“Adoration of the God-Man,” depicted in a large terra cotta relief in the church’s narthex, over the center front door ~ Scripture does not record the childhood meeting of Jesus and his cousin, John, but “it was a frequent medieval and Renaissance subject.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” page 18).  On June 24, the Church celebrates the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.  Photo credit: Margaret Dick

“Adoration of the God-Man,” depicted in a large terra cotta relief in the church’s narthex, over the center front door ~ Scripture does not record the childhood meeting of Jesus and his cousin, John, but “it was a frequent medieval and Renaissance subject.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” page 18).
On June 24, the Church celebrates the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

June 21 – June 28, 2015

Weekly Activities

Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 27  from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 27 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 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Our Fathers (Requested by Bob and Mary Kinmartin)

Monday, June 22 ~ St. Paulinus of Nola, St. John Fisher, St. Thomas More ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, June 24 ~ Nativity of St. John the Baptist ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, June 25 ~ Mass  at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, June 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Saturday, June 27 ~ St. Cyril of Alexandria ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. –  John F. Curtin (Family)

Sunday, June 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Margaret F. Schirmann (Mary C. Stoddard)

Volunteers from the Buffalo Underground Meetup Group

Volunteers from the Buffalo Underground Meetup Group

News from our Parish Community

Happy Father’s Day ~ We pray for blessings on all our fathers and father figures, both those whose presence we still enjoy and those who remain with us in the Communion of Saints.


So Happy to Meetup with You ~ They came from as far away as N. Collins and Marilla, bringing with them rakes, pruning shears, electric hedge trimmers and even a rototiller! Together with eleven parish volunteers, these generous members of the Buffalo Underground Meetup Group contributed more than 60 wo/man-hours raking and weeding, pruning and planting, tilling and trimming, edging and mulching. Passers-by on Leroy can’t help but notice the difference, especially on the west side of the church and around the rectory. We are so grateful to organizer Melanie Chimento, who chose Blessed Trinity as a Meetup destination on May 31. After touring our church, she asked how they could help us, which is how Tuesday night’s “Garden Party” became their first group gardening venture. We offer our prayerful thanks to Bridget Baumgartner, Cindy Bogdan, Melanie Chimento, Joan Corby, Annette Fontanez, Rich Hull, Julie Hughes (a horticulturist from the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens), LaRond Johnson, Scott Mack, Liz Melock, Norbert Muller, Jenny Pfeiffer and two anonymous members, as well as Sue Bordonaro, Drew, Nik and Tom Brodfuehrer; Luis Clay, Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Dorothy Manuppelli, Elizabeth Sands and Palma Zanghi, who answered the call from Blessed Trinity. To view photos from our June 16 event, Click HERE. For more information about Buffalo Underground and its interest “in exploring all the fascinating, unique, beautiful & historic places in the WNY area & beyond,” visit their web site at www.meetup.com/Buffalo-Underground/, or Facebook page, where you can also read about their visit to our church.

Education Tax Credits ~ We Need Your Help! Bishop Richard Malone was joined two weeks ago in Buffalo by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Governor Andrew Cuomo to call upon New York State lawmakers to enact the Education Tax Credit (ETC) before they adjourn in mid-June. This measure will not only provide much needed tuition relief for families who choose a Catholic school for their children, it will increase support to our public schools as well. This is the year to make it happen and we need your help. Please go to http://www.nyscatholic.org and click on “Hot Issues: Action Alert” to urge lawmakers to vote in favor of the ETC. Thank You!

Preservation Project Begins ~ Earlier this year, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church received word from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that our application for funding to repair and restore major sections of our landmark church had been approved. With God’s help, we now begin the process of making these improvements happen to meet State and Federal standards. Blessed Trinity is currently accepting proposals for architectural design services in connection with restoring our roof, nave windows and front entrance steps. Architects wishing to submit proposals must demonstrate education, experience and expertise in historic preservation and the development of Sectarian Budgets. Responses must also include assurance of significant (30%) contracting opportunities for minority-and woman-owned business enterprises. For a copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), call 716-833-0301 or email us at blessedtrinity [dot] bflo [at] yahoo [dot] com. Proposals must be submitted to the Church by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015.


