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.

 

Ladies Sodality Dinner, June 14, 2017

Sodality members and guests enjoy Flag Day picnic supper on June 14.

The Ladies Sodality held their annual June dinner on Wednesday evening, June 14, in St. Charles Hall. Members and friends enjoyed a Flag Day-themed holiday picnic supper prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. The program included a presentation by Father Victor honoring the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Sodality President Vera Andrew presented Father with the organization’s gift to the parish of $1,000 to be used in the ongoing beautification of the church’s outdoor Marian Shine. Ms. Andrew closed the evening with a reading of Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech containing a message that still resonates today.

 

The Feast of Corpus Christi – Week of June 18, 2017

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

June 18 – June 25, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Monday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, June 24 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Words from the Sequence continue on the right side of the Altar railing: “Vere panis filiorum non mittendus canibus,” meaning “”It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house dogs.” (Mk. 7:27)
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 18 ~ Corpus Christi~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and Chaka Chapman (Requested by Mom and Family)

Monday, June 19 ~ St. Romuald, Abbot ~  No Service

Tuesday, June 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Anniversary (Parents)

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

Thursday, June 22 ~ Ss. Paulinus of Nola, John Fisher and Thomas More ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent and Lucille Ihlenfeld (Susanne Bordonaro)

Friday, June 23 ~ The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~  Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, June 24 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. – James F. Eagan

Saturday, June 24 ~ The Nativity of St. John the Baptist ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John F. Curtin (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, June 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Sister Kristen McNamera (Angela Jost) and Don Hartinger (Pat Hartinger)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Don Williams, Bonnie Williams

News from our Parish Community

Honoring First Communicants ~ As we commemorate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) this Sunday, we also acknowledge our children, Charlotte Sperandeo and Simon Kresse who recently received their First Holy Communion. We pray that God will continue to guide and inspire them to grow in his love and wisdom.

Anointing of the Sick This Sunday ~ Our monthly 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.

Our Bible Study group will meet on Monday evening, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet, Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 38-49) on the topic of Distrust, Disobedience and Dismay. Copies may be obtained from Father Victor. Make sure to bring your Bible and copy of Agape: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. For more information, contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Parish Council Meets Wednesday ~ Our final regularly scheduled meeting until September will take place on Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Council members are reminded that we have several important agenda items to resolve, so please make every effort to attend.

New Food Pantry Hours ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm.

Members of the Choir concluded their final rehearsal until September with an ice cream social on June 13.
Photo credit: Palma Zanghi

Choir Vacation ~ The Feast of Corpus Christi marks the traditional end of the choir season. As they begin their summer break, we thank the members of the choir for their dedication and for enhancing our liturgies with song. We also express our appreciation for Elizabeth Clay, who will continue providing our instrumental music and leading us in song throughout the summer months. The choir will return to their official duties in September.

Vocation View ~ Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ:  Jesus has given us His Body to eat and His Blood to drink so as to nourish us on our journey as his disciples. God has called some to share this very gift of him-or-herself in a profound way. If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website www.buffalovocations.org.

Trinity Festival Weekend – Many heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who volunteered in making last weekend’s celebration of our parish feast day so memorable, especially the people who were here all three days helping with whatever needed to be done. We know that Friday’s recital, Saturday’s church tours, and Sunday’s Liturgy each attracted people who were visiting our church and experiencing our hospitality for the first time. We thank each of you who introduced someone to our parish and welcomed guests at our fellowship events. Let us each make this a habit going forward to Trinity Sunday 2018.

The Ladies Sodality held their annual June dinner on Wednesday evening , June 14, in St. Charles Hall. Members and friends enjoyed a Flag Day-themed holiday picnic supper prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. The program included a presentation by Father Victor honoring the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Sodality President Vera Andrew presented Father with the organization’s gift to the parish of $1,000 to be used in the ongoing beautification of the church’s outdoor Marian Shine. Ms. Andrew closed the evening with a reading of Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech containing a message that still resonates today.

Congratulations to all our graduates! As you move to the next chapter of your journey — from grade school, high school, college — we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

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.

