This Week

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Oct. 1, 2017

St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226), whose feast we celebrate on October 4, is depicted in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. St. Francis appears in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, p. 38. He is the second kneeling figure from the left in this photo by Gary Kelley.

October 1 – October 8, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 1 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Blessing of the Animals in church

Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish “Town Hall” Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, October  1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Requested by Estate)

Monday, October  2 ~ Holy Guardian AngelsNo Service

Tuesday, October  3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, October  4 ~ St. Francis of Assisi ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, October  5 ~ Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, October  6 ~ 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel ~ First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction

Friday, October  6 ~ St. Bruno, Bl. Marie Rose Durocher ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Saturday, October  7 ~ Our Lady of the Rosary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Joseph and Ella Loibl (Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Alice Davis, Mary Kresse; Dan Korchowsky (Choir)

Blessed Trinity welcomes “travelers” on NY’s “Path Through History” on Saturday, October 7, from 2-4 p.m.

    

News from our Parish Community

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

After Communion on Sunday, October 1, there will be an introduction and blessing of the newly elected Parish Council members, Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams,  and 2017-18 officers President Mickey Dick, Vice President Kathy Press, and Secretary Tom Brodfuehrer. We are grateful to these individuals and all the hold-over Council members for their stewardship and leadership.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 1, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass. The agenda will focus on the organization’s plans for the 2017-18 calendar year.

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

Fr. Victor will offer a Blessing of Animals in the church this Sunday October 1 at 4pm to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Please bring your pets for a blessing and thank God for their companionship.

Parish General Meeting is Monday evening October 2 at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

First Friday Adoration is this week on October 6. If you are coming at any time between 8 and 11am, please sign up on the sheets by the doors of the church.

Saturday Open House features free church tours ~ We will host an Open House on Saturday, October 7 between 2:00 and 4:00 PM in conjunction with New York State’s Path Through History Weekend. The theme for the event is “Come See a Bit of OLD Italy.” In addition to free tours of our Landmark church, we will feature a display of photos and descriptions of 12th Century churches in Pavia, Italy on which our architecture is closely modeled. Visitors can see bricks, terra cotta, and exquisite iconography made in the U.S.A. in the same way Italian craftsmen did it 900 years ago! Invite your friends to come and share some biscotti!

Alumni Sunday ~ On Sunday, September 24, we welcomed members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni for their annual Alumni Memorial Mass and all-class reunion. Parishioners and alumni Tom Brodfuehrer and Mickey Dick  served as docents for a special guided mini-tour of the church,  while Madonna Hartzell and Marianne Pernick acted as greeters at the Mass at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school were remembered. Members of the fiftieth anniversary Class of ’67 presented the bread and wine as well as symbolic gifts. At the conclusion of the Mass, Father Victor bestowed a special blessing on alumni who attended.

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

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

Fr. Victor will be away on his annual vacation from October 11 until December 18, as he travels to Nigeria. Please remember him in your prayers. While away, Fr. Peter Drilling, past rector of Christ the King Seminary, along with Fr. Martin Eneh, will be celebrating Masses and administering sacraments.

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

Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. Please save the date and start inviting your family and friends. Pre-sale tickets are already available from Bud Dick for $25.00. They will be $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit our Under This Roof Fund, a sustaining fund created in 2002 for the preservation and restoration of our architectural landmark and house of worship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parishioners Dan Korchowsky and Mickey Dick were among the guests wishing Sr. Maureen Harris (certer) success in her mission trip to Tanzania at her Sep 17 Bon Voyage Tea Party at Ss. Columba-Brigid.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

A lecture series, “The Life and Times of Bishop John Timon,” will being Monday, October 2, at 6:30pm. Presented by Dr. Dennis Castillo, Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary, the conclusion is Thursday October 12 at 6:30pm. Both session take place in Marian Hall below the church. More information at 716-884-0053.

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

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

 

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 24, 2017

The Church celebrates the feast of St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660),
“champion of the poor and patron of practical charity to the needy,”
on September 27. This statue of St. Vincent is located in the
left side aisle in the church nave.

