This Week

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.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 22, 2018

St. James, Apostle
July 25
St. James, known as the Greater in order to distinguish him from the other Apostle St. James, was St. John’s brother. With Peter and John he was one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration, and later, of the agony in the garden. There are two symbols on the church façade representing St. James, one of which is this shell (third from left) on one of the 45 decorated roofline corbels.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

July 22 – July 29, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

Saturday, July 28 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, July 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Monday, July 23 ~ St. Bridget ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 24 ~ St. Sharbel Makhluf ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Thursday, July 26 ~ St. Joachim and St. Anne ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Saturday, July 28 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

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

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse

St. Joachim and St. Anne
July 26
This depiction of St. Anne and the Child Mary appears in a stained glass window in the shrine area near the left (east) side entrance of the church. She is celebrated along with her husband, St. Joachim, on July 26.

News from our Parish 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 July 23. Our next hosting opportunity is Monday, 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.

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.”

What Mass setting is that? You may have noticed a new Mass setting this weekend – one we’ve never used at Blessed Trinity, to my knowledge.  St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian-American religious sister who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Catholic religious institute that was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States. Cabrini took religious vows in 1877 and added Xavier to her name to honor the Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionary service.  She was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church on July 7, 1946.  The Mass setting used at Blessed Trinity is changed regularly to help keep our liturgy dynamic.  During the summer months, music is selected directly from Breaking Bread so everyone can read the music if they wish.  You may also have noticed a change to the hymn board in the church: in addition to the four horizontal hymn numbers, there is a vertical line of numbers which represents the weekly Mass setting.  That way, if you miss the announcement at the beginning Mass, you will still know what is going on. Mother Cabrini’s example continues to be relevant to our community. Enjoy this music!  … Elizabeth

Don’t Miss Out! The July 15 bulletin included an insert about formation of the 2018-19 Parish Council. If you did not receive this information, please pick up a copy of the green sheet on the tables near each door. The Council wants all our parishioners to “be in the know.”

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.

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 FaithHow do we respond when people say Catholics worship statues? The right answer to this question is, Catholics absolutely DO NOT worship statues or images in any form. Worship is reserved for God alone.  Catholics use religious images/statues for worship. There is a difference between religious use of statues and worshiping statues. God forbade the worship of images/statues called idolatry in the first of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not carve idols….” (Exodus 20:4-5).  The Catholic Church absolutely condemned idolatry in any form.

The making and use of religious statue is a thoroughly biblical practice. In the Bible, God also commanded the use of religious images/statues when God asked that an Ark be made for his dwelling and gave the description of the statues that will be found in the Ark. “Make two cherubim of beaten gold ….” (Exodus 25:18-20).

In the book of first Chronicles, chapter 28:18-19, David planned for the temple to be built for God and wrote down all that would be in the temple including the different types of images.

The books of Numbers tell us that the Israelites were bitten by serpents in the wilderness when they expressed their lack of faith in God by complaining against God. God forgave them after Moses interceded for them asked for God’s mercy. God commanded Moses to make a (statue of) a fiery serpent to set it on a pole, and anyone bitten who looks at it shall live (Numbers 21:8-9).

When a Catholic kneels or bows in prayer before a statue, they are not worshiping it in any way whatsoever.  They are using it as a person might use a picture of his family — to recall them, even pray for them, when he is not with them. He obviously does not consider a picture of his children as being his actual children, but simply a reminder of them.  And so it is with sacred art in any form.  It is used ultimately to raise our hearts and minds to God — to aid us in prayer.

Statues and other pieces of religious art became a means for the Church to teach the Bible.  A person could walk into a monastery or church and learn about Jesus Christ by simply looking at the religious art and the story that the art told. In fact, the Catholic Church’s long history of art reflects her ability to impact and evangelize within culture.

The greatest artistic period of the modern world was the Renaissance period. If you tour Europe and look at Renaissance art, it is almost all religious art pointing to Christian Tradition or Biblical stories. The art of the time period reflects the Catholic Church’s ability to evangelize an entire culture so that everything spoke of the glory of God.

So why do we use religious statues/images? Catholics use statues, paintings, and other artistic devices to recall the person or thing depicted. Just as it helps to remember one’s mother by looking at her photograph, so it helps to recall the example of the saints by looking at pictures of them. Catholics also use statues as teaching tools. In the early Church they were especially useful for the instruction of the illiterate. The use of sacred art is to evangelize, catechize and inspire.  It is also used to show reverence and honor for God and His saints.

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.

Marriage Moment. Summer is a time of rest – sort of. Maybe you take a vacation or ease up on your work schedule. But you may still feel busy. Consider, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31) Can you take some quiet, restful couple time this week?

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.

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

Stargazer lilies, which once graced our Easter altar, bloom again
on Leroy Avenue near the new church sign .

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Father Baker Day. Celebrate Father Baker Day on Sunday, July 29, beginning at 12 noon with Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica (767 Ridge Road in Lackawanna) followed a reception. Commemorating the 82nd anniversary of Father Nelson Baker’s passing. To reserve your space at the reception, contact OLV’s Special Events office at 716-828-9289.

Contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and recording artist, Paul Koleske, will be offering his concert of personally composed sacred music on Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 pm at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Hamburg. He will integrate faith witness and testimony with his music to show how it applies to you and your life. Paul has been on EWTN and is known throughout the nation for his music and speaking presentations. This is a very spiritually and uplifting event and you are invited to bring family and friends. Free-will offering. For additional information, visit paulkoleske.com.

