessed Trinity will be the site of this year’s penance service for the CCCB parishes on Monday evening, April 10, at 7pm. We hope you will take advantage of this convenient opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we begin the most sacred week in the Christian calendar. There will be five priests available to hear Confessions.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marks the last class for this year’s Religious Education program.  We have been delighted to spend this Lenten journey with the children of Blessed Trinity. They are faith-filled and each is an asset to our parish. Parents: please look for upcoming information regarding our confirmation program as well as our expanding youth program for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be sending along a brief questionnaire in the weeks to come for feedback on how you would like to see our program change to meet your family’s needs.  We are deeply grateful for your willingness to help us develop a faith formation program that is meaningful for our parish.  The Faith Formation Team at Blessed Trinity thanks you for sharing your children with us!

Canisius College “Clean Team” (l. to r.): Jack McGuire, Wesley Ireland, David Cich, Brianna LaPrell, Quinn Corrao, Dale Nicosia, Tom Widman, Jack Dorn, and Ozy Ibhawa.

“Canisius Clean” ~ Students and alumni of Canisius College – including members of the college’s Accounting Society and its Economics & Finance Club —  once again devoted their Community Day volunteer efforts to Blessed Trinity. On April 8, a team of nine dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed our pews and floors, as well as the Daily Mass Chapel, choir loft, and ambulatory. Sincere and prayerful thanks go out to David Cich, Quinn Corrao, Jack Dorn (alumnus and former parishioner), Canisius student-in-residence, Osaze “Ozy” Ibhawa, Wesley Ireland, Brianna LaPrell, Jack McGuire, Dale Nicosia, and Tom Widman, as well as parishioners Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick (a Canisius alumna), Darvan Draper, Angela Jost, Dan Korchowsky and Sr. Liz Savage who gave up their Saturday morning to work along with and guide the students.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: Today is called Passion Sunday because our Lord’s love for us is so passionate that it remained unhindered by harsh mockery and a painful death on a cross. How passionate is your love for God? If he readily took up the cross for us, how ready are you to respond to His calling? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

There will be NO BINGO on Holy Thursday or Holy Saturday. Games resume on Thursday, April 20.

The next Bible Study meeting will be held Monday, April 17 at 7pm in St Charles Hall. Please prepare for discussion by reading: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, and pages 6 – 25 from the book Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. You will find copies of the 12-page bible study guide on the tables at the side doors of the church or by Clicking HERE. Please contact Fr. Victor to obtain a copy of the book Genesis 1-11.  Make sure to bring your bible, the study guide, and Genesis 1-11 with you on April 17. For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 316-8395.

Parish Agape Feast is Sunday April 23 at 5pm. You are cordially invited to our parish family’s Agape or Love Feast in St. Charles Hall. Recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry, we hope ours will prove to be an expression of community, sharing, and fellowship. It will also provide an opportunity to recognize the contributions of parishioners involved in various ministries. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to contribute something to the feast. Many thanks to those of you who have already signed up. If you did not have an opportunity to make a reservation, please call the church office (Tues.-Thurs., 10:30-2:30). We look forward to you joining us in celebrating the Easter season and the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on April 23.

Jack Curtin

Recipient of Lay Award of

St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning with the third Sunday in May (May 21), there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

Church Madness 2017 ~ Blessed Trinity made it as far as the “Stunning Sixteen” in the balloting for the Most Beautiful Catholic Church in the United States. St. Francis de Sales Oratory (St. Louis, MO) triumphed over St. Mary (Norwalk, CT) and St. James (Louisville, KY) bested St. Paul (Nampa, IN) in the “Faithful Four” to advance to the final round of Church Madness 2017.  St. Francis de Sales Oratory was declared the winner on April 7, garnering 51.75% of the 17,860 votes tallied. Click HERE to learn more about the Oratory and nominate Blessed Trinity for the 2018 bracket.

Congratulations to Canisius High School student, Jonathan Sands, for receiving First Honors in the third quarter of twelfth grade. Excellent work, Jonathan!

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. 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 ~ 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.