September 24 – October 1, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ BT School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, October 1 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Monday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish “Town Hall” Meeting in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age. 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, September 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Alumni (Requested by Blessed Trinity School Alumni) and James F. Eagan (Requested by Guy and Margaret Latona)

Monday, September 25 ~ No Service

Tuesday, September 26 ~ Ss. Cosmas and Damian ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – John F. Curtin (Family)

Wednesday, September 27 ~ St. Vincent dePaul ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 28 ~ St. Wenceslaus, St.Lawrence Ruiz & companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 29 ~ Ss. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

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

Sunday, October  1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Bernice Bradley; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

Parishioners Dan Korchowsky and Mickey Dick were among the guests wishing Sr. Maureen Harris (certer) success in her mission trip to Tanzania at her Sep 17 Bon Voyage Tea Party at Ss. Columba-Brigid.

News from our Parish Community

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

Alumni Sunday ~ On Sunday, September 24, we welcome the Blessed Trinity School Alumni for their annual Alumni Memorial Mass and all-class reunion. Parishioners who are also alumni will act as docents for a special guided mini-tour of the church and as greeters at the Mass, at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. Members of the fiftieth anniversary Class of ’67 will present the offertory gifts.

Hurricane Relief Collection ~ There will be a second collection on September 23/24 for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This will be our contribution to a diocesan-wide collection, so please do what you can to help the many thousands of people affected by the recent storms.

Over your heads, there is music in the air!  The Blessed Trinity Choir is back in full force, singing the Lord’s praises with joyful hearts. We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to enhance our liturgical experience through the gift of song. Thank you all for your continued support of music at Blessed Trinity!

Do you have a song in your heart? There are still openings in the Blessed Trinity Choir! If you think God is calling you to serve Him through a music ministry, don’t hesitate to join us at choir practice at 7:00 on Tuesday evening, September 26, in St. Charles Hall.  No audition necessary. The only requirement is a love of The Lord.

Parish Council ~ Newly elected parish council members Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams were welcomed at the Council’s September meeting, held on Wednesday, 9/20. The body elected the following officers to serve for 2017-18:  President Mickey Dick, Vice President Kathy Press, and Secretary Tom Brodfuehrer. They will be introduced to the congregation and prayed for on Sunday, October 1 after Communion. We are grateful to these individuals and all the hold-over members for their stewardship and leadership.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 1, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass. The agenda will focus on the organization’s plans for the 2017-18 calendar year.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is October 4. Father Victor will offer a Blessing of Animals on Sunday October 1 at 4pm. Please bring your pets for a blessing and thank God for their companionship.

Parish General Meeting is Monday evening October 2 at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

Roy Laciura

Thank You Roy – Welcome Jacob  ~ On behalf of our parish family, we express our gratitude to Roy Laciura for his years of service as our bookkeeper and welcome Jacob Rachwal who has taking his place. We pray that God will bless them both in their new responsibilities.

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

Save the Date ~ Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. If you have attended in the past, you know how much fun this can be. If not, you’re in for a real treat. Either way: save the date!

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

 

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program presents Understanding Islam, a four part series with Dr. Judith Martin beginning September 21 at 7pm at The University of Buffalo Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). The program continues on Oct. 5 and 19, and concludes Nov. 2 ($40 registration).

A lecture series, “The Life and Times of Bishop John Timon,” will being Monday, October 2, at 6:30pm. Presented by Dr. Dennis Castillo, Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary, the conclusion is Thursday October 12 at 6:30pm. Both session take place in Marian Hall below the church. More information at 716-884-0053.

The annual St. Joseph Collegiate Institute (845 Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo) Open House is Monday evening, October 2, from 5 to 7pm.

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

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

 

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 17, 2017

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
September 21
St. Matthew, whose feast day is celebrated on September 21, is depicted in this pendentive supporting Blessed Trinity’s great dome. “Since Christ sent the Apostles out to preach the Good News of how much God loves us, this church rightly places the missionary emphasis of the Church in a prominent position.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 21. Photo Credit: Gary Kelley.

September 17 – September 24, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in the church

Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, September 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ BT School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ William Stiffler and Margaret Schimpf (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick) and James M. Lojacono (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, September 18 ~No Service

Tuesday, September 19 ~ St. Januarius ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, September 20 ~ Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang & companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 21 ~ St. Matthew, apostle & evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Frances Pernick (Children)

Saturday, September 23 ~ St. Pius of Pietrelcina ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Peter DeRosa (Joseph DeRosa)

Sunday, September 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Alumni (Blessed Trinity School Alumni) and James F. Eagan (Guy and Margaret Latona)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Grace Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, Sharon Dunnigan; Maggie Gatson (Choir)

    

The BT Choir is looking for a few good men and women
to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship ~ Once we allow God to truly take up residence in our hearts we become so overwhelmed by his abundant love for us that we just naturally feel the need to join our lives with Him and dedicate our time, talent and treasure to carrying out God’s work here on earth. Our generosity comes from within and not from any eternal pressure or reward.