Chicken BBQ on Sunday, July 29 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (or until sold out) at Sacred Heart Church (380 East Fairmount Avenue I Lakewood). All pre-sale meals must be picked up by 1 pm. Dinner includes chicken by Weidner’s BBQ, potato and macaroni salads, roll, cookies, and bottled water. For information or tickets, contact the office at 716-763-2815.

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.

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.

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.

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 15, 2018

Mary of Magdala
July 22
The Church today recognizes Mary of Magdala’s rightful role as an important early Christian leader. Although her feast day is normally celebrated on July 22, it is superseded this year by the liturgy for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Along with your July 22 bulletin, you will receive a “FutureChurch” brochure explaining Mary’s complicated history and saluting her as “the primary witness to the most central events of Christian faith….” We hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with Mary’s real story and why early church Fathers named her “the Apostle to the Apostles.”
Confessional woodcarving, right (west) transept

July 15 – July 22, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, July 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass – Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church.

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – The Chapman Family (Requested by Seta Chapman) and Thomas Eldred (Requested by Gary Weber)

Monday, July 16 ~ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

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

Friday, July 20 ~ St. Apolinaris~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Saturday, July 21 ~ St. Lawrence of Brindisi ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Then and Ferella Families (Family)

Sunday, July 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Kathy Mallery (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 21 & 22:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi, Joseph Nwogu;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Judy Casassa, Kathleen Marien

Poly-chrome relief of Sacred Heart of Jesus over exterior of church’s right side door.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

Third Sunday Anointing ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place in church following Mass on Sunday, July 15.

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 July 23. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

The Peter’s Pence Collection will take place in our parish on July 21 and 22. Pope Francis has called each of us to be a witness of charity. He encourages us to “open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!” The Peter’s Pence Collection provides the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease, and  unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your church envelopes include one for this collection. Please consider how blessed you are and be as generous as possible.

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.”

Positive Change for Church and Community. Bernadette Farrell (born March 26, 1957) is a British hymnographer and composer of beautiful contemporary liturgical music that is well-loved by Christians around the world. Among her compositions are “Christ, Be Our Light,” “O God, You Search Me,” and today’s Communion hymn, “Bread for the World.”

Farrell has served on the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Liturgical Commission for many years and has helped build the Catholic music tradition we love. Her work in adult education has encouraged the formation of lay liturgical ministries. One of the founding organizers of London Citizens, she authored a report on immigration that was adopted by the government, leading campaigns on safety, sanctuary, housing, wages and health.

Writing in a variety of styles, Farrell draws inspiration from the English choral tradition as well as the melodic roots of British folk songs. Her texts are based either on Scripture, her own compositions, or the words of lyricists like her husband, Owen Alstott. Do you agree the words she wrote in 1990 are pertinent today?

Bread for the world: a world of hunger.
Wine for all peoples: people who thirst.
May we who eat be bread for others.
May we who drink pour out our love.

Bernadette Farrell is an example of a woman who has made a significant difference in our world through her music as well as her missions. How’s that for positive change?   … Elizabeth

Joining Your Parish Council ~ August is traditionally the month when a slate of candidates for election to the Parish Council is announced. The Council Bylaws provide for the election of 4 new members each year on the second Sunday of September (9/09/18), with new members being welcomed at the September Council meeting (9/19/18).

The Council exists to more effectively promote and perform “the mission of Christ in our parish community and in the greater community,” through “study, … mutual works and assistance….” (Preamble to the Constitution and By-laws).

“Any active parishioner 18 years of age and over who is a registered member of [the parish] may become an elected member of the Council.” (Art. 3, Sect. 2, Constitution and By-laws).

A nominating committee was appointed and charged with assembling a slate of candidates over the summer. They will be contacting parishioners. You may also place your own name in nomination or nominate another parishioner. If you wish to nominate another, please check first to be sure the person is willing to serve.

We hope you will consider being a Parish Council candidate and be involved in the continuing success of Blessed Trinity Church. It is very important that all candidates take time to learn what is expected of council members. To learn more, you may contact a member of the nominating committee which includes: Father Victor – 833-0301; Kathy Press (Chair) – 445-8160; Tom Brodfuehrer – 876-6425; Lorna Cameron – 432-8541; or Don Williams – 572-9603. If you prefer, use the form included in your July 15, 2018 bulletin or found at the church doors and a committee member will contact you. This same form may be used to nominate yourself or others. You may also submit your contact information using this LINK. Just be sure to use “Parish Council” as the subject.

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.

We thank Father Roldan Zerna of The Mission Society of the Philippines for celebrating Mass with us last weekend and familiarizing us with the mission work of the Society.

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.

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

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

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

Give thanks for summer sunsets.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Driver Education Classes at Cardinal O’Hara High School, July 16 to August 6. Participants may choose from several class times. Drivers who complete the course will receive a DMV Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for insurance reduction certificate. A student’s permit or license is due prior to the start of class. For more information or to receive a registration form, visit cardinalohara.com.

Dinner Lecture Series continues at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). There are 2 remaining Wednesday evening events, each beginning with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Friday July 27 at 7pm is O’Harafest ~ Alumni, current students, incoming students and their families are all invited. Event takes place in the school’s backyard sports complex. Live music from The Jim Levinthal Band will be featured, along with food and beverages. For reservations or further information, call the school at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or 311.