Our Landmark church building is featured on a mural created by Danial Galas on a the building located at 72 Jewett Avenue at Halbert Street. The building was originally owned by the Culliton Ice Cream Co. Local historian and preservationist, Chuck LaChiusa, has shared some marvelous photos of the mural depicting Blessed Trinity and other historical sites in the neighborhood on his web site. Click HERE to view them.

Decorated corbels on exterior of church ambulatory
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).

Fifth Sunday in Lent – Week of April 2, 2017

“Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live….” Ezekiel 37: 13-14
(Iconography from church facade. Photo credit: Margaret Dick)

April 2 – April 9, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 2 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, April 2 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Monday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at St. Martin de Porres

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

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

Friday, April 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, April 9 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Penance Service in church

* There will be no Bingo on Holy Thursday, April 13, or Holy Saturday, April 15.
We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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

Our new daily Mass schedule is now in effect.
Mass on Mondays and Tuesdays will be an 8:00 am;
Mass on Wednesday – Friday will continue at 11:00 am.

Sunday, April 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Larry Panko (Requested by Joseph Viola)

Monday, April 3 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, April 4 ~ St. IsidoreMass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Wednesday, April 5 ~ St. Vincent Ferrer ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, April 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – John Peotock (Marge Laciura)

Friday, April 7 ~ St. John Baptist de la Salle ~ First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 a.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, April 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, April 7 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 8 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Nancy Jo Dispenza (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Sunday, April 9 ~ Palm Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Monday, April 10 ~  CCCB Lenten Penance Service at 7:00 p.m. in church

To view our complete schedule of Holy Week Services, click HERE.

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Readers: Jack Curtin, Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Dianne Riordan, Mary Kresse, Fran Cahill;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; Maggie Gatson (Choir)

News from our Parish Community

The Liturgical Committee will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, April 2, following the 10am Mass to finalize plans for Holy Week.

Our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo continues its tradition of Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses at 7pm. On April 3 we will be visiting St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton St., Buffalo.

Readers and Eucharistic Ministers will meet with Father Victor on Thursday, April 6, at 7pm.

This Friday, April 7, is First Friday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction will take place in the Daily Mass Chapel beginning at 8am and ending at 11am, followed by daily Mass. Please consider spending at least one-half hour in prayer and meditation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. If you can commit to a specific time, use the pink sign-up sheets at the side doors of the church or call the church office (716-833-0301) during regular office hours.

Stations of the Cross will take place in church at 6pm on Friday, April 7.

Penance Service Here on April 10 ~ Blessed Trinity will be the site of this year’s penance service for the CCCB parishes on Monday evening, April 10, at 7pm. We hope you will take advantage of this convenient opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we begin the most sacred week in the Christian calendar. There will be five priests available to hear Confessions.

Jack Curtin
Recipient of Lay Award of
St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Parish Agape Feast is April 23 ~ The Agape or Love Feast refers to a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ. You are cordially invited to our parish family’s Love Feast on Sunday, April 23, beginning at 5pm in St. Charles Hall. It’s meant to be an informal evening of fellowship, including recognition of the stewardship of parishioners involved in various ministries. In the spirit of communal sharing, we are asking everyone who can to contribute a food item for the feast. To assure that we cover all the essentials, please indicate the type of food you plan to bring; for example, green salad, pasta dish, meat or vegetable casserole, dessert, etc., on the signup sheets at the side doors of the church. Please plan to join in celebrating the Easter season and the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on April 23.

The next Bible Study meeting will be held Monday, April 17 at 7pm in St Charles Hall. Please prepare for discussion by reading: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, and pages 6 – 25 from the book Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. You will find copies of the 12-page bible study guide on the tables at the side doors of the church or by Clicking HERE. Please contact Fr. Victor to obtain a copy of the book Genesis 1-11.  Make sure to bring your bible, the study guide, and Genesis 1-11 with you on April 17. For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 316-8395.

Vocation View: Fifth Sunday in Lent ~ Like Lazarus, all who have faith in Christ have hope for eternal life. How might God be calling you to proclaim his hope?  If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning with the third Sunday in May (May 21), there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

2016 Donation Reports for tax filing purposes are available upon request. Please contact the church office if you need proof of your 2016 contributions to the church. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday; 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. 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 ~ 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.

