This Week

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 30, 2018

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, France (St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus) is honored by the Church on October 1. She was canonized in 1925 – while our church was being built – and remains “one of the most popular saints of modern times because of her ‘Little Way’ of seeking holiness through the everyday things in the ordinary circumstances of life. The beautiful ceramic decorations around the shrine niche [in the right transept] are some of the most beautiful in the church.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27.)
Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

September 30 – October 7, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 30 following Mass ~ September Birthday Blessing; Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Friday, October 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Sunday, October 7 following Mass ~ Sodality’s Mary’s Mystery Walking Tour of Church

*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 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – John and Mary Nutt (Requested by Family) and Edward Dombasi Zola (Requested by Kathleen Marien)

Monday, October 1 ~ St. Therese of the Child Jesus ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 2 ~ The Holy Guardian Angels ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, October 4 ~ St. Francis of Assisi ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, October 5 ~ Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, October 6 ~ St Bruno; Bl. Marie Rose Durocher ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John F. Curtin (Family)

Sunday, October 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (The Ladies Sodality)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Grace Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Bernice Bradley; CHOIR – Kathleen Marien

the ballroom of The Twentieth Century Club will be the setting for “Fall Fest” on Oct. 19. Please join us.

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection ~ There will be a special collection for Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of September 29/30.

Oktoberfest Benefits Sisters of St. Joseph ~ The annual Oktoberfest befitting the ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph takes place on Sunday, September 30, from 5-9pm in the school gym at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, 157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga. There will be German food (sit-down and takeout), beverages, music and dancing. Admission is only $6 at the door. Sr. Liz Savage, Sr. Barbara Horan, and Sr. Peggy Gallagher would love to see you there. Prosit!

Serving God With a Humble Heart ~ In 2007, an Australian Sister of the Good Shepherd, Verna Holyhead, commented that today’s Gospel reading strikes a chord with today’s society: But they’re not one of us!  She said this applies from playground bullying to more serious political and religious arenas, to asylum seekers, to the disabled, to the poor, and many others.  Her spin on today’s readings is that the disciples’ real fear is that someone different from them is healing in the name of Jesus – and it’s working! The overreaching message of today’s liturgy requires that we do more than just raise our hands, shout God’s name, or sing his praise.  It’s about forgiving, and bringing hope, loving our neighbor as ourselves and having a humble heart.  Today’s music was all about how we are called to serve a loving and forgiving God – and since we are the members of Blessed Trinity, we serve God wholeheartedly.  By this way we came to know the love of our God: that Christ laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for one another. – 1 John 3:16. Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, October 2 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Mary’s Mystery Tour: Sunday, October 7 ~ There are many obvious images of the Blessed Virgin in our church, but there is a treasure trove of Marian symbols that you have probably never noticed. All are welcome to join members of the Ladies Sodality immediately after Sunday Mass on October 7 for a walking tour from the church’s front portico to its Marian entrance, discovering images of Mary “hiding in plain sight” along the way. It promises to be a fun and faith-filled way to open the month of October, which is dedicated to Mary and her Rosary as a powerful prayer for world peace.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us Friday, October 19 (6pm) at the historic Twentieth Century Club (595 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo) for Fall Fest, a benefit dinner for the church’s Under This Roof Fund. This promises to be a delightful, relaxing evening — the kind we haven’t been able to enjoy as a parish family in some time. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 6pm, followed by a three-course dinner at 7pm, with musical offerings from The Neville Francis Band. Reservations are due by Thursday, October 11. Please click HERE for details and a link to our reservation form.

Retreat Set for October 20 ~ The retreat for lectors and Eucharistic ministers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 9am-4pm at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. If you serve the parish in one of these ministries, please be sure to use the sign-up sheet on the altar rail to reserve your place.

Members named to steering committee ~ The diocesan task force which met with our congregation in August has recommended that Bishop Malone create a steering committee to study the possible linkage of the CCCB parishes of Blessed Trinity, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres. Vera Andrew, Bud Dick and Bob Heicklen have been chosen to join Father Victor in representing our parish on the committee. Their first meeting is October 16. We ask that you pray for all of them as they accept this challenging assignment.

Know Your Faith ~ Why are priests not allowed to marry?

Just as everyone is called to married life, so too everyone is called to the priestly life (1Pet 2:9 a holy nation, a kingly people, a royal priesthood…). The choices to embrace either the married life or priestly life depend on individuals. So there are many reasons why priests are not allowed to marry. We shall discuss few of them here just for the purpose of this column.

In the Eastern rites of the Church it is common for married men to be ordained to the priesthood. Further, in the Latin rite there are a few married men, converted ministers from other faiths, who are ordained to the Catholic priesthood. This, however, is not common. Finally, in neither the Latin rite nor the Eastern rites do priests (or deacons) marry after they have been ordained, except in extraordinary circumstances.

The reasons Latin rite priests can’t marry is both theological and canonical. Theologically, it may be pointed out that priests serve in the place of Christ and therefore, their ministry specially configures them to Christ. As is clear from Scripture, Christ was not married (except in a mystical sense, to the Church). By remaining celibate and devoting themselves to the service of the Church, priests more closely model, configure themselves to, and consecrate themselves to Christ. As Christ himself makes clear, none of us will be married in heaven (Mt 22:23–30). By remaining unmarried in this life, priests are more closely configured to the final, eschatological state that will be all of ours.

Paul makes it very clear that remaining single allows one’s attention to be undivided in serving the Lord (1 Cor 7:32–35). He recommends celibacy to all (1 Cor 7:7) but especially to ministers, who as soldiers of Christ he urges to abstain from “civilian affairs” (2 Tm 2:3–4). Canonically, priests cannot marry for a number of reasons. First, priests who belong to religious orders take vows of celibacy. Second, while diocesan priests do not take vows, they do make a promise of celibacy. Third, the Church has established impediments that block the validity of marriages attempted by those who have been ordained. Canon 1087 states: “Persons who are in holy orders invalidly attempt marriage.” This impediment remains as long as the priest has not been dispensed from it, even if he were to attempt a civil marriage, even if he left the Church and joined a non-Catholic sect, and even if he apostatized from the Christian faith altogether. He cannot be validly married after ordination unless he receives a dispensation from the Holy See (CIC 1078 §2, 1).

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish underthe Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing, Sunday September 30 at 3pm ~ Holy Hour of Prayer for Reparation and Healing with Bishop Malone at The Hour of Divine Mercy at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo).

St. Francis is Coming! Saturday, October 6 from 8-9 pm, Queen of Martyrs Church, (180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga) welcomes one of the world’s most popular saints. A St. Francis of Assisi impersonator will be telling the saint’s astonishing life story in a live theatrical presentation. See how the son of a wealthy merchant gave up everything for the sake of Christ.  Free event.

Griefshare Support Group meets two Wednesdays each month, beginning October 10 at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Register at olpparish.com or call Sister Joyce at 716-683-6522.

The Kingdom of Happiness begins in October at St. Leo the Great. For 8 weeks, escape the kingdom of man, expose the “anti-beatitudes,” and dive deeper than ever before to discover TRUE happiness. Thursday evenings from October 11 – December 13, 7-8:30 pm. For further information, contact Dawn Iacono at diacono [at] stleothegreatamherst [dot] com  or call 835-8905, ext. 12.

Big Book Sale on Friday October 12 and Friday, October 19 (1:30-5pm) at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality (4975 Strickler Road in Clarence).

Oktoberfest. Celebrate Fall with food, fellowship, and fun at South Buffalo Catholic School Notre Dame Academy on Saturday, October 13 from 1-11 pm at 1125 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. Included in this fun-filled event are basket raffles, games of chance, large ticket raffle items, and a full beer tent. Traditional German foods will be served from 1-4 pm. Food trucks will join the merriment at 6 pm. A corn-hole tournament will take place from 2-5 pm. Matt Sperber will perform at 4 pm and the Buffalo 5 will take the stage from 7-11 pm. For more information, contact elizabethbell118 [at] gmail [dot] com.

