This Week

Solemnity of Corpus Christi – Week of June 3, 2018

 

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

 

June 3 – June 10, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, June 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers in Priest’s Sacristy

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ithrene Cameron (Requested by Lorna Cameron) and My Son, Ogbuagu (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Monday, June 4 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 5 ~ St. Boniface ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Thursday, June 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, June 8 ~ The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Robert and Maria Reinhart – Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Renewal of Vows – (Father Victor)

Saturday, June 9 ~ The Immaculate Heart of Mary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rite E. Curtin (The Family)

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

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

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Derek DeJac; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Grace Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Bernice Bradley, Alice Davis; John Curtin (Choir)

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 8
Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Heart Shrine

News from our Parish Community

Catholic Charities’ Day of Giving is June 8. The 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal is $1.25 million short of its $11 million goal. With the support of a generous donor, all new appeal gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. Your $10 gift becomes $20…$50 becomes $100, etc. Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the multitudes, this is your chance to feed and bless our neighbors in need. There will be a second collection on the weekend of June 2/3 to accommodate this need. Please give generously.

A Note of Appreciation ~ On behalf of the Parish, I thank and appreciate the planning committee and all others who worked hard to make our feast day and the church building’s ninetieth Anniversary a successful and beautiful Trinity Sunday celebration. May the continuous blessing of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit be with you all and your families … Father Victor

Celebrating Our Future Along With Our Past ~ As reflected in Father Victor’s message, we combined a anniversary remembrance with last Sunday’s celebration of our parish feast day. During the 10am Mass, we recognized those who have joined the parish in the last year and a half — so essential to our future — while also commemorating the 90th anniversary of the completion of our church building, dedicated by Bishop Turner on June 3, 1928. Click HERE to see photos from the Mass, the blessing of the church cornerstone and our new sign, and the social which followed.

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

Happy Summer ~ While the calendar may disagree, this past week certainly felt like summer in Western New York.  Corpus Christi has historically been the last week the choir sings until the fall. The choir members have earned a rest!  This year, they have outdone themselves by learning three new Mass settings, collaborating with other church choirs, and enhancing the liturgy at other churches in addition to our own.  They are tireless in their energy as well as their love for our Lord.  Please express your gratitude when you hear them singing with you in the congregation for the next few months. They are wonderful! This week’s offertory hymn, How Great Thou Art, reminds me of Bridget Blesnuk, our former Music Minister. She sang this hymn as a solo with the Diocesan Festival Choir and the entire congregation was moved to sing along. Bridget always enjoyed the Feast of Corpus Christi – so we sang it today to honor her memory. Hope you were moved to join in – Bridget would have loved that! Choir practice will resume in September. Please watch this space for information about how to join the Music Ministry at BT.  God Be With You ‘Til We Meet AgainElizabeth

The Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers will meet in the Priest’s Sacristy after Mass on Sunday, June 10, to prepare for summer Masses.

The Ladies Sodality Dinner is Wednesday, June 13 ~ If you haven’t already made your reservation, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net by this Wednesday, June 6. Make checks payable to: Ladies Sodality. The dinner will be held in St. Charles Hall. We are hoping to have a good turn out to welcome Sr. Maureen Harris back from her recent assignment in Tanzania, Africa. With the help of photos from her journey, Sister Maureen will share her faith experience with us, including insights into the life and ministries of the native Sisters at her congregation’s Mission. The $20 per person cost includes a buffet dinner featuring salad, vegetarian lasagna, chicken parmesan, garlic bread, dessert, coffee, tea and soda. We will gather at 6pm with plans to serve at 6:30pm. Friends and non-members are always welcome.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who assist temporarily homeless families at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish by preparing and serving a Saturday evening dinner. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

The parish’s next Bible discussion meeting will be Monday, June 18, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. The subject matter for bible discussion meetings will be from Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  In preparation for June 18, participants should read the entire week #2 section. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in the discussion, please call Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, please use the form on the back of the bulletin to notify the office.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. Additional photos appear in their Photo Gallery.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there. Please pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

Father Victor blesses the new church sign on Trinity Sunday 2018

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Concerts for the Soul presents “Summer Concert of Joy and Inspiration, ” Friday, June 8, at 7:30pm, SS Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer/Poet Amy Gallagher will guide you on a Musical-Poetic Journey celebrating the many gifts and ordinary miracles that greet us each day. An evening to Inspire. Event is by donation.

Chicken or Pulled-Pork BBQ Dinner at Blessed Sacrament Church (1029 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo), Sunday June 10, 2-5pm. Adult Dinners are $13 and $6 for children under 12. Takeout is also available. Pre-order tickets at 716-884-0053.

Pork Chop Dinner & Theme Basket Raffle, Sunday, June 10, from noon to 3pm at St. Andrew Church (Parish Hall – 111 Crocker Street in Sloan). Dinner includes mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet & sour cabbage, green beans, applesauce, roll & butter, beverage and dessert. Tickets are pre-sale only. Theme basket winning tickets will be drawn at 2:30 pm. For tickets, call 716-892-0425.

Annual Children’s Memorial Prayer Service  on Monday, June 11, 7 pm at St. Christopher Church (2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda). Anyone who has lost a child, regardless of  how old the child was or how long ago the loss, is invited to attend “I Light a Candle for You.” This special service includes prayers and readings, poems, music, and a candle-lighting remembrance. For more information, call 716-692-2660.

Dinner Lecture Series begins Wednesday, June 13, at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). Each of four Wednesday evening events begins with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. June 13: Beauty, Art, & Pope Francis’s Laudata Si’; June 20: Transform Daily Life Through the Trinity; July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Wordthe new Focus Features film directed by Wim Wenders, is now showing at the Eastern Hills Dipson Theater. Co-produced with the Vatican’s Office of Communication, this movie experience offers a chance to meet Pope Francis through interviews and footage of public appearances. In addition to footage from the Pope’s many international journeys, settings include unique and special locations within the Papal palaces and Vatican gardens.

Position Available: Keyboardist for Sunday 10 am Mass at St. George Parish in West Falls. If you or someone you know is interested in this (per diem) position, whether regular weekly or on a casual basis, call 716-652-3153 or email stgeorge [at] gmail [dot] com.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School announces that registration is now open for Summer Timon 2018. All boys entering fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Each day campers will experience a wide-range of activities from history tours of WNY, rowing, photography, field trips, and much more! We make sure that all our campers get a well-rounded experience, learning something new while still having fun. Week 1 is July 9-13; week 2 is July 16-20. You can sign up for both or just one. Register online at bishoptimon.com or contact Jim Barnes at 716-826-3610 for more information.

St. Joe’s Collegiate Summer, a four-week program for students entering the eighth grade, is June 25-July 20 from 9am to 3pm each day. Find out more and register at sjci.com or call 716-874-4953.

Lord Teach Me to Pray, a 3-Part Ignatian Prayer Series, begins Saturday, June 16, at 8:30am at Christ the King Seminary Retreat Center (711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY). Visit lordteachmetopray.com for more information and registration or call 504-439-5933.

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity – Week of May 27, 2018

The ceramic tympanum over the church’s main door depicts the Blessed Trinity. The symbols below represent
The Our Father. They were sculpted by P. Kuhnle who worked for O. W. Ketchem Co.
in its Crum Lynne, PA terra cotta factory.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley

May 27 – June 3, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Trinity Sunday reception in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday,June 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Hon. John D. Spellman (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Fred Godert, Jr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, May 28 ~ Memorial Day Holiday Observed ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Blessed Trinity Parish Special Intentions (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Thursday, May 31 ~ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Fathers and Mothers of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, June 1 ~ First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, June 1 ~ St. Justin ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis Chruney (The Family)

Saturday, June 2 ~ St. Marcellinus & St. Peter ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – All Parishioners who are ill (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, June 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – My Son, Ogbuagu (Fidelia Ejimadu)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Joseph Nwogu;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger; Fran Cahill (Choir)

New church sign to be dedicated in ceremony on Trinity Sunday 2018

News from our Parish Community

Sunday, May 27, is Trinity Sunday and our parish feast day.  During the 10am Mass, we will officially welcome members who have recently joined our parish family. We will also be commemorating the 90th anniversary of the completion of our church building, which was dedicated by Bishop Turner on June 3, 1928. At the end of Mass, the assembly is invited to process outside where Father Victor will bless the building’s cornerstone and the church’s new sign. These ceremonies will be followed by a reception in St. Charles Hall.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. Additional photos appear in their Photo Gallery — and just in time for our feast day!

