This Week

Easter Sunday – Week of April 16, 2017

April 16 – April 23, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Tuesday, April 18 ~ Choir Holiday – NO Rehearsal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jack Curtin

Recipient of Lay Award of

St. Joseph the Worker

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

 

April 9 – April 16, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 13 ~ HOLY THURSDAY – NO BINGO

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

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

Saturday, April 15~ HOLD SATURDAY – NO BINGO

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jack Curtin

Recipient of Lay Award of

St. Joseph the Worker

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

Fifth Sunday in Lent – Week of April 2, 2017

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

April 2 – April 9, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* There will be no Bingo on Holy Thursday, April 13, or Holy Saturday, April 15.
We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Week of March 26, 2017

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

March 26 – April 2, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

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

Photos credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third Sunday in Lent – Week of March 19, 2017

Feast of St. Joseph
March 20

March 19 – March 26, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Sunday in Lent – Week of March 12, 2017

 

March 12 – March 19, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 12 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, March 12 at 9:40 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Sunday, March 12 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

Monday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church

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

Wednesday, March 15 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ~ LENTEN PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER 

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

Friday, March 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Sunday, March 19 at 9:40 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

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

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, March 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Philip Garcia (Requested by his Wife and Children)

Monday, March 13 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, March 14 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, March 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Carrie Peotock (Marge Laciura)

Thursday, March 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, March 17 ~ St. Patrick ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 17 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 18 ~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Family)

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

Our parish Lenten program continues this Wednesday, March 15, with our second “simple supper” and continued insights into the meaning of “the Kingdom of God.” Our guest speaker will be Moses Ikuelogbon, a seminarian at Christ the King, now in his Pastoral Year at St. Benedict’s parish. This week we’ll be enjoying pizza, a green salad, and desserts, served from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by Mr. Ikuelogbon’s presentation at 7pm. Please remember: If you signed up to bring cookies, we’re counting on you. Our three-week program will end on Wednesday, March 22, with Prayer Around the Cross beginning at 7pm in church.

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

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

Religious Education Update ~ Our religious education classes, focusing on Liturgy and Prayer, are continuing each Sunday of March from 9-9:45am in St. Charles Hall. If you have not already done so, please return your completed enrollment form to the Rectory this week. Additional forms are available at Mass if needed. We will be following the Buffalo Diocesan directives for Faith Formation and parents are expected to attend class with their children.  We are in desperate need of more teachers. If you are interested in helping to teach a small group of children with planned activities, please contact Elizabeth Clay at 472-0009.

Our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo continues its tradition of Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses at 7pm. On March 13 we will be visiting Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Eagle Street near Clinton.

The Parish Council meeting which would normally take place on Wednesday, March 15, has been rescheduled to Wednesday March 29 at 7pm in order to accommodate the Lenten program.

Notes from the Loft ~ Our interim Music Director, Elizabeth Clay, will be away on March 12 and 19. We express our sincere thanks to Nancy Erdman for enhancing our services with her music ministry during Elizabeth’s absence.

Vocation View: Second Sunday in Lent ~ 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.buffalovacations.org.

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Into the Light,” an a capella performance by the Harmonia Chamber Singers takes place this Sunday, March 12,  at 7pm at Assumption Church (435 Amherst Street). Free-will offering.

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

Experience the meandering path of a Labyrinth on Monday, March 13 (11am-8pm) in the Community Room at St. Joseph University Parish (3269 Main). The Labyrinth can be thought of as a journey to God, a metaphor for the inward journey.

Catholic Women’s Conference ~ “Joyful, Patient, Faithful” will take place Saturday, March 18 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School. $35, $40 at the door…register at www.catholicwomenofbuffalo.org.

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

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

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

First Sunday in Lent – Week of March 5, 2017

March 5 – March 12, 2017

Weekly Activities

Monday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at St. Lawrence Church

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

Wednesday, March 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. ~ Simple Supper in St. Charles Hall,
followed by presentation by Rev. Peter Drilling at 7:00 p.m. Please bring your Bible.

