President Barack Obama at the Pentagon, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Memorial observance commemorating the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Associate Press photo.

President Barack Obama at the Pentagon, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.
Memorial observance commemorating the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Associate Press photo.

September 11 – September 18, 2016

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, September 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ BT School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parishioners’ meeting with Diocesan representatives 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, September 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Joseph Kohn (Requested by Family) and Msgr. Anthony Caligiuri (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish)

Monday, September 12 ~ Most Holy Name of Mary ~ No Service

Tuesday, September 13 ~ St. John Chrysostom ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, September 14  ~ Exaltation of the Holy Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Thursday, September 15 ~ Our Lady of Sorrows ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, September 16 ~ St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, September 17 ~ Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m. for Gregory DeLong

Saturday, September 17 ~ St. Robert Bellarmine ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John J. Horan (Family)

Sunday, September 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity School Alumni (BTS Alumni) and Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Family)

Assisting on the Altar – Ministry Schedule for Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.   Readers: Bernice Bradley, Maggie Gatson; Eucharistic Ministers: Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson (Loft)

Readings for the Week of September 11

Sunday: Nm 21:4-9; Ps 78:31-32, 34-38; Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17
Monday: 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Lk 7:1-10
Tuesday: 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a; Ps 100:1-5; Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: Nm 21:4b-9; Ps 78:1-2, 34-38; Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17
Thursday: 1 Cor 15:1-11; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 28; Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35
Friday: 1 Cor 15:12-20; Ps 17:1, 6-8, 15; Lk 8:1-3
Saturday: 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Ps 56:10-14; Lk 8:4-15
Sunday, Sept. 18: Am 8:4-7; Ps 113:1-2, 4-8; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13

Feast of St. John Chrysostom September 13

Feast of St. John Chrysostom
September 13

News from our Parish Community

Important Parish Meeting ~ As announced at Mass on August 28, Father Reger will be retiring October 31, 2016 after serving our parish for twenty-five years. On Monday, September 19, following diocesan protocol, representatives of the Diocese and Bishop’s Department for Parish Leaders will meet with our congregation. All members of the parish are invited to attend this meeting at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Memorial Mass ~ On Saturday, September 17, we will be celebrating a Memorial Mass at 10am for Gregory DeLong, grandson of Dianne Riordan. Please join us in prayer for Greg and his family. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in St. Charles Hall (upstairs).

Blessed Trinity School Alumni ~ Please welcome members of the Blessed Trinity School Alumni who will be gathering at our church on Sunday, September 18, for the 10am Mass. They will be memorializing twelve graduates and one former teacher who have died since last September. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede the Memorial Mass. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students. Additional information regarding the day’s planned activities and the alumni committee raffle are available by Clicking HERE, or by calling Bud or Mickey Dick at 716-832-2540.

Diocesan Anniversary of Marriage Celebration ~ This year, once again, there will be a special Diocesan ceremony sponsored by the Office of Family Life Ministries honoring those who are celebrating 50, 60 and 70 years or more of marriage during the year 2016. The date for the cathedral event will be: Sunday, October 23, 2016, beginning with 3:00 PM Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, followed by a reception at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Anyone celebrating one of these special anniversaries and planning to participate in the ceremony at the Cathedral is requested to register by calling Sister Barbara Horan at the Rectory (716-833-0301) by Sunday, September 18. Family members are encouraged and most welcome to attend both the mass and reception.

Our Parish Council will meet Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Jerry Gallisdorfer

Jerry Gallisdorfer

Celebrate with us on September 25 ~ After more than twenty-three years as our parish custodian, Gerard “Jerry” Gallisdorfer is retiring. You are cordially invited to a parish reception honoring Jerry on Sunday, September 25 in St Charles Hall, following Sunday Mass. Please join in thanking Jerry for his service and wishing him well in this new phase of his life.

Ladies Sodality ~ The first general meeting of the Ladies Sodality will take place on Sunday, October 2, following the 10am Mass. We will be continuing our Celebrating Women Witnesses series from last year, as Dr. Althea Porter leads us in a discussion of the life of Penny Lernoux (1940-1989), an American Journalist who risked her life to expose social injustice in Latin America. All women of the parish are invited to join us in St. Charles Hall, immediately following Mass.

More jazz, more swing, more blues … Sunday, October 2, marks the first musical performance in our 2016-17 Trinity Concert Series. Back by popular demand after his 2014 concert at Blessed Trinity Church, Charles Reedy brings the talented musicians and singers of Touch’e with their exciting blend of jazz, blues, gospel and swing music. Performance time is 3 pm. A free-will offering will be taken, with a per person suggested donation of $10. Invite your friends and plan now to enjoy Charles Reedy and the Touch’e Band.

Our Annual WATCH FOR WATCHES Campaign to assist the St. Vincent de Paul Society will begin on October 1 and continue through the month of October. Your watch does not have to have a strap or be in working order. Watches are repaired and sold to further the work of the Society which is to help the poor. Last year we collected 104 watches. The Watch for Watches box will be next to the statue of St. Joseph. For further information see Marianne Pernick.

TRY (Teaching and Restoring Youth), a program for homeless young women ages 16 to 21, is in need of a variety of donations for our Annual Fund Raising Dinner to be held Friday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Restaurant. If you can donate anything for our baskets, please leave them at church marked “TRY” and we will pick them up. Monetary donations can be sent directly to Annual Dinner, c/o Sr. Mary Augusta, 228 Brinkman Ave, Buffalo 14211. For dinner reservations call 716-896-5332. If there are any questions email SMAKaiser [at] roadrunner [dot] com.

High School Happenings ~ Information on open house schedules and other school material is beginning to come to our office. All school-related material will be displayed on the table in the front vestibule of church.

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.

Touch'e Band at 2016 Pine Grill Jazz Reunion

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

CKS Seminary offers classes in Williamsville and LockportJesus the Christ: Fully Human, Fully Divine – ‘Christology,’ taught by Deacon Donald Weigel, will be offered by Christ the King Seminary at Ss. Peter & Paul parish in Williamsville, in the Neumann Hall, on Tuesdays 6-8:30pm for eight sessions beginning Sept. 13. The center of the gospel and the Christian life is the living person, Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and risen. The course will consider the historical Jesus in his words and deeds, and the significance of his death and resurrection. Discussions will explore our beliefs about who Jesus is and why he matters. Catholic and Protestants in dialogue: A Historical and Theological Study, taught by Paul Lubienecki, PhD, will be offered by the seminary at All Saints parish in Lockport in the Parish hall on Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm for ten weeks beginning Sept. 14. Over the centuries there has been, and continues to be, a general discussion of what separates and also unites the faiths of Christianity. This course will examine the historical nature of these discussions through a review of traditional Catholic and Protestant doctrines and various documents issued by all denominations which highlight key issues. The courses are part of Christ the King Seminary’s Continuing Education Program and are open to anyone. To register visit the seminary’s website at for the Continuing Education registration material or contact Julie Galey at jgaley [at] cks [dot] edu or 716-655-7081.

Bishop Edward M. Grosz, D.D., V.G. will present an insightful talk, “The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, In the Mystery of Christ and the Church.” Ardently devoted Catholics accept the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God, but she takes us with her to understand how we can be disciples of the Lord to whom she gave birth. All are welcome. The gathering is free of charge; refreshments to follow. Our Lady of Pompeii, Parish Ministry Center, 129 Laverack Ave, Lancaster, Monday, September 26 from 7-9pm.