Happy Feast Day ~ Doesn’t everyone love a great party?  This week’s celebration of our church building’s 90th anniversary, as well as our Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, will go down in the record books as one of our most meaningful liturgies.  When one of our trustees approached the liturgy committee with beautiful ideas to help make this celebration unique and meaningful, the Music Ministry was challenged to come up with hymns that honored the Blessed Trinity and our newest nonagenerian, our Church.  If you heard yourself singing the words “Blessed Trinity” more than ever before, our mission was accomplished! We learned on Palm Sunday that our congregation will surprisingly sing four-part music when provided, so the closing hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” was distributed to all in spite of the ready availability of the unison version in our hymnal.  Thank you for raising your voices and your spirit in keeping this church community alive and thriving.  “God in three persons – Blessed Trinity!” The last choir practice of the season will take place on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome. Elizabeth

Sodality Dinner Amy Johnson is accepting reservations through June 6 for the Sodality’s June 13 dinner in St. Charles Hall. We are hoping to have a good turn out to welcome Sr. Maureen Harris back from her six-month assignment in her congregation’s mission in Tanzania, Africa. With the help of photos from her journey, Sister Maureen will share her faith experience with us, including insights into the life and ministries of the native Sisters at the Mission. The $20 per person cost includes a buffet dinner featuring salad, vegetarian lasagna, chicken parmesan, garlic bread, dessert, coffee, tea and soda. We will gather at 6pm with plans to serve at 6:30pm. If you have women friends from the other CCCB parishes, please encourage them to accept the Sodality’s invitation to join us for the evening. Your friends are also welcome. Amy can be reached at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net. Checks payable to: Ladies Sodality.

The parish’s next Bible discussion meeting will be Monday, June 18, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. The subject matter for bible discussion meetings will be from Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  In preparation for June 18, participants should read the entire week #2 section. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in the discussion, please call Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Blessed Trinity Featured Choir ~ The Church Musicians’ Guild (CMG) of Buffalo’s 2018 Festival Mass and Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday, May 17, at St. John Gualbert Church. The choir for the Mass was composed of members of the choirs of Blessed Trinity and St. John XXIII (W. Seneca) and the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. The combined choirs sang Richard Hillert’s Festival Canticle as the Processional — the same Processional sung by our choir for the Feast of Pentecost. Elizabeth Clay cantored the Responsorial Psalm and directed the Song of Thanksgiving (a Blessed Trinity favorite), John L. Bell’s Over My Head.  Our choir was honored to be chosen for their role at the event, which is held annually at the end of the Easter Season and honors those who serve in music ministry throughout the diocese. At the close of the Mass, the Guild’s Cecelia Roy Kenny Award was presented to Robert Chambers in recognition of his seventy years of music ministry at Buffalo’s Holy Angels Church. James Boback (Christ the King) received the Msgr. Kawalec Organ Scholarship, and Chelsea Brodka (St. Benedict) was recognized with the CMG’s first award for young adult music ministry. Click HERE to see photos of the event.

We welcome Markus Michael Brodfuehrer, son of Sean and Elizabeth Brodfuehrer, baptized into the Christian family at Blessed Trinity on Pentecost Sunday.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who assist temporarily homeless families at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish by preparing and serving a Saturday evening dinner. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there. Please pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

Memorial Day Observed
May 28
Remember and pray for all men and women who have given their lives in the service of their Country.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery is truly a mixture of flags and wreaths and tributes and taps. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 26 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 28 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations and our voiced intercessions. For more information, please call 716-873-6500.

Annual Memorial Day Mass, Tuesday, May 29, in the cemetery at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (5337 Genesee Street in Bowmansville). This event is beautifully celebrated with the Rosary first, and then Mass at 9 am. Afterward, we gather in the Parish Center for a continental breakfast. Please bring chairs and drop in to celebrate with us in honoring those who have fought and died for our freedoms. For more information, call the rectory at 716-683-2375.

Healing Mass in Honor of St. Peregrine for those afflicted with cancer or in need of special healing, will take place at St. Aloysius Gonzaga (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga) Thursday, May 31 at 7pm. Call 716-283-0011 for information.

Position Available: Maintenance person (part-time) at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Mail resume and letter of reference to: Mary Balistreri at the church (160 Court Street, Buffalo, NY 14202). Call 716-652-3153 for more information.

Position Available: Keyboardist for Sunday 10 am Mass at St. George Parish in West Falls. If you or someone you know is interested in this (per diem) position, whether regular weekly or on a casual basis, call 716-652-3153 or email stgeorge [at] gmail [dot] com.

Concerts for the Soul presents “Summer Concert of Joy and Inspiration, ” Friday, June 8, at 7:30pm, SS Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer/Poet Amy Gallagher will guide you on a Musical-Poetic Journey celebrating the many gifts and ordinary miracles that greet us each day. An evening to Inspire. Event is by donation.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Wordthe new Focus Features film directed by Wim Wenders, is now showing at the Eastern Hills Dipson Theater. Co-produced with the Vatican’s Office of Communication, this movie experience offers a chance to meet Pope Francis through interviews and footage of public appearances. In addition to footage from the Pope’s many international journeys, settings include unique and special locations within the Papal palaces and Vatican gardens.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School announces that registration is now open for Summer Timon 2018. All boys entering fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Each day campers will experience a wide-range of activities from history tours of WNY, rowing, photography, field trips, and much more! We make sure that all our campers get a well-rounded experience, learning something new while still having fun. Week 1 is July 9-13; week 2 is July 16-20. You can sign up for both or just one. Register online at bishoptimon.com or contact Jim Barnes at 716-826-3610 for more information.

St. Joe’s Collegiate Summer, a four-week program for students entering the eighth grade, is June 25-July 20 from 9am to 3pm each day. Find out more and register at sjci.com or call 716-874-4953.

Lord Teach Me to Pray, a 3-Part Ignatian Prayer Series, begins Saturday, June 16, at 8:30am at Christ the King Seminary Retreat Center (711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY). Visit lordteachmetopray.com for more information and registration or call 504-439-5933.

Pentecost Sunday – Week of May 20, 2018

Pentecost Sunday
May 20, 2018
P. Kuhnle’s ceramic bas relief depiction of Pentecost over doorway in left side vestibule

May 20 – May 27, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 20 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Sunday, May 20 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Monday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, May 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, May 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Trinity Sunday reception in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eugene and Anna Koenig (Requested by Sister Ann Helene Koenig)

Sunday, May 20 ~ Baptism of Markus Michael Brodfuehrer at 12:00 Noon

Monday, May 21 ~ St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 22 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Friday, May 25 ~ St. Bede the Venerable – St. Gregory – St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 26 ~ St. Philip Neri ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John and Esther Downs (Family)

Sunday, May 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Hon. John D. Spellman (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Maggie Gatson; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

Blessed Trinity sopranos were “center stage” in the loft at St. John Gualbert’s for May 17 CMG Festival Mass. Photo Credit: Luis Clay

News from our Parish Community

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. Additional photos appear in their Photo Gallery — and just in time for our feast day!

We welcome Markus Michael Brodfuehrer, son of Sean and Elizabeth Brodfuehrer, baptized into the Christian family at Blessed Trinity on Pentecost Sunday.

Parish Bible Study will resume Monday, May 21 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  This meeting will be held for two hours for bible sharing and to plan for future bible study meetings.  The assigned reading for the next bible study meeting will be from the booklet Genesis 12-23 Abraham and Sarah’s Journey-by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Participants should read pages 4-23. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in bible study should contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Sunday, May 27, is Trinity Sunday and our parish feast day.  We will officially welcome members who have recently joined our parish family during the 10am Mass. We will also be commemorating the 90th anniversary of our church building, which was dedicated by Bishop Turner on June 3, 1928. At the end of Mass, the assembly is invited to process outside where Father Victor will bless the building’s cornerstone and the church’s new sign. These ceremonies will be followed by a reception in St. Charles Hall.