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.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 8, 2018

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
July 14
Woodcarving, gift of the Southtowns Woodcarvers of WNY
Right (West) Transept Wall
On October 21, 2012, Blessed Kateri became the first Native American to be canonized. The daughter of a Mohawk warrior and Catholic Algonquin woman, Kateri was born in a Mohawk fortress near Auriesville, New York. Her parents and brother died in a smallpox epidemic, and she was left with scars and weakened eyesight. Her mother’s faith had made an impression on Kateri, and she was baptized on Easter Sunday in 1676. Her conversion to Christianity caused her relatives to mistreat her, and Kateri fled to a community of Native American Christians at Kahnawake, Quebec. She died when she was only 24, and came to be known as “Lily of the Mohawks.” A young boy’s recovery from a flesh-eating bacteria in 2006 was the miracle cited by the Vatican in elevating Blessed Kateri to sainthood.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

July 8 – July 15, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

Sunday, July 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass – Anointing of the sick and well-aging in 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, July 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Birthday Remebrance (Requested by Family)

Monday, July 9 ~ St. Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions ~ No Service

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – The Chapman Family (Seta Chapman)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 14 & 15:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Kathleen Marien, Pat Hartinger

St. Benedict (c. 480-547)
July 11
St. Benedict, whose feast day the Church celebrates this week, is depicted as the kneeling figure at the far right in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious”
in this dome painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

Missionary Priest to Address Congregation ~ On the weekend  of July 7/8, we welcome a visiting missionary, Father Roldan Zerna, who will talk to us about a special collection for The Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP). Having been established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the MSP serves as the official and chief missionary arm of the Catholic Church of the Philippines in proclaiming the Gospel, especially to the young churches in Asia and other parts of the world. Since its inception in 1965, the MSP has been working in five continents and twelve countries, including the Diocese of Sacramento in California. The Church encourages the faithful to be in solidarity with the MSP, and the second collection at Masses that weekend will provide an opportunity for us to be part of its missionary work.

Third Sunday Anointing ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place in church following Mass on Sunday, July 15.

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 July 23. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Buffalo Central City Parish Meetings ~ 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. Father Victor and the Parish Council encourage every parishioner to attend the “town hall” meeting in St. Charles Hall on Tuesday evening, August 7, at 7pm. 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.”

Wrong and Strong. It is all for the Glory of God Why So Loud? Our magnificent Tellers-Kent organ will be undergoing some refurbishment this summer, having one pipe rank repaired which will give the organ a deeper, more romantic sound.  This series of pipes, the oboe, has been non-functional for many years and is one of three ranks that need some tender loving care.  The organ was built in 1927 and has held up remarkably well, but fluctuations in temperature and humidity are problems that accelerate its aging. The organ is utilized at Mass for a variety of reasons.  It gathers the people for the beginning of the service and sends them on their way at the end, hopefully with a song in their hearts.  Quieter music is more contemplative and is appropriate during the Mass itself; that is why you hear a change in the organ’s volume and pipe registration.   There are general instructions for pastoral musicians developed right through the Roman Missal:

Music should be “holy,” meaning it is based in the liturgy and corresponds with the part of the liturgy during which it is sung.  You will notice that the music at the beginning and the end of Mass is joyful and louder than the music within the Mass–that helps create a community of worshipers with one voice, glorifying God.  On Feast days, you may notice the organ is even louder at the beginning and end of Mass, not to drown out your singing, but to  emphasize the importance of these High Holy days. Alternatively, you may notice the organ dropping out of a well-loved hymn  so parishioners can enjoy being a part of a community while glorifying God.  Both strategies can bring us closer to God and help us to carry music in our hearts.

Music should be “beautiful.”  This one is a bit more difficult, as we all have a different definition of beauty.  At Blessed Trinity, we work hard to offer music from a variety of sources, from classical to contemporary.  While you may sing hymns at church that are not your favorites, know that they have been selected to enhance the liturgy in some way.  Don’t worry, chances are good you won’t have to sing them again for at least another year!

Music should be “universal,” meaning it appeals to a variety of age groups and ethnicities and is easily accessible to all.

When we sing at Mass, we lead our community in praising our God.

 Remember the Blessed Trinity Choir Motto,
“Wrong and Strong – It is all for the glory of God!” 

God created your voice, and we believe
He is well-pleased when you raise it for Praise!

… Elizabeth

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 Faith … How is the Liturgical calendar created, and why? A liturgical calendar is a directive created by the Holy Catholic Church to help in the celebration of the liturgy. This calendar contains various seasons that express the different time periods and aspects of the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. The liturgical calendar that is currently used is based upon the General Roman Calendar, promulgated by Pope Paul VI on February 14, 1969 and subsequently amended by Pope John Paul II. The calendar guides the church in her sacramental worship, and helps us to know what season to celebrate, what color of vestment, and what scriptural passages should be use for a celebration.

The liturgical calendar begins with the season of Advent as we prepare for the birth of Christ. Then comes the Christmas season, followed by Ordinary Time until Lent, which celebrates the 40 days when Christ was fasting in the desert. Next is Easter, celebrating the Resurrection, followed by another season of Ordinary Time, briefer than the earlier one. The entire one-year cycle begins again in late Fall with Advent.

