St. Thérèse of Lisieux, France (St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus) is honored by the Church on October 1. She was canonized in 1925 – while our church was being built – and remains “one of the most popular saints of modern times because of her ‘Little Way’ of seeking holiness through the everyday things in the ordinary circumstances of life.” She is depicted at the far left of this grouping of “Virgins and Widows” in Joseph Mazur’s painting in the dome of our church. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

September 28 – October 5, 2014

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 28 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Blessed Trinity School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall.

Monday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Friday, October 3 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ~ FLARE Center Spaghetti Dinner in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, October 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, October 4 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Sunday, October 5 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Trinity Concert Series Opener in Church – An Afternoon of Music with soloists Robert Zimmerman and Amy Lynn Grable.

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, September 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Frances Pernick (Requested by Children) and Deceased Alumni and Faculty of Blessed Trinity School (Requested by Blessed Trinity School Alumni)

Monday, September 29 ~ Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 30 ~ St. Jerome ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Family Members and Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish Community)

Wednesday, October 1 ~ St. Therese of the Child Jesus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Thursday, October 2 ~ The Holy Guardian Angels ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Phil Heubusch (Ed Marien)

Friday, October 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, October 4 ~ St. Francis of Assisi ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel – Edith Geiger Richards (Jim and Gayle Eagan)

Sunday, October 5  ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Richard and Mary James (Dorothy Lein) and Bridget Dick Blesnuk (Richard Plunkett)


Canisius College Accounting Society at Blessed Trinity.

Canisius College Accounting Society at Blessed Trinity.

News from our Parish Community

From the Parish Council ~ Are YOU interested in serving on our Parish Council? We presently have four vacancies. If you would like to join us, Click HERE and leave you contact information for Vice President, Ed Giannino, by Friday, October 3.

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ On September 28 we welcome alumni and friends of Blessed Trinity School as they return for a Memorial Mass honoring deceased alumni and faculty of the parish grammar school, which served families of the community from 1908 through 1975. We hope that they will return throughout the year to worship with us or enjoy a concert or other parish event. You can read more about this annual event and the work of the Alumni Committee by clicking HERE.

We Give Thanks ~ If you detect the scent of Murphy’s Oil Soap when you visit us this weekend, you can thank the Canisius College Accounting Society who chose us for their Canisius Community Day project. Sixteen young men and women scrubbed floors, washed pews, vacuumed and swept through the choir loft — all in record time. Click HERE to see photos of Brandi Burgard, Paige Burkard, Kevin Caputi, Daniel Cavallari, Edward Enright, Andrew Fischer, Tegan Foley, Katie Marinelli, James McGovern, David McMaster, Andrew Milbrand, Kristine Nelson, Tyler Owen, Team Captain Ben Schurer, Michael Sipior, and Lara Wang in action.

Community Dinner ~ The Fillmore-Leroy Area Residents (FLARE) will host their 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Extravaganza Fundraiser on Friday, October 3, from 6 – 8 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. In addition to a delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverage, the evening will include door prizes, a silent auction, school supply give-away, and a Rough Rider Motorcycle Display. Tickets are: $10 – adults; $5 – children under 12; $7 – seniors; $25 for family of 4. Please call FLARE at 838-6740 to purchase your tickets.Zimmerman-Grable

Our Opening Concert ~ The Trinity Concert Series opener is only a week away. Please join us next Sunday, October 5, at 3 p.m. and experience the vocal talents of tenor Robert Zimmerman and soprano Amy Lynn Grable. Mr. Zimmerman has performed with a number of opera companies, as well as the Amarillo, Chautauqua, Staten Island and Indianapolis Symphonies. Locally, he has performed the role of Roberto Devereux in Opera Sacra’s rendition of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. His appearances also include a semi-staged version of My Fair Lady with The New York Philharmonic in. He has also won awards at The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and The Liederkranz Club Vocal Competition. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Ms. Grable has appeared with the Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Joseph, MO Symphonies and several opera companies nationwide, as well as Buffalo’s Opera Sacra. She has won the Grand Prize National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award and was a Regional Midwest Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Opera Auditions. Their Afternoon of Music will include some of opera’s most beloved arias, as well as operetta and musical theater highlights. You can read more about these amazing vocalists by Clicking

