This Week

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 4, 2018

Photo credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

February 4, 2018 – February 11, 2018

Msgr. Paul R. Juenker
1920-2018

Rev. Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, pastor of Blessed Trinity from 1970-1974, passed from death into eternal life on Thursday, February 8, at the age of 97. Parishioners who wish to express their condolences to his family may do so at the Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave in Kenmore on Sunday or Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm or at Blessed Sacrament Church, Delaware Ave. at W. Utica St. on Tuesday, January 13, beginning at 9am. Bishop Malone will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Juenker at 10am.

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, February 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 4 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Holly Hecker (Requested by Bud & Mickey Dick)

Monday, February 5  ~ No Service

Deacon Jimmie Boyd
1940-2016

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

Wednesday, February 7 ~ Ss. Perpetua and Felicity ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Friday, February 9 ~ St. Frances of Rome ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, February 10 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, February 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deacon Jimmie Boyd (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11:

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, John Curtin, Fran Cahill; Kathleen Marien, Loft

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: We are gifted; we are called.

Blessing of Throats ~ Saturday, February 3, is the Feast of St. Blaise. The Blessing of Throats will take place after both weekend Masses.

Healing ~ A bout of laryngitis this week had me researching music about healing even before I read this week’s Gospel!  Personal healing is a priority for all of us, but this week’s music focuses on Christ’s ability to heal our world spiritually. Scott Soper composed this week’s communion hymn.  I think the text is beautiful – and so appropriate for this week as well as this era.

Jesus, You are the healing, You came to make us whole again.
Jesus, You are the healing, come show us how to live.

Jesus, You are the freedom, You break the chains that bind us.
Jesus, You are the freedom, come show us how to live.

Jesus, You are the power, You triumph over sin and death.
Jesus, You are the power, come show us how to live.

Jesus, the Resurrection, You raise us to eternal life.
Jesus, the Resurrection, come show us how to live.

We all need Christ’s healing right about now. I, for one, am looking forward to having my throat blessed on the Feast of St. Blaise! Choir practice resumes on February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m (in St. Charles Hall). All are welcome! Elizabeth

The Liturgy Committee will meet on Sunday, February 11, in St. Charles Hall after Mass.

Child and Youth Religious Education Program is scheduled to resume in the fall, but we need to know the number and ages of prospective students. If you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation, please call Father Victor at 716-833-0301 .

Ash Wednesday is February 14. Our Mass that day will be at 7pm.

CCCB Lenten Journey Masses will be celebrated at 6:30pm on Monday evenings during Lent. The first one is Monday, February 19 at Blessed Trinity. We will then “journey” to the other Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo on successive Mondays.

Our 2018 Lenten program will take place on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: February 28, March 7 and March 14. Members of your Parish Council are working out the details with our speakers and discussion leaders, so watch for more information in future bulletins and online “This Week” posts at blessedtrinitybuffalo.org. Our soup supper will be March 7.

Thank you for all you do. We so appreciate our dedicated volunteers who will be concluding their time of service in order to pass on important tasks to other parishioners:  Thank you Angela Jost for laundering the Mass linens, and thank you to Mickey Dick for crafting the weekly Prayer of the Faithful.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018 ~ Sodality membership runs with the calendar year. Have you renewed? Dues are still only $5 and Mickey Dick, our membership chair, will be happy to accept your payment in cash or check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” You may also drop your dues in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Sodality Dues.”

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

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday March 19 in St. Charles Hall and continue on Monday evenings through April 16. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in bible study.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? Contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for your loved ones for any intention. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

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

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

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

MLK Day of Organizing: Part 2 is this Wednesday, February 7, from 7:15-8:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. Join the conversation about community organizing. To register, please call their parish office at 852-3331.

2018 White Mass for all healthcare workers will be held on Saturday, February 10, at 4:30pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffao). Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate Mass and confer a blessing on all healthcare workers; dinner and speaker will follow at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Ellen Snyder will speak of her miraculous healing of stage IV breast cancer and Marie Romagnano, Catastrophic Injury Medical Director and founder of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets can be purchased online at cmabuffalo.org or call Dr. Roetzer at 716-228-0439.

Homemade Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, February 10 (4-7pm), hosted by the Sodality of Our Lady at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in the Msgr. Ebner Hall (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Tickets will be on sale at the door only: adult $9, child (3-10), family with 3+ children $35. Dinner includes all you can eat spaghetti, 2 meatballs, salad, bread and butter, beverage, along with a Valentine’s cupcake. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Please call the church Rectory at 716-674-2374 with questions.

Father/Daughter Bonding Day will be Sunday February 11 (1-4pm) for girls in grades 4-7 and their fathers at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart Academy (3860 Main Street in Eggertsville). Call 716-834-2101, ext. 311  or visit sacredheartacademy.org to register.

Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal Begins. Catholic Charities offers basic, emergency assistance such as food, housing, medications, and clothing.  “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, especially those who are struggling. Your donation to the 2018 Appeal helps us to ease the struggling by giving food to the hungry, clothing to the naked, and shelter to the homeless. To make a donation, call 716-218-1400 or visit ccwny.org/donation.  “Love your neighbor.”

A Gathering Place ~ Are you an older adult who is looking for a social program? Or do you have a loved one who could benefit from one? Try Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place, a program designed for adults age 60+ who may need assistance with activities of daily living, in addition to physical and cognitive activities and socialization. The program is held in a supervised and safe environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Services include individualized program options, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, and shower services. For more information, call 716-896-6388.  For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit ccwny.org.  Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Jan. 28, 2018

The Presentation of the Lord
February 2
The Presentation, depicted in terra cotta oval relief in the church narthex.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

January 28 – February 4, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 28 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, February 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, February 3 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, January 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Most Rev. Dominic Luong (Requested by John Curtin)

Monday, January 29 ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, January 31 ~ St. John Bosco ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – A. Michael Andrew (Mother, Sister and Family)

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

Friday, February 2 ~ First Friday ~ Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, February 3 ~ St. Blaise, St. Ansgar~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, February 4 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Holly Hecker (Bud & Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 3 and 4:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Gary Kelley, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson, Bernice Bradley; Sharon Dunnigan, Loft

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Parish Community

Living a Stewardship Life.
It is all about your heart. Everything we have is a gift from God that we are to use to help others.

God Bless You on Your Birthday ~ We celebrate monthly birthdays with a special prayer on the last Sunday of the month. On January 28, we will be honoring all those born in January.

Monthly Coffee Hour is Sunday, January 28, following Mass. It will be hosted by our bingo volunteers. Please stop by St. Charles Hall for coffee and conversation with your parish family.

First Friday is February 2. Please sign up to participate in Adoration during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8-11am.  Mass will follow Benediction at 11am. The sign-up sheets are located at the side doors of church.

Blessing of Throats ~ Saturday, February 3, is the Feast of St. Blaise. Blessings of throats will take place at both weekend Masses.

The choir welcomes new members on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Keeping Our Faith Fresh ~ Truly marvelous progress has been made toward full, conscious, and active participation of our Roman Catholic assemblies since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Some of us are too young to remember how challenging it was to ask people to open their books to learn a new song before Vatican II. I suspect with Blessed Trinity’s 70+ year choral tradition that was not necessarily the case in our parish over the years. Music selections for January 27/28 all came from contemporary composers after Vatican II.  Michael Joncas (1985), Owen Alstott (1977), Marty Haugan (2010), Dan Schutte (2015), Scott Soper (2002) and Tom Kendzia (1998) wrote today’s music and even some of the texts. It’s a beautiful thing to have a musical tradition that goes back for decades yet continues to grow and change. I believe we are getting ever closer to full, conscious and active participation at Mass! Choir practice resumes on February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m (in St. Charles Hall). All are welcome!

December Giving Tree ~ Thank you to all who donated generously to our Annual Giving Tree, resulting in an abundance of wonderful “fruit.” Forty-six envelopes “blossomed” into $1,266.00! Gerard Place and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy each received a check for $633.00 to apply to operating costs.

Mass of Thanksgiving for the success of the Upon This Rock Campaign with Bishop Richard J. Malone will be at 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 30, at Infant of Prague Parish  (921 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga).