Bearing Fruit with the Spirit of God ~ Pentecost Sunday is one of my personal favorites because of the sheer magnitude of the drama:  Wind!  Fire!  Fear!  Groaning!  Gifts of the Spirit!  Speaking in tongues!  Flowing water!  Mystery!  Marvels!  Your musical selections this weekend included a meditation new to Blessed Trinity called Spirit of God by Louis S. Valenzi, a music educator, actor, director and music minister at St. James Parish in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.  The text is based on Isaiah 61, and it perfectly coincides with this weekend’s liturgical theme:

Spirit of God, rest upon me,
rain down your life-giving love.
When I wake or lie down,
with peace you surround me;
Spirit, come make your home in my heart.

May we all experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Spirit, come make your home in our hearts! Choir practice continues on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome! Elizabeth

Sodality Dinner Amy Johnson is accepting reservations through June 6 for the Sodality’s June 13 dinner in St. Charles Hall. The $20 per person cost includes a buffet dinner featuring salad, vegetarian lasagna, chicken parmesan, garlic bread, dessert, coffee, tea and soda. Our guest speaker will be Sister Maureen Harris, OSF, who recently returned from a six-month assignment in her congregation’s mission in Tanzania, Africa. With the help of photos from her journey, Sister will share her faith experience with us, including insights into the life and ministries of the native Sisters of her congregation. Women from the other CCCB parishes have been invited to join us for the evening, and friends are welcome. Please call or email Amy at 836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net with your reservation. Checks payable to: Ladies Sodality.

Blessed Trinity Featured Choir ~ The Church Musicians’ Guild (CMG) of Buffalo’s 2018 Festival Mass and Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday, May 17, at St. John Gualbert Church. The choir for the Mass was composed of members of the choirs of Blessed Trinity and St. John XXIII (W. Seneca) and the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. The combined choirs sang Richard Hillert’s Festival Canticle as the Processional — the same Processional sung by our choir for the Feast of Pentecost. Elizabeth Clay cantored the Responsorial Psalm and directed the Song of Thanksgiving (a Blessed Trinity favorite), John L. Bell’s Over My Head.  Our choir was honored to be chosen for their role at the event, which is held annually at the end of the Easter Season and honors those who serve in music ministry throughout the diocese. At the close of the Mass, the Guild’s Cecelia Roy Kenny Award was presented to Robert Chambers in recognition of his seventy years of music ministry at Buffalo’s Holy Angels Church. James Boback (Christ the King) received the Msgr. Kawalec Organ Scholarship, and Chelsea Brodka (St. Benedict) was recognized with the CMG’s first award for young adult music ministry.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who assist temporarily homeless families at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish by preparing and serving a Saturday evening dinner. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there. Please pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

“Come, O Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home shed a ray of light divine!
You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s more welcome guest;
sweet refreshment here below.
Pentecost Sequence

Symbol of Holy Spirit – detail in church skylight above the altar. Photo credit: Terry Cervi

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Pope Francis: A Man of His Wordthe new Focus Features film directed by Wim Wenders, is now showing at the Eastern Hills Dipson Theater. Co-produced with the Vatican’s Office of Communication, this movie experience offers a chance to meet Pope Francis through interviews and footage of public appearances. In addition to footage from the Pope’s many international journeys, settings include unique and special locations within the Papal palaces and Vatican gardens.

Voices of Mercy ~ St. Margaret Parish will host St. Luke’s Mission Voices of Mercy on Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-7:30pm, at St. Margaret (1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo).  A free will offering may be made to benefit St. Luke’s. Refreshments will be served following the concert in the rectory adjoining the church. For further information, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

Spring Concert ~ Thursday, May 24, at 7:30pm the St. Louis Church Choir presents “A Choral Evening” at St. Louis Church (35 Edward Street in Buffalo). The program is free and open to all. Featured will be works of Bach, Mozart, Farrant, Ouseley, Friedel, Poston, and others. Call 716-852-6040 or email scintaf [at] canisius [dot] edu for more information.

The Society of Our Lady of Divine Mercy is hosting a Divine Mercy concert, “Proclaim God’s Marvelous Deeds,” at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Orchard Park on May 25  at 7:00 P.M. It is a Praise and Worship concert of God’s Mercy. There is a free-will offering and proceeds go to fund the Pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine for St. Faustina Day.

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery is truly a mixture of flags and wreaths and tributes and taps. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 26 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 28 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations and our voiced intercessions. For more information, please call 716-873-6500.

Healing Mass in Honor of St. Peregrine for those afflicted with cancer or in need of special healing, will take place at St. Aloysius Gonzaga (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga) Thursday, May 31 at 7pm. Call 716-283-0011 for information.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School announces that registration is now open for Summer Timon 2018. All boys entering fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Each day campers will experience a wide-range of activities from history tours of WNY, rowing, photography, field trips, and much more! We make sure that all our campers get a well-rounded experience, learning something new while still having fun. Week 1 is July 9-13; week 2 is July 16-20. You can sign up for both or just one. Register online at bishoptimon.com or contact Jim Barnes at 716-826-3610 for more information.

St. Joe’s Collegiate Summer, a four-week program for students entering the eighth grade, is June 25-July 20 from 9am to 3pm each day. Find out more and register at sjci.com or call 716-874-4953.

Lord Teach Me to Pray, a 3-Part Ignatian Prayer Series, begins Saturday, June 16, at 8:30am at Christ the King Seminary Retreat Center (711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY). Visit lordteachmetopray.com for more information and registration or call 504-439-5933.

Seventh Sunday of Easter – Week of May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day
This depiction of St. Anne and the Child Mary appears in a stained glass window in the shrine area near the left (east) side entrance of the church.

May 13 – May 20, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 13 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by Holy Name Society

Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, May 20 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Sunday, May 20 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 13 ~ Mother’s Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and My Daughter and Her Family (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Monday, May 14 ~ St. Matthias ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 15 ~ St. Isidore ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  All Deceased Members of the Wilbert and Brown Family (JC and Family)

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

Friday, May 18 ~ St. John I ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Frances Chruney (The Family)

Saturday, May 19 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Lillian Hundley (John Curtin)

Sunday, May 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eugene and Anna Koenig (Sister Ann Helene Koenig)

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

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

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

Fr. Victor is joined by women of the parish at the 2018 Mother’s Day Brunch.

News from our Parish Community

Happy Mother’s Day

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, May 16, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick.

The Blessed Trinity Choir is honored to be singing at this year’s Church Musicians’ Guild Festival Mass on Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Gualbert Church in Cheektowaga.  This Mass is an opportunity for all of the church musicians in our diocese to get together to celebrate the Eucharist and our commitment to beautiful music.  All are welcome!

Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place in church after Mass on Sunday, May 20.

Liturgy Committee Meeting has been rescheduled (due to the Mother’s Day Breakfast).  It will take place after Mass on Sunday, May 20, in St. Charles Hall. New members are always welcome!

The women of the parish would like to thank the Holy Name Society for preparing and serving today’s Mother’s Day Breakfast. It is a wonderful treat for which we are truly appreciative. Click HERE to see more photos from the brunch.

Ascension + Mother’s Day = Musical Diversity. While the Feast of Ascension fell on Thursday this past week, the celebration continued in this weekend’s liturgy with the first reading centered around Jesus’ ascent into heaven and the Gospel focusing on His work through the disciples.  It is our task as church musicians to express both the divine and practical roles Jesus exemplified while simultaneously celebrating our mothers – that’s a pretty broad range!  The Holly She Bears a Berry is a BT favorite that is usually reserved for Christmas, but it was very appropriate for the Seventh Sunday of Easter.  While a divinity scholar could write a thesis on the imagery in this selection by James E. Clemens, the last verse clearly portrays the song’s appropriateness for this Mass:

Oh, the holly she bears a berry, as blood it is red,
And we trust in our Savior, who rose from the dead.
And Mary she bore Jesus, our Savior for to be,
And the first tree that’s in the greenwood, it was the holly.

