St. Peter Claver (1581-1654) was a servant and missionary to the newly-arrived African slaves in South America. In addition to the Four Evangelists, Blessed Trinity places Peter Claver and other missionaries in a prominent position to emphasize the importance of preaching the Good News.

St. Peter Claver (1581-1654), whose feast the Church celebrates on September 9, was a servant and missionary to the newly-arrived African slaves in South America. Because of Christ’s command to the Apostles to preach the Good News, the Four Evangelists and other missionaries, including Peter Claver, are displayed prominently in Blessed Trinity’s artwork. They are depicted in paintings below the building’s great dome. Photo credit: Gary Kelley


September 8 – September 15, 2013


Weekly Activities

Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, September 14 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, September 8 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Margaret Harris (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish Community)

Monday, September 9 ~ St. Peter Claver ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, September 10 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members of St. Gerard Parish

Wednesday, September 11 ~ Anna Snyder (Estate)

Thursday, September 12 ~ The Most Holy Name of Mary ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – William Stiffler (Family)

Friday, September 13 ~ St. John Chrysostom ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Loretta Saxer (Estate)

Saturday, September 14 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Pauline R. Viola (Joseph Viola)

Sunday, September 15 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – August and Clara Marien (Ed Marien) and Mary Nutt (Family)


News from our Parish Community

Parish Council Elections will take place at weekend Masses on September 7 and 8. The newly elected Council will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.

Give So More Can Serve ~ Over 650 alumni of Christ the King Seminary are currently serving in our diocese. Last year over 150 students enrolled in academic programs at Christ the King – preparing to minister in our parishes and communities. Please help them answer God’s call. The annual collection for Christ the King Seminary will take place at our church on September 14 and 15. Please show your support for the mission of Christ the King by praying for our Seminary’s ministry and by giving generously to the annual appeal. Your prayers and your gift to Christ the King help to ensure the future of the church in our area. For more information on our Seminary’s mission or programs, go to

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ On Sunday, September 22, Blessed Trinity will welcome alumni of the former parish grammar school for their Annual Alumni Memorial Mass. Graduates of the school who are also parish docents will conduct a mini-tour of the church for alumni before the 10 a.m. Mass. Any parishioners who would like to participate are welcome. The tour will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. at the front entrance. If you know anyone who attended Blessed Trinity School, please encourage them to worship with us on 9/22.

The Ladies Sodality will resume their monthly meetings following the 10:00 a.m. Mass on September 29.

The Buffalo Brass Choir opens the 2013-14 Trinity Series with "Fanfares and Fugues" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 6,

The Buffalo Brass Choir opens the 2013-14 Trinity Series with
“Fanfares and Fugues” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 6,

The Trinity Series of “beautiful music in a beautiful space” opens its 2013-14 concert season on Sunday, October 6, with Music Director Nick DelBello’s own Buffalo Brass Choir. Join them at 3:00 p.m. and experience what brass does best: Fanfares and Fugues. Their exciting program will feature fanfares by Strauss, Ewazen, and Dukas; fugues by Bach and Elgar; and multi-movement works by Broughton and Tomasi.

An Invitation from Bishop Malone ~ To all couples who celebrate their 50th, 60th or 70th Anniversaries of Marriage in 2013 – You are invited to a special Mass in St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. On this day the entire Diocese of Buffalo will join those celebrating in their joy and gratitude to God, who has set them among us as a sign of His constant and faithful love. During the Mass, couples will renew their marriage vows. A reception will follow at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. If you are one of these special couples and plan to participate in this Diocesan Celebration, please call Sr. Barbara Horan (833-0301) by October 1.

School Open Houses ~ Information on fall Open Houses and other School Material is beginning to arrive at the church office. All school-related material will be displayed on the table in the front vestibule of church.


News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Caring for a Loved One? Learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, balance your life, and locate helpful resources to assist in making tough decisions. Catholic Charities is presenting Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six (6) class series on Wednesdays, beginning September 11 through October 16 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus, 128 Wilson St., Buffalo. On-site Respite Care is available. For more information or to register, please call 716-858-2177.

Blood Drive at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 135 Ogden St., Buffalo, will take place Sunday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Donate Life Express Bus. To schedule an appointment, contact Mary Riley at 895-6813 or visit and enter Sponsor Code 1458. All donors during September will be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to a Buffalo Bills game in October. One winner will be picked each week. Photo identification is required. Walk-ins always welcome.

Sisters of St. Joseph Oktoberfest ~ Sunday, September 22, 2013, 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, NY (corner of Century Rd.) featuring the music of THE AUSLANDERS. German food, including Knockwurst and Bratwurst, limburger cheese sandwiches and German potato salad will be served. Dancing, door prizes, a raffle and a Chinese Basket Raffle will be part of the event. Any questions or request for tickets, please call 759-6454 Ex. 20, Marilyn Peterson.

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

Knowledge is Power, and now is the time to start thinking about your future. Catholic Charities Education and Workforce Department helps to provide High School Equivalency test preparation and job readiness services to Erie County adults ages 16 and older. As of January 2014, changes by New York State to the High School Equivalency exam process, will make it more difficult and harder to obtain, so it is important to be prepared and take the exam before the end of this year. At Catholic Charities, after receiving an educational/career assessment, students attend classes and a counselor works with each student on job readiness skills, leadership training and potential college placement. For more information visit our website, or call (716) 893-3500. We’re also on Facebook at and Twitter at