19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of Aug. 7, 2016

St. Clare of Assisi [1193-1253], whose feast is celebrated on August 11, “carried the Host in a monstrance to an upper window to ask the deliverance of her convent from marauding Saracen mercenaries of Frederick II….” She is one of six saints associated with the Eucharist who is depicted (center right) in silver relief on the doors of our Tabernacle. (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 30). Photo credit: Margaret Dick

St. Clare of Assisi [1193-1253], whose feast is celebrated on August 11, “carried the Host in a monstrance to an upper window to ask the deliverance of her convent from marauding Saracen mercenaries of Frederick II….” She is one of six saints associated with the Eucharist who is depicted (center right) in silver relief on the doors of our Tabernacle. (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 30).
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

August 7 – August 14, 2016

Weekly Activities

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

Friday, August 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, August 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, August 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

*Please remember that we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo in response to requests from our players. As of  October 15, 2015, we no longer admit children under 8 years of age.

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, August 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Frederick Zeitz – 100th Birthday Remembrance (Requested by Family) and Robert Delia and Emmanuel Marien – (Requested by Kathleen Marien)

Monday, August 8 ~ St. St. Dominic ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 9  ~ St. Teresa ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, August 10 ~ St. Lawrence ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, August 11 ~ St. Clare ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Joseph Kohn (Family)

Friday, August 12 ~ St. Jane Frances de Chantal ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major ~ Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, August 13 ~ Ss. Pontian and Hippolytus ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Sunday, August 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Mary Kinmartin (The Gallisdorfers) and Gregory DeLong (Bud and Mickey Dick)
Baptism of Elise Christine Chessher

Readings for the Week of August 7

Sunday: Wis 18:6-9; Ps 33:1, 12, 18-22; Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Lk 12:32-48
Monday: Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c;; Ps 148:11-14; Mt 17:22-27
Tuesday: Ez 2:8 – 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Mt 18:1-5, 12-14
Wednesday: 2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 112:1-2, 5-9; Jn 12:24-26
Thursday: Ex 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-59, 61-62; Mt 18:21 – 19:1
Friday: Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63; Is 12:2-6; Mt 19:3-12
Saturday: Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32; Ps 51:12-15, 18-19, 9; Mt 19:13-15
Sunday, August 14: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40:2-4, 18; Heb 12:1-4; Lk 12:49-53

We had the greatest grill men for "Summer in the City" on Aug. 2nd!

We had the greatest grill men for “Summer in the City” on Aug. 2nd!

News from our Parish Community

Who Doesn’t Like a Picnic! ~ On Tuesday, August 2nd, we proved that we all do. But even something as “relaxed” as a picnic requires a lot of planning and hard work, and Blessed Trinity was up to the task. And so we send heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a part in making National Night Out and the CCCB’s “Summer in the City” such an enjoyable evening. We won’t name names, but you know who you are: the folks who arranged for donations; gathered the grill and tents and shopped for essentials; made sure there was ample ice to keep all the drinks cold; hauled tables and chairs; set up games and erected canopies; prepared side dishes and desserts; provided entertainment for the children; endured the fire and smoke to grill our hot dogs and hamburgers; made numerous trips up and down stairs with food and utensils – and then did it all in reverse at the end of the night as we put everything back in its place. Whew! In between, we hope you all enjoyed meeting and dining with neighbors and dancing to the music of J.J. Williams. Thanks again to a wonderful team of BT volunteers. Click HERE for a photo gallery from our National Night Out celebration.

Full-time Position Available ~ We are still hoping to bring on a new custodian before Jerry Gallisdorder leaves in September so that he can show the new person around and train him/her in the basic tasks of the job. If you know of someone qualified for the job, please have him/her submit a resume to the rectory as soon as possible.
The Custodian is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of several buildings and assisting with a variety of semi-skilled manual work in the maintenance, repair and energy management of the church and other parish buildings. Requires a high school education, completed police background check, basic knowledge of plumbing and electrical work, and ability to maintain the buildings and grounds of the parish. This is a full-time position, with salary commensurate with education and experience.
For detailed questions about the job, contact Bud Dick (832-2540). More information about the position is available at http://www.buffalodiocese.org/job-opportunities. Look under under “Parishes/Other.”

Weekly Highlight from Faithful Citizenship: A message from Sister Maureen Harris ~ How does the Church Help the Catholic Faithful to speak about Political and Social Questions? Part 1 of this document is so important in regard to forming moral consciences that I feel I am not doing justice to it and encourage you to read the document for yourself. (To read the entire document, visit www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithfulcitizenship/upload). Again, here are just a few highlights from Part 1 of A Well-Formed Conscience:

  • #22  from Doing Good and Avoiding Evil There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. Such actions are so deeply flawed that they are always opposed to the authentic good of persons. They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned. A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia.
  • #23 Other direct assaults on innocent human life, such as genocide, torture, and the targeting of noncombatants in acts of terror or war, can never be justified. Nor can violations of human dignity, such as acts of racism, treating workers as mere means to an end, deliberately subjecting workers to subhuman living conditions, treating the poor as disposable or redefining marriage to deny its essential meaning, ever be justified.

