March 29 – April 5, 2015
Due to Holy Week observances, there will be NO BINGO games on April 2nd or 4th, 2015.
Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Camerata di Sant’ Antonio in concert.
Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in Church
Friday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating the Church for Easter
Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry 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.
Palm Sunday, March 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Reilly (Requested by the Gallisdorfers) and Sylvia Griffin (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)
Monday of Holy Week, March 30 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.
CCCB Communal Penance Service at 6:30 p.m. – St. Lawrence Church
Tuesday of Holy Week, March 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Wednesday of Holy Week, April 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)
Holy Thursday, April 2 ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. – The Poor, the Unemployed, and the Unwanted
Good Friday, April 3 ~ Solemn Service at 12:00 Noon
Holy Saturday, April 4 ~ Easter Vigil ~ Easter Eve Mass at 7:00 p.m. – Living and Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Church
Easter Sunday, April 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessed Trinity Parish Community
Click HERE for additional information about Holy Week Services.
News from our Parish Community
Penance Service ~ A communal penance service for members of our CCCB parishes is being held at 6:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church on Monday, March 30.
Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 29th. Detailed information about all our services is available HERE.
Blessed Trinity welcomes the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio this Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. for a performance of “Mozart Noir,” under the direction of Christopher Weber. The chamber orchestra, founded in 2002, seeks to present concerts that preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of our community. “Mozart Noir,” part of their “Mostly Mozarts” series, will feature the music of gifted Black Composers including Chevalier de Saint Georges, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, and Harry T. Burleigh. If you’ve never taken a guided tour of your church, come early (2:15-2:45 p.m.) and learn about our architecture and artwork. Following the concert, you and your guests will enjoy a reception in St. Charles Hall hosted by Amberleigh Retirement Community of Williamsville. Concert tickets, available at the door, are $17. Funding from the City of Buffalo will provide free admission for students under the age of 15 when accompanied by an adult or high school students with valid school ID.
Special Collections ~ The collection on Holy Thursday will benefit our Helping Hands Food Pantry. The collection at Good Friday’s Solemn Service will help to support Christians in the Holy Land. May we see our Lenten sacrifices reflected in these Holy Week offerings.
Decorating for Easter ~ Easter presents a very special challenge. No decorating can be done until after Friday services, and it must be finished for the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. Our goal is to complete the task, and we invite YOU to help us reach this goal. A great deal of care goes into preparing our church for the most important liturgical celebration of the year. There are all kinds of tasks to be done — something for everyone! We hope you can help us, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, April 3. Please enter church using the door near the wheelchair ramp.
Buffalo Mass Mob IX an Unqualified Success ~ A huge THANK YOU to all the folks who worked so diligently to make Mass Mob IX at Blessed Trinity such a wonderful experience: Eucharistic ministers, lectors, choir members, greeters, ushers, cleaners (including a team from Canisius College), reception volunteers, docents, those who helped prepare printed materials, Fr. Reger, Sr. Barbara, Deacon Jimmie, the rectory staff, and all of you who treated our 600 guests to a large dose of warm hospitality. It was so nice to see a packed church! The TV cameras took it all in as well, and we look forward to seeing ourselves on PBS’s “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” sometime later in April. Best part: we all took another step together down our Lenten journey toward Easter! The special liturgy also attracted a TV crew from our diocesan Day Break TV Productions, and a cameraman from WGRZ-TV. Click HERE to be connected to the Buffalo Mass Mob’s Facebook page and links to photos from Sunday at Blessed Trinity and a TV segment with WGRZ’s Ron Plants. We will be sure to let you know which Sunday the feature will air on the PBS Show, broadcast locally on WNED-TV (Channel 17).
Statement of Church Contributions ~ Anyone needing a Statement of Contributions for income tax purposes, please contact Roy Laciura at the rectory (833-0301).
Catholic Charities ~ Palm Sunday, March 29, is the second weekend of the 2015 Appeal! It’s a perfect time to give if you haven’t already done so. To all societies and other parish organizations – don’t forget to support Catholic Charities with your contribution to the Appeal, too. All day, every day, whenever someone is in need, Catholic Charities is “finding good within” helping to protect, strengthen and empower our neighbors across Western New York. Find Good Within. Share God’s Goodness. Please give to the 2015 Catholic Charities Appeal. Find out more at http://www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.
Our Parishioner, Lorena James, is in the second semester of her sophomore year at Nichols School. She has been studying the Mandarin Chinese language for six years. This past week Lorena took off for a school trip to China. Travel in China will reinforce her learning experience and provide cultural exchange. During part of her trip Lorena will live with selected Asian families. This year, Lorena has also been participating in the Confirmation program at St. Joseph University Church. She will be confirmed later in April. Our prayers and good wishes are with Lorena.
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
Catholic Charities Offers a Gathering Place ~ The Adult Day Program located in the city of Buffalo, NY near the historic Broadway Market has been in existence since 1973 and was the first social adult day center in upstate New York. Currently there are between 35-40 participants, with an average daily census of between 12 and 18. The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Its staffing ratio ranges from 5:1 to 6:1. Some of the unique activities offered include: Tai Chi classes (Falls Prevention), inter-generational programming (collaborations with Buffalo Schools), creative and expressive arts, music and movement. Please call 896-6388, ext. 212, to arrange a visit for lunch and a tour.