Photo Credit: Sean Brodfuhrer

Photo Credit: Sean Brodfuhrer


February 22 – March 1, 2015

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.

Thursday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 7  from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.

Saturday, March 7  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.


Click HERE to view our complete Schedule of Lenten Services.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Fred Reger (Requested by Judy Casassa) and John Justin White (Requested by Mary and Cindy White)

Monday, March 2 ~  Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 2 ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at 6:30 p.m. at Nativity Miguel School (former St. James School)

Tuesday, March 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Wednesday, March 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Allen Andrew – Anniversary (Wife and Family)Anna Snyder (Estate)

Thursday, March 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. Mass – John J. Horan, Jr. (Family)

Friday, March 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, March 7 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. –  Bud and Anne O’Connor (Family)

Sunday, March 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Reilly – Birthday Remembrance (Ladies Sodality)

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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. Not quite sure what a “Mass Mob” is? Think of it as a community-wide response to an invitation extended via social media “to support and experience some of Buffalo’s wonderful churches….” The movement, which originated in Buffalo and has been adopted in a number of other U.S. cities, encourages Western New Yorkers to attend Mass at historic city churches, thereby experiencing them not just as landmarks but as treasured houses of worship. Since November 2013 the Buffalo Mass Mob has promoted attendance at 8 other Catholic churches from South Buffalo to Black Rock. Attendance has steadily increased with each Mass Mob event, as has its popularity with parishioners at the churches involved. Now it’s our turn as Mass Mob IX comes to Blessed Trinity on March 22.

Plans are starting to fall into place to host several hundred people on this special Sunday. A number of parishioners have already volunteered to help, but we need more greeters, ushers, reception helpers, and folks who are willing to pitch-in “wherever needed” on that day or in preparation for it. There are simple sign-up forms on the Communion rail. If you can share a little of your time – and your smiling personality – for the event, please fill out a form with your name, phone number, email (if you have it) and your preferred job and put it in the box. You may also sign-up on line by clicking HERE. Someone will contact you with specific information on the task(s) that need your assistance. Welcoming the stranger is a good Lenten practice!!

Lenten Journey Masses ~ The 2015 schedule of remaining Monday Lenten Journey Masses sponsored by the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) is as follows:
March 2 at Nativity Miguel School (former St. James School)
March 9 at St. Martin de Porres Church
March 15 at St. Katharine Drexel Church
March 23 at Blessed Trinity Church
Each Mass will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a social with light refreshments. It is hoped that members from all the CCCB parishes will take part in this Lenten Journey and attend as many of the Monday evening Masses as possible.

Statement of Church Contributions ~ Anyone needing a Statement of Contributions for income tax purposes, please contact Roy Laciura at the rectory (833-0301).

Simple Soup Supper March 11 in St. Charles Hall Photo Credit: Phyllis Lobbins

Simple Soup Supper
March 11 in St. Charles Hall
Photo Credit: Phyllis Lobbins

Simple Soup Supper ~ This year we are planning one Simple Soup Supper on Wednesday, March 11. If you are able to make SOUP or COOKIES for this event, please sign up this weekend, and thanks to those who have already volunteered. To do so online, Click HERE and leave your contact information. Following the supper we will have a special Way of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in church. We hope you can plan to join us for this service.

Lenten Reflection Materials ~ Copies of The Word Among Us containing all the scripture readings for the Masses of Lent and Daily Reflections for Lent by Jay Cormier were distributed on February 21 and 22. We encourage you to use them daily as a means to “deepen your experience of this solemn season of prayer and penance and prepare you to participate more fully in the joy of the great Easter mystery.” Extra booklets can be found on the ushers’ pew. Please feel free to take them for family and friends.

Samuel.Coleridge.Taylor.with.textBlack History Quiz ~ Here’s a little trivia question to test your knowledge of Black Composers. Match the composer, Chevalier de Saint George or Samuel Coleridge Taylor, with his composition: 1. Haitian Dance Suite or 2. Symphonie Concertante in G for Two Violins. Then be sure to attend our next concert in the Trinity Series on Sunday, March 29, and hear the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio perform both pieces.

Special Collection ~ Our parish will take up the 131st annual National Black and Indian Mission Collection on the weekend of February 28/March 1. Our support of this collection helps build the Church in African American, Native American, and Alaska Native communities from coast to coast. Schools, parish religious education programs, and diocesan ministries depend on your generosity to help them spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ! You can help meet unmet needs with a generous contribution today. Thank you for your support.

The Ladies Sodality is pleased to welcome their newest member, Dianne Riordan. And a gentle reminder: If you have not paid your 2015 dues,  remember to do so as soon as possible so that our membership chair may update the roster and email group/telephone tree. To learn more about our women’s group, Click HERE.

Mardi Gras Raffle ~ Due to the extreme weather conditions on Sunday, Feb. 15, the Sodality’s coffee hour and raffle were held on Sunday, February 22.  Congratulations to Ken and Marilyn Szczepanski who won the first prize Basket of Cheer donated by Bill Warren and Hertel Parker Liquor, and second prize winners Vontrese Draper and Florentina Dozier, who will enjoy shopping at Wegman’s and Dash’s Markets with their second prize gift cards.

Catholic Charities: Sharing God’s Goodness With Children. Help the family who fled their homeland consumed by civil war and violence before beginning a new life in Buffalo. Jackie Bemeriki arrived in the United States from Rwanda in 1999 in pursuit of independence and opportunity. Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program assisted her with food, housing, clothes and documents, and she now runs her own child care center to help other refugee families. Give to the Catholic Charities 2015 Appeal and join us to “find good within” for these and the tens of thousands of others who benefit from Catholic Charities 70 programs and services. Remember the lives you are touching with your contribution.  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, or call 716-218-1400.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Respite for Women Caregivers ~ If you are a woman providing care for an adult and would like a few hours to restore yourself in a quiet setting, we invite you to join the Women’s Respite Program on March 7. The $25 fee includes lunch; scholarships are available. This will take place on the campus of Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, Stella Niagara, NY 14144. Meet others who are caregivers, learn stress-reduction techniques, and enjoy a good meal with good conversation. For information or to make a reservation, call (716) 893-0931.