Our Altar of Sacrifice (foreground) contains a relic of St. Isaac Jogues and is dedicated to the Jesuit martyr and missionary to NY State and his companions. The Church commemorates their lives in a single celebration on October 19. Photo credit: Duane Held.

Our Altar of Sacrifice (foreground) contains a relic of St. Isaac Jogues and is dedicated to the Jesuit martyr and missionary to NY State
and his companions. The Church commemorates their lives in a single celebration on October 19. Photo credit: Duane Held.

October 18 – October 25, 2015

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

Sunday, October 18, following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Parish Council

Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. ~ The Vocális Chamber Choir performs To Music in Church

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, October 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 25 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo. As of Thursday, October 15, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.
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, October 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and David Karnyski (Requested by Pauline Rollek)

Monday, October 19 ~ St. John de Brebeuf; St. Isaac Jogues & Companions ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 20 ~ St. Paul of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. ~ Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, October 21 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Thursday, October 22 ~ St. John Paul II ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, October 23 ~ St. John of Capistrano ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Parents)

Saturday, October 24 ~ St. Anthony of Claret ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, October 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Intentions of the Ejimadu Family (Fidelia and Family) and Gregory Bobo (Pauline Rollek)


The Vocalis Chamber Choir

The Vocalis Chamber Choir in concert at Blessed Trinity on Sun., October 18, at 4 PM

News from our Parish Community

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To Music, the opening concert of our Trinity Series, is this Sunday, October 18 at 4 PM. The Vocális Chamber Choir, under the direction of James Burritt, presents texts in tribute of music – its beauty, power, meaning, and emotion. Please join us for a celebration of the greatest of all art forms and help guarantee a successful 2015-16 concert season! Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Our Choir has “road game” at 5 PM next Sunday, October 25, and they are counting on support from you, their fan base. Together with Nick DelBello and his brass quintet, organist Peter Gonziarz, and the St. Joseph University Choir, choristers from Blessed Trinity and other church choirs will be performing at the Diocesan Choral Festival under the direction of Ron Martin. The gala at neighboring St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main Street, is sponsored by the Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo. There are no tickets, but a free will offering will be taken.

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The Parish Council is our host for Coffee Hour following Mass this Sunday, October 18. 

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 PM in St. Charles Hall.

October 18 is World Mission Sunday!  In Scripture, we read that St. Paul asked the Gentile Churches to take up a collection to support the Church in Jerusalem.  Now we are asked to reach out and support the young churches throughout our world. Your prayers and generous gifts to the Society for Propagation of the Faith in the collection to day will help missionaries offer the poor of these areas practical help as they share the mercy of God.  It will ensure the development of local dioceses, and support the work of priests, religious and lay leaders who serve those on the margins and in most need.  Go out to the whole world through your gift in this weekend’s collection!

Watches for St. Vincent de Paul ~ The Sodality is continuing to collect used watches through Sunday, November 8. These watches do not have to be in working order. They will be repaired or used for parts and sold in the Society’s thrift stores with proceeds used to further the organization’s charitable work. Place your donation in the “No More Mister Nice Watch” container near the statue of St. Joseph.

School Alumni Gift ~ In 2006, the year of the Parish Centennial, alumni of Blessed Trinity School began what would become an annual tradition of reuniting for worship at our church. This year’s gathering took place on Sunday, September 27. In conjunction with this reunion the Alumni Committee also conducts a fundraiser, with graduates being encouraged to purchase tickets for a split club raffle held at a reception following the Mass. Our parish has benefited directly from the raffle, as the Alumni have generously donated a portion of the “split” to our Under This Roof Fund. This year’s gift totaled $1,425.00. The Alumni Committee’s solicitation also resulted in an additional $740.00 in individual member donations to the dedicated fund, which will be the primary source of funding for the three areas of major repair and restoration under the terms of our State grant. Since 2009, School Alumni have contributed a total of $9,205.00 in raffle returns and individual gifts and, in a October 13 letter to the Alumni Committee, Father Reger has expressed the appreciation of our entire Parish Community for their dedication and generosity.