 Ascension and Motherhood – perfect for today’s celebration. Choir practice continues on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.  We always welcome new members! Elizabeth

Water With Blessings ~ The Ladies Sodality’s special collection to provide mothers in Jacmal, Haiti with water purification systems ends on Sunday, May 13. If you would still like to contribute toward the $60 cost of each filter system, please be sure to take one of the special envelopes from the tables as you leave church today and place your donation in next weekend’s collection. We also ask that you continue praying each day “in solidarity with all God’s thirsty children.” We thank you for your support of our project. (If you have a talent for crocheting or knitting, you can also help by creating colorful protective “socks” for the water filters. You can find instructions at the project’s web site, https://www.waterwithblessings.org/crochet-for-a-cause.html or request a copy from Mickey Dick.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the wonderful volunteers (docents, greeters, salespeople, choir members, welcoming parishioners) who helped to make last weekend’s Sacred Sites Open House so successful. More than 70 people participated in the event – some from just down the street, some from as far away as Tennessee and Belize! A special tip-of-the-hat to the members of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. Their beautiful a cappella chant and polyphonic music filled the church – truly “sacred sounds in a sacred setting.” Even Mother Nature cooperated to help all the photographers! Bless you all! For photos from the Eight Annual Sacred Sites Weekend, Click HERE.

Our Ladies Sodality will hold their season-ending June dinner in St. Charles Hall on Wednesday evening, June 13, and would like to invite all women of the parish to attend. We have asked Sister Maureen Harris, OSF, the Spiritual Care Outreach Coordinator for our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”), to be our guest speaker. Sr. Maureen has recently returned from a six-month assignment in Tanzania, Africa. With the help of photos from her journey, Sister Maureen will be sharing her faith experience with us, including insights into the life and ministries of the native Sisters of her congregation in the mission. The evening will feature a buffet dinner from Baba’s Place, and the $20 per person cost will include: salad, vegetable lasagna, chicken parmesan, garlic bread, dessert, wine, soda, coffee, and tea. We will also be inviting women from the other CCCB parishes to join us for the evening in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 6pm.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who prepared dinner on Saturday, April 21, for temporarily homeless families sheltered for the week at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there–pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

Members of our choir are honored to sing at the Church Musicians’ Guild’s season-ending celebration on May 17.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The African American Commission of The Office of Cultural Diversity Presents a retreat on Saturday, May 19 (9:30am-3:30pm) for those over 55 years old.  EMBRACING LIFE CHANGES: God + Self + Others, will be held at St. Anthony’s Church (306 Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna). Call 716-847-2217 for more information or email  mramos [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Voices of Mercy ~ St. Margaret Parish will host St. Luke’s Mission Voices of Mercy on Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-7:30pm, at St. Margaret (1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo).  A free will offering may be made to benefit St. Luke’s. Refreshments will be served following the concert in the rectory adjoining the church. For further information, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

TOLTON: From Slave to Priest – performed live with Jim Coleman ~ Learn about Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest, in a powerful multimedia performance on Wednesday, May 23, at 7pm (Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna) and Thursday, May 24 at 2pm and 7pm (Marie Maday Theater at Lyons’ Hall, Canisius College in Buffalo). Free-will Offering. Sponsored by Paul and Susan Santandreu and the Diocese of Buffalo. Find out more at ToltonDrama.com or call Luz Milagros Ramos at 716-847-2217.

Thursday May 24 is Rock Around the Block, hosted by St. John School (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore) with food trucks and music by Vinderosa Trio. Call 716-873-6500 for more information.

The Society of Our Lady of Divine Mercy is hosting a Divine Mercy concert, “Proclaim God’s Marvelous Deeds,” at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Orchard Park on May 25  at 7:00 P.M. It is a Praise and Worship concert of God’s Mercy. There is a free-will offering and proceeds go to fund the Pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine for St. Faustina Day.

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery is truly a mixture of flags and wreaths and tributes and taps. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 26 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 28 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations and our voiced intercessions. For more information, please call 716-873-6500.

Have you experienced a loss in your family that your children are having a hard time with? The Office of Family Life Ministries can send you a packet of unique resources that can help you talk about death with children ages pre-school through teens. Please let us know the ages of the children that you are communicating with when you request this information. Contact us at familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org or call 716-847-2210.

St. Mary’s High School is looking for interested applicants to become host families for incoming international students for the next school year.  If you would like more information, please reach out to Andrea Drabik, Dean of Student Life & Enrollment at adrabik [at] smhlancers [dot] org.

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 6, 2018

The Ascension of the Lord
May 10
Oil on canvas painting of the Ascension of Christ by Joseph Mazur in the right transept of the church.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

May 6 – May 13, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 6 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, May 6 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House – Docent Guided Tours of Church

Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  in Church ~ Performance by St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, May 13 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by Holy Name Society

Sunday, May 13 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 6 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Suzanne M. Dulski (Requested by Colleen Schroeder) and Edward Wilbert (Requested by Sam)

Monday, May 7 ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, May 9 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  All Deceased Members of the Wilbert and Brown Family (JC and Family)

Thursday, May 10 ~ The Ascension of the Lord ~ Mass at 6:00 p. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Saturday, May 12 ~ Ss. Nereus and Achilleus; St. Pancras ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rev. Samuel Faiola (John Curtin)

Sunday, May 13 ~ Mother’s DayMass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Bob and Mary Kresse) and My Daughter and Her Family (Fidelia Ejimadu)

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

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Derek DeJac; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

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

The St. John Paul Schola Cantorum performs at Blessed Trinity on Sunday, May 6, at 2pm.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: Time ~ Talent ~ Treasure … embracing God’s investment strategy

Sacred Sounds ~ Please remember the special musical offering this Sunday, May 6, as part of our participation in the statewide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend with its theme of “sacred sounds and settings.” The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, which presented Lessons and Carols for us last December, will be back with seasonal a cappella choral offerings from 2-3pm. This open house also provides a wonderful opportunity for you and your guests to learn more about the architecture, art and Christian symbolism that earned our church a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Docents will be on hand from 12 noon to 2pm to help you understand the significance of each. Tours are free; a free-will offering will be taken at the concert.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their monthly meeting after Mass this Sunday, May 6. It will be very brief so that those who have volunteered to help with Sacred Sites can be back in church before noon. There are several time-sensitive issues that need our attention, including our June 13 dinner with guest speaker Sr. Maureen Harris.

Fr. Victor will be away this weekend attending a special program in Indiana and returning Monday May 7. We thank Fr. Peter Ekanem for celebrating Mass with us during Father Victor’s absence.

Music in May ~ Your Blessed Trinity Choir is busy this month!  We were privileged to demonstrate our church’s splendid acoustic with a mini-concert before Saturday Mass during this weekend’s NY Landmarks Conservancy’s 8th Annual Sacred Sites Open House.  We are honored to be singing at this year’s Church Musicians’ Guild Festival Mass on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Gualbert Church in Cheektowaga.  This is an opportunity for all of the church musicians in our diocese to get together to celebrate the Eucharist and our commitment to beautiful music.  All are welcome! Our Mass setting for this month is new to our parish.  It is The Mass of Spirit and Grace and was written by Rev. Ricky Manalo, a Paulist priest and liturgical composer currently teaching at Santa Clara University.  He came to the Buffalo Diocese in 2017 to share his zest for praising God through song with the members of the Church Musicians’ Guild.  Some of his best-known hymns have been sung right here at Blessed Trinity: Pange Lingua, Spirit and Grace, and Worthy is the Lamb.  As we continue to expand our musical offerings, we will be checking in on this prolific priest/composer for new ways to enhance our liturgical experience. Choir practice resumes on Tuesday May 8, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. New member are always welcome! Elizabeth

Change in Thursday Mass Time ~ This Thursday, May 10, we celebrate The Ascension of the Lord. Please note that the Mass for the Holy Day will be celebrated at 6pm instead of the usual weekday Mass time of 11am.

