January 6 – January 13, 2013

Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Photo credit: Margaret Dick


















For photos of the Church this Christmas, click HERE.

Christmas 2012 at Blessed Trinity

The Epiphany of the Lord 
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 10 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Choir members celebrated the Twelfth Day of Christmas at a house party hosted by Don and Bonnie Williams.

Choir members celebrated the Twelfth Day of Christmas at a house party hosted by Don and Bonnie Williams. Photo Credit: Bridget Blesnuk.

Saturday, January 12 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, January 6 ~ The Epiphany of the Lord ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – John Duffy (Requested by Family) and Marion Hartzell (Requested by Madonna Hartzell)

Monday, January 7 ~  St. Raymond of Penyafort ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Rosanne Burgio – Birthday Remembrance (Mickey Dick)

Wednesday, January 9 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Loretta Saxer (Estate)

Thursday, January 10 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, January 11 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)

Saturday, January 12 ~ The Baptism of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Irene Rambus (Family)

Sunday, January 13 ~ The Baptism of the Lord ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Margaret Schimpf and William Stiffler (Family) and Julia Roberts (Delmonte Family)


Example of Epiphany blessing on a door frame in Cochem, Germany. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.


News from our Parish Community

Feast Day Blessing ~ There is a traditional method of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany using chalk, an image reminding us of the dust of the earth from where we were made. This year, the chalk would be used to mark “20 + C + M + B + 13” over our doorways. The initials remind us of the traditional names of the Magi — Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar – and also stand for the Latin motto: “Christus, Mansionem Benedicat” (“May Christ bless this house”).  At home, this rhyme can be used as the blessing:

Caspar, Melchior, Balthasar!
Over us has risen a star.
Though the cold grows stronger,
Now the days grow longer.
Though the world loves night,
Christ is born, our Light!

Visitors from the East ~ Blessed Trinity welcomed its own visitors from the East, two young men from Rochester who are on a mission to visit “spiritually signficant in Western New York.” Chris and Luke dropped in on December 22, 2012 and — true to our pledge to answer any question a visitor may have about Blessed Trinity — they were welcomed by Usher Jerry Gallisdorfer. You can read about their impressions of Blessed Trinity and view their photos by clicking HERE.

January issue of GIVE US THIS DAY ~ On the weekend of January 5/6, parishioners will be receiving a complimentary copy of this month’s issue of GIVE US THIS DAY, a rather new publication of Liturgical Press. We hope you will enjoy using it at home. There are extra copies in the ushers’ pew in the middle of church. Please feel free to take extra copies for family and friends.

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 at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 118 Schiller Street, Buffalo 14206. Bishop Richard Malone will be the main celebrant. The guest homilist will be the Rev. Michael Upson, Catholic Campus Ministry Chaplain at Monroe Community College in Rochester. There will be a reception in the church hall following the Mass, and participating parishes are asked to donate finger foods or desserts, as well as theme baskets. The latter will be raffled to benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, and the scholarship committee is hoping for at least 5 baskets from each parish. If you are in a position to help in this regard, please bring your basket to Sr. Barbara by Monday January 14. Please bring finger foods or dessert donations with you on January 20.

News from NativityMiguel Middle School ~ Our students wish to thank Sister Maureen Harris, OSF, and Amy Johnson, Blessed Trinity’s Spiritual Care Outreach Coordinator, for allowing them to send Christmas cards to our homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. They take this responsibility quite seriously and are very happy when the recipients write back. Thank you for including them in this meaningful activity.  For information about the NativityMiguelMiddle School, please call Nancy Langer at 836-5188. Thank you.

Catholic Charities at Work in our Community ~ Like Mary and Joseph, who had to flee from their home land, there are millions of refugees displaced around the world. Catholic Charities has a tradition of welcoming a stranger, of resettling refugees who have been displaced from their countries of birth, fleeing from regimes or insurgents that seek to torture, imprison or kill them. Our Diocese offers a safe haven to refugees through the Catholic Charities immigration and Refugee Assistance Program. Here they find shelter, food, clothing and support. For more information on how you might help welcome the stranger, call 716-842-0270 and ask for the volunteer coordinator. Find Catholic Charities at ccwny.org, facebook.com/ccbuffalo and twitter.com/ccbuffalo.

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

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!