February 24 – March, 2013

Baldachino and Tabernacle Altar (background) and Altar of Sacrifice (foreground), Blessed Trinity Church. Lenten 2013 altar artwork by Todd Treat, T2 Printing;
photo credit: Margaret Dick.
Lenten Weekday Mass Schedule February 26 – March 27 Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel
Lenten ProgramWednesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. “Praying God’s Opening Message: Genesis 1:1” Presented by Norm McLaughlin RCIA Team & Social Justice Committee, St. Joseph University Church (preceded by simple soup supper in St. Charles Hall, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. “Jesus’ Entry Into Jerusalem: Starting Our Holy Week” Presented by Norm McLaughlin RCIA Team & Social Justice Committee, St. Joseph University Church (preceded by simple soup supper in St. Charles Hall, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

Monday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Church Lenten Journey Mass at Blessed Trinity (followed by refreshments in St. Charles Hall)

Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in Church (preceded by pizza supper in St. Charles Hall, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

Lenten Journey Masses at Central Buffalo Vicariate Parishes Mondays at 7:00 p.m., followed by refreshments

Monday, March 4 at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Avenue
Monday, March 11 at Blessed Trinity, 317 Leroy Avenue
Monday, March 18 at Nativity/Miguel Middle School, St. Augustine Campus, 21 Davidson Street
Monday, March 25 at St. Katharine Drexel, 135 N. Odgen Street – Penance Service (no Mass)

Lenten Penance Services

Tuesday, March 12 at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street
Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m., St. Katharine Drexel, 135 N. Odgen Street

Weekly Activities

Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Lenten Journey Mass at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory Street.

Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, February 27 from 5:30-6:30 ~ Soup Supper in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall ~ “Praying God’s Opening Message: Genesis 1:1,” presented by Norm McLaughlin.

Thursday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 2 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, March 3 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ “Generations of Faith” – intergenerational education program in St. Charles Hall.

Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Lenten Journey Mass at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Avenue.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 24 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Kristian Woods (Gallisdorfer Family) and Anthony and Lillian Hartmann (Hartmann Family)

Monday, February 25 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.20100216.lenten.cross

Tuesday, February 26 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Eugene Prystawski (Wife and Family)

Wednesday, February 27 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Virginia Saxer (Estate)

Thursday, February 28 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Friday, March 1 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members of St. Gerard Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, March 2 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Beatrice Braun (Cynthia Braun)

Sunday, March 3 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Jack Revene (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Homer Dick, Sr. (Family)

News from our Parish Community

Wanted: Soup-er Chefs ~ We’re still looking for a few more “specials” on the Soup Super menu boards for February 27 and March 6. If you can help by contributing soup or cookies, please sign the board or contact Amy Johnson. Thanks to all who have volunteered already.

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 ~ In its second year, Catholic Charities “Get Real. Give Hope. Challenge” is a way to connect with us and learn more about us on social media and through the act of giving during March. You can join in on the fun through Facebook for a chance to win prizes and spread the mission of Catholic Charities by giving hope in your own way. Visit http://www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo to learn more and register today. Protect. Strengthen. Empower. Please give to the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. Find out more at http://www.ccwny.org or call (716) 218-1400.

Extra Word Copies ~ We have extra copies of the Lenten issues of The Word. Please feel free to take copies for family/friends. They are in the ushers’ pew at the middle of the church.

A Message from Family Promise ~ Ss. Columba-Brigid wants to thank all the volunteers that cooked and visited with our guests from Family Promise.  We logged 261 volunteer hours!!  Our next Hosting week will be Friday, March 22 through March 28.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Paula Hunt at 348-0154 or email to paulahunt57 [at] verizon [dot] net.

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

Pro-Life Stations of the Cross ~ Join us in Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 158 Laverack Ave. Lancaster, NY on Friday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. to pray for an end to abortion, for respect for the elderly, the sick, the imprisoned, the poor, and for healing for the depressed and helpless among us. All are welcome! Questions? Call 683-6522.

Lenten Taize Prayer Service at St. Timothy R.C. Church, 565 East Park Drive, Tonawanda on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. A Taize Prayer Service features music, song, meditation, scripture readings and prayers and is a beautiful, inspiring way to spend an evening with Jesus and our Christian brothers and sisters and to experience the spirituality and beauty of Taize as we prepare for our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. There will be time for fellowship after the service. For more information contact Music Director, Sandy at 875-9430.

St. Joseph’s Day Table ~ The Sisters of St. Joseph give thanks on Sunday, March 10, from 12 noon – 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Peach Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence, NY. We hope you will share this wonderful tradition with the Sisters. Donations received will go to food pantries at Clarence Presbyterian Church, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish, and Vive.

Buffalo Choral Arts Society (120-voice community chorus) presents “Sacred & Serene,” an eclectic blend of choral works spanning the centuries, setting the tone for an afternoon of reflective music at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 4125 Union Rd (corner Genesee St.), Cheektowaga, NY. For more information call: 812-1541 or visit http://www.BuffaloChoralArts.org.

Bible Study – Ss. Columba-Brigid ~ Tuesday night Bible Study has returned at Ss. Columba-Brigid. 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; Tuesdays during Lent, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Morning Prayer will be celebrated in St. Lawrence Church during Lent. We will start at 8:10 a.m. on Ash Wednesday and continue Monday through Friday during Lent. Our weekday Mass follows at 8:30 am. Please consider joining us to experience the Daily Prayer of the Church.  Questions? Call Luke Dyer at 308-6302.

Lenten Bible Study ~ The Church in the Modern World is the current topic of a luncheon Bible Study at St. Lawrence Church, each Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Please consider joining us for Lent as we review church teachings and Scripture for lessons in how to live and act in the world today. We gather in the Franciscan Guest House dining room on the St. Lawrence Campus behind the church and school buildings for a simple meal, reading and discussion.  Questions? Call Luke Dyer at 308-6302.

Lenten Series: “From Exodus to Easter” ~ The Catholic Biblical Studies Program will offer a Lenten series at 2 locations beginning in February. This program will take a “slow walk” through the Book of Exodus to realize what is beneath the surface of this foundational story. This FREE 5-week Lenten Series will be held at the following locations:  Wednesday evenings at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd. Orchard Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Mass, followed by a soup supper, then the talk. Feb. 27, March 6, 13. Friday mornings from 10:30 – 11:45 at the Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst. March 1, 8, 22. If you would like to enrich your Lenten experience, please consider attending this series. Call St. John Vianney Parish at 716-674-9133 or the Newman Center at 716-636-7495.

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.