“Fur”ever in My Heart Pet Remembrance service will be held on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore). The service will feature Keith Kelly performing songs, with poems and pieces interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your pet’s name. Call 716-873-6500 by October 4th for a reservation to have your pet’s names included in the program book. Program is presented as part of the Bereavement Support Programs, Catholic Diocese Cemeteries.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to be included.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 23, 2018

The Archangels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael – whose feastday we celebrate on September 29 – are depicted in the stained glass windows of the skylight over the altar, on either side of the ten foot long central panel of Christ the King. In this photo by Teri Cervi, Gabriel is the fourth figure to the left of Christ, holding a palm branch. St. Michael appears in the second panel to the left of Christ holding a sword, and St. Raphael is shown in the second panel to the right of Christ. Installed in 1953, the skylight windows contain 20,000 pieces of glass set in approximately one half mile of lead strips. Together, the 15 panels weigh about 1,000 pounds.
(Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church at page 44).

September 23 – September 30, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 23 following Mass ~ Blessed Trinity School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Friday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Sunday, September 30 following Mass ~ September Birthday Blessing; Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni (Requested by BTS Alumni)

Monday, September 24 ~ No Service

Tuesday, September  25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Healing for Micah Baldi (His Grandmother, Dorothy Prystawski)

Wednesday, September 26 ~ Ss. Cosmas and Damien ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, September 28 ~ St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, September 29 ~ Ss. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Healing for William Pernick (Family)

Sunday, September 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – John and Mary Nutt (Family) and Edward Dombasi Zola (Kathleen Marien)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joe Nwogu, Fran Cahill;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Maggie Gatson, Mary Kresse; CHOIR – Jack Curtin

This Sunday Blessed Trinity welcomed alumni of the parish grammar school
for their annual Memorial Mass and all-class reunion.

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection ~ There will be a special collection for Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of September 29/30.

Disciple School ~ As the leaves begin to turn and autumn descends upon us, we are all reminded that we are never too old to return to school.  This week’s gospel places the disciples in a difficult situation as they struggle to believe their Lord and Master is not of this earth. The healings, miracles, and the multiplications of bread to feed the hungry are not easy for them to comprehend.  Will they ever understand? The text of our Communion song, Bob Hurd’s Transfigure Us, O Lord is taken from Mark 9:30-37 after the actual Gospel account of Jesus’ Transfiguration (Mk. 9:2-8).  This text is appropriate for today as we, as a society and a Church, plead for courage to follow the ways of the Lord.  It echoes the dilemma of the disciples who are so fearful for their future they begin to argue among themselves.  The last verse ends with the poignant question Shall we journey with you and share your Paschal road? Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, September 25 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Parish Council ~ At its meeting on Wednesday, the parish council welcomed Tom Dinder, Brenda St. John and Colleen Schroeder as new members and re-elected President Mickey Dick, Vice President Kathy Press and Secretary Tom Brodfuehrer to serve for a second one-year term.

School Alumni Sunday ~ On Sunday, September 23, we welcomed alumni of the parish grammar school and friends for their annual Alumni Sunday. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church preceded our 10am Mass at which recently deceased alumni of the school were remembered. We are especially pleased that members of the Class of 1968 celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with us and representatives of the Class of 1958 were present to commemorate their sixtieth. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. In the early years it was staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph, who were joined by lay faculty in the 1950s.

Mary’s Mystery Tour: Sunday, October 7 ~ There are many obvious images of the Blessed Virgin in our church, but there is a treasure trove of Marian symbols that you have probably never noticed. All are welcome to join members of the Ladies Sodality immediately after Sunday Mass on October 7 for a walking tour from the church’s front portico to its Marian entrance as we discover images of Mary “hiding in plain sight” along the way. It promises to be a fun and faith-filled way to open the month of October, which is dedicated to Mary and her Rosary as a powerful prayer for world peace.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us Friday, October 19 (6pm) at the historic Twentieth Century Club (595 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo) for Fall Fest, a benefit dinner dance for the church’s Under This Roof Fund. This promises to be a delightful, relaxing evening — the kind we haven’t been able to enjoy as a parish family in some time. Please click HERE for details and a link to our reservation form.

Retreat Set for October 20 ~ The retreat for lectors and Eucharistic ministers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 9am-4pm at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. If you serve the parish in one of these ministries, please be sure to use the sign-up sheet on the altar rail to reserve your place.

Members named to steering committee ~ The diocesan task force which met with our congregation in August has recommended that Bishop Malone create a steering committee to study the possible linkage of the CCCB parishes of Blessed Trinity, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres. Vera Andrew, Bud Dick and Bob Heicklen have been chosen to join Father Victor in representing our parish on the committee. Their first meeting is October 16. We ask that you pray for all of them as they accept this challenging assignment.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to be included.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Momnipotent ~ Tuesday September 25 (7-9pm) starts an 8-part monthly program for mothers at Queen of Heaven Church (4220 Seneca Street in West Seneca). The “Momnipotent” program validates the importance of motherhood and promotes unique strengths to find peace, purpose, balance, and joy in being a woman. Contact Selina Smith to find out more (716-342-9315 or queenofheavenmoms [at] gmail [dot] com).

Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing, Sunday September 30 at 3pm ~ Holy Hour of Prayer for Reparation and Healing with Bishop Malone at The Hour of Divine Mercy at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo).

The Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground to provide safe shelter and relief for thousands as “Florence” charges the southern east coast. To contribute to this effort, please visit redcross.org/donate. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 16, 2018

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 16 – September 23, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Friday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Sunday, September 23 following Mass ~ Blessed Trinity School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Requested by Richard Stroh) and Celia, Robert, Aurora, and Emanuel Marien (Requested by Kathleen Marien)

Monday, September 17 ~ St. Robert Bellarmine ~ No Service

Tuesday, September  18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kevin Viola and Joseph Viola (Family)

Wednesday, September 19 ~ St. Januarius ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, September 20 ~ Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, September 21 ~ St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, September 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Birthday Thanksgiving for Frances Pernick (Family)

Sunday, September 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni (BTS Alumni)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 22 & 23:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; CHOIR – Dan Korchowsky

On Sunday, Sep 23, we welcome alumni of Blessed Trinity School for their annual Mass and all-class reunion. This photo from the 1950s shows Pastor Rev. Charles Kraehn and a group of the school’s “patrol boys.”

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection ~ There will be a special collection for Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of September 15/16.

Parish Bible Discussion Meetings  will resume on Monday, September 17 at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall.  Readings for these meetings are taken from Genesis 12-23,  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Assigned reading for September 17 is the entire Week 3 section. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 if you wish to obtain the book and participate in the discussion.

Instruments of Peace ~ Sometimes the texts of the hymns we sing at Mass are beautifully prayerful. This text by Barbara Bridge says it all:
God of love, your gift of peace is planted deep within our hearts.
God of peace, wherever there is hatred, may we bring your love.
May we bring your hope and gladness where despair and sadness are.
May we seek to understand another with a patient heart.
Faithful God, wherever there is darkness, may we bring your light.
God of mercy, help us to forgive when there is injury done.
Gracious God, whenever people hunger, may we fill their need.
Set us free from all our fear and anger; set us free to love.
Make me an instrument of your peace.
Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

New Parish Council Member
Colleen Schroeder

New Parish Council Member
Thomas Dinder

New Parish Council Member
Brenda St. John

Parish Council ~ The first meeting of our new Parish Council is this Wednesday, September 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. After our summer recess, there are a number of time-sensitive items on the agenda, as well as our new member welcome and selection of officers and committee chairs. Please call Mickey Dick at 832-2540 if you will be unable to attend.

