July 12 – July 19, 2015
Wednesday, July 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ~ Mobile Farmer’s Market in the driveway next to FLARE
Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall
Saturday, July 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Saturday, July 18 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.
Sunday, July 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Margaret F. Schirmann (Requested by Mary Stoddard) and Thomas Eldred (Requested by Gary Weber)
Monday, July 13 ~ St. Henry ~ NO SERVICE
Tuesday, July 14 ~ St. Kateri Tekakwitha ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)
Wednesday, July 15 ~ St. Bonaventure ~ NO SERVICE
Thursday, July 16 ~ Our Lady of Mount Carmel ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)
Friday, July 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)
Saturday, July 18 ~ St. Camillus de Lellis ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)
Sunday, July 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Intentions of the Ejimadu Family (Fidelia and Family) and August and Clara Marien (Ed Marien)
Readings for the Week of July 12
Sunday: Am 7:12-15/Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10/Mk 6:7-13
Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22/Mt 10:34-11:1
Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a/Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12/Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Ex 3:13-20/Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Ex 11:10-12:14/Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Ex 12:37-42/Mt 12:14-21
Next Sunday: Jer 23:1-6/Eph 2:13-18/Mk 6:30-34
News from our Parish Community
A Valued Partnership ~ On Saturday, June 27, delegates to the five-day National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference taking place in Buffalo included community service at Blessed Trinity in their busy agenda. We are grateful to the eleven young men and women who spent their morning cleaning the sacristy, choir loft, pews, and church floor. Our prayerful thanks go out to Daniel Ortega from Canisius College; Conor Gaffney, Marty Kyler, and Stefan Peterson from Creighton University; Gonzaga University’s Carolyn Cartwright; Sarah Graupman, Libbie Engels, and Danielle Jow from Marquette University; and Mary Mikko, Karic Jones, and Artona’ Millhouse from the University of Detroit Mercy. Before their return to Canisius, the group enjoyed a mini-tour of the church. While in Western New York, participants representing 28 Jesuit universities in the United States and St. John’s College in Belize also participated in leadership sessions, networking activities, small group discussions and social events, and visited attractions in downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls. On behalf of the parish, we express our appreciation to Joe Van Volkenberg and his Canisius Campus Ministry Program for always thinking of us, and we continue to value our partnership with the local college.
Mission Co–op Collection ~ On the weekend of July 13-14, Rev. Patrice Kasonga will be here to share with us information about the missionary work in the Diocese of Mbujimayi, Congo. They work with about 22,500 Albinos who are marginalized because of the color of their skin, rejected by their families, threatened and isolated. Their Diocese has established educational and training centers to restore and promote their human dignity by helping them learn something about the origin of their skin color and teach them skills needed to serve their communities. Our Diocesan Mission Co-op Collection is an opportunity for us to provide some support for this much needed work in Congo.
Restoration of Church Doors ~ Although it is not part of our grant project, it has become necessary to undertake restoration work on the doors of the church. Deterioration was especially noticeable following the harsh winter of 2014-15. They are currently undergoing restoration by Bryans Brothers Painting.
Preservation Project Proceeds ~ 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 have begun the process of making these improvements happen in accordance with State and Federal standards. For several weeks, Blessed Trinity has been accepting proposals for architectural design services in connection with restoring our roof, nave windows and front entrance steps. Architects wishing to submit proposals were required to demonstrate education, experience and expertise in historic preservation and the development of Sectarian Budgets and also be able to include assurance of significant (30%) contracting opportunities for minority-and woman-owned business enterprises. Please pray for the members of our building heritage committee and their advisers who are currently evaluating the proposals submitted in response.
Prayerful thanks go out to Rev. Adolph Kowalczyk and forty parishioners and friends from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Orchard Park, NY, who visited Blessed Trinity on June 25 and made a generous donation to the Under This Roof Fund. Father Reger and docent Mickey Dick joined forces in highlighting the art and architecture of our Landmark building for our Southtowns visitors. Father Adolph also took time to bestow a special blessing on one couple celebrating their forty-ninth wedding anniversary. Click HERE for additional photos from their tour.
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. More information: www.womensrespite.wordpress.com or 716-893-0931. Application deadline is July 15.
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.
Catholic Biblical Studies Program ~ For those who’ve been part of it, this opportunity is often credited with being a “life changer,” sometimes bringing people back to a meaningful experience of faith, sometimes carrying them through difficult challenges and personal crises and always opening the door to meeting remarkable women and men. It has quietly but steadily continued for nearly three decades and now is taking a slightly altered form, adapted to the needs of busy people. An introductory Bible study, “Israel Becomes God’s People,” will start in September. This is to be the first of three seven-week sessions planned for the school year 2015-2016. The locations will be:
- John Vianney Parish, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon;
- Vincent de Paul Parish, 6441 Seneca St., Springbrook on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
- The Newman Center (UB North), 495 Skinnersville Rd., Amherst on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration information with details about specific class dates and cost is available on the website www.cbstudies.org and by phone at (716) 871-9180. You can also learn about other upcoming events sponsored by the Catholic Biblical Studies Program involving nationally known speakers and teachers. (Our parishioner, Elsieta Chapman, has been participating in this program. She would be happy to share her experience and answer any questions you may have. See her after Sunday Mass or call 892-1204).
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
Tour of Christ the King Seminary ~ Have you ever visited Christ the King Seminary? Or has it been a while? On Sunday, July 12, the Knights of Columbus will be giving tours of the seminary campus beginning at 1:00 p.m., until 3:00 p.m. Following the tours, visitors are welcome to continue enjoying the beautiful grounds, which include 132 acres of wooded trails and landscaped open spaces. The event is open to all. No reservations are needed. Visit www.cks.edu for more information.
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.
Camp Turner ~ Campfires and horseback riding, hiking and crafts, archery, wood shop, and so much more. Camp Turner is still accepting registrations for weekly camping sessions this summer. (The deadline is the week before each arrival day.) The program is operated by the Catholic Diocese and open to all boys and girls age 7-16. Financial assistance is available. Please visit http://www.campturner.com to sign up, or call 716-354-4555.
Dinner Lecture Series at Christ the King Seminary ~ Wednesday, July 15 – “Living a Eucharistic Life!” presented by Rev. Joseph Gatto. Wednesday, July 29 – “The Church at Fifty” presented by Rev. John Mack. Reservations are required. Dinner is at 5:45 p.m.; lectures are from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the main dining room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora. To register, call Gayle Angelli at 716-805-1438.
St. Andrew Weekend Extravaganza ~ St. Andrew Church, 34 Francis Avenue, Sloan will have a Weekend Extravaganza on July 25-26. The weekend activities include a meat raffle and mini-basket raffle on Saturday. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the drawing starts at 7 p.m. Pizza, pop, beer and wine will be served. On Sunday, there will be a Polka Mass at 11 a.m. with music by Special Delivery, followed by Krolick’s Chicken Barbeque. For tickets and more information, call 716-892-0425.
Third Annual Peaceprints Hike for Hope and 5K Wellness Walk will be held Saturday, August 29 on the Ring Road in Delaware Park. You are invited to join in leaving Peaceprints! Call 856-6131 for further information.