Our Landmark church building is featured on a mural created by Danial Galas on a the building located at 72 Jewett Avenue at Halbert Street. The building was originally owned by the Culliton Ice Cream Co. Local historian and preservationist, Chuck LaChiusa, has shared some marvelous photos of the mural depicting Blessed Trinity and other historical sites in the neighborhood on his web site. Click HERE to view them.

Decorated corbels on exterior of church ambulatory
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Lenten Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty (101 Swinburne Street) March 4 – April 9 on Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-noon. Call 716-893-0412 for information.

St. Ann’s 11th Annual German Mass will take place April 2 at 12:30pm at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street at the corner of Edward). All are welcome!

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Week of March 26, 2017

Today’s First Reading from the first Book of Samuel tells the story of David’s anointing as king. This depiction of David with his harp is found in the rose window in the church’s choir loft.
Photo by Duane Held

March 26 – April 2, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 26 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Monday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Sisters’s Hospital, second floor Chapel

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

Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, April 2 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, April 2 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Monday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at St. Martin de Porres

*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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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

Our new daily Mass schedule is now in effect.
Mass on Mondays and Tuesdays will be an 8:00 am;
Mass on Wednesday – Friday will continue at 11:00 am.

Sunday, March 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John Riordan (Requested by Family)

Monday, March 27 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Mary C. Nelson (Family)

Tuesday, March 28 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Gwendolyn Moore (David)

Wednesday, March 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, March 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, March 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, March 31 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 1 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita Mulligan (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Sunday, April 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Larry Panko (Joseph Viola)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Angela Jost, Bob Heicklen;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; Shammy Dunnigan (Choir)

 

News from our Parish Community

We recognize and bless our Liturgical Committee members who have started planning for our liturgical celebrations. The committee will meet after Sunday Mass on April 2 to finalize plans for Holy Week.

Jack Curtin
Recipient of Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Sweet While it Lasted ~  Blessed Trinity made it to the “Stunning Sixteen” in Church Madness 2017, but Holy Trinity in Gainsville, VA — with a much larger congregation — was more successful in getting out the vote. With 1,513 votes cast in the “Trinitarian Throwdown,” the more modern house of worship scored 871 (57.6%) to our 642 (42.4%). Click HERE if you’d like to check out what would have been our competition. Polls close at 11:59pm CST on Wed., March 29, for the Ecclesiastical Eight.

Our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo continues its tradition of Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses at 7pm. On March 27 we will be visiting Sister’s Hospital (2nd Floor Chapel), 2157 Main St., Buffalo. You will receive a ticket to cover the cost of your parking.

The Parish Council meeting will meet on Wednesday March 29 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please notify Sr. Peggy Gallagher or the parish office.

Summary of February 15 Parish Council Meeting: Movement on sale of FLARE awaits action from NYS. Closing date of St. Gerard [sale] is not set. Planning continues for new “Welcome” sign on side lawn. Thanks to Luis Clay and dedicated volunteers for their service at the Food Pantry; more volunteers are welcome. Attendance at Mass is up recently and times for Masses will be reviewed for several months. Religious Education program has fourteen youths ranging from second grade to high school. Additional teachers are welcome. Also seeking those interested in joining an Event Planning Team to identify events/activities that will increase participation.

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

Stations of the Cross will take place in church at 6pm on Friday, March 31 and Friday, April 7.

The Ladies Sodality’s meeting scheduled for next Sunday, April 2, has been cancelled.

Readers and Eucharistic Ministers will meet with Father Victor on Thursday, April 6, at 7pm.

Penance Service on April 10 ~ Blessed Trinity will be the site of this year’s penance service for the CCCB parishes on Monday evening, April 10, at 7pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we begin the most sacred week in the Christian calendar. We hope you will plan to attend.

Agape Meal Planned for April 23 ~ The Agape or Love Feast refers to a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ. An early evening agape meal is being planned for our parishioners on Sunday, April 23. Please save the date and watch future “This Week” posts for more information, including how you may contribute to our shared meal.

