May 18 – May 25, 2014
Sunday, May 18 immediately following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in rectory dining room.
Sunday, May 18 from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House and Tours of the Church.
Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church.
Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in the 2nd floor Bingo Hall.
Thursday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, May 24 ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry closed due to renovations to St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, May 24 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.
Sunday, May 18 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Margaret Schirmann (Requested by Mary and Thomas Stoddard) and Veronica Deck (Requested by Abbick Family)
Monday, May 19 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 20 ~ St. Bernardine of Sienna ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)
Wednesday, May 21 ~ St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions ~ NO SERVICE.
Thursday, May 22 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Friday, May 23 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)
Saturday, May 24 ~ Vigil Mass – Bernadette Dorsheimer (Family)
Sunday, May 25 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Shakara Purks (The Gallisdorfers)
News from our Parish Community You’re Invited to an Open House ~ As you know, we will participate in the fourth annual NY Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend with free guided tours of our church on Sunday, May 18, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. Docents will be on hand to describe the church’s architectural features, including its medieval style brickwork and extensive use of terra cotta, and interpret its artworks and selected iconography. There will be informational handouts, a historical display area, and a sales table. Visitors will also get to hear fascinating video-taped stories from long-time parishioners. So – invite your friends and neighbors to “come by our house” this Sunday to see our amazing building and meet our friendly folks. Sunday’s open house is scheduled after the 10 a.m. Mass, and visitors are also invited to join us for worship. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars and cameras. Click HERE for additional information.
The Ladies Sodality will hold a brief meeting this Sunday, May 18, immediately following Sunday Mass, to finalize plans for the June dinner. All women of the parish are welcome. We will meet in the rectory dining room.
Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall in the second floor bingo hall.
Mother’s Day Breakfast ~ The women of the parish wish to thank the Holy Name Society for hosting the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast. Our breakfast buffet was delicious, and our gentlemen servers so gracious! Click HERE for photos from this event.
Collection for the Church in Latin America ~ on the weekend of May 17/18, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your gift to the Collection will fund catechesis, youth ministry programs, and seminarian education in Latin America and the Caribbean. One participant in catechetical training, Andrea, said that the experience was informative and enriching—the catechists were able to meet each other and share their diverse experiences. The support you give today will fund formation programs and provide opportunities for years to come. Please support the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean and be generous in this weekend’s collection.
UB Pride and Service Day was Friday, May 9, and Blessed Trinity welcomed a team of volunteers from the State University at Buffalo. Catherine Chen, Kailey Mahar, and Elina Nova, along with team leader, Baylee Richards, joined parishioners Judy Casassa, Mickey Dick, and Jerry Gallisdorfer in a much needed spring cleanup. They worked to remove all the telltale signs of winter in and around our gardens and on the Dewey side of the property and then “bagged” the wilted Easter lilies for adoption by green-thumbed members of the parish. An additional group of UB volunteers joined with neighbors and members of FLARE in cleaning up Leroy Avenue between Fillmore and Grider, and we thank them ALL for helping to beautify our little corner of Buffalo. And kudos to Judy, Mickey and Jerry who treated our volunteer work team and their bus driver to a tour of the church at the end of their work day.
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.
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
Ss. Columba-Brigid Church is holding its annual Chiavetta’s Chicken Dinners on Sunday, June 1 from 12 noon until “sold out.” There will also be 100 theme baskets and 3 Entertainment Explosion Baskets (with gift certificates for restaurants, stores, movie theatres, etc) that people can win. They’re at 75 Hickory St. in downtown Buffalo – one block south of Clinton St. Dinners are $9 and can also be taken out.
Bible Study ~ Do you want to take a Bible study that is more challenging? Our restructured program may be just what you are looking for. It will begin in September. Contact our office for our new locations and convenient times. Catholic Biblical Studies Program ~ 716 871-9180 ~ info [at] cbstudies [dot] org ~ www.cbstudies.org.
A Compassion Ministry has been developed to assist our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (CCCB ) faith communities with the pastoral care of persons in need and to assist the pastoral care staff with visits to the sick and home bound. The Compassion Ministry committee has created an eight-week training session to support people as they visit with someone who is ill. This includes: The Role of the Christian Minister; Developing Supportive Relationships; Reviewing Settings of Visitation – Hospital, Nursing Home, or Home; Discussing Grief and Loss Issues; Eucharistic Training for those in ministry to the sick; Hospice, Dying and Palliative Care; Dealing with Transitions/Change; and Record Keeping, On-going Support; Care Giver Support. The eight week training experience begins on Thursday, June 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at St. Lawrence. Interested persons should contact their pastor for approval by May 12.
St. Vincent de Paul Society News ~ We are in need of furniture, appliances and household items for new families that are settling into our area. Our furniture truck schedules pick up in the Buffalo and suburbs on a daily basis. If you wish to donate, please call 882-3360 for a date and approximate time. Please consult our website www.svdpwny.org for information as to what we will accept and what we cannot accept. Thank you for your support and God Bless you in the name of St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic.
Family Justice Center ~ If you are a victim of Domestic Violence in need of access to safety planning, spiritual care, legal assistance, limited medical assistance counseling, or law enforcement, the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc. — “Where Families Come First” — is for you! All services are free. All conversations are strictly private. Further information: 716-558-7233 or http://www.fjcsafe.org.