An Evening Farmer’s Market Comes to Leroy Avenue ~ Every Wednesday evening, from 4-6 p.m., now through October 22nd, the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Mobile Market will be coming to the FLARE! Rain or shine, you’ll find “a farmers market on wheels” in the driveway next to FLARE. On Thursday evenings, from 4-6 p.m., it will be at nearby Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Avenue. Take advantage of this twice a week opportunity to shop for fresh produce from local growers right in your neighborhood! For more information, Click HERE.

Bishops Seek Assistance in Renewing Western New York ~ In January 2015, Bishops Richard J. Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and R. William Franklin of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York issued their first joint pastoral letter on the Renewal of Western New York. In a follow-up letter dated June 14, 2015, the two prelates express gratitude for the positive response to their joint statement and offer “concrete suggestions” to those who have asked what can be done “to move our region toward inclusivity and equality.” To read an excerpt from their second letter, Click HERE.


Restoration of Church Doors ~ The front doors of the church are currently undergoing restoration by Bryans Brothers Painting, the same local artisans who restored the east side door last fall.

Student Honors ~ Congratulations to the following students who achieved honors in their college preparatory education at Canisius High School during the fourth marking period: Marquis Draper ~ Twelfth Grade ~ Third Honors; Jonathan Sands ~ Tenth Grade ~ First Honors; Robert Sands ~ Twelfth Grade ~ Second Honors.

Thank you for your generosity in last week’s Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. Because of your support, millions of faithful will have the opportunity to deepen their faith through daily resources on the internet, television, and radio, and in-print media. Remember, half of your donations are staying in our diocese to support local communication needs. To learn more about the important work supported by this collection, please visit www.usccb.org (search “Catholic Communication Campaign”).

Summer Respite For Single Moms ~ Thursday, July 30 to Saturday, August 1 at the Center of Renewal on Stella Niagara Campus, Lewiston, NY. See flyer at church entrances. Application forms are available through Sister Barbara. For more information: 716-893-0931 or www.womensrespite.wordpress.com. Application deadline is July 15.


News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Saint Mary of the Lake in Hamburg Hosts ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ Classes ~ Do you help a relative or friend in need?  Perhaps you can benefit from Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes to be held Tuesday evenings, July 7 through August 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake Parish Center, 4737 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg, NY 14075. This six week educational program is designed to provide you with the tools needed to take care of yourself! Balance your life and learn to reduce stress, increase self confidence, express yourself and increase your ability to calmly make difficult decisions. Helpful resources will be discussed. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 and includes a copy of The Caregiver Handbook. Full course cost is covered for Independent Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY members. For more information or to register contact Erie County Department of Senior Services at 716-858-2177; caregiver [at] erie [dot] gov or visit:  www2.erie.gov/seniorservices.

Employment Opportunity ~ A part-time maintenance position has become available at St. Martin de Porres. Duties include performance of manual work necessary to maintain cleanliness, orderliness, appearance of the interior of the Church building and sanitation of church grounds, roads, and walkways. Work is performed within established procedures under both written and verbal instructions. Some minor decision making about details of work is exercised. Compensation is dependent upon experience. To apply, please contact the parish for an application and position description at: stmartindeporresbuffalo [at] gmail [dot] com or call 716-883-7729. Completed application forms may be submitted until June 30, 2015. No walk-ins please.

Change the life of a child ~ Catholic Charities invites you to learn more about the adoption process or becoming a foster parent through an introductory information session set for July 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at their 525 Washington Street, Buffalo office. Work with Catholic Charities to make a positive impact on the lives of children and teens. For more information or to register please call 716-856-4494 ext. 360 or email foster [dot] adopt [at] ccwny [dot] org. For more information about foster care or adoption, visit http://www.ccwny.org.

NativityMiguel Middle School offers a Catholic school education on single gender campuses to students in grades 5th through 8th.  We are currently scheduling interviews for next year for girls entering 5th to 8th grade and for boys entering 5th through 7th grades.  For girls, please call Mrs. Marilyn Solomon-Ward at our St. Monica Campus (852-6854).  For boys, please call Father Edward Durkin, S.J. at our St. Augustine Campus (836-5188 ).  Copies of our brochures are available on our website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org/how-to-apply.html.  Thank you!