June 2 – June 9, 2013

Symbol of the Trinity in the church's Great Dome. Photographic rendering by Todd Treat.
Symbol of the Trinity in Joseph Mazur’s painting in the church’s Great Dome. Photographic rendering of painting by Todd Treat.
Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m. ~ The Trinity Series Continues with a performance by The Arts Academay Choir in church, followed by a reception in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, June 5 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Ladies Sodality’s annual spring dinner at The Protocol Restaurant.

Thursday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, June 8 from 2 – 4 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the church as part of New York State’s Path Through History Weekend.

Saturday, June 8 at 3:30 p.m. in church ~ “The Community that Built Blessed Trinity,” a historical presentation by Christopher Puchalski.

Saturday, June 8 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, June 9 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass – Reception honoring First Communicants in St. Charles Hall.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 2 ~ Feast of Corpus Christi ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Gloria Finnerty (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, June 3 ~ St. Charles Lwanga and Companions ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, June 4 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members of St. Gerard Parish (St. Gerard Parish)

Wednesday, June 5 ~ St. Boniface ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – William Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Thursday, June 6 ~ St. Norbert ~ Mass at 11 a.m. ~ Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Friday, June 7 ~ The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Simon Keough (Estate of Mary Condon)

Saturday, June 8 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita E. Curtin (The Curtin Family)

Sunday, June 9 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Robert and Beverly Brodfuehrer (Family) and Olivette Scheuer (The Duffy Family)

News from our Parish Community

The Trinity Series Continues ~ On Sunday, June 2, at 3:00 p.m., we will close out our 2012-13 Trinity Concert Series of “beautiful music in a beautiful space” with the exciting voices of the Arts Academy Choir. These talented choristers, students of the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts under the direction of Frank Scinta, will present songs in English, Spanish, Latin, and African dialect, encompassing traditional spirituals and folk songs, choruses from opera and Broadway, and inspiring hymns from several traditions. Everyone is invited to join in the toe-tapping and hand-clapping at this joyous event. A free-will donation will be taken and a reception will follow.

Prayer Partners ~ Your pot-luck dinner will be held Tuesday, June 4 at St. Columba-Brigid. Arrival: 5:30 p.m.  Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Come and meet your partner and enjoy quality time with all the CCCB churches.

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. Please make checks payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.”

Our next Open House will be on Saturday, June 8, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., as part of New York State’s Path through History Weekends. In line with that theme, parishioner and WNY historian Christopher Puchalski will give a special talk on “The Community That Built Blessed Trinity Church” at 3:30 PM that afternoon. He will share with us the building’s historical significance as revealed through the early 20th century immigrant community that constructed and financed our one-of-a-kind house of worship. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Bring your friends and neighbors for an interesting piece of history.

Congratulations to David Iheke and Keith Wilson who made their First Communion on Saturday, June 1, at St. Joseph University Church. This year Keith and David participated in the sacramental program with the children at St. Joseph’s. On Sunday, June 9, at our 10:00 Mass, David and Keith will join with our Blessed Trinity Parish Community to receive Communion.
Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign ~ Our parish will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC)on June 8 and 9. This Collection communicates the Good News through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese, so please be generous in this Collection. CCC is how the Good News gets around to you.
Sacred Sites Thank You ~ Many thanks to the great docents, greeters, and sales volunteers who helped to make our Sacred Sites Open House last weekend so successful. More than 48 people visited the church, some from as close as across Leroy Avenue, some from as far as Jamestown, Rochester, and Florida. They all had a very positive experience in our unique setting, thanks to the special efforts of: Naoma Allen, Vera Andrew, Eleanor Ash, Marilyn and Ken Barker, Sean and Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Luis Clay, Alice Davis, Mickey Dick, Vontrese Draper, Sr. Peg Gallagher, Jerry and Pat Gallisdorfer, Terry Gress, Madonna Hartzell, Bob Heicklen, Amy Johnson, Roy and Sionen Laciura, Ethelene Perry, Dianne Riordan, Sr. Liz Savage, Lucille Venezia, Bonnie and Don Williams, Geraldine Wnuk, Nancy Yager and Palma Zanghi.
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 100 theme 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.

Juneteenth Parade
 will take place Saturday, June 15. The Central City Churches are hoping for a good representation of “marchers.” Participants will meet at St. Martin de Porres Church at 9:00 a.m. Transportation will be provided to the Parade Starting Site. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an American Holiday honoring African American heritage and celebrated by people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 36 states of the United States.

The Catholic Cemeteries are continuing their “Spring Savings Event.” All six Catholic Cemeteries — Mt. Olivet, Holy Cross, Holy Sepulcher, Gate of Heaven, Assumption and Queen of Heaven – will be offering savings of up to $500.00 off a burial space and other discounts now through June 30. Call the Catholic Cemetery office at 873-6500 for more information.

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.