May 19 – May 26, 2013

Visit us on May 18-19 for docent-guided tours as part of the New York Landmark Conservancy's Sacred Site Open House Weekend. Photo by Sharon Cantillon, Buffalo News Photographer
Visit us on May 18-19, 2013 for docent-guided tours as part of the New York Landmark Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. Photo by Sharon Cantillon, Buffalo News Photographer
Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 19 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by the Bingo Workers.

Sunday, May 19 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Docent-led tours of church as part of NYS Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.

Monday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Work party to “de-decorate” church and put away the Easter decorations.

Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, May 25 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, May 26 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 19 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Bill and Clare Schultz (Requested by Robert and Mary Kresse) and Anfreda Dawidzik (Requested by Greg Allgrim)

Monday, May 20 ~ St. Bernardine of Siena ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 21 ~ St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Wednesday, May 22 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Simon Keough (Estate of Mary Condon)

Thursday, May 23 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. ~ Gladys Kibler (Estate)

Friday, May 24 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, May 25 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Marie Sands (Ithrene and Lorna Cameron)

Sunday, May 26 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Gwendalyn Moore (Peggy and Robert Davison)

News from our Parish Community

It’s That Time Again ~ On Monday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m., we will be taking down our Easter season decorations. It is an easy task and could be accomplished in a much shorter time if YOU could lend a hand. Please join us in church (use ramp entrance, please) Monday at 6:30. Thanks for helping us “transition into Ordinary Time.”

Ladies Sodality Meeting ~ The Sodality will meet on Sunday, May 26, following the 10 a.m. Mass. This is also the deadline for reservations for the June 5th dinner which will mark the end of the organization’s season. For details and dinner choices, please see the separate announcement below.

Docent Terry Gress (left) gives a visiting family his unique perspective on the nave and dome during Sunday's Sacred Sites Open House.

Docent Terry Gress (left) gives a visiting family his unique perspective on the nave and dome during Sunday’s Sacred Sites Open House.

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend ~ On the weekend of May 18-19, 2013, Blessed Trinity participated in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Third Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend, joining dozens of houses of worship all over the state in showcasing their landmark buildings. We thank the many volunteers who served as  docents, greeters, sales associates, and general hosts. Once again, you made this event enjoyable and memorable for many Western New Yorkers who were exposed to  Blessed Trinity for the first time, or others who returned after many years. We are especially proud of our newest docents who all took a turn on familiarizing our guests with so many features that make Blessed Trinity unique — not the least of which is its friendly people!

Ladies Sodality Annual Spring Dinner will be Wednesday evening June 5th, at The Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville, beginning at 6:15 p.m. with cocktails (cash bar). The sit down dinner at 7:00 p.m. will include choice of entrée, salad, potato, vegetable, rolls & butter, dessert, and coffee or tea. Our guest speaker will be Virginia Lyons, RN, Community Outreach Nurse, Breast Specialist and Women’s Health Educator from Sister’s Hospital. Please contact Patty Gallisdorfer or Marianne Pernick with your entrée choice. Entrees are: Filet Mignon, 6oz. – $34.00, Stuffed Chicken Breast – $27.00, Horseradish Crusted Salmon Filet – $30.00. These prices include tax and gratuity. The dinner is open to all interested women and guests are welcome. Reservations and payment (checks payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity”) are due no later than May 26th and can be made at the Sodality’s final meeting of the season on Sunday, May 26th following the 10 o’clock Mass.

Prayer Partners
~ On Sunday, May 19, we celebrate the end of the Easter season with the Feast of Pentecost, the event of the Holy Spirit coming to the apostles and now to us. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to help us in the work of bringing the gift of forgiveness and to bring us peace. Pray the prayer to the Holy Spirit for your prayer partner today: “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth.”And remember to save the date: Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 p.m. at St. Columba-Brigid. Come and meet your partner at a pot-luck social and enjoy quality time with all the CCCB churches. Please sign up no later than May 26, using the form on the altar railing near Our Lady’s Shrine.
Collection for the Church in Latin America ~ Generous gifts made to our May 18/19 Collection will fund evangelization, formation, and catechesis projects for the Church in Latin America. As young people from around the world prepare to make pilgrimages to Brazil for World Youth Day, the young faithful of Brazil face the hardships of poverty and violence and a lack of priests and trained lay leaders to help them live faith. The support you give today will provide opportunities for years to come. Please support the Church in Latin America and be generous in this special collection.
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
Ss. Columba-Brigid will have their annual Chiavetta’s Chicken Dinner on Sunday, June 9th, from noon until they’re sold out. Tickets are $9. There will also be 100theme baskets and something called “Entertainment Explosion.” This consists of a raffle for 3 packages of gift cards and certificates for movies, restaurants, stores and places to visit. The 1st prize is worth $250 and the other two are valued at $150 each. This event will be at 75 Hickory St. at the corner of Eagle – just one block south of Clinton St. in downtown Buffalo. For more information call Fr. Roy at 852-2076.

Volunteer Opportunities at Sisters Hospital ~ Guardian Angel Ministry Program: The Long Term Care Homes of the Catholic Health Care System in WNY are currently expanding our Guardian Angel Ministry Program. This unique and challenging ministry provides companionship for residents as they enter their final stages of living. This distinctive End of Life Program, offers support for family members who are unable to be with their loved ones during the overnight hours (11 p.m. – 7a.m.) as the resident approaches death. The program is designed to give families a brief respite and peace of mind knowing that someone is offering spiritual support and companionship to their loved one. The loved one will not die alone. Volunteers sign up for a 4 hour shift and average no more than being present one shift per month. For more information or to volunteer, please contact: Chaplain Jonathan Moran at Saint Catherine Labourè 862-1538.

Pastoral Counseling Services from Samaritan Counseling are now available in the Franciscan Guest House at St. Lawrence on Wednesday mornings. The counselor plans to be there from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Appointments are also available at other times. Please call the clinic at 308-6302 if there are any questions. The service is expected to expand over the next few months if there is an interest. Contact person is Pat Dyer, NP.