February 3 – February 10, 2013

Terra cotta ornamentation in the right (west) transept Shrine Area. The “Globe surmounted by a Cross, Olive Branch and Lily…are used as symbols of Christ’s life on earth.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

Terra cotta ornamentation in the right (west) transept Shrine Area. The “Globe surmounted by a Cross, Olive Branch and Lily…are used as symbols of Christ’s life on earth.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

Sunday, February 3 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Generations of Faith program in St Charles Hall.

Tuesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsals resume in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, February 9 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, February 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality Raffle, Coffee Hour and Bake Sale in St. Charles Hall.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 3 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Sue Cahill (Requested by Judy Casassa) and Frances Pernick (Requested by Duffy Family)

Monday, February 4 ~  Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, February 5 ~ St. Agatha ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, February 6 ~ St. Paul Miki and Companions ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)

Thursday, February 7 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, February 8 ~ St. Josephine Bakhita ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Saturday, February 9 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Irene Rambus (Family)

Sunday, February 10 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Sylvia Griffin (Pauline Rollek) and Frank Gaglione (Bob and Mary Kresse)

News from our Parish Community

Generations of Faith ~ Session 4 of the 2012-13 Generations of Faith Program, “Celebrating the Sacraments,” will take place on Sunday, February 3, following the 10 o’clock Mass. Our focus for February is “Viaticum”: Provisions for the Journey, from Exteme Unction to Anointing of the Sick.

February Concert Rescheduled ~ Due to illness, the extremely talented Chorus of the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts will be unable to perform their much-anticipated concert at Blessed Trinity Church on Sunday, February 3, 2013. We hope that all these fine performers will be well for a re-scheduled concert at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2013. For more information on our Trinity Concert Series of “beautiful music in a beautiful space,” click HERE.

Memorial Mass ~ You are invited to a Memorial Mass celebrated for Sister Margaret Dougherty, D.C., in the chapel at Sisters Hospital at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 4. Sister Margaret, who died in Albany last month, was for many years the Director of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program at Sisters Hospital.

Sodality Bake Sale ~ The Sodality is planning a bake sale on Sunday, February 10, in conjunction with the spring raffle and Mardi gras coffee hour. We are looking for all types of baked goods, so your specialty will be gratefully received. Please drop your donation off at St. Charles Hall on February 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. – but before you go to Mass. Because everything will have to be priced and arranged in a short time, please label your item; for example, “cranberry-nut bread,” and include a suggested sale price. Any questions? Contact President Vera Andrew.

Spring Raffle ~ By now you should have received your tickets for the Ladies Sodality February 10, 2013 raffle. The first prize is a Basket of Cheer, courtesy of Bill Warren and Hertel Park Liquor. There are two second prizes: $50 gift cards for Wegmans and Dash’s. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5. The raffle will take place at a special Mardi Gras-themed coffee hour hosted by the Sodality on Sunday, February 10, following the 10 o’clock Mass. Additional chances are available at church or by calling the rectory at 716-833-0301.

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 Appeal ~ Protect, Strengthen, Empower. Please Give to the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. Last year, thanks to the generous support of donors throughout the Western New York community, Catholic Charities of Buffalo was able to positively impact the lives of children, families and seniors across the region with everything from basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, to mental health counseling or education services. Bishop Richard J. Malone has announced this year’s goal of $10.7 million. The patron of the 2013 Appeal, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, inspires us to be as committed in our own time and community as he was in nineteenthcentury France. We look forward to working with you now through Appeal Week or until our goal is reached. Find out more at ccwny.org, facebook.com/ccbuffalo and twitter.com/ccbuffalo.

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

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery ~ On Monday, February 4, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph University Parish Community Room (3269 Main Street, Buffalo, next to UB South Campus), Karen O’Hara, Mrs. New York State International 2013, will speak on this topic.  Mrs. O’Hara has used her various titles to become a strong voice for the victims of human trafficking not only here in WNY, but internationally as well.  She is also the Founder/Director of United Hands of Hope House, an organization providing recovery services to domestic survivors of human trafficking throughout Western New York.  Karen O’Hara has received the Fred Langless Award for humanitarian outreach acknowledging her achievements in developing awareness of human trafficking.

Bible Study – Ss. Columba-Brigid ~ Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way! It’s time for us to get back to Tuesday night. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 13; the season of Lent is coming. 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. So, we’ll return on Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday,” February 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Mount St. Mary Academy offers Winter Writing Workshop ~ Fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls are invited to a fun, three-day workshop to write, read, learn and share their stories with other girls who LOVE writing! The workshop will be held February 20-22 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Students will participate in sessions on short stories, journalism and poetry taught by local poet, Ken Feltges and journalist, Tim O’Shei. To register, please contact Katie Brick, Admissions Coordinator, at 716-877-1358, ext.413. There is a $15 registration fee and a writing sample will be required prior to Wednesday February 13. Placement is limited so call today!