Baldachino, coffered ceiling and stained glass skylight. Photo Credit: Capilupi

Baldachino, coffered ceiling and stained glass skylight. Photo Credit: Maria Capilupi

August 30 – September 6, 2015

Weekly Activities

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

Saturday, September 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, September 5 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, August 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Richard and Elizabeth Stabler (Requested by Ed Marien)

Monday, August 31 ~  Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, September 2 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Agnes and Cleveland Witherspoon (Family)

Thursday, September 3 ~ St. Gregory the Great ~  Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Rosanne and Randy Burgio (Mickey Dick)

Friday, September 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Bob Schafer (Effie and Casey McNamara)

Saturday, September 5  ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds & Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, September 6 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Margaret F. Schirmann (Mary C. Stoddard) and Jason Hiscutt (Mickey Dick)

Readings for the Week of August 30

Sunday: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Monday: 1 Thes 4:13-18; Lk 4:16-30
Tuesday: 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11; Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: Col 1:1-8; Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: Col 1:9-14; Lk 5:1-11
Friday: Col 1:15-20; Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: Col 1:21-23; Lk 6:1-5
Sunday, September 6: Is 35:4-7a; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37

News from our Parish Community

Best Wishes to Roy Laciura ~ After almost five years as Blessed Trinity Business Manager, Roy Laciura has decided to embark on a new career. We thank him for all his good work over the years, and wish him all the best in his new position at the WNY Catholic newspaper. Good luck and God bless, Roy!

In light of Roy’s move, the parish has decided to readjust staffing in the rectory. We plan to hire a part-time bookkeeper and a part-time secretary and initiate specific office hours for calling and appointments in the rectory. Can you help us with the following:

  1. Do you know someone with considerable bookkeeping experience (preferably according to diocesan procedures) willing to work 15-20 hours per week (flexible schedule) handling computerized accounts and reports? A job description for the position is available.
  1. Since it may take a while to find a part-time individual for secretarial duties (incl. production of the bulletin), would you or someone you know be willing to volunteer for telephone, photocopying and related secretarial activities in the rectory for three or four hours per day for a few weeks?

If you yourself can help with either of these efforts, please contact Bud Dick (716-832-2540) for more information or to make a referral. Your assistance in these tasks is very important, and very much appreciated!

Line Dancing: BT Style

Line Dancing: BT Style

The B. T. Summer Fest was a great success! A huge, heartfelt “Thank You” goes to Bob Heicklen who planned and organized the event. The music by Neville Francis and the Riddim Posse was enjoyed by throughout the evening, the R&R BBQ food was delicious, and the Face Painting by Sheila K. Reigh went way beyond the kids! Many adult cheeks sported flowers, fish, even a Florida ocean-side scene. We are grateful to Bud and Mickey Dick and Gerry Gallisdorfer who set up the venue with Bob. Cathy Cummings treated us to home made ice cream (secret family recipe). Ticket handlers and clean-up crew included Sister Peg Gallagher, Madonna Hartzell, Lorraine Riles, Jessie Wells, Dan Korchowsky, the Brodfuehrer Three (Tom, Nik and Drew). It was a great end-of-summer gathering! To view additional photos from Summer Fest, Click HERE.

Henriette Delille (1813-1862)

Henriette Delille (1813-1862)

Ladies Sodality ~ Following a spring hiatus and a summer board meeting, the Ladies Sodality is pleased to announce their meeting schedule and projects for the coming year. Their initial meeting is Sunday, September 13, following the 10 AM Mass, at which time Dr. Althea Porter will lead a discussion of the life of Venerable Henriette Delille (1813-1862) “as a source of inspiration for Catholic women.” All women of the parish are invited, and copies of an essay about Henriette Delille are available at Masses this weekend and on September 5/6. Light refreshments will be served; in our attempt to “go green,” we’re asking that you bring a favorite beverage mug. For your convenience, an insert in the August 29/30 bulletin provides dates and available information about the Sodality’s 2015-16 program. Please save it for future reference. Questions may be directed to Mickey Dick, Sodality VP and membership chair (832-2540).

Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.

