March 24 – March 31, 2013

Stations of the Cross, right side aisle. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Stations of the Cross, right side aisle. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Holy Week Schedule
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Final Lenten Penance Service
Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m., St. Katharine Drexel, 135 N. Odgen Street
Weekly Activities

Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Lenten Penance Service at St. Katharine Drexel.

Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church.

Holy Thursday, March 28 following 7:00 p.m. Mass ~ Supper of Friends in St. Charles Hall.

Good Friday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating the Church for Easter.

Holy Saturday, March 30 following Easter Vigil Service ~ Pastor’s Easter Reception in St. Charles Hall.

     In Observance of Holy Week, there will be no Bingo Games on Thursday, March 28 or Saturday, March 30

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 24 ~ Palm Sunday ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Sara Dick (Requested by Family) and Sylvia Griffin (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, March 25 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 26 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – All Souls (St. Gerard Parish)

Wednesday, March 27 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – William Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Holy Thursday, March 28 ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. – The Poor, the Unemployed, the Unwanted

Good Friday, March 29 ~ Stations of the Cross at 12 Noon
Solemn Service at 3 p.m. ~ St. John’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion

Holy Saturday, March 30 ~ Easter Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. ~ Fire & Light, Scripture, Renewal of Baptisimal Vows –
Living and Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish

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

News from our Parish Community

Lenten Journey Service ~ The last 2013 Lenten Journey Service is a Penance Service on Monday evening, March 25, at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 135 N. Ogden Street.

Decorating the Church for Easter ~ Easter presents a very special challenge. No decorating can be done until the end of Good Friday Services, and it must be finished for the Easter Vigil on Saturday. Our goal is to complete the task Friday evening. Sooooooo – we invite YOU to help us reach that goal. A great deal of care goes into preparing our church for the most important liturgical celebration of the year. There are all kinds of tasks to be done — something for everyone! We hope you can help us on Friday evening, March 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please enter church using the door near the wheelchair ramp. Even if you can only stay for an hour, we thank you.

Holy Week Collections ~ The Holy Thursday collection will be used locally to support our Helping Hands Food Pantry.

Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Our hearts, minds and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land. Once a year, our parish is called on to support Christians in the Holy Land. Many of them depend on the collection for their lives. As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect Holy Places. When you donate on Good Friday, you are supporting these Christians. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing religious formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry. For more information, visit Please be as generous as your abundance allows. May we see these Holy Week collections as a direct result of our Lenten sacrifices.

A Different Kind of “Dinner Out” ~ Ss. Columba-Brigid will be hosting guests of the Family Promise network for the week beginning March 22. If you can assist other volunteers from Blessed Trinity in preparing dinner, please contact Naoma Allen or Amy Johnson or leave a message for them by clicking HERE. Remember to specify “Family Promise” in the Subject line.

Docent 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.

Prayer Partners ~ Our cluster parishes of Ss. Columba-Brigid, St. Ann, St. Katharine Drexel, Blessed Trinity, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres will again organize a “Prayer Partner experience” during the Easter Season. It will culminate with a gathering in May at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church where partners can meet. If you have signed up to participate, you will be receiving your prayer partner’s name shortly.

Catholic Charities Appeal ~ As we enter into Appeal Week 2013, please help to ensure that we reach our diocesan goal of $10.7 million by responding with your contribution or pledge today.  Your donation helps educate, counsel and train parents, provide basic assistance to families and the hope of a msd.20130324.palms.1.smpromising future to yourth through our workforce development and education programs. Protect. Strengthen. Empower. Please give to the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. 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

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.