The Trinity Series, 2012-2013 Concert Season

The Trinity Series
“Beautiful Music in a Beautiful Space”

A free-will offering will be taken at events, with a suggested donation of $10.
Our church is wheelchair accessible and has off-street parking.

The Harmonia Chamber Singers

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

The Harmonia Chamber Singers, one of Western New York’s finest vocal ensembles, will open our 2012-13 Trinity Concert Series. Please plan to join us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, as Harmonia, under the direction of Rob Pacillo, performs the Victoria Requiem and other a cappella choral works from Poland, Venezuela, and Korea.

Buffalo Brass Choir

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3 p.m.

Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Choir

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Villa Maria College Chorale

Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3 p.m.

The Freudig Singers

Friday May 3, 2013 –  ~ 7:30 p.m.

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 21, 2017

The Ascension of the Lord
May 25, 2017
Oil on canvas painting of the Ascension of Christ by Joseph Mazur in the right transept of the church. Photo credit: Steve Mangione

May 21 – May 28, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 21 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the Church – 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Claire E. Martoche (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, May 22 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Tuesday, May 23 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Tilly Fuponsic (Pauline Rollek)

Thursday, May 25 ~ Ascension of the Lord ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, May 26 ~ St. Philip Neri ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 27 ~ St. Augustine of Canterbury ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Virginia Tapley (John Curtin)

Sunday, May 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Dr. Robert A. Baumler (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Healing for Barbara Draper (Nancy DeBoy)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Angela Jost, Maggie Gatson;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger;  Maggie Gatson (Choir)

Come garden with us on Monday, May 24, 6pm-?

News from our Parish Community

A Parish “Garden Party” is set  for Wednesday, May 24. Members of the local meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, have volunteered to help weed and plant our church gardens. We are hoping for a turnout of parishioners to work along with them. Please plan to join us on Wednesday evening, May 24, beginning at 6pm. Bring your favorite gardening tools and work gloves. Rain date is June 5.

Thursday, May 25, is the feast of The Ascension of the Lord. There will be 6pm Mass but no 11am Mass.

Summer Mass Schedule goes into effect on June 1. Please note that there will be NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time is changing to 11:00am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11:00am.

William Maddox in recital at Blessed Trinity
Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm

Our Trinity Festival Weekend is only 3 weeks away, June 9-11. In honor of our feast day, Trinity Sunday, the parish is planning 3 days of events and opportunities for you to “bring a friend to church.” Our lead-off event is an organ recital on Friday evening, June 9, at 7:30pm. William Maddox, music director at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, is returning to perform a benefit recital, a promise he made in 2011 when he first visited Blessed Trinity as part of a tour of Buffalo churches. He has chosen pieces that “showcase various colors” of our 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and what he has termed the church’s “splendid acoustic.” Those of us who were lucky enough to hear him practice on May 8 know you are in for a sensory treat, and you’ll have a chance to visit with Mr. Maddox at a post-concert reception. A free-will offering for the Under This Roof Fund will be taken. On Saturday afternoon, June 10 (2-4pm), you and your friends can take a guided tour of our landmark church. If you’ve ever wondered about the seemingly haphazard arrangement of bricks or the terra cotta decorations on the church façade, here is your chance to ask questions of our knowledgeable docents. Then celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity at the 10am Mass on Sunday, June 11, and bring your guests to brunch in St. Charles Hall.

Sixth Sunday of Easter:  Jesus’ love for us is unparalleled, and Jesus asks us to remain faithful to this love. Is God calling you to help his children know His love? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Sacred Sites Weekend ~ A sincere “thank you” to everyone who facilitated our participation in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Seventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend on May 20/21 by volunteering as docents, greeters, and friendly hosts. As usual, first-time visitors were overwhelmed by our art and architecture. However, what we really love are visitors’ comments about how much they enjoyed the experience of meeting the volunteers who shared Blessed Trinity’s story. And if you weren’t able to help this weekend, you’ll have another opportunity to volunteer when we again welcome visitors during our Trinity Festival Weekend, June 9-11.

Anointing of the Sick ~ The next communal anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place on Sunday, June 18, immediately after Mass and continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

Hope Award received by Blessed Trinity Parish from PeacePrints in recognition of contributions to Christmas Prisoner Gift Project.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Helen Roddy Gray with YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Healing Mass on June 2 at 7pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (4375 Harris Hill Road in Williamsville, 716-632-8838). Join Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun to pray for our families, for our community, for one another, especially the sick, those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those preparing for surgery, those with special intentions, the travelers, etc. This Service is for anyone seeking physical, spiritual healing.