 

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

Women of the Parish: Our Holy Name Society has invited all women of the parish to be their guests at next Sunday’s Mother Day Breakfast following the 10am Mass. If you are planning to attend, please remember to make a reservation by calling the rectory office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Non-parishioner adult guests (daughters, mothers, sisters, similar in-laws) are welcome but – please – no children. A donation of $5 for each non-parishioner guest will be collected at the door.

Water With Blessings ~ The Ladies Sodality’s special collection to provide mothers (“water women”) in Jacmal, Haiti with water purification systems ends next Sunday, Mother’s Day. Each filter system costs $60, and we welcome your donation in any amount (checks payable to: Ladies Sodality). Special envelopes for this purpose are found on the tables as you enter church. Please use one to drop your offering in the regular weekend collection. There are additional ways in which you can help the Water with Blessings project: Join their supporters throughout the world by pausing each day to pray “in solidarity with all God’s thirsty children.” Make it a habit whenever you are running water to say a prayer for the millions who don’t enjoy this luxury. And, if you have a talent for crocheting or knitting, you can help by creating colorful protective “socks” for the water filters. You can find instructions at the project’s web site, https://www.waterwithblessings.org/crochet-for-a-cause.html or request a copy from Mickey Dick.

Upon This Rock Update~ Last year Blessed Trinity received two distribution checks from the diocesan Upon this Rock Campaign totaling $16,148. There are two distributions scheduled per year, and thus far this year, we’ve received our first payment for $6,062.00, giving us a total to date of $22,210.00. Thank you to all who generously pledged to Upon this Rock believing in the future of our diocese and our parish community. These funds must be used for repairs and capital improvements. Late last Fall we used Upon this Rock funds to extend and pave the handicapped parking lot on the east side of the church — additional, convenient parking spots — at a cost of $13,934.00. Later this Spring, the extension spots will be striped for easier alignment. These are the first slots filled, so we think this has been a welcome improvement!! Reminder: The amount of our distribution checks is determined by the amount of actual monies received in a given time period. Please continue to make your scheduled payments so that our parish portion, 35% of monies collected, will keep coming in. Thank you all!

Save the Date ~ Members of the Ladies Sodality invite women of the parish to join them for their annual season-ending dinner on Wednesday evening, June 13. Sister Maureen Harris, OSF, the Spiritual Care Outreach Coordinator for our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo, will speak on her recent experiences in Tanzania. Details will follow.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who prepared dinner on Saturday, April 21, for temporarily homeless families sheltered for the week at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there–pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

Docent Eleanor Ash describes Sanctuary art and architecture to Sacred Sites Open House visitors.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

May 1 to May 9 is Novena in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. The Dominican Nuns will celebrate a Novena to Our Lady at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary (335 Doat Street in Buffalo). Confessions will be heard beginning at 6:15pm. The recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6:40pm and Holy Mass is at 7pm. All are welcomed to attend. Call 716-892-0066 for further information.

Food & Wine Tasting is being held to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis on Tuesday, May 8 (5-7pm) at St. Mary of the Angels (201 Reist Street in Williamsville), featuring fine wine, gourmet food, silent and live auctions, a “Wine Pull,” and “Nun-Sweeter” bake sale. Contact Cindy Munschauer at 632-2155 or cmunschauer [at] osfs [dot] org.

Healing the “Broken” Heart…Monday, May 7 at 4pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga), presented by Sister Donna Lord, GNSH, Mercy Hospital Chaplain. Losing a loved one can result in a broken heart. Grief affects the heart. There is a void that cannot be filled. Speaker, Sister Donna will focus on the testimony of love shared and ways to honor that love as one strives towards healing the broken heart. Bring a 4×6 picture of your loved one and RSVP for supplies. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

The African American Commission of The Office of Cultural Diversity Presents a retreat on Saturday, May 19 (9:30am-3:30pm) for those over 55 years old.  EMBRACING LIFE CHANGES: God + Self + Others, will be held at St. Anthony’s Church (306 Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna). Call 716-847-2217 for more information or email  mramos [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Voices of Mercy ~ St. Margaret Parish will host St. Luke’s Mission Voices of Mercy on Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-7:30pm, at St. Margaret (1395 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo).  A free will offering may be made to benefit St. Luke’s. Refreshments will be served following the concert in the rectory adjoining the church. For further information, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

TOLTON: From Slave to Priest – performed live with Jim Coleman ~ Learn about Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest, in a powerful multimedia performance on Wednesday, May 23, at 7pm (Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna) and Thursday, May 24 at 2pm and 7pm (Marie Maday Theater at Lyons’ Hall, Canisius College in Buffalo). Free-will Offering. Sponsored by Paul and Susan Santandreu and the Diocese of Buffalo. Find out more at ToltonDrama.com or call Luz Milagros Ramos at 716-847-2217.

Thursday May 24 is Rock Around the Block, hosted by St. John School (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore) with food trucks and music by Vinderosa Trio. Call 716-873-6500 for more information.

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery is truly a mixture of flags and wreaths and tributes and taps. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 26 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 28 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations and our voiced intercessions. For more information, please call 716-873-6500.

Have you experienced a loss in your family that your children are having a hard time with? The Office of Family Life Ministries can send you a packet of unique resources that can help you talk about death with children ages pre-school through teens. Please let us know the ages of the children that you are communicating with when you request this information. Contact us at familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org or call 716-847-2210.

St. Mary’s High School is looking for interested applicants to become host families for incoming international students for the next school year.  If you would like more information, please reach out to Andrea Drabik, Dean of Student Life & Enrollment at adrabik [at] smhlancers [dot] org.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Week of April 29, 2018

This is Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. Join us for tours and musical programs.
Sat. May 5: 2-4:30pm and Sun. May 6: 12-3pm

April 29 – May 6, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House – Docent Guided Tours of Church

Saturday, May 5 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. in Church ~ Performance by Blessed Trinity Choir

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

Sunday, May 6 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, May 6 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House – Docent Guided Tours of Church

Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  in Church ~ Performance by St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

St. Joseph the Worker
May 1
Shrine to St. Joseph to the left of the Sanctuary.

 

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Marjorie Weber (Requested by Barbara A. Blantern)

Monday, April 30  ~ St. Pius V ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 1 ~ St. Joseph the Worker ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 2 ~ St. Athanasius~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 3 ~ Ss. Philip and James, Apostles ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, May 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 5 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Msgr. Paul Juenker (John Curtin)

Sunday, May 6 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Suzanne M. Dulski (Colleen Schroeder) and Edward Wilbert (Sam)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Joseph Nwogu;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky; Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by Holy Name Society

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: Time … Talent … Treasure

Women of the Parish: You are invited, as guests of the Holy Name Society, to our traditional Mother’s Day Breakfast, to be held on Sunday, May 13, following the 10am Mass. Reservations for the breakfast are necessary and may be made by calling the Rectory Office at 716-833-0301 between 10:30am and 2:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Non-parishioner adult guests (daughters, mothers, sisters, similar-in-laws) are welcome. No children, please. Cost for each guest is $5 and payable at the door.

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum in concert at Blessed Trinity on May 6.

Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 5 and 6, we are again participating in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, with its theme of “Sacred Sounds and Settings.” We hope to demonstrate the splendid acoustic our house of worship provides, as well as its status as a repository of faith, art, and history. On Saturday at 4pm, choral music with organ accompaniment will soar from the loft as it has since 1928 in a brief concert by the parish choir prior to 4:30pm Mass. Sunday at 2pm, you can enjoy the building’s acoustical embrace in the a cappella choral offerings of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, including seasonal selections and Gregorian chant. Docents will be on hand both days (Saturday, 2–4pm and Sunday, Noon–2pm) to explain the unique features of our building’s 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture. Church tours are free, and a free-will offering will be taken at the musical events. We hope you are planning to attend on one or both days and that you will bring a guest.

Water With Blessings ~ The Ladies Sodality’s special collection to provide mothers (“water women”) in Jacmal, Haiti with water purification systems will continue until Mother’s Day, May 13. Each filter system costs $60, and we welcome your donation in any amount (checks payable to: Ladies Sodality). Special envelopes for this purpose are found on the tables as you enter church. There are additional ways in which you can help the Water with Blessings project: Please join their supporters throughout the world who pause each day at 9am for a moment of prayer “in solidarity with all God’s thirsty children.” This assures that prayers for the world’s water women will “rise in waves from each time zone … crossing every dividing border.” And, if you have a talent for crocheting or knitting, you can help by creating colorful protective “socks” for the water filters. For instructions, visit https://www.waterwithblessings.org/crochet-for-a-cause.html or request a copy from Mickey Dick.