The Sisters of Social Service will hold their Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga. The featured speaker is Sr. Denise Roche, GNSH, Ph.D., President of D’Youville College. In accord with the 2015-16 Year of Consecrated Life, her topic will be “Building God’s Kingdom: the Legacy of Women Religious.” For information and reservations, call 836-0685. Our former Pastoral Associate, Sister Flavia Dampf, is a member of the Sisters of Social Service.

Scholarship Opportunities ~ We just received the information and application forms for two scholarships. Please see Sister Barbara Horan for application forms.

  • Martin Luther King Scholarship – to help an 8th grade student attain a Catholic High School Education. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
  • Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship Fund – to assist applicants who want to continue their formal education beyond high school at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Are you or is someone you know an out of work job seeker? Facing the challenge of being unemployed and working through this tough economy is tough enough. You don’t have to go it alone. Contact the Office of Family Life Ministries for your free packet containing practical resources, prayers, scripture support and programs designed to support you on your journey. Just email familylife [at] buffalodiocese [dot] org  or call us at 716-847-2210.

Help Stop Hunger. Catholic Charities’ eight food pantries in Buffalo, Franklinville, Getzville, Lackawanna, and Wellsville provide for individuals across Western New York in an emergency or when the food budget just doesn’t stretch far enough. Volunteers to help sort, stock, and prepare food for distribution are always welcome. If you are available for as little as four hours a week and are interested in helping our food pantries, please contact Catholic Charities Parish Outreach at 716-218-1400 ext. 2005.

Updating Our Records ~ Thanks to all of you who completed the contact information form that appeared in the bulletin for several weekends. If you forgot, you can use the form at the bottom of the back page of the weekly bulletin to provide the following information: your name and preferred phone number; your email address; and, if applicable, your new mailing address. Alternatively, you may email the information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com specifying “Contact Information” in the subject line, or click HERE and use our handy template. Just remember to reference “Contact Information” when submitting information on-line.

Our Altar of Sacrifice also contains a relic of St. Elizabeth Seton (1774-1821), the first saint born in the U.S. to be canonized. This woodcarving hangs on the left (east) transept wall. It is a gift of the Southtowns Wood Carvers of WNY.

Our Altar of Sacrifice also contains a relic of St. Elizabeth Seton (1774-1821), the first U.S. born saint to be canonized. This woodcarving hangs on the left (east) transept wall of the church. It is a gift of the Southtowns Wood Carvers of WNY.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

A Lecture on the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy will be held on Tuesday, October 20, at 7 PM in the main dining room of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Rd., E. Aurora. Rev. Robert Schreiter will speak on “Discovering the Face of Mercy: Prospects for the American Church during the 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy.” Father Schreiter, a leading author and international speaker, is a professor of Theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. The talk is part of the “Father Thomas Dailey Lecture Series in Christian Ethics and Spirituality.” No registration is necessary. Free-will offering welcome.

Marriage and Annulment in the Catholic Church Seminar on Thursday, October 22 at 7 PM at St. Martha Parish, 10 French Road, Depew. The marriage of a man and a woman is revered by the Catholic Church as a vocation ordained by God. It is both a reflection of God’s love and a manifestation of God’s love in the world. But our hearts go out to the many good people who have suffered the tragic breakup of their marriage. Anyone who finds themselves in this type of situation should not fear the Church’s procedures. Rev. Robert Zilliox, JCL, from the Tribunal Office of the Diocese of Buffalo will speak about the Essence of Canon Law and the Sacrament of Marriage and he will explain the new procedures for annulments recently announced by Pope Francis. Many Catholics across the United States have welcomed Pope Francis’ annulment reforms, the most far-reaching in almost three centuries. All are welcome!

OLP Homemade Spaghetti Dinner ~ Sunday, November 1 (12 noon – 4 PM) in Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Ave, Lancaster, NY 14086.  For tickets and information, call 683-6522.