Click HERE for photos from Easter 2015 at Blessed Trinity
May 17 – May 24, 2015
Sunday, May 17 from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. in Church ~ NY Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Tours
Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal CANCELLED.
Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall.
Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, May 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
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
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, May 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – James Stengel (Requested by Mary Lou Borello)
Monday, May 18 ~ St. John I ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)
Wednesday, May 20 ~ St. Bernadine of Siena ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)
Thursday, May 21 ~ St. Christopher Magallanes ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Friday, May 22 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Member of the Horan & Christ Families (Family)
Saturday, May 23 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)
Sunday, May 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Intentions of the Ejimadu Family (Fidelia and Family)
News from our Parish Community
Parish Council meets at 7:00 p.m., this Wednesday, May 20, in St. Charles Hall.
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.
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.
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!
You Did it For Me ~ Catholic Relief Services teams are distributing emergency relief supplies to earthquake survivors in Nepal. CRS is bringing aid to remote mountainous areas heavily affected by the deadly earthquake that struck on April 25. Thousands of people have received emergency shelter kits, including tarps and tools, as well as other critical items like blankets and sanitation items. CRS plans to reach 15,000 families with emergency relief in the next few weeks.
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.
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.
Summer Programs for Children ~ We are beginning to receive information regarding area summer opportunities for children. Materials will be displayed on the table in the front vestibule.
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
Respite for Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren ~ The weekend of June 5-7 is a chance for low-income grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren to enjoy a little break. This respite weekend will be held at the Center of Renewal on the Stella Niagara campus in Lewiston. The weekend includes a modest room, meals, optional activities and an opportunity to rest. You’ll also have a chance to meet other grandmothers in WNY who are also raising their grandchildren. There is no charge, but a $15.00 donation would be appreciated. To apply you must complete an application form, a health form and have a referral from an agency or faith based organization or counselor. The deadline is May 21, 2015. For more info and applications call 893-0931 or Sr. Maureen Harris at 897-9948 x114.
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
Boys & Girls Summer Basketball Camps ~ Hilbert College is offering summer basketball camps for boys (June 28-July 2 & July 12-16) and girls (July 5-9). Registration/check-ins take place on Sundays between 2:30-4 p.m. and camps conclude on Thursdays at 3 p.m. Campers are given the choice of staying on campus (resident camper) in air conditioned Trinity Hall or commuting (day camper). The camps run from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. weekly. All meals are included in the cost. To download a free brochure, go to http://www.hilberthawks.com and click on “Events.” For more information, contact Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or rdegrandpre [at] hilbert [dot] edu (Boys) or Melissa Graham at 716-697-8946 or mgraham [at] hilbert [dot] edu (Girls).
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.