Notes from the Loft ~ The words to this week’s meditation were written by two of the longest-lasting performing couples of Christian contemporary music, Gloria (b. 1942) and William (b. 1936) Gaither. Because He Lives was awarded the recognition of Gospel Song of the Year for 1974 by the Gospel Music Association and the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP). The Gaithers said the following about their work: “Because He Lives [1971] was written in the midst of social upheaval, threats of war, and betrayals of national and personal trust. It was into this world at such a time that we were bringing our third little baby. Assassinations, drug traffic, and war monopolized the headlines. It was in the midst of this kind of uncertainty that the assurance of the Lordship of the risen Christ blew across our troubled minds like a cooling breeze in the parched desert. Holding our tiny son in our arms we were able to write:

‘How sweet to hold our newborn baby,
And feel the pride, and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance,
this child can face uncertain days because He lives.’”

Because He Lives begins with the empty grave on Easter Sunday. Stanza two is about hope, even in uncertain days, because of the singular significance of the Resurrection event. Stanza three takes us to heaven where we will “see the lights of glory and… know [Jesus] reigns.” This gospel song has undoubtedly offered hope for many people because of its connection between the Resurrection and a “life… worth the living.” Choir practice resumes on Tuesday May 1, at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome! Elizabeth

Upon This Rock Update~ Last year Blessed Trinity received two distribution checks from the diocesan Upon this Rock Campaign totaling $16,148. There are two distributions scheduled per year, and thus far this year, we’ve received our first payment for $6,062.00, giving us a total to date of $22,210.00. Thank you to all who generously pledged to Upon this Rock believing in the future of our diocese and our parish community. These funds must be used for repairs and capital improvements. Late last Fall we used Upon this Rock funds to extend and pave the handicapped parking lot on the east side of the church — additional, convenient parking spots — at a cost of $13,934.00. Later this Spring, the extension spots will be striped for easier alignment. These are the first slots filled, so we think this has been a welcome improvement!! Reminder: The amount of our distribution checks is determined by the amount of actual monies received in a given time period. Please continue to make your scheduled payments so that our parish portion, 35% of monies collected, will keep coming in. Thank you all!

Save the Date ~ Members of the Ladies Sodality invite women of the parish to join them for their annual season-ending dinner on Wednesday evening, June 13. Sister Maureen Harris, OSF, the Spiritual Care Outreach Coordinator for our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo, will speak on her recent experiences in Tanzania. Details will follow.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who prepared dinner on Saturday, April 21, for temporarily homeless families sheltered for the week at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there–pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

“I am the true vine and you are the branches….” Communion Antiphon Fifth Sunday of Easter. (Detail from terra cotta column in narthex).

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

How do we deal with end of life issues for myself and my loved ones? Presentation by Patricia Bomba, MD, Medical Director of Geriatrics for Univera Healthcare is Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm at St. John Paul II Community Room (2052 Lakeview Road in Lake View). Visit jp2parish.org for more information

May 1 to May 9 is Novena in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. The Dominican Nuns will celebrate a Novena to Our Lady at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary (335 Doat Street in Buffalo). Confessions will be heard beginning at 6:15pm. The recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6:40pm and Holy Mass is at 7pm. All are welcomed to attend. Call 716-892-0066 for further information.

Food & Wine Tasting is being held to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis on Tuesday, May 8 (5-7pm) at St. Mary of the Angels (201 Reist Street in Williamsville), featuring fine wine, gourmet food, silent and live auctions, a “Wine Pull,” and “Nun-Sweeter” bake sale. Contact Cindy Munschauer at 632-2155 or cmunschauer [at] osfs [dot] org.

Have you experienced a loss in your family that your children are having a hard time with? The Office of Family Life Ministries can send you a packet of unique resources that can help you talk about death with children ages pre-school through teens. Please let us know the ages of the children that you are communicating with when you request this information. Contact us at familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org or call 716-847-2210.

St. Mary’s High School is looking for interested applicants to become host families for incoming international students for the next school year.  If you would like more information, please reach out to Andrea Drabik, Dean of Student Life & Enrollment at adrabik [at] smhlancers [dot] org.

Healing the “Broken” Heart…Monday, May 7 at 4pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga), presented by Sister Donna Lord, GNSH, Mercy Hospital Chaplain. Losing a loved one can result in a broken heart. Grief affects the heart. There is a void that cannot be filled. Speaker, Sister Donna will focus on the testimony of love shared and ways to honor that love as one strives towards healing the broken heart. Bring a 4×6 picture of your loved one and RSVP for supplies. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

The African American Commission of The Office of Cultural Diversity Presents a retreat on Saturday, May 19 (9:30am-3:30pm) for those over 55 years old.  EMBRACING LIFE CHANGES: God + Self + Others, will be held at St. Anthony’s Church (306 Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna). Call 716-847-2217 for more information or email  mramos [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

TOLTON: From Slave to Priest – performed live with Jim Coleman ~ Learn about Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest, in a powerful multimedia performance on Wednesday, May 23, at 7pm (Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna) and Thursday, May 24 at 2pm and 7pm (Marie Maday Theater at Lyons’ Hall, Canisius College in Buffalo). Free-will Offering. Sponsored by Paul and Susan Santandreu and the Diocese of Buffalo. Find out more at ToltonDrama.com or call Luz Milagros Ramos at 716-847-2217.

Thursday May 24 is Rock Around the Block, hosted by St. John School (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore) with food trucks and music by Vinderosa Trio. Call 716-873-6500 for more information.

Celebrating Memorial Day at a Catholic Cemetery is truly a mixture of flags and wreaths and tributes and taps. Join us as we honor those who have served our country in the military at one of our Memorial Day Masses. On Saturday, May 26 at 10am, Masses will be held at the following cemeteries: Mount Olivet in Kenmore, Holy Cross in Lackawanna, Gate of Heaven in Lewiston, and Holy Sepulchre in Cheektowaga. On Monday, May 28 at 10am, Masses will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lockport and St. Adalbert Cemetery in Lancaster. Honoring all those buried in the cemetery is the focus of our Eucharistic celebrations and our voiced intercessions. For more information, please call 716-873-6500.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Week of April 22, 2018

St. Mark, Evangelist
April 25
Painting of St. Mark by Joseph Mazur in large pendentive supporting great dome of the church.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

April 22 – April 29, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, April 24 ~ NO choir rehearsal this week.

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

Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, April 29 at 9:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the loft.

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

 

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Philip Garcia (Requested by Garcia Family) and Donald Konesky, Jr. (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, April 23  ~ St. George; St. Adalbert ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 24 ~ St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 25 ~ St. Mark, Evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, April 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Saturday, April 28 ~ St. Peter Chanel ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Donald Szymanski (John Curtin)

Sunday, April 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Marjorie Weber (Barbara A. Blantern)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky; Fran Cahill (Choir)

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: Growing in generosity … rooted in faith

BT Welcomes Tourists and Music Lovers ~ On the weekend of May 5-6, 2018, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Eighth Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. The theme this year is “Sacred Sounds and Settings.” The Open House will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, with our own choir offering a musical interlude between 4:00 and 4:30 Mass; and on Sunday, May 6 from 12:00 noon (after 10:00 Mass) to 2:00 PM. From 2:00 to 3:00 PM, the a cappella singers of St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum will join us with their beautiful melodies. The whole parish is invited to enjoy their very special “sacred sounds”. Click HERE for more details about our open house events.

Docent Terry Gress (left) gives a visiting family his unique perspective on the nave and dome during a previous Sacred Sites Open House.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for Sacred Sites Weekend: docents, greeters, sellers, and hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket, and Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. (You may also use the CONTACT  feature of our web site to leave a message for Judy with your preferred day and time). Please sign up to participate by Sunday, April 29.Thank you!!

