October 28 – November 4, 2012

The Feast of All Saints, a holyday of obligation, will be celebrated on

Thursday, November 1. Join us for Mass at 6:00 p.m.

“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….”

As taken from a depiction of The Apostles Creed in symbols (12 in all) on either side of the main doors to our church.
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 28 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass – Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

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

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

Saturday, November 3 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!

Sunday, November 4 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass – Generations of Faith Program in St. Charles Hall.


Mass Intentions

Sunday, October 28 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Bob Hamsik (Requested by Angela Jost) and Frank Fries (Requested by Melissa Smythe)

Monday, October 29 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, October 30 ~ Loretta Saxer (Estate)

Wednesday, October 31 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Thursday, November 1 ~ Feast of All Saints ~ Mass at 6 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, November 2 ~ Feast of All Souls ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased of Blessed Trinity Parish

Saturday, November 3 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of Downs, Hickey, Fitzgerald & West Families (Family)

Sunday, November 4 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Shannon Long (Mary Schmelzer) and Robert Marien (Kathleen Marien)

News from our Parish Community

Generations of Faith ~ Our inter-generational religious education program continues on Sunday, November 4, with Session 2. This year we are “Celebrating the Sacraments,” and we will continue the discussion we began in October on Reconciliation. Adults and children are welcome to join us following the 10 a.m. Mass. The afternoon program includes lunch.

Mission Passports ~ Last weekend Father Reger introduced the Year of Faith Program that Bishop Malone inaugurated for our Diocese at a Mass at Our Lady of Victory Basilica on Sunday, October 14. Blessed Trinity “Ambassadors” received Mission Passports for our parish and distributed them to us at each Mass. We are being called today to carry on Christ’s mission, to be witnesses to the Gospel by our lives, to bear the Good News, and to serve one another. If you were unable to be here or would need an extra copy, you will find Passports on a table near the Ushers’ seat in the middle of Church.

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.

Prisoner Gifts 2012 – Blessed Trinity will again host the assembly of Christmas gift bags for prison inmates. The Christmas Prison Package Project originated with Sr. Karen Klimczak, SSJ, at the Bissonette House over 20 years ago, and we are privileged to continue its message of forgiveness and non-violence. Janice Burns is coordinating the event with Peaceprints Prison Ministries. Previously, we have provided 1000 gift bags for men incarcerated at Wende Correctional Facility. This year, the ministry is being extended to women inmates at Albion and the target number is now 2000. Our parish has been asked to donate instant hot cocoa, and our goal is 4,000 individual serving envelopes.  Please start shopping early, bring your donations to church by December 2, and place them in the labeled back pew.

The actual assembly will take place on Friday, December 7. Volunteers are needed for both shifts: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. until completion. Cash donations or checks payable to “Peaceprints Prison Ministries” can be placed in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and dropped into the weekend collection.

Respite for Caregivers ~ Are you in need of support in your new role as a relative caregiver? Catholic Charities’ Kinship Caregiver Program offers help using a family systems approach. Services provided to grandparents and others raising relative children include outreach, advocacy, case management and referral to family counseling. The program is available in Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties. Call (716) 856-4494, ext. 332 for information. Find us at ccwny.org,Facebook.com/ccbuffalo and twitter.com/ccbuffalo.

FREE High School Equivalency (GED) Preparation for students 17 years or older is offered by Catholic Charities Department of Education and Workforce! Job readiness preparation is also offered for those pursuing their GED. Classes are small with one to one help. Our students succeed! (By 2014 state requirements will change significantly and fees of up to $250 MAY be charged – now is the time to get this essential certificate). Locations are in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Cheektowaga and surrounding suburbs. For further information, contact Catholic Charities GED INFORMATION at 893-3500 or 856-4494.

Information from Area Catholic High Schools ~ We continue to receive information regarding entrance exams, etc., from high schools. Any new announcements are added to the table display in the front vestibule.

We’re All Missionaries. Do you know the date of your baptism? Well, on that day, you became a missionary, called by our Lord to share your faith with those around you and to be part of the Church’s mission to the world. Though we are not all able to travel to foreign lands as St. Francis Xavier did, we can all make an effort in our daily lives – through prayer and sacrifice – to support those men and women who are called to leave their homeland and preach the Good News of the Lord in a foreign land. On World Mission Sunday, October 20, we had the opportunity to be part of the Church’s missionary work in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands through our prayers and generous help offered to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

“You Did It For Me.” These are the words of Khaire Nesa, a 38 year old Afghan woman, who can buy more food for her six children because she joined a women’s self-help group supported by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Khaire’s women’s group opened a bakery with two ovens provided by CRS along with flour, cooking oil, baking powder and raisins.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Nativity/Miguel Middle School of Buffalo is happy to announce that you can help raise money for the school just by using your TOPS Bonus card. Simply register your TOPS Bonus card at www.topsmarkets.com/Education and select NativityMiguel as your school. Whenever you purchase participating TOPS Brand, TOP Care orFull Circle products, TOPS Markets will donate a percentage of your purchase back to NativityMiguel for education programs and other school needs. They appreciate your support, every little bit helps!