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ On Sunday, September 23, 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 of the school will be remembered. We are especially pleased that members of the Class of 1968 will be with us to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary, as well as representatives of the Class of 1958 who will be commemorating their sixtieth. 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 ’68.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us Friday, October 19 (6pm) at the historic Twentieth Century Club (595 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo) for Fall Fest, a benefit dinner dance for the church’s Under This Roof Fund. Letters and reservation forms have been mailed to parishioners. Additional copies may be found at the side doors.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to be included.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Know Your FaithWhat is a Sacrament? A sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace instituted by Jesus by which grace is given to us. The liturgical life of the Catholic Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders. (We shall examine each of these seven sacraments in the future). What are the reasons for the Sacrament? The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and finally, to give worship to God; but being signs, they also have a teaching function. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and object, they also nourish, strengthen, and express it; that is why they are called “sacraments of faith.” The sacraments impart grace but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them disposes the faithful most effectively to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God rightly, and to practice charity. How is it a means of Salvation? When we receive grace, grace helps us to live worthy lives as Christians. The doctrine of the sacraments is the doctrine of the second part of God’s way of salvation to us. It deals with the holy signs which Christ instituted as the vehicles of his grace. Why say Christ instituted the sacrament? Each of the seven sacraments corresponds to an action taken by Jesus Christ during His life here on earth. Jesus received baptism at the hands of John the Baptist; He blessed the marriage at Cana through the miracle of the water-made-wine; He consecrated bread and wine at the Last Supper, declared that they were His Body and Blood, and ordered his disciples to do the same; He breathed on those same disciples and gave them the gift of His Holy Spirit; etc. Finally, when the Church administers the sacraments to the faithful, she recalls the events in Christ’s life that correspond to each sacrament. Through the various sacraments, we are not only granted the graces that they signify; we are drawn into the mysteries of Christ’s own life.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

Symbols of the seven sacraments appear in the dome window soffits. From rt. to lt. in this photo: crosier (Confirmation), chalice (Eucharist), crossed keys (Reconciliation), Ambry
(Anointing of the Sick), clasped hands (Matrimony)
Photo Credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Healing Through Meditation,” Tuesday, September 18, 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore with presenter, Dawn Iacono, Director of Parish Outreach at St. Leo the Great Church.  From scripture to quieting one’s inner self to a hands-on expression, Dawn will lead us on a meditative journey. Registration is limited and open to the community at no charge. Call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services, at 716-873-6500.

A Peace-Justice-Non Violence Assembly, sponsored by the WNY Peace Center, Thursday, September 20, 5:30pm in Niagara Square, Buffalo. A time to stand together for the world we want. Time to end the violence of: poverty, racism and war. Time to end violence against immigrants, women, the marginalized and Mother Earth. Let us stand together to develop a culture of non-violence. Info at 716-332-3904 or wnypeace.org.

Open House at Mt. Olivet Cemetary (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo), Saturday, September 22 from 9am to 2pm. Pre-planning discount and incentives available.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 9, 2018

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 9 – September 16, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Appointment of new Parish Council Members

Sunday, September 9 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. ~ NO Choir Rehearsal this Tuesday (see Sunday entry)

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

Friday, September 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Sunday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Edward Wilbert (Seta and Family)

Monday, September 10 No Service

Feast of St. John Chrysostom
September 13

Tuesday, September  11 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kevin Viola (Joseph Viola)

Wednesday, September 12 ~ Most Holy Name of Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, September 14 ~ Exaltation of the Holy Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (The Family)

Saturday, September 15 ~ Our Lady of Sorrows ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John and Rita Curtin (The Family)

Sunday, September 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Richard Stroh) and Celia, Robert, Aurora, and Emanuel Marien (Kathleen Marien)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, David Iheki;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Maggie Gatson, John Curtin; CHOIR – Sharon Dunnigan

News from our Parish Community

New Parish Council Member
Brenda St. John

Parish Council Candidates ~ The Council’s nominating committee is pleased to announce that the following parishioners have agreed to serve on the Parish Council for the 2018-21 term: Thomas Dinder, Brenda St. John, and Colleen Schroeder. They will be introduced at Mass on Sunday, September 9 and appointed at the next Council meeting on September 19. We are especially grateful to these individuals and the members of the current council who served on the nominating committee, chaired by Vice President Kathy Press.

New Parish Council Member
Thomas Dinder

Sodality September Meeting. The Ladies Sodality will hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 9, following the 11am Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join them as the board reveals their plans and proposed programs for the 2018-19 year.

New Parish Council Member
Colleen Schroeder

Special Collection ~ There will be a special collection for Christ the King Seminary on the weekend of September 15/16.

Piano or Organ? We are blessed at BT to have a beautiful pipe organ as well as a baby grand piano in our sanctuary.  You hear both utilized during the Mass, but what are their strengths and differences?

The organ has sixty-one keys on each of its three keyboards as well as an additional thirty-two notes on its pedalboard played by the feet. The sound of the instrument is made by the movement of air through pipes, each key on the organ opening a stop on a specific pipe to allow air to pass through and make sound.  The most distinct features of the organ are its ability to sustain sound indefinitely and its ability to play combinations of multiple sounds of different instruments from its ranks of pipes. A “rank” is a series of pipes that corresponds to the number of notes on the manual that sound like a different instrument – an oboe, trumpet or clarinet, for example.  The more ranks that are combined, the more an organ begins to sound like a full orchestra.

The piano is a single 88-note keyboard with each note playing a different pitch in the scale. The keys on the left side play very low notes and the keys on the right side play very high notes. The piano does not possess the ability to play sounds other than its natural one, and each note sounds and decays over a short time because the sound is created by a hammer striking a stretched string when the key is depressed. The length of decay can be prolonged by the use of a damper pedal, but the notes will have to be restruck to continue their sound.  Any sense of variety in the piano is created by the manipulation of chord structures by the pianist.While both the piano and organ share the same keys, the action and energy required by the hands to play them are actually quite different. The organ is a workout for the entire body, using arms, hands and feet constantly to play notes, adjust the volume, and change the instrumentation.  Pressing a key lightly or with force creates the same amount of sound on an organ. More hand strength is required to play the piano, as it is the physical action of the fingers that translates into the striking of the strings that controls the volume of the music. The case of the piano can be opened with either a short or long stick, which affects the volume and timbre of the music, but it is mostly the skill of the musician that creates the variety you hear. Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome. Elizabeth

Parish Bible Discussion Meetings  will resume on Monday, September 17 at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall.  Readings for these meetings are taken from Genesis 12-23,  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Assigned reading for September 17 is the entire Week 3 section. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 if you wish to obtain the book and participate in the discussion.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, September 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Any member who is unable to attend should call Mickey Dick at 716-832-2540.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Garden Angels ~ As summer draws to a close, we pause to recognize our “Garden Angel,” Judy Casassa, who has dutifully attended to the gardens on the church’s east side. Your devotion and hard work are greatly appreciated.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to be included.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

Prayerful thanks to David Folmar and Mickey Dick who performed some much needed weeding of Mary’s grotto garden — just in time for her September feastdays.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Deacon Ordinary ~ On Saturday, September 15, you are invited to attend the Ordination of Deacons with the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo at 9:30am at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (Ridge Road and South Park Avenue in Lackawanna).

Open House at Mt. Olivet Cemetary (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo), Saturday, September 22 from 9am to 2pm. Pre-planning discount and incentives available.

Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You! An 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven, begins Monday,  September 10 (7-8:30pm) at St. Gregory the Great (Gathering Room – 200 St. Gregory Ct. in Williamsville). Take a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information, contact Dawn Iacono at stgregsmoms [at] gmail [dot] com.