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Sign Up for a Prayer Partner ~ Lent is a time when we are called to pray for the needs of others. If you would like to participate in the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) Prayer Partner Program, please sign up by the weekend of January 27. Registration sheets will be found on the altar rail. You will then receive the name of a person from another CCCB parish to pray for, and that person will be given your name to pray for throughout the Lenten season. If you have questions or you are a homebound person who wishes participate, please call Pam Zanghi (716-834-9129) or Dan Korchowsky (716-465-4771). You will have the chance to meet your prayer partner at a pot-luck dinner on April 19.

Save These Dates ~ Your Parish Council is busy finalizing plans for our 2018 Lenten Program, which will take place on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: February 28, March 7 and March 14. Please plan now to attend, and watch for details in future bulletins and online “This Week” posts at blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018 ~ Sodality membership runs with the calendar year, so please remember to renew. Dues are still only $5 and Mickey Dick, our membership chair, will be happy to accept your payment in cash or check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” You may also drop your dues in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Sodality Dues.”

MLK Day of Organizing: Part 2The conversation about community organizing continues on Wednesday, February 7, from 7:15-8:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. To register, please call their parish office at 716-852-3331.

Bible Study ~ Plans for the next series of Bible study meetings are underway. Please continue to watch this space and the bulletin for details of our next meeting and assigned readings. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for more information.

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

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal Begins. “I have never been so excited to learn in my life,” said Victoria, a student in Catholic Charities’ Tomorrow’s Youth Today program. Tomorrow’s Youth Today is just one of many services offered through Catholic Charities. In the program, students like Victoria are able to upgrade reading or math skill levels, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, gain job readiness skills and find paid work experiences and other employment preparation. Your donation to the Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal helps us to continue to educate, mentor, and set up young people for success. Donate by calling 218-1400 or visit cc.wny.org/donation.

2018 White Mass for all healthcare workers will be held on Saturday, February 10, at 4:30pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffao). Bishop Richard Malone will celebrate Mass and confer a blessing on all healthcare workers; dinner and speaker will follow at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Ellen Snyder will speak of her miraculous healing of stage IV breast cancer and Marie Romagnano, Catastrophic Injury Medical Director and founder of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets can be purchased online at cmabuffalo.org or call Dr. Roetzer at 716-228-0439.

Homemade Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, February 10 (4-7pm), hosted by the Sodality of Our Lady at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church in the Msgr. Ebner Hall (1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Tickets will be on sale at the door only: adult $9, child (3-10), family with 3+ children $35. Dinner includes all you can eat spaghetti, 2 meatballs, salad, bread and butter, beverage, along with a Valentine’s cupcake. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Please call the church Rectory at 716-674-2374 with questions.

A Gathering Place ~ Are you an older adult who is looking for a social program? Or do you have a loved one who could benefit from one? Try Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place, a program designed for adults age 60+ who may need assistance with activities of daily living, in addition to physical and cognitive activities and socialization. The program is held in a supervised and safe environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Services include individualized program options, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, and shower services. For more information, call 716-896-6388.  For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit ccwny.org.  Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Mass celebrating the First Anniversary of the designation of St. Mary of the Angels (202 South Union St., Olean, NY) as a Minor Basilica by Pope Francis is Sunday, February 11, at 11:30am.  Very Rev. Gregory Dobson, Rector of the basilica, will preside. Highlights of the celebration will include the announcement of a proclamation received by Bishop Richard Malone that will affect pilgrims to the basilica and the unveiling of a special insignia that will be displayed in the basilica. The basilica will also host a public tour at 10:15am conducted by the author of the Vatican application for minor basilica status. Complimentary refreshments will be served after Mass in the basilica’s dining hall. All are invited.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of January 21, 2018

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2018
“Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power….” Ex. 15:6
Depiction of Trinity in Baldachino
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

January 21 – January 28, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 21 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

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

Saturday, January 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, January 28 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Requested by John Curtin)

Monday, January 22 ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 23 ~ St. Vincent, St. Marianne Cope ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, January 24 ~ St. Francis de Sales ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, January 25 ~ Conversion of St. Paul ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, January 26 ~ Ss. Timothy and Titus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, January 27 ~ St. Angela Merici ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, January 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Most Rev. Dominic Luong (John Curtin)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bonnie Williams, Don Williams;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Sharon Dunnigan, Kathleen Marien, Judy Casassa, Maggie Gatson

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Parish Community

Monthly Coffee Hour is Sunday, January 28, following Mass. It will be hosted by our bingo volunteers. Please stop by St. Charles Hall for coffee and conversation with your parish family.

A Prayerful People ~ The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25, and January 22 is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection for Unborn Children.  This week of prayer becomes increasingly significant as our current era becomes more tumultuous. The theme of this year’s prayer week is “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power,” taken from Exodus 15:6, the victory song of Moses and Miriam. This is a required canticle for the Easter Vigil. In keeping with our initiative of using a new hymn every week during Ordinary Time, this week’s closing hymn was a setting of that Exodus text – To God Be Praise and Glory. Please let me know if you liked this arrangement of that text, as you may be singing it again this year at the Vigil Mass. Until then, remember that singing is twice praying, so consider singing your prayers this week! Choir practice resumes on Tuesday, February 6, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.

Follow-up to MLK Day of Organizing ~ If you liked what you learned at Monday’s event at Ss. Columba-Brigid, you can find out more about organizing in your own community on Wednesday, February 7, from 7:15-8:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. Even if you were unable to attend on January 15, you are still more than welcome at this “Part 2” gathering. To register, please call their parish office at 852-3331.

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Sign Up for a Prayer Partner ~ Lent is a time when we are called to pray for the needs of others. If you would like to participate in the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) Prayer Partner Program, please sign up by the weekend of January 27. Registration sheets will be found on the altar rail. You will then receive the name of a person from another CCCB parish to pray for, and that person will be given your name to pray for throughout the Lenten season. If you have questions or you are a homebound person who wishes participate, please call Pam Zanghi (716-834-9129) or Dan Korchowsky (716-465-4771). You will have the chance to meet your prayer partner at a pot-luck dinner on April 19.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018Sodality membership runs with the calendar year, so please remember to renew. Life membership (no dues required) begins at age 80. Mickey Dick, our membership chair, will be happy to accept your $5 payment in cash or check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” You may also drop your dues in the collection basket as long as the envelope is clearly marked “Sodality Dues.” If you would like information on becoming a member, please call Mickey (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Mass of Thanksgiving for the success of the Upon This Rock Campaign with Bishop Richard J. Malone will be at 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 30, at Infant of Prague Parish  (921 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga).

Bible Study ~ Plans for the next series of Bible study meetings are underway. Please continue to watch this space and the bulletin for details of our next meeting and assigned readings. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for more information.

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

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

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

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

 

Terra cotta ornamentation in the right (west) transept Shrine Area. The “Globe surmounted by a Cross, Olive Branch and Lily…are used as symbols of Christ’s life on earth.”
Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Tomorrow’s Youth Today Program can help you obtain your high school equivalency diploma and gain job readiness. The Catholic Charities program through the Workforce and Education Department is available to those ages 16-24 who are out of school. Visit ccwny.org/ReadySetJob or call 716-893-3500.

Journey into Love Program for engaged couples seeks married couples willing to offer a 20-minute talk to share their experiences. Contact the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210 or visit buffalodiocese.org for more details about volunteering.

The Calix Society meets on the last Sunday of each Month at 3pm in the basement of St. Michael’s Church Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo) for those seeking a spiritual-based program for recovery of alcoholism.  More information at calixsociety.org or 716-847-2210.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of January 14, 2018

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Memorial
January 15
Photo credit: Phil Woods

January 14 – January 21, 2018

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, January 20 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, January 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler and Margaret Stiffler Schimpf (Requested by Family)

Monday, January 15 ~ Martin Luther King Holiday ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, January 17 ~ St. Anthony, Abbot ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

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

Saturday, January 20 ~ St. Fabian, St. Sebastian ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Sunday, January 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (John Curtin)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Sr. Elizabeth Savage, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger, Kathleen Marien, Bonnie Williams

News from our Parish Community

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

The Annual Diocesan Mass Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will be held at Ss. Columba-Brigid at 10am, Sunday, January 14. Bishop Malone will be the celebrant of the Mass with guest homilist, Deacon LeRoy T. Gill, Jr. Deacon Gill is chair of the Black Deacons of Chicago. Their priority is to address the violence against black male youth. This year’s theme is The Cost of the Call to Discipleship. It is a goal of the African American Commission of the Buffalo Diocese to raise funds for students of color attending Catholic schools with a collection of theme baskets for an auction. The Commission hopes to collect five or more baskets from each parish of the CCCB. Contact Arlene Feaster at  716-381-3856 if you are planning to donate baskets. Following the Mass, attendees are welcome to participate in the silent auction featuring donated theme baskets.