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

Friday, March 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, March 12 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, March 12 at 9:40 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Sunday, March 12 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

Monday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, March 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Peter and Mary Viola (Requested by Joseph Viola)

Monday, March 6 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, March 7 ~ St. Perpetua & St. Felicity ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Anne Crocker (John J. Emerling and Robert J. Fink)

Wednesday, March 8 ~ St. John of God ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, March 9 ~ St. Frances of Rome ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, March 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 10 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anne Crocker (John J. Emerling and Robert J. Fink)

Sunday, March 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Philip Garcia (Wife and Children)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger; Sharon Dunigan (Choir)

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6 PM

News from our Parish Community

Stations of the Cross will take place at 6pm each Friday during Lent beginning on March 3.

Religious Education Update ~ Our first religious education class, focusing on Liturgy and Prayer, took place on Sunday morning, March 5. Classes will continue each Sunday of March from 9-9:45am in St. Charles Hall. If you have not already done so, please return your completed enrollment form to the Rectory this week. Additional forms are available at Mass if needed. We will be following the Buffalo Diocesan directives for Faith Formation and parents are expected to attend class with their children.  We are in desperate need of more teachers. If you are interested in helping to teach a small group of children with planned activities, please contact Elizabeth Clay at 472-0009.

Our 2017 Parish Lenten Program begins this Wednesday, March 8. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Peter Drilling, Rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, former President-rector of Christ the King Seminary, and long-time friend of Blessed Trinity. The evening begins in St. Charles Hall with a simple supper of homemade macaroni and cheese and a green salad served from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by Fr. Drilling’s presentation at 7:00pm.  He asks that you please bring your Bible. Our discussion centering on the “the Kingdom of God” continues on Wednesday March 15 with Seminarian Moses Ikuelogbon. Our simple supper on the 15th features pizza and a green salad, served from 5:30-6:30pm in St. Charles Hall, followed by a Deacon Ikuelogbon’s presentation at 7:00pm. Sign-up sheets are at the side doors of church for anyone who would like to offer cookies for March 8 and 15. Our three-week program will conclude on Wednesday, March 22, with Prayer Around the Cross at 7:00pm in church.

Our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo continues its tradition of Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses beginning this Monday, March 6, with 7pm Mass at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 East Delavan Avenue.

Prayer Partner Program ~ The names of prayer partners were distributed at Masses this weekend. If you did not receive yours, please see Elsieta Chapman or call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 x 114 or 716-892-2471.

The Sodality’s Spring Raffle took place on Sunday, February 26, at a special coffee hour in St. Charles Hall. Congratulations to our winners: Mary Kresse – “Basket of Cheer” valued at $250; Naoma Allen – $50 gift cards for Wegmans Food Markets; Sr. Liz Savage – $50 gift card for Dash’s Market; Colleen Schroeder – gift bag of Trader Joe’s products valued at $35.00. The Sodality thanks everyone who supported the raffle, which netted $900 in proceeds. In appreciation for their generosity, we hope you will patronize the local businesses that provided our prizes.

Vocation View: First Sunday in Lent ~ Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty days of prayer and fasting. Likewise, in places of solitude we too can hear the voice of God. Take some time to listen this Lent. If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

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

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

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

Lenten Fish Fry for St. Margaret’s Parish is Friday March 10 from 4-6:30pm at Holy Spirit Church (85 Dakota Street). Call 716-876-5318 for tickets.

Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) is an important part of the journey into love and marriage. a Pre-Cana program is scheduled at St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda on Saturday, March 11 from 9am to 3pm in the school cafeteria. All couples planning to marry in 2017 are invited to participate in this small group preparation program. The schedule for the day includes presentations and activities with sponsor couples from our Marriage Ministry as well as time for questions and answers. Contact St. Christopher’s rectory office at 716-692-2660 to register.

Reconnect & Recharge Women’s Retreat with Spiritual Director, Ann Kern. Saturday March 11 (9am) at St. Joseph Parish, 3269 Main Street. Call 833-0298, ext. 310 for reservations.

Experience the meandering path of a Labyrinth on Monday, March 13 (11am-8pm) in the Community Room at St. Joseph University Parish (3269 Main). The Labyrinth can be thought of as a journey to God, a metaphor for the inward journey.

Catholic Women’s Conference ~ “Joyful, Patient, Faithful” will take place Saturday, March 18 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School. $35, $40 at the door…register at www.catholicwomenofbuffalo.org.

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Feb. 26, 2017

Explore Buffalo docent Chuck LaChiusa gives 4th & 5th grade students from St. Joseph’s School a primer on Harvard Bricks when they toured our church on February 23rd.

