Stations of the Cross, right side aisle. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Stations of the Cross, right side aisle. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

April 6 – April 13, 2014

 Click HERE to view our schedule of Holy Week Services

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 6 immediately following 10 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Parish Council.

Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, April 9 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ~ Simple Soup Supper in St. Charles Hall, followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in Church.

Thursday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, April 12 beginning at 10:00 a.m. ~ Easter Cleaning of the Church.

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

Saturday, April 12 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. Due to Holy Week observances, Bingo will NOT be played on Holy Thursday, April 17, or Holy Saturday, April 19. Regularly scheduled games will resume on April 24 and April 26, 2014.


Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 6 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Margaret Schirmann (Requested by Jim and Marilyn Arcara) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, April 7 ~ St. John Baptist de la Salle ~ Lenten Journey Mass at 6:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church (Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo)

Tuesday, April 8 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members and Family Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, April 9 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Thursday, April 10 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. –  Gladys Hafner (Estate)

Friday, April 11 ~ St. Stanislaus ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members and Family Members of St. Gerard Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, April 12 ~ Palm Sunday Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John J. Horan (Angela Jost)

Sunday, April 13 ~ Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Shakara Purks (The Gallisdorfers) and Richard and Mary James (Dorothy Lien)


News from our Parish Community

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The Lenten Journey Mass this week will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan Avenue, on Monday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the Mass. Click HERE to see the complete schedule of Lenten Journey Masses as well as a schedule of Lenten services at Blessed Trinity.

Penance Service ~ There is an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at neighboring St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo. Their Lenten Penance Service is Tuesday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m.

Soup Supper ~ Our final soup supper of the Lenten season is this Wednesday, April 9, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. We will then adjourn to church for Stations of the Cross, beginning at 7:00 p.m. We will be using prayers of Pope St. John XXIII.

Spring Cleaning for Easter~ On Saturday, April 12, beginning at 10:00 a.m., we will be preparing our church for a grand celebration of Easter with a thorough spring cleaning. A group of student volunteers from Canisius College will be assisting, but parish veterans are needed to lead by example. Please plan to join us. Bring buckets, rags and rubber gloves, and plan on staying for “free lunch” following the blitz. No reservations are required; just come as you are!

Supper of Friends ~ Reservations are requested for our Holy Thursday Supper of Friends on April 17. This simple meal including prayer and reflection in a peaceful, quiet setting fill follow the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The gathering will end in church with an opportunity for private prayer at the Repository, beginning at 10:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the Supper of Friends but do not have a reservation form, please call the church office (833-0301) no later than Friday, April 11, with your name and the number attending.

Mark Your Calendar for Friday, May 2, when The Buffalo Brass Choir, under the direction of our own Nick DelBello, will present Viva Italia at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora, at 7:30 p.m. The musical performance will repeat on Sunday, May 4, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street. The concert will feature Antiphonal works by Gabrieli, Capuzzi’s Andante and Allegro with BPO tubist, Don Harry, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

Buffalo Choral Arts Society at Blessed Trinity ~ The Music Committee extends its sincere appreciation to Marcia Giambrone and the members of the Buffalo Choral Arts Society for their magnificent performance on Sunday, March 30, as part of our Trinity Concert Series. The approximately 350 in attendance were treated to a wonderful mix of sacred and secular music performed by the 100-plus-member community chorus, accompanied by their very talented pianist, John F. Mitton. There is one concert remaining in the 2013-14 season. Featuring the Colored Musicians Club, it will take place in the church on Sunday, June 1, at 3:00 p.m.

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Important News About Our Bingo Games ~ Several weeks ago we enhanced our bingo games with the introduction of a bingo camera, television monitors, and electronic verification. Join us on Thursday and Saturday evenings to see what it’s all about. Games begin at 8 p.m. in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Avenue.

Catholic Charities: Heart at work: The 2014 appeal officially starts on April 6. Please help to ensure that the appeal reaches its goal of $10.8 million by responding with your contribution or pledge today. Your donation helps educate, counsel and train parents; provide basic assistance to families; and the hope of a brighter future to youth through our workforce and education programs. If you haven’t already contributed, please support the annual appeal with a generous gift. Our parish Chair, Bob Heicklen, will gratefully accept your donation. Find out more at or call 716-218-1400.

“The Word” ~ There are two weeks remaining in Lent. It’s not too late to find time in your day for additional prayer and meditation. To help you get started, why not pick up a copy of the special Lenten Issue of The Word. You can find one in the ushers’ pew at the mid aisle of the church.

Catholic Schools ~ Please take special notice of the April issue of the Western New York Catholic. Many important questions concerning the recent decisions about Catholic School closures are answered on pages 8 and 9. Please take the time to read this important information. For in depth information, click HERE.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
Camp Turner Brochures for 2014 Summer Session can be found on the table in the front entrance vestibule. Information regarding registration is noted on the brochure, or you can visit their web site by clicking HERE.