MLK Day of Organizing ~ The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo have been invited to participate in The Martin Luther King Day of Organizing on Monday, January 15. Attendees will remember the organizational roots of the civil rights movement, discover ways to develop relationships across varied backgrounds, and learn how to organize around issues in your own neighborhood. Speakers will include Dr. Barry Gan, a professor at St. Bonaventure and an expert on Dr. King’s life; Pastor James Giles, Executive Director at Greater Works Fellowship and Founder of the Peacekeepers; and Brian Zralek, a VOICE-Buffalo community organizer. The free program runs from 9am-12Noon in the Ss. Columba-Brigid Church Hall, 75 Hickory Street. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information, phone 716-852-3331. We hope that you can attend for at least part of the morning.

 A New Spin on “Ordinary” ~ From today until Ash Wednesday, we return to Ordinary Time, a season unto itself. Every week will include music you may have never heard before at Blessed Trinity as we try to expand our musical offerings. Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sunday’s music included songs by African-American composers as well as a spiritual. New at BT was Jesse Manibusan’s “Hold on to Love.”  It is not African American in style, but the text is pertinent to our world today.  The verses speak of terror, fear, violence, hatred and prejudice, and how we respond as Christians. They are not unlike the words in St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians instructing them how to handle the moral issues of their own times. Can you imagine Dr. King singing these words?

There is a place for the sadness
There is a season of gladness
Hold on to Love
When pain and confusion seem endless
We cultivate healing through kindness
Hold on to Love

When terror and fear overwhelm us
Courage and faith will sustain us
Hold on to Love
When violence seeks to destroy us
Acts of compassion restore us
Hold on to Love

When hatred is used to divide us
Wisdom and truth reunite us
Hold on to Love
When prejudice poses as freedom
Dignity means “all are welcome”
Hold on to Love

Hold on to Love, where hope is found
Hold on to Love, where joy abounds
Hold on to Love, where grace and mercy’s overflowing
Hold on to Love

Choir practice resumes on February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

The Parish Council meets this Wednesday, January 17, at 7pm. Agenda items will include finalizing our Lenten programs. If you are unable to attend, please call Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Change in Coffee Hour ~ Starting in January, coffee hour will be held on the fourth Sunday rather than this third. This will coincide with the Sunday of Fr. Victor’s monthly “birthday blessing,” and allow us to continue fellowship with the birthday celebrants. If this is your birthday month, plan to join us in St. Charles Hall following Mass on January 28.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018 ~ If you are a member of the Ladies Sodality and under the age of 80, it is time to pay your dues for 2018. Membership chair, Mickey Dick, will be happy to accept your $5 payment in cash or check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” If you would like information about the Sodality or becoming a member, please call her (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Bible Study ~ Plans for the next series of Bible study meetings are underway. Please continue to watch this space and the bulletin for details of our next next meeting and assigned readings. Contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 for more information.

Sign Up for a Prayer Partner ~ Lent is a time when we are called to pray for the needs of others. If you would like to participate, please sign up and experience God’s blessings. You will be given the name of a person to pray for and that person will be given your name to pray for your needs during the Lenten season. There will be sign-up sheets in church for the next two weekends of January 20 and January 27. Homebound persons can sign up by calling the rectory. You will have the chance to meet your prayer partner at a pot-luck dinner on April 19, 2018.

Pauline A. Rollek
1928-2017

Remembering Pauline Rollek ~ The Ladies Sodality would like to recognize Pauline Rollek, a member of their board of directors and former treasurer, who passed on December 30, just a month before her 90th birthday. Pauline was a beautiful example of stewardship, contributing her time and talent in many ways during her more than 50 years as a parishioner. Until health issues forced her retirement several years ago, Pauline volunteered as our “Rectory Coordinator,” performing administrative duties as well as cooking and housekeeping. She also cooked for parish functions and fundraisers. Her earliest leadership activities were as a member of the Parent Teacher Association of our grade school. For many years she was one of a group of women who met every Saturday morning to clean the church and care for the altar linens. Pauline loved decorating and flower arranging. Her talents in these areas were displayed in church throughout the year, especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons. She was also a bingo volunteer for more than four decades, working both Thursday and Saturday nights. We ask that you remember Pauline and her family in your prayers and give thanks for the many ways in which she cared for her parish family. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Rollek was held on Saturday, January 6, with Father Victor Ibhawa and our former pastor, Father George Reger, concelebrating.

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

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

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

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

 

Photo credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Tomorrow’s Youth Today Program can help you obtain your high school equivalency diploma and gain job readiness. The Catholic Charities program through the Workforce and Education Department is available to those ages 16-24 who are out of school. Visit ccwny.org/ReadySetJob or call 716-893-3500.

Journey into Love Program for engaged couples seeks married couples willing to offer a 20-minute talk to share their experiences. Contact the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210 or visit buffalodiocese.org for more details about volunteering.

The Calix Society meets on the last Sunday of each Month at 3pm in the basement of St. Michael’s Church Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo) for those seeking a spiritual-based program for recovery of alcoholism.  More information at calixsociety.org or 716-847-2210.

The Epiphany of the Lord – Week of January 7, 2018

 

January 7 – January 14, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, January 13 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, January 7 ~ The Epiphany of the Lord at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Blessed Trinity Choir (Requested by The Choir)

Monday, January 8 ~ The Baptism of the Lord ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Tuesday, January 9 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

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

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

Saturday, January 13 ~ Vigil Mass of the Epiphany at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, January 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Helen Roddy Gray, Bob Heicklen;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Maggie Gatson, Sr. Liz Savage, Mary Kresse, Bernice Bradley

    

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Memorial
January 15
Photo credit: Phil Woods

News from our Parish Community

Ordinary Time begins on Tuesday, January 9 and continues through Tuesday, February 13, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. Ordinary Time then resumes when the Easter season ends on Monday May 21, the day following Pentecost.

The Annual Diocesan Mass Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will be held at Ss. Columba-Brigid at 10am, Sunday, January 14. Bishop Malone will be the celebrant of the Mass with guest homilist, Deacon LeRoy T. Gill, Jr. Deacon Gill is chair of the Black Deacons of Chicago. Their priority is to address the violence against black male youth. This year’s theme is The Cost of the Call to Discipleship. It is a goal of the African American Commission of the Buffalo Diocese to raise funds for students of color attending Catholic schools with a collection of theme baskets for an auction. The Commission hopes to collect five or more baskets from each parish of the CCCB. Contact Arlene Feaster at  716-381-3856 if you are planning to donate baskets. Following the Mass, attendees are welcome to participate in the silent auction featuring donated theme baskets.

MLK Day of Organizing ~ The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”), including Blessed Trinity, will be participating in The Martin Luther King Day of Organizing on Monday, January 15. It is an opportunity not only to honor Dr. King, but to learn about the importance of developing relationships across race, religion and other backgrounds. Speakers will include Dr. Barry Gan, a professor at St. Bonaventure and an expert on Dr. King’s life and the civil rights movement; Pastor James Giles, Executive Director at Greater Works Fellowship and Founder of the Peacekeepers; and Brian Zralek, a VOICE-Buffalo community organizer. The program, which is free, runs from 9am-12Noon in the Ss. Columba-Brigid Church Hall, 75 Hickory Street. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information, phone 716-852-3331. We hope that you can attend for at least part of the morning.