Sodality members and guests enjoy Flag Day picnic supper on June 14.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Mary’s Summer Camps (Lancaster, NY) offer soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders the chance to have fun and receive instruction from high school coaches, teachers and athletes. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824, ext. 235 for more information and to register for the appropriate camp session.

Mount Mercy Academy is hosting a Basketball Camp on June 26-29 for girls entering grades 4 – 9. Call 716-825-8796, ext. 320 for details.

Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo 2017/2018 enrollment deadline is June 30. Do you know any students in grades 4 or 5 who have or wish to develop a good attitude toward school and would benefit from a change?  If so, please ask them to visit the NativityMiguel website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org  or call Mrs. Langer at 716-836-5188 for details on how to apply.

Trinity Festival Weekend, June 9-11, 2017

Father Victor preaches to congregation on Trinity Sunday
June 11, 2017

William Maddox at the Tellers-Kent Organ
June 9, 2017

Our Trinity Festival Weekenda three-day celebration of our parish feast day – has concluded with excellent reviews and relieved committee chairs. On Friday evening, more than 100 enjoyed William Maddox, the acclaimed organist and music director at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, in recital on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent organ. Their appreciation of his performance was enhanced by Gary Kelley’s camera work in the loft, enabling audience members to view Mr. Maddox’s manual dexterity and fancy footwork on a movie screen in the sanctuary. The post-recital reception provided everyone an opportunity to visit with Mr. Maddox. Saturday’s church tours attracted a steady flow of visitors, much to the delight of docents and greeters. Rev. Victor Ibhawa celebrated Sunday’s Mass in honor of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, with individual members of the assembly presenting the Prayer of the Faithful intercessions. Musical anthems included Michael Bedford’s “Prayer to the Trinity,” sung by the parish choir. More than 80 of those in attendance at the Mass stayed to enjoy a parish brunch.
Many heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who volunteered in making the celebration of our parish feast day so memorable, especially the people who were here all three days helping with whatever needed to be done. We know that Friday’s recital, Saturday’s church tours, and Sunday’s Liturgy each attracted people who were visiting our church and experiencing our hospitality for the first time. We thank each of you who introduced someone to our parish and welcomed guests at our fellowship events. Let us each make this a habit going forward to Trinity Sunday 2018.

 

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity – Week of June 11, 2017

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

June 11 – June 18, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Trinity Sunday brunch in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Ladies Sodality Dinner Party in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Monday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

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

Father Victor preaches to congregation on Trinity Sunday
June 11, 2017

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 11 ~ Trinity Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Maurice Van Sice (Angela Jost and Katherine Strickland)

Monday, June 12 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 13 ~ St. Anthony of Padua ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, June 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, June 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, June 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Gregory DeLong (Family)

Saturday, June 17 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Charlotte Shaw (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, June 18 ~ Corpus Christi~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Bridget Blesnuk (Family) and Chaka Chapman (Mom and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18:

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

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

William Maddox at the Tellers-Kent Organ
June 9, 2017

News from our Parish Community

Our Trinity Festival Weekend – a three-day celebration of our parish feast day – has concluded with excellent reviews and relieved committee chairs. On Friday evening, more than 100 enjoyed William Maddox, the acclaimed organist and music director at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, in recital on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent organ. Their appreciation of his performance was enhanced by Gary Kelley’s camera work in the loft, enabling audience members to view Mr. Maddox’s manual dexterity and fancy footwork on a movie screen in the sanctuary. The post-recital reception provided everyone an opportunity to visit with Mr. Maddox. Saturday’s church tours attracted a steady flow of visitors, much to the delight of docents and greeters. Rev. Victor Ibhawa celebrated Sunday’s Mass in honor of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, with individual members of the assembly presenting the Prayer of the Faithful intercessions. Musical anthems included Michael Bedford’s “Prayer to the Trinity,” sung by the parish choir. More than 80 of those in attendance at the Mass stayed to enjoy a parish brunch.