Specific colors are associated with these seasons: Purple is the color of Penance Preparation and is used during Advent and Lent. Red is the color of Sacrifice used during Passion Sunday, Good Friday, Pentecost, and the feast of the apostles and the martyrs. Rose/Pink are the colors of anticipation used on the third Sunday in Advent and the fourth Sunday during Lent. Green is the color of Hope, Life and Growth used throughout Ordinary Time. White/Gold are the colors of Joy and Purity used during the Easter and Christmas seasons, the feasts of the Blessed Mother, as well as Angels and saints who were not  martyred.

During each season, the “Lectionary” (Mass readings from the Holy Bible) follows a Sunday cycle and a weekday cycle. The Liturgical Calendar follows a three-year cycle, each year being represented by the a letter. During the Year A cycle, the Gospel of Matthew is the primary Gospel that is used for the readings. In Year B, Mark is the primary Gospel. (We are currently in Year B). In year C, Luke is the primary Gospel. The Gospel of John is proclaimed on particular Sundays in each of the years. During the year, in addition to the Sunday worship, the Church also celebrates Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials, which may be on any day of the week. These occur during the year to commemorate special events or persons that are highly revered by the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis to Pray with and for Christians in the Middle East on July 7 ~ Every day Christians of Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries beg for our prayers. They have been persecuted in recent years for committing one crime: that of being Christians. To awaken the world from its indifference, Pope Francis has convoked an ecumenical prayer meeting on July 7 in Bari, Italy, with the participation of the patriarchs and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Middle East. During this last week of preparation for the Pope’s meeting in Bari, show your commitment by remembering Christians of the Middle East in your daily prayer.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. To really appreciate the fine work of their photographer, Derek Gee, and view places in the church that you can’t normally see, visit the Buffalo News Photo Gallery. It includes 100 photos taken of our church!

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.

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.

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

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

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

Summer Sunset

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Driver Education Classes at Cardinal O’Hara High School, July 16 to August 6. Participants may choose from several class times. Drivers who complete the course will receive a DMV Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for insurance reduction certificate. A student’s permit or license is due prior to the start of class. For more information or to receive a registration form, visit cardinalohara.com.

Dinner Lecture Series continues at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). There are 2 remaining Wednesday evening events, each beginning with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Friday July 27 at 7pm is O’Harafest ~ Alumni, current students, incoming students and their families are all invited. Event takes place in the school’s backyard sports complex. Live music from The Jim Levinthal Band will be featured, along with food and beverages. For reservations or further information, call the school at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or 311.

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.

Seeking a Volunteer Opportunity? Ignatian Volunteers are semi-retired and retired men and women who share their time and talents to help local non-profit agencies address important community issues through volunteerism. IVC Buffalo needs help with administration (processing donations, mail, answering calls), communications, and as Volunteer Coordinator for a local school district. If you are interested in the opportunity to use your leadership and professional skills to transform our communities while being supported through spiritual reflection in your ministry and passion to serve others, contact Minnie Wyse, Director of Ignatian Volunteer Corps Buffalo, at St. Michael’s Parish at 716-854-6726 or 716-479-1334 or ivcusa.org.

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of July 1, 2018

St. Thomas, Apostle
July 3
St. Thomas the Apostle is represented by the arrow and staff, shown here (second from right)
in one of the 45 decorated roofline corbels on the church facade.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

July 1 – July 8, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

Saturday, July 7 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, July 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Requested by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Monday, July 2 ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, July 4 ~ Independence Day Holiday ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, July 5 ~ St. Anthony Zaccaria; St. Elizabeth of Portugal ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Catherine Casassa (Judy Casassa)

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

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

Saturday, July 7~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, July 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Birthday Remebrance (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 7 & 8:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Richard Plunkett;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Bernice Bradley; John Curtin (Loft)

Our new church sign, dedicated in a ceremony
on Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018

News from our Parish Community

Due to the July 4th Holiday, please submit your bulletin submissions for the July 7-8 Bulletin to the Rectory Office no later than the morning of July 2.

Friday, July 6, 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.

Missionary Priest to Address Congregation ~ On the weekend  of July 7/8, we welcome a visiting missionary, Father Roldan Zerna, who will talk to us about a special collection for The Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP). Having been established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the MSP serves as the official and chief missionary arm of the Catholic Church of the Philippines in proclaiming the Gospel, especially to the young churches in Asia and other parts of the world. Since its inception in 1965, the MSP has been working in five continents and twelve countries, including the Diocese of Sacramento in California. The Church encourages the faithful to be in solidarity with the MSP, and the second collection at Masses that weekend will provide an opportunity for us to be part of its missionary work.

Buffalo Central City Parish Meetings ~ 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. Father Victor and the Parish Council encourage every parishioner to attend the “town hall” meeting in St. Charles Hall on Tuesday evening, August 7, at 7pm. 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.”

Amen! It’s All in the Word(s) ~ Carefully selected hymn texts can reinforce liturgical themes and send us off carrying the Mass in our hearts through music.  Miguel Manzano and Bernadette Farrell joined creatively in setting a text from Revelation 7 and 21 with this weekend’s selection for the Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts: In God Alone.  The text rings true as we celebrate our Country’s birth as Catholic Christians  and look for eternal life in heaven.

Then I saw a new earth, a new heaven,
and the first heaven and earth disappear.
No more war, no more hate, no more hunger,
no more thirst, no more loss, no more fear.

