December 16 – December 23, 2012

Photo by Margaret Dick: 2012 Advent Wreath

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 16 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Holiday reception at the rectory for parish volunteers.

Monday, December 17 at 7 – 8:30 p.m. ~ Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo Advent Retreat at St. Lawrence.

Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Church ~ Decorating for Christmas; volunteers needed.

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

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

Saturday, December 22 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!

Mass Intentions

Sunday, December 16 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Irene Hodur – Birthday Remembrance (Requested by Bonnie and Don Williams) and Nancy Brown (Requested by Duffy Family)

Monday, December 17 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, December 18 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Julia Roberts (Delmonte Family)

Wednesday, December 19 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – William Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Thursday, December 20 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bertha Drescher (Estate)

Friday, December 21 ~ St. Peter Canisius ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Saturday, December 22 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – for a swift and sure recovery (Bob and Nancy DeBoy)

Sunday, December 23 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Norine Hackney (Dunnigan Family) and Patricia Murray (Judy Casassa)

Advent Reflection – Click HERE for this week’s Advent Reflection.

News from our Parish Community

Christmas Decorating ~ Help us create the “Christmas Look” at B.T. on Wednesday, December 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are all kinds of tasks to do. with willing hands and hearts and Christmas Spirit, the work will be light for all! Come and Enjoy!



Photo Credit: Bridget Blesnuk

Christmas 2012
at Blessed Trinity

Feast of the Birth of Our Lord ~ Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24
11:30 p.m. ~ Choral Preludes by Blessed Trinity Choir
12:00 a.m. ~ Midnight Mass

Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25
10:00 a.m. ~ Christmas Mass

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

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.

Congratulations to Marquis Draper, Robert Sands and their parents. Marquis and Robert achieved honors during the first marking period at Canisius High School.

Prisoner Gifts 2012 ~ A big “Thank You” to all who donated food and books, who decorated bags and helped package the Prisoner Gifts. Blessed Trinity collected over 3,500 hot chocolate packets. On Friday, December 7, the morning crew, directed by Coordinator Jan Burns, sorted and counted supplies and then filled over 850 gift bags (a book, two cocoa packs, a bag of candy and a greeting/prayer card) for the women at Albion Correctional Facility. The evening volunteers, representing churches, social agencies, and friends of Sr. Karen Klimczak, bagged and packaged 1,000 gifts for the men at Wende.  As in past years the men’s gift included two books, two cocoa packs, ramen noodles, macaroni & cheese, a granola bar, candy and a greeting/prayer.  Delivery to the prisons was scheduled for December12.

Retirement Fund for Religious ~ We also thank you for donating to the Retirement Fund for Religious. A sister from Pennsylvania writes, “In our prayers, all the sisters remember in a special way the faithful of the dioceses who support the [Retirement Fund for Religious] collection. We realize that their sacrifices and generosity have made this [financial] assistance possible. May God reward them.”

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

Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo Advent Retreat Evenings, “God awaits us in our stories,” continues on Monday, December 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Parish, 1520 East Delevan Ave. Join us in reflecting together to awaken our faith and awareness of God’s presence in our lives. Presenter, Dennis Mahaney from the Office of Parish Life, will speak on “A God-Sized Faith.” We love stories because they communicate the way nothing else can. Jesus told great stories. Life can still bring us to our knees and fill us with gratitude if we practice a few simple and prayerful steps each day. Come and learn how.

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.