The Sodality’s Annual Dinner is this coming Wednesday, June 14. All women of the parish are invited to join us for the evening, beginning at 6pm in St. Charles Hall; friends are welcome. Our Flag-Day themed holiday supper will include baked chicken, Italian sausage with peppers & onions, pulled pork with rolls, baked beans, roasted potatoes, and chef salad, all prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. Father Victor will be our guest and dinner speaker, with a presentation honoring the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The price of the dinner is $20 per person. If you have not yet made your reservation, please call or text Patty Gallisdorfer (716-392-9952) with your reservation no later than Sunday, June 11 or Click HERE and leave her a message.

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.

Bible Study ~ Our Bible Study group will meet on Monday evening, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet, Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 38-49) on the topic of Distrust, Disobedience and Dismay. Copies may be obtained from Father Victor. Make sure to bring your Bible and copy of Agape: A guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. For more information, contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Parish Council ~ Our final regularly scheduled meeting until September will take place on Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Council members are reminded that we have several important agenda items to resolve, so please make every effort to attend.

Rev. Cole T. Webster

We Congratulate Rev. Robert I. Agbo, Rev. Martin F. Gallagher, Rev. Luke P. Uebler II, and Rev. Cole T. Webster on the occasion of their ordination to the priesthood and pray for God’s blessings on them and on their ministries. Before beginning his studies at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, Father Webster was our parish business manager.

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.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth;
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
by Dorothy Frances Gurney

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Mary’s Summer Camps (Lancaster, NY) offer soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders the chance to have fun and receive instruction from high school coaches, teachers and athletes. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824, ext. 235 for more information and to register for the appropriate camp session.

Put Your Faith in Action in a service retreat, June 21-July 1. Single women (18+) are invited to join the Sisters of St. Francis as we travel to David, Kentucky to repair homes for people in need. Visit sosf.org or contact Donna McGartland at dmcgartland [at] sosf [dot] org or 315-420-5039.

Mount Mercy Academy is hosting a Basketball Camp on June 26-29 for girls entering grades 4 – 9. Call 716-825-8796, ext. 320 for details.

Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo 2017/2018 enrollment deadline is June 30. Do you know any students in grades 4 or 5 who have or wish to develop a good attitude toward school and would benefit from a change?  If so, please ask them to visit the NativityMiguel website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org  or call Mrs. Langer at 716-836-5188 for details on how to apply.

Pentecost Sunday – Week of June 4, 2017

“Come, O Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home shed a ray of light divine!
You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s more welcome guest; sweet refreshment here below.”
Pentecost Sequence
Symbol of Holy Spirit – detail in church skylight above the altar. Photo credit: Terry Cervi

June 4 – June 11, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

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

Friday, June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry Closed Today

Friday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church ~ William Maddox in Recital, followed by reception in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry Closed Today

Saturday, June 10 from from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ~ Guided Tours of the Church

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

Sunday, June 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Trinity Sunday brunch in St. Charles Hall

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

 

Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.

Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am. Father Victor will attend the 2017 Diocesan Convocation of Priests, June 6-8. For this week only, there will be no daily Mass Wednesday and Thursday (June 7 & 8), but there will be 11am Mass on Tuesday, June 6 and Friday, June 11.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 4 ~ Pentecost Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Therese Runfola (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Kevin Brown (Requested by John E. Curtin)

Monday, June 5 ~ St. BonifaceNo Service

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

Wednesday, June 7 ~ No Service

Thursday, June 8 ~ No Service

Friday, June 9~ St. Ephrem ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Saturday, June 10 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita E. Curtin (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, June 11 ~ Trinity Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Maurice Van Sice (Angela Jost and Katherine Strickland)

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

Trinity Festival Weekend ~ Next weekend we celebrate our parish feast day. The three-day event begins with an organ recital on Friday evening, June 9, at 7:30pm. Our recitalist, William Maddox, has chosen pieces to “showcase” our 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and highlight the church building’s acoustics. But the weekend is also an opportunity to showcase our welcoming parish family by bringing a friend to church. Invite someone to: experience the sound of music on our recently tuned pipe organ, find out why our church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with a guided tour on Saturday, June 10, from 2-4pm, and celebrate our faith and the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity at the 10am Mass on Sunday, June 11. You can also bring your guests to brunch in St. Charles Hall following the Mass, but do help the volunteers who are preparing the food by returning your reservation form no later than Wed., June 7. Click HERE for complete details about our feast day celebration.