Example of Epiphany blessing on a door frame in Cochem, Germany. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

May Christ Bless Our Home ~ Epiphany marks the celebration of the manifestation of Christ to the entire world, as the three kings represent “outsiders” who acknowledged Christ as the Son of God.  On Epiphany, there is an ancient custom of chalking the doorway above church doors and homes that marks the household for Christ.  This year, you will see the inscription “20+C+M+B+18”. The year, 2018, is placed at the beginning and the end; the “+” represents the sign of the cross; the initials CMB stand for Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar as well as the Latin phrase “Christus mansionem benedicat,” which translates to “May Christ bless this house.” You may notice this marking over the doorways leading to the choir loft.  We pray Christ will continue to bless and be present in the Music Ministry at Blessed Trinity as we head back into ordinary time.  May this Epiphany be a reminder that Christ is incarnate in the love and care we manifest to each other in our ordinary daily lives. Choir practice resumes on February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

MLK Day of Organizing ~ The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”), including Blessed Trinity, will be participating in The Martin Luther King Day of Organizing on Monday, January 15. It is an opportunity not only to honor Dr. King, but to learn about the importance of developing relationships across race, religion and other backgrounds. Speakers will include Dr. Barry Gan, a professor at St. Bonaventure and an expert on Dr. King’s life and the civil rights movement; Pastor James Giles, Executive Director at Greater Works Fellowship and Founder of the Peacekeepers; and Brian Zralek, a VOICE-Buffalo community organizer. The program, which is free, runs from 9am-12Noon in the Ss. Columba-Brigid Church Hall, 75 Hickory Street. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information, phone 852-3331. We hope that you can attend for at least part of the morning.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018 ~ Membership in the Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity runs with the calendar year, and dues become payable each January. Since 2016, we have only one category of membership – member in good standing – and annual dues are $5.00 with checks payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” You do not have to pay dues if you are a member in good standing and have reached your 80th birthday. Our Membership Chair, Mickey Dick, is now accepting dues for 2018. If you would like information about the Sodality or becoming a member, please call her (716-832-2540).

Pauline A. Rollek
1928-2017

Remembering Pauline Rollek ~ The Ladies Sodality would like to recognize Pauline Rollek, a member of their board of directors and former treasurer, who passed on December 30, just a month before her 90th birthday. Pauline was a beautiful example of stewardship, contributing her time and talent in many ways during her more than 50 years as a parishioner. Until health issues forced her retirement several years ago, Pauline volunteered as our “Rectory Coordinator,” performing administrative duties as well as cooking and housekeeping. She also cooked for parish functions and fundraisers. Her earliest leadership activities were as a member of the Parent Teacher Association of our grade school. For many years she was one of a group of women who met every Saturday morning to clean the church and care for the altar linens. Pauline loved decorating and flower arranging. Her talents in these areas were displayed in church throughout the year, especially during the Christmas and Easter seasons. She was also a bingo volunteer for more than four decades, working both Thursday and Saturday nights. We ask that you remember Pauline and her family in your prayers and give thanks for the many ways in which she cared for her parish family. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Rollek was held on Saturday, January 6, with Father Victor Ibhawa and our former pastor, Father George Reger, concelebrating.

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

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Tomorrow’s Youth Today Program can help you obtain your high school equivalency diploma and gain job readiness. The Catholic Charities program through the Workforce and Education Department is available to those ages 16-24 who are out of school. Visit ccwny.org/ReadySetJob or call 716-893-3500.

Journey into Love Program for engaged couples seeks married couples willing to offer a 20-minute talk to share their experiences. Contact the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210 or visit buffalodiocese.org for more details about volunteering.

The Calix Society meets on the last Sunday of each Month at 3pm in the basement of St. Michael’s Church Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo) for those seeking a spiritual-based program for recovery of alcoholism.  More information at calixsociety.org or 716-847-2210.

The Holy Family – Week of December 31, 2017

 

December 31, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, January 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, January 6 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, December 31 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Dick (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, January 1, 2018 ~ Solemnity of Mary ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Tuesday, January 2 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Thursday, January 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, January 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, January 6 ~ Vigil Mass of the Epiphany at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, January 7 ~ Mass of the Epiphany of the Lord at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Blessed Trinity Choir (The Choir)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Sharon Dunnigan;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Kathleen Marien, Bonnie Williams, Don Williams

    

A December 29 Explore Buffalo tour group enjoyed not only the Christmas decorations, but a docent’s insight on Christian symbolism exhibited in our church transept.

News from our Parish Community

After communion on Sunday, December 31, Fr. Victor will offer a birthday prayer to all those born during the month of December.

Spread the News! There is so much beautiful music available to us within the liturgy, it is difficult to select only a few each week.  Our first goal as church musicians is always to enhance our liturgical experience. If we are doing our job correctly, you sometimes leave church with a song in your heart (and perhaps even on your lips) for a few hours or even a few days. The choral meditation this week is one of the songs we hope will stick with you.  It’s Christmas!  Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere!  Tell everyone Jesus Christ is born!  Our humble Christ was born in a lowly manger, yet He is our Salvation! Tell a friend, spread the Good News … He is born!  Alleluia! Choir rehearsals resume on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.

The Giving Tree ~ Please remember to place any Giving Tree envelopes containing your monetary donation (checks payable to “Blessed Trinity”) for Gerard Place and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in the collection basket. We would like to send the money to our two chosen charities early in January.

First Friday Adoration is January 5 from 8 to 11am prior to Mass. Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin boards at the side doors.

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum will be performing in concert at 2:00pm on Sunday, December 31, at All Saints Church, 127 Chadduck Street, Buffalo 14207.  If you enjoyed their musicality at our Service of Lessons and Carols, you won’t want to miss their Christmastide concert.

Let There be Light ~ If church seemed brighter when you came for Christmas services, it wasn’t your imagination. A team of volunteers devoted many hours over a period of several days and changed EVERY light bulb in the hanging fixtures as well as all the bulbs illuminating the Six Days of Creation in the side aisle ceiling vaults. As you can imagine, this was no easy task and involved considerable climbing and moving of scaffolding. Many, many thanks to: Nik, Sean and Tom Brodfuehrer; Bud Dick, Brian Eberle, Bob Heicklen and Dan Korchowsky.

Helpful Hands ~ We also give thanks for the “many hands” helping to decorate our church for Christmas, including those of: Nik, Sean and Tom Brodfuehrer; Judy Casassa, Jack Curtin, Bud and Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Ellen Duffy, Alan Frank, Ozy Ibhawa, Amy Johnson, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathleen Marien, Kathy Press, Sr. Liz Savage, and Palma Zanghi.

Christmas Flowers ~ Donations for our Christmas flowers have been made in memory of: Allen M. Andrew, A. Michael Andrew, Grace Marie Bailey, Angeline Bailey, George Bailey, Isabel Rosemary Billittier, Joseph Billittier, Bridget Dick Blesnuk, Ithrene Cameron, Deceased Members of the Cameron Family, John and Rita Curtin, Theodore Davis, Kevin Davis, Sara and Homer Dick, Sr., Bernadette Dorsheimer, Michael Duffy, Kriste Duffy, John and Elizabeth Duffy, Christina Hartinger, Don Hartinger, Margaret Alice Hayes, Art Gray, Henry Family, Henry Heubusch, Eddie and Irene Hoder, Gretchen Owen Kelly, James J. Kelly, Sr., Hunter James Kelly, Angela Kilcoyne, Mary and Michael Korchowsky, Robert Krajnik, Kazemierez and Sophia Kresse, Julie and Dick Kresse, Dominic and Palma LaSpada, Mary Nelson, Robert Marien, Celia Marien, Lawrence and Margaret Miano, Lawrence and Jeannie Miano, William Parker, Anne Polglase, John Polglase, Allyson M. Porter, Jimmie Porter, Jr., Mildred J. Porter, Matthew and Anna Rebovich, Dewitt Roddy, Roddy Family, Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer, Carol Schmelzer, Elizabeth Shields, William Stiffler, Margaret Stiffler Schimpf, Grace Vogt, Don Vogt, Geraldine Waters, Joan West, Don and Peggy Williams, Trevor David Williams, Joseph and Mary Zanghi; and Tony and Josephine Zanghi.

