This Week

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 20, 2017

St. Bartholomew
August 24
This ceramic medallion of St. Bartholomew originally hung in St. Bartholomew R. C. Church on Grider Street in Buffalo. It was brought to this church by parishioners of St. Bartholomew’s in February 1993 and carried in the procession that opened the Liturgy celebrating the merger of the two parishes. It is now mounted on the wall of the transept outside the priest’s sacristy on the right (west) side of the church.

August 20 – August 27, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, August 20 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well Aging in church

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

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

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

Sunday, August 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anniversary reception for Fr. Victor in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Donald C. Nuwer (Requested by Family)

Monday, August 21 ~ St. Pius X ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 22 ~ Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, August 23 ~ St. Rose of Lima ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Donald C. Nuwer (Family)

Thursday, August 24 ~ St. Bartholomew, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, August 25 ~ St. Louis; St. Joseph Calasanz ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, August 26 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Donald C. Nuwer (Family)

Sunday, August 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Donald C. Nuwer (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Don Williams, Bonnie Williams;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Kathleen Marien, Luis Clay

St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617)
August 23
St. Rose, born in Lima, Peru, was the first person from the Americas to be canonized a saint (1671). She is depicted in a grouping of “Virgins and Widows” in the great dome of our church as the second kneeling figure on the left, wearing a crown of roses. St. Rose is the patroness of embroiderers, gardeners, florists, people who suffer family problems,
and those who suffer ridicule for their piety.
Artist: Joseph Mazur. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

News from our Parish Community

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

Monthly Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place on Sunday, August 20, following the 10am Mass.

Ordination Anniversary Celebration ~ There will be a reception in St. Charles Hall following the 10:00am Mass on Sunday, August 27, to celebrate Father Victor Ibhawa’s seventh anniversary of ordination, which is August 28. Please join us.

Bible Study resumes Monday, September 18, at 7pm. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for information.

Parish Council Elections are scheduled to take place on the weekend of September 9/10. The nominating committee is grateful to those parishioners who have agreed to stand for election. We will be announcing the slate of candidates at the end of August.

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

Wedding Anniversary Mass ~ Any couple celebrating a 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during 2017 is invited to participate in a special Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Family members are also encouraged to attend. A special certificate will be signed by Bishop Malone to honor the occasion, even for those who are unable to come out to attend the ceremony. For further information, please contact Catherine Kwiatkowski at 716-847-2210 or email ckwiatkowski [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org. Seating is limited. You may also place your name on the list by calling the our parish secretary, Pat Pendleton, at the church office as soon as possible.

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ Save the dateSeptember 17 (12:30-2:30pm) at Ss. Columba-Brigid’s parish hall. Everyone from the CCCB parishes is invited to attend a Bon Voyage Tea Party for Sr. Maureen Harris on that day. If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  is retiring at the end of this month after 49-years of active ministry. However, our friends at Ss. Columba-Brigid wanted to do something equally special to honor him on the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary, so they have planned a dinner for May 25, 2018, and they want all of us to be a part of their tribute. Please save the date. Having served in ten parishes and three correctional facilities, Father Roy looks forward to the celebration next Spring as a chance to reminisce and share stories with those he has been blessed to know. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid are Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ 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

 

Music and Dance Under the Stars Sunday August 20 (7-9pm, $10 admisssion) at St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main in Buffalo) with Big Band Concert featuring the Jim Tudini Band with Bobby Militello.

Tenth Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Show at Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (695 Elmwood) is Saturday (10am – 6pm) and Sunday (11am – 5pm) August 26-27. This is also an opportunity to explore the English Country Gothic historic church from the early twentieth Century Arts and Crafts aesthetic.

Marriage Preparation Classes will take place at D’Youville College (329 Porter Avenue) September 9, October 7, November 5, and December 2. Register through the Office of Family Life Ministries at 847-2210. Find out more at buffalodiocese.org/for-the-engaged.

Biannual Congrega Society of Buffalo Mass and Breakfast at Saint Lawrence Parish is Saturday, September 9. Find out more at stlawrencebuffalo.org or call 716-656-7195.

Annual Convocation and Mass of the Holy Spirit at SUNY Buffalo State College is Sunday, September 10 at 10am in the Social Hall at the Mildred Campbell Student Union. Join the faith community of the Newman Center in celebration of the Eightieth Anniversary of its founding and invoke God’s blessing on the new academic year.

Walking with Grief monthly lecture series and support group at St. Christopher Parish is the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Edmund Campus (Fr. Smiroldo Center – 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda). These evenings are provided to assist any person 18 years of age or older in their journey of grief. Each month a guest speaker offers knowledge and insight into the grief journey. Time for Q&A is provided. After the 20-30 minute presentation, attendees have the option to participate in small groups according to their loss. There is no charge for attendance and all are welcome. Call St. Christopher Parish Office at 716-692-2660 with any questions.

“Welcoming the Stranger” Prayer Services will take place in September. Hosted by the WNY Leadership Conference of Religious Women, come learn about refugee advocacy opportunities. Prayer services will be held on September 15 at 7pm (St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo); September 17 at 2pm (St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville and at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, 115 E. Main St., Allegany); September 24 at 2pm (Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg and at the Sacred Heart Center, 22 Meadowbrook Pkwy., Cheektowaga); and September 24 at 4:30pm (Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St., Buffalo). Personal hygiene items may be donated at any of these services to refugees in Jericho Road’s Vive program.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 13, 2017

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15
This solemnity celebrates the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life. Dogmatically defined in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, accounts of the assumption of Mary into heaven survive in apocryphal narratives from the third and fourth centuries, and the feast was celebrated as early as the fifth century.
Painting of Mary’s Assumption by Joseph Mazur on left side of church transept.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

August 13 – August 20, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, August 20 following 10:100 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well Aging in church

Monday, August 21 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. 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.

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ James F. Eagan (Requested by Judy Casassa) and Henry Heubusch (Requested by Kathleen, Karen and Bruce Marien)

Monday, August 14 ~ St. Maximillian Kolbe ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 15 ~ The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Outdoor Mass at 7:00 p.m., preceded by Offering of Prayers and Petitions at 6:00 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, August 16 ~ St. Stephen of Hungary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Donald C. Nuwer (Family)

Thursday, August 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, August 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, August 19 ~ St. John Eudes ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Donald C. Nuwer (Family)

Sunday, August 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Donald C. Nuwer (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Helen Roddy Gray, Sharon Dunnigan;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Mary Kresse

“Bring flowers of the fairest, bring flowers of the rarest, from garden and valley and hillside and dale….”

News from our Parish Community

Feast of Assumption  ~ This Tuesday, August 15, the Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This solemnity, which is a Holy Day of Obligation, commemorates the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life. We will observe the feast with outdoor evening services near the Blessed Mother statue and shrine, beginning at 6:00pm with an Offering of Prayers and Petitions, followed by the presentation of individual flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will begin at 7:00pm. It is an opportunity to thank God for the many blessings we have received and pray for continuous blessings and protections. Please bring a flower to present and a folding chair to sit on. We pray for favorable weather.