Give So More Can Serve. Over 680 alumni of Christ the King Seminary are currently serving in our diocese. This past spring semester, 118 students enrolled in academic programs at Christ the King – preparing to minister in our parishes and communities. Please help them answer God’s call. The Annual Collection for Christ the King Seminary will take place at our church on the weekend of September 12/13. Please show your support for the mission of Christ the King by praying for our seminary’s ministry and by giving generously to the annual appeal. Your prayers and your gift to Christ the King help to ensure the future of the church in our area. For more information on our seminary’s mission or programs, or to contribute on-line, go to

Clate Steinwachs, '30

Clate Steinwachs, ’30

Alumni and Friends of Blessed Trinity School are invited to attend the annual Alumni Memorial Mass on Sunday, September 27, at 10 a.m. in our church. An all-class reception follows in St. Charles Hall. We are located at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, and our church is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking. Click HERE for additional information regarding the event, tour of the landmark church, and the alumni committee raffle. We also wish to extend our congratulations and happy birthday wishes to Clayton Steinwachs, Class of 1930, believed to be the School’s oldest living alumni, who will turn 99 years young on September 3. He is looking forward to greeting younger graduates of our school on September 27. Please don’t disappoint him.

Project Homeless Connect is a one day event where those experiencing homelessness can come and connect with community based resources, dental and medical services, get a free haircut and so much more. It will take place on September 22 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. For several years, our parish supported the work of Sister Claire Edwards by collecting deodorant for this project. Now Catholic Charities is seeking donations of additional personal care products for Sept. 22. They are attempting to find individuals who will donate travel size personal care items or do a collection for these items within their offices or through their place of worship. Desired items include soap, shampoo, conditioner (including unopened hotel samples), disposable razors, band aids, dental floss, deodorant, hair brushes, toothpaste, and sanitary napkins. If you or someone you know would like to help or has items they would like to donate, please contact Renee Siepierski of Catholic Charities at 716-856-4494. It would be a wonderful tribute to our former parishioner, Sister Claire.

More About Our Preservation Project ~ 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. Firms wishing to submit proposals for architectural design services in connection with restoring our roof, nave windows and front entrance steps were required to demonstrate education, experience and expertise in historic preservation and the development of Sectarian Budgets as well as assurances of significant (30%) contracting opportunities for minority-and woman-owned business enterprises. Members of our building heritage committee and their advisers evaluated the proposals submitted in response and are currently in the process of selecting an architectural firm that will head up the restoration project over the next 18-24 months. Each member of our team takes his/her responsibilities very seriously, and they request that you continue to pray that their decisions will be inspired ones.

Catholic Charities’ Immigration & Refugee Assistance Program is looking for such furniture items as chairs, dining room and kitchen sets, basic personal household items, school supplies, gift cards and volunteers to set up apartments and drive the delivery truck. Want to repurpose old furniture? Like to furnish homes? Consider helping the Immigration & Refugee Assistance Program. For more information, please call 716-842-0270 or visit

Give a Child a Safe Home. Catholic Charities works closely with birth families to provide a safe place for children, especially sibling groups, to stay and receive care when they cannot receive it at their own home. Interested in learning more about their Foster Care program? Call (716) 856-4494 ext. 360 or send an email to foster [dot] adapt [at] ccwny [dot] org.

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News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Nineteenth Annual Irish Famine Memorial Mass, Sunday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Erie Basin Marina. Celebrant: Bishop Richard J. Malone; music by Kindred. Bring a lawn chair to this beautiful outside waterfront Mass. Non-perishable food and/or monetary donation to support St. Vincent DePaul Society philanthropic famine relief. Rain or Shine.

Summer Celebration Features Big Band Dance Under The Stars! Sunday, August 30, from 7 – 9:30 p.m., St. Joseph University Church , 3269 Main Street, Buffalo, will host an outdoor Big Band Concert and Dance featuring the Jim Tudini Band with Bobby Militello. Join us for a great summer evening of music and dance under the stars! The band specializes in traditional big band music as well as songs from the 70s through the 90s. St. Joseph University Church is located at 3269 Main Street next to the UB South Campus. Donation for the dance is $10 per person at the door. Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase. For information contact (716) 833-0298.

Griefshare: A Supportive Group, When You Have Lost Someone Dear ~ 2 Wednesdays per month, starting Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Our Lady of Pompeii Parish Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086. Go to for details or call Sister Joyce at 716-683-6522.