December 30, 2012 – January 6, 2013

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple: one of six terra cotta oval reliefs in the church narthex, depicting events in Christ’s early or private life. Luke’s account of this event (Luke 2:41-52) is the Gospel for Sunday’s Feast of the Holy Family.
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

For photos of the Church this Christmas, click HERE.

Christmas 2012 at Blessed Trinity

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Saturday, December 29
4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Sunday, December 30
10:00 a.m. Mass

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
10:00 a.m. Mass

The Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, January 5, 2013
4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Sunday, January 6, 2013
10:00 a.m. Mass

The Baptism of the Lord
Saturday, January 12, 2013
4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Sunday, January 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. Mass

Weekly Activities

Thursday, January 3 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

We now have new games: Red, White & Blue; carry over Bonus Ball; and a progressive Share-the-Wealth!

Elizabeth Ann Seton is one of the keystones of the American Catholic Church. A convert to Catholicism, she founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity. Widowed at the age of 30, she opened the first American parish school in Baltimore, Maryland as a means of supporting her family. She also established the first American Catholic orphanage. She did all this in the span of 46 years while raising her five children. St. Elizabeth Seton suffered great trials of sickness, misunderstanding, the death of loved ones (her husband and two young daughters) and the heartache of a wayward son. She died January 4, 1821, and became the first American-born citizen to be beatified (1963) and then canonized (1975). The Altar of Sacrifice at Blessed Trinity contains a relic of Mother Seton. This woodcarving, a gift of the Southtowns Woodcarvers of WNY, is affixed to the church’s left (east) transept wall.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, December 30 ~ Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Norine Hackney (Requested by Ed Marien) and Ethel Grabenstatter – Birthday Remembrance (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, December 31 ~ Pope St. Sylvester I – NO SERVICE

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 ~ The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Elizabeth Dick (Family)

Wednesday, January 2 ~ St. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Thursday, January 3 ~ The Most Holy Name of Jesus ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Sister Pascual, S.S.S. (Judy Casassa)

Friday, January 4 ~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Saturday, January 5 ~ The Epiphany of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Horan O’Connor (Family)

Sunday, January 6 ~ The Epiphany of the Lord ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – John Duffy (Family) and Marion Hartzell (Madonna Hartzell)

News from our Parish Community

Christmas in the City ~ Holy Family Sunday, December 30, starting at 2:00 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 East Delevan Ave. CCCB Church families, musicians, and choirs come together to celebrate our Christmas Faith. Bring you favorite Christmas cookies to share. Beverages are provided. CCCB parishes: Blessed Trinity, St. Columba/Brigid & St. Ann, St. Katharine Drexel and St. Martin de Porres.

Church Calendars ~ Every year we are fortunate to have a beautiful religious calendar for the new year. Special thanks to Bud Dick and Vandercher & Dick Funeral Home for making this possible. If you have not received a calendar or would like another to share with family or friends, check for extra copies in the ushers’ pew at the church divide.

Looking Ahead ~ The annual Mass honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at St. Katharine Drexel Church at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Richard Malone will be the main celebrant. The guest homilist will be the Rev. Michael Upson from Rochester. In early January, we will have full information about this event.

The Good News for 2013 ~ Over 2 billion more people have clean water to drink. Elementary school enrollment for girls has more than doubled in Africa. Fewer children are dying before the age of five, and a terrible disease, Guinea worm, is at the point of eradication. In today’s world of bad news about poverty and disease, let us celebrate the good news. Your support of the charitable work of the Church is making a real difference in people’s lives. Catholic Relief Services, serving the poor globally.

A Special Request for our Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Richard Plunkett advises that The Pantry has a critical need for volunteers with a pick-up truck who might be available a few hours each week or every other week for transport of food donations or extra food orders to the Helping Hands Food Pantry. If you can lend a hand or need further information, please contact Richard at 861-5022.

On a related note, The Helping Hands Food Pantry has been experiencing chronic shortages of cereal (store brands welcome). Their supply of cereal is usually gone by the end of the first week after the monthly food delivery from the Food Bank. They also are in need of any kind of canned vegetables, juice or canned soup, as well as flour or sugar and baking supplies. Many younger people and grandparents are asking for baby supplies, such as diapers and formula. You should also know that the food pantry now has used clothing that is clean and folded according to size for men, women, boys, girls and infants. They are in greatest need of clothing for men and infants. All clothing is donated and must be cleaned upon acceptance.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

International Crèches on Display ~ Father Roy Herberger invites you to experience a display of 385 nativity sets from 55 countries. These international crèches will be shown at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church located at 75 Hickory & Eagle Sts. (one block south of Clinton). The hours are from 1 – 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in December and on January 5 and 6. There is no charge and there is a special section for children.

Ss. Columba-Brigid Bible Study is taking a break for the Christmas season and the stormy month of January. So, no classes from Christmas to the end of January. Meanwhile be good. Give thanks and cherish your loved ones. Oh, and take care of the widows and orphans!