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

Guest Musician ~ We are grateful to Cory Gallagher who enhanced our liturgy with his musical talents this Sunday. Mr. Gallagher, who served as cantor and pianist, was filling in for our music director, Elizabeth Clay. Elizabeth is away on vacation and will return on August 20.

Parish Council Elections are scheduled to take place on the weekend of September 9/10. The nominating committee is grateful to those parishioners who have agreed to stand for election. We will be announcing the slate of candidates at the end of August.

August Mission Appeal ~ We join Rev. Ivan R. Trujillo in thanking you for your generosity directly benefiting the Guadalupe-Bolivian Mission in South America.  Last week’s second collection in support this annual mission appeal was $394.

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

Ordination Anniversary ~ Father Victor Ibhawa asks that we remember him in our prayers as he prepares to celebrate his seventh year as a priest on August 28.

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ Save the dateSeptember 17 (12:30-2:30pm) at Ss. Columba-Brigid’s parish hall. Everyone from the CCCB parishes is invited to attend a Bon Voyage Tea Party for Sr. Maureen Harris on that day. If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  is retiring at the end of this month after 49-years of active ministry. However, our friends at Ss. Columba-Brigid wanted to do something equally special to honor him on the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary, so they have planned a dinner for May 25, 2018, and they want all of us to be a part of their tribute. Please save the date. Having served in ten parishes and three correctional facilities, Father Roy looks forward to the celebration next Spring as a chance to reminisce and share stories with those he has been blessed to know. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid are Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

Wedding Anniversary Mass ~ Any couple celebrating a 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during 2017 is invited to participate in a special Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Family members are also encouraged to attend. A special certificate will be signed by Bishop Malone to honor the occasion, even for those who are unable to come out to attend the ceremony. For further information, please contact Catherine Kwiatkowski at 716-847-2210 or email ckwiatkowski [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org. Seating is limited. You may also place your name on the list by calling the our parish secretary, Pat Pendleton, at the church office as soon as possible..

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ 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

Catholic Charities’ Chemical Dependency Treatment Program has immediate openings. The New York State licensed outpatient program aims to treat addiction with a combination of therapy and medicine. Visit ccwny.org/services/outpatient-clinic for more information and call central Intake at 716-895-1033 to begin referral process.

Annual St. Lawrence Feast Day Celebration is Sunday, August 13 at St. Lawrence Parish (1520 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo). The celebration begins with a 12 noon Mass and continues with food and fun. Chiavetta’s chicken dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and beverages will be available for purchase. This event is one of two major annual fund-raising events. Tickets for a cash raffle are available upon request from the church ($2 each or 3 for $5). All proceeds go to pay for the new church roof. For more information, call the rectory at 716-892-2471.

Music and Dance Under the Stars Sunday August 20 (7-9pm, $10 admisssion) at St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main in Buffalo) with Big Band Concert featuring the Jim Tudini Band with Bobby Militello.

Tenth Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Show at Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo (695 Elmwood) is Saturday (10am – 6pm) and Sunday (11am – 5pm) August 26-27. This is also an opportunity to explore the English Country Gothic historic church from the early twentieth Century Arts and Crafts aesthetic.

Walking with Grief monthly lecture series and support group at St. Christopher Parish is the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at St. Edmund Campus (Fr. Smiroldo Center – 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda). These evenings are provided to assist any person 18 years of age or older in their journey of grief. Each month a guest speaker offers knowledge and insight into the grief journey. Time for Q&A is provided. After the 20-30 minute presentation, attendees have the option to participate in small groups according to their loss. There is no charge for attendance and all are welcome. Call St. Christopher Parish Office at 716-692-2660 with any questions.

The NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo congratulates our newest graduates, the Class of 2017. We look forward to continuing our journey with them as they move on to high school next month. We are proud of their acceptances to such great schools as Buffalo Seminary, Mount Mercy Academy​, St. Mary’s High School, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, Health Sciences Charter School, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute​, Canisius High School​, Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School​, Western New York Maritime Charter School, and Tapestry High School​. Thank you to everyone who provided our students with their help and support!

“Welcoming the Stranger” Prayer Services will take place in September. Hosted by the WNY Leadership Conference of Religious Women, come learn about refugee advocacy opportunities. Prayer services will be held on September 15 at 7pm (St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo); September 17 at 2pm (St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville and at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, 115 E. Main St., Allegany); September 24 at 2pm (Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg and at the Sacred Heart Center, 22 Meadowbrook Pkwy., Cheektowaga); and September 24 at 4:30pm (Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St., Buffalo). Personal hygiene items may be donated at any of these services to refugees in Jericho Road’s Vive program.

The Transfiguration of the Lord – Week of August 6, 2017

St. Clare of Assisi [1193-1253], whose feast is celebrated on August 11, “carried the Host in a monstrance to an upper window to ask the deliverance of her convent from marauding Saracen mercenaries of Frederick II….” She is one of six saints associated with the Eucharist who is depicted (center right) in silver relief on the doors of our Tabernacle. (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 30).
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

August 6 – August 13, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

St. Dominic (1170-1221), whose feast day is celebrated on August 8, is depicted in this grouping of monks, hermits and religious in the dome of our church. He is the standing figure, second from the left, shown holding a book. May we follow his advice to
“practice charity in common, remain humble, and stay poor willingly.”
The dome painting is by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur; the photo by Gary Kelley.

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 6 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ J. Marion and Harriet Geiger (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Kevin Brown (Requested by Judy Casassa)

Monday, August 7 ~ St. Sixtus II and Companions; St. Cajetan ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, August 9 ~ St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, August 10 ~ St. Lawrence ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Saturday, August 12 ~ St. Frances de Chantal ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, August 13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ James F. Eagan (Judy Casassa) and Henry Heubusch (Kathleen, Karen and Bruce Marien)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Sr. Elizabeth Savage, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Judy Casassa, Bernice Bradley

 

News from our Parish Community

August Mission Appeal ~ There will be a second collection on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, for the Guadalupe-Bolivian Mission in South America. Rev. Ivan R. Trujillo will be speaking to us at both masses about the Mission. Please be prepared to give generously to support this annual mission appeal.

Feast of Assumption  ~ The Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday, August 15. This solemnity commemorates the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life. Our parish observance of this Holy Day of Obligation will include outdoor evening services near the Blessed Mother statue and shrine, beginning at 6:00pm with an Offering of Prayers and Petitions, followed by the presentation of individual flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass will begin at 7:00pm. Please take this opportunity to thank God for the many blessings we have received and pray for continuous blessings and protections. Please bring a flower to present and a folding chair to sit on. We pray for favorable weather.

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

Parish Council Candidates ~ We continue actively seeking candidates for the 2017-18 parish council. Any registered parishioner 18-years or older is eligible. Please give serious consideration to this important form of stewardship.  You may nominate yourself or another registered parishioner (with that person’s permission), and there are several ways in which to make your interest known: click HERE and leave your contact information for the committee; contact any of the committee members listed below; or call the church office (716-833-0301) and request that someone contact you. Nomination forms can be found on the tables near the church doors (orange paper) through August 13. The committee members are: Father Victor, Committee Chair Mickey Dick, Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky, and Palma Zanghi.

