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March 2 – March 9, 2014


Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 2 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour and Ladies Sodality Raffle in St. Charles Hall.

Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, March 5 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Lenten Season begins.

Thursday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 8 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, March 2 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Allen M. Andrew (Requested by Wife, Daughter and Family) and Deceased Members of the Laurent, Curtin, Roche and Elizabeth and Josephine Nawrocki Families (Requested by Karen Laurent)

Monday, March 3 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 4 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Gladys Kibler (Estate)

Wednesday, March 5 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 12 Noon – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Wednesday, March 5 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 6 p.m. – Deceased Members and Family Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Parish)

Thursday, March 6 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. –  Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)

Friday, March 7 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members and Family Members of St. Gerard’s (Parish)

Saturday, March 8 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Pauline Viola (Joe Viola)

Sunday, March 2 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Patti O’Connell Cooke (Mary and Bob Kresse) and Margaret Schirmann (Catherine Bailey)


News from our Parish Community

Our 2014 Basket of Cheer, courtesy  of Hertel Parker Liquor.

Our 2014 Basket of Cheer, courtesy of Hertel Parker Liquor.


Mardi Gras Raffle Winners ~  Our Basket of Cheer Raffle took place on Sunday, March 2, at a special Mardi Gras-themed coffee hour hosted by the Ladies Sodality. The first prize Basket of Cheer, donated by Bill Warren and Hertel Parker Liquor, was won by Bobbie Brunetto. The $50 gift cards for Wegman’s and Dash’s were won by Bud Dick and Florentina Dozier, respectively. The Sodality thanks everyone who supported our raffle, and we hope you enjoyed our Mardi Gras coffee hour. The coffee and conversation were a perfect anecdote for the snow and cold.

Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, March 5. Masses and imposition of ashes are at 12 Noon and 6:00 p.m. Click HERE for our schedule of Lenten services and programs.

The Future of Leroy/Fillmore ~ The LPCiminelli Interactive Community Forum held on February 25 was quite successful. B.T. had a great representation. We were given opportunities to respond to some beginning plans that were presented to develop a “new vision” for our neighborhood. As the process moves forward there will be similar gatherings to keep the community in touch with what is developing and to gather more insights and feedback from the neighborhood residents.

Our March Concert ~ Here’s an excerpt from the Buffalo Choral Arts Society web site about our upcoming concert: “Members of the Buffalo Choral Arts Society (BCAS) have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to sing classic sacred choral literature. Lent is the season, and the venues are beautiful churches which offer the time and place for such performances. Our audiences have told us in many ways that this set of concerts is among the most enjoyed…. BCAS is most honored to add … Blessed Trinity Church in Buffalo to our ever-growing list of houses of worship inviting the 120 voice choral ensemble to perform.” Works by John Rutter, Gabrielle Faure, John Ness Beck, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ola Gjeilo, Moses Hogan, Andre Thomas and others will be performed at the March 30th concert. Please save the date and invite your friends. Click HERE for more information.

Family Promise – Blessed Trinity joins with Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish to provide hospitality for the homeless families who are receiving temporary shelter while participating in a program that will assist them to find a home and take the necessary steps to become independent. Naoma Allen has been coordinating our effort in this ministry. We prepare and serve a meal for the residents in the program during the week they are staying at Columba-Brigid parish. Last week Naoma was assisted by her daughter, Jackie, Amy Johnson and Judy Casassa. Thanks to each of you for your continuing care and interest in this ministry.

Prayer Partners ~ Please pick up your envelope containing the name of your prayer partner for the Lenten season. They can be found on the altar railing near Mary’s shrine. Thank you!

National Black and Indian Mission Collection ~ Thank you for your generous support of the National Black and Indian Mission Collection. Your support of this collection helps build the Church in African American, Native American, and Alaskan Native communities. Schools, parish religious education programs, and diocesan ministries depend on your generosity to help them spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

A Vocation View ~ Because life is fragile, we often try to shore it up — using the wrong supports! In the face of waste and want, in confrontation with evil and death, we must trust in God. Is God calling you? If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Father Walter Szczesny at 847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website:
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community 
Terra cotta ornamentation below Blessed Trinity'sTabernacle Altar. Photo credit: Steve Mangione

Terra cotta ornamentation below
Blessed Trinity’s Tabernacle Altar.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione


St. Joseph’s Day Table ~ The Sisters of St. Joseph will be hosting a St. Joseph’s Day Table on Sunday, March 9 at Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main Street, Clarence from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for the dinner. Donations received will go to St. Aloysius Gonzaga Pantry, Ss. Brigid –Columba Pantry, and Clarence Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. All are invited.

Annual Novena of Grace in Honor of St. Francis Xavier will be prayed from March 4 – 12 in services at St. Michael’s Church, 651 Washington Street, in downtown Buffalo. Novena Masses are at 6:45, 10:00, Noon, and 5:00 each day with special homilies at Noon and 5:00. The regular Mass schedule continues on Sunday at 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, Noon and 5:00. The Church is handicap accessible. Info at 854-6726.

Da Bounce ~ Faith Rally for the Young Church – March 21, 6 – 11 p.m. Spend your evening with teens on a faith journey. Keynote speaker Fr. Dave Munoz, OMI, will be speaking on evangelizing in our world today followed by Stations of the Cross, breakout sessions, refreshments and a dance. Just $10. Please RSVP at the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry  or at (716)847 8789.

S.H.I.N.E Workshop for mothers and daughters in grades 4-7 at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The S.H.I.N.E. (She Has Inner Natural Excellence) program is designed to help build a healthy identity for young girls and between mothers and daughters. Workshops include communication, movement, mindfulness, and goal setting. Information: 716-834-2101, ext. 311.

Respite for Women with Cancer ~ A respite for women who have cancer is being held on the weekend of March 21 – 23 at Stella Niagara Retreat Center. The weekend includes opportunities for prayer, relaxation and group sharing. A $10 donation is suggested to cover lodging, meals and resources. Single parents and women with low income will be given preference. The program is sponsored by the Women’s Respite Program, with support from the WNY Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Roswell Park. For further information contact Sister Maureen Harris at 892-2471 ex. 18.