No more pain, no more death, no more weeping,
earth and heaven are one on that day.
For I saw all our tears form a river,
and I saw every tear wiped away.

Then let all who are thirsty find water,
let it flow from the well of new life.
And let all who are waiting in darkness
know that God will become their new light.

For the world of the past is behind us,
and the whole of creation is new.
And a feast is prepared for all peoples,
for God’s promise is faithful and true.

In God alone my hope.
In God alone my strength.
In God alone my shelter be,
my home, my heart, my liberty

… Elizabeth

Good News! If you would like to have a Mass said for a deceased loved one or your own special intention, there are many days – even Sundays – available. In most parishes, people have to wait months to schedule a Mass, but we are in the unusual position of having many available dates, especially over the summer. This is particularly true of the daily Masses (11am, Tue-Fri). Even better, the donation (stipend) for a Mass intention is only $15. Please consider calling Pat in the church office with your Mass requests. If you have a particular date in mind, she will check to see if it is available. You may also submit a number of intention requests and have Pat schedule them on available dates. 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.”

Water With Blessings Drive Benefits 80 Haitian Families ~The women of our Ladies Sodality would like to thank all the parishioners who donated to the Sodality’s Water With Blessings collection (April 22-May 13). As announced at its June 13 dinner, contributions to the collection totaled $1,200.00 and represented individual donations in amounts from $3 to $250, including a memorial contribution by Mary Karlis in memory of her mother, Evelyn Schmelzer. The monies will provide 20 water filter kits for the “Water Women” of Jacmel, Haiti. The 20 filters will in turn produce clean drinking waters for 80 families in Jacmel. The Haitian Water With Blessings project is spear-headed by the Felician Sisters of N. America who are working to “wash out” cholera in Haiti, one village at a time.

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

Pope Francis to Pray with and for Christians in the Middle East on July 7 ~ Every day Christians of Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries beg for our prayers. They have been persecuted in recent years for committing one crime: that of being Christians. To awaken the world from its indifference, Pope Francis has convoked an ecumenical prayer meeting on July 7 in Bari, Italy, with the participation of the patriarchs and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Middle East. During this last week of preparation for the Pope’s meeting in Bari, show your commitment by remembering Christians of the Middle East in your daily prayer.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. To really appreciate the fine work of their photographer, Derek Gee, and view places in the church that you can’t normally see, visit the Buffalo News Photo Gallery. It includes 100 photos taken of our church!

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass intention for a deceased loved one or a special intention. Even weekend Masses are available during the summer. The Mass 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.

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.

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

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

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

Welcome, summer!

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Driver Education Classes at Cardinal O’Hara High School, July 16 to August 6. Participants may choose from several class times. Drivers who complete the course will receive a DMV Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for insurance reduction certificate. A student’s permit or license is due prior to the start of class. For more information or to receive a registration form, visit cardinalohara.com.

Friday July 27 at 7pm is O’Harafest ~ Alumni, current students, incoming students and their families are all invited. Event takes place in the school’s backyard sports complex. Live music from The Jim Levinthal Band will be featured, along with food and beverages. For reservations or further information, call the school at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or 311.

The students of the NativityMiguel Middle School, their parents and teachers express their appreciation to Father Ron Sajdak and the staff and parishioners of his congregations for all the encouragement and support during the past academic year. With your help, members of the Class of 2018 have earned substantial tuition awards to attend Mount Mercy Academy, Nardin Academy, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Canisius High School and other Catholic schools and will be attending Tapestry Charter School and Health Sciences Charter School as well. A special thank you to St. Lawrence and St. Martin dePorres for hosting our graduation ceremonies again this year. We welcome the opportunity to provide a NativityMiguel education to parishioners entering 5th or 6th grade  Please visit our website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org or call 836-5188 for details.

Seeking a Volunteer Opportunity? Ignatian Volunteers are semi-retired and retired men and women who share their time and talents to help local non-profit agencies address important community issues through volunteerism. IVC Buffalo needs help with administration (processing donations, mail, answering calls), communications, and as Volunteer Coordinator for a local school district. If you are interested in the opportunity to use your leadership and professional skills to transform our communities while being supported through spiritual reflection in your ministry and passion to serve others, contact Minnie Wyse, Director of Ignatian Volunteer Corps Buffalo, at St. Michael’s Parish at 716-854-6726 or 716-479-1334 or ivcusa.org.

Dinner Lecture Series continues at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). There are 3 remaining Wednesday evening events, each beginning with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. June 20: Transform Daily Life Through the Trinity; July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Nativity of St. John the Baptist – Week of June 24, 2018

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 24
The right confessional in the left transept features the head of St. John the Baptist who called people to repentance as a preparation for closeness to God. (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 45).
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

June 24- July 1, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by Liturgy Committee

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

Saturday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 30 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, June 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Requested by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Monday, June 25 ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, June 27 ~ St. Cyril of Alexandria ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, June 28 ~ St. Irenaeus ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Saturday, June 30~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ann Pauline Home (Luis Clay)

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

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Don and Bonnie Williams;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky Pat Hartinger; Kathleen Marien (Loft)

St. Peter and St. Paul
June 29
This woodcarving of St. Peter by the Lippich Brothers of Bowmansville, NY is featured on the left confessional in the right transept.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