Chiavetta’s Chicken Dinner (17th Annual) on Sunday, June 4 (noon until sold out) at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street at Eagle (a block south of Clinton). Tickets are $10.

Catholic Health is sponsoring a free* community dinner program entitled, “Walk This Way” on Monday, June 5, from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Grapevine Banquets (333 Dick Road, Depew). Join local knee expert, orthopedic surgeon Keith Stube, MD, for dinner and a discussion about the latest treatment options for knee pain, from conservative approaches, to total knee replacement surgery. Reservations are required by calling Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 716-447-6205. (*Catholic Health invites area residents to attend up to three free dinner programs per calendar year. After that, admission for each program is $20 and includes dinner).

Cardinal O’Hara Summer Camps and Clinics (enrichment in academics, arts, and athletics) for students in grades 5 – 9 starts in June. Visit cardinalohara.com for details.

Looking for a way to get your kids off the couch this summer?  St. Mary’s High School is offering summer camps for soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as for cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824.

Trinity Festival Weekend, June 9-11, 2017

Please join our congregation in a celebration of faith, culture, history, and church architecture on the weekend of Trinity Sunday, June 9-11, 2017.
Our three-day event includes:

William Maddox at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Organ Recital
Friday, June 9, 2017
7:30 p.m.

William Maddox, organist and music director at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, will perform a benefit recital at our Landmark church on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Maddox will perform Romantic French works and orchestral transcriptions to showcase various colors of Blessed Trinity’s original Tellers-Kent pipe organ, built in 1927. In honor of the parish feast day (Trinity Sunday, June 11), he will include the Bach ‘St. Anne’ Fugue, considered “a hommage to the Trinity” with its “three subjects, in three sections, with time signatures dividing by three for each section.” His performance will also feature commentary on the organ, the selections, and the church building’s attributes, which provide what Mr. Maddox describes as a “splendid acoustic.”
Active as a recitalist, he has appeared in recital throughout Canada and internationally, including appearances at Roy Thomson Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, the Royal Parish Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Washington’s National Cathedral, the Sao Bento Organ Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and most recently and at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In addition, his recitals and recordings have been heard on nationally broadcast programs of the CBC and American and Brazilian Public Radio.
A member of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Maddox has also served as Instructor of Organ in the School of Music at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, and is actively involved as a consultant to many churches regarding the tonal design and console appointments of their new instruments.
The recital will be followed by a reception, allowing audience members an opportunity to meet and talk with the Mr. Maddox.
Although there are no tickets for his performance, a free-will offering for the church’s Under This Roof preservation fund will be taken, with a suggested $15 per person donation.

Docent interprets iconography on the church facade.

Free tours of our Landmark Church
Saturday, June 10
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

On Saturday afternoon, June 10, the public is invited to tour our Landmark church. Knowledgeable docents will be available to answer your questions about parish history and the church’s remarkable art and architecture.

Symbol of the Trinity in the church’s Great Dome.
Photographic rendering by Todd Treat.

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
Sunday, June 11
Feast Day Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

The weekend celebration will culminate on Sunday, June 11, when the public is invited to join parishioners and their guests in observing Trinity Sunday at a special 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Rev. Victor Ibhawa. The liturgy will be followed by a brunch in the parish hall.
Blessed Trinity is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking.

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 14, 2017

May 14 – May 21, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 14 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by Holy Name Society

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Friday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 20 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the Church – 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

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

Sunday, May 21 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the Church – 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 14 ~ Mother’s Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Paul R. James (Requested by Arnold Family) and Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Pauline Rollek)

Monday, May 15 ~ St. Isidore ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Louise Hitty (Pauline Rollek)

Tuesday, May 16 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Thursday, May 18 ~ St. John I ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Saturday, May 20 ~ St. Bernardine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rev. Joseph Carlo (John Curtin)

Sunday, May 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Claire E. Martoche (Bob and Mary Kresse)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: DanKorchowsky, Maggie Gatson, Fran Cahill;  Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

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

News from our Parish Community

Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by the men of our Holy Name Society is Sunday, May 14, following the 10:00am Mass. All women of the parish are invited as guests of the Holy Name Society.