Explore Buffalo Visits Blessed Trinity ~ Explore Buffalo tour groups visited our church on Thursday and Friday, December 28 and 29. We thank this local tourism organization for supporting our Under This Roof Fund by again including us in their annual Christmas church tours. We are also grateful to Judy Casassa, Marianne Pernick, Sr. Liz Savage, Mickey Dick and Eleanor Ash for welcoming our visitors and providing information about our parish and Landmark edifice.

MLK Day of Organizing ~ The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”), including Blessed Trinity, will be participating in The Martin Luther King Day of Organizing on Monday, January 15. It is an opportunity not only to honor Dr. King, but to learn about the importance of developing relationships across race, religion and other backgrounds. Speakers will include Dr. Barry Gan, a professor at St. Bonaventure and an expert on Dr. King’s life and the civil rights movement; Pastor James Giles, Executive Director at Greater Works Fellowship and Founder of the Peacekeepers; and Brian Zralek, a VOICE-Buffalo community organizer. The program, which is free, runs from 9am-12Noon in the Ss. Columba-Brigid Church Hall, 75 Hickory Street. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information, phone 852-3331. We hope that you can attend for at least part of the morning.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Christmas Concert featuring the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, Sunday, December 31, 2PM at All Saints Church, 127 Chadduck Street, Buffalo 14207.

Christmas Nativity Sets ~ Just one week remains to view display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Hours are 1-4pm on Saturday, January 6, and Sunday, December 31, and January 7. There is no charge and there is a special section for children.

Tomorrow’s Youth Today Program can help you obtain your high school equivalency diploma and gain job readiness. The Catholic Charities program through the Workforce and Education Department is available to those ages 16-24 who are out of school. Visit ccwny.org/ReadySetJob or call 716-893-3500.

Journey into Love Program for engaged couples seeks married couples willing to offer a 20-minute talk to share their experiences. Contact the Family Life Office at 716-847-2210 or visit buffalodiocese.org for more details about volunteering.

The Calix Society meets on the last Sunday of each Month at 3pm in the basement of St. Michael’s Church Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo) for those seeking a spiritual-based program for recovery of alcoholism.  More information at calixsociety.org or 716-847-2210.

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

The Nativity of the Lord – Week of December 24, 2017

 

December 24 – December 31, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

Saturday, December 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, December 24 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve Mass of the Nativity of the Lord at 10:00 p.m., preceded by choral preludes at 9:30 p.m.

Monday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day Mass of the Nativity of the Lord at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 26 ~ St. Stephen ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Ethel Grabenstatter – Birthday Remembrance (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Wednesday, December 27 ~ St. John, Apostle & Evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, December 28 ~ The Holy Innocents ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

Friday, December 29 ~ St. Thomas Becket ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Sunday, December 31 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Dick (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 30 and 31:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Richard Plunkett;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Maggie Gatson, John Curtin; Kathleen Marien – Choir

    

News from our Parish Community

Mass Schedule for Christmas
Our Christmas Eve or first Mass in celebration of The Nativity of
the Lord will be at 10:00 p.m. Sunday, December 24.

It will be preceded by choral preludes sung by the choir beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Our Mass on Monday, Christmas Day, will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

On Building a Manger…and Filling it the Same Day ~ This year’s Advent season seems to be over just too quickly – and it has, in fact, been 17 years since the Fourth Sunday of Advent fell on Christmas Eve. Our preparations are completed and our hearts are filled with love on the very same day – what a truly amazing and awesome God! The Blessed Trinity Choir is privileged to have spent this Advent with you, and we are excited at the prospect of filling the Christmas Season with traditional carols that our children may not yet know. We hope you will continue to bring your children and grandchildren to mass throughout the new year as we fill our liturgy with carols to warm your heart and fill your soul with Christ’s love.

Once, for a shining hour,
heav’n touched earth.
Hope was born anew,
and peace reigned in the world.

The choir will be taking a winter break following the Christmas season. Rehearsals resume on February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.

The Giving Tree ~ Please remember to place any Giving Tree envelopes containing your monetary donation for Gerard Place and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in the collection basket by Christmas Day. Checks should be made payable to “Blessed Trinity.”

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum ~ If you attended last Sunday’s Service of Lessons and Carols, I am sure you would agree that it was a religious highlight of your preparation for Christmas. We are so grateful to Steve Quebral and his wonderful a capella choir for choosing to make Blessed Trinity the site of their public debut. If you would like to hear more of this talented group of eight, they will be performing in concert at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 31, at All Saints Church, 127 Chadduck Street, Buffalo 14207.

Christmas Flowers ~ Donations for our Christmas flowers have been made in memory of: Allen M. Andrew, A. Michael Andrew, Grace Marie Bailey, Angeline Bailey, George Bailey, Isabel Rosemary Billittier, Joseph Billittier, Bridget Dick Blesnuk, Ithrene Cameron, Deceased Members of the Cameron Family, John and Rita Curtin, Theodore Davis, Kevin Davis, Sara and Homer Dick, Sr., Bernadette Dorsheimer, Michael Duffy, Kriste Duffy, John and Elizabeth Duffy, Christina Hartinger, Don Hartinger, Margaret Alice Hayes, Art Gray, Henry Family, Henry Heubusch, Eddie and Irene Hoder, Gretchen Owen Kelly, James J. Kelly, Sr., Hunter James Kelly, Angela Kilcoyne, Mary and Michael Korchowsky, Robert Krajnik, Kazemierez and Sophia Kresse, Julie and Dick Kresse, Dominic and Palma LaSpada, Mary Nelson, Robert Marien, Celia Marien, Lawrence and Margaret Miano, Lawrence and Jeannie Miano, William Parker, Anne Polglase, John Polglase, Allyson M. Porter, Jimmie Porter, Jr., Mildred J. Porter, Matthew and Anna Rebovich, Dewitt Roddy, Roddy Family, Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer, Carol Schmelzer, Elizabeth Shields, William Stiffler, Margaret Stiffler Schimpf, Grace Vogt, Don Vogt, Geraldine Waters, Joan West, Don and Peggy Williams, Trevor David Williams, Joseph and Mary Zanghi; and Tony and Josephine Zanghi.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

MLK Day of Organizing is January 15, 2018 at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). It will be a day of learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and learning ways to organize a community action. Churches in the northern vicariate are welcomed to help in this planning. For more information ask Fr. Jud Weiksnar at 716-852-3331.

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

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

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

Steve Quebral, left, and the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Televised Sunday Mass on Fox-29 at 7:30PM on Sunday, December 24 is a celebation of the Fourth Sunday of Advent from Our Lady Chapel of St. Joseph Cathedral with Bishop Malone.

“Come Let Us Adore Him, Christmas Mass” with Bishop Malone from Our Lady Help of Christians Historic Chapel and Shrine in Cheektowaga airs on WKBW-TV, Channel 7, on Christmas Day at 6AM.

Christmas Concert featuring the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, Sunday, December 31, 2PM at All Saints Church, 127 Chadduck Street, Buffalo 14207.

Christmas Nativity Sets ~ Just two weekends remain to view display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Hours are 1-4pm on Saturday, December 30 and January 6, and Sunday, December 31 and January 7. There is no charge and there is a special section for children. the exhibit is closed on Christmas weekend.

“Stories for Christmas”  ~ Uplifting local stories for Christmas will air on Monday, December 25 at 11pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7.

The Calix Society meets on the last Sunday of each Month at 3pm in the basement of St. Michael’s Church Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo) for those seeking a spiritual-based program for recovery of alcoholism.  More information at calixsociety.org or 716-847-2210.

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

Struggling to make ends meet and still put food on the table? We can help. Catholic Charities is the provider of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers for all kinds of families with children under 5 years old. Services are free of charge. Call 716-218-1484 or visit ccwny.org/wic.

Third Sunday of Advent – Week of December 17, 2017

December 17 – December 24, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 17 following Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging

Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Advent Service of Lessons and Carols in Church

Monday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating Church for Christmas

Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating Church for Christmas

Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

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

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

Saturday, December 23 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, December 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Requested by Estate)

Monday, December 18 ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Thursday, December 21 ~ St. Peter Canisius ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

Friday, December 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 23 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, December 24 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve Mass of the Nativity at 10:00 p.m., preceded by choral preludes at 9:30 p.m.

Monday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day Mass of the Nativity at 10:00 a.m.

