St. Norbert (French, c. 1080-1134), Bishop of Magdebourg, whose feast the Church celebrates on June 6, is depicted in a in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in the dome of our church. In this photo, he is the kneeling figure in white, wearing a mitre. Legend has it a porter refused to let Norbert into his new residence, assuming he was a beggar. When the crowd pointed out to the flustered porter that this was the new bishop Norbert told the porter, “You were right the first time.” Photo credit: Gary Kelley.



June 1 – June 8, 2014


Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 ~ Trinity Series Concert: Swingin’ n the Aisles – Charles Reedy and Friends Band.

Tuesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, June 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, June 7 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ~ New York Path Through History Open House and guided tours of our church.

Saturday, June 7 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, June 1 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Eugene Prystawski (Requested by Wife and Family) and James Galas (Requested by Galas and Prystawski Families)

Monday, June 2 ~ Ss. Marcellinus and Peter ~ NO SERVICE

Tuesday, June 3 ~ St. Charles Lwanga and Companions ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Wednesday, June 4 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Healing for Judith Riga (Mark Stambach)

Thursday, June 5 ~ St. Boniface Mass at 11 p.m. – Anthony and Teresa Hafner

Friday, June 6 ~ St. Norbert ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, June 7 ~ Vigil Mass – Rita E. Curtin (Family) and Gabrielle Drapanas Vaillancourt (Gayle and Jim Eagan)

Sunday, June 8 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Richard and Mary James (Dorothy Lein) and Gwendolyn Moore (Christopher Young and David Folmar)


News from our Parish Community

Coffee Hour on Sunday, June 1, sponsored by the Holy Name Society.

Trinity Series Finale this Sunday ~ Blessed Trinity will close out its 2013-14 concert series on Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m. with the Charles Reedy and Friends Band, affiliated with the Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo. The band brings an exciting mix of jazz, blues, gospel and swing tunes to have you “Swingin’ in the Aisles.” Musicians include: Darrin Bland, Stanley Day, Robert Garrett, Dement Orman, Larry Salters and of course band leader Reedy. Vocalists Joyce Carolyn and Sandra Gilliam will add their own special touches to the “cool” sounds of this special group of performers. Everyone’s invited to join in the festivities next Sunday – come and bring a friend or neighbor!! We have some extra flyers as well, if you know a good spot to hang them for people to see. There is a suggested donation of $10 and the proceeds will be used to fund restoration efforts at both Blessed Trinity Church and the Colored Musicians Club, part of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor.


Blessed Trinity Welcomes “Travelers” Next Saturday ~ Blessed Trinity will participate in New York’s statewide Path Through History Weekends program. On Saturday, June 7, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., the church will be open for tours, and docents will highlight features of both the exterior and interior of our house of worship. Throughout the afternoon, visitors will also be able to view a video of craftsmen and materials involved in maintaining and restoring several of the church’s impressive architectural features. The event is free and open to the public, so invite your friends and neighbors to stop by and see what goes into making BT the unique Buffalo Landmark it is. This event is part of the New York State Path through History Weekends highlighting arts and culture in communities in Western New York. For more about our open house, click HERE. Visit: http://www.paththroughhistoryweekends.com/Events.aspx to identify other area sites participating in the Path Through History Weekends.

Attention Women of the Parish ~ The Sodality’s annual June Dinner will take place on Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. The organization will be hosting a catered dinner in St. Charles Hall. Our after dinner speaker, Dr. Bonnie Flickinger, will introduce us to “Flowers of the Bible.” Watch this space for menu and reservation information. We welcome all women of the parish and their guests.

Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign ~ On June 7/8, our parish will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). This Collection equips us to share our experience of faith, worship, and witness with the world through Internet, television, radio, and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese and support local needs, so please be generous in this collection.

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.

Summer Opportunities for Children ~ As we receive information about camps and programs for children, we will display it on the table in the front vestibule of church. 

Rhododendron in church's east side garden. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Rhododendron in church’s east side garden.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick


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.

Spring Festival ~ The Columban Sisters will hold their 58th annual Spring Festival on Sunday, June 1, from noon till 6:00 pm on the grounds of St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, 2546 Lake Road (Route 5) in Silver Creek, (716)-934-4515. Highlights of the Festival include: Chiavetta’s Chicken Barbecue, a variety of raffles including a $5,000 cash give-away, an Amish quilt and beautiful wine baskets; entertainment throughout the day including a mission presentation, Irish dancers, Polish dancers, Classic Car Cruise, pony rides, dunk tank, bounce houses and music. Proceeds benefit the Columban Sisters’ worldwide missions here at home and in our mission countries where “together we are changing lives.”

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.

Spaghetti Dinner ~ St. Lawrence Youth Ministry will hold a spaghetti dinner on Friday, June 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in St. Lawrence Parish Hall located at 1520 E. Delavan Avenue. Spaghetti, sausage or meatballs, salad, roll, ice cream & a drink, all for a $5 donation in advance and $6 at the door! Extras a la carte. Tickets after all weekend Masses, weekdays at the rectory & clinic, or at www.CatholicChurchesOfCentralBuffalo.com. Proceeds to benefit Youth and Mission activities. This year’s Mission Trip to Appalachia is co-sponsored by the CCCB and the Pontifical Mission Office. Have a good meal for a good cause.

Chicken BBQ ~ Blessed Sacrament Church will hold a chicken BBQ by BW Barbecue on Sunday, June 22, from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Gym, 1069 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. All dinners include: garden salad, 2 sides, beverages, and dessert. Adult ½ chicken dinners are $10, child ¼ chicken dinners are $5.

Bereavement Camp for Children ~ Niagara Hospice will present its 14th Weekend Bereavement Camp for children June 27-30. Camp Hope is held at Camp Kenan in Barker and is FREE to children age 7-13 throughout Western New York – whether or not their family ever received hospice services. For one weekend, children who are grieving the loss of a loved one will have the opportunity to share and work through their grief with other children and trained professionals. Call (716) 280-0777 for more information and a camper application. Applications and more information can also be found online at www.NiagaraHospice.org.

Call for Artists and Crafters ~ The Parish Community of St. Aloysius Gonzaga invites crafters and artists to participate in our Summerfest Extravaganza on Sunday, June 29 from noon to 6 p.m.  This is a well established event and serves well over 500 BW BBQ dinners.  We also have hot dogs, sausage and beverages for sale, Basket Raffle, Car Show and much more. For more information call St. Aloysius Rectory at 833-1715 or Colleen at 834-1517.

Seeking Cooks & Registered Nurses for Camp Turner ~ Call John at 716-354-4555.  Download application from http://www.CampTurner.com.

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.