Bible Study continues on Monday, May 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 26-37); you may contact Fr. Victor if you need a copy of the booklet.  Make sure to bring your Bible, and the Agape “A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture.” For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Volunteers needed for Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 20-21, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Seventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. We will join dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings. It’s an opportunity to highlight BT as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! The Open House will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (before 4:30 Mass), and on Sunday, May 21 from 12:00 noon (after 10:00 Mass) to 2:00 PM. We will need docents, greeters, sellers, and general hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket. Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. Please sign up to participate by Sunday, May 14. Thank you!! Click HERE for information about our public tours.

The Parish Council meets this Wednesday, May 17, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Summary of April 19 Parish Council Meeting: Acknowledged John Curtin for his efforts in making Holy Week and Easter so special; reviewed Agape plans. The PeacePrints Hope award was announced, along with a date for outdoor assistance with planting by Buffalo Underground. Trinity Sunday (June 11) is being planned, and we look forward to a June 9 organ recital by William Maddox. Finally, a date is being determined for an upcoming “Bring a Friend or Neighbor to Church Sunday.”

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning on May 21, there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

A Parish “Garden Party” is set  for Wednesday, May 24. Members of the local meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, have volunteered to help weed and plant our church gardens. We are hoping for a turnout of parishioners to work along with them. Please plan to join us on Monday evening, May 24, beginning at 6pm. Bring your favorite gardening tools and work gloves. Rain date is June 5.

William Maddox at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Our Trinity Festival Weekend is June 9 – 11. In honor of our feast day, Trinity Sunday, the parish is planning 3 days of events and opportunities for you to “bring a friend to church.” On Friday evening, June 9 at 7:30pm, noted Canadian organist, William Maddox, will travel from Toronto to perform an organ recital benefitting our Under This Roof Fund. He has chosen pieces that “showcase various colors” of our 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and the church’s “splendid acoustic.” On Saturday afternoon, June 10, from 2 to 4pm, you and a friend can take a guided tour of our Landmark church. If you’ve ever wondered about the seemingly haphazard arrangement of bricks or the terra cotta decorations on the church façade, here is your chance to ask questions of our knowledgeable docents. Then celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity at the 10am Mass on Sunday, June 11, and bring your guest to brunch in St. Charles Hall.

Hope Award received by Blessed Trinity Parish from PeacePrints in recognition of contributions to Christmas Prisoner Gift Project.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Fifth Sunday of Easter:   Faithful discipleship of Christ has tremendous rewards both in this life and in eternal life. How is Christ calling you to inspire discipleship among His children? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Helen Roddy Gray with YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

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

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

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

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

Come garden with us on Wed., May 24, 6pm-?

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Embracing the Creative Flow” presented by Gina Marie Cutrona, Art Instructor, on Tuesday, May 16 at 7pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Building an awareness of the creative flow during grief and anytime fosters an appreciation of beauty, aids in healing the body and mind, while edifying the spirit. Through prayer, encountering art and creating, the body, mind, and spirit will be refreshed. No previous art experience is required to benefit from this interactive presentation. All supplies provided at no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services (716-873-6500).

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

12 Step Spirituality for Everyone presented by Rev. Barbara Price on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence. Few of us are completely free of attachment (addictions) to something (substances and/or behaviors). Supporting our movement toward surrender to the God of our understanding, 12-step spirituality can be part of your journey to healing and wholeness. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Cardinal O’Hara Summer Camps and Clinics (enrichment in academics, arts, and athletics) for students in grades 5 – 9 starts in June. Visit cardinalohara.com for details.

Looking for a way to get your kids off the couch this summer?  St. Mary’s High School is offering summer camps for soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as for cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 7, 2017

 

The church’s west side rose window contains images of the children to whom Our Lady Mary appeared at Fatima. They are positioned at “three,” “six” and “nine o’clock.”
Photo Credit: Steve Mangione

May 7 – May 14, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 7 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, May 14 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by Holy Name Society

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Kimberly Louise Sperandeo (Sisters, Brothers, and Cousins)

Monday, May 8 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Tuesday, May 9 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 10 ~ St. Damien de Veuster ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

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

Friday, May 12 ~ St. Nereus & St. Achilleus; St. Pancras ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Virginia E. Tapley
1926-2017