Vocation View: Fourth Sunday in Lent:  There are many forms of blindness from which Jesus delivers us. Sometimes certain kinds of blindness prevent us from appreciating the purpose for which we have been created, and our unique place in God’s kingdom. Ask Jesus today to remove whatever is preventing you from seeing or understanding the will of the Father.  If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning on Sunday May 7, there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the first Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing and also inform those who are sick and would like to be anointed.

2016 Donation Reports for tax filing purposes are available upon request. Please contact the church office if you need proof of your 2016 contributions to the church. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday; 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. 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 ~ 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.

Our Landmark church building is featured on a mural created by Danial Galas on a the building located at 72 Jewett Avenue at Halbert Street. The building was originally owned by the Culliton Ice Cream Co. Local historian and preservationist, Chuck LaChiusa, has shared some marvelous photos of the mural depicting Blessed Trinity and other historical sites in the neighborhood on his web site. Click HERE to view them.

Photos credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Welcome the Stranger” Monday March 27 (7pm) at St. Joseph University Community Room. The Lenten Speaker Series features Executive Director of International Institute of Buffalo. Eva Hassett, will explore issues related to refugee resettlement in Buffalo.

Lenten Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty (101 Swinburne Street) March 4 – April 9 on Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-noon. Call 716-893-0412 for information.

Fish Fry catered by Krolick’s at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School March 31 (4-7pm) will be hosted by Timon’s Parent Guild. Call 716-826-3610 for information.

Polish Easter Egg Ornamentation for beginners and advanced on Saturday April 1 from 9:30am to 3:45pm at St. Casimir’s Social Center (1833 Clinton). Call 716-824-9598 to register as seating is limited.

“The Passion of Paul” presentation by by Mary Ann Getty Saturday, April 1 from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga). Please register at cbstudies.org or call 716-871-9180.

St. Ann’s 11th Annual German Mass will take place April 2 at 12:30pm at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street at the corner of Edward). All are welcome!

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).

Third Sunday in Lent – Week of March 19, 2017

Feast of St. Joseph
March 20

March 19 – March 26, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 19 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Monday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at NativityMiguel School, St. Augustine Campus

Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ NO Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, March 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ~ Pizza Supper in St. Charles Hall, followed by Prayer Around the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in Church

Thursday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, March 26 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Monday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Sisters’s Hospital, second floor Chapel

*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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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

Our new daily Mass schedule is now in effect.
Mass on Mondays and Tuesdays will be an 8:00 am;
Mass on Wednesday – Friday will continue at 11:00 am.

Sunday, March 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ William Stiffler (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, March 20 ~ St. JosephMass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, March 21 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, March 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Thursday, March 23 ~ St. Turibius of Mogrovejo ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, March 24 ~ St. Patrick ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, March 24 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 25 ~ The Annunciation of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Family)

Sunday, March 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John Riordan (Family)

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

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

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

Rev. Peter Drilling was the opening speaker for our Wed. evening Lenten Program.

News from our Parish Community

Change in Lenten Program due to Wednesday’s weather cancellation ~ Our Lenten Program will conclude this week on Wednesday March 22 with a second “simple supper” of pizza, a green salad, and desserts, served from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by Prayer Around the Cross in the Church at 7pm. If you signed up to bring cookies on the 15th, we’re hoping your can still accommodate us this Wednesday.

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

Stations of the Cross will take place in church at 6pm each Friday during Lent.

Breaking News: If you picked Blessed Trinity in Church Madness 2017, your bracket is still intact! This week we beat out the Crypt Church of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC by 514 votes in Art & Liturgy’s balloting for “Most Beautiful Catholic Church in the U.S.” Our new matchup should be made public sometime on Sunday, 3/26, and we will post a link to the new ballot as soon as it becomes available. From what we’ve seen of the remaining churches, the competition in this round will be really tough. Polls will close on Wednesday, March 29, so be sure to vote right away. We’ve made it to the Sacred Sixteen, and the Faithful Four are in our sights!