The Resourceful Musician ~ Weekly Mass hymn selection is no small task, and there are a variety of resources to which to turn when planning the liturgy. The official guidelines on music in the liturgy as put forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and our rich and plentiful musical heritage means it is difficult to narrow down the weekly options to just a few. According to the USCCB, Communion songs should have texts with themes of joy, wonder, unity, gratitude, and praise. Following ancient Roman liturgical tradition, the Communion song might reflect themes of the Gospel reading from the day. It is also appropriate to select a Communion song that reflects liturgical action, i.e. consuming the Body and Blood of Christ. This week’s Communion hymn managed to reflect all three of these criteria – “Taste and See” is certainly a theme of joy and praise, and it contains a bit of text from Luke 1 from this weekend’s Gospel.  This hymn also reflects the liturgical action of receiving communion. It is easy to understand why it was an appropriate selection based on our national guidelines.  Thanks, USCCB! … Elizabeth

Due to the July 4th Holiday, please send your bulletin submissions for the July 7-8 Bulletin to the Rectory Office no later than the morning of July 2.

Water With Blessings Drive Benefits 80 Haitian Families ~The women of our Ladies Sodality would like to thank all the parishioners who donated to the Sodality’s Water With Blessings collection (April 22-May 13). As announced at its June 13 dinner, contributions to the collection totaled $1,200.00 and represented individual donations in amounts from $3 to $250, including a memorial contribution by Mary Karlis in memory of her mother, Evelyn Schmelzer. The monies will provide 20 water filter kits for the “Water Women” of Jacmel, Haiti. The 20 filters will in turn produce clean drinking waters for 80 families in Jacmel. The Haitian Water With Blessings project is spear-headed by the Felician Sisters of N. America who are working to “wash out” cholera in Haiti, one village at a time.

A dinner guest examines Sr. Maureen’s Tanzanian mementos.

Sodality Dinner ~ Our Ladies Sodality welcomed members as well as women from Ss. Columba-Brigid, St. Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, and Queen of Martyrs parishes at their June 13 dinner, marking the conclusion of their 2017-18 season. The evening’s guest speaker, Sister Maureen Harris, shared insights into the lives of the religious women at her Congregation’s Mission in Tanzania. Her presentation included photographs and mementos from her recent six-month stay at the Mission. Other dinner highlights included Sodality President Vera Andrew’s presentation of a $500 gift from the organization to the parish and an announcement regarding the success of the Sodality’s recent Water With Blessings collection. To view more photos from the dinner, Click HERE.

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

Know Your Faith ~ Why must we begin every gathering as Catholic Christians with the Sign of the Cross?There are several reasons for this gesture:
~ It reminds us that God the Son died for us on the cross. Each time we sign the cross on ourselves will affirm that we are saved.
~ It reminds us of our identity as One. Through this Trinitarian Formula, our sins are forgiven; we become God’s children and members of the Church.
~ We remind ourselves at each gathering that we are together, not as worldly people, but identified as Children of God. Our gatherings are for the praise of God and the salvation of our souls.
~ We make the Sign of the Cross to invite the Trinity to be present in our gathering to create in us, to redeem us, and strengthen us in the activities that has brought us together. We conclude with the sign of the cross in thanksgiving for the presence of God throughout the course of our gathering.
~ Finally, the Sign of the Cross shields away from us the snare of the evil one and dispels from us the plans of the devil and his angels … Fr. Victor

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass intention for a deceased loved one or a special intention. Even weekend Masses are available during the summer. The Mass stipend is $15.

Pray for Christians in the Middle East ~ This is the message we receive every day from the Christians of Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, who have been persecuted in recent years for committing one crime: that of being Christians. To awaken the world from its indifference, Pope Francis has convoked an ecumenical prayer meeting on July 7 in Bari, Italy, with the participation of the patriarchs and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Middle East. During this month of preparation for the Pope’s meeting in Bari, show your commitment by remembering Christians of the Middle East in your daily prayer.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. To really appreciate the fine work of their photographer, Derek Gee, and view places in the church that you can’t normally see, visit the Buffalo News Photo Gallery. It includes 100 photos taken of our church!

Celebrating Our Future Along With Our Past ~ On May 27, we combined an anniversary remembrance with Trinity Sunday’s celebration of our parish feast day. During the 10am Mass, we recognized those who have joined the parish in the last year and a half — so essential to our future — while also commemorating the 90th anniversary of the completion of our church building, dedicated by Bishop Turner on June 3, 1928. Click HERE to see photos from the Mass, the blessing of the church cornerstone and our new sign, and the social which followed.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Dinner Lecture Series continues at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). There are 3 remaining Wednesday evening events, each beginning with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. June 20: Transform Daily Life Through the Trinity; July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of June 17, 2018

St. Aloysius Gonzaga
June 21
An artist’s impression of St. Aloysius Gonzaga appears in stained glass in the Shrine Area in the church’s right (west) transept. He is one of four saints depicted in the two Shrine Areas, each representing a period of life.
St. Aloysius, who lived from 1568-1591 is the young adult saint and patron of youthful chastity.
(Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27).
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

June 17 – June 24, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church

Monday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, June 20 at 7:oo p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, June 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by Liturgy Committee

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 17 ~ Father’s Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and Chaka Chapman (Requested by Mom and Family)

Monday, June 18 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 19 ~ St. Romuald, Abbot ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

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

Friday, June 22 ~ St. Paulinus of Nola, St. John Fisher, St. Thomas More ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 23 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John F. Curtin (The Family)

Sunday, June 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Maggie Gatson, Sharon Dunnigan; Dan Korchowsky (Loft)

A cherubic angel tops a column in the choir loft. Partially visible below it is the top of a “poor man’s staff,” symbolizing the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit….”
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father-figures of our parish. Please remember your own father on June 17, but also remember those children whose fathers are absent, unemployed, deployed in a foreign land, abusive, or in some other way not present. Can you be like a father to someone who needs you?