Saturday, May 13 ~ Our Lady of Fatima ~ Memorial Mass at 12:00 Noon for Virginia Tapley

Saturday, May 13 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ted Rollek (Pauline Rollek)

Sunday, May 14 ~ Mother’s Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Paul R. James (Arnold Family) and Bridget Blesnuk (Pauline Rollek)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Angela Jost;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Sharon Dunnigan;  Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by Holy Name Society

News from our Parish Community

Sodality Meeting ~ The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, May 7, following 10am Mass. Agenda items will include May 13 Memorial Mass for Virginia Tapley and dinner options for closing meeting in June. In honor of Mother’s Day, please bring a picture of your mother or favorite mother-figure or a favorite photo of yourself as a mother.

Prayer Partners ~  The CCCB’s annual Pot Luck dinner and opportunity to meet your prayer partner will take place on Thursday, May 11, at St. Columba-Brigid Parish.  Please sign up on the sheets near the side doors if you are able to attend and bring a dish to share. For additional information, call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 (x 114).

Sodality Members are asked to assemble in church at 11:30am on Saturday, May 13, to recite the Rosary before the Memorial Mass for Sodalist Virginia Tapley.

Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by the men of our Holy Name Society is this coming Sunday, May 14, following the 10:00am Mass. All women of the parish are invited as guests of the Holy Name, but please remember that reservations are due by this Wednesday, May 10. They may be made by calling the Rectory Office at 716-833-0301 on Tuesday or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm. Non-parishioner adult guests, such as daughters, mothers, sisters, similar-in-laws, etc. are welcome. No children, please. Cost for a guest is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Bible Study continues on Monday, May 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 26-37); you may contact Fr. Victor if you need a copy of the booklet.  Make sure to bring your Bible, and the Agape “A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture.” For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Volunteers needed for Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 20-21, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Seventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. We will join dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings. It’s an opportunity to highlight BT as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! The Open House will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (before 4:30 Mass), and on Sunday, May 21 from 12:00 noon (after 10:00 Mass) to 2:00 PM. We will need docents, greeters, sellers, and general hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket. Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. Please sign up to participate by Sunday, May 14. Thank you!!

Hope Award received by Blessed Trinity Parish from PeacePrints in recognition of contributions to Christmas Prisoner Gift Project.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Summary of April 19 Parish Council Meeting ~ Acknowledged John Curtin for his efforts in making Holy Week and Easter so special; reviewed Agape plans. The PeacePrints Hope award was announced, along with a date for outdoor assistance with planting by Buffalo Underground. Trinity Sunday (June 11) is being planned, and we look forward to a June 9 organ recital by William Maddox. Finally, a date is being determined for an upcoming “Bring a Friend or Neighbor to Church Sunday.” The next Parish Council meeting is Wednesday, May 17, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning on May 21, there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

“Garden Party” Set for May 24 ~ If you love to garden or just enjoy working outdoors, please mark your calendar for 6pm Monday May 24. A group of parishioners will be joining forces with volunteers from Buffalo Underground to work on sprucing up the church gardens. Rain date is June 5.

Helen Roddy Gray with YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

Parish Agape Feast ~ Thanks to everyone who attended our first Agape Feast on April 23, especially those of you who prepared food, helped to serve it, or stayed to assist with clean-up. We hope you had a good time and enjoyed sampling from the great variety of familiar offerings and new-to-you foods. Congratulations to Jack Curtin, this year’s recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker, as well as our bingo workers and members of the choir and finance council.  They were presented with certificates by Father Victor in recognition of their dedication to the parish. Father Victor promises to honor additional parish volunteers at future events of this nature.

Fourth Sunday of Easter:   On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life, especially for our diocese. May God raise up good shepherds in our midst.  If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Slow Roll Buffalo ~ Join with other cyclists for Slow Roll Bi-weekly Monday Evenings. The group assembles for the first roll of the season on Monday, May 8 at Martin Luther King Park at 6:30pm and returns to that location by 8pm for an after-party. Please be advised that some streets might be closed to traffic during those hours as approximately 1,000 bicyclists roll through. Orange and black signs can be seen on some of the streets along the route. Please go to slowrollbuffalo.org to register and to learn more. We hope you’ll join us, whether on the ride or waving along the way!

Protecting God’s Children Workshop for Adults (18+) ~ Wednesday, May 10 (1pm) at the Catholic Center of Buffalo. Call 895-3010 or email jacqueline-joy [at] ccwny [dot] org.

