February 17 – February 24, 2013


Baldachino and Tabernacle Altar (background) and Altar of Sacrifice (foreground), Blessed Trinity Church. Lenten 2013 altar artwork by Todd Treat, T2 Printing; photo credit: Margaret Dick.

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, February 20 from 5:30-6:30 ~ Pizza Supper in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in church ~ Prayer Around the Cross.

Wednesday, February 20 following Prayer Around the Cross ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Sunday, February 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 17 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Bob Hamsik (Requested by Angela Jost) and Julia Roberts (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, February 18 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, February 19 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Loretta Saxer (Estate)

20100216.lenten.crossWednesday, February 20 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, February 20 ~ Prayer Around the Cross at 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 21 ~ St. Peter Damian ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)

Friday, February 22 ~ The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (The Parish)

Saturday, February 23 ~ St. Polycarp ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Gerald W. Vaillancourt (Gayle and Jim Eagan)

Sunday, February 24 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Kristian Woods (Gallisdorfer Family) and Anthony and Lillian Hartmann (Hartmann Family)

News from our Parish Community

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, February 20, in St. Charles Hall following Prayer Around the Cross at 7 p.m. (in church).

Sodality General Meeting ~ Our Ladies Sodality will hold its next general membership meeting in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, February 24, immediately following the 10 o’clock Mass. All women of the parish are welcome.

Congratulations to Sister Peggy Gallagher, Fran Cahill and Roberta Evans, the winners of The Ladies Sodality’s February 10 Mardi Gras raffle. The Sodality is grateful to all who supported this fundraising effort through the sale and purchase of tickets, and everyone who baked or purchased baked goods. The proceeds of nearly $1300 will directly benefit the parish. We are especially appreciative of the generosity of Bill Warren and Hertel Parker Liquor who donated the “cheer,” and an anonymous donor who purchased the grocery store gift cards.

Two Soup Suppers … Two Pizza Suppers… Will they be on your Lenten schedule? We invite you to prepare and share with us your favorite soup and/or cookies/bar cookies. Please indicate your contribution as soon as possible on the sign-up board near the piano. Enjoy Soup Suppers on Wednesdays, February 27 and March 6. Our first Pizza Supper will be Wednesday, February 20. Many thanks to Amy Johnson who has offered to coordinate our Soup Suppers!

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

Catholic Charities ~ In its second year, Catholic Charities “Get Real. Give Hope. Challenge” is a way to connect with us and learn more about us on social media and through the act of giving during March. You can join in on the fun through Facebook for a chance to win prizes and spread the mission of Catholic Charities by giving hope in your own way. Visit http://www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo to learn more and register today. Protect. Strengthen. Empower. Please give to the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. Find out more at http://www.ccwny.org or call (716) 218-1400.

Extra Word Copies ~ We have extra copies of the Lenten issues of The Word. Please feel free to take copies for family/friends. They are in the ushers’ pew at the middle of the church.

A Message from Family Promise ~ Ss. Columba-Brigid wants to thank all the volunteers that cooked and visited with our guests from Family Promise.  We logged 261 volunteer hours!!  Our next Hosting week will be Friday, March 22 through March 28.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Paula Hunt at 348-0154 or email to paulahunt57 [at] verizon [dot] net.

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

Bible Study – Ss. Columba-Brigid ~ Tuesday night Bible Study has returned at Ss. Columba-Brigid. The weekly readings from Luke’s gospel will take us on the journey to Jerusalem and teach us to walk in his ways. Come out. Bring a friend. Come any week you can and don’t worry about weeks you can’t be with us. We’ll be here and you’ll always be welcome; Tuesdays during Lent, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Orchid Show ~ If you are looking for a breath of spring, why not visit the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society’s spring show at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 S. Park Avenue (near Ridge Rd.), Buffalo 14218. The show runs Saturday, February 23, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 24, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.orchid.min

Morning Prayer will be celebrated in St. Lawrence Church during Lent. We will start at 8:10 a.m. on Ash Wednesday and continue Monday through Friday during Lent. Our weekday Mass follows at 8:30 am. Please consider joining us to experience the Daily Prayer of the Church.  Questions? Call Luke Dyer at 308-6302.

Lenten Bible Study ~ The Church in the Modern World is the current topic of a luncheon Bible Study at St. Lawrence Church, each Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Please consider joining us for Lent as we review church teachings and Scripture for lessons in how to live and act in the world today. We gather in the Franciscan Guest House dining room on the St. Lawrence Campus behind the church and school buildings for a simple meal, reading and discussion.  Questions? Call Luke Dyer at 308-6302.

Lenten Series: “From Exodus to Easter” ~ The Catholic Biblical Studies Program will offer a Lenten series at 2 locations beginning in February. This program will take a “slow walk” through the Book of Exodus to realize what is beneath the surface of this foundational story. This FREE 5-week Lenten Series will be held at the following locations:  Wednesday evenings at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd. Orchard Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Mass, followed by a soup supper, then the talk. Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13. Friday mornings from 10:30 – 11:45 at the Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst. Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 22. If you would like to enrich your Lenten experience, please consider attending this series. Call St. John Vianney Parish at 716-674-9133 or the Newman Center at 716-636-7495.

A Lenten Fish Fry will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew. The dinner is prepared by BW’s Barbeque and includes: battered fish, French fries, macaroni salad, cole slaw, rye bread/butter, tartar sauce, beverage and dessert. Tickets are: Adults $9 (presale) and $10 (at the door) and Children 12 & under $6 (presale) and $7 (at the door). For tickets, please contact Evelyn at 479-2089 or Mary at 668-5118. Thank you for your support of this event.

Lenten Taize Prayer Service at St. Timothy R.C. Church, 565 East Park Drive, Tonawanda on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. A Taize Prayer Service features music, song, meditation, scripture readings and prayers and is a beautiful, inspiring way to spend an evening with Jesus and our Christian brothers and sisters and to experience the spirituality and beauty of Taize as we prepare for our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. There will be time for fellowship after the service. For more information contact Music Director, Sandy at 875-9430.

Buffalo Choral Arts Society (120-voice community chorus) presents “Sacred & Serene,” an eclectic blend of choral works spanning the centuries, setting the tone for an afternoon of reflective music at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 4125 Union Rd (corner Genesee St.), Cheektowaga, NY. For more information call: 812-1541 or visit http://www.BuffaloChoralArts.org.