January 18 – January 25, 2015
Sunday, January 18 following 10:30 a.m. Diocesan Mass ~ Reception in St. Charles Hall.
Tuesday, January 20 ~ The Choir is on a much deserved winter break. Rehearsals resume February 10.
Wednesday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall.
Thursday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, January 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, January 24 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, January 18 ~ Mass at 10:30 a.m. – Diocesan Mass Celebration – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, January 19 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, January 20 ~ St. Fabian, St. Sebastian ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Church (Blessed Trinity Parish)
Wednesday, January 21 ~ St. Agnes ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. ~ Anthony and Teresa Hafner (Estate)
Thursday, January 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. Mass – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Friday, January 23 ~ St. Vincent, St. Marianne Cope ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)
Saturday, January 24 ~ St. Francis de Sales ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)
Sunday, January 25 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Dorothy Prystawski)
News from our Parish Community
Buffalo Mass Mob Comes to Blessed Trinity ~ We are happy to announce that we have been chosen as the site for Buffalo Mass Mob IX on Sunday, March 22. Watch our “This Week” and “Upcoming Events” posts for details as they become available.
Mardi Gras Raffle ~ By now you should have received tickets in the mail for the Ladies Sodality’s February 15, 2015 Basket of Cheer Raffle. If you have not – or need more – tickets are available at the rectory or after weekend Masses (on the table near the ushers’ pew). In addition to the Basket of Cheer valued at $200 courtesy of Bill Warren and Hertel Parker Liquor, there are second prize gift cards for Wegman’s and Dash’s, each worth $50. Chances for the raffle are only $1 each or six for $5. This is the Sodality’s only scheduled fundraiser for the parish, so please support their efforts and plan to attend the drawing at a Mardi Gras-themed Coffee Hour following Mass on Sunday, February 15.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration ~ On Sunday, January 18 at 10:30 a. m. Blessed Trinity hosted the Diocesan Mass honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. “Rebuilding the Bridge: Answering God’s Call” was the theme of the celebration with Principal Celebrant Bishop Richard Malone and Guest Homilist Rev. Brother Henry Fulmer, OFM, from St. Joseph Church in the Diocese of Charleston, SC. Proceeds of an offertory collection at the Mass will be used to fund the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund, as will those from a basket raffle at the reception that followed. To view photos from the Mass, please visit our Facebook page by clicking HERE.
MLK Day of Service ~ Monday, January 19, is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and three sites are looking for volunteers to help with specific projects. There is a sign-up sheet on the altar rail near the baptismal font. Ss. Columba-Brigid, 418 N. Division Street, is looking for volunteers beginning at 9:30 a.m. to help clean the building where they host homeless families in the Family Promise program. St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan, is seeking help to organize their food pantry “Larry’s Closet.” Their start time is 9:15 a.m. The third site is the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, 76 Church Street, where volunteers will begin cleaning and organizing at 9:00 a.m.
A Repeat Performance of Christmas Re-Gifted, a choral concert featuring the combined choirs of Blessed Trinity and Our Lady of Pompeii Churches took place on Friday, January 16, at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster. Directed and accompanied by Nick DelBello and Peter Gonciarz, the choirs performed favorites from their Christmas repertoires before more than 60 people.
Catholic Charities 2015 Goal ~ Find Good Within. Share God’s Goodness. Last year, through the generous support of donors throughout Western New York, Catholic Charities was able to positively impact the lives of children, families and seniors in our community with basic needs like food, clothing and shelter, to mental health counseling and educational services. Bishop Richard Malone has announced our goal of $10.9 million and patron saint of the 2015 Appeal. St. Francis of Assisi was a man of action whose simplicity of life extended to ideas and deeds. When you support the Appeal, you are “finding good within” and offering comfort and relief to people in need. Find out more at our newly redesigned website, http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.
2015 Calendars ~ The new Blessed Trinity Calendars were distributed last weekend. There are extra copies in the ushers’ pew in the middle of church. Please feel free to take copies for family members, etc. Thanks again to Bud and Mickey Dick, Vandercher & Dick Funeral Home, for providing these beautiful calendars for our use.
Have a little time and love to spare? Catholic Charities administers the Foster Grandparent Program in Erie County and is calling out to income eligible individuals over 55 to share their experience, skills and talents, and change young lives. At schools and child care centers, foster grandparents receive a modest stipend and provide a consistent model for children who welcome a loving hand. For more information, contact Susan e-mail: susan [dot] seawood [at] ccwny [dot] org or Erin e-mail: erin [dot] pustulka [at] ccwny [dot] org or call (716) 896-6388.
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
New Pantry Opens January 9 to serve the community ~ Towne Square Food Pantry, 2710 North Forest Road, Getzville opens January 9 to serve individuals residing in zip codes 14068 and 14221 who are having trouble meeting their food needs. Hour of operations are Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Closed for lunch from noon – 12:30 p.m. The new pantry is a joint effort of Catholic Charities and Temple Beth Zion. For more information, call 716-218-1450 ext. 2005.