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

Looking for a way to get your kids off the couch this summer?  St. Mary’s High School is offering summer camps for soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as for cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824.

Third Sunday of Easter – Week of April 30, 2017

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
May 1

April 30 – May 7, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

Friday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, May 7 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis)

Monday, May 1 ~ St. Joseph the Worker ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Tuesday, May 2 ~ St. Athanasius ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 3 ~ St Philip and St. James, Apostles ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

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

Friday, May 5 ~ First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 a.m. (Daily Mass Chapel)

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

Saturday, May 6 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – William and Frances Pernick (Her Children)

Sunday, May 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Kimberly Louise Sperandeo (Sisters, Brothers, and Cousins)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Shammy Dunnigan;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis;  Maggie Gatson (Choir)

Carpenter’s tools: symbol of labor and St. Joseph in church narthex
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

 

News from our Parish Community

First Friday ~ This Friday, May 5, is First Friday. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8am to 11am in the Daily Mass Chapel. Please consider spending at least 3o minutes in adoration and meditation. The 11am daily Mass will follow Benediction.

Sodality Meeting ~ The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, May 7, following 10am Mass. Agenda items will include May 13 Memorial Mass for Virginia Tapley and dinner options for closing meeting in June. In honor of Mother’s Day, please bring a picture of your mother or favorite mother-figure or a favorite photo of yourself as a mother.

Mother’s Day Breakfast ~ The men of the parish Holy Name Society extend a cordial invitation to the women of the parish to be their guests at the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast, to be held on Sunday, May 14, following the 10:00am Mass. Reservations for the breakfast are necessary and may be made by calling the Rectory Office at 716-833-0301, Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, May 10. Non-parishioner adult guests, such as daughters, mothers, sisters, similar-in-laws, etc. are welcome. No children, please. Cost for your guest is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Prayer Partners ~  The CCCB’s annual Pot Luck dinner and opportunity to meet your prayer partner will take place on Thursday, May 11, at St. Columba-Brigid Parish.  Please sign up on the sheets near the side doors if you are able to attend and bring a dish to share. For additional information, call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 (x 114).

Bible Study continues on Monday, May 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please bring your Bible and copy of Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. If you did not receive this study aide, please contact Father Victor.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning on May 21, there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

Parish Agape Feast ~ Thanks to everyone who attended last Sunday’s Agape Feast, especially those of you who prepared food, helped to serve it, or stayed to assist with clean-up. We hope you had a good time and enjoyed sampling from the great variety of familiar offerings and new-to-you foods. Congratulations to Jack Curtin, this year’s recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker, as well as our bingo workers and members of the choir and finance council.  They were presented with certificates by Father Victor in recognition of their dedication to the parish. Father Victor promises to honor additional parish volunteers at future events of this nature.

Third Sunday of Easter:  After some time of journeying to Emmaus, and after failure to recognize the risen Jesus at first, two of Jesus’ disciples recognized the Risen Lord as he broke bread with them. Might Jesus be calling you to make His presence known by this very gesture? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marked the last class for this year’s Religious Education program.  We have been delighted to spend this Lenten journey with the children of Blessed Trinity. They are faith-filled and each is an asset to our parish. Parents: please look for upcoming information regarding our confirmation program as well as our expanding youth program for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be sending along a brief questionnaire in the weeks to come for feedback on how you would like to see our program change to meet your family’s needs.  We are deeply grateful for your willingness to help us develop a faith formation program that is meaningful for our parish.  The Faith Formation Team at Blessed Trinity thanks you for sharing your children with us!

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

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

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

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

Carpenter’s square: symbol of Trades in
woodcarving over usher’s office in church nave
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Women’s Day of Spiritual Renewal ~ “We are Sisters on the Path of Life” is Saturday, May 6 (10am-3pm) at 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Box lunch served. Seating is limited. Contact Joy Bila at 716-834-0128 or jbila [at] hotmail [dot] com for information and registration.

Three Choirs Festival Concert ~ Sunday, May 7, 4pm, at St. Joseph Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir will be joined by the Amherst High School Concert Chorale, Justin Pomietlarz, director, and the Hamburg High School Concert Choir, Norm Zogaib, director. Each choir will perform several selections separately, as well as three combined pieces. Amherst and Hamburg are among the very best high school choirs in western New York, and they, along with our Cathedral Choir, will surely delight all who attend. There will be a feel-will [sic] offering. A reception in the Msgr. Britt Room will follow the concert sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music. St. Joseph Cathedral is located in downtown Buffalo at 50 Franklin Street.

