January 12 – January 19, 2014
Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Take-Down [the Christmas Decorations] Party in Church.
Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.
Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall.
Thursday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, January 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Sunday, January 19 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Ladies Sodality.
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.
Sunday, January 12 ~ The Baptism of the Lord ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Kevin Cahill (Requested by Judy Casassa)
Monday, January 13 ~ St. Hilary ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, January 14 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)
Wednesday, January 15 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)
Thursday, January 16 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. ~ Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Friday, January 17 ~ St. Anthony, abbot ~Mass at 11 a.m. – William Condon (Estate of Mary Condon)
Saturday, January 18 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members and Family Members of St. Gerard Parish
Sunday, January 19 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Deceased Members and Family Members of Blessed Trinity Parish
News from our Parish Community
Take-Down Party ~ Please join us for a quick ‘n easy Take-Down Party on Tuesday evening, January 14, beginning at 6: 30 p.m. With your help, the removal and storage of the church Christmas decorations will happen in record time. Please use the church entrance near the wheelchair ramp. Thank You!
Prayers and Best Wishes for Sister Barbara Horan as she celebrates her birthday on Thursday, January 16.
The Trinity Concert Series of “beautiful music in a beautiful space” continues on Sunday, January 26, at 3 p.m. with Peter Gonciarz and Friends. Click HERE to read more about our first concert of 2014.
Mass Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ The Diocesan Celebration honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Ss. Columba-Brigid at 2:00 p.m. Most Rev. Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant; Rev. Chester P. Smith, SVD from the Diocese of Indiana will be the guest homilist. All are invited to participate. We have been requested to bring finger foods or desserts that can be shared during the reception after the Mass. There will be a collection during the Mass which will be directed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund. We are also invited to contribute theme baskets for a raffle benefiting the Scholarship Fund. Please bring your contributions to the reception area before the Mass.
2014 Calendars ~ Every year we are fortunate to have a beautiful religious calendar for the New Year provided by Bud Dick. There are extra copies available in the ushers’ pew at the break in the middle of the church if you would like one to share with your family or a friend. Again, our thanks to Bud Dick of Vandercher & Dick Funeral Home.
PeacePrints Prison Project Acknowledgements ~ In response to the Christmas gift bags that were delivered to inmates of the Wende Correctional Facility (for men) and the Albion Correctional Facility (for women), we have received a number of thank you notes from project recipients. Here are some of their comments:
“I, and other prisoners here at the Mental Health Unit at Wende Correctional Facility, received beautifully drawn/decorated bags with multiple items inside as Christmas gifts…. On behalf of myself, and all the other prisoners, I humbly and sincerely thank you. May Christ our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary bless each of you and your families.”
“Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”
“Thankful and greatful [sic] for the time and thoughtfulness. That’s the true gift received. Sally.”
“Thanking you very much. Having no outside loved ones makes moments like this rewarding.”
“As a first time offender, I found the bag touching and thoughtful. Joseph M. drew a beautiful cross with an inspiring message. I thank you for thinking of the women at Albion and have a Merry Christmas.”
“Thank U Sooo much for thinking of us. I greatly appreciate it. God Bless U!! Candice L.”
“God blesses those that bring joy to others. God bless/thank you. Cynthia D.”
“Thank you for your generosity. It’s much appreciated. Much love. Beatrice G.”
“…I am writing to say thank you for the Gift. It meant a lot knowing that someone out there still cares. Yes I am from Buffalo, lived there all of my life, I didn’t know that your church exists. So with that can you put me on your prayer list and keep in prayer. I have six years left out of 20 ‘til I’m free.”
“Thank you very much for the gift you sent to us. May God bless you abundantly. Ebony.”
“Thank you for your thoughtful gifts. God bless you. Iris P.”
“The best gift wasn’t the food in the bag, it was the message and the artwork on the bag that touched my heart. I would also like to thank the volunteers for thinking of us.”
“I would like to thank you for the gifts you sent us prisoners…! You really brightened our day. Many of us have no one special to send us things or words of encouragement. We especially love the pictures you drew on the bags. I will save that bag, and when I get out of prison, I am going to frame it. One day when I visit your church, I will give my testimony, and mention your gift. Thank you very much.”
“Thank you as always for remembering us. It always means so much!!!”
“Thank you so, so much! Olga M.”
“Thank you for your thoughtful gifts that we received at Christmas. Albion BIS”
“This Christmas has been rough, as my dad passed away earlier this month. The dapper little snowman with the checked hat and the red ‘Joy’ Christmas candle drawn on the bag are no proudly displayed in my cubicle…. They really cheer up my personal space and are hugely appreciated.”
“Thank you so much. Marie S.”
“Thank you. God Bless. Diane H.”
- News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
- A Forum on Immigration Reform featuring Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo; Michael Marszalkowski, Immigrant Attorney; Colleen Seminara, Program Supervisor for Public Policy, Catholic Charities of Buffalo; Dennis Walczyk, CEO, Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Moderator. Forum will be held Tuesday, January 14 at 7:00 P.M. at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, 1069 Delaware Ave. at Lexington (just north of West Utica St.) Parking is available behind the school; enter the school from the parking lot.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day is being sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Cultural Diversity on Monday, January 20. Volunteers will be assigned to give some help to the following sites: SS. Columba Brigid Church, St. Lawrence Church, and the Bristol Home at 1500 Main Street. If you would like to volunteer your services, you may sign the Volunteer Forms on the altar railing near the Baptismal Font. Please do so today. Thank you.
Do You or Someone You Know need Help at Home? “Total Aging in Place” may be able to help. A Managed Long Term Care plan designed to help people 55 and older live safely and independently in the comfort of their own home, the agency provides and coordinates medical care. They give the participant the ability to socialize during the day at a Day Center and when not in the day center, the program provides care and support at home. You must be Medicaid eligible or you can privately pay. Please call 716-250-3119 or toll free 1-800-8822-8185.