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Sharon Dunnigan, Grace Iheke, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Bernice Bradley, Mary Kresse

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum present Lessons and Carols at Blessed Trinity,

    

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship … Time ~ Talent ~ Treasure

Sunday, December 24, is both the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. Consequently, there will be two services. Attendance at the 10am morning Mass satisfies your Sunday obligation. The 10pm evening Mass is our Christmas Eve or first Mass in celebration of The Nativity of the Lord. It will be preceded by choral preludes sung by the choir beginning at 9:30pm. As in the past, there will be a second Christmas Mass at 10am on Christmas Day, December 25.

We’re decorating for Christmas this week! ~ Next Sunday is not only the Fourth Sunday of Advent, it is also Christmas Eve. We will begin decorating the church this Monday, December 18, at 6:30pm and continue at the same time on Tuesday, December 19, if necessary. Many hands do, indeed, “make light work,” so please help lighten the load for all of us by joining the decorating team. Enter through the side door near the wheelchair ramp.

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord ~ We, like St. John the Baptist, are “preparers” of the way of the Lord.  Your Music Ministers have been preparing for the birth of our Savior for many weeks now. Our first task is to bring Scripture and prayer to life through the lyrical word to inspire people to worship together through musical liturgy.  This week’s choral meditation is a Blessed Trinity favorite, Beyond the Moon and Stars, by Dan Schutte.  The text certainly describes why we put so much energy into preparing the way of the Lord:

Our eyes have longed to see your loving face,
to live within your courts for all our days.
Your roads have led us, Lord, ‘cross desert sand.
We place our hopes and dreams within your hand.
Upon our darkness, Lord, a light has shown.
You chose to dwell with us in flesh and bone.
With shining star at night, and cloud by day,
you brought us here to see your love’s display.
When life’s great journey ends, and day is done,
then may our eyes behold your Holy One.

Beyond the moon and stars, as deep as night,
so great our hunger, Lord, to see your light.
The sparrow finds her home beneath your wing.
So may we come to rest where angels sing.

Preparation continues this Tuesday evening in the choir loft at 7:00 p.m. – please join us!

The Giving Tree ~ Your first week response to the Giving Tree for Gerard Place and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy was very heartwarming and gives us hope that all the envelopes will have been claimed by this weekend. Please remember to place you cash donation (or check payable to “Blessed Trinity) in the same envelope and drop it in the collection basket by Sunday, December 24.

Steve Quebral, left, and the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Lessons and Carols at Blessed Trinity ~ We extend our prayerful thanks to Steve Quebral and the members of the Saint John Paul II Schola Cantorum, who presented the beautiful Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at our church on Sunday, December 17. This traditional English service, which dates back almost 100 years, celebrates the birth of Jesus by telling the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in a series of short Bible readings interspersed with a cappella choral music and congregational singing. We thank everyone who attended, especially the members of our own congregation who served as greeters and readers. If you would like to hear more of this talented group, they will be performing a concert on December 31 at All Saints Church, 127 Chadduck Avenue, Buffalo.

Prisoner Gifts 2017: Continuing Sr. Karen Klimczak’s message of hope to the imprisoned, “Though separated, they are not forgotten.” On Friday, December 8, volunteers representing churches, schools, social agencies, and friends unpacked, sorted and counted supplies for 2,120 gift bags destined for the women at Albion Correctional Facility and the men at Wende. Each bag contained 2 books, ramen noodles,  a pair of socks, a granola bar, a bag of candy, 2 packages of hot chocolate, and a note of peace and encouragement. Paint of WNY generously donated their truck and employees on Tuesday to help load the boxes of gift bags and deliver to the prisons on that snowy day. A Big Thank You is extended to all at Blessed Trinity who donated books, hot chocolate or money (a total of $283 was collected with $63 extra used to fill shortages). Thank you to those who decorated over 400 gift bags and to those who helped package the gifts. Thanks to Judy Casassa for recycling all the cardboard boxes and for handling set-up arrangements. Thanks and appreciation to our maintenance man, Dennis, for being at the door to meet deliveries. The help of parishioners who stayed late to clean up was also greatly appreciated. A special thanks and acknowledgement to Coordinator Jan Burns for her hard work bringing this project to another successful conclusion.  Hopefully we have left fingerprints of peace.

The Ladies Sodality would like to “give credit where credit is due.” Because of the generosity of our parishioners, the 2017 Christmas gift drive for the homebound produced amazing results. A very special “thank you” to the volunteers who delivered poinsettias and gift bags and visited with homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. We would appreciate feedback about your experience.

Greetings from Tanzania ~ Our CCCB parishes have received an email greeting from Sister Maureen Harris, who is almost at the mid point of her six-month mission trip to Tanzania, Africa. She attached a photo (posted below) from her trip to the city of Butimba, where she introduced the novices from her religious order to pizza — with mixed results.

Christmas Flower Donations ~ The envelopes containing your donations will be placed on the altar during the Christmas season. The persons named on the envelopes will be remembered at all of our Masses. Thank you for your generous donations.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

MLK Day of Organizing is January 15, 2018 at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). It will be a day of learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and learning ways to organize a community action. Churches in the northern vicariate are welcomed to help in this planning. For more information ask Fr. Jud Weiksnar at 716-852-3331.

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

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

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

Sr. Maureen and novices from her Order in Butimba, Tanzania

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Christmas Nativity Sets on display at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries (1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from the weekend of November 25-26 until the weekend of January 6 & 7 (except December 23-24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. Please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076 for additional information.

“Stories for Christmas” will air on Sunday, December 17 at 1pm and Monday, December 25 at 11pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7…featuring uplifting local stories.

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

Struggling to make ends meet and still put food on the table? We can help. Catholic Charities is the provider of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers for all kinds of families with children under 5 years old. Services are free of charge. Call 716-218-1484 or visit ccwny.org/wic.

Second Sunday of Advent – Week of December 10, 2017

December 10 – December 17, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Gifts for homebound seniors available for delivery

Sunday, December 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

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

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

Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Advent Service of Lessons and Carols 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, December 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Donald Blesnuk) and Fred Godert, Jr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, December 11 ~ St. Damasus I ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 12 ~ Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 13 ~ St. Lucy ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 14 ~ St. John of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

Friday, December 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 16 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, December 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill,  Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger, Sharon Dunnigan; Kathleen Marien (Choir)

    

 

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship … God can do it; we can help.

December Coffee Hour ~ Please join us after Mass this Sunday, December 10, for Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall.

Sodality President Vera Andrew readies gift bags for delivery

Gift Delivery ~ The Ladies Sodality would like to thank everyone who has so generously supported our collection of gifts for homebound parishioners. If you have agreed to deliver one of these gift bags and/or a poinsettia plant, please take them with you when you leave Mass this weekend, December 9 & 10. (Remember that poinsettias are susceptible to the cold and should not be left in you car or garage).

Parish Council meets this Wednesday, December 13, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Preliminary planning for Lent will be on the agenda. Please remember to call Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) if you are unable to attend.

Maranatha ~ There are many hymn settings appropriate for Advent using the word “Maranatha.” The word comes from an Aramaic expression occurring in St. Paul (I Cornithians 16:22) in the verse “If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse on him. Maran atha.” These two words translate into “Come, Lord Jesus.” Maranatha! became the common greeting of oppressed believers, soon after Christ’s death and resurrection, replacing the Jewish greeting shalom, which means “peace be with you.”  The words “Maran atha” appear only once in our Bible – and yet have come to mean so much to us during this Advent season.

Maranatha, Lord Messiah,
long awaited from afar.
Come and make your home among us.
Let us see your birthing star!

Praise in song continues on Tuesday evenings in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. – please join us!

We thank all parishioners who selected an envelope from the Giving Tree at Mass this weekend.

An Invitation of Christmas Sharing ~ Throughout Advent, we are inviting all parishioners to help two local service agencies by means of a Giving Tree—with a little difference. The two agencies are St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and Gerard Place. These two groups usually receive many gifts at Christmas time for the needy children they assist. However, the groups themselves can use a hand to help them help others.  Many of their expenses are behind the scenes and don’t have personal appeal.  BUT, things like heat, water, repairs carry big bills and are essential for enabling the agencies to help the people they serve. Sooo, the Parish Council has created a Giving Tree that’s a little different. There are envelopes on the tree—located in the front left side of the church.  Each envelope has a request for a specific gift. Please do not buy the gift! Instead, we ask that you put the value of the gift in the envelope. If you wish to give via check, make it payable to Blessed Trinity Church. Put your donation (cash or check) in the same envelope from the tree and put that envelope in the collection basket by Sunday, December 24. All donations will be sent to the service organizations.