Protecting God’s Children Workshop for Adults (18+) ~ Wednesday, May 10 (1pm) at the Catholic Center of Buffalo. Call 895-3010 or email jacqueline-joy [at] ccwny [dot] org.

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

You’re Invited to Our Sacred Sites Open House, May 20/21

 

Detail from Blessed Trinity’s Stained Glass Skylight
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

On May 20 and 21, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Seventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, inviting the public to experience our house of worship as a repository of faith, art, and history. Members of our docent team will be on hand Saturday, May 20, from 2 – 4 p.m. and on Sunday, May 21, from Noon to 2 p.m. to explain the unique features that make Blessed Trinity Church the purest replication of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States. You’ll be able to examine its handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, learn about the elaborate display of medieval iconography on the terra cotta portico, and marvel at more than 2,000 symbols summarizing Christian beliefs in ceramic tiles, paintings, sculpture and locally designed and manufactured stained glass windows.
Blessed Trinity, listed on the National Register of Historic Place, is wheelchair accessible.

 

Benefit Organ Recital Closes 2016-17 Trinity Series

Recitalist William Maddox

Organ Recital
Friday, June 9, 2017
7:30 p.m.

William Maddox, organist and music director at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, in recital on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Maddox will perform Romantic French works and orchestral transcriptions to showcase various colors of the Blessed Trinity’s original Tellers-Kent pipe organ, built in 1927.
Active as a recitalist, Mr. Maddox has been heard in recital in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil, as well as on the CBC. He has also served as Instructor of Organ in the School of Music at Queen’s University at Kingston, where his students were recipients of numerous University and national scholarships and awards.
Proceeds of this recital benefit “Under This Roof,” a sustaining fund created in 2002 for the preservation and restoration of our architectural landmark and house of prayer. There is a suggested donation of $15 for this recital.

 

Second Sunday of Easter – Week of April 23, 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday
April 23
Sacred Heart Shrine

April 23 – April 30, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Friday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts
and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis) and Dawn Wilby (Requested by Kathleen Marien)

Monday, April 24 ~ St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Bernadette A. Dorsheimer (Family)

Tuesday, April 25 ~ St. Mark, Evangelist ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Paul Mahler (Dianne Riordan)

Thursday, April 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, April 28 ~ St. Peter Chanel; St. Louis Grignion de MontfortMass at 11:00 a.m. – Mgbeka Family (Fidelia Ejimadu)

Saturday, April 29 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Sunday, April 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Bernice Bradley; Shammy Dunnigan (Choir)

 

News from our Parish Community

Parish Agape Feast is this Sunday, April 23, at 5pm ~ We hope by now you have indicated your intention to celebrate the Easter season with us at this Sunday’s Agape Feast. However, if circumstances prevented you from doing so, your church family will still be happy to welcome you at 5pm in St. Charles Hall. Please bring your food item already plated and “ready to serve”; serving utensils will be provided. While we will have pre-heated ovens to keep hot food items warm until the meal begins, you will not be able to cook or bake your special dish on site. We hope your family will help to make our Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship this Sunday, April 23, at 5pm.

Second Sunday of Easter:  It is an unspeakable blessing that from our Lord flows boundless mercy, a mercy that forgives even the deadliest of sins. We should never forget this or take it for granted. Can God be calling you to make His mercy known? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

Prayer Partners ~  The CCCB’s annual Pot Luck dinner and opportunity to meet your prayer partner will take place on Thursday, May 11, at St. Columba-Brigid Parish.  Please sign up on the sheets near the side doors if you are able to attend and bring a dish to share. For additional information, call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 (x 114).

Church Madness 2017 ~ Blessed Trinity made it as far as the “Stunning Sixteen” in the balloting for the Most Beautiful Catholic Church in the United States. St. Francis de Sales Oratory (St. Louis, MO) triumphed over St. Mary (Norwalk, CT) and St. James (Louisville, KY) bested St. Paul (Nampa, IN) in the “Faithful Four” to advance to the final round of Church Madness 2017.  St. Francis de Sales Oratory was declared the winner on April 7, garnering 51.75% of the 17,860 votes tallied. Click HERE to learn more about the Oratory and nominate Blessed Trinity for the 2018 bracket.