Meeting God Encounters begins Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton Street in Buffalo). Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Here’s a home improvement project for the soul. Jesus is knocking; he’s dying, or rather has died, to enter your home. He invites himself saying, “If you open, I will enter and have supper with you.” (Rv. 3:20) Discover, with Fr. Czeslaw Krysa, Diocesan Director of Worship, how believing families have encountered the living God at home, not just in church. This meeting will be held on Wednesdays through November 14.  For more information and to register, call 716-847-5545.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

“Healing Through Meditation,” Tuesday, September 18, 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore with presenter, Dawn Iacono, Director of Parish Outreach at St. Leo the Great Church.  From scripture to quieting one’s inner self to a hands-on expression, Dawn will lead us on a meditative journey. Registration is limited and open to the community at no charge. Call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services, at 716-873-6500.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Sept. 2, 2018

“Every worthwhile gift, every genuine benefit comes from above, descending from the Father…. He wills to bring us to birth … so that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” James 1:17-18.
(Woodcarving in rear of church symbolizing offering of first fruits and tithes [wheat and grapes] to the Lord).

September 2 – September 9, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

Friday, September 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Sunday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Appointment of new Parish Council Members

Sunday, September 9 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, September 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler (Requested by Family)

Monday, September 3 ~ St. Gregory the Great ~ Labor Day Holiday ~ No Service

Tuesday, September  4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Randy and Rosanne Burgio (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Wednesday, September 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, September 7 ~ First Friday ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (The Family)

Saturday, September 8 ~ Nativity of the Bl. Virgin Mary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – In Honor of the Sisters of St. Francis (Sr. Ann Helene Koenig)

Sunday, September 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Edward Wilbert (Seta and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 8 & 9:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi, Richard Plunkett;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse

Parish Council Candidate
Thomas Dinder

News from our Parish Community

First Friday ~ There will be NO Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament or Benediction this Friday, September 7. However, daily Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m.

Parish Council Candidate
Colleen Schroeder

Parish Council Candidates ~ The Council’s nominating committee is pleased to announce that the following parishioners have agreed to serve on the Parish Council for the 2018-21 term: Thomas Dinder, Brenda St. John, and Colleen Schroeder. They will be introduced at Mass on Sunday, September 9. We are especially grateful to these individuals and the members of the current council who served on the nominating committee, chaired by Vice President Kathy Press.

Sodality September Meeting. The Ladies Sodality will hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 9, following the 11am Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join them as the board reveals their plans and proposed programs for the 2018-19 year.

There’s a Song in the Air ~ Music Ministry provides beauty, joy, comfort, inspiration, and musical prayer for our communal liturgies and various parish celebrations. This is possible due to a generous sharing of time and talent of diverse and committed members. If you have a song in your heart and want to learn, come sing with us. Our organ restoration continues and the instrument is in better shape than it has been for years. The choir loft has been thoroughly cleaned and organized and is finally ready to welcome your voice. Come learn more about Music Ministry on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome and refreshments will be served … Elizabeth

Parish Bible Discussion Meetings  will resume on Monday, September 17 at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall.  Readings for these meetings are taken from Genesis 12-23,  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Assigned reading for September 17 is the entire Week 3 section. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 if you wish to obtain the book and participate in the discussion.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Know Your FaithWhat are the sins against the Holy Spirit? According to the teaching of the church, there are six sins that blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. They are:

  • Despair (believing that one’s evil is beyond God’s forgiveness);
  • Presumption (glory without merit, that is, hope of salvation without keeping the Commandments, or expectation of pardon for sin without repentance);
  • Envying the goodness of another (sadness or repining at another’s growth in virtue and perfection);
  • Obstinacy in sin (willful persisting in wickedness, and continuing to sin, after sufficient instructions and admonition);
  • Final impenitence (to die without either confession or contrition for our sins), and
  • Impugning the known truth (to argue against known points of faith, including misrepresenting parts or all of the Christian faith to make it seem undesirable).

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to be included.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

Parish Council Candidate
Brenda St. John

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place is a social program for older adults over the age of sixty. The program is designed to provide assistance with activities of daily living (physical, cognitive, and socialization). The program is held in a safe supervised environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Nutritious meals and snacks are included, as well as shower services. For more information call 716-896-6388 or visit ccwny.org.

Workshop / Retreat / Concert with David Haas and Lori True, Saturday, September 8, at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood). Workshop ($15) begins at 9am with concert ($25) at 7pm. Call Maria Perron at 716-490-4187 for information or visit eventbrite.com.

The Congrega Society of Buffalo invites you to attend their Biannual Mass  at St. Lawrence Church (1520 East Delevan Avenue in Buffalo)  on Saturday, September 8 at 9am with Celebrant Rev. Paul Seil. Prayer and music included and a continental Breakfast / Meeting will follow in the Church Hall. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 716-870-3864. The Congrega Society has 45 members from the WNY area.  We honor the Mother of God under the title of “Crowned Virgin” through prayers and sacrifice.  The Society was founded in 1920 at St. Lawrence and is linked with the same ancient devotion in Pescasseroli, Italy.

Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You! An 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven, begins Monday,  September 10 (7-8:30pm) at St. Gregory the Great (Gathering Room – 200 St. Gregory Ct. in Williamsville). Take a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information, contact Dawn Iacono at stgregsmoms [at] gmail [dot] com.

Meeting God Encounters begins Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton Street in Buffalo). Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Here’s a home improvement project for the soul. Jesus is knocking; he’s dying, or rather has died, to enter your home. He invites himself saying, “If you open, I will enter and have supper with you.” (Rv. 3:20) Discover, with Fr. Czeslaw Krysa, Diocesan Director of Worship, how believing families have encountered the living God at home, not just in church. This meeting will be held on Wednesdays through November 14.  For more information and to register, call 716-847-5545.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

“Healing Through Meditation,” Tuesday, September 18, 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore with presenter, Dawn Iacono, Director of Parish Outreach at St. Leo the Great Church.  From scripture to quieting one’s inner self to a hands-on expression, Dawn will lead us on a meditative journey. Registration is limited and open to the community at no charge. Call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services, at 716-873-6500.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 26, 2018

“Jesus then said to the Twelve, ‘Do you also want to leave?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’.” Jn. 6:68-70
Ceramic relief of Peter and Christ over exterior of right (west) door.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News.

August 26 – September 2, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, August 26 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Birthday Blessing in church for those born in the month of August

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

Friday, August 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, September 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sylvia Heicklen (Son, Robert) and In Thanksgiving for the Baptism of Noah Osarobo Igbinigie (Parents)
Baptism of Noah Osarobo Igbinigie

Monday, August 27 ~ St. Monica ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 28 ~ St. Augustine ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Charlotte Casassa (Judy Casassa)

Wednesday, August 29 ~The Passion of St. John the BaptistMass at 11:00 a.m. –  Kevin Viola (Joseph Viola)

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

Friday, August 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, September 1 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Sandra Gmyrek (Jack Curtin)

Sunday, September 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 1 & 2:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Kathleen Marien, Maggie Gatson

The Passion of St. John the Baptist
August 29
St. John the Baptist ends the procession of prophets and saints
from the Jewish Bible in Joseph Mazur’s artistic rendering in the dome of our church.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

Parish Council is still looking for a few good men and women to run for the next 3-year term.  If you are interested  use the green nomination forms at the side doors. Give any one of the committee members listed on the form a call if you  have any questions.  Please submit your nomination form by August 29 and see Mickey Dick after Mass on September 2 to have your photo taken. Elections will be held at Masses on September 8 and 9.  Thank You for your consideration in serving on your Parish Council.

