21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of August 24, 2014


St. Augustine of Hippo (354-439), whose feastday we celebrate on August 28, appears in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. He is depicted standing at the far right in this photo and is part of a group of 14 figures identified as “Confessors, Bishops, and Missionaries.”  (Rev. Walter Kern’s "Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church," p. 39. Photo credit: Duane Held.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-439), whose feastday we celebrate on August 28, appears in the dome of our church in a painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur. He is depicted standing at the far right in this photo and is part of a group of 14 figures identified as “Confessors, Bishops, and Missionaries.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” p. 39. Photo credit: Duane Held.

August 24 – August 31, 2014

Weekly Activities

Monday, August 25 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ~ Community Meeting at P.S. #61, 453 Leroy Avenue

Thursday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

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

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification! To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.


Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 24 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Bridget  Blesnuk (Requested by Angela Jost) and Laura Mondello (Requested by Judy Casassa)

Monday, August 25 ~ St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, August 26 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, August 27 ~ St. Monica ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Thursday, August 28 ~ St. Augustine ~ NO SERVICE

Friday, August 29 ~ The Passion of St. John the Baptist ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Cleveland Witherspoon (Family)

Saturday, August 30 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (Family)

Sunday, August 31 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Richard and Elizabeth Stabler (Ed Marien) and Stephen Wagner (Gary Weber)


News from our Parish Community

Important Community Meeting ~ On Monday, August 25, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., LP Ciminelli invites you to attend the fourth in a series of important informational meetings regarding the future of the Leroy/Fillmore Community. The developer of the former Central Park Plaza will be unveiling Fillmore/Leroy area designs and a new name for the Central Park Plaza! Please join your fellow parishioners and our neighbors at Public School #61, 453 Leroy Avenue at Grider. If you haven’t already done so, please confirm your attendance by emailing community [at] lpciminelli [dot] com or calling 218-4698.

2015 Mass Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King ~ On January 18, 2015, the annual Mass honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to Blessed Trinity, and the Diocesan Office of Cultural Diversity invites you to join in planning the Mass. The first planning meeting will take place on Thursday, August 28, at 6:00 p.m. at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. The committee is hoping to increase participation in the planning phase and welcomes everyone who would like to give opinions and ideas for making this a great celebration for the Diocese of Buffalo. For additional information, call 847-2217.

Support for Vive ~ A special collection will be taken at parishes throughout the diocese on the weekend of August 23/24 for the refugees at Vive. As the Catholic Church in the U.S. is looking for ways to respond to the plight of migrants and refugees in our country, our own community response,Vive, is being forced to cease operation. Founded 30 years ago by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Vive has assisted 90,000 refugees to either obtain legal status in Canada or move ahead on the path to U.S. citizenship. In a August 5th letter to all parishes in the diocese, Bishop Richard Malone explained that “[i]n recent years all government housing money has been taken away and the congregations of Sisters find themselves unable to bear the burden of support.” As a result, Vive will close its doors on September 30, 2014. The agency, located on nearby Wyoming Avenue, “has an urgent financial need to provide for its current 60 refugees as they are placed elsewhere and to close down the building.”  The refugee crisis is not a world away. It is right here in our neighborhood. Thank you for your prayers and generous contributions to this special collection.

Bingo Volunteers Needed ~ Bingo is the largest source of parish operating funds and an important form of stewardship.  Please consider a gift of time to your parish family. Fran Cahill will be happy to assist you in joining the team. You can leave your name and contact information for Fran by clicking HERE, or call the parish office (833-0301) and Fran will contact you.

Diocesan Celebration of Milestone Wedding Anniversaries ~ Couples celebrating their fiftieth, sixtieth or seventieth wedding anniversaries during 2014 will be honored on Sunday, November 16, at 3:00 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral followed by a reception at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.  Family members are invited.  If you have celebrated or will be celebrating one of these significant wedding anniversaries during 2014 and would like to participate in this event, please call Sister Barbara (833-0301). Thank you.


News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Do You Want to Take a Bible Study That Is More Challenging? Our program may be just what you are looking for. Our restructured program will begin the week of September 15, 2014 at the following locations: Monday Evenings, 7-9 p.m. – St Mary of the Lake, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg 14275; Tuesday Evenings, 7-9 p.m. – Newman Center, University at Buffalo, 495 Skinnersville Rd, Amherst 14228; Wednesday Evenings, 6-8 p.m. – St. Michael, 651 Washington St., Buffalo 14203 (Originally planned for St. Joseph Cathedral). Contact our office for more details at Catholic Biblical Studies Program, 716 871-9180 ~ info [at] cbstudies [dot] org ~ www.cbstudies.org.

Get Your High School Equivalency Diploma NOW! New TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) preparation classes start every week. This program replaces the GED as the official exam for obtaining a high school equivalency diploma. All WNY residents 21 and older are welcome at no cost. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are available at conveniently located classroom sites across Buffalo. Distance Learning Programs are available for students who qualify. For an orientation appointment call Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division at 716-888-7088 ext. 100.

Ladies of Charity, a volunteer organization that sponsors a variety of programs of assistance for those in need, has a growing need for household items provided through Fresh Start, which provides basic household goods for those who have experienced home displacement. Items including new and gently used blankets and comforters, dishes and cooking utensils, would be greatly appreciated. Donations are accepted weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1122 Broadway, Buffalo. Call 716-895-4001 for more information or visit http://www.ccwny.org.

If you are a victim of Domestic Violence and are in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance, counseling, law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. “Where Families Come First” is for you! ALL SERVICES ARE FREE and conversations strictly private. Information: 716-558-7233 or http://www.fjcsafe.org.

Worship & Services

Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
Holy Days: As scheduled on “This Week” page

Other Services:
Opportunity for confession on Saturday at 4:00 PM
First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
A coffee hour is held after the 10 AM Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month (September-June)