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

Vocation View ~ The Transfiguration of the Lord: On the Feast of the Transfiguration we remember how on Mount Tabor Jesus revealed a glimpse of his glory, not to show off, but to express his desire to share his glory with us. Thanks to Christ, it is this glory that we are destined for. The same Christ calls some to priesthood and religious life to show his followers how to live for this glory. 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.buffalovocations.org.

Ordination Anniversary ~ Please remember Father Victor Ibhawa as he thanks God for his seventh year as a priest later this month on August 28.

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ Save the dateSeptember 17 (12:30-2:30pm) at Ss. Columba-Brigid’s parish hall. Everyone from the CCCB parishes is invited to attend a Bon Voyage Tea Party for Sr. Maureen Harris on that day. If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  is retiring at the end of this month after 49-years of active ministry. However, our friends at Ss. Columba-Brigid wanted to do something equally special to honor him on the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary, so they have planned a dinner for May 25, 2018, and they want all of us to be a part of their tribute. Please save the date. Having served in ten parishes and three correctional facilities, Father Roy looks forward to the celebration next Spring as a chance to reminisce and share stories with those he has been blessed to know. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid are Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

Wedding Anniversary Mass ~ Any couple celebrating a 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during 2017 is invited to participate in a special Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Family members are also encouraged to attend. A special certificate will be signed by Bishop Malone to honor the occasion, even for those who are unable to come out to attend the ceremony. For further information, please contact Catherine Kwiatkowski at 716-847-2210 or email ckwiatkowski [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org. Seating is limited. You may also place your name on the list by calling the our parish secretary, Pat Pendleton, at the church office as soon as possible..

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ 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.

One of four angels on the church facade symbolizing the Four Marks of the Church: One, Holy [Sanctitas], Catholic, and Apostolic.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Charities’ Chemical Dependency Treatment Program has immediate openings. The New York State licensed outpatient program aims to treat addiction with a combination of therapy and medicine. Visit ccwny.org/services/outpatient-clinic for more information and call central Intake at 716-895-1033 to begin referral process.

Foster Parent Program ~ Catholic Charities Foster Care program in Erie County allows children to receive nurturing care from loving families. Attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 10-11:30am or 4-5:30pm. To register, call 716-856-4494 or contact elizabeth [dot] murphy [at] ccwny [dot] org.

Blessing of the Loaves and Fields is Saturday, August 12, from 10am to 2pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton St., Buffalo). Got a garden? Use herbs? Come and give thanks to God, the Creator, through the First Lady of Heaven, Mother Mary. Local specialists Barb Frackiewicz, Diane Woloszyn, and author Sophie Knab will guide you in making a traditional “first lady” loaf, tasting/smelling healing herbs, creating field flowers, and contemplating grains. There is limited seating available so please make a reservation by calling 716-824-9589.

Annual St. Lawrence Feast Day Celebration is Sunday, August 13 at St. Lawrence Parish (1520 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo). The celebration begins with a 12 noon Mass and continues with food and fun. Chiavetta’s chicken dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and beverages will be available for purchase. This event is one of two major annual fund-raising events. Tickets for a cash raffle are available upon request from the church ($2 each or 3 for $5). All proceeds go to pay for the new church roof. For more information, call the rectory at 716-892-2471.

The NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo congratulates our newest graduates, the Class of 2017. We look forward to continuing our journey with them as they move on to high school next month. We are proud of their acceptances to such great schools as Buffalo Seminary, Mount Mercy Academy​, St. Mary’s High School, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, Health Sciences Charter School, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute​, Canisius High School​, Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School​, Western New York Maritime Charter School, and Tapestry High School​. Thank you to everyone who provided our students with their help and support!

“Welcoming the Stranger” Prayer Services will take place in September. Hosted by the WNY Leadership Conference of Religious Women, come learn about refugee advocacy opportunities. Prayer services will be held on September 15 at 7pm (St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo); September 17 at 2pm (St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville and at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, 115 E. Main St., Allegany); September 24 at 2pm (Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg and at the Sacred Heart Center, 22 Meadowbrook Pkwy., Cheektowaga); and September 24 at 4:30pm (Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St., Buffalo). Personal hygiene items may be donated at any of these services to refugees in Jericho Road’s Vive program.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 30, 2017

St. Alphonsus Liguori (1695-1787) and St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), whose feast days we celebrate this week, are both depicted in a in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in the dome of our church. St. Alphonsus, the first standing figure on the left, is pictured with a pen and book. Although he acquired fame as a writer, the founder of the Redemptorist Congregation is also remembered for his preaching and pastoral reforms. His feast is celebrated on August 1. St. Ignatius, fourth from the left (standing), was on his way to military fame before a debilitating war injury. His conversion experience began during his convalescence, and his writings during that time culminated in his greatest work, the Spiritual Exercises. Founder of the Jesuits, his feast day is July 31. The dome painting is by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur; the photo by Gary Kelley.

July 30 – August 6, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, July 30 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, July 30 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ~ Buffalo River Cruise leaving from Canalside Boardwalk

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

Saturday, August 5 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, August 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Homer and Sara Dick (Requested by Family) and Michael and Mary Korchowsky (Requested by Daniel Korchowsky)

Monday, July 31 ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 1 ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis Lyman (Johnnie Mae Bacon)

Wednesday, August 2 ~ St. Eusebius of Vercelli; St. Peter Julian Eymard ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis Lyman (Pauline Young)

Thursday, August 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Rose Scerra (Vincent C. Scerra)

Friday, August 4 ~ First Friday ~  Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, August 4 ~ St. John Vianney ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Daniel and Winifred Mombrea (Margaret Laciura)

Friday, August ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon – Donald C. Nuwer, M.D.

Saturday, August 5 ~ Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – James F. Eagan (Eric and Erin Stievater)

Sunday, August 6 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ J. Marion and Harriet Geiger (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Kevin Brown (Judy Casassa)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Luis Clay, Angela Jost;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Don and Bonnie Williams

Sunday, July 30, Buffalo River Cruise
aboard the “Harbor Queen”

News from our Parish Community

The liturgical committee will meet in St. Charles Hall following 10am Mass on Sunday, July 30.

Don’t Miss the Boat on Sunday, July 30 ~ If you have a paid reservation for our parish boat ride, please allow extra time to arrive at the Buffalo River History Ticket Booth located on the Boardwalk off of 44 Prime Street (Canalside) by 4 PM on Sunday, July 30.  (We will be competing with Buffalo Ribfest for parking places). Boarding will begin shortly after 4 PM. Due to a successful ticket sale, we will now be sailing on the Harbor Queen, which is a larger boat with two decks. We will return to the same location at 6 PM, and you are then free to walk around Canalside, the Naval Park or Erie Basin Marina, and enjoy your evening. There is a NFTA Metro Rail stop near the Boardwalk if you wish to take advantage of University or Lasalle station Park ‘n Ride or park downtown and take the above-ground portion of Metro Rail for free.