Sodality September Meeting. The Ladies Sodality will hold its first meeting on Sunday, September 9, following the 11am Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join them as the board reveals their plans and proposed programs for the 2018-19 year.

To Sing (the Gloria) or Not to Sing? ~ With regard to singing the Glory to God, the Roman Missal says that this hymn is either sung or spoken. Generally, one would want to sing a song rather than recite it, but it is considered so important to the gathering rites on Sundays and certain other days that, even when it is not possible to sing it, the rubrics call for it to be recited. Why do we at BT sometimes sing the Gloria, but sometimes recite it? Father Victor has requested that we recite the Gloria at least once a month so we, as participants in the liturgy, actively learn it. He also requested that Mass Setting be changed periodically to help keep our liturgy dynamic. The Mass Setting is the music we sing during the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Holy, Holy, Holy; the Mystery of Faith; the Great Amen; and the Lamb of God). Did you know that except for the introduction to the Mass of the day, and generally except for the homily, the entire Mass could be sung? All the prayers, including the Eucharistic Prayer, as well as all of the readings, intercessions, greetings, blessing, and dismissal all have a long tradition of being sung. While our Music Ministry at Blessed Trinity is quite dynamic, we still have other avenues to explore as we continue to search for ways to glorify our God. Choir practice resumes Tuesday September 4th at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome! … Elizabeth

Artist George Palmer

Featured Artist with a BT Connection ~ The Kenan Center House Gallery (433 Locust Street in Lockport) is currently exhibiting “George Palmer: His Many Faces, 1956 – 2018,” featuring more than 80 artworks from the long career of Mr. Palmer who, at the age of 93, is still painting and teaching art from his Kenmore Avenue Studio. Parishioners may recognize George who occasionally attends our Sunday Mass, but his BT connection goes back to the beginning of his seven-decade career. In the early 1960s, Mr. Palmer painted the portrait of our fourth pastor, Rev. Charles T. Kraehn, which hangs in the Dewey Avenue entrance of St. Charles Hall. The exhibit continues through August 26 at the Kenan Center, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 12 Noon – 5pm and Sun. 2 – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations help the Center to continue its mission of service to the WNY community.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

“We thank you, the Creator, for all things bright and good, the seed time and the harvest, our life our health, our food.”
Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place is a social program for older adults over the age of sixty. The program is designed to provide assistance with activities of daily living (physical, cognitive, and socialization). The program is held in a safe supervised environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Nutritious meals and snacks are included, as well as shower services. For more information call 716-896-6388 or visit ccwny.org.

Workshop / Retreat / Concert with David Haas and Lori True, Saturday, September 8, at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood). Workshop ($15) begins at 9am with concert ($25) at 7pm. Call Maria Perron at 716-490-4187 for information or visit eventbrite.com.

The Congrega Society of Buffalo invites you to attend their Biannual Mass  at St. Lawrence Church (1520 East Delevan Avenue in Buffalo)  on Saturday, September 8 at 9am with Celebrant Rev. Paul Seil. Prayer and music included and a continental Breakfast / Meeting will follow in the Church Hall. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 716-870-3864. The Congrega Society has 45 members from the WNY area.  We honor the Mother of God under the title of “Crowned Virgin” through prayers and sacrifice.  The Society was founded in 1920 at St. Lawrence and is linked with the same ancient devotion in Pescasseroli, Italy.

Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You! An 8-part study on Mary, Queen of Heaven, begins Monday,  September 10 (7-8:30pm) at St. Gregory the Great (Gathering Room – 200 St. Gregory Ct. in Williamsville). Take a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information, contact Dawn Iacono at stgregsmoms [at] gmail [dot] com.

Meeting God Encounters begins Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton Street in Buffalo). Have you ever installed a Heaven Door in your home? Here’s a home improvement project for the soul. Jesus is knocking; he’s dying, or rather has died, to enter your home. He invites himself saying, “If you open, I will enter and have supper with you.” (Rv. 3:20) Discover, with Fr. Czeslaw Krysa, Diocesan Director of Worship, how believing families have encountered the living God at home, not just in church. This meeting will be held on Wednesdays through November 14.  For more information and to register, call 716-847-5545.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 19, 2018

St. Bernard of Clairbeaux (1090-1153) and St. Rose of Lima (1568-1617), whose feastdays we celebrate this week, are depicted in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. St. Rose appears in a group of ten figures identified as “Virgins and Widows”; she is the second kneeling figure from the left, wearing a green cloak and floral crown. St. Bernard appears in a grouping of “Monks, Hermits, and Religious”; his figure is at the far right in this photo, standing and robed in white. (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” p. 38. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

August 19 – August 26, 2018

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, August 22 at 11:30 a.m. ~ Guided tour of church for parishioners of St. Leo Church, Hilton, NY

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

Friday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Dick (Requested by Family) and Chimuanya Mbenka and her children (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)
Anointing of the sick and well-again following Mass

Monday, August 20 ~ St. Bernard ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 21 ~ St. Pius X ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kevin Viola (Joseph Viola)

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

Thursday, August 23 ~ St. Rose of Lima ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, 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)

Saturday, August 25 ~ St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Sunday, August 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sylvia Heicklen (Son, Robert) and In Thanksgiving for the Baptism of Noah Osarobo Igbinigie (Parents)
Baptism of Noah Osarobo Igbinigie

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 25 & 26:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Derek DeJac; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice, Davis, Pat Hartinger

Prayerful thanks to all who helped with and participated in the outdoor devotion and Mass on the Feast of the Assumption. Special thanks to David Folmer for weeding Mary’s garden in preparation for our special Holy Day tribute. Photo credit: Elizabeth Clay

News from our Parish Community

How Can I Help? Much reasoned discussion and cooperation will be needed if Blessed Trinity and the other CCCB parishes are to devise a creative working arrangement as proposed by diocesan representatives at the August 7 Town Hall meeting. Each of you has something to contribute. Please consider being an active participant in the process as a member of your Parish Council. Nominations for a three-year term are being accepted through Wednesday, August 29. You may use a nomination form found on the tables at each entrance or speak directly with a member of the nominating committee: Kathy Press, Chair (445-8160), Father Victor (833-0301), Tom Brodfuehrer (876-6425), Lorna Cameron (432-8541), Don Williams (572-9603).

Visitors from Hilton, NY. On Wednesday, August 22, The Rosary Society of St. Leo’s Church in Hilton, NY is bringing a group of their parishioners to visit Blessed Trinity. They will be joining us for daily Mass and staying for a tour of the church. Your attendance at 11 o’clock Mass would be a further evidence of our reputation as a welcoming faith community. Wednesday’s Mass will be celebrated in the church rather than the Daily Mass Chapel.

Musical Gifts ~ We were blessed this week by the musical talents of two wonderful men. On Saturday, our own Don Williams cantored the Mass, leading congregational singing from the lectern. According to the Pastoral Notes for the Celebration of the Eucharist in Light of the Revised Roman Missal (2012), “the human voice always holds a primary place in the singing of the Church.”  Don, a retired educator, active church/community volunteer, and longtime choir member, is an accomplished musician whose talent always enhances our liturgical experience. Lorenzo Quebral first played the organ at Blessed Trinity during a 2018 concert presented by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, of which he is a member.  He is a developing church musician and exemplifies the future of Music Ministry.  We are grateful for his willingness to gift us with his music not only this week, but also next week for Saturday Mass. Please join in me in thanking these men for their musical contributions – our Liturgy is more meaningful because of their efforts.  At Blessed Trinity there is a place for everyone who wants to participate in music!” Choir practice resumes Tuesday September 4th at 7pm in St. Charles Hall…Elizabeth

August Birthday Blessing ~ Father Victor will give a special birthday blessing at the end of Mass on August 26 for everyone who celebrates a birthday during the month of August.