A warm Blessed Trinity welcome to Carolyn Liarakos, who will be sharing her musical talents with us this weekend while Elizabeth is away at school.  Thank you, Carolyn, for enhancing our liturgical experience!

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

Do you have a song in your heart? There are still openings in the Blessed Trinity Choir! If you think God is calling you to serve Him through a music ministry, don’t hesitate to join us at choir practice at 7:00 on Tuesday evening, September 19, in St. Charles Hall.  No audition necessary. The only requirement is a love of The Lord.

The Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, September 20, in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 6pm. (Please note earlier start time). Due to a tie vote in last weekend’s election, the council will  welcome five, rather than four new members: Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams. We hope you will congratulate them and support their efforts on your behalf. The September meeting agenda will include election of officers (president, vice president and secretary) and formation of committees for 2017-18. Summary of the last Parish Council Meeting on June 21, 2017: Proceeds from the sale of the FLARE Building will help bring St. Charles Hall up to code. Blessed Trinity continues to be responsible for some debts incurred because of the merger with St. Gerard. Thanks to all for the success of Trinity Weekend; 12 new parishioners have registered. The Ladies Sodality donated $1000 for tree removal and beautification of the Marian shrine.  Plans for nomination for Parish Council according to the By-laws and the Summer River Cruise were  finalized. Arrangements will be made for weekend liturgies while Father Victor is away on vacation from the 2nd week of October to the 2nd week of December.

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ The “Bon Voyage to Tanzania Tea Party” for Sr. Maureen is Sunday, September 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid. She will be traveling to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa, leaving for six months at the end of September. After a stop in Rome, she will continue on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending her farewell party this Sunday, September 17.

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ On Sunday, September 24, we welcome alumni of the parish grammar school and friends for their annual Alumni Sunday. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. We are especially pleased that members of the Class of 1967 will be with us to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. If you know anyone who attended the grammar school, please be sure to mention the annual all-class gathering to them. Click HERE for additional information regarding planned activities and weekend events of the Class of 67.

Collection for Hurricane Victims ~ There will be a second collection to assist  victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the weekend of September 23 and 24. This will be our contribution to a diocesan-wide collection, so please do what you can to help the many thousands of people affected by the recent storms.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their first meeting of the year on Sunday, October 1, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass. The agenda will focus on the organization’s plans for the 2017-18 calendar year.

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

Parish General Meeting is planned for Monday evening, October 2, at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

 

“We thank you, then, Creator, for all things bright and good, the seed time and the harvest, our life our health, our food.”

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

Thursday September 21 at 7pm is the Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, Patron Saint of Cancer Patients, at St. Aloysius Gonzaga (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheetowaga). More information at 716-283-0011.

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program presents Understanding Islam, a four part series with Dr. Judith Martin beginning September 21 at 7pm at The University of Buffalo Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). The program continues on Oct.5 and 19, and concludes Nov. 2 ($40 registration).

Seminary and Diocese to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passing of John Timon, the first Bishop of Buffalo. The Diocese of Buffalo and Christ the King Seminary will host a conference on Friday, September 22 (1-5pm) at the seminary in East Aurora and a memorial Mass, celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone, on Sunday September 24 at 10:30am at St. Joseph Cathedral. There is no cost for the conference, but please register at cks.edu/timon or call 716-805-1438. A lecture series, “The Life and Times of Bishop John Timon,” will being Monday, October 2, at 6:30pm. Presented by Dr. Dennis Castillo, Professor of Church History at Christ the King Seminary, the conclusion is Thursday October 12 at 6:30pm. Both session take place in Marian Hall below the church. More information at 716-884-0053.

The annual St. Joseph Collegiate Institute (845 Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo) Open House is Monday evening, October 2, from 5 to 7pm.

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

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

Employment Opportunity ~ The Franciscan Center has a part-time employment opportunity in a Transitional Independent Living Program for young men. Find out more at franciscancenterinc.org or call Fr. Joe Bayne at 716-822-8537.

