The Feast of All Saints
November 1

"We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers" (Paul VI). The Communion of Saints depicted in iconography on the façade of Blessed Trinity Church. Photo Credit: Margaret Dick.

“We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers” (Paul VI).
The Communion of Saints depicted in iconography on the façade of Blessed Trinity Church. Photo Credit: Margaret Dick.

October 27 – November 3, 2013


Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 27, following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality meeting in St. Charles Hall.

Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Practice in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, November 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! To check the carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.


Mass Intentions

Sunday, October 27 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Phil Heubusch (Requested by Ed Marien) and Cynthia Braun (Requested by Goulding Family)

Monday, October 28 ~ St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, October 29 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Loretta Saxer (Estate)

Wednesday, October 30 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Thursday, October 31 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)

Friday, November 1 ~ Feast of All Saints ~ Mass at 6 p.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Saturday, November 2 ~ All Souls Day ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of Downs, West, Hickey, Fitzgerald and Smith Families (Joan West and Family)

Sunday, November 3~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Robert and Celia Marien (Kathleen Marien) and Cynthia Braun (Bob and Mary Kresse)


News from our Parish Community

Priesthood Sunday ~ October 27 is Priesthood Sunday. With blessings and gratitude, the Parish Community of Blessed Trinity acknowledges and thanks Father Reger for his faithful and loving service ~ inspiring, encouraging, shepherding and supporting.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their monthly general meeting in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, October 27, immediately following the 10 a.m. Mass. Agenda includes nominations and election of officers, senior shut-in project, and plans for a Christmas party. All women of the parish are invited to attend.

Feast of All Saints ~ Friday, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for the celebration of Mass. There will be no 11:00 a.m. Mass on Friday.
A Memorial Mass for Rev. Roderick Brown, OP, former head of Central City Ministry, will be celebrated November 2 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton St. Bishop Grosz will be the main celebrant. Let us keep Father Brown and his family in our prayers and thank God for his service in the Buffalo Diocese. 
Doors Open Niagara ~ Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers – docents, greeters, salespeople and others – who made our Doors Open Niagara event on October 19 and 20 such a grand success. We had more than 125 visitors from all over WNY and as far north as Lindsay and London, Ontario. They came with cameras and maps, and left with awe for our beautiful building and appreciation for our warm hospitality and knowledgeable volunteers. Above all, they left with a very positive impression of Blessed Trinity Church and its fine parish community. Thank you for making that possible! Click HERE to see photos from Doors Open Niagara 2013.
Just a few of the tourists who visited during Doors Open Niagara. The "wow" effect upon entering the nave always starts the cameras clicking. Photo credit: Margaret Dick.
Special Collection
~ On the weekend of October 26/27, we support our family and friends who have served this nation with distinction. The Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services will provide the Gospel, the sacraments and other forms of spiritual support to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces wherever they serve, no matter the circumstances. Please prayerfully consider a generous contribution to the first-ever national Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, using the envelope included in your bulletin.

End Homelessness ~ Let Music be your inspiration. Some of the region’s best choral groups will champion this cause on Sunday, October 27, during Singing for a Promise, the widely anticipated fundraiser for Family Promise of WNY, which rescues families adrift in the despair of homelessness. The Unitarian Universalist Choir, Friends of Harmony, and Amherst Central High’s Sweet Sixteens and Varsity Singers will perform from 3 – 6 p.m. in the beautiful, acoustically friendly sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry. The $15 price of admission also includes a wine, beverage and snack reception, plus the opportunity to win gifts donated by merchants in a “Buffalo’s Best” raffle and silent auction of fine wines and other valuable prizes. All proceeds go toward providing accommodations, guidance and hope to homeless families. Family Promise boasts a distinguished record of fostering family stability. Staff professionals work closely with devoted volunteers from an expansive base of churches and civic organizations throughout the community. Currently, Family Promise is expanding its footprint in the community, moving from its longtime home in South Buffalo to the new, roomier Family Resource Center in Cheektowaga at the Garden Village Plaza, 149 French Road at Union. Click HERE to learn more.

News from our Parish Council ~ The Parish Council has announced the schedule and hosting organizations of the next three coffee hours: November 17 – Bingo Workers; December 15 – Holy Name Society; and January 19 – Ladies Sodality.

Important Neighborhood Meeting ~ On Thursday, November 14, LPCiminelli and Goody Clancy are hosting a Community Planning Meeting/Interactive Public Forum for the Leroy-Fillmore and Central Park neighborhoods. Please join your neighbors from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Public School #61, 453 Leroy Avenue, and share ideas on how new investment in neighborhood housing, streets and services should expand choices and improve quality of life in our area. For information, call Tracy Cardwell at LPCiminelli, 855-1200.

Assessing a Need in Our Vicariate Cluster ~ Are you a Grandparent Taking Care of Grandchildren? Do you feel the need to meet other people raising grandchildren? Would you like to receive support from other grandparents raising grandchildren? It would be a time to hear other’s concerns and share your ideas; find out about new resources (legal, social, financial). Please call Sister Maureen Harris at 892-2471, Ext. 18 or 897-9948, Ext 114. If there is sufficient interest, the support group would begin on November 22 and meet once a month, on the 3rd Tuesday, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., at a site to be announced.

Congratulations to Catherine Ejimadu, daughter of parishioner Fidelia Ejimadu, who was one of two students from the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo to receive a scholarship from the Albert Lenhard, St. Matthew, St. Martin de Porres Scholarship Fund. Father Ron Sajdak announced the awards  of $1,200.00 each to Ms. Ejimadu and Zoe Obstarczyk. He also extended his gratitude to the members of the Catholic African American Commission who received, studied and made the award recommendations to Father Ron who, as pastor of St. Martin de Porres, awarded the scholarships. Going forward, scholarships will be awarded yearly in January at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Diocesan Celebration. New application forms will be forthcoming.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Our Lady of Hope holds its Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m. in O’Brien Hall, corner of Lafayette and Grant Sts., Buffalo, NY. Come and join us for a wonderful evening. Our kitchen will be serving up delicious foods including: hot roast beef sandwiches, BBQ Hamburgers, fried rice with egg roll, veggie plates, chips homemade desserts and more. We will have a Large Basket Auction with interesting baskets and various gift certificates, a Big Money Ticket Raffle with a grand prize of $1000, a large ticket table including a “Lottery Tree,” a Money Board, 50/50 Split Raffle, an International Bakery Table with many enticing goodies, music, a Festival Boutique Table with gifts for under $10 and much more! Admission Tickets available at the door are $5.00 and include one free dessert and coffee and one sheet of basket raffle tickets. Call 716-885-2469 for further information.

Yoga at Gerard Place ~ What can Yoga do for me? Improve circulation throughout your whole body! Tone arms, legs, waist and hips! Alleviate stiffness in your shoulders, arms and upper and lower back! Improve your digestion! Tone internal organs! Promote stability, strength and balance! Increase flexibility! Ease menstrual disorders! Alleviate depression and fatigue! Calm the mind and relieve anxiety! Join Sara on Monday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. for 60 minutes of Hatha Yoga. This is a free beginner class and all are welcome! For info call Lana at 897-9948 x 104. Gerard Place is located at 2515 Bailey Ave near Delevan Ave. Lots of off street parking.

The Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. — “Where Families Come First” — serves victims of Domestic Violence who are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, law enforcement, or limited medical assistance counseling. All services are free. All conversations are strictly private. For more information call 716-558-7233 or visit