Friday, August 4, is First Friday. Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Daily Mass Chapel from 8-11am, followed by daily Mass. Please consider spending at least one-half hour in prayer and meditation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

August Mission Appeal ~ There will be a second collection next Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, for Guadalupe-Bolivian Mission in South America. Rev. Ivan R. Trujillo will be speaking to us at both masses about the Mission. Please be prepared to give generously to support the Guadalupe-Bolivian Mission.

Parish Council Candidates ~ We continue actively seeking candidates for the 2017-18 parish council. Any registered parishioner 18-years or older is eligible. Please give serious consideration to this important form of stewardship.  You may nominate yourself or another registered parishioner (with that person’s permission), and there are several ways in which to make your interest known: click HERE and leave your contact information for the committee; contact any of the committee members listed below; or call the church office (716-833-0301) and request that someone contact you. Nomination forms can be found on the tables near the church doors (orange paper) through August 13. The committee members are: Father Victor, Committee Chair Mickey Dick, Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky, and Palma Zanghi.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm. Luis is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Vocation View ~ Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Of all of the various treasures to be found, the Kingdom of God is most worthy of our pursuit. We can sometimes forget this and need to be reminded. Can God be calling you to help keep His children focused on His Kingdom?  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.buffalovocations.org.

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ Save the dateSeptember 17 (12:30-2:30pm) at Ss. Columba-Brigid’s parish hall. Everyone from the CCCB parishes is invited to attend a Bon Voyage Tea Party for Sr. Maureen Harris on that day. If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

Wedding Anniversary Mass ~ Any couple celebrating a 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during 2017 is invited to participate in a special Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Please contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, at the church office as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

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.

Photos credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Healing Mass on Friday, August 4, at 7pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8550 Main Street in Williamsville). Let’s come together to pray with Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun for our families, for our community, for one another, and especially for the sick–those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those preparing for surgery—including those with special intentions, the travelers, etc. This Mass is for anyone seeking physical and spiritual healing. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, contact Karen at 632-8838 or karen [at] nativityharrishill [dot] org.

Foster Parent Program ~ Catholic Charities Foster Care program in Erie County allows children to receive nurturing care from loving families. Attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 10-11:30am or 4-5:30pm. To register, call 716-856-4494 or contact elizabeth [dot] murphy [at] ccwny [dot] org.

Blessing of the Loaves and Fields is Saturday, August 12, from 10am to 2pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton St., Buffalo). Got a garden? Use herbs? Come and give thanks to God, the Creator, through the First Lady of Heaven, Mother Mary. Local specialists Barb Frackiewicz, Diane Woloszyn, and author Sophie Knab will guide you in making a traditional “first lady” loaf, tasting/smelling healing herbs, creating field flowers, and contemplating grains. There is limited seating available so please make a reservation by calling 716-824-9589.

Annual St. Lawrence Feast Day Celebration is Sunday, August 13 at St. Lawrence Parish (1520 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo). The celebration begins with a 12 noon Mass and continues with food and fun. Chiavetta’s chicken dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to pay for our new roof. For more information, call the rectory at 716-892-2471.

The Fraternus Buffalo Mentorship Program is open to boys in grades 5-12. Fraternus Buffalo invites all fathers and men of the diocese to a Captain’s Formation Meeting on Friday, August 18 at 7pm at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). Register at fraternusbuffalo [at] gmail [dot] org.

The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life begins in September at Saint Michael Church (651 Washington Street, Buffalo). Modified for people in the modern world, this 8-month program on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola is offered in a group setting under the guidance of a spiritual director. Please visit spirexignatius.org or contact Gini Schultz at 716-837-6020 or Joseph Ritzert at 716-627-5530.  “Meeting Christ in Prayer” is an 8-week introduction to The Spiritual Exercises offered prior to beginning this program. Contact Fr. Len Kamiensky, SJ at 716-854-6726 to learn more.

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 23, 2017

On July 26 the Church honors St. Anne and St. Joachim,
parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This depiction of St. Anne and the Child Mary appears in a stained glass window in the shrine area near the left (east) side entrance of the church.

July 23 – July 30, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Friday, July 28 ~ Father Victor’s visits to homebound

Saturday, July 29 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, July 30 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, July 30 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ~ Buffalo River Cruise leaving from Canalside Boardwalk

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Hydrangea from an Easter-past re-blooms
in a parishioner’s summer garden.

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Julie S. Kresse (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Mildred Porter (Requested by Family)

Monday, July 24 ~ St. Sharbel MakhlufNo Service

Tuesday, July 25 ~ St. James, apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, July 26 ~ Ss. Joachim and Anne ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Friday, July 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, July 29 ~ St. Martha ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, July 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Homer and Sara Dick (Family) and Michael and Mary Korchowsky (Daniel Korchowsky)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Sharon Dunnigan, Helen Roddy Gray;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Kathleen Marien, Mary Kresse

Sunday, July 30, Buffalo River Cruise
aboard the “Harbor Queen”

News from our Parish Community

Father Victor’s Visits to Homebound ~ Friday, July 28 is the day Father Victor visits parishioners who are unable to leave their homes. Please contact the office if you or someone you know wishes to have a visit.

The liturgical committee will meet in St. Charles Hall following 10am Mass on Sunday, July 30.

Don’t Miss the Boat on Sunday, July 30 ~ If you have a paid reservation for our parish boat ride, please arrive at the Buffalo River History Ticket Booth located on the Boardwalk off of 44 Prime Street (Canalside) by 4 PM on Sunday, July 30.  Boarding will begin shortly after 4 PM. Due to a successful ticket sale, we will now be sailing on the Harbor Queen, which is a larger boat with two decks. We will return to the same location at 6 PM, and you are then free to walk around Canalside, the Naval Park or Erie Basin Marina, and enjoy your evening. There is a NFTA Metro Rail stop near the Boardwalk if you wish to take advantage of University or Lasalle station Park ‘n Ride or park downtown and take the above-ground portion of Metro Rail for free.

Parish Council Candidates ~ Over the next few weeks, the Parish Council’s nominating committee will continue seeking candidates for a planned September 10 election. Any registered parishioner 18-years or older is eligible. Please give serious consideration to helping your parish by agreeing to serve. You may nominate yourself or another registered parishioner (with that person’s permission), and there are several ways in which to make your interest known: click HERE and leave your contact information for the committee; contact any of the committee members listed below; or call the church office (716-833-0301) and request that someone contact you. Nomination forms can be found on the tables near the church doors (orange paper) through August 13. The committee members are: Father Victor, Committee Chair Mickey Dick, Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky, and Palma Zanghi (834-9129).

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm. Luis is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Vocation View ~ Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: In various ways, we are all stewards and custodians of God’s kingdom. How is God calling you to exercise stewardship in His kingdom? 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.buffalovocations.org.

