May 26 – June 2, 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, May 26 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall.


Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, June 1 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 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.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 26 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Gwendalyn Moore (Requested by Peggy and Robert Davison)

Monday, May 27 ~ St. Augustine of Canterbury ~ MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED – NO Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, May 28 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Virginia Saxer (Estate)

Wednesday, May 29 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)

Thursday, May 30 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. ~ Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, May 31 ~ The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Saturday, June 1 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bob DeBoy (Ithrene and Lorna Cameron)

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

News from our Parish Community

Ladies Sodality Meeting ~ The Sodality will meet on Sunday, May 26, following the 10 a.m. Mass. This is also the deadline for reservations for the June 5th dinner which will mark the end of the organization’s season. For details and dinner choices, please see the separate announcement below.

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. If you can provide cookies for the reception, click HERE to contact Judy Casassa.

Prayer Partners ~ Last Sunday we received the gifts of the Holy Spirit, this Sunday we are surrounded by the love of the Trinity. We pray that our prayer partners are surrounded by God’s love and peace in a special way. We pray this for all God’s people especially in the troubled areas of our world. And remember to save the date: Tuesday, June 4 — 5:30 p.m. arrival — 6:00 p.m. dinner, at St. Columba-Brigid. Come and meet your partner at a pot-luck social and enjoy quality time with all the CCCB churches. Please sign up no later than May 26, using the form on the altar railing near Our Lady’s Shrine.

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. Reservations and payment (checks payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity”) are due no later than May 26th and can be made at the Sodality’s final meeting of the season on Sunday, May 26th following the 10 o’clock Mass.

Docent Terry Gress (left) gives a visiting family his unique perspective on the nave and dome during Sunday’s Sacred Sites Open House.

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.

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.

A Special Thank You
from the women of Blessed Trinity to the Men of the Holy Name Society. Your Mothers Day Brunch was delicious and we loved the opportunity to be together… and the red roses!

Collection for the Church in Latin America
~ Thank you for your generous donations to the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your gifts will ensure that present and future generations in the region will have the opportunity to live their faith. Your support today helps ensure that adequate evangelization, lay leadership programs, and strong religious and seminarian formation will be there for generations to come. The future of the region’s Church is brighter today because of your help. To learn more about how your donations are making a difference, please visit (search “National Collections”).
Congratulations to Brittany Victoria Chapman on receiving her B.S Degree in Fashion and Textile Technology from Buffalo State College. Brittany is also a Member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success and Epsilon Pi Tau (ept) National Honor Society. She was third place winner in individual design at Buffalo State’s Runway 6.0 (Fashion Show). Whatever road you choose, take God with you. Love Mom & Family.
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.

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.

Pastoral Counseling Services from Samaritan Counseling are now available in the Franciscan Guest House at St. Lawrence on Wednesday mornings. The counselor plans to be there from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Appointments are also available at other times. Please call the clinic at 308-6302 if there are any questions. The service is expected to expand over the next few months if there is an interest. Contact person is Pat Dyer, NP.