Trinity Festival Open House ~ We are still in need of a volunteer greeter and a docent for our Saturday, June 10, open house and tours. If you can help in either capacity between 2 and 4pm, please contact Judy Casassa or click HERE and leave her a message.

The Sodality’s Annual Dinner is Wednesday, June 14. All women of the parish are invited to join us for the evening, beginning at 6pm in St. Charles Hall; friends are welcome. Our Flag-Day themed holiday supper will include baked chicken, Italian sausage with peppers & onions, pulled pork with rolls, baked beans, roasted potatoes, and chef salad, all prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. Father Victor will be our guest and dinner speaker, with a presentation honoring the 100TH anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The price of the dinner is $20 per person. Please call Patty Gallisdorfer (716-392-9952) with your reservation no later than Sunday, June 11 or Click HERE and leave her a message.

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.

Bible Study ~ Our Bible Study group will meet on Monday evening, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet, Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 38-49) on the topic of Distrust, Disobedience and Dismay. Copies may be obtained from Father Victor. Make sure to bring your Bible and copy of Agape: A guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. For more information, contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Parish Council ~ Our final regularly scheduled meeting until September will take place on Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Council members are reminded that we have several important agenda items to resolve, so please make every effort to attend.

Rev. Cole T. Webster

We Congratulate Rev. Robert I. Agbo, Rev. Martin F. Gallagher, Rev. Luke P. Uebler II, and Rev. Cole T. Webster on the occasion of their ordination to the priesthood and pray for God’s blessings on them and on their ministries. Before beginning his studies at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, Father Webster was our parish business manager.

Prayerful Thanks to Melanie Chimento and the wonderful members of Buffalo Underground, including Catherine Doering, Rick Hull, Norbert Muller, Patrick Rogers, Mary Jane Ross, Larry Sullivan and Alana Weeks. They brought their enthusiasm, energy and gardening tools to Blessed Trinity Wednesday evening, May 24, and applied all three in helping to remove weeds, overgrown shrubs, and plants gone wild. We also express our appreciation for the parish volunteers who worked along with them: Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Dan Korchowsky, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, and Sr. Liz Savage. There’s still work to be done, but thanks to the efforts of our maintenance man, Dennis Pawlikowski, and these dedicated volunteers, we’re off to a great start this spring.

Pentecost Sunday:  The Holy Spirit send seven special gifts to us. By calling upon these gifts, we are both made aware of God’s will for us, and are given the strength to pursue it. 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.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth;
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
by Dorothy Frances Gurney

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

African Culture Day is June 11 from noon-3pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo. Families from Burundi, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and South Sudan will celebrate with ethnic foods, dance, music, song, and a fashion show featuring the unique dress of each country.

St. Mary’s Summer Camps (Lancaster, NY) offer soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders the chance to have fun and receive instruction from high school coaches, teachers and athletes. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824, ext. 235 for more information and to register for the appropriate camp session.

Put Your Faith in Action in a service retreat, June 21-July 1. Single women (18+) are invited to join the Sisters of St. Francis as we travel to David, Kentucky to repair homes for people in need. Visit sosf.org or contact Donna McGartland at dmcgartland [at] sosf [dot] org or 315-420-5039.

Mount Mercy Academy is hosting a Basketball Camp on June 26-29 for girls entering grades 4 – 9. Call 716-825-8796, ext. 320 for details.

Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo 2017/2018 enrollment deadline is June 30. Do you know any students in grades 4 or 5 who have or wish to develop a good attitude toward school and would benefit from a change?  If so, please ask them to visit the NativityMiguel website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org  or call Mrs. Langer at 716-836-5188 for details on how to apply.