Second Collection ~ The second collection on the weekend of December 9-10 is for the Retirement fund for Religious. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

Lessons and Carols at Blessed Trinity ~ Sunday, December 17, at 3 PM, the Saint John Paul II Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Steve Quebral, will present an Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at our church. This traditional English service, which dates back almost 100 years, celebrates the birth of Jesus by telling the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus in a series of short Bible readings interspersed with a cappella choral music and congregational singing. Members of our own congregation will assist as greeters and readers. We are privileged to have been chosen by the Schola for their choral debut. Please help us show our appreciation by attending.

Sr. Maureen and novices from her Order in Butimba.

Greetings from Tanzania ~ Our CCCB parishes have received an email greeting from Sister Maureen Harris, who is almost at the mid point of her six-month mission trip to Tanzania, Africa. She attached this photo from her trip to the city of Butimba, where she introduced the novices from her religious order to pizza — with mixed results.

Christmas Flower Donations ~ The envelopes containing your donations will be placed on the altar during the Christmas season. The persons named on the envelopes will be remembered at all of our masses. Thank you for your generous donations.

Prison Project Update: Congratulations and “Thank You” to all who assisted in with Peaceprint’s Christmas Prison Package Project 2017.  Two thousand gift bags have been packed and boxed for Tuesday’s delivery to inmates at the Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. We are grateful to the residents of Bissonette House for handling this final step in the process.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

MLK Day of Organizing is January 15, 2018 at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). It will be a day of learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and learning ways to organize a community action. Churches in the northern vicariate are welcomed to help in this planning. For more information ask Fr. Jud Weiksnar at 716-852-3331.

Welcome to Barbara Strusienski, who has joined our part-time administrative team as a bookkeeper, while continuing to provide the same services for the CCCB parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence. We are grateful for her expertise and hope that this will be long and successful relationship for both Barb and our parish.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

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

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

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

Thank you for your help with the 2017 Christmas Prison Package Project.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Building a Basilica,” the National Award winning hour documentary about how Fr. Nelson Baker envisioned and Architect Emile Ulrich designed Our Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine, will air on Sunday, December 10 at 1pm on WKBW-TV Ch. 7.

Villa Maria Chorale Christmas Concert is Sunday December 10 at 3pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (600 Doat Street in Buffalo). Free will offering.

Old World Christmas Cookie Shoppe is Sunday December 10, 11:30am – 2pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (57 Center Avenue in North Tonawanda). Have a photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Browse Santa’s workshop for small gifts.

Canisus High School Advent Music Program, Wednesday December 13 at 7:30pm at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street in Buffalo).

Grief and the Holidays program is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 (2-3pm) at the Hospice Buffalo Education Center (225 Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga). Email mgiesler [at] palliativecare [dot] org or call 716-836-6460 for required registration .

Christmas Nativity Sets on display at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries (1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from the weekend of November 25-26 until the weekend of January 6 & 7 (except December 23-24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. Please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076 for additional information.

Christmas by Candlelight ~ Harmonia Chamber Singers, Artistic Director-Robert Pacillo, continues its tradition of a cappella Advent and Christmas music, performed in the beauty of candlelight, featuring music from the Renaissance through the present (Bach, Poulenc, Rutter, Lauridsen, Mealor, Stopford, Gibbs, Rockapella). Saturday, December 16, at 7pm at St. Peter Church (620 Center Street in Lewiston). Nominal donation.

“Stories for Christmas” will air on Sunday, December 17 at 1pm and Monday, December 25 at 11pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7…featuring uplifting local stories.

Breakfast with Santa is set for Sunday, December 17 (9am-1pm) at St. Andrew Parish Hall (111 Crocker Street in Sloan). A buffet-style pancake breakfast will be served while pictures with Santa are offered along with activities for children and crafts for sale. Call 892-0425 for more information.

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

Struggling to make ends meet and still put food on the table? We can help. Catholic Charities is the provider of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers for all kinds of families with children under 5 years old. Services are free of charge. Call 716-218-1484 or visit ccwny.org/wic.

First Sunday of Advent – Week of December 3, 2017

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patron Feast Day of the U.S.A.
December 8

December 3 – December 10, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 3 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Freudig Singers Christmas Pie Concert in church; dessert reception in St. Charles Hall

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

Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Sodality Christmas Part at The Family Tree

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

Friday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – ? ~ Assembly of gift bags for Prison Project in church

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

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

Sunday, December 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Gifts for homebound seniors available for delivery

Sunday, December 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, December 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Mary C. Nelson (Requested by Family) and Frank and Delores Downing (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, December 4 ~ St. John Damascene ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 5 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 6 ~ St. Nicholas ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 7 ~ St. Ambrose ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

Friday, December 8 ~ Feast of the Immaculate Conception ~ Mass at 5:00 p.m. – All Souls (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Sunday, December 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Donald Blesnuk) and Fred Godert, Jr. (Family)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bernice Bradley, Chris Porter;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis; Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

    

We thank Roland Martin and the Freudig Singers of WNY
for another wonderful Christmas Pie Concert.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is all about your heart… Everything we have is a gift from God that we are to use to help others.

Bulletin Distribution ~ Beginning Sunday, December 3, ushers will be standing near the 3 doors at the end of Mass to hand out the bulletin. We hope you will appreciate the return of their “personal touch.”

December 3 Concert ~ DON’T FORGET!! This Sunday at 3:00 p.m. the dynamic Freudig Singers of WNY will be back with their delightful and delicious Christmas Pie Concert and Reception. The group will perform a glorious array of seasonal music, some well-known traditional songs, some new music, and some just-for-fun pieces. There will also be a raffle of signature pies, CDs for sale, and a reception with pie for everybody. Bring a friend. Suggested donation: $15.

Christ, Our Rose ~ Advent brings preparation and anticipation for the birth of our Savior. This week, the Blessed Trinity Choir traveled to St. John the XIII parish to sing at the 4pm liturgy with Bill Fay and his choir. This was the second part of our first choir exchange, and we have learned a lot about enhancing our liturgy through music. We pray you are noticing our enthusiasm and dedication to worship and look forward to sharing this advent and Christmas season with you. If you didn’t recognize today’s Mass Setting, it is because it has not been sung at Blessed Trinity for many years. It is the Mass for Christian Unity, by Jan M. Vermulst. Today’s meditation, My Lord! What a Morning, was suggested by the National Pastoral Musician’s Guild to be sung at Mass during the first Sunday of Advent. It is a new Spiritual for the BT choir, but is quickly becoming one of our favorites. Today’s offertory hymn contains a beautiful text, originally written in German in the fifteenth century, set to a lovely melody harmonized by Michael Praetorius in the late sixteenth century. Can you imagine today’s music enduring over 400 years? We are grateful to be singing such wonderful music in our incredible church.

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As those of old have sung.
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half-spent was the night.

Christmas rehearsal continue on Tuesday evenings in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. – please join us!

We thank all parishioners who selected an envelope from the Giving Tree at Mass this weekend.

An Invitation of Christmas Sharing ~ Beginning this weekend, we are inviting all parishioners to help two local service agencies by means of a Giving Tree—with a little difference. The two agencies are St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and Gerard Place. These two groups usually receive many gifts at Christmas time for the needy children they assist. However, the groups themselves can use a hand to help them help others.  Many of their expenses are behind the scenes and don’t have personal appeal.  BUT, things like heat, water, repairs carry big bills and are essential for enabling the agencies to help the people they serve. Sooo, the Parish Council has created a Giving Tree that’s a little different. There are envelopes on the tree—located in the front left side of the church.  Each envelope has a request for a specific gift. Please do not buy the gift! Instead, we ask that you put the value of the gift in the envelope. If you wish to give via check, make it payable to Blessed Trinity Church. Put your donation (cash or check) in the same envelope from the tree and put that envelope in the collection basket by Sunday, December 24. All donations will be sent to the service organizations.