Knowledge is power, and now is the time to work on a brighter future. Catholic Charities Education and workforce programs offer High School Equivalency test preparation and job readiness services to Erie County adults ages 16 and older. At Catholic Charities, after receiving an educational/career assessment, students attend small classes and a counselor works with each student on job readiness skills, leadership training and potential college placement. For more information, call 893-3500 or visit our website www.ccwny.org.

Rectory office hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Please call our secretary, Barbara Sercu, at 716-833-0301 if you have information for the bulletin, changes to your phone number or mailing address, or would like to register as a parishioner.

Our Helping Hands Food Pantry has extended its hours and now operates on both Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 12 Noon. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Luis Clay at 716-812-3461.

Just some of our stalwart volunteers from "Summer in the City," Aug. 2, 2016.

Just some of our stalwart volunteers from “Summer in the City,” Aug. 2, 2016.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Uptown Fresh ~ A Healthy Lifestyle Market featuring fresh fruits and vegetables is now taking place every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM at the corner of Bailey and Dartmouth in Buffalo. It began operation on June 25 and will continue every Saturday (except Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3) through September 24.

Our Lady of Victory Annual Pennies to Heaven/6th Lawn Fete ~ 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, in Shrine parking lot. Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7. The event opens on Saturday at 5:30 PM. Food tent, beer tent, games of chance, silent auction, theme baskets. Treasure Chest (filled with lottery scratch-offs) raffle. “Wine Shelf” sure winner, children’s activities, bounce house and obstacle course, bell jar and split club raffles. Music provided by “Flipside” beginning at 7 PM. The day ends at 11:30 PM. On Sunday all activities continue and the “Kokomo Band” performs at 1 PM. Chicken Barbecue will take place from 1-5:30 PM serving Chiavetta’s chicken. Tickets are $11.00/adults and $6.00/children pre-sale. After July 24 they go up! Raffle prizes include an iPad Pro, airline vouchers for two, theater package, casino trip for two and more. Tickets are $1.00 each or a book of 15 for $10.00. Winners’ names will be drawn on Sunday, August 7, at 5:30 PM. We hope you will join us. Call 828-9444 for more information.

Burgers, Brews & Blues ~ The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities will host their inaugural “Burgers, Brews & Blues” on Tuesday, August 16 from 5-9:30 PM at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist Street, Williamsville. A performance by Janice Mitchell and the Jim Beishline Trio will highlight the event. The evening will include a social hour, dinner and live music. For additional information, call 716-632-2155 x687 or email cmunschauer [at] sosf [dot] org.

Free Dinner Program on Relieving Chronic Shoulder Pain ~ Catholic Health is sponsoring a free dinner program, “Why Live with Chronic Shoulder Pain?” on Tuesday, August 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Community Room at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave. Kenmore. Joint local shoulder and joint experts, Ryan Wilkins, MD and Joe Lorenzetti, DPT as they answer your questions on the causes of shoulder pain, home remedies, when it’s time to see a doctor, and surgical and non-surgical options. Space is limited. Reservations are required by calling Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at 44-6205 or by registering online at www.chsbuffalo.org/events.

Artisan Fair & Farmers’ Market ~ Father Baker Manor, 6400 Powers Road, Orchard Park, will be sponsoring its Second Annual Artisan Fair & Farmer’s Market on Saturday, August 27, from 10 am – 4 pm. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. The community is invited to enjoy local artisans, crafters, and market vendors. There will also be a Lucky Draw Raffle for a number of prizes. All proceeds to support special projects at Father Baker Manor, a Catholic Health Skilled Nursing Facility. For more information visit www.chsbuffalo.org/FBMfair or contact Jill Hirczak at jhirczak [at] chsbuffalo [dot] org or by calling 716-209-0744.

September Concert ~ The Evangelization Committee at St. Martin de Porres (“SMDP”) is sponsoring The George Scott Big Band in concert at the church on Saturday, September 10 from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are available for $10.  Tickets purchased before August 22 will be eligible for a $50 cash drawing! Please call the SMDP office at 883-PRAY for further information.

“Griefshare” Support Group to meet at Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church ~ If you’ve experienced the death of a loved one, or know someone who has, please consider joining us on September 21 at 6:30 PM in our Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Avenue, Lancaster, NY. A different DVD will be shown on two Wednesdays of each month on how to cope with grief and loss. Coffee and an informal discussion will follow. Call Sister Joyce to register at 716-683-6522 x103.

Worship & Services

Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
Holy Days: As scheduled on “This Week” page

Other Services:
Opportunity for confession on Saturday at 4:00 PM
First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
A coffee hour is held after the 10 AM Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month (September-June)