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” Imagine what it would be like to not have clean, running water. Living on the Great Lakes, we take it for granted. Millions throughout this world are not so fortunate.  On April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day.  At this time, the Ladies Sodality would like to make you aware of something we can do as a parish to give thanks for our God-given natural resources. “Give the gift of clean water” to those in need through a Felician Sisters sponsored mission program that is taking place in Jacmel, Haiti.  The Felician Missionary Sisters have partnered with the “Water with Blessings” program to help bring the life-giving gift of clean water to the people they serve. For only $60, we can provide a Haitian mother with a simple device that filters unclean water into drinking water for her family and neighbors. Can you spare a few dollars or more? From Earth Day through Mother’s Day (April 22 – May 13), the Sodality will be collecting money to purchase these water filters. Please take a “Water with Blessings” envelope from the table near the church doors and use it to drop your donation in the collection basket. Let’s see how many filter systems we can make available for families in Haiti. Thank you for your support! To learn more, visit waterwithblessings.org.

Nick DelBello

Musical Notes ~ This week we welcomed Nick DelBello back to the loft – how wonderful to have him celebrating Good Shepherd Sunday with us! Many of the complex four-part hymn arrangements we enjoy at Blessed Trinity were spear-headed by Nick when he was our Minister of Music. Thank you, Nick, for your musical legacy as well as your willingness to continue to support our liturgy. Shall We Gather at the River is the popular name for a traditional Christian hymn, Hanson Place, written by American Robert Lowry in 1864. The original title refers to Hanson Place Baptist Church in Brooklyn where Lowry served as minister. The song’s lyrics of anticipation of restoration and reward reference the motifs found in Revelations 22:1-2 – a crystal clear river with the water of life, issuing from the throne of Heaven.  What a lovely image to shepherd us on to a new week! There is no choir practice this week.  Choir practice resumes on Tuesday, May 1, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Elizabeth

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who prepared dinner on Saturday, April 21, for temporarily homeless families sheltered for the week at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21. If you want to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Bishop Malone has asked for a count of Mass attendance during three consecutive weeks (April 15, 22, and 29) in order to measure the capacity of seating in our churches and to determine our church population. Visitors from his task force will be here to document the attendance for those weeks.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there–pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth;
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
by Dorothy Frances Gurney

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Health is sponsoring a Dinner Program Discussing Vascular Disease Management on Wednesday, April 25 (5:30-7:30pm) at Protocol Restaurant (6766 Transit Road in Amherst). Call 716-447-6205 to register. Catholic Health invites area residents to attend two free dinner programs each year. Admission for each additional program is $20 and includes dinner.

Nativity Miguel Buffalo, a faith-based middle school with single gender campuses, is now accepting applications for grades 5 and 6. Visit nativitymiguelbuffalo.org or call 716-852-6852 (girls) or 716-835-5188 (boys).

The Congrega Society at St. Lawrence Parish (1520 East Delavan Avenue) invites you to experience a devotion to Our Blessed Mother under the title of Crowned Virgin on Saturday, April 28, at 9am. There is a free continental breakfast following the Mass. Please call Mary Jean Steinhayser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

High School freshman, sophomores, and juniors are invited to apply to join the Diocesan Youth Board. Visit dobyouth.org to find out more and apply.

How do we deal with end of life issues for myself and my loved ones? Presentation by Patricia Bomba, MD, Medical Director of Geriatrics for Univera Healthcare is Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm at St. John Paul II Community Room (2052 Lakeview Road in Lake View). Visit jp2parish.org for more information

May 1 to May 9 is Novena in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. The Dominican Nuns will celebrate a Novena to Our Lady at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary (335 Doat Street in Buffalo). Confessions will be heard beginning at 6:15pm. The recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6:40pm and Holy Mass is at 7pm. All are welcomed to attend. Call 716-892-0066 for further information.

Camp Turner is hiring ages 16 and up for support staff for 2018 Summer Session (July 1 – August 19). Visit campturner.com for information and application.

Healing the “Broken” Heart…Monday, May 7 at 4pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga), presented by Sister Donna Lord, GNSH, Mercy Hospital Chaplain. Losing a loved one can result in a broken heart. Grief affects the heart. There is a void that cannot be filled. Speaker, Sister Donna will focus on the testimony of love shared and ways to honor that love as one strives towards healing the broken heart. Bring a 4×6 picture of your loved one and RSVP for supplies. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

The African American Commission of The Office of Cultural Diversity Presents a retreat on Saturday, May 19 (9:30am-3:30pm) for those over 55 years old.  EMBRACING LIFE CHANGES: God + Self + Others, will be held at St. Anthony’s Church (306 Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna). Call 716-847-2217 for more information or email  mramos [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Thursday May 24 is Rock Around the Block, hosted by St. John School (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore) with food trucks and music by Vinderosa Trio. Call 716-873-6500 for more information.

Third Sunday of Easter – Week of April 15, 2018

Father Victor Ibhawa in our Easter Sanctuary

April 15 – April 22, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

 

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Price Francis (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, April 16  ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, April 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

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

Saturday, April 21 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (Family)

Sunday, April 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Philip Garcia (Garcia Family) and Donald Konesky, Jr. (Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill; Dan Korchowsky (Choir)

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: time, talent, treasure …
embracing God’s investment strategy

The Easter Season is just as rich as Christmas with its musical diversity, and at Blessed Trinity we try to capture the brightest and best songs to enhance our liturgical experience as we celebrate the Risen Lord. We are constantly attempting to broaden our comfort level with our hymnals, so you will continue to sing some new melodies along with our standard favorites during Mass.  If you have any favorites Easter songs you would like to hear at Mass, please don’t hesitate to let a choir member know. Sunday’s meditation, Peace, I Leave With You, was sung in memory of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ, at the Mass celebrating Blessed Trinity’s 100 Years of Life and Worship in 2006.  You will notice a continual underpinning of peace throughout the musical selections this Easter Season.  Let us remember through the music in our hearts that we are all instruments of Christ’s peace. Choir practice continues Tuesday, April 17, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. ~ Elizabeth

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday, April 16, in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

The Parish Council will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, April 18, in St. Charles Hall.

Prayer Partner Potluck ~ Meet the person who has been praying for you during Lent. Attend the  Prayer Partner Potluck dinner at 5:30pm on Thursday, April 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish. Please sign up to bring a dish to share—lavender sheets by the entrance doors. Call Diane Dryja (716-892-6980) with questions.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Blessed Trinity will again be serving dinner on Saturday, April 21, for temporarily homeless families sheltered for the week at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish. If you want to help with this ministry by preparing part of this meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21.

May 5 tours close with choral music accompanied by 1927 Tellers-Kent Organ.

Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 5 and 6, Blessed Trinity will once again participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.  The theme of this eighth annual statewide event is “Sacred Sounds and Settings,” and we hope to demonstrate the splendid acoustic our house of worship provides, as well as its status as a repository of faith, art, and history. On Saturday at 4pm, choral music with organ accompaniment will soar from the loft as it has for more than 70 years in a brief concert by the parish choir prior to 4:30pm Mass. On Sunday at 2pm, enjoy the building’s acoustical embrace in the a cappella choral offerings of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, including seasonal selections and Gregorian chant. Docents will be on hand both days (Saturday, May 5, from 2–4pm and Sunday, May 6, from Noon–2pm) to explain the unique features of this replica of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Church tours are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken at the musical events.

Bishop Malone has asked for a count of Mass attendance during three consecutive weeks (April 15, 22, and 29) in order to measure the capacity of seating in our churches and to determine our church population. Visitors from his task force will be here to document the attendance for those weeks.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Thanks to all who participated in last Sunday’s Agape Feast. We had a wonderful assortment of foods and the dessert table was amazing. Father Victor is already thinking of ways to turn the 2019 feast into a “Taste of Trinity” with voting on food favorites.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there–pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

High School freshman, sophomores, and juniors are invited to apply to join the Diocesan Youth Board. Visit dobyouth.org to find out more and apply.

