February 16 – February 23, 2014


Weekly Activities

Tuesday, February 18 ~ NO Choir Rehearsal.

Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, February 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Sunday, February 23 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

We now have: Red, White & Blue; carry over Bonus Ball; and a progressive Share-the-Wealth! To check the carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.


Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 16 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – John J. Horan (Requested by Judy Casassa) and Arthur and Malinda Cavitt (Requested by Eldo and Family)

Monday, February 17 ~ The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order ~ Communion Service at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, February 18 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, February 19 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Bernard H. Fix and Ruth R. Fix (Estate)

Thursday, February 20 ~ Mass at 11 a.m. –  Winifred Enright (Estate)

Friday, February 21 ~ St. Peter Damian ~ Mass at 11 a.m. – Deceased Members and Family Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, February 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Pauline Viola (Joe Viola) and Gerald W. Vaillancourt (Jim and Gayle Eagan)

Sunday, February 23 ~ Mass at 10 a.m. – Patricia H. Garman (Mary and Bob Kresse)


News from our Parish Community

Prayer Partner ~ If you would like to take part in the Prayer Partner experience this Lent, please sign up by February 16. Sign-up sheets can be found on the altar rail near Our Lady’s shrine. You may also call Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, ext 114. You will be notified who your partner will be before Lent.

The Parish Council will meet in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19.

Our Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, February 23, immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Mass. The meeting will be hosted by Marianne Pernick and Patty Gallisdorfer, and all women of the parish are invited to attend. The membership vice president, Mickey Dick, reminds members that have not yet paid their 2014 dues, to bring them to the February 23 meeting. Mickey is working on a new telephone/email tree, so it is important to have your up-to-date contact information. Annual dues are still only $4 for active members and $5 for associate members. Life members are free.

Parishioners are invited to “Help Build the Future of Leroy/Fillmore!” ~ LPCiminelli invites us to an interactive community forum on Tuesday, February 25, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at P.S. #61, 463 Leroy at Grider. The invitation states: “During the 2013 summer and fall community outreach meetings, we listened to your thoughts on how new investment in housing, streets and services can make Leroy/Fillmore a safer place full of new opportunities for current residents and new neighbors. Over the last few month, our team has been busy creating a new vision for the neighborhood incorporating your exciting ideas! We would like to share this exciting new vision with YOU and get your FEEDBACK!” We know that many of our parishioners attended the fall community forum, and we are sure you will want to return and contribute to the continued redevelopment of our neighborhood. Please call 218-4698 or send an email to community [at] lpciminelli [dot] com and indicate that you will be attending so that the organizers can plan accordingly.

Basket of Cheer

Basket of Cheer

Mardi Gras Raffle ~ Please remember to purchase your tickets for our Basket of Cheer Raffle, which will take place on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at a special Mardi Gras-themed coffee hour hosted by the Ladies Sodality. The first prize Basket of Cheer, courtesy of Bill Warren and Hertel Parker Liquor, is valued at approximately $250. There are two second prizes: $50 gift cards for Wegman’s and Dash’s. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Additional tickets are available at the rectory, on the table near the ushers’ pew, or by request. Just click HERE.

The Trinity SeriesThe Buffalo Choral Arts Society (BCAS) will be the featured performers at our next Trinity Series concert. Here’s a little background information about them. Formed in 1966 by Robert F. Schulz, a church musician at neighboring St. Mark’s, the “chorus for people who love choruses,” has been entertaining audiences ever since in venues ranging from concert halls to grand cathedrals and basilicas, and from theaters to town parks. The summer of 2011 saw the chorus perform on its first American Concert Tour, including our Nation’s Capital on Independence Day weekend. They were “extremely proud to have been invited to sing an Evensong Service in the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, July 3, 2011 as well as performing for our wounded soldiers, their families and staff at Walter Reed Army Hospital.” You, too, can experience this 100+ member community chorus on Sunday, March 30, when they will fill our Sanctuary with song. Please save the date and invite your friends. Click HERE for more information.

The Buffalo Choral Arts Society at Kleinhans Music Hall

The Buffalo Choral Arts Society at Kleinhans Music Hall

Congratulations to Jonathan and Robert Sands, two Canisius High School students who achieved First Honors and Third Honors, respectively, during the second marking period. Jonathan is a freshman and Robert Sands is a junior.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community 

Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo (GGB) helps people living in and around Buffalo create and sustain community gardens on vacant properties in the city – the only organization that exists for this purpose. These gardens beautify and strengthen neighborhoods, enable the productive use of vacant properties, and improve the overall quality of life for residents. GGB functions largely as a liaison organization between the City and its enthusiastic community gardeners, enabling the latter to maintain their gardens without the added burden of liability for gardeners and visitors. Whenever possible, Grassroots Gardens assists gardeners’ efforts through modest material and financial support, including the distribution of soil, mulch, plants, seeds, bulbs, tools and other supplies. Letters of Intent – the first step in becoming part of the GGB network – are currently being accepted through February 17, 2014. Click HERE for a copy of The Letter of Intent. An open house for interested applicants is scheduled for February 20th from 6-8 p.m. at the Grassroots Garden’s office located at in the TriMain Building (Suite 408), 2495 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214. GGB staff will be on hand to answer questions, explain the perks of being part of their network, and help interested groups fill out the formal application. Click HERE to view the full application. If you or anyone you know has questions about starting a community garden on a vacant property in the city of Buffalo, contact Derek Nichols at 783-9653.

S.H.I.N.E Workshop for mothers and daughters in grades 4-7 at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart on Saturday, March 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The S.H.I.N.E. (She Has Inner Natural Excellence) program is designed to help build a healthy identity for young girls and between mothers and daughters. Workshops include communication, movement, mindfulness, and goal setting. Information: 716-834-2101, ext. 311.