June 30 – July 7, 2013

Bingo workers enjoy a buffet luncheon in their honor on Sunday, June 30.

Bingo workers enjoy a buffet luncheon in their honor on Sunday, June 30.

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 30 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Brunch Honoring Bingo Workers.

Thursday, July 4 ~ Independence Day Holiday Observance ~ NO BINGO GAMES.

Saturday, July 6 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!

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 30 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Janice Weber (Requested by Gary)

Monday, July 1 ~ Blessed Junipero Serra ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, July 2 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Rita Poorten (Altar and Rosary Society of St. Bartholomew Church)

Wednesday, July 3 ~ St. Thomas, Apostle ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – William Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)

Thursday, July 4 ~ Independence Day Holiday Observance ~ NO SERVICE

Friday, July 5 ~ St. Anthony Zaccaria; St. Elizabeth of Portugal ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Gladys Kibler (Estate)

Saturday, July 6 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Pauline R. Viola (Joseph Viola) and Rose Pernick (Altar and Rosary Society of St. Bartholomew Church)

Sunday, July 7 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Robert Herrera (Penny Herrera) and Caitlin Homan (Don and Bonnie Williams)

News from our Parish Community

Bingo Workers Honored ~ The parish honored its unsung heroes and heroines — Thursday and Saturday night bingo workers — at an outdoor brunch hosted by Father Reger, following Sunday Mass on June 30. Appreciative parishioners and friends feted the workers with a fabulous buffet served under a tent (just in case) on the church lawn. For more photos from this event, click HERE to visit our Facebook page.

We’ve Conquered Cocoa! Now What ??? ~ Sister Claire Edwards, Daughter of Charity from Sisters Hospital, B. T. Parishioner, Member of the Choir and Member of Parish Council, offers us a challenge. For the past four years, Sister has been involved with Project Homeless Connect, an initiative of the WNY Alliance for the Homeless. Each year a day is set aside to provide many services to homeless people. This year on September 5 they will have the 5th Annual Project Homeless Connect Day at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Almost 75 service providers – from barbers and hair stylists to Veteran’s Benefits and Dental Care to Social Services to Family Service, etc. – all gathered together that day volunteering services to our neighbors who are homeless. Last year they served almost 700 people. This project doesn’t solve the problem of homelessness (the Alliance is also working on this larger issue), but it does show homeless people and families that the community is aware of and cares for them, – and it exposes many volunteers and service providers to this needy group in our midst. And Now OUR Challenge: As each homeless person leaves “Connect Day,” they are given a bag of personal items, donated from a variety of sources: socks, soap, tooth brushes, toothpaste, first aid kits, shaving cream for men and hygiene products for women. One item that is needed is (are you ready?): DEODORANT. Sister Claire asks: “Could we ask our parishioners at Blessed Trinity to collect deodorant for this purpose on the weekends of July? The Parish Council responded affirmatively. So, we ask you to become a part of this effort to reach out to our needy neighbors in this very simple, basic way. We will have containers placed in church during July for your contributions. We will need deodorants for men and women. And do note: deodorants can be purchased from The Dollar Store for $1.00. Thank you for your generous cooperation!!!

Summer in the City, organized by the churches of Central City, will take place Sunday, August 4, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory at Eagle. There is a need for many volunteers to bake desserts, work at our parish food tent, and to help with set-up, parking, serving and clean-up, etc. If you can lend a hand, there is a sign-up sheet on the altar railing near Mary’s shrine.

GED Opportunities ~ Summer is in full swing! High school graduation for many is a memory, but some students, for whatever reason, did not make it to this finish line. There is hope for a new start at Catholic Charities. In Erie County, we offer valuable help with high school equivalency and career counseling. For more information, call our GED and job readiness program at 716-893-3500 or 716-856-4494. Check us out at www.ccwny.org. Thank you for supporting Appeal 2013! Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Mount St. Mary Academy is hosting a Chiavetta’s Barbeque on Sunday, July 14. Bring the family for an afternoon picnic or take dinner home for your crew. Dinners will be served from noon to 4:00 p.m. Drive-through only at 3756 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217. Tickets are priced at $10 and are available on-site or by pre-sale. To purchase pre-sale tickets, please contact Mount St. Mary Academy at (716) 877-1358. All proceeds will benefit the Mount St. Mary Academy Alumnae Scholarship.The Annulment Process ~ If you or someone you know is thinking about applying for an annulment, plan to attend the Annulment Workshop on Tuesday, July 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the UB Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road (the traffic light just past Sweet Home High School) in Amherst. To register, call Barbara Wyse at 633-7786.
Annulment Workshop – If you’d like to apply for an annulment but don’t know where to start, plan to attend the Annulment Workshop on Tuesday, July 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the UB Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road (the traffic light just past Sweet Home High School) in Amherst. To register, call Barbara Wyse at 716-633-7786.
Annual Men’s Retreat at the Columban Center in Derby, NY will be September 6-8. The theme is “Religion vs Faith.” Open to all men, it begins with registration at 4 p.m. on Friday and ends with Mass and Brunch on Sunday. For more information or reservations, contact Rev. Paul P. Sabo at (716) 604-4948 or the Holy Name Office at (716) 847-2201. Reservations are limited to 55 men.
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. – 7 a.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 one shift per month. For more information or to volunteer, please contact: Chaplain Jonathan Moran at Saint Catherine Labourè 862-1538.