"Holy Spirit, Lord divine, come from heights of heaven and shine; come with blessed radiance bright! Of consolers, wisest, best, and our soul's most welcome guest, sweet refreshment, sweet repose." Pentecost Sequence

“Holy Spirit, Lord divine, come from heights of heaven and shine; come with blessed radiance bright!
Of consolers, wisest, best, and our soul’s most welcome guest, sweet refreshment, sweet repose.”
Pentecost Sequence

May 24 –  May 31, 2015


Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m. in Church ~ Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. in Church ~ Trinity Series Concert by the Buffalo Brass Choir

Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, May 30 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, May 24 ~ Feast of Pentecost ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Intentions of the Ejimadu Family (Requested by Fidelia and Family)

Monday, May 25 ~ St. Mary Magdalene de ‘Pazzi ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Wednesday, May 27 ~ St. Bernadine of Siena ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, May 28 ~ St. Christopher Magallanes ~ Mass  at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, May 29 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Member of the Horan & Christ Families (Family)

Saturday, May 30 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Sunday, May 31 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Intentions of the Ejimadu Family (Fidelia and Family)

The Buffalo Brass Choir in Concert at Blessed Trinity

The Buffalo Brass Choir in Concert at Blessed Trinity

News from our Parish Community

Have a Blast with the Buffalo Brass Choir as they close out our 2014-15 Trinity Series on May 24 at 3:00 p.m. Reflections on a Dance brings the concert season to a resounding close as our resident musical ensemble, the Buffalo Brass Choir, under the direction of Nick DelBello, performs music inspired by the dance. The concert will feature exciting transcriptions of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, Praetorius’ Suite de Ballets, Holst’s Jig from the St. Paul Suite, Warlock’s Capriol Suite, and Ginastera’s Dances from Estancia.  The feature work on the program will be Reflections on a Dance, an imaginative and expansive original composition for brass by living American composer David Sampson. You don’t want to miss the sound produced by more than a dozen of Western New York’s finest brass and percussion players as they perform in our church’s “splendid acoustic.” Please plan to be with us on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, at 3:00 p.m.  A free will offering will be taken.

Tom Brodfuehrer interprets iconography for visitors during Sacred Sites Open House.

Tom Brodfuehrer interprets iconography for visitors during Sacred Sites Open House.

Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality) ~ On Saturday, May 30, our Family Promise volunteers will be assisting Ss. Brigid-Columba Church with hosting homeless families. It entails preparing and serving dinner on that evening. If you would like to assist in some way, please Click HERE and leave your phone number for our parish coordinator, Naoma Allen. She will be in touch.

Readers and Eucharistic Ministers ~ Sister Barbara will soon be 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.

Kudos to Sacred Sites Open House Volunteers ~  On May 16 and 17, Blessed Trinity joined dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings as part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Fifth Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. Special thanks to those of you who volunteered as docents and greeters and introduced visitors to Blessed Trinity as an example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art.

A Special Thanks to our Holy Name gentlemen who honored our “gentle women” with a delightful brunch on Mother’s Day. Know that we felt duly honored and enjoyed it very much!

Parish Council ~ Our next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, June 17. Council members are asked to please mark their calendars.

Education Tax Credits ~ Bishop Richard Malone was joined this past week in Buffalo by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Governor Andrew Cuomo to call upon New York State lawmakers to enact the Education Tax Credit (ETC) before they adjourn in mid-June.  This measure will not only provide much needed tuition relief for families who choose a Catholic school for their children, it will increase support to our public schools as well. This is the year to make it happen and you can help.  Please visit  www.nyscatholic.org and click on “Hot Issues: Action Alert” to urge lawmakers to vote in favor of the ETC.  Thank You!

Watch us on PBS ~ Blessed Trinity was featured Sunday, April 19, on the PBS program, “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.” The half-hour show was produced in Washington, DC by the Public Broadcasting System and broadcast locally at 12:30 p.m. on WNED-TV. Click HERE to watch the segment on the Buffalo Mass Mob filmed at our church on March 22, 2015. It is also possible to view photos from Mass Mob IX at Blessed Trinity and a companion TV segment with WGRZ’s Ron Plants by visiting the Buffalo Mass Mob’s Facebook page. Just click HERE to be connected.

Easter Water ~ Vials of Blessed Easter Water are still available to you in the basket on the altar railing near the Baptismal Font.

You Did it For Me ~ William was diagnosed with an early-onset neurological disorder that left him feeling tired and isolated. He called a mental health hotline and was directed to a Catholic Charities counseling program, which helped him reconnect with friends from high school online and find a local volunteer opportunity. “I wouldn’t have believed this was possible a couple years ago,” he said. “I found out I still have a lot to offer.” Last year, Catholic Charities agencies provided services that addressed the physical, mental, and emotional needs of over 9 million individuals living in communities across America. To learn more, please visit www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org.

The Collection for the Church in Latin America ~ Thank you for your response to the needs of our brothers and sisters in Latin America. Your support will enable the church to maintain programs in pastoral ministry that will help families strengthen their life of faith together and share it with others.

Knowledge is power, and now is the time to start thinking about your future. Catholic Charities Education and Workforce Department helps to provide High School Equivalency test preparation and job readiness services to Erie County adults ages 16 and older. Last year changes made by New York State to the High School Equivalency exam process made it more difficult to obtain an equivalency degree, so it is important to be prepared. At Catholic Charities, after receiving an educational/career assessment, students attend classes and a counselor works with each student on job readiness skills, leadership training and potential college placement. For more information, call 716-893-3500 or visit our website, http://www.ccwny.org. We are also on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ccbuffalo and Twitter at http://twitter.com/ccbuffalo.

A Vocation View ~ The confused and fear-filled apostles were totally changed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as they became powerful and dynamic proclaimers of their faith in Jesus Christ. God calls priests, deacons and religious to serve Him and to serve others, especially by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in today’s Church. If you feel God may be calling you to this ministry, call Father Walter Szczesny ~ 716-847-5535.


News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Choir of St. Louis Church, under the direction of organist/choirmaster Frank Scinta, will present a choral concert on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, located at Main and Edward Streets in downtown Buffalo. For more information, contact St. Louis Parish Office at 716-852-6040 or Frank Scinta at 716-907-0466 or scintaf [at] canisius [dot] edu

On Trinity Sunday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Church, Buffalo will offer a Taize prayer service to celebrate the Holy Trinity. This is a devotion in song, scripture and silence to nurture our faith and to reflect upon God’s presence and intention. Everyone is welcome. Parking is available behind Catholic Academy of West Buffalo at 1029 Delaware Ave. For more information please call the rectory at 884-0053.

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