Marian Shrine: a work in progress ~ The grotto area surrounding the statue of Mary in front of the church rectory was built in 1949. Originally designed as a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima, it once included kneeling concrete statues of the children of Fatima which deteriorated and broke over the years and were eventually removed. Then, in 2009, the original concrete statue of Mary was replaced with a marble statue of the Immaculate Conception from the merged congregation of St. Gerard. The garden and landscaping surrounding the statue have suffered from neglect but now, in this one hundredth Anniversary year of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, a donation from the Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity is funding a beautification project of our Marian shrine. Work began in May 2017 when a gardening volunteer from the meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, spent several hours removing vegetation that had taken over the grotto garden. In June, dead and dying trees surrounding the statue were removed, and this month the garden had been weeded and replanted by parishioners. Additional landscaping is under consideration for the fall. Click HERE to view photos of the work in progress.

Wedding Anniversary Mass ~ Any couple celebrating a 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during 2017 is invited to participate in a special Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Please contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, at the church office as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

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.

 

A splendid re-blooming of last year’s lily in a planter on the church’s west side.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Protecting God’s Children classes are scheduled in Buffalo for August 8 at 1pm (Catholic Center, 795 Main St.) and August 23 at 6pm (St. Teresa Church, 1974 Seneca St.). This class is for parish and catholic school employees and volunteers over age eighteen who work with youth in the Diocese of Buffalo. Other locations outside the city are also scheduled. Find out more and register at buffalodiocese.org/protecting-gods-children or call 716-847-5538.

Foster Parent Program ~ Catholic Charities Foster Care program in Erie County allows children to receive nurturing care from loving families. Attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 10-11:30am or 4-5:30pm. To register, call 716-856-4494 or contact elizabeth [dot] murphy [at] ccwny [dot] org.

The Fraternus Buffalo Mentorship Program is open to boys in grades 5-12. Fraternus Buffalo invites all fathers and men of the diocese to a Captain’s Formation Meeting on Friday, August 18 at 7pm at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). Register at fraternusbuffalo [at] gmail [dot] org.

The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life begins in September at Saint Michael Church (651 Washington Street, Buffalo). Modified for people in the modern world, this 8-month program on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola is offered in a group setting under the guidance of a spiritual director. Please visit spirexignatius.org or contact Gini Schultz at 716-837-6020 or Joseph Ritzert at 716-627-5530.  “Meeting Christ in Prayer” is an 8-week introduction to The Spiritual Exercises offered prior to beginning this program. Contact Fr. Len Kamiensky, SJ at 716-854-6726 to learn more.

 

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 16, 2017

Work continues on the Mary Shrine on the west side of the church.

July 16 – July 23, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

Saturday, July 22 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Lilies from Easters past re-bloom in church’s east side garden

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effectPlease note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ The Family of Fidelia Ejimadu (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu) and Virginia Tapley (Requested by Yvonne Andrew)

Monday, July 17 ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Thursday, July 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, July 21 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, July 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, July 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Julia S. Kresse (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Mildred J. Porter (Family)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Maggie Gaton;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Sr. Elizabeth Savage

A splendid re-blooming of last year’s orchid in a planter on the church’s west side.

News from our Parish Community

River Cruise Reservations ~ Don’t miss out on a chance to join fellow parishioners and guests on board the “River Queen” on Sunday evening, July 30, from 4:30 to 6:00. You’ll enjoy a 1-1/2 hour narrated tour and see all that’s new on the Buffalo River. Pre-paid reservations are due by Sunday, July 16. The cost is $20 per person. Contact Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793 or Bud Dick at  716-832-2540 to reserve your place.

The next bible study meeting will be Monday evening, July 17, at 7pm in St Charles Hall. In preparation, please read pages 50 – 61 (on the topic of East of Eden) from the book Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start.  Contact Fr. Victor to obtain a copy of the book. Make sure to bring your bible and the Agape monograph, A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

A Request from the Parish Council ~ August is traditionally the month when a slate of candidates for election to the Parish Council is announced. The Council Bylaws provide for the election of four (4) new members each year on the second Sunday of September (9/10/17), with new members being welcomed at the September Council meeting (9/20/17). A nominating committee consisting of Father Victor, Vice President Mickey Dick (chair), Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky and Palma Zanghi was appointed at the June 21 Council meeting. They have begun contacting parishioners in an attempt to assemble a slate of candidates. You may also place your own name in nomination or nominate another. If you wish to nominate someone else, please check first to be sure the person is willing to serve. Any registered member of the parish who is at least 18 years of age is eligible. It is very important that all candidates take time to learn what is expected of council members.  To nominate yourself or another, or to obtain more information about serving on the parish council: click HERE and leave your contact information for the committee; contact any of the committee members listed above; or call the church office (716-833-0301) and request that someone contact you. A form for nominations will be available in church through August 13.

Elizabeth Clay appointed music director.

Lofty Announcement ~ We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Clay has been appointed as they parish music director on a permanent basis. Elizabeth has been serving in the position on an interim basis since February, and this appointment recognizes not only her musical abilities, but also her dedication to the choir and our music ministry at Blessed Trinity. Please join in congratulating and encouraging Elizabeth.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm. Luis is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Vocation View ~ Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The kingdom of God grows in a way likened to the planting and nurturing of seeds. What seeds has God given you to scatter? 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.buffalovocations.org.

Marian Shrine: a work in progress ~ The grotto area surrounding the statue of Mary in front of the church rectory was built in 1949. Originally designed as a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima, it once included kneeling concrete statues of the children of Fatima which deteriorated and broke over the years and were eventually removed. Then, in 2009, the original concrete statue of Mary was replaced with a marble statue of the Immaculate Conception from the merged congregation of St. Gerard. The garden and landscaping surrounding the statue have suffered from neglect but now, in this one hundredth Anniversary year of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, a donation from the Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity is funding a beautification project of our Marian shrine. Work began in May 2017 when a gardening volunteer from the meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, spent several hours removing vegetation that had taken over the grotto garden. In June, dead and dying trees surrounding the statue were removed, and this month the garden had been weeded, replanted and mulched by parishioners. Additional landscaping is under consideration for the fall. Click HERE to view photos of the work in progress.

Congratulations to all our graduates! As you move to the next chapter of your journey — from grade school, high school, college — we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

 

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.

 

Take time to smell the lilies in the church’s west side planters.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

36th Annual Mission Retreat at St. Gregory the Great Parish, July 16 – 22  (200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville). Mission consists of 7 nights of inspiring talks and liturgies, fellowship, food, and fun! Mission begins on Sunday at 6pm. Each weeknight will begin at 7pm and the closing day on Saturday will begin at 3pm. Each night builds on the preceding, so please plan on attending all 7 nights. Reservations are necessary. To reserve a spot, call Jo Pierino in the parish office at 688-5678. For  more information, contact Jerry Hodson at 863-4800.

St. Mary’s High School presents the Lancer Leadership Academy, July 24-28. This is open to students in grades 5-8. The academy focuses on mixing math and science with some awesome arts and crafts, experiments, and projects to really bring these subjects to life!  Contact Andrea Drabik at 716-583-4824 (ext. 211) or email adrabik [at] smhlanders [dot] org.

