Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
December 8 – December 15, 2013
Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Freudig Singers of WNY perform “A Christmas Pie” in church; post-concert pie reception in St. Charles Hall.
Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Practice in St. Charles Hall.
Thursday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, December 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, December 14/Sunday December 15 ~ Gifts for shut-ins ready for pick up and delivery (in church).
Sunday, December 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by Holy Name Society.
We now have: Red, White & Blue; carry over Bonus Ball; and a progressive Share-the-Wealth! To check the carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.
Sunday, December 8 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Philomena M. Vaillancourt (Requested by Gayle and James Eagan) and
Marie Theresa Slubecky (Requested by Pastor and Parishioners)
Monday, December 9 ~ Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady ~ Mass at 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, December 10 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)
Wednesday, December 11 ~ Pope St. Damasus I ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Thursday, December 12 ~ Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)
Friday, December 13 ~ St. Lucy ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members and Family Members of Blessed Trinity Parish
Saturday, December 14 ~ St. John of the Cross ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John and Ester Horan (Family)
Sunday, December 15 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Mildred Bleyle (Bud and Mickey Dick) and Lawrence J. Miano (Bob and Mary Kresse)
News from our Parish Community
Gifts for our Shut-ins ~ Christmas gift bags for elderly parishioners will be ready on December 14. If you have volunteered to deliver one of these presents, please pick up the gift bag and poinsettia plant when you attend Mass on December 14 or 15. It will have both your name and the name and address of the person you are visiting. If you will not be at church this weekend, please make arrangements with the rectory for pick up early in the week. All gift bags should be delivered by Christmas.
- “Beautiful Music in a beautiful space…” The Trinity Concert Series continues with The Freudig Singers of WNY serving us “A Christmas Pie” on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. The Freudig choristers, under the direction of Roland Martin, bring their special brand of joyfulness to the holiday season with your favorite carols, double-bassist Sydney King and a post-concert pie reception guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit. We’ll be wrapping up a very busy week at Blessed Trinity, so mark your calendar now and treat yourself to a little Christmas pie.
- Gifts for La Casa Deadline ~ We invite you again this year to be a part of bringing Christmas to the refugees – men, women and children – who reside at Vive La Casa on Wyoming Avenue. For many years this was a favorite tradition for Sister Flavia. This year we will be collecting hats, scarves, mittens/gloves for children and adults, and toys. If you would like to participate in this effort, please bring your unwrapped gifts and place them in our La Casa box by Sunday, December 15. Thank You!
Retirement Fund for Religious ~ Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests spent years working in Catholic schools, hospitals, and social service agencies, often for little, if any, pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement and elder care. “Each year the need to provide for our elderly [members] becomes more pressing, and we are ever more grateful tor these providential funds,” writes a religious sister about the financial assistance received from the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your gift helps provide prescription medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of elderly religious. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.
Catholic Relief Services Aids Philippines ~ “This is the worst storm ever to hit the Philippines,” says CRS Philippines Country Representative Joe Curry. There is total devastation in a 30 mile-wide swath cut by Haiyan. That corridor includes 3.6 million people, and about 10 million have been affected. Catholic Relief Services staff, who began preparing a response as the storm neared, are working with Caritas Philippines, the Philippine government and other humanitarian organizations. In the wake of the storm, CRS staff is flying in from around the world, some reaching their destinations by boat. CRS is distributing thousands of temporary A-frame shelters, which can house a family of five. Thirty-two thousand of these shelters, along with thousands of hygiene and sanitation kits, will arrive near the zone of destruction this week. As one of the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development agencies, CRS provides lifesaving emergency relief in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. We are committed to staying with the people of the Philippines for as long as needed to bring relief-and recovery. Please help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan by donating to CRS. Click HERE to donate online.
- News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
St. Timothy RC Church, 565 East Park Drive, Tonawanda, will conduct its Advent Taize Prayer Service on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. Taize is an all ages, ecumenical service which praises God through scripture, prayer, meditation and beautiful music. Take time from your hectic holiday preparations to join in prayer with our fellow Christians. Bring your prayer intentions as we light our candles and pray for peace in our world, in our homes and in our hearts. After the Service there will be time for fellowship and refreshment. Contact Sandy Levinthal, 875-9430, for more information.