February 26 – March 5, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 26 at 9:40 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Sunday, February 26 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality Raffle and Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, March 5 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, February 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Kenneth and Katherine Bee (Requested by John Bee)

Monday, February 27 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, February 28 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Anne Crocker (John J. Emerling and Robert J. Fink)

Wednesday, March 1 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – Ray and Martha Freudenberger (Estate)

Thursday, March 2 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, March 3 ~ First Friday ~ Adoration and Benediction from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, March 3 ~ St. Katharine Drexel ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anne Crocker (John J. Emerling and Robert J. Fink)

Friday, March 3 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 6:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, March 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Peter and Mary Viola (Joseph Viola)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Maggie Gatson;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Sharon Dunigan; Fran Cahill (Choir)

Ladies Sodality Mardi Gras Raffle
Sunday, February 26, 2017

News from our Parish Community

The Sodality’s Spring Raffle took place on Sunday, February 26, at a special coffee hour in St. Charles Hall immediately following Mass. Congratulations to our winners: Mary Kresse – “Basket of Cheer” valued at $250; Naoma Allen – $50 gift cards for Wegmans Food Markets; Sr. Liz Savage – $50 gift card for Dash’s Market; Colleen Schroeder – gift bag of Trader Joe’s products valued at $35.00. We are grateful to Wegmans, Dash Markets, and Traders Joe’s for their donations. We also thank Jill Hennig and Bill Warren of Aurora Liquor in East Aurora for assisting us with the Basket of Cheer.

This Wednesday, March 1, is Ash Wednesday ~ Our parish Mass, including Distribution of Ashes, will take place at 6pm. There will be no 11am Mass on Ash Wednesday.

First Friday Adoration and Benediction will take place this Friday morning, March 3, from 8-11am in the Daily Mass Chapel, followed by Mass at 11:00. During Exposition, the Blessed Sacrament is never to be left unattended. Consider starting your Lenten devotions by spending at least one-half hour in prayer and meditation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. If possible, please commit to a specific time by using the pink sign-up sheets at the side doors, or call the church office during regular office hours.

Stations of the Cross will take place at 6pm each Friday during Lent beginning on March 3.

Religious Education Update ~ Our first religious education class will take place on Sunday morning, March 5, from 9-9:45am in St. Charles Hall. We will be focusing on Liturgy and Prayer during these classes. If you have not already done so, please return your completed enrollment form to the Rectory this week. Additional forms are available at Mass if needed. We will be following the Buffalo Diocesan directives for Faith Formation and parents are expected to attend class with their children.  We are in desperate need of more teachers. If you are interested in helping to teach a small group of children with planned activities, please contact Elizabeth Clay at 472-0009.

Reader and Eucharistic Ministers Meeting with Father Victor will take place after Mass on Sunday, March 5.  Anyone interested in serving in these ministries is invited to attend.

Members of the Ladies Sodality invite women of the parish to join them for tea in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, March 5, following the 10am Mass. After a very brief general membership meeting, we will be discussing your ideas for parish activities and programs in the coming months. Please bring your favorite tea cup. We’ll start our discussion with what makes it special to you.

Our 2017 Parish Lenten Program will take place on three Wednesday evenings. On March 8 and 15 we will meet at 5:30 for a simple supper in St. Charles Hall, followed by a guest speaker and time for discussion beginning at 7:00. A religious service is planned for March 22 at 7pm in church. Sign-up sheets are at the side doors of church for anyone who would like to offer cookies for March 8 and 15. In addition, our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo will continue its Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses. They will begin on March 6 at 7pm at St. Lawrence Church and culminate with a penance service at Blessed Trinity on April 10.

Prayer Partner Program begins March 1 ~ If you haven’t experienced this yet, we hope you will try this year. Sign up on the lavendar sheets by the church doors to be given a name of someone from one of the participating parishes to pray for during Lent. And someone from another parish will be praying for you. In our world today, praying for the needs of another in Jesus’ name seems so important. Direct your questions to Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 x 114 or 716-892-2471.