Father Baker Day is Sunday, July 30. Join others in celebration at 12 noon for Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna) and reception immediately following to commemorate the 81st anniversary of Father Nelson Baker’s passing. To reserve your space at the reception, contact our Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 9, 2017

Work continues on the Mary Shrine on the west side of the church.

July 9 – July 16, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, July 15 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Monday, July 17 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. 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.

Lilies from Easters past re-bloom in church’s east side garden

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and Kevin Brown (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, July 10 ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 11 ~ St. Benedict, abbot ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Birthday Remembrance (Requested by Family)

Wednesday, July 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Friday, July 14 ~ St. Kateri Tekakwitha ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, July 15 ~ St. Bonaventure ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, July 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ The Family of Fidelia Ejimadu (Fidelia Ejimadu) and Virginia Tapley (Yvonne Andrew)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Bob Heicklen;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Luis Clay

A splendid re-blooming of last year’s orchid in a planter on the church’s west side.

News from our Parish Community

River Cruise Reservations ~ Don’t miss out on a chance to join fellow parishioners and guests on board the “River Queen” on Sunday evening, July 30, from 4:30 to 6:00. You’ll enjoy a 1-1/2 hour narrated tour and see all that’s new on the Buffalo River. Pre-paid reservations are due by Sunday, July 16. The cost is $20 per person. Contact Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793 or Bud Dick at  716-832-2540 to reserve your place.

The next bible study meeting will be Monday evening, July 17, at 7pm in St Charles Hall. In preparation, please read pages 50 – 61 (on the topic of East of Eden) from the book Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start.  Contact Fr. Victor to obtain a copy of the book. Make sure to bring your bible and the Agape monograph, A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

A Request from the Parish Council ~ August is traditionally the month when a slate of candidates for election to the Parish Council is announced. The Council Bylaws provide for the election of four (4) new members each year on the second Sunday of September (9/10/17), with new members being welcomed at the September Council meeting (9/20/17). A nominating committee consisting of Father Victor, Vice President Mickey Dick (chair), Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky and Palma Zanghi was appointed at the June 21 Council meeting. They have begun contacting parishioners in an attempt to assemble a slate of candidates. You may also place your own name in nomination or nominate another. If you wish to nominate someone else, please check first to be sure the person is willing to serve. Any registered member of the parish who is at least 18 years of age is eligible. It is very important that all candidates take time to learn what is expected of council members.  To nominate yourself or another, or to obtain more information about serving on the parish council: click HERE and leave your contact information for the committee; contact any of the committee members listed above; or call the church office (716-833-0301) and request that someone contact you. A form for nominations will be available in church through August 13.

Elizabeth Clay appointed music director.

Lofty Announcement ~ We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Clay has been appointed as they parish music director on a permanent basis. Elizabeth has been serving in the position on an interim basis since February, and this appointment recognizes not only her musical abilities, but also her dedication to the choir and our music ministry at Blessed Trinity. Please join in congratulating and encouraging Elizabeth.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm. Luis is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Vocation View ~ Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Our Lord calls us to take His yoke upon our shoulders. How do you hear this call for you specifically? 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.buffalovocations.org.

Marian Shrine: a work in progress ~ The grotto area surrounding the statue of Mary in front of the church rectory was built in 1949. Originally designed as a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima, it once included kneeling concrete statues of the children of Fatima which deteriorated and broke over the years and were eventually removed. Then, in 2009, the original concrete statue of Mary was replaced with a marble statue of the Immaculate Conception from the merged congregation of St. Gerard. The garden and landscaping surrounding the statue have suffered from neglect but now, in this one hundredth Anniversary year of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, a donation from the Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity is funding a beautification project of our Marian shrine. Work began in May 2017 when a gardening volunteer from the meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, spent several hours removing vegetation that had taken over the grotto garden. In June, dead and dying trees surrounding the statue were removed, and this month the garden had been weeded and replanted by parishioners. Additional landscaping is under consideration for the fall. Click HERE to view photos of the work in progress.

Congratulations to all our graduates! As you move to the next chapter of your journey — from grade school, high school, college — we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

Care for Creation Corner ~ As Pope Francis reminds us, “Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.” The Earth is in crisis. We need to embrace behaviors that reflect our concern, such as…during the summer months, close your curtains to block heat from the sun. This simple step can significantly reduce the need for air conditioning.

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God’s presence in our lives. Though we can’t imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, first of all, it is a process. Request a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet, call 716-847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodicese [dot] org.

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is hard enough. Request a free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support, and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just call us at 716-847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Spiritual Booster Shot ~ Feeling sad, down, discouraged, “blue?” Looking for healthy, wholesome alternatives to cope? Reach out now. Inner healing and hope are a phone call or email away. For your free packet of practical easy to use resources to provide you with tried and true antidotes or for more information, contact the Office of Family Life Ministries at 847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] 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.

 

Take time to smell the lilies in the church’s west side planters.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Summer Retreat Opportunities at Christ the King Seminary begin in July. Seminar Retreat (July 9−14) with Rev. James Vacco, OFM, is open to priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, CKS students, alumni and others wishing to enter more deeply into the meaning of the baptismal call to serve in the name and the spirit of Christ Jesus. Directed Silent Retreat (July 9-12  or July 9-14) is open to for anyone wishing to come to the seminary’s peaceful setting for a special encounter with the Lord. Pray & Paint – En Plein Air Retreat (August 10-11) will be facilitated by Gina Marie Cutrona. Encounter art, pray and create during this retreat. For further information and registration for any of the retreats, contact Mr. Doug George, Director of Lay Formation, at 716-655-7091 or dgeorge [at] cks [dot] edu.

36th Annual Mission Retreat at St. Gregory the Great Parish, July 16 – 22  (200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville). Mission consists of 7 nights of inspiring talks and liturgies, fellowship, food, and fun! Mission begins on Sunday at 6pm. Each weeknight will begin at 7pm and the closing day on Saturday will begin at 3pm. Each night builds on the preceding, so please plan on attending all 7 nights. Reservations are necessary. To reserve a spot, call Jo Pierino in the parish office at 688-5678. For  more information, contact Jerry Hodson at 863-4800.

St. Mary’s High School presents the Lancer Leadership Academy, July 24-28. This is open to students in grades 5-8. The academy focuses on mixing math and science with some awesome arts and crafts, experiments, and projects to really bring these subjects to life!  Contact Andrea Drabik at 716-583-4824 (ext. 211) or email adrabik [at] smhlanders [dot] org.

Father Baker Day is Sunday, July 30. Join others in celebration at 12 noon for Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna) and reception immediately following to commemorate the 81st anniversary of Father Nelson Baker’s passing. To reserve your space at the reception, contact our Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 2, 2017

Detail of symbolic artwork on underside of choir loft.
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

July 2 – July 9, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, July 8 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Independence Day
Tuesday, July 4

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Nancy Jo Dispenza (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Alice Rose Schroeder (Requested by Colleen Schroeder)

Monday, July 3 ~ St. Thomas, apostleNo Service

Tuesday, July 4 ~ Independence Day Holiday ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, July 5 ~ St. Anthony Zaccaria, St. Elizabeth of Portugal ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Friday, July 7 ~ First Friday ~  Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, July 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, July 8 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Virginia Tapley – (Yvonne Andrew)

Sunday, July 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Family) and Kevin Brown (Bud and Mickey Dick)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Don and Bonnie Williams;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Kathleen Marien, Pat Hartinger

Elizabeth Clay appointed music director.

