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March 9 – March 16, 2014


Weekly Activities

Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday, March 12 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ~ Soup Supper and Lenten Program CANCELLED due to winter storm advisory.

Thursday, March 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. ~ Music Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Sunday, March 16 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour 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 9 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Patti O’Connell Cooke (Requested by Mary and Bob Kresse) and Margaret Schirmann (Requested by Catherine Bailey)

Monday, March 10 ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, March 11 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)

Wednesday, March 12 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Gladys Kibler (Estate)

Thursday, March 13 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, March 14 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Saturday, March 15 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Philomena M. Vaillancourt (Gayle and Jim Eagan)

Sunday, March 16 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Margaret Schirmann (Thomas and Mary Stoddard) and Don Hartinger (Wife, Pat)


News from our Parish Community  

Lenten Journey Mass on Monday, March 10, will be celebrated at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 418 N. Division Street. 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.

Soup Suppers ~ Our first Soup Supper and Lenten Program is this Wednesday, March 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. It will be followed by a 7:00 p.m. presentation by Sister Janet DiPasquale, SSJ, Director of TRY (Teaching and Restoring Youth), on the theme “Living the Gospel.” Click HERE for our complete schedule of Lenten services and programs. We need additional volunteer Soup Makers and Cookie Bakers for Wednesday, March 26 and Wednesday, April 9. It would help us in our planning if you could sign up this week. The sign up board is on the table near the piano. You can also call the rectory at 833-0301 to volunteer. Thank you for your help. We look forward to your tasty treats!

“The Word” ~ At March 2/3 Masses, we distributed the special Lenten Issue of The Word. There are extra copies in the ushers’ pew at the mid aisle of the church. We invite you to take copies for parish shut-ins, family members, and friends.



Concert Tickets ~ Tickets are now available for the March 30 appearance of the Buffalo Choral Arts Society and guest artists soprano Karen Saxon and pianist Michelle Thomas. You may obtain a ticket for a donation of $10 by stopping at the rectory or leaving a message for Mickey Dick HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door. The 100-plus-member community chorus has been voted Best Vocal Ensemble for the past two years in the Artvoice “Best of Buffalo” contest. Ms. Saxon is a music educator at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and frequent soprano soloist with the BPO, and Ms. Thomas has brought music to the local community as a pianist, organist and music educator for more than fifty years. Click HERE for more information.


News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community 

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.

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.

How You Can Combat Human Trafficking ~ This workshop and program will be held at St. Joseph University Parish Community Room on Monday, March 24 at 7:00 pm.  It will explore the issue of Human Trafficking and provide practical way YOU can make a difference for children and adults subjected to modern day slavery.  For more information contact Evelyn Brady at ebrady7 [at] gmail [dot] com