World Youth Day 2019 ~ If you or someone you know is interested in World Youth Day 2019 visit jp2parish.org/wyd2019 for all the information and forms. Contact Fr. Mike at 716-627-2910 or FrMikeL [at] jp2parish [dot] org with questions or special arrangements.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 10, 2017

 

The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 12

September 10 – September 17, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers in Church

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in the church

Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John and Rita Curtin (Requested by Family) and Paul Robel (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Pope Benedict XVI prays at site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers in New York, April 20, 2008.
Photo credit: CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Monday, September 11 ~No Service

Tuesday, September 12 ~ The Most Holy Name of Mary ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, September 13 ~ St. John Chrysostom ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 14 ~ Exultation of the Holy Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 15 ~ Our Lady of Sorrows ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Marie Nutt (Mickey Dick)

Saturday, September 16 ~ St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Richard Stroh)

Sunday, September 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ William Stiffler and Margaret Schimpf (Bud and Mickey Dick) and James M. Lojacono (Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Mary Kresse, Fran Cahill; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

The BT Choir is looking for a few good men and women
to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music.

News from our Parish Community

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

Parish Council Elections will take place at Masses on the weekend, September 9 & 10. Pursuant to the Council’s Constitution and Bylaws, we will be electing four (4) individuals, each of whom will serve a three-year term. (Council officers are chosen by the council members at their September meeting). We thank the following parishioners who have agreed to stand for election: Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Tom Dinder, Dorothy Manuppelli, Joseph Nwoglo, Michael Ogoh, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams and Don Williams.

On Sunday, September 10, we welcome a guest choir. We thank the folk choir from St. Anthony’s Church in Lackawanna who will sing at our 10am Mass.

Readers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers will meet in the church after Mass on Sunday, Septmber 10.

Bishops’ Response to September 11 ~ Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued A Pastoral Message: Living With Faith and Hope After September 11. The message remains extremely relevant as we reflect on what happened that day. Visit www.usccb.org and search on “9/11” to re-read, reflect on, and pray with the bishops’ statement, for only with God’s help can we have the strength to forgive and the ability to live in hope instead of fear and hatred.

Do you have a song in your heart? The Blessed Trinity Choir is looking for a few good men and women to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music. The only requirement is a love of The Lord – no audition necessary. We meet on Tuesday evenings beginning September 5 from 7 to 8:30pm in St. Charles Hall.  If you have an interest in serving your Church through our music ministry, please join us. Contact Elizabeth at 716-472-0009 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ The “Bon Voyage to Tanzania Tea Party” for Sr. Maureen is Sunday, September 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid .  If you are coming and are able to bring some finger food, please sign-up on the sheets located at the side doors.  If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

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

Blessed Trinity School Alumni will hold their annual Alumni Sunday at our church on September 24. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni and faculty of the school will be remembered. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. If you know anyone who attended the grammar school, please be sure to mention the annual all-class gathering to them. Click HERE for additional information regarding planned activities and the Class of 1967’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.

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

Parish General Meeting is planned for Monday evening, October 2, at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

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

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

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  has retired after 49-years of active ministry. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid took place on the weekend of August 26 and 27. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Employment Opportunity ~ The Franciscan Center has a part-time employment opportunity in a Transitional Independent Living Program for young men. Find out more at franciscancenterinc.org or call Fr. Joe Bayne at 716-822-8537.

The Role of Faith Communities in Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic ~ A Faith Forum, Tuesday September 19 (9:30am – 3:30pm) at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester. All are welcome. Pre-register by 9/12/17. Call 800-692-8528 or email elizabeth [dot] greenwood [at] health [dot] ny [dot] gov.

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

St. Leo the Great’s Oktoberfest is Friday September 15 at 5pm (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). Admission is $5.00 (with dinner, $20). The Frankfurters German Band will begin at 6pm. Food provided by Schnitzel & Co. Families and children welcome until 11:00pm. For more information or tickets call 716-835-8905 or visit stleothegreatamherst.com.

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program presents Understanding Islam, a four part series with Dr. Judith Martin beginning September 21 at 7pm at The University of Buffalo Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). The program continues on Oct.5 and 19, and concludes Nov. 2 ($40 registration).

Religious Emblem Program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts wishing to earn Catholic Religious Emblem badge. Adults interested in working with older scouts in the Religious Emblem Program, please join a training session on September 23. Contact Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887 or sue1221 [at] aol [dot] com.

St. Pius X Parish is hosting a Whole Community College Fair on September 28 (6-8pm) at 1700 North French Road in Getzville. For information call 716-688-5417.