News from our Parish Community

Lofty Announcement ~ We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Clay has been appointed as they parish music director on a permanent basis. Elizabeth has been serving in the position on an interim basis since February, and this appointment recognizes not only her musical abilities, but also her dedication to the choir and our music ministry at Blessed Trinity. Please join in congratulating and encouraging Elizabeth.

Join your fellow parishioners and guests Sunday evening, July 30, from 4:30 to 6:00 on board the River Queen for a one and a half hour narrated tour of the Buffalo River. The cost of the tour is $20 per person which must be paid at the time of reservation. Please contact Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793 or Bud Dick at  716-832-2540 to reserve your place.

Friday, July 7, is First Friday. Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Daily Mass Chapel from 8-11am, followed by daily Mass. Please consider spending at least one-half hour in prayer and meditation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

A Request from the Parish Council ~ August is traditionally the month when a slate of candidates for election to the Parish Council is announced. The Council Bylaws provide for the election of four (4) new members each year on the second Sunday of September (9/10/17), with new members being welcomed at the September Council meeting (9/20/17). A nominating committee consisting of Father Victor, Vice President Mickey Dick (chair), Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky and Palma Zanghi was appointed at the June 21 Council meeting and charged with assembling a slate of candidates. They will be contacting parishioners over the summer. You may also place your own name in nomination or nominate another. If you wish to nominate someone else, please check first to be sure the person is willing to serve. Any registered member of the parish who is at least 18 years of age is eligible. It is very important that all candidates take time to learn what is expected of council members.  To nominate yourself or another, or to obtain more information about serving on the parish council: click HERE and leave your contact information for the committee; contact any of the committee members listed above; or call the church office and request that someone contact you. A form for nominations will be available in church through August 13.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm. Luis is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Vocation View ~ Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: There are many things that claim our focus and energy, but God must be our highest priority. What is the voice of God saying to you? 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.buffalovocations.org.

Congratulations to all our graduates! As you move to the next chapter of your journey — from grade school, high school, college — we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

Care for Creation Corner ~ As Pope Francis reminds us, “Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.” The Earth is in crisis. We need to embrace behaviors that reflect our concern, such as…during the summer months, close your curtains to block heat from the sun. This simple step can significantly reduce the need for air conditioning.

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans of many comforting words. During times of loss, loneliness and grief, we may not feel or recognize God’s presence in our lives. Though we can’t imagine all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing right now, we do understand a bit about grieving and that, first of all, it is a process. Request a free bereavement packet of materials designed to provide support, especially during the initial stages of grief. For a bereavement packet, call 716-847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodicese [dot] org.

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. Request a free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support, and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just call us at 716-847-2210 or email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] 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

Summer Retreat Opportunities at Christ the King Seminary begin in July. Seminar Retreat (July 9−14) with Rev. James Vacco, OFM, is open to priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, CKS students, alumni and others wishing to enter more deeply into the meaning of the baptismal call to serve in the name and the spirit of Christ Jesus. Directed Silent Retreat (July 9-12  or July 9-14) is open to for anyone wishing to come to the seminary’s peaceful setting for a special encounter with the Lord. Pray & Paint – En Plein Air Retreat (August 10-11) will be facilitated by Gina Marie Cutrona. Encounter art, pray and create during this retreat. For further information and registration for any of the retreats, contact Mr. Doug George, Director of Lay Formation, at 716-655-7091 or dgeorge [at] cks [dot] edu.

Queen of Heaven Carnival is July 7, 8, and 9 (4220 Seneca Street at Mill Road in West Seneca). Details at qofhchurch.org or call 674-3468.

Father Baker Day is Sunday, July 30. Join others in celebration at 12 noon for Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna) and reception immediately following to commemorate the 81st anniversary of Father Nelson Baker’s passing. To reserve your space at the reception, contact our Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of June 25, 2017

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
June 29
“The portrait heads, which appear between the arches [of the church], give some historical proof of the Church’s faithfulness to her mission. These ‘portraits’ are of the great apostles, saints, and teachers of the faith.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 22). The portrait heads of St. Peter (shown here) and St. Paul are above the church narthex and best viewed from the choir loft.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

June 25 – July 2, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, July 1 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

One of the four statues on the Blessed Trinity’s
Tabernacle represents the apostle, St. Paul,
whose feast day is celebrated on June 29. Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Sister Kristen McNamera (Requested by Angela Jost) and Don Hartinger (Requested by Pat Hartinger)

Monday, June 26 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 27 ~ St. Cyril of Alexandria ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Grace Ptak (Margaret Laciura)

Wednesday, June 28 ~ St. Irenaeus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Sergio and Angelina Marinelli (Margaret Laciura)

Thursday, June 29 ~ Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, June 30 ~ First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church ~  Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, July 1 ~ St. Junipero Serra ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Nadine Leavell – Birthday Remembrance (Mickey Dick)

Sunday, July 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Nancy Jo Dispenza (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Alice Rose Schroeder (Colleen Schroeder)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Helen Roddy Gray, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Sr. Elizabeth Savage, Kathleen Marien

News from our Parish Community

A Request from the Parish Council ~ August is traditionally the month when a slate of candidates for election to the Parish Council is announced. The Council Bylaws provide for the election of four (4) new members each year on the second Sunday of September (9/10/17), with new members being welcomed at the September Council meeting (9/20/17). A nominating committee consisting of Father Victor, Vice President Mickey Dick (chair), Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky and Palma Zanghi was appointed at the June 21 Council meeting and charged with assembling a slate of candidates. They will be contacting parishioners over the summer. You may also place your own name in nomination or nominate another. If you wish to nominate someone else, please check first to be sure the person is willing to serve. Any registered member of the parish who is at least 18 years of age is eligible. It is very important that all candidates take time to learn what is expected of council members.  To nominate yourself or another, or to obtain more information about serving on the parish council, please contact any of the committee members listed above or call the church office and request that someone contact you. A bulletin insert for the weekend of June 24/25 includes a form for nominations. It will be available in church through August 13.

Join your fellow parishioners and guests Sunday evening, July 30, from 4:30 to 6:00 on board the River Queen for a one and a half hour narrated tour of the Buffalo River. The cost of the tour is $20 per person which must be paid at the time of reservation. Please contact Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793 or Bud Dick at  716-832-2540 to reserve your place.

Catholic Charities Appeal for 2017 ends June 30. We have not reached out parish goal. If we have not yet sent in your pledge or would like to increase your contribution, please do so by the June 30 deadline. Extra pledge cards are available on the tables by the church entrances. Pledges may be mailed to Catholic Charities or Blessed Trinity Church. You may also leave the pledge cards in the collection basket.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm. Luis is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.