Holy Day of Obligation ~ Friday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be celebrated at 5pm rather than the usual 11am.

A Big Thank You for your generous donations toward Blessed Trinity’s Prisoner Gifts 2017 goal of 4,200 packets of hot chocolate. Reminder: Friday, December 8,  is Packing Day for the Christmas Prison Project! Bag Decorators: Please return all bags (decorated or not) by 10am that morning. We will pack the gifts into the decorated bags  and box them for delivery in two shifts (10am-1pm and 6pm-completion). We need lots of people with the energy and heart to help. Friday, December 8, is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The parish Holyday Mass will be celebrated at 5pm to accommodate the evening packing shift. Come to Mass and stay to help with packing. Light snacks will be available. Contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694) with questions.

Second Collection ~ The second collection on the weekend of December 9-10 is for the Retirement fund for Religious. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

December Coffee Hour ~ Please note that our December coffee hour will be held on Sunday, December 10, rather than the usual third Sunday.

Parish Council Mailing ~ During the past week, you should have received an Advent Calendar, as well as a schedule of parish Advent services and activities in the mail. We hope the calendar will help you prepare your own “way of the Lord” between now and Christmas. Additional copies of each can be found at the church divide near the ushers’ pew. If you did not receive the mailing, please check with the parish office to be sure we have up-to-date contact information for you.

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners ~ The Ladies Sodality would like to thank everyone who has so generously supported our collection of gifts for homebound parishioners. When you come to church next weekend, beautiful gift bags and poinsettia plants will be waiting for delivery. If you are willing to deliver one of these gifts and spend a few minutes visiting with a parishioner by December 19, please call Mickey Dick at 716-832-2540. Nine stops are in close proximity to church; one is in Cheektowaga.

Your help Christmas Prison Package Project is needed on Friday, December 8

Prison Project Update: Congratulations and Thank You! We met our goal of 4,200 packets of cocoa! Many wonderful people brought in boxes of hot chocolate or donated money so we could buy them in bulk. There will be lots of warm tummies in Albion and Wende at Christmas! Next Steps: During the week of December 4, other food and goodies collected by other churches and organizations will be delivered here for the Big Event: Packing Day! On Friday, December 8, we will pack all the gifts into the bags decorated by schoolchildren and community groups and box them for delivery. Packing will occur in two shifts: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM until ? (the job is finished). We need lots of people with good muscles and a caring heart to help. If you can come for a few hours for either shift, please do. It’s a congenial gathering and a rewarding experience. Call Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 with your questions. We need your help!!

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ If you have made a reservation for the Ladies Sodality annual Christmas dinner, please remember that it is at 6pm this Wednesday, December 6, at the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey near Longmeadow in Amherst. If you forgot to make your reservation, please call Amy Johnson today at 836-4694. Entree choices include: pot roast, chicken souvlaki, sweet and sour salmon, or a fish fry. The price for the dinner is $25.00, which includes tax and gratuity.

Advent Lessons and Carols ~ Plan now to attend Blessed Trinity’s first Advent Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 17, at 3pm. This service is a gift from the Saint John Paul II Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Steve Quebral, which will be making its debut at our church.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

Lectors ~ Please pick up your workbooks for the 2018 Litugical year from the Sacristy after Mass.

MLK Day of Organizing is January 15, 2018 at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo). It will be a day of learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and learning ways to organize a community action. Churches in the northern vicariate are welcomed to help in this planning. For more information ask Fr. Jud Weiksnar at 716-852-3331.

Welcome to Barbara Strusienski, who has joined our part-time administrative team as a bookkeeper, while continuing to provide the same services for the CCCB parishes of St. Martin de Porres and St. Lawrence. We are grateful for her expertise and hope that this will be long and successful relationship for both Barb and our parish.

While Father Victor is away (through December 17), Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated below. Please remember that there is a temporary change in daily services during this time. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There is NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times.

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

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

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

Christmas gifts for parish homebound will be ready for delivery on the weekend of December 9-10.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Vigil of National Night of Prayer for Life is Thursday, December 7 (5:30-6:30pm) at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church (158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster) with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction at 6:20pm, followed by Mass of the Immaculate Conception of Mary at 6:30pm.

Christmas Nativity Sets on display at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory & Eagle Streets – one block south of Clinton Street). Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 580 nativity sets from 58 countries (1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from the weekend of November 25-26 until the weekend of January 6 & 7 (except December 23-24). There is no charge and there is a special section for children. Please call Father Roy at 716-852-2076 for additional information.

“Our Daily Bread.” On Saturday, December 9, at 6:30am on WKBW-TV Ch. 7, “Our Daily Bread” host, Fr. Paul Seil, will be talking about the season of Advent with Fr. Jack Ledwon, Pastor of St. Joseph University Parish. Together they will make Root of Jesse Stew, quinoa salad, and green salad with blueberries and blueberry dressing.

“Building a Basilica,” the National Award winning hour documentary about how Fr. Nelson Baker envisioned and Architect Emile Ulrich designed Our Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine, will air on Sunday, December 10 at 1pm on WKBW-TV Ch. 7.

Christmas by Candlelight ~ Harmonia Chamber Singers, Artistic Director-Robert Pacillo, continues its tradition of a cappella Advent and Christmas music, performed in the beauty of candlelight, featuring music from the Renaissance through the present (Bach, Poulenc, Rutter, Lauridsen, Mealor, Stopford, Gibbs, Rockapella). Saturday, December 9, at 7:30pm at St. Bernadette Church (5930 S. Abbott Road in Orchard Park), Saturday, December 16, at 7pm at St. Peter Church (620 Center Street in Lewiston), and Sunday, December 17, at 4pm at St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main Street in Buffalo). Nominal donation.

Buffalo Choral Art Society, a 115-voice community chorus, presents “Ringing in the Season,” a group of Christmas concerts featuring guest artists, The Royalton Ringers: Handbell Quartet. Concerts will be held on Sunday, December 3 at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo), and Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm at SS. Peter & Paul Church (66 East Main Street in Hamburg). More information at 716-775-7664 or BuffaloChoralArts.org.

Christmas Show to be Remembered with Marsha McWilson is Saturday December 9, 6-9pm at Niagara Catholic High School (520 66th Street  in  Niagara Falls). Featuring  the sounds of Etta James, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones and The Temptations with Vegas entertainer Richie Derwald and the vocal harmony group, “Steadfast.” Proceeds go to struggling families to help with tuition assistance so their kids can go to Niagara Catholic HS. Visit marshachristmas.brownpapertickets.com for tickets (admission at the door is $25).

Poustinia Experience is Saturday, December 9 (10am-noon) at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). Looking for something different during Advent? Consider this invitation to young adults 18-26 for a special experience to be alone with God for a day of silence, solitude, nature, fasting, and Scripture. This is experience is offered by an experienced retreat team. For further information, contact Kathy White at 716-605-0558 or email PoustiniaNY [at] gmail [dot] com.

Villa Maria Chorale Christmas Concert is Sunday December 10 at 3pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (600 Doat Street in Buffalo). Free will offering.

Old World Christmas Cookie Shoppe is Sunday December 10, 11:30am – 2pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish (57 Center Avenue in North Tonawanda). Have a photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Browse Santa’s workshop for small gifts.

Grief and the Holidays program is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 (2-3pm) at the Hospice Buffalo Education Center (225 Como Park Boulevard in Cheektowaga). Email mgiesler [at] palliativecare [dot] org or call 716-836-6460 for required registration .

Cleaning out your closets? Catholic Charities is accepting donations of new or gently used clothing, footwear, purses, bags, and household items like small kitchen appliance, curtains, drapes, and dishes, and bed linens. Drop off weekdays 10am-2:30pm at 1122 Broadway in Buffalo or 10am-1:30pm on the first Saturday of the month (except holiday weekends). Visit ccwny.org for more information.

Struggling to make ends meet and still put food on the table? We can help. Catholic Charities is the provider of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program provides nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers for all kinds of families with children under 5 years old. Services are free of charge. Call 716-218-1484 or visit ccwny.org/wic.

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)