World Youth Day 2019 ~ If you or someone you know is interested in World Youth Day 2019 visit jp2parish.org/wyd2019 for all the information and forms. Contact Fr. Mike at 716-627-2910 or FrMikeL [at] jp2parish [dot] org with questions or special arrangements.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 3, 2017

Feast of St. Peter Claver ~ September 9
St. Peter Claver (1581-1654) was a servant and missionary to the newly-arrived African slaves in South America. In addition to the Four Evangelists, Blessed Trinity places Peter Claver and other missionaries in a prominent position in the church to emphasize the importance of preaching the Good News.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley

September 3 – September 10, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Thursday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Sodality Board Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

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

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

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

Sunday, September 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers in Church

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

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Rosanne and Randy Burgio (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick) and Sylvia Heicklen (Requested by Son, Robert)

Monday, September 4 ~ Labor Day Holiday ~ No Service

Tuesday, September 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, September 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Friday, September 8 ~ Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Sunday, September 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ John and Rita Curtin (Family) and Paul Robel (Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley, Sharon Dunnigan, Maggie Gatson, Alice Davis; Dan Korchowsky (loft)

Parishioners and friends celebrate with Father Victor at Aug. 27 reception

    

News from our Parish Community

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

Ladies Sodality officers and directors will hold a board meeting on Thursday evening, September 7 at 6pm in St. Charles Hall. Regular membership meetings are scheduled to resume in October.

Parish Council Elections will take place at Masses next weekend, September 9 & 10. Pursuant to the Council’s Constitution and Bylaws, we will be electing four (4) individuals, each of whom will serve a three-year term. (Council officers are chosen by the council members at their September meeting). We thank the following parishioners who have agreed to stand for election: Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Tom Dinder, Dorothy Manuppelli, Joseph Nwoglo, Michael Ogoh, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams and Don Williams. Unfortunately, Kathleen Marien has found it necessary to withdraw her name from nomination. Photos of the candidates are posted at each of the church entrances.

On Sunday, September 10, we welcome a guest choir. The folk choir from St. Anthony’s Church in Lackawanna will sing at our 10am Mass.

Readers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers will meet in the church after Mass on Sunday, Septmber 10.

Do you have a song in your heart? The Blessed Trinity Choir is looking for a few good men and women to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music. The only requirement is a love of The Lord – no audition necessary. We meet on Tuesday evenings beginning September 5 from 7 to 8:30pm in St. Charles Hall.  If you have an interest in serving your Church through our music ministry, please join us. Contact Elizabeth at 716-472-0009 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sr. Maureen Harris and friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ The “Bon Voyage to Tanzania Tea Party” for Sr. Maureen is Sunday, September 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid .  If you are coming and are able to bring some finger food, please sign-up on the sheets located at the side doors.  If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

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

Father Victor wishes to thank all who attended the reception last week to mark his seventh year as a priest. “May God continue to bless and reward you all abundantly through Christ our Lord, Amen.”

Parish General Meeting is planned for Monday evening, October 2, at 7pm. Parishioners are invited to gather for a “Meet and Greet” in St. Charles Hall. Father Victor would like us to discuss, listen, and ask questions. Suggestions, comments, and observations are welcome.

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

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

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

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  is retiring at the end of this month after 49-years of active ministry. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid are Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

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

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

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

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

Fundamentals of the Catholic Faith survey course begins on Tuesday evenings at Christ the King Seminary starting September 12 through November 28. Register at CKS.EDU.

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

The Role of Faith Communities in Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic ~ A Faith Forum, Tuesday September 19 (9:30am – 3:30pm) at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester. All are welcome. Pre-register by 9/12/17. Call 800-692-8528 or email elizabeth [dot] greenwood [at] health [dot] ny [dot] gov.

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

Religious Emblem Program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts wishing to earn Catholic Religious Emblem badge. Adults interested in working with older scouts in the Religious Emblem Program, please join a training session on September 23. Contact Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887 or sue1221 [at] aol [dot] com.

“The Beginning Experience” ~ Turn the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth during a weekend program for those who have worked through the initial stage of grief after a death or divorce of one’s spouse. The Beginning Experience weekend at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake will take place in October (date to be determined). For information or registration, call the Diocese of Rochester at 585-987-1750.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 27, 2017

St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (c. 354-430) whose feast we celebrate on August 28, is recognized as one of the greatest Doctors of the Western Church. The unceasing prayers of his mother, St. Monica and the powerful preaching of St. Ambrose are credited with Augustine’s conversion from the dissolute lifestyle of his youth. His image appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting of “Confessors, Bishops, and Missionaries” in the dome of our church. Augustine is depicted at the far right in this photo, standing, wearing a bishop’s mitre and holding a crosier. St. Ambrose (c. 339-397), Bishop of Milan, appears (standing) to his immediate left. Photo credit: Duane Held.