Religious Education Update ~ Our religious education classes, focusing on Liturgy and Prayer, are continuing each Sunday of March from 9-9:45am in St. Charles Hall. We will be following the Buffalo Diocesan directives for Faith Formation and parents are expected to attend class with their children.  We are in desperate need of more teachers. If you are interested in helping to teach a small group of children with planned activities, please contact Elizabeth Clay at 472-0009.

Our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo continues its tradition of Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses at 7pm. On March 20 we will be visiting Sister’s Hospital (2nd Floor Chapel), 2157 Main St., Buffalo. You will receive a ticket to cover the cost of your parking.

The Parish Council meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday March 29 at 7pm in order to accommodate the Lenten program.

Summary of February 15 Parish Council Meeting: Movement on sale of FLARE awaits action from NYS. Closing date of St. Gerard [sale] is not set. Planning continues for new “Welcome” sign on side lawn. Thanks to Luis Clay and dedicated volunteers for their service at the Food Pantry; more volunteers are welcome. Attendance at Mass is up recently and times for Masses will be reviewed for several months. Religious Education program has fourteen youths ranging from second grade to high school. Additional teachers are welcome. Also seeking those interested in joining an Event Planning Team to identify events/activities that will increase participation.

Notes from the Loft ~ Thanks again to Nancy Erdman for enhancing our services with her music ministry this Sunday.

Vocation View: Third Sunday in Lent:   All of us thirst for fulfillment. Christ alone is the living water that can satisfy the innermost longings of our souls. Might Christ be calling you to lead souls to the source of this living water? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

2016 Donation Reports for tax filing purposes are available upon request. Please contact the church office if you need proof of your 2016 contributions to the church. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday; 716-833-0301.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. 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 ~ 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.

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Our Landmark church building is featured on a mural created by Danial Galas on a the building located at 72 Jewett Avenue at Halbert Street. The building was originally owned by the Culliton Ice Cream Co. Local historian and preservationist, Chuck LaChiusa, has shared some marvelous photos of the mural depicting Blessed Trinity and other historical sites in the neighborhood on his web site. Click HERE to view them.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“The Story of Faith” will be presented by nationally-acclaimed performer, Frank Runyeon, on Monday, March 20, (Signs: Gospel of John) and Tuesday, March 21, (Sermon on the Mount and Hollywood Versus Faith) at St. Martha’s Church (10 French Road, Depew) from 7:00 to 8:30pm.

Irish literary legend, Edna O’Brien, will present “Why Literature Matters,” Friday March 24 (8pm) at Kleinhans Music Hall.  Call 716-832-5400 or visit justbuffalo.org to reserve tickets.

“Welcome the Stranger” Monday March 27 (7pm) at St. Joseph University Community Room. The Lenten Speaker Series features Executive Director of International Institute of Buffalo. Eva Hassett, will explore issues related to refugee resettlement in Buffalo.

Lenten Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty (101 Swinburne Street) March 4 – April 9 on Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-noon. Call 716-893-0412 for information.

Father/Daughter Bonding Day at Sacred Heart Academy (3860 Main Street, Eggertsville) for Dads and daughters in grades 4 to 7 will take place Sunday, March 26, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. More information at sacredheartacademy.org or 716-834-2101, ext. 311.

A Concert for Laetare Sunday with Bobby Militello at St. Michael’s Church (651 Washington Street) is Sunday, March 26, at 2pm. Tickets are available at St. Michael’s rectory or in the church on concert day. More information at stmichaelbuffalo.org.

Fish Fry catered by Krolick’s at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School March 31 (4-7pm) will be hosted by Timon’s Parent Guild. Call 716-826-3610 for information.

Polish Easter Egg Ornamentation for beginners and advanced on Saturday April 1 from 9:30am to 3:45pm at St. Casimir’s Social Center (1833 Clinton). Call 716-824-9598 to register as seating is limited.

“The Passion of Paul” presentation by by Mary Ann Getty Saturday, April 1 from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Ave, Cheektowaga). Please register at cbstudies.org or call 716-871-9180.

St. Ann’s 11th Annual German Mass will take place April 2 at 12:30pm at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street at the corner of Edward). 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)