Elizabeth Clay

Lofty Moves ~ We are delighted to welcome our own Elizabeth Bailey-Sands Clay as Interim Music Director. Although many of you have heard Elizabeth sing as a soloist and member of the choir, she actually began her musical career as a church organist. Despite her many responsibilities, including that of our new Religious Education Coordinator, Elizabeth has agreed to abandon her comfortable seat on the alto bench for the “hot seat” of the organ bench. Please join us in thanking her for sharing yet another of her talents with her Blessed Trinity family.

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

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

Vocation View: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ It is only in God where true peace and fulfillment are found. In the midst of today’s confusion there are many people longing for God, but need to be pointed toward Him. Is God calling you to lead His children toward Him? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

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

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Theme Basket Auction ~ Assumption Church Hall, Sunday, March 5 from 11 am to 3 pm at 435 Amherst Street. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Black Rock School. Dinner and a sheet of 25 Tickets is $10 (Dinner Only is $7).

Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) is an important part of the journey into love and marriage. a Pre-Cana program is scheduled at St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda on Saturday, March 11 from 9am to 3pm in the school cafeteria. All couples planning to marry in 2017 are invited to participate in this small group preparation program. The schedule for the day includes presentations and activities with sponsor couples from our Marriage Ministry as well as time for questions and answers. Contact St. Christopher’s rectory office at 716-692-2660 to register.

Catholic Women’s Conference ~ “Joyful, Patient, Faithful” will take place Saturday, March 18 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School. $35, $40 at the door…register at www.catholicwomenofbuffalo.org.

Seventh Week in Ordinary Time – Week of Feb. 19, 2017

Photo Credit: R. Ordinario – Ft. Erie, ON

February 19 – February 26, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 19 at 9:40 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Monday, February 20 from 7-8:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, February 26 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality Raffle and Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, February 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Gregory DeLong (Requested by Nancy Mariani)

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

Tuesday, February 21~ St. Peter Damian ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Anne Crocker (John J. Emerling and Robert J. Fink)

Wednesday, February 22 ~ The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, February 23 ~ St. Polycarp ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Friday, February 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Ray and Martha Freudenberger (Estate)

Saturday, February 25 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Willie Evans (Katherine Jost Strickland and Angela Jost)

Sunday, February 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Kenneth and Katherine Bee (John Bee)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson and Pam Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Sharon Dunigan; Maggie Gatson (Choir)

Sodality Spring Raffle
Sunday, February 26 at Coffee Hour

News from our Parish Community

Bible Study begins this Monday evening, February 20 (7:00 – 8:00 in St. Charles Hall) ~ Please invite a friend, bring your Bible, and join us for reflections, sharing, and discussion. If there is continuing interest, Bible study will continue on the third Monday of each month.

The Sodality’s Spring Raffle will take place next Sunday, February 26, at a special coffee hour in St. Charles Hall immediately following Mass. Tickets for the raffle are only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. That’s a real bargain if you consider your odds of winning and the value of our prizes: a “Basket of Cheer” valued at $250; $50 gift cards for Wegmans Food Markets and Dash’s Market; or a gift bag of Trader Joe’s products valued at $35. If you did not receive any chances in the mail or you need more, you will find them on the table near the ushers’ pew. Tickets will also be available at the rectory and at coffee hour on the day of the drawing. We are grateful to Wegmans, Dash Markets, and Traders Joe’s for their donations. We also thank Jill Hennig and Bill Warren of Aurora Liquor in East Aurora for assisting us with the Basket of Cheer.

Visits to the sick will continue on the last Friday of the month, February 24. You can help Father Victor prepare for this Friday’s visits to the sick and housebound by suggesting names of those you believe would appreciate a visit. There are sign-up sheets for this purpose near the side doors of the church, or you may call the church office, 716-833-0301.

Reader and Eucharistic Ministers Meeting with Father Victor will take place after Mass on Sunday, March 5.  Anyone interested in serving in these ministries is invited to attend.

2017 Lenten Programs ~ Our parish Lenten program will involve three Wednesday evenings in March, so please reserve March 8, 15, and 22. In addition, our cluster of Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo will continue its Monday evening Journey Masses. They will begin on March 6 and culminate with a penance service at Blessed Trinity on April 10.

Elizabeth Clay

Lofty Moves ~ We are delighted to welcome our own Elizabeth Bailey-Sands Clay as Interim Music Director. Although many of you have heard Elizabeth sing as a soloist and member of the choir, she actually began her musical career as a church organist. Despite her many responsibilities, including that of our new Religious Education Coordinator, Elizabeth has agreed to abandon her comfortable seat on the alto bench for the “hot seat” of the organ bench. Please join us in thanking her for sharing yet another of her talents with her Blessed Trinity family.