October Wine Tasting ~ Our popular Fall Wine Tasting returns on Friday, October 24, from 7 – 9 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. In addition to wines and expertise courtesy of Bill Warren and Hertel Parker Liquor, there will be delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages for you to sample. Please mark your calendar, invite your friends, and plan to join us for a lovely evening. Advance sale tickets are now available for $25.00 per person ($30.00 at the door) by calling the rectory (716-833-0301) or by contacting Bud or Mickey Dick. You can leave them a message by clicking HERE. Proceeds benefit the church’s “Under This Roof Fund.”

Saturday Mass Change – Beginning Saturday, October 4, we will be celebrating Mass at 4:30 p.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel (priest’s sacristy). This will allow us to cut the heating bills significantly during the winter months. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this change. The two side entrances of the church will be unlocked for easy access through the church to the Chapel.

Bingo Volunteer Alert ~ On Thursday evening, October 2, our Bonus Ball Jackpot will be $3,838.10.  A larger than usual player turnout is expected and could necessitate the opening of the downstairs cafeteria to accommodate the overflow. Obviously, additional workers are needed to staff both floors. Bingo is the largest source of parish operating funds and an important form of stewardship. If you can spare a few hours this Thursday evening, please report to the bingo hall (upstairs at St. Charles Hall) by 7 p.m. and Fran Cahill will be happy to assist you in joining the team. You can also leave your name and contact information for Fran by clicking HERE, or call the parish office (833-0301) and Fran will contact you. Even if you can only give two hours on a Thursday or Saturday, volunteering on a regularly scheduled basis can be extremely helpful. Please consider a gift of time to your parish family.

Christ the King Seminary Appeal ~ Thank you for supporting Christ the King Seminary. Last weekend was the annual special collection for Christ the King Seminary. Thank you to everyone who donated for your generous support. If you missed the collection, it’s not too late to support the seminary’s important work of educating our future priests, deacons and lay leaders to serve in our diocese. Donations are still being accepted at or by calling 716-847-8370. Gifts may also be placed in the collection (Attn: Seminary Appeal) or mailed to Christ the King Seminary, Attn: Parish Appeal, PO BOX 607, East Aurora, NY 14052.

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.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, held in remembrance of those who have died because of domestic violence. It celebrates individuals who have survived and connects people who work to end violence. This is a serious issue affecting many men, women and children in our community. Catholic Charities offers domestic violence assistance to victims looking for empowerment and self-determination, and to offenders. Call 716-856-4494 or visit to find a Catholic Charities office nearest you. If you need immediate assistance because of domestic violence, call 911.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Sisters of St. Joseph Octoberfest will be held on Sunday, September 28 from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 151 Cleveland Dr., Cheektowaga. Enjoy Dancing – Singing – German Food and Beverages – Knockwurst, Bratwurst, Limburger and more … There will be door prizes, Raffles, and basket raffles. $5.00 per person (includes popcorn, pretzels and music); $6.00 at the door. Call 759-6454, ext. 20, for tickets and more information.

Annual Cure of Ars Awards Dinner ~ Christ the King Seminary will host its Annual Cure of Ars Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 2 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The dinner will honor Rev. Robert Yetter, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Swormville and Mr. & Mrs. Francis Zagrobelny, dedicated Seminary advocates and volunteers. The award is presented each year to those whose lives reflect the qualities of Christian dedication and service that marked the life of St. John Vianney. If you wish to attend or would like more information, please contact Laura DeMizio at 716-847-8373 or email ldemizio [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org.