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 April 27 – May 4, 2014


Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 27 immediately following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

Tuesday, April 29 ~ NO Choir Rehearsal.

Thursday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, May 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Sunday, May 4 immediately following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by the Bingo Workers.

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

Easter Sunday, April 27 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Margaret Schirmann (Requested by Thomas and Mary Stoddard) and Veronica Deck (Requested by Abbick Family)

Monday, April 28 ~ St. Peter Chanel, St. Louis Grignion de Montfort ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 29 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, April 30 ~ St. Pius V ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Agnes Witherspoon (Family)

Thursday, May 1 ~ St. Joseph the Worker ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)

Friday, May 2 ~ St. Athanasius ~ Winifred Enright (Estate)

Saturday, May 3 ~ St. Philip & St. James, apostles ~ Vigil Mass – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Sunday, May 4 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Enza Petrino (Mary Anne Dee) and Richard and Mary James (Dorothy Lein)

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News from our Parish Community

The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, April 27, immediately following Mass. Among other things, we will be discussing plans for a June dinner.

The Catholic  Home Missions Appeal is taking place on April 26 and 27. Many dioceses right here in the United States do not have enough priests and trained lay ministers to serve their parishes. These dioceses are known as home missions, and by contributing to this special collection we are helping to fund essential ministries, including seminary education and lay ministry training. Please be generous in this Appeal and share your resources to strengthen the Church at home.

Saluting Our Bingo Workers ~ Over the past few months, our bingo workers have really proved their mettle. Despite the incredibly difficult winter, they have turned out week after week. (We had only one cancellation). On February 27 we introduced electronic verification – so popular with local players. We are indebted to Don Blesnuk, Fran Cahill, and Bud Dick for locating and arranging for installation of the necessary equipment and TV monitors. Computerized equipment requires new skills, and our bingo callers – Don, Shammy Dunnigan, Kathy Press, and Sr. Liz Savage – have met the challenge.  At the same time that our workers were adjusting to these changes, our Saturday night Bonus Ball Jackpot was attracting record numbers of players: more than 300 on five consecutive Saturdays, with lines forming 90 minutes before game time. In order to handle these large numbers it was necessary to also equip and staff the downstairs dining room. Some Thursday night volunteers doubled-up, working on both Thursday and Saturday, and everyone was required to start early. On March 29, one lucky player won the record Bonus Ball Jackpot of more than $5,400.00, and our amazing team of volunteers is enjoying a bit of a “breather.” With attendance at more normal levels, this would be an excellent time to train as a bingo worker. 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.

Coffee Hour, hosted by our Bingo workers, will be held on Sunday, May 4, following the 10:00 Mass.

Mother’s Day Breakfast ~ Women of the Parish are invited, as guests of the Holy Name Society, to our traditional Mother’s Day Breakfast, to be held on Sunday, May 11, following the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Reservations for the breakfast are necessary and may be made by calling the Rectory Office (833-0301). Non-parishioner adult guests, such as daughters, mothers, sisters, similar-in-laws, etc. are welcome. No children please. Cost for the guests is $5.00 per person, payable at the door.

Judy Casassa

Congratulations to Judy Casassa, who will receive the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker in recognition of her stewardship at Blessed Trinity. The award will be presented by Bishop Malone on Sunday, May 4, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

The Buffalo Brass Choir, under the direction of our own Nick DelBello, will present Viva Italia on Friday, May 2, 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.

For Prayer Partners: In this season of new life, we have celebrated the gift of Jesus’ risen life. Jesus promises us the same risen life. Alleluia! As we continue to pray for our prayer partners in this Easter season, remember to mark your calendars for the pot luck dinner on Thursday, May 8, 5:30 at Ss. Columba-Brigid. This will be a chance to meet your prayer partner and share a meal. There is a sign-up sheet on our communion rail; please fill in your name if you are coming and indicate the dish you wish to bring. The day is fast approaching, so please sign-up no later than Sunday, May 4. You may also RSVP by calling Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, ext. 114.

Blessed Trinity Hospitality ~ On the weekend of May 17-18, 2014, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Fourth Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. We will join dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings. It’s an opportunity to highlight BT as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!! The Open House will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (before 4:30 Mass), and on Sunday, May 18 from 12:00 noon (after 10:00 Mass) to 2:00 p.m. We will need docents, greeters, sales associates, and general hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket. Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. Please sign up to participate by Sunday, May 4. Thank you!! Click HERE for additional information.

Soup Suppers 2014 – The parish is grateful to everyone who assisted in hosting our Lenten Soup Suppers. Thanks to those who made a delicious variety of soups: Judy Casassa, Elsieta Chapman, Luis Clay, Amy Johnson, Bob Kinmartin, Dan Korchowsky, Althea Porter, Dianne Riordan, Helen Roddy-Gray, and Sr. Liz Savage — or provided cookies and breads: Naoma Allen, Yvonne Andrew, Ithrene Cameron, Patty Gallisdorfer, Mary Kinmartin, Althea Porter, and Lorraine Riles – or helped set-up: Naoma Allen, Vera Andrew, Elsieta Chapman. And a very special “thank you” to Amy Johnson who graciously coordinated these events.


“When the raindrop quenches the thirst
And raises the cursed and the grieving,
When the old somber ways are destroyed
And what stays is the joy that is human,
This is the meaning of hallelujah, hallelujah!

Rise, come forth and sing hallelujah!”

(From Roland E. Martin’s A Song of Resurrection,
sung by the choir at Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses).