January 20 – January 27, 2013

Photo Credit: Phil Woods

Photo Credit: Phil Woods





















Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. ~ Diocesan Mass honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at St. Katharine Drexel Church.

Tuesday, January 22 ~ NO Choir Rehearsal. Rehearsals will resume on February 5 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, January 26 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!

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Bingo Workers meeting in St Charles Hall.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 20 ~ St. Agnes ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Bob Hamsik (Requested by Angela Jost) and Lawrence J. Miano (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, January 21 ~  Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, January 22 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wendlinger (Estate of Arlene T. Bauer)

Wednesday, January 23 ~ St. Vincent ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – James Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Thursday, January 24 ~ St. Francis de Sales ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Rosanne Burgio (Mickey Dick)

Friday, January 25 ~ The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – William Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Saturday, January 26 ~ Sts. Timothy and Titus ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Paula Viola (Joe Viola) and Gerald W. Vaillancourt – Birthday Remembrance (Gayle and Jim Eagan)

Sunday, January 27 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Deceased Family Members (Angela Jost) and Susan C. Bechtel (Family)

News from our Parish Community

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.

Attention Bingo Workers ~ There will be an important meeting in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, January 27, following the 10:00 a.m. Mass.

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. The Sodality is planning a bake sale in conjunction with the raffle, and President Vera Andrew would love to hear from willing pastry chefs.

We give thanks for the many volunteers who turned out on Monday evening, December 14, for our annual “de-decorating” party. With the assistance of Sean and Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Mickey Dick, Ellen Duffy, Jerry and Patti Gallisdorfer, Amy Johnson, Gary and Marian Kelley, Dan Korchowsky, Roy and Shonen Laciura, Dorothy Manuppelli, Ed Marien, and Kathy Press, trees and wreaths, crèche figures, altar rail and window garlands, and pew decorations were disassembled and returned to storage, floors were swept and rugs vacuumed – all in record time. In addition to supervisory tasks, Sister Barbara and Father George also provided healthy, post-holiday refreshments for the clean-up crew.

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

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.

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

Sister Karen: A Woman of Faith ~ The first in a series on Sister Karen Klimczak will be presented at Ss. Columba-Brigid on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Each month a family member, friend, classmate, colleague, or coworker will witness to the light of faith shared by Sister Karen as she ‘walked amongst us’. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. (provided…$5 donation). Presentation: 12:15 p.m. by Sister Jean Klimczak. Please all 716-310-0840 before Thursday, January 24, 2013, to register.

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.