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

Parish Council Meets June 20 ~ Council members are reminded of this Wednesday’s meeting at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. This is our last regularly scheduled meeting until September, and the agenda includes several on-going issues as well as Council elections for the coming year. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick, 716-832-2540.

Music with Roots ~ This weekend’s musical selections had strong roots for a variety of reasons.  The opening hymn, Sing to the Mountains, was selected with Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ on the care of the environment, in mind.  Marty Haugen’s We Walk by Faith was taken from the second reading from 2 Corinthians 5.  Dan Feiten’s Seed, Scattered and Sown was rooted in the Gospel text. Faith of Our Fathers was written in the 19th century and reminded us of the legacy we receive from our dads – strong roots, indeed! Strong roots provide a bountiful harvest. Happy Father’s Day! … Elizabeth

Sunday, June 24, is Coffee Hour, immediately following the 10am Mass. This month’s first-time hosts are members of the liturgy committee, so please plan to stop by St. Charles Hall as a show of appreciation for their efforts. Since it is the fourth Sunday of the month, Father Victor will also bestow a birthday blessings at the end of Mass on everyone born during the month of June.

Due to the July 4th Holiday, please send your bulletin submissions for the July 7-8 Bulletin to the Rectory Office no later than the morning of July 2.

Water With Blessings Drive Benefits 80 Haitian Families ~ The women of our Ladies Sodality would like to thank all the parishioners who donated to the Sodality’s Water With Blessings collection (April 22-May 13). As announced at its June 13 dinner, donations to the collection totaled $1,200.00 and will be used to purchase 20 water filter kits for the “Water Women” of Jacmel, Haiti. The 20 filters will provide clean drinking waters for 80 families in Jacmel. The Haitian Water With Blessings project is spearheaded by the Felician Sisters of N. America who are working to “wash out” cholera in Haiti, one village at a time.

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

Know Your Faith ~ “So then Faith comes by hearing…” Romans 10:17 ~ My Dear Friends in ChristMany Catholic Christians have left the church due to various reasons. Knowing your faith helps you to handle situations no matter what the issue might be. One of the ways to know our faith is to ask questions in order to understand better why we believe what we believe or practice. This “Know Your Faith” column will address questions from Parishioners every other Sunday in our weekly bulletin. Please submit your questions by writing us, emailing the office, or simply leave your question in the basket on the altar. Thank you…Fr. Victor

Sister Maureen displays one of her colorful “ketengi,” a wrap-around worn over clothing in Tanzania.

Ladies Sodality Dinner ~ Our Ladies Sodality welcomed members as well as women from Ss. Columba-Brigid, St. Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, and Queen of Martyrs parishes at their June 13 dinner, which marked the conclusion of their 2017-18 season. Sister Maureen Harris, Spiritual Care Outreach Coordinator for the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo, spoke about her assignment earlier this year at her Congregation’s Mission in Tanzania. In addition to a photographic presentation, Sr. Maureen showed the women mementos of her six-month stay. Other dinner highlights included an announcement that the Sodality’s recent Water With Blessings collection for the Felician sisters of N. America raised $1,200 to purchase 20 water filter kits — enough to service 80 families — for the “Water Women” of Jacmel, Haiti. President Vera Andrew also presented a $500 gift to the parish to be used toward the recovery and restoration of the original church bell in the steeple of the former church/school building. To view more photos from the dinner, Click HERE.

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass intention for a deceased loved one or a special intention. Even weekend Masses are available during the summer. The Mass stipend is $15.

Pray for Christians in the Middle East ~ This is the message we receive every day from the Christians of Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, who have been persecuted in recent years for committing one crime: that of being Christians. To awaken the world from its indifference, Pope Francis has convoked an ecumenical prayer meeting on July 7 in Bari, Italy, with the participation of the patriarchs and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Middle East. During this month of preparation for the Pope’s meeting in Bari, show your commitment by remembering Christians of the Middle East in your daily prayer.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. To really appreciate the fine work of their photographer, Derek Gee, and view places in the church that you can’t normally see, visit the Buffalo News Photo Gallery. It includes 100 photos taken of our church!

Celebrating Our Future Along With Our Past ~ On May 27, we combined an anniversary remembrance with Trinity Sunday’s celebration of our parish feast day. During the 10am Mass, we recognized those who have joined the parish in the last year and a half — so essential to our future — while also commemorating the 90th anniversary of the completion of our church building, dedicated by Bishop Turner on June 3, 1928. Click HERE to see photos from the Mass, the blessing of the church cornerstone and our new sign, and the social which followed.

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.

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.