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

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

Last Call for 2017 Sodality Dues ~ Membership in the Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity runs with the calendar year, and 2017 dues of $5 became payable last month. If you received a dues notice in the mail and have not yet renewed your membership, please do so by the end of February so that our Membership Vice President, Mickey Dick, can update the Sodality roster and telephone tree. Checks should be made payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.”

Prayer Partner Program begins March 1 ~ If you haven’t experienced this yet, we hope you will try this year. Sign up on the lavendar sheets by the door to be given a name of someone from one of the participating parishes to pray for during Lent. In our world today, praying for the needs of another in Jesus’ name seems so important. Direct your questions to Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948, x 114 or 716-892-2471.

Vocation View ~ Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time:  We are blessed to have a God who is merciful. It is important then for His disciples to know of his mercy and their duty to share it. How is God calling you to help make His mercy known? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Congratulations to Jonathan Sands ~ He received “First Honors” for his excellent work as a senior at Canisius High School.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Men’s Lenten Retreat ~ Saturday, March 4 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at Ss. Columbia-Brigid Church. Contact Leo Reiter at leobettyreiter [at] gmail [dot] com or call 716-449-8381.

Annual Lenten Day of Prayer ~ Prayer and reflection offered by Grey Nuns and Friends on Saturday, March 4 from 9:00am to 3:30pm at Madonna Hall (D’Youville College – 320 Porter Avenue). Free. Contact Arlene at arlypez [at] yahoo [dot] com or call 716-833-7451.

Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) is an important part of the journey into love and marriage. a Pre-Cana program is scheduled at St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda on Saturday, March 11 from 9am to 3pm in the school cafeteria. All couples planning to marry in 2017 are invited to participate in this small group preparation program. The schedule for the day includes presentations and activities with sponsor couples from our Marriage Ministry as well as time for questions and answers. Contact St. Christopher’s rectory office at 716-692-2660 to register.

Catholic Women’s Conference ~ “Joyful, Patient, Faithful” will take place Saturday, March 18 from 8:00am to 3:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School. $35, $40 at the door…register at www.catholicwomenofbuffalo.org.

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 12, 2017

Detail of stained glass skylight
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

February 12 – February 19, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 12 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Religious Education Family Meeting in Church

Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Friday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, February 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Catherine Ball (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, February 13 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, February 14 ~ St. Cyril, St. Methodius ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Philip Garcia (The Garcia Family)

Wednesday, February 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anne Crocker (John J. Emerling and Robert J. Fink)

Thursday, February 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, February 17 ~ Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Saturday, February 18 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita Curtin (Family)

Sunday, February 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Gregory DeLong (Nancy Mariani)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Fran Cahill and Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger, Dan Korchowsky; Fran Cahill (Choir)

The Buffalo Brass Choir, directed by Nick DelBello, live in concert at Blessed Trinity on February 12, 2017 at 3 PM.
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

There will be a Meet-and-Greet for those families who have signed up for religious education instruction at Blessed Trinity on Sunday, February 12 at 9am in the church. Information about our upcoming program will be provided and you will have an opportunity to meet our instructors. If you are interested in participating in this faith formation but have not yet signed up, please contact Elizabeth Clay at 716-472-0009.

Trinity Series Concert ~ On Sunday, February 12 at 3pm, the church’s ensemble-in-residence, the Buffalo Brass Choir, will present “A Requiem in Our Time.” This liturgically themed program will feature the title piece by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaar, as well as Pablo Casals’ “O Vos Omnes,” Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and works by three living American composers: John Cheetham, Anthony Plog, and Brian Balmage. Please plan to attend this powerful and uplifting program — a perfect prelude to the Lent and Easter seasons. Suggested donation: $10 per person.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Elizabeth Clay

Lofty Moves ~ This Sunday, February 12, we are delighted to welcome our own Elizabeth Bailey-Sands Clay as Interim Music Director. Although many of you have heard Elizabeth sing as a soloist and member of the choir, she actually began her musical career as a church organist. Despite her many responsibilities, including that of our new Religious Education Coordinator, Elizabeth has agreed to abandon her comfortable seat on the alto bench for the “hot seat” of the organ bench. Please join us in thanking her for sharing yet another of her talents with her Blessed Trinity family.