Seventh Sunday of Easter – Week of May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 29
Wall of remembrance in Notre Dame Cathedral, Strasbourg, France

May 28 – June 4, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, June 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 3 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 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Dr. Robert A. Baumler (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Healing for Barbara Draper (Requested by Nancy DeBoy)

Monday, May 29 ~ Memorial Day Observed ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Tuesday, May 30 ~ Memorial Day ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 31 ~ Visitation of the Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Thursday, June 1 ~ St. Justin ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, June 2 ~ St. Marcellinus and St. Peter ~ First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 3 ~ St. Charles Lwanga and Companions ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Charlotte Shaw (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, June 4 ~ Pentecost Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Therese Runfola (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Kevin Brown (John E. Curtin)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Dianne Riordan;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Angela Jost;  Maggie Gatson (Choir)

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

News from our Parish Community

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

First Friday Adoration and Benediction will take place this Friday, June 2, from 8 to 11am in the Daily Mass Chapel.

Sunday, June 4, is Pentecost Sunday. Please consider wearing something red, the liturgical color of the day.

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

Our Trinity Festival Weekend is only 2 weeks away, June 9-11. The lead-off event in honor of our parish feast day is an organ recital on Friday evening, June 9, at 7:30pm. William Maddox, acclaimed music director at Toronto’s famous Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, is returning to perform a benefit recital for the church’s Under This Roof fund. Mr. Maddox has been a friend of the parish since his first visit in 2011. His praise of our Landmark building and what he termed “its splendid acoustic” provided international support for the parish’s applications for State preservation funding. This is our chance to return the favor by attending his recital. Mr Maddox has selected pieces that “showcase various colors” of our 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and highlight the church’s acoustics. 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 him at a post-concert reception. A free-will offering for the Under This Roof fund will be taken; the suggested donation is $15. On Saturday, June 10, from 2-4pm, invite your friends to join you for a guided tour of our Landmark church. Find out from our knowledgeable docents what makes Blessed Trinity an architectural and historic landmark. 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. Brunch reservations are requested by June 7.

Sodality Dinner ~ The Sodality has chosen Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14, for our annual dinner. Father Victor will be our guest and dinner speaker, with a presentation honoring the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.  Our holiday themed picnic-type supper will include baked chicken, Italian sausage with peppers & onions, pulled pork with rolls, baked beans, roasted potatoes, and chef salad, all prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. All women of the parish are invited to dine with us on Wednesday evening, June 14, beginning at 6pm; friends are welcome. Reservation details are coming soon.

Sacred Sites Weekend ~ A large THANK YOU to all the volunteers who acted as docents, greeters and salespeople at our Sacred Sites Open House last weekend: Vera Andrew, Eleanor Ash, Tom Brodfuehrer, Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Vontrese Draper, Derik Kane, Mary Karlis, Dan Korchowski, Toni Maus, Marianne Pernick, Sr. Liz Savage, and Nancy Yager. All of our visitors were quite impressed with the beauty and significance of our very special church. The next time we “throw the doors open” will be Saturday, June 10, as part of our Trinity Festival Weekend celebration. We will need volunteers for that too. If you can help between 2 and 4pm that day, please click HERE and leave a message for Judy Casassa.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth;
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
-Dorothy Frances Gurney

Prayerful Thanks to Melanie Chimento and the wonderful members of Buffalo Underground, including Catherine Doering, Rick Hull, Norbert Muller, Patrick Rogers, Mary Jane Ross, Larry Sullivan and Alana Weeks. They brought their enthusiasm, energy and gardening tools to Blessed Trinity Wednesday evening, May 24, and applied all three in helping to remove weeds, overgrown shrubs, and plants gone wild. We also express our appreciation for the parish volunteers who worked along with them: Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Dan Korchowsky, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, and Sr. Liz Savage. There’s still work to be done, but thanks to the efforts of our maintenance man, Dennis Pawlikowski, and these dedicated volunteers, we’re off to a great start this spring.

Seventh Sunday of Easter:  Christ calls us all to be one, with each having a unique role. What is your unique role? 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.

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.

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).

Mount Mercy Academy is hosting a Basketball Camp on June 26-29 for girls entering grades 4 – 9. Call 716-825-8796, ext. 320 for details.

Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo 2017/2018 enrollment deadline is June 30. Do you know any students in grades 4 or 5 who have or wish to develop a good attitude toward school and would benefit from a change?  If so, please ask them to visit the NativityMiguel website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org  or call Mrs. Langer at 716-836-5188 for details on how to apply.

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. Reservations for the brunch may be made by calling 716-833-0301 by June 7.
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.

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)