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

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

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

One of 338 decorated corbels, this symbol of death appears on a roofline corbel on the church ambulatory.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

What will the Catholic Church look like in twenty years? Join the conversation on Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm with four Catholics of distinction as they speak about their vision at St. Leo the Great (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). Panelists include Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo; Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, former the President of D’Youville College; Dr. Anthony Pivarunas, an OB-GYN, husband and father; and Rev. James Vacco, OFM, faculty member at St. Bonaventure University. Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Zapfel, S.T.D., pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish, will moderate the panel discussion followed by light refreshments. Free. Call Dawn at 716-835-8905/ext.12 or visit stleothegreatamherst.com.

Dinner Lecture Series continues at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). There are 3 remaining Wednesday evening events, each beginning with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at cks.edu or call 716-655-7099. June 20: Transform Daily Life Through the Trinity; July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Free Active Shooter Training ~ Tuesday, June 19 (noon to 3pm) at First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, One Symphony Circle. Event led by Erie County SWAT Team. Call 716-884-7250 or visit firstchurchbuffalo.org for information.

Timon Fest will be held from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 at Timon (601 McKinley Parkway in Buffalo). On Friday, Strictly Hip will take the stage at 7pm until 11pm. Saturday is Timon Alumni & Irish Day from noon to midnight. Corn Toss Tournament (begins at noon. Joe Head takes the stage at 4:30 pm; Leftovers and Penny Whiskey take the stage at 5 pm; Rince Na Tiarna Irish dancers at 6pm. Also serving corned beef sandwiches. Sunday (11 am to 5 pm) is South Buffalo Family Day with various kids’ activities, hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza. Proceeds to benefit academics and athletics at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School (bishoptimon.com/TimonFest).

 

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of June 10, 2018

St. Anthony of Padua
June 13
This ceramic medallion of St. Anthony 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 Blessed Trinity church.

June 10 – June 17, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, June 13 at 6:oo p.m. ~ Sodality Dinner in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, June 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of Sick and Well-Aging in Church

Monday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion 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, June 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Requested by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Monday, June 11 ~ St. Barnabas, Apostle ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, June 13 ~ St. Anthony of Padua ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Gwendolyn Moore (David Folmar)

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

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

Saturday, June 16 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Frances Chruney (The Family)

Sunday, June 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Family) and Chaka Chapman (Mom and Family)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger; Sharon Dunnigan (Loft)

Poly-chrome relief of Sacred Heart of Jesus over exterior of church’s right side door.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

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

Psalms ~ A psalm is any of the 150 sacred songs, lyric poems, and prayers that together constitute the Book of Psalms of the Old Testament. The psalms are the production of various authors, and only a portion of the Book of Psalms claims David as its author. Today’s Psalm, #130, was an unnamed psalm in the Hebrew psalter composed by “a penitential Israelite.” It is a lament psalm. Usually only several verses are quoted for the responsorial, but this week we heard the entire psalm. There are two types of lament psalms: communal – a cry for nations in dire situations; or individual – which is what we heard today. Laments have structure: they contain a cry for help, a statement of a problem, a statement of trust that God will answer the psalmist’s prayer, and then praise. Our liturgical experience is enhanced when we have a better understanding of our rituals as well as when the music reflects the hearts of the participants.  Do you have a favorite hymn you would like included in a weekly mass?  Don’t hesitate to let Elizabeth know. Summer is a great time to embrace our favorites and explore new ways of glorifying God through music!  Elizabeth

Ladies Sodality Dinner ~ If you have made a reservation, remember that the Sodality dinner is this Wednesday, June 13, in St. Charles Hall. Please join us at 6pm for hors d’oeuvres; dinner will be served at 6:30 and Sr. Maureen’s presentation will follow. If you forgot, please contact Amy Johnson no later than Sunday, June 10, at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net. The cost is $20 per person; checks should be made payable to: Ladies Sodality. Friends and non-members are always welcome.

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

Know Your Faith ~ “So then Faith comes by hearing…” Romans 10:17 ~ My Dear Friends in ChristMany Catholic Christians have left the church due to various reasons. Knowing your faith helps you to handle situations no matter what the issue might be. One of the ways to know our faith is to ask questions in order to understand better why we believe what we believe or practice. This “Know Your Faith” column will address questions from Parishioners every other Sunday in our weekly bulletin. Please submit your questions by writing us, emailing the office, or simply leave your question in the basket on the altar. Thank you…Fr. Victor

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

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass intention for a deceased loved one or a special intention. Even weekend Masses are available during the summer. The Mass stipend is $15.

Pray for Christians in the Middle East ~ This is the message we receive every day from the Christians of Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, who have been persecuted in recent years for committing one crime: that of being Christians. To awaken the world from its indifference, Pope Francis has convoked an ecumenical prayer meeting on July 7 in Bari, Italy, with the participation of the patriarchs and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Middle East. During this month of preparation for the Pope’s meeting in Bari, show your commitment by remembering Christians of the Middle East in your daily prayer.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Trinity Sunday cornerstone blessing from the bell ringer’s perspective.
Photo credit: Tom Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 7 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church (263 Claremont Avenue in Tonawanda) and on Monday, June 18 at 7 pm at St. Mary’s Chapel (old church at Transit Road & Stahley Road in East Amherst). Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, to attend this healing Mass. For more information, call 716-283-0011 or visit stperry.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solemnity of Corpus Christi – Week of June 3, 2018

 

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

 

June 3 – June 10, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

Monday, June 4 ~ No Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Father Victor blesses the new church sign on Trinity Sunday 2018

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)