Bible Study ~ In response to a suggestion made at our November parish meeting, a Bible Study program will begin on Monday evening, February 20, from 7-8pm in St. Charles Hall. You are invited to join Father Victor for reflections, sharing, and discussion. If there is continuing interest, Bible study will continue on the third Monday of each month. Please make every effort to attend and increase your understanding of the Bible. Participants are asked to bring a Bible and a friend.

Visits to the sick will continue on the last Friday of the month, February 24Please help Father Victor prepare for his February 24 visitations by suggesting the names of those you believe need to be visited. There are sign-up sheets for this purpose near the side doors of the church, or you may call the church office, 716-833-0301.

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

Sodality’s February 26 Raffle ~ Please return your raffle tickets as soon as possible for a chance to win: a “Basket of Cheer” valued at approximately $250; $50 gift cards for Wegmans Food Markets and Dash’s Market; or a gift bag of Trader Joe’s products valued at $35.00. We are grateful to Wegmans, Dash Markets, and Traders Joe’s for their donations. We also thank Jill Hennig and Bill Warren of Aurora Liquor in East Aurora for assisting us with the Basket of Cheer. Tickets for the raffle are only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. If you did not receive any in the mail or need more, you will find them on the table near the ushers’ pew. Tickets are also available at the rectory. The raffle will take place at a special coffee hour after Mass on Sunday, February 26.

Last Call for 2017 Sodality Dues ~ Membership in the Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity runs with the calendar year, and 2017 dues of $5 became payable last month. If you received a dues notice in the mail and have not yet renewed your membership, please do so as possible so that our Membership Vice President, Mickey Dick, can update the Sodality roster and telephone tree. Checks should be made payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.”

National Black Catholic Congress XII Registration Deadline is this Wednesday ~ A Diocesan Delegation to The National Black Catholic Congress XII, to be held in Orlando, Florida from July 6—July 9, 2017, is now forming. If you would like to participate or obtain additional information on registration fees and room rates, please contact Althea Porter (716-316-8395) or the Office of Cultural Diversity (716-847-2217). February 15 is the last day to join the delegation and partial payment to cover trip expenses must be received by this date. The last payment should be sent to the Office of Cultural Diversity by May 15, 2017.

Prayer Partner Information ~ Lent is almost upon us. Please sign-up for the CCCB Prayer Partner Program. If you haven’t participated yet, we hope you will try this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from within the participating parishes to pray for during Lent. Why do we do this? As Jesus told us, “if two or more agree on earth about anything for which they pray, it shall be granted to them by my Father” (Matthew 18:19, 20). Each partner begins to pray for the other’s needs, concerns or special intentions. How do I do it? It can be a simple prayer of remembrance for your prayer partner’s needs or a prayer intention at Mass or when reciting a decade of the rosary. You may wish to introduce yourselves and exchange intentions with one another, but that is not required. It is up to the individual and how the Spirit leads them. Our shut-ins are also welcome to add their name to the sign-up sheet by telling the home visitor or calling the parish office to add their name. So look for the lavender sign-up sheet at your weekend Mass on Saturday or Sunday in February. Direct your questions to Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948, ext.114 or 716-892-2471.

Vocation View ~ Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: God has given us His commandments so that our joy may be complete. God also calls some of us to be shepherds, and to help His follows know and appreciate the purpose and promise of His commandments. Is God calling you to leadership? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on Wednesday. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

Detail of mural at 72 Jewett Avenue, Buffalo

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Praying with Religious Art,” a Presentation by Deacon Greg Feary, will take place at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster on Monday, February 13, at 7pm. Explore the deep meaning and beauty of religious art and icons in this multimedia adventure. All are welcome. Refreshments to follow. 716-683-6522.

Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) is an important part of the journey into love and marriage. a Pre-Cana program is scheduled at St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda on Saturday, March 11 from 9am to 3pm in the school cafeteria. All couples planning to marry in 2017 are invited to participate in this small group preparation program. The schedule for the day includes presentations and activities with sponsor couples from our Marriage Ministry as well as time for questions and answers. Contact St. Christopher’s rectory office at 716-692-2660 to register.

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)