Feast of St. Peter Claver ~ September 9 St. Peter Claver (1581-1654) was a servant and missionary to the newly-arrived African slaves in South America. In addition to the Four Evangelists, Blessed Trinity places Peter Claver and other missionaries in a prominent position to emphasize the importance of preaching the Good News.

Feast of St. Peter Claver ~ September 9
St. Peter Claver (1581-1654) was a servant and missionary to the newly-arrived African slaves in South America. In addition to the Four Evangelists, Blessed Trinity places Peter Claver and other missionaries in a prominent position to emphasize the importance of preaching the Good News. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

September 6 – September 13, 2015

Weekly Activities

Monday, September 7 ~ Labor Day Holiday

Thursday, September 10 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, September 13 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality program: “Celebrating Women Witnesses” – discussion of the life of Venerable Henriette Delille

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

Monday, September 7 ~  Labor Day Observance ~ NO Communion Service.

Tuesday, September 8 ~ Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Wednesday, September 9 ~ St. Peter Claver ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

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

Saturday, September 12  ~ The Most Holy Name of Mary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John and Rita Curtin (Family)

Sunday, September 13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  For the Intentions of the Ejimadu Family (Fidelia and Family) and Eula Mae Cooper (Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

Readings for the Week of September 6

Sunday: Is 35:4-7a; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37
Monday: Col 1:24-2:3; Lk 6:6-11
Tuesday: Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30; Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23
Wednesday: Col 3:1-11; Lk 6:20-26
Thursday: Col 3:12-17; Lk 6:27-38
Friday: 1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14; Lk 6:39-42
Saturday: 1 Tm 1:15-17; Lk 6:43-49
Sunday, September 13: Is 50:5-9a; Jas 2:14-18; Mk 8:27-35

In Honor of Labor Day "The Trades" are highlighted in six small carvings on the ushers' office in the rear of our church. Agricultural workers are represented by the farmer's sickle.

In Honor of Labor Day
“The Trades” are highlighted in six small carvings on the ushers’ office in the rear of our church. Agricultural workers are represented by the farmer’s sickle.


News from our Parish Community

Employment Opportunities in Our Parish ~ 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:

  • 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.
  • Do you know someone with a pleasant personality and good computer skills interested in a part time (12-15 hours per week) position as a receptionist/secretary? Duties include answering the telephone and door, handling mail, photocopying, producing the bulletin, and related activities.

Compensation for both positions will be commensurate with training and experience. Please pass the word around, and if someone is interested, have him/her contact Bud Dick (716-832-2540) for more information.

Also, since it may take a little time to actually fill these paid positions, the Finance Committee would be very appreciative if any volunteers could step up to the plate and perform some of the above duties on a short-term, interim basis. Again, call Bud Dick if you are willing, and thank you very much for any help you can offer!

Henriette Delille (1813-1862)

Henriette Delille (1813-1862)

The Ladies Sodality resumes its activities next Sunday, September 13, following the 10 AM Mass.  Following announcements, Dr. Althea Porter will lead a discussion of the life of Venerable Henriette Delille (1813-1862), a Quadroon woman who chose to work among the poor in New Orleans. All women of the parish are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served; please bring your favorite beverage mug. If you did not take home a copy of the essay about Henriette Delille last weekend, please look for one on the table near the usher’s pew. Enjoy your holiday weekend, and join us next Sunday, Sept. 13.

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

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound ~ New York State law prohibits hospitals and nursing homes/rehab facilities from notifying a church when one of its parishioners is admitted for treatment. If such a situation arises with your loved one or family member, please contact the rectory to request visitation and administration of the sacraments. This also applies to someone receiving care in a home setting.

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.

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 www.cks.edu.

Clate Steinwachs celebrates his 99th birthday with daughter, Ann, and sons David, Tom & Joe.

Clate Steinwachs celebrates his 99th birthday with daughter, Ann, and sons David, Tom & Joe.

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 turned 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.

Happy Labor Day ~ Nationwide, workers are celebrating the hard work that they put in year-round to keep themselves, their companies, and even our country running strong. Catholic Charities would like to celebrate YOU by thanking you for your continued support of our organization. Whether you give your time, your money or your support, we thank you for your continued hard work to help Catholic Charities serve 142,000 people in need in the eight counties of Western New York. Visit us at www.ccwny.org.

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.

Local Coverage of Papal Visit 2015~ Time Warner Cable News will provide complete coverage of the Pope’s visit to the U.S. on various media platforms. Channel 199 will air non-stop papal coverage September 20-27, including daily recap shows and national call-in shows. Channel 1020 has begun on-demand coverage, including pre-visit preparations, documentaries and previous papal visit programming, and will continue through November 30. On September 1, the cable outlet began featuring coverage with a local perspective on their news channel as well as a special papal visit section on their TWC News App, www.twcnews.com/papalvisit, for a video chronicle of the Pope’s visit.

A 2015 Easter Lily re-blooms for Labor Day in a parishioner's garden.

A 2015 Easter Lily re-blooms for Labor Day in a parishioner’s garden.


News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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 www.olpparish.com for details or call Sister Joyce at 716-683-6522.