Dennis Walczyk, CEO of Catholic Charities, has expressed his sincerest appreciation for the generosity of our Blessed Trinity Parish during the Catholic Charities annual appeal. These gifts make possible the continuation of programs offering counseling, clothing, and medicine for so many families in need.

Artist George Palmer

Featured Artist with a BT Connection ~ The Kenan Center House Gallery (433 Locust Street in Lockport) is currently exhibiting “George Palmer: His Many Faces, 1956 – 2018,” featuring more than 80 artworks from the long career of Mr. Palmer who, at the age of 93, is still painting and teaching art from his Kenmore Avenue Studio. Parishioners may recognize George who occasionally attends our Sunday Mass, but his BT connection goes back to the beginning of his seven-decade career. In the early 1960s, Mr. Palmer painted the portrait of our fourth pastor, Rev. Charles T. Kraehn, which hangs in the Dewey Avenue entrance of St. Charles Hall. The exhibit continues through August 26 at the Kenan Center, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 12 Noon – 5pm and Sun. 2 – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations help the Center to continue its mission of service to the WNY community.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

St. Bartholomew
August 24
This ceramic medallion of St. Bartholomew originally hung in St. Bartholomew R. C. Church on Grider Street in Buffalo. Since the merger of our parishes in 1993, it has hung on the wall of the transept on the right (west) side of the church.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Dancing Under the Stars, Sunday August 19 (7-9pm) at St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main Street in Buffalo) featuring Jim Tudini Big Band with Bobby Militello. Call 716-833-0298 or visit stjosephbuffalo.org for information.

Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place is a social program for older adults over the age of sixty. The program is designed to provide assistance with activities of daily living (physical, cognitive, and socialization). The program is held in a safe supervised environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Nutritious meals and snacks are included, as well as shower services. For more information call 716-896-6388 or visit ccwny.org.

Workshop / Retreat / Concert with David Haas and Lori True, Saturday, September 8, at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood). Workshop ($15) begins at 9am with concert ($25) at 7pm. Call Maria Perron at 716-490-4187 for information or visit eventbrite.com.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 12, 2018

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 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 12 – August 19, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

Friday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Requested by Family)

Monday, August 13 ~ St. Pontian & St. Hippolytus ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 14 ~ St. Maximilian Kolbe ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Thursday, August 16 ~ St. Stephen of Hungary ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Saturday, August 18 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Sunday, August 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Dick (Family) and Chimuanya Mbenka and her children (Fidelia Ejimadu)
Anointing of the sick and well-again following Mass

Ministry Schedule for Wednesday, August 15:

Readers: Judy Casassa, Bob Heicklen; Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Hartinger, Dan Korchowsky

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Grace Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Kathleen Marien, Maggie Gatson

Marian Devotion and outdoor Mass
beginning at 6pm on
The Feast of the Assumption
August 15

News from our Parish Community

Wednesday, August 15, is the Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation. Weather permitting, we will gather outside near the statue of the Blessed Mother beginning at 6pm for an offering of prayers and petitions and the presentation of individual flowers. An outdoor Mass will begin at 7pm. Please bring a lawn chair and a flower to offer. In the event of rain, services will be held in the church.

A Summertime “Must Read” ~ It’s not too late to throw your hat into the ring. Please consider running for Parish Council.  With the support of the present dedicated members, you will find that the “yoke is easy and the burden light.” Look for green information sheets and nomination forms at the church doors,  Thank You!

Wrong and Strong: It’s All for the Glory of God ~ Our Blessed Trinity Music Ministry provides beauty, joy, comfort and inspiration for our liturgies and festive parish celebrations through the musical gifts, generosity and commitment of our members.  As summer draws to an end, we are planning for the return of the choir and would love to include you in our membership.  No previous singing experience is necessary, nor is the ability to read music.  If you carry a song in your heart, want to learn more about the liturgy, and want to glorify God through music, do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth at 716-472-0009 or email twosingersintune [at] gmail [dot] comWrong and Strong – it’s our BT Choir’s motto! Choir practice resumes Tuesday September 4th at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Temporary Change in Bulletin Deadline ~ If you have announcements for the August 26 bulletin, please send them to the office by Monday, August 13.  Due to vacation scheduling, our secretary will be printing bulletins for the next two weeks ahead of time.

Dennis Walczyk, CEO of Catholic Charities, has expressed his sincerest appreciation for the generosity of our Blessed Trinity Parish during the Catholic Charities annual appeal. These gifts make possible the continuation of programs offering counseling, clothing, and medicine for so many families in need.

Father Victor and the Parish Council thank each of you who made the special effort to attend the August 7 “town hall” meeting and offer your observations and suggestions to diocesan representatives from the Central City Task Force. We await their advice on “next steps” in what Bishop Malone hopes will be a new ministry plan for the central city parishes of Blessed Trinity, St. Lawrence, St. Martin de Porres and Ss. Columba-Brigid.

Artist George Palmer

Featured Artist with a BT Connection ~ The Kenan Center House Gallery (433 Locust Street in Lockport) is currently exhibiting “George Palmer: His Many Faces, 1956 – 2018,” featuring more than 80 artworks from the long career of Mr. Palmer who, at the age of 93, is still painting and teaching art from his Kenmore Avenue Studio. Parishioners may recognize George who occasionally attends our Sunday Mass, but his BT connection goes back to the beginning of his seven-decade career. In the early 1960s, Mr. Palmer painted the portrait of our fourth pastor, Rev. Charles T. Kraehn, which hangs in the Dewey Avenue entrance of St. Charles Hall. The exhibit continues through August 26 at the Kenan Center, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 12 Noon – 5pm and Sun. 2 – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations help the Center to continue its mission of service to the WNY community.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Military Veterans ~ The WNY Catholic is looking for military veterans to interview for the upcoming Veterans Section in November. If you are a vet or know of a vet who would like to tell his/her story, contact the Managing Editor, Patrick McPartland, at pmcpartland [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.

Special Anniversaries Celebrated ~ Are you or someone you know celebrating your 50th, 60th, or 70th Wedding Anniversary this year? If so, you are invited to participate in a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 14, at 10:30am. Contact your parish rectory as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

Mary with ministering angels, perhaps another depiction of the Assumption,
over exterior of east side church entrance.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place is a social program for older adults over the age of sixty. The program is designed to provide assistance with activities of daily living (physical, cognitive, and socialization). The program is held in a safe supervised environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Nutritious meals and snacks are included, as well as shower services. For more information call 716-896-6388 or visit ccwny.org.

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Vigil Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

Dancing Under the Stars, Sunday August 19 (7-9pm) at St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main Street in Buffalo) featuring Jim Tudini Big Band with Bobby Militello. Call 716-833-0298 or visit stjosephbuffalo.org for information.

Workshop / Retreat / Concert with David Haas and Lori True, Saturday, September 8, at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood). Workshop ($15) begins at 9am with concert ($25) at 7pm. Call Maria Perron at 716-490-4187 for information or visit eventbrite.com.

Annual Men’s Retreat (September 14-16), sponsored by the Holy Name Societies of the dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines  Ontario, will be held at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. The theme is: “The Ministry of Jesus: It’s Heaven and Earth, Life and Death.” We are limited to 60 men. For reservations or more information, call the Holy Name Office at 716-847-2201 or Fr. Paul Sabo at 716-604-4948.

Monday Evening Faith Enrichment Series begins September 17 at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). “Forgiveness, baggage, fessing up, and difficulties in forgiving” with Bishop Edward Grosz at the OLP Ministry Center. Future dates this year are October 22, November 26, and December 17.

