P. Kuhnle's ceramic sculpture of the Last Supper over the inside door in Blessed Trinity's Right (West) Transept. Photo credit: Steve Mangione

P. Kuhnle’s ceramic sculpture of the Last Supper over the inside door in Blessed Trinity’s Right (West) Transept.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

June 7 – June 14, 2015

Weekly Activities

Monday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Annual Meeting of FLARE in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 13  from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 13 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, June 7 ~ Feast of Corpus Christi ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Olivette Scheuer (Requested by Duffy Family)

Monday, June 8 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 9 ~ St. Ephrem ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, June 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Thursday, June 11 ~ St. Barnabas ~ Mass  at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, June 12 ~ The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 13 ~ The Immaculate Heart of Mary; St. Anthony of Padua – Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. –  Rita E. Curtin (Family)

Sunday, June 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Intentions of the Ejimadu Family (Fidelia and Family) and Richard Romanowski (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Rhododendrons in bloom in church's east side garden. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Rhododendrons in bloom in church’s east side garden.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

A Prayerful Welcome ~ Parishioner Brian Arnold has been participating in the religious education program at St. Joseph University Parish to prepare to receive his First Communion. On Saturday, May 30, Brian received Communion with his class at St. Joseph Church. On Sunday, June 7, Brian will receive Communion for the first time here at Blessed Trinity. Congratulations, Brian, and welcome to full communion in our faith community.

FLARE Annual Meeting ~ Our community association, the Fillmore-Leroy Area Residents, Inc., will hold it’s Annual Meeting on Monday, June 8, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. Anyone who lives or works in the community is encouraged to join the Association, and those parishioners who do not can show their support by becoming a “Friend” of FLARE.  Everyone is invited to attend the Annual Meeting. For more information, call Latisha Henderson, FLARE Secretary, at 716-838-6740.

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Garden Party “Reblooms” ~ Parishioners who have questioned what happened to our annual spring garden party will be happy to learn that it’s back, beginning on Tuesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. We already have a core group of volunteers, thanks to Buffalo-Underground. After touring our church on May 31, they asked what they could do to help us, and gardening was the answer. We are now looking for parish volunteers to welcome and work along with them. Even if you can only spare an hour, please stop by with your garden gloves, kneeling pad and favorite weeding tools. Although our east side garden is currently ablaze with rhododendrons, iris and peonies, much remains to be done on the west side of church and the Dewey Avenue side of St. Charles Hall. We need you on Tuesday evening, June 16.


An Evening Farmer’s Market Comes to Leroy Avenue ~ Every Wednesday evening, from 4-6 p.m., now through October 22nd, the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Mobile Market will be coming to the FLARE! Rain or shine, you’ll find “a farmers market on wheels” in the church parking lot behind FLARE. On Thursday evenings, from 4-6 p.m., it will be at nearby Elim Christian Fellowship, 70 Chalmers Avenue. Take advantage of this twice a week opportunity to shop for fresh produce from local farms right in your neighborhood! For more information, Click HERE.

Bishop Malone has written a letter to area Catholics about the importance of the Education Tax Credit (“ETC”) legislation now before Members of the State Assembly for a vote. Time is of the essence as the current legislative term ends June 17. To read the complete text of his letter and learn why you should encourage passage, Click HERE.

Preservation Project Begins ~ 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 now begin the process of making these improvements happen to meet State and Federal standards. Blessed Trinity is currently accepting proposals for architectural design services in connection with restoring our roof, nave windows and front entrance steps. Architects wishing to submit proposals must demonstrate education, experience and expertise in historic preservation and the development of Sectarian Budgets. Responses must also include assurance of significant (30%) contracting opportunities for minority-and woman-owned business enterprises. For a copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), call 716-833-0301 or email us at blessedtrinity [dot] bflo [at] yahoo [dot] com. Proposals must be submitted to the Church by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Readers and Eucharistic Ministers ~ Sister Barbara is preparing the schedule of lector and Eucharistic minister assignments for July and August. In order to accommodate everyone’s vacation plans, she is asking that you please let her know in writing by Sunday, June 14, any dates that you will NOT be available to serve. You can Click HERE and use our contact form to send her your information.

Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign ~ Our parish will take up this collection on the weekend of June 13/14. Monies from the campaign aid in the communication of the Gospel through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio, and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese and support local needs, so please be generous.

Parish Council members are reminded that our next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, June 17. Please mark their calendars.


Restoration of Church Doors ~ The front doors of the church are currently undergoing restoration by Bryans Brothers Painting, the same local artisans who restored the east side door last fall.

The Marriage Counseling Center of Catholic Charities offers services at two locations, in Amherst and West Seneca, and is a unique resource in Western New York. It has been dedicated to counseling couples for more than 50 years. Services are provided by master degree level therapists who specialize in couples’ treatment, pre-marital counseling and individual counseling for relationship problems. Last year the center assisted more than 4,000 people! To refer a couple, simply give the interested party our phone number, 716-839-4406, and have them call our office weekdays between 5:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Find Catholic Charities at http://www.ccwny.org.

Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality) ~ On Saturday, May 30, our Family Promise volunteer team assisted volunteers at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church by preparing and sharing dinner with a group of 14 adults and children who are guests of local religious congregations during their period of temporary homelessness. If you would like to assist at the Columba-Brigid site in the coming months, please Click HERE and leave your contact information. Our parish coordinator, Naoma Allen, or someone on her team will be in touch.

Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in a ceremony in El Salvador on May 23rd. His friend and colleague, Rev. William Wipfler, recently gave a presentation on the life and death of Oscar Romero at Christ the King Seminary. Watch the video  at www.cks.edu/news and learn more about this holy man.

Summertime Fun ~ We have copies of the Special Summer 2015 section of DISCOVER, published by The Buffalo News. It contains just about everything that will be going on in and around Buffalo during the summer. They are near the Ushers’ Pew in the middle of church. Feel free to take one, make your plans and enjoy!

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

News from Gerard Place ~ Remember the Farmer’s Market is coming to Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Avenue, beginning on Wednesday, June 3, from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There will also be another market coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon, starting on Tuesday, June 9. And on Saturday, June 13, from 12 Noon – 3 p.m., Gerard Place will host a Health Fair and free garage sale with furniture and Ted’s hot dogs. We hope to see your there. For information, call Gerard Place at 897-9948, ext 104.

Attention Caregivers:  Join us on Saturday June 13, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as we “Lunch and Learn” about Social Adult Programs and take home a coupon for a free day of respite. Social Adult Day programs provide older adults with supervised activities fostering socialization while also providing respite for caregivers.  Program components include: music, art, Tai Chi, discussion groups, bible study, and intergenerational programming together with students from Buffalo Public Schools. Come and see for yourself why Social Adult Day programs are a great option for older adults who want to remain actively engaged with their communities. Where: Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place, 128 Wilson Street, Buffalo, 14212. Reservations are required. Call Erie County Senior Services/NY Connects at (716) 858-8526.

NativityMiguel Middle School offers a Catholic school education on single gender campuses to students in grades 5th through 8th.  We are currently scheduling interviews for next year for girls entering 5th to 8th grade and for boys entering 5th through 7th grades.  For girls, please call Mrs. Marilyn Solomon-Ward at our St. Monica Campus (852-6854).  For boys, please call Father Edward Durkin, S.J. at our St. Augustine Campus (836-5188 ).  Copies of our brochures are available on our website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org/how-to-apply.html.  Thank you!

Symphony of Choirs ~ “Peace is Every Voice” featuring The Buffalo Master Chorale, Westminister Presbyterian Church Choir, and St. Joseph University Choir. A celebration of song – calling for peace in our time – on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin Street, Buffalo. For information, visit http://www.bnchoirs.org.

Providing a healthy start to life for new mothers and moms-to-be in Erie and Niagara Counties, Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program provides food, participant-centered nutrition education and referrals for eligible pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of 5. The program now has a new, centralized phone number, 716-218-1484, that can be used to connect to any WIC office. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.ccwny.org/wic