The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, May 7, immeiately following 10am Mass.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning with the third Sunday in May (May 21), there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

Canisius College “Clean Team” (l. to r.): Jack McGuire, Wesley Ireland, David Cich, Brianna LaPrell, Quinn Corrao, Dale Nicosia, Tom Widman, Jack Dorn, and Ozy Ibhawa.

“Canisius Clean” ~ Students and alumni of Canisius College – including members of the college’s Accounting Society and its Economics & Finance Club —  once again devoted their Community Day volunteer efforts to Blessed Trinity. On April 8, a team of nine dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed our pews and floors, as well as the Daily Mass Chapel, choir loft, and ambulatory. Sincere and prayerful thanks go out to David Cich, Quinn Corrao, Jack Dorn (alumnus and former parishioner), Canisius student-in-residence, Osaze “Ozy” Ibhawa, Wesley Ireland, Brianna LaPrell, Jack McGuire, Dale Nicosia, and Tom Widman, as well as parishioners Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick (a Canisius alumna), Darvan Draper, Angela Jost, Dan Korchowsky and Sr. Liz Savage who gave up their Saturday morning to work along with and guide the students.

More than 50 people participated in the April 10 CCCB Penitential Service at Blessed Trinity. We are grateful to Sister Maureen Harris and Sister Liz Savage who planned the service and Our Confessors, Fathers Roy Herberger, Victor Ibhawa, Ron Sadjak, and Jud Weiksnar.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marked the last class for this year’s Religious Education program.  We have been delighted to spend this Lenten journey with the children of Blessed Trinity. They are faith-filled and each is an asset to our parish. Parents: please look for upcoming information regarding our confirmation program as well as our expanding youth program for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be sending along a brief questionnaire in the weeks to come for feedback on how you would like to see our program change to meet your family’s needs.  We are deeply grateful for your willingness to help us develop a faith formation program that is meaningful for our parish.  The Faith Formation Team at Blessed Trinity thanks you for sharing your children with us!

Jack Curtin

Recipient of Lay Award of

St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Mass for the Devotion of Our Lady ~ Saturday, April 29 (9am) at St. Lawrence Parish, 1520 East Delavan Ave. A free breakfast will be served afterwards. Please RSVP to Mary Jean D. Steinhauser (716-656-7195) if you wish to be included in the breakfast.

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

Easter Sunday – Week of April 16, 2017

April 16 – April 23, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Tuesday, April 18 ~ Choir Holiday – NO Rehearsal

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

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

Friday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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

Easter Sunday, April 16 ~ Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ The Family of Fidelia Ejimadu (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Easter Monday, April 17 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Easter Tuesday, April 18 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Wednesday, April 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Easter Thursday, April 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Friday, April 21 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Easter Saturday, April 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Julia Treacy (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis) and Dawn Wilby (Kathleen Marien)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Dianne Riordan, Bob Heicklen;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Maggie Gatson (Choir)

 

News from our Parish Community

Bible Study will be held Monday, April 17 at 7pm in St Charles Hall. Please prepare for discussion by reading: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, and pages 6 – 25 from the book Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. You will find copies of the 12-page bible study guide on the tables at the side doors of the church or by Clicking HERE. Please contact Fr. Victor to obtain a copy of the book Genesis 1-11.  Make sure to bring your bible, the study guide, and Genesis 1-11 with you on April 17. For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, April 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Vice President Mickey Dick.

Bingo Games resume this Thursday, April 20, at 8pm in St. Charles Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Parish Agape Feast is Sunday, April 23 ~ Although the church signup sheets for our parish family’s Agape or Love Feast had to be removed for Easter weekend, the parish council still needs your assistance in determining how many people to plan for and what additional food items to purchase. If you have not already made your reservation, please call the church office this Tues.-Thurs. between 10:30am & 2:30pm. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to help make this a real “feast” by bringing food to share, so kindly let us know what you plan to bring; e.g., salad, pasta dish, meat or vegetable dish, dessert, etc. We hope your family will help to make our Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship by celebrating the Easter season with the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on Sunday, April 23 at 5pm.

Canisius College “Clean Team” (l. to r.): Jack McGuire, Wesley Ireland, David Cich, Brianna LaPrell, Quinn Corrao, Dale Nicosia, Tom Widman, Jack Dorn, and Ozy Ibhawa.