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 5, 2018

St. Clare (1193-1253)
August 11
St. Clare was a follower of St. Francis of Assisi and became superior of a religious community known as The Poor Clares. She is said to have carried the Host in a monstrance to an upper window of her convent where she successfully prayed for their deliverance from marauding Saracen mercenaries of Frederick II. Greatly revered and respected as a “new leader of women” and credited with many miracles, she was canonized just two years after her death. St. Clare is depicted in a grouping of “Virgins and Widows” in the great dome of our church as the standing figure on the far right, holding a monstrance.
Artist: Joseph Mazur. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

August 5 – August 12, 2018

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Diocesan “Town Hall” in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Williams, Chapman and Cavitt Families (Requested by Seta Chapman)

Monday, August 6 ~ The Transfiguration of the Lord ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 7 ~ St. Sixtus II & Companions; St. Cajetan ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, August 8 ~ St. Dominic ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Birthday Thanksgiving for Ozy Ibhawa (Father Victor)

Thursday, 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)

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

Saturday, August 11 ~ St. Clare ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, August 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 11 & 12:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joseph Nwogu, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Judy Casassa

Ministry Schedule for Wednesday, August 15:

Readers: Judy Casassa, Bob Heicklen; Eucharistic Ministers: Pat Hartinger, Dan Korchowsky

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. The painting is by Joseph Mazur. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection ~ On the weekend of August 4/5, there will be a second collection for the Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund.

Important Parish Meeting, this Tuesday, August 7 ~ Father Victor and the Parish Council urge every parishioner to attend this Tuesday’s “town hall” meeting at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. This is your opportunity to pray, discuss, and discern with other parishioners and the newly created Central City Task Force and consider possibilities for future cooperation to ensure the health of central city parish life. A three-year arrangement under which the CCCB parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres have been linked with the suburban parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be coming to an end. Rev. Ronald P. Sadjak, who previously served all three parishes, will remain as pastor at Nativity. Bishop Richard Malone is asking the central city parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence to join with Blessed Trinity and Ss. Columba-Brigid “to enact a ministry plan that will lead to their successful growth in ministry and continued witness to faith and justice on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Bishop remains committed to keeping all four of our parishes open and in active ministry. Diocesan representatives at the meeting will include Sr. Maureen Harris, our CCCB Pastoral Care Minister, Rev. Joseph Rogliano (our Vicar) and Deacon Ron Thaler. Blessed Trinity will be represented by YOU.

The Bread of Life ~ According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (usccb.org), the celebration of the Eucharist is of the utmost importance.  In order for the Christian faithful to deeply understand the genuine significance of the rites and liturgical texts for active celebration of the Eucharist, the “dignity, the beauty of the sacred place, the music and art should contribute as greatly as possible.” No one would argue that Blessed Trinity Church is stunningly beautiful.  Perhaps also you have a sense of how the music enhances our Liturgical experience. Today’s opening hymn, Rain Down, contained text right from the first reading from Exodus. Singing Bread of Life for the Presentation and Preparation of Gifts reminded us of how we are all united by the Eucharist. Our Communion hymn, Transfigure Us, O Lord, allowed us to publicly proclaim how we are changed by Christ. If we are transformed by our relationship with our Savior, How Can We Keep from Singing? Pablo Casals, a Spanish cellist, once said “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”  … Elizabeth

Marian Devotion and outdoor Mass on
The Feast of the Assumption
August 15

Wednesday, August 15, is the Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation. Weather permitting, we will gather outside near the statue of the Blessed Mother beginning at 6pm for an offering of prayers and petitions and the presentation of individual flowers. An outdoor Mass will begin at 7pm. Please bring a lawn chair and a flower to offer.

Parish Council Nominations ~ Want to become more involved in the future of Blessed Trinity? It’s not too late. Sign up today to be a candidate for the September elections for Parish Council. Pick up a green sheet at the church doors. The nominating committee members, Kathy Press, Tom Brodfuehrer, Lorna Cameron and Sr. Liz Savage will be happy to answer your questions about serving on the Council.

Know Your Faith ~ Why should I give money in the church collection? Another word the church uses for collection is offertory meaning to offer back to God from the gifts He has given to us. (1 Corinthians 4:7). We make collection as an expression of our love, faith, and thanksgiving to God. Also, we make collection to fulfill one of our Christian DUTIES to the church. The catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2043 calls us to carry out our responsibility of providing for the material needs of the church. In the scripture we are told that the early Christian community brought their goods together to care for the Christian community (Acts 4:34-35). So when we give our collection we are fulfilling our responsibility or duty to the church. The collections we take up helps to care for the spiritual and material needs of the church. So how much should I give as my collection? We are called to give generously according to our ability.  For God loves a cheerful giver and reward us accordingly (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). When we fail to give according to our ability only God and ourselves knows. And failing to give much of what we have shows our failure to fulfill our duty towards the church. Jesus told us the story of the widow who was appreciated because she gave much of the little she had while others gave little from their surpluses. (Mark 12:41-44). We are encouraged to give or offer our gifts to God with a generous heart. Giving should be done with a joyful spirit not with a grumbling heart. Giving with a joyful spirit should be done with a genuine intention no matter how inconvenient it might be to us. For God, who sees everything in secret, definitely rewards us.

Temporary Change in Bulletin Deadline ~ If you have announcements for the August 19 and/or August 26 bulletins, please send them to the office by Friday August 10.  Our secretary will be preparing those publications early due to vacation scheduling.

Featured Artist with a BT Connection ~ The Kenan Center House Gallery (433 Locust Street in Lockport) is currently exhibiting “George Palmer: His Many Faces, 1956 – 2018,” featuring more than 80 artworks from the long career of Mr. Palmer who, at the age of 93, is still painting and teaching art from his Kenmore Avenue Studio. Parishioners may recognize George who occasionally attends our Sunday Mass, but his BT connection goes back to the beginning of his seven-decade career. In the early 1960s, Mr. Palmer painted the portrait of our fourth pastor, Rev. Charles T. Kraehn, which hangs in the Dewey Avenue entrance of St. Charles Hall. The exhibit continues through August 26 at the Kenan Center, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 12 Noon – 5pm and Sun. 2 – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations help the Center to continue its mission of service to the WNY community.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

 

St Clare is also 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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Thursday August 2 – Sunday August 5 is Summerfest 2018 at Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Kicking off with a Meat Raffle on Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm in the hall. Join us each day for delicious dinners, raffles, Vera Bradley Bingo on Saturday, and much more. Prepare to be entertained with great live music including Nerds Gone Wild, Hit N’ Run, and The Buffalo Touch Polka Band. Don’t miss our Polka Mass on Sunday, August 5 at 12 noon, followed by our Polish Dinner. For more information, visit 14hh.org or call 716-674-2374.

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Vigil Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

When was the last time you sat down with Mama Mary and had a heart-to-heart conversation? Yes, Jesus’ Mama Mary. She waits, particularly at her sacred heaven windows, icons of the Madonna and Child, listening to your heart as she did to Jesus’. Try this innovative, seven-year running, prayer twist at the Church of St. Casimir (160 Cable Street in Buffalo) weekday evenings at 7 pm, Sundays at 10 am from August 18-26. Maybe you’ve yet to discover the mysteries of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, how the saints of the ages, Casimir and John Paul, and Mother Angela drew power and healing from God’s Mother, scarred by human hatred. Come, listen and sing her a song.

Sacred Sites of the UK – a Pilgrimage with Bishop Malone, October 26 – November 5. Visit Walsingham (EWTN Studios), Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge! For reservations, contact Marianne at Unitours, 1-800-777-7432 or mpisano [at] unitours [dot] com.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 29, 2018

St. Ignatius of Loyola (c. 1491-1556)
July 31
St. Alphonsus Liguori (1695-1787)
August 1
St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Alphonsus Liguori, 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. 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. 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.
The dome painting is by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur; the photo by Gary Kelley.