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org. Then, on Monday, April 23, the school will host its Annual Fashion Show at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on Transit Road in Depew. Doors open at 5pm and a plated dinner will be served at 6pm. Call 716-683-4824 to RSVP by April 18. Ticket price is $45.  St. Mary’s students will model casual and formal attire from local retailers. Local boutique vendors will be on-hand for your shopping pleasure, and a basket raffle will also be available.

The Millennials are now young adults…So who is this NEXT generation? Frank Mercadante of Cultivation Ministries will be our guide as we explore these questions and more. He will examine the distinctive characteristics of our youngest generation and explore opportunities, challenges, and implications for those who work with young people or parent them. Parents, coaches, scout leaders, youth ministry volunteers, and all who work with young people are welcome! Sessions will be held April 24 and 25 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Visit dobyouth.org for more details and to register.

Camp Turner is hiring ages 16 and up for support staff for 2018 Summer Session (July 1 – August 19). Visit campturner.com for information and application.

Catholic Health is sponsoring a Dinner Program Discussing Vascular Disease Management on Wednesday, April 25 (5:30-7:30pm) at Protocol Restaurant (6766 Transit Road in Amherst). Call 716-447-6205 to register. Catholic Health invites area residents to attend two free dinner programs each year. Admission for each additional program is $20 and includes dinner.

Nativity Miguel Buffalo, a faith-based middle school with single gender campuses, is now accepting applications for grades 5 and 6. Visit nativitymiguelbuffalo.org or call 716-852-6852 (girls) or 716-835-5188 (boys).

The Congrega Society at St. Lawrence Parish (1520 East Delavan Avenue) invites you to experience a devotion to Our Blessed Mother under the title of Crowned Virgin on Saturday, April 28, at 9am. There is a free continental breakfast following the Mass. Please call Mary Jean Steinhayser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

Healing the “Broken” Heart…Monday, May 7 at 4pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga), presented by Sister Donna Lord, GNSH, Mercy Hospital Chaplain. Losing a loved one can result in a broken heart. Grief affects the heart. There is a void that cannot be filled. Speaker, Sister Donna will focus on the testimony of love shared and ways to honor that love as one strives towards healing the broken heart. Bring a 4×6 picture of your loved one and RSVP for supplies. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

Divine Mercy Sunday – Week of April 8, 2018

Divine Mercy Sunday
April 8
Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Heart Shrine

April 8 – April 15, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, April 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, April 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality meeting in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

 

Sunday, April 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Stuart Cowen (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Robert Santo Venti (Requested by Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer)

Monday, April 9  ~ The Annunciation of the Lord ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

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

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

Saturday, April 14 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, April 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Price Francis (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Family)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky; Sharon Dunnigan, Choir

News from our Parish Community

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

Sunday, April 8, at 4pm our Parish Agape Feast will take place in St. Charles Hall. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to help make this even better than last year’s “love feast” by bringing a food item to share. There will be pre-heated ovens to keep hot food items warm until the meal begins, but you will not be able to cook or bake your special dish on site. Please  bring your salad, pasta, fish, meat or vegetable dish or dessert item already plated and “ready to serve.” Serving utensils will be provided. We hope the presence of you and your family will help to make our Second Annual Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship as we recall the meals that Jesus shared with the disciples during His ministry. Come be a part of your parish family as we continue celebrating the Easter season.

Special Thanks go out to all the folks who donated their time and talents to make our Holy Week services so meaningful: the Liturgy Committee: lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, and especially Jack Curtin, our dedicated Sacristan who pulled it all together; the decorating committee, under the capable direction of Bud Dick, for arranging the beautiful display of flowers and candles; the choir, under the direction of Elizabeth Clay, who helped make this Lenten Season and Holy Week services so special; our secretary, Pat Pendleton, who created the programs for each servcie; and Dennis Pawlikowski, our custodian, who keeps the church looking its best.

It’s Divine! On Sunday, April 8, we again welcome Carolyn Liarakos to the Blessed Trinity piano to lead the choir while Elizabeth is at a conference.  What a wonderful day to share in our liturgy, as we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, which is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  Musical selections for this weekend incorporated both the exultation of our Savior’s resurrection as well as the glory of Christ’s forgiveness.  This week’s choral meditation, O Sacrum Convivium, was one we had hoped to sing during Holy Week but did not have the opportunity.  We look forward to all seven Sundays of Easter with some of the most beautiful liturgical music ever composed, taking us right up to Pentecost on May 20. Choir practice resumes Tuesday, April 10, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. ~ Elizabeth

The Ladies Sodality’s meeting, normally held on the first Sunday of the month, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 15, following the 10am Mass. The agenda will include discussion of programs for May and June.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday, April 16 (not March 19 as posted earlier) in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

The Parish Council will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, April 18, in St. Charles Hall.

Prayer Partner Potluck ~ Meet the person who has been praying for you during Lent. Attend the  Prayer Partner Potluck dinner at 5:30pm on Thursday, April 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish. Please sign up to bring a dish to share—lavendar sheets by the entrance doors. Call Diane Dryja (716-892-6980) with questions.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a dinner on April 21, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Health hosts an Osteoporosis Support Group the third Wednesday of every month (10-11:30am) in the Beechwood Residence Auditorium (2235 Millersport Highway at North Forest Road in Getzville). This month’s meeting is April 18 and will feature a webinar on Vitamin D and its role in bone health. New members and walk-ins are welcome.  Call 716-447-6205 for more information.

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org.

Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection – Week of April 1, 2018

 

April 1 – April 8, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

 

Mass Intentions

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Easter Sunday, April 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Requested by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Easter Monday, April 2  ~ No Service

Easter Tuesday, April 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Wednesday, April 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

First Friday, April 6 ~ Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Easter Saturday, April 7 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ithrene Cameron (Mickey and Bud Dick)

Sunday, April 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Stuart Cowen (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Robert Santo Venti (Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Sharon Dunnigan;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill; Mary Kresse, Choir

News from our Parish Community

The Blessed Trinity Festival Choir has risen above and beyond the call of duty during this Lent and Easter season as they have intentionally prepared for these beautiful Alleluias! alongside every member of this wonderful congregation. How moving it was for those of us up in the loft to hear you singing Near the Cross on Palm Sunday! Sometimes it seems that lofty distance between us can be huge – yet we realized this Lent that we are all truly one body in Christ. Deep appreciation goes out to every member of our choir – you are one in a million!

Vera Andrew, Judy Casassa, Luis Clay,

Mickey Dick, Theresa Drum, Gayle Eagan, Kathleen Marien, Althea Porter,

Helen Roddy-Gray, Wilka Rodriguez,

Sr. Liz Savage, Matthew Spink, Sue Trabert,

Bonnie Williams, Don Williams, Palma Zanghi

Choir practice resumes on Tuesday , April 10, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome. Elizabeth

Our Parish Agape Feast is next Sunday, April 8, beginning at 4pm in St. Charles Hall. The Agape or “love feast” recalls the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry, and in the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to help make this a real “feast” by bringing a food item to share. Please bring your salad, pasta, fish, meat or vegetable dish or dessert item already plated and “ready to serve”; serving utensils will be provided. While we will have pre-heated ovens to keep hot food items warm until the meal begins, you will not be able to cook or bake your special dish on site. We hope the presence of you and your family will help to make our second annual Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship as we – the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity – continue celebrating the Easter season.

The Ladies Sodality’s meeting, normally held on the first Sunday of the month, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 15, following the 10am Mass.

Prayerful Thanks to those who spent their Good Friday evening preparing our sanctuary for Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday services. We can’t say enough in praise of our volunteer decorating team: Nik, Sean and Tom Brodfuehrer; Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Darvan and Vontrese Draper, Ozy Ibhawa, Amy Johnson, Sr. Liz Savage, and Palma Zanghi.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday April 16 (not March 19 as posted earlier) in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in this group.

Prayer Partner Potluck ~ Meet the person who has been praying for you during Lent. Attend the  Prayer Partner Potluck dinner at 5:30pm on Thursday, April 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish. Please sign up to bring a dish to share—lavendar sheets by the entrance doors. Call Diane Dryja (716-892-6980) with questions.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a dinner on April 21, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org.

Worship & Services

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

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