“Canisius Clean” ~ Students and alumni of Canisius College – including members of the college’s Accounting Society and its Economics & Finance Club —  once again devoted their Community Day volunteer efforts to Blessed Trinity. On April 8, a team of nine dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed our pews and floors, as well as the Daily Mass Chapel, choir loft, and ambulatory. Sincere and prayerful thanks go out to David Cich, Quinn Corrao, Jack Dorn (alumnus and former parishioner), Canisius student-in-residence, Osaze “Ozy” Ibhawa, Wesley Ireland, Brianna LaPrell, Jack McGuire, Dale Nicosia, and Tom Widman, as well as parishioners Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick (a Canisius alumna), Darvan Draper, Angela Jost, Dan Korchowsky and Sr. Liz Savage who gave up their Saturday morning to work along with and guide the students.

Easter Sunday: The Lord is risen, it is true! Through his death and Resurrection, Jesus affords us new life. We must now decide how we are going to live that new life. Will we answer the call from our Lord? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovacations.org.

More than 50 people participated in the April 10 CCCB Penitential Service at Blessed Trinity. We are grateful to Sister Maureen Harris and Sister Liz Savage who planned the service and Our Confessors, Fathers Roy Herberger, Victor Ibhawa, Ron Sadjak, and Jud Weiksnar.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marked the last class for this year’s Religious Education program.  We have been delighted to spend this Lenten journey with the children of Blessed Trinity. They are faith-filled and each is an asset to our parish. Parents: please look for upcoming information regarding our confirmation program as well as our expanding youth program for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be sending along a brief questionnaire in the weeks to come for feedback on how you would like to see our program change to meet your family’s needs.  We are deeply grateful for your willingness to help us develop a faith formation program that is meaningful for our parish.  The Faith Formation Team at Blessed Trinity thanks you for sharing your children with us!

Jack Curtin

Recipient of Lay Award of

St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning with the third Sunday in May (May 21), there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

Church Madness 2017 ~ Blessed Trinity made it as far as the “Stunning Sixteen” in the balloting for the Most Beautiful Catholic Church in the United States. St. Francis de Sales Oratory (St. Louis, MO) triumphed over St. Mary (Norwalk, CT) and St. James (Louisville, KY) bested St. Paul (Nampa, IN) in the “Faithful Four” to advance to the final round of Church Madness 2017.  St. Francis de Sales Oratory was declared the winner on April 7, garnering 51.75% of the 17,860 votes tallied. Click HERE to learn more about the Oratory and nominate Blessed Trinity for the 2018 bracket.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Organ Recital at Saint Joseph Cathedral – On Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 pm Nathan Laube, one of America’s finest concert organists, will present a recital exploring the full range of St. Joseph Cathedral’s incomparable 1876 Hook & Hastings instrument, with its more than 5,000 pipes. The recital will include major works by Charles-Marie Widor, Healey Willan, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. There will be a free-will offering. This event is co-sponsored by St. Joseph Cathedral, the Buffalo Chapter AGO and the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music. St. Joseph Cathedral is located in downtown Buffalo at 50 Franklin Street. All are welcome!

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).

“Canisius Clean” for Easter – April 8, 2017

Canisius College “Clean Team” (l. to r.): Jack McGuire, Wesley Ireland, David Cich, Brianna LaPrell, Quinn Corrao, Dale Nicosia, Tom Widman, Jack Dorn, and Ozy Ibhawa.

“Canisius Clean” ~ Students and alumni of Canisius College – including members of the college’s Accounting Society and its Economics & Finance Club —  once again devoted their Community Day volunteer efforts to Blessed Trinity. A team of nine dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed our pews and floors, as well as the Daily Mass Chapel, choir loft, and ambulatory. Sincere and prayerful thanks go out to David Cich, Quinn Corrao, Jack Dorn (alumnus and former parishioner), Canisius student-in-residence, Osaze “Ozy” Ibhawa, Wesley Ireland, Brianna LaPrell, Jack McGuire, Dale Nicosia, and Tom Widman, as well as parishioners Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick (a Canisius alumna), Darvan Draper, Angela Jost, Dan Korchowsky and Sr. Liz Savage who gave up their Saturday morning to work along with and guide the students.

 

Worship & Services

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

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