July 29 – August 5, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

Friday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Diocesan “Town Hall” in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sara Dick (Requested by Family)

Monday, July 30 ~ St. Peter Chrysologus ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 31 ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, August 1 ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Dorothy Clough (Judy Casassa)

Thursday, August 2 ~ St. Eusebius of Vercelli;  St. Peter Julian Eymard ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, August 3 ~ First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, August 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, August 4 ~ St. John Vianney ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Sunday, August 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Williams, Chapman and Cavitt Families (Seta Chapman)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, Augus 4 & 5:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Kathleen Marien, Maggie Gatson

St. John Vianney
August 4
St. John Vianney (bottom left) is one of six saints depicted in silver relief on the doors of the church’s tabernacle. Each of these saints has some relationship to the offering of sacrificial gifts or to the Eucharist.

News from our Parish Community

Friday, August 3, is First Friday. There will be Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Daily Mass Chapel, from 8am – 11am, followed by morning Mass.

Our Catholic Central Food Pantry has new hours. The pantry in St. Charles Hall will once again be open on Fridays from 10am – 12 noon. It will continue to serve clients on Saturdays, also from 10am – 12 noon.

Buffalo Central City Parish Meetings ~ Father Victor and the Parish Council invite every parishioner to attend the “town hall” meeting in St. Charles Hall on Tuesday evening, August 7, at 7pm. A three-year arrangement under which the CCCB parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres have been linked with the suburban parish of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be coming to an end. Rev. Ronald P. Sadjak, who previously served all three parishes, will remain as pastor at Nativity. Bishop Richard Malone is asking the central city parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence to join with Blessed Trinity and Ss. Columba-Brigid “to enact a ministry plan that will lead to their successful growth in ministry and continued witness to faith and justice on Buffalo’s East Side.” The Bishop remains committed to keeping all four of our parishes open and in active ministry. Sr. Maureen, our CCCB Pastoral Care Minister, has been invited to join the newly created Central City Task Force together with Rev. Joseph Rogliano (our Vicar) and Deacon Ron Thaler. The task force has been charged with the responsibility of setting up “town hall” meetings in each of the four parishes to review the accomplishments of parish ministries, discuss parish vitality, determine the desires of each parish for its own future, and suggest possibilities for future cooperation to ensure the health of our central city parish life. Each parish will host the task force and its own parish family to pray, discuss, and discern. Our town hall is August 7. In the interim, Bishop Malone asks us to “please join me as we pray for the creative energy of God’s Holy Spirit to continue to move, work, and inspire new venues of ministry for Buffalo’s Central City.”

Special Collection ~ On the weekend of August 4/5, there will be a second collection for the Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund.

Sunday Family Supper ~ Who doesn’t enjoy a great meal on Sunday, surrounded by the people you love the most? The readings for these next five weeks in Ordinary Time are known are known as the “Bread of Life” discourse. We hear about Manna from Heaven in the Old Testament as well as how Jesus fed 5000 with abundant leftovers. Musical selections during these five weeks will focus on Christ’s generosity, and there are plenty of them. We will sing words contained in the Scriptures as well as some of the words in the Eucharistic Prayers spoken by the priest each week at Mass.  We will sing about gathering at the Table, enjoying the Feast, being Bread for others, and hoping for peace.  Do you find yourself tapping your toes or humming a hymn even after Mass?  If the musical selections at Mass make you crave second helpings, we are succeeding! If you have a favorite hymn about “Bread,” please let a choir member know. We have four more weekends to include it in the Liturgy. Remember, this is your Mass – let’s make it as meaningful as possible! … Elizabeth

Parish Council Nominations ~We are looking for candidates to run for Parish Council. What a great opportunity to get involved and serve your church. Pick up a green sheet on your way out of church today and sign up. Thank you.

George Palmer

Featured Artist with a BT Connection ~ The Kenan Center House Gallery (433 Locust Street in Lockport) is currently exhibiting “George Palmer: His Many Faces, 1956 – 2018,” featuring more than 80 artworks from the long career of Mr. Palmer who, at the age of 93, is still painting and teaching art from his Kenmore Avenue Studio. Parishioners may recognize George who occasionally attends our Sunday Mass, but his BT connection goes back to the beginning of his seven-decade career. In the early 1960s, Mr. Palmer painted the portrait of our fourth pastor, Rev. Charles T. Kraehn, which hangs in the Dewey Avenue entrance of St. Charles Hall. The exhibit continues through August 26 at the Kenan Center, a beautifully restored Victorian mansion.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 12 Noon – 5pm and Sun. 2 – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations help the Center to continue its mission of service to the WNY community.

Could you be the face of Christ to another? Our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo are offering Compassion Ministry Training to any parishioner who is interested in learning more about visiting the sick of our parish who are homebound or hospitalized, or those living in senior care facilities.  The six-session program begins Monday, September 10, at St. Lawrence Parish. For details, call  Sr. Maureen Harris, OSF at 716-897-9948 (x114) or Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish under the Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola at IggyFest, Tuesday evening, July 31, from 6 to 9. IggyFest is a fundraiser for The Nativity Miguel Middle School at St. Michael’s Church (51 St. Michael’s Place, next to the Church on Washington Street). Festival begins at 5:15pm Mass followed by live music with “Wilma,” 50/50, raffles, grilled menu, beer, wine. Volunteers needed. Contact nlanger [at] nativitymiguelbuffalo [dot] org  or call 716-836-5188.

Creativity and Spirituality Retreat ~ Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm to Friday, August 3 at 4 pm at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Rendezvous with creativity while cultivating a spiritual place and sacred space this summer. Nurture your body, mind, and spirit through a variety of prayerful, artistic, and creative endeavors during this hands-on studio approach retreat. All are welcome; no experience necessary. Presented by Gina Marie Cutrona. For more information and to register, contact Doug George at 716-655-7091.

Thursday August 2 – Sunday August 5 is Summerfest 2018 at Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Kicking off with a Meat Raffle on Thursday, August 2 at 7 pm in the hall. Join us each day for delicious dinners, raffles, Vera Bradley Bingo on Saturday, and much more. Prepare to be entertained with great live music including Nerds Gone Wild, Hit N’ Run, and The Buffalo Touch Polka Band. Don’t miss our Polka Mass on Sunday, August 5 at 12 noon, followed by our Polish Dinner. For more information, visit 14hh.org or call 716-674-2374.

Pilgrim Statue Comes to WNY ~ The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at Our Lady of Pompeii church for Veneration on Tuesday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Vigil Mass for the feast of the Assumption will be celebrated followed by the Rosary and presentation by Mr. Bill Sockey, who is the custodian of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and travels with the Statue throughout the United States. Stockey will present the Message of Our Lady of Fatima, that will include the five reasons for reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the promise by Our Lady of Fatima that was confided to Sr. Lucia, one of the three children, who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima.

When was the last time you sat down with Mama Mary and had a heart-to-heart conversation? Yes, Jesus’ Mama Mary. She waits, particularly at her sacred heaven windows, icons of the Madonna and Child, listening to your heart as she did to Jesus’. Try this innovative, seven-year running, prayer twist at the Church of St. Casimir (160 Cable Street in Buffalo) weekday evenings at 7 pm, Sundays at 10 am from August 18-26. Maybe you’ve yet to discover the mysteries of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, how the saints of the ages, Casimir and John Paul, and Mother Angela drew power and healing from God’s Mother, scarred by human hatred. Come, listen and sing her a song.

Sacred Sites of the UK – a Pilgrimage with Bishop Malone, October 26 – November 5. Visit Walsingham (EWTN Studios), Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge! For reservations, contact Marianne at Unitours, 1-800-777-7432 or mpisano [at] unitours [dot] com.

Worship & Services

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

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