March 3 – March 10, 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 March 5 – March 27
Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel

Lenten Program
Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall ~ “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 in Church (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 7:00 p.m., 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, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Lenten Journey Mass at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Avenue.

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

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

Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall ~ “Jesus’ Entry Into Jerusalem: Starting Our Holy Week,” presented by Norm McLaughlin.

Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 9 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!

Monday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Lenten Journey Mass in our church.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Jack Revene (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Homer Dick, Sr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, March 4 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.20100216.lenten.cross

Tuesday, March 5 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Allen M. Andrew, Sr. – Anniversary (Wife and Monique)

Wednesday, March 6 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – William Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Thursday, March 7 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Friday, March 8 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Simon Keough (Estate of Mary Condon)

Saturday, March 9 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Scott Webb (The Sinnott Family) and Bob DeBoy (Jack Curtin)

Sunday, March 10 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Carole Kane (Family) and Dan Hartinger (Pat Hartinger and 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 March 6. If you can help by contributing soup or cookies, please contact Amy Johnson. Thanks to all who have volunteered already.

Lenten Journey Mass ~ We will be hosting the Lenten Journey Mass here at Blessed Trinity on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. Jessie Wells has offered to organize the reception that will follow this Mass. We invite all who can to bring a plate of cookies, bar cookies or brownies for this reception, and that you bring them to the hall before Mass. Please contact Jessie by Thursday, March 7 to let her know what you plan to bring. Thank you for your help.

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 ~ You or an organization you belong to may already have been asked by Catholic Charities to become part of the 2013 Appeal. Please respond with your donation or pledge to the 2013 Appeal as soon as possible. Join the thousands of others throughout the diocese who stand together in support of the mission of Catholic Charities. Find inspiration in the example of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and share your blessings with those we serve. Without your generosity, we cannot reach our goal or fulfill our mission. Protect. Strengthen. Empower. Please give to the 2013 Catholic Charities Appeal. Find out more at 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.

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

Celebrating The Year of Faith ~ The second of a Lenten series on the Documents of the Second Vatican Council will be held Monday Evening, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Avenue. The Constitution on Sacred Liturgy will be presented by Fr. Czeslaw Kyrsa, Director of the Diocesan Office of Worship. Parking is available behind the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo.

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

St. Lawrence Fish Fry ~ March 15, 2013 from 4 – 7 pm. Home made desserts and theme tray Auction! Tickets are $9 and take-outs are available. St. Lawrence is located at 1520 East Delavan Avenue. The venue is handicap accessible. Call 892-2471 for further information.

Catholic Biblical Studies Program ~ Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, will be the presenter at the Annual Lenten Day of Reflection sponsored by the Catholic Biblical Studies Program on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Millennium Airport Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Why is there suffering in the world?  Where is God in the midst of my confusion and suffering?  Do the things we do influence the circumstances of life?  These are some of the questions asked by the book of Job.  Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA, will share her insights and invite us to rethink what can sometimes be all too familiar. All are welcome to attend.  Contact the Catholic Biblical Studies Program at (716) 871-9180 for registration information.  

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.

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.