Vocation View ~ Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  A many people as there may be, God loves each of us individually. Not even a hair on our head goes unnoticed. We each have a purpose! What is yours? 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.buffalovocations.org.

Trinity Festival Weekend – Many heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who volunteered in making the celebration of our parish feast day so memorable, especially the people who were here all three days helping with whatever needed to be done. We know that Friday’s recital, Saturday’s church tours, and Sunday’s Liturgy each attracted people who were visiting our church and experiencing our hospitality for the first time. We thank each of you who introduced someone to our parish and welcomed guests at our fellowship events. Let us each make this a habit going forward to Trinity Sunday 2018.

Congratulations to Jonathan Sands who earned First Honors during the fourth quarter honor roll at Canisius High School this month.

Congratulations to all our graduates! As you move to the next chapter of your journey — from grade school, high school, college — we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

Volunteer with monthly “Journey Into Love” monthly diocesan marriage preparation program. The Office of Family Life Ministries is looking for married couples to help by giving a 20 minute talk once or twice a year on essential topics and issues that engaged and newly married couples face. Married couples that support this ministry find it beneficial to their own marriage and their efforts contribute to the strengthening of family life as couples prepare for their marriage. If you are interested in finding out more about this very successful diocesan marriage program, call the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210.

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.

Our Altar of Sacrifice contains a relic of St. Irenaeus, a martyr, whose feast day is celebrated on June 28. Born in Asia Minor, he studied in Rome and went to Lyons as a missionary priest and was eventually named bishop. Through his writings, we know he was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who was himself a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. Thus Irenaeus was in the direct line of the disciples. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Summer Retreat Opportunities at Christ the King Seminary begin in July. Seminar Retreat (July 9−14) with Rev. James Vacco, OFM, is open to priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, CKS students, alumni and others wishing to enter more deeply into the meaning of the baptismal call to serve in the name and the spirit of Christ Jesus. Directed Silent Retreat (July 9-12  or July 9-14) is open to for anyone wishing to come to the seminary’s peaceful setting for a special encounter with the Lord. Pray & Paint – En Plein Air Retreat (August 10-11) will be facilitated by Gina Marie Cutrona. Encounter art, pray and create during this retreat. For further information and registration for any of the retreats, contact Mr. Doug George, Director of Lay Formation, at 716-655-7091 or dgeorge [at] cks [dot] edu.

Queen of Heaven Carnival is July 7, 8, and 9 (4220 Seneca Street at Mill Road in West Seneca). Details at qofhchurch.org or call 674-3468.

Father Baker Day is Sunday, July 30. Join others in celebration at 12 noon for Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna) and reception immediately following to commemorate the 81st anniversary of Father Nelson Baker’s passing. To reserve your space at the reception, contact our Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

The Feast of Corpus Christi – Week of June 18, 2017

Our altar rail includes Latin words from the Sequence written for the Mass of Corpus Christi by St. Thomas Aquinas. The words on the left side, “Ecce panis angelorum factus cibus viatorum,” mean “Behold, the Bread of Angels is made into food for pilgrims.”
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

June 18 – June 25, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

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

Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, June 24 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Words from the Sequence continue on the right side of the Altar railing: “Vere panis filiorum non mittendus canibus,” meaning “”It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house dogs.” (Mk. 7:27)
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 18 ~ Corpus Christi~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and Chaka Chapman (Requested by Mom and Family)

Monday, June 19 ~ St. Romuald, Abbot ~  No Service

Tuesday, June 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Anniversary (Parents)

Wednesday, June 21 ~ St. Aloysius Gonzaga ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, June 22 ~ Ss. Paulinus of Nola, John Fisher and Thomas More ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent and Lucille Ihlenfeld (Susanne Bordonaro)

Friday, June 23 ~ The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~  Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, June 24 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. – James F. Eagan

Saturday, June 24 ~ The Nativity of St. John the Baptist ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John F. Curtin (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, June 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Sister Kristen McNamera (Angela Jost) and Don Hartinger (Pat Hartinger)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Don Williams, Bonnie Williams

News from our Parish Community

Honoring First Communicants ~ As we commemorate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) this Sunday, we also acknowledge our children, Charlotte Sperandeo and Simon Kresse who recently received their First Holy Communion. We pray that God will continue to guide and inspire them to grow in his love and wisdom.

Anointing of the Sick This Sunday ~ Our monthly 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.

Our Bible Study group will meet on Monday evening, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet, Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 38-49) on the topic of Distrust, Disobedience and Dismay. Copies may be obtained from Father Victor. Make sure to bring your Bible and copy of Agape: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. For more information, contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Parish Council Meets Wednesday ~ Our final regularly scheduled meeting until September will take place on Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Council members are reminded that we have several important agenda items to resolve, so please make every effort to attend.

New Food Pantry Hours ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm.

Members of the Choir concluded their final rehearsal until September with an ice cream social on June 13.
Photo credit: Palma Zanghi

Choir Vacation ~ The Feast of Corpus Christi marks the traditional end of the choir season. As they begin their summer break, we thank the members of the choir for their dedication and for enhancing our liturgies with song. We also express our appreciation for Elizabeth Clay, who will continue providing our instrumental music and leading us in song throughout the summer months. The choir will return to their official duties in September.

Vocation View ~ Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ:  Jesus has given us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink so as to nourish us on our journey as his disciples. God has called some to share this very gift of him-or-herself in a profound way. 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.buffalovocations.org.

Trinity Festival Weekend – Many heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who volunteered in making last weekend’s celebration of our parish feast day so memorable, especially the people who were here all three days helping with whatever needed to be done. We know that Friday’s recital, Saturday’s church tours, and Sunday’s Liturgy each attracted people who were visiting our church and experiencing our hospitality for the first time. We thank each of you who introduced someone to our parish and welcomed guests at our fellowship events. Let us each make this a habit going forward to Trinity Sunday 2018.

The Ladies Sodality held their annual June dinner on Wednesday evening , June 14, in St. Charles Hall. Members and friends enjoyed a Flag Day-themed holiday picnic supper prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. The program included a presentation by Father Victor honoring the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Sodality President Vera Andrew presented Father with the organization’s gift to the parish of $1,000 to be used in the ongoing beautification of the church’s outdoor Marian Shine. Ms. Andrew closed the evening with a reading of Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech containing a message that still resonates today.

Congratulations to all our graduates! As you move to the next chapter of your journey — from grade school, high school, college — we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

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.

Sodality members and guests enjoy Flag Day picnic supper on June 14.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Mary’s Summer Camps (Lancaster, NY) offer soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders the chance to have fun and receive instruction from high school coaches, teachers and athletes. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824, ext. 235 for more information and to register for the appropriate camp session.

Mount Mercy Academy is hosting a Basketball Camp on June 26-29 for girls entering grades 4 – 9. Call 716-825-8796, ext. 320 for details.

Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo 2017/2018 enrollment deadline is June 30. Do you know any students in grades 4 or 5 who have or wish to develop a good attitude toward school and would benefit from a change?  If so, please ask them to visit the NativityMiguel website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org  or call Mrs. Langer at 716-836-5188 for details on how to apply.

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)