March 31 – April 7, 2013

The Easter Vigil Service, during the singing of the The Easter Proclamation or "Exsultet," by Bridget Blesnuk. Photo credit: Bonnie Hodur Williams.

The Easter Vigil Service, during the singing of the The Easter Proclamation or “Exsultet,” by Bridget Blesnuk. Photo credit: Bonnie Hodur Williams.

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, April 2 ~ Choir Night Off; regular rehearsals resume on April 16.

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

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

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

Sunday, April 7 from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in church.

Mass Intentions

Easter Sunday, March 31 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Blessed Trinity Parish Community

Monday, April 1 ~ No Communion Service

Tuesday, April 2 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Requested by Estate)

Wednesday, April 3 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Simon Keough (Estate of Mary Condon)

Thursday, April 4 ~ Mass  at 11 a.m. – Gladys Kibler (Estate)

Friday, April 5 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, April 6 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bob Deboy (The Gallisdorfers)

Sunday, April 7 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Frank McCue (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Sue Cahill (Bingo Workers)

Easter Sanctuary. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

Easter Sanctuary. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

News from our Parish CommunityDocent Training ~ Blessed Trinity is currently recruiting additional docents to assist with its May Sacred Sites Open House, upcoming tours, and promotion of our unique edifice as a cultural tourism destination. The first of two volunteer training sessions will take place on Saturday afternoon, April 13, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the parish hall located behind the church at 317 Leroy Avenue and concluding by 4 p.m. with a walking tour of the church. The date and time of the follow-up session will be scheduled to accommodate participants. You may register for the April 13 session by calling the church office at 716-833-0301 or leaving your contact information HERE. Please specify “Docent” as the Subject of your message. To read more about the church’s outstanding architectural features, click HERE or view “Our Beautiful House of Worship” video HERE.

The Trinity Series, “beautiful music in a beautiful space,” continues on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3 p.m., when the The Villa Maria Chorale, under the direction of Ireneusz Lukakszewski, performs The Peacemakers by contemporary Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. The work honors inspirational figures whose voices changed the world. Musical tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa, among others, are sung against rhythms and harmonies that reflect their origins and culture. Proceeds of the free-will offering will benefit The Chorale and Blessed Trinity’s Under This Roof building maintenance and restoration fund. Click HERE to learn more about The Peacemakes and The Villa Maria Chorale.

We Give Thanks ~ In addition to the  extaordinary efforts of the parish staff over the past few weeks, our parish community wishes to recognize dozens of volunteers whose contributions made our Holy Week services and activities so meaningful. They include parishioners and friends who decorated the church; Eucharistic Ministers; Lectors; choir members; greeters; ushers; and those who prepared and served food. Special recognition is owed to Bud Dick who devoted hours to shopping and food preparation for our Holy Thursday Supper of Friends and Holy Saturday reception.

Catholic Charities ~ At Catholic Charities, we rejoice with you today in the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We also want to thank you for following the example of Appeal 2013 patron Blessed Frederic Ozanam and opening your hearts for those we serve. By giving generously to the 2013 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities, you demonstrate that you are a part of a generous community that is always there for our neighbors in need. Protect, Strengthen, Empower. Please give to the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. Thank you for your support! Find out more at or call (716) 218-1400.

Charitable Contributions ~ If you need a 2012 Statement of Contributions for income tax purposes, please contact Roy Laciura at the rectory, 716-833-0301.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Celebrate Easter! We’ve prayed the “Way of the Cross” during Lent. Why not pray the “Way of Light” — the Stations of the Resurrection. Christ again asks you, “Will you spend just one hour with me?” Come at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5, to St. Andrew’s (1525 Sheridan Drive. Kenmore). Msgr. Richard Siepka will lead us in prayer and Bruce Woody will lead us in song as we follow the Church’s journey of joy from Resurrection to Pentecost. Don’t miss it!

Bible Study at St. Columba-Brigid resumes on Tuesday, April 16. During this Easter vacation, take time to ponder the messsage of God’s love shown during this blessed Season.

Blessed Sacrament Church, Buffalo, as part of its year-long 125th Anniversary Celebration, is pleased to welcome nationally-known syndicated columnist and author E.J. Dionne, Jr. to Buffalo on April 17, 2013. In his presentation, “Our Divided Political Heart and the Election of 2012,” Mr. Dionne will speak on how we Americans deal with the tension between two core values; i.e., our love for individualism and our reverence for community. He will speak at 8:00 p.m. at 710 Main Theater (formally Studio Arena Theatre). Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Shea’s Buffalo Ticket Office located at 650 Main Street in downtown Buffalo; by calling Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000); or online at

Buffalo Jazz Review ~ Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Performances by Mount St. Mary Jazz Ensemble, Depew HS Jazz Ensemble, St. Francis HS Jazz Ensemble, Tonawanda HS Jazz Ensemble and Sweet Home HS Jazz Ensemble will take place at Iris Restaurant (corner of Sweet Home Rd. & Maple Rd.). Admission: $7 presale and $9 at the door; Children under 5 are free. Call 716-877-1358 for more information or tickets.

Volunteer opportunities are available at a homeless shelter in Buffalo for individuals, couples, or groups to carry out the Corporal Works of Mercy. Little Portion Friary, 1305 Main Street, provides training and has several shifts available: check residents in and out, answer telephone, maintain log, respond to residents’ requests for clothes and personal belongings, help prepare breakfast, help with household chores such as laundry and light housekeeping. Substitute volunteers are also needed. Required: good decision making, organizational skills, at least 18 years old. Contact Ed at 875-9629 or Ann at 863-6694.