Click HERE for photos from Easter 2015 at Blessed Trinity
May 10 – May 17, 2015
Sunday, May 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by men of the Holy Name Society
Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall.
Thursday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall.
Saturday, May 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Church ~ NY Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Tours
Saturday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.
Sunday, May 17 from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. in Church ~ NY Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Tours
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 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Our Mothers (Requested by Bob and Mary Kinmartin)
Monday, May 11 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)
Wednesday, May 13 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)
Thursday, May 14 ~ Feast of the Ascension of the Lord ~ Mass at 12:00 Noon – Bridget Blesnuk (Sister Barbara Horan)
Friday, May 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)
Saturday, May 16 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Sunday, May 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – James Stengel (Mary Lou Borello)
News from our Parish Community
Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers and the many women who have been our mother figures. Following a very long tradition in the parish, the men of our Holy Name Society will treat women of the parish to a Mother’s Day Breakfast following the 10:00 a.m. Mass.
Ascension Thursday is May 14. Our Mass for this Feast, which is a Holy Day of Obligation, will be celebrated at Noon.
Sacred Sites Open House ~ On the weekend of May 16-17, Blessed Trinity will join dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings as we participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Fifth Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. It’s an opportunity to highlight BT as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. If you have volunteered to assist as a docent or greeter, please remember to be in church before the actual start time of your assignment. If you have never taken a tour of our church, this is a perfect opportunity. We guarantee you’ll be amazed by all you don’t know about our history, architecture and more than 2,000 symbols inside and out. Please join us on Saturday, May 16, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. or Sunday, May 17, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
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.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training is being offered on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Bernadette Church, 5930 South Abbott Road, Orchard Park. If you are interested in serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Blessed Trinity, applications are available from Father Reger or Sister Barbara. Once they are approved by the pastor, completed applications should be sent to the Office of Worship. Approved applicants should bring a Bible and a brown bag lunch or snack. Beverages will be provided. Any questions, please contact the Office of Worship at 716-847-5545.
Congratulations and Thank You, Lorena ~ This year Lorena James has been participating in the Confirmation program at St. Joseph University Church, where she was confirmed on Monday, April 27th. We pray that the love, joy and peace that the Holy Spirit bestows will be alive in you always! And we thank you, Lorena, for the wonderful presentation on your trip to China that you shared we us at the April 26th coffee hour. The photographs were beautiful and your explanations and impressions of the experience were exceptional. And — you were a “Pro” in responding to all the questions. It was a very special treat for all of us. We also thank your mother, Cathy, and your brother, Miles, for the help and support that made this all possible.
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.