August 27 – September 3, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Elizabeth Dick (Requested by Family) and Philip Garcia (Requested by Grandchildren)

Monday, August 28 ~ St. Augustine ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 29 ~ Passion of St. John the Baptist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent and Agnes Manion (Estate)

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

Thursday, August 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 1 ~ First Friday ~  Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, September 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, September 2 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Donald C. Nuwer (Family)

Sunday, September 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Rosanne and Randy Burgio (Bud and Mickey Dick) and Sylvia Heicklen (Son, Robert)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Pam Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Sr. Elizabeth Savage, Luis Clay, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, Kathleen Marien (loft)

Parishioners and friends celebrate with Father Victor at Aug. 27 reception

    

News from our Parish Community

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

Father Victor welcomes friends and parishioners at social celebrating his seventh anniversary of ordination.

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

First Friday Adoration is this week on September 1. Sign-up sheets are posted by the side doors for those who wish to join in prayer anytime during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (8-11am). Benediction and Mass will follow.

This weekend we welcome Marpha Delaney, a spokesperson from Christ the King Seminary, who will speak with us about the importance of the Seminary in educating priests, deacons, and lay ministers, and the special collection for the Seminary on the weekend of September 2/3. Please give generously.

Parish Council Elections ~ We are pleased to announce that the following parishioners have agreed to run for election to the Parish Council: Nik Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron, Tom Dinder, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathleen Marien, Joseph Nwoglo, Michael Ogoh, Kathy Press, Bonnie Williams, and Don Williams. Elections are scheduled to take place at Masses on the weekend of September 9/10. The Council’s nominating committee is grateful to each and every one of them. To assist parishioners in selecting their four candidates, we have placed posters with photos of the candidates inside the church’s three entrances.

Do you have a song in your heart? The Blessed Trinity Choir is looking for a few good men and women to enhance our liturgy through the gift of music. The only requirement is a love of The Lord – no audition necessary. We meet on Tuesday evenings beginning September 5 from 7 to 8:30pm in St. Charles Hall.  If you have an interest in serving your Church through our music ministry, please join us. Contact Elizabeth at 716-472-0009 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

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

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

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

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

Honoring Father Roy Herberger ~ A very special part of the central city vicariate, Rev. Roy Herberger,  is retiring at the end of this month after 49-years of active ministry. His final Masses and celebration with his parishioners at Ss. Columba-Brigid are Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, 2017. Anyone who wishes to send Fr. Roy Herberger a note, please address them to him at 75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204.

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

The Role of Faith Communities in Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic ~ A Faith Forum, Tuesday September 19 (9:30am – 3:30pm) at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester. All are welcome. Pre-register by 9/12/17. Call 800-692-8528 or email elizabeth [dot] greenwood [at] health [dot] ny [dot] gov.

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

Religious Emblem Program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts wishing to earn Catholic Religious Emblem badge. Adults interested in working with older scouts in the Religious Emblem Program, please join a training session on September 23. Contact Sue Vermeulen at 716-778-8887 or sue1221 [at] aol [dot] com.

“The Beginning Experience” ~ Turn the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth during a weekend program for those who have worked through the initial stage of grief after a death or divorce of one’s spouse. The Beginning Experience weekend at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake will take place in October (date to be determined). For information or registration, call the Diocese of Rochester at 585-987-1750.

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

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

August 20 – August 27, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 13 – August 20, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 6 – August 13, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

Vocation View ~ The Transfiguration of the Lord: On the Feast of the Transfiguration we remember how on Mount Tabor Jesus revealed a glimpse of his glory, not to show off, but to express his desire to share his glory with us. Thanks to Christ, it is this glory that we are destined for. The same Christ calls some to priesthood and religious life to show his followers how to live for this glory. If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovocations.org.

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

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 30 – August 6, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vocation View ~ Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Of all of the various treasures to be found, the Kingdom of God is most worthy of our pursuit. We can sometimes forget this and need to be reminded. Can God be calling you to help keep His children focused on His Kingdom?  If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovocations.org.

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Worship & Services

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

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