Symbolic artwork on underside of choir loft. Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

Symbolic artwork on underside of choir loft.
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

October 9 – October 16, 2016

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in church

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

Friday, October 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in church

Sunday, October 16 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo.  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, October 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Intentions of the Mgbenka Family (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu) and Deacon Jimmie Boyd (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, October 10 ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 11 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Joseph Kohn (Family)

Wednesday, October 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Dorothy Prystrawski)

Thursday, October 13 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis Pietrzykowski (Estate)

Friday, October 14 ~ St. Callistus I ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Milon Brown (Estate)

Saturday, October 15 ~ Wedding of Corey Pender and Natalie Kolkmeyer at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 15 ~ St. Teresa of Jesus ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Sunday, October 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ William Blesnuk (Family) and Deacon Jimmie Boyd (Blessed Trinity Holy Name Society)

Assisting on the Altar – Ministry Schedule for Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.   Readers: Chris Porter and Dianne Riordan; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Sharon Dunnigan, Pat Hartinger; Fran Cahill (Loft)

Readings for the Week of October 9

Sunday: 2 Kgs 5:14-17; Ps 98:1-4; 2 Tm 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19
Monday: Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1; Ps 113:1-7; Lk 11:29-32
Tuesday: Gal 5:1-6; Ps 119:41, 43-45, 47-48; Lk 11:37-41
Wednesday: Gal 5:18-25; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 11:42-46
Thursday: Eph 1:1-10; Ps 98:1-6; Lk 11:47-54
Friday: Eph 1:11-14; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13; Lk 12:1-7
Saturday: Eph 1:15-23; Ps 8:2-7; Lk 12:8-12
Sunday, Oct. 16: Ex 17:8-13; Ps 121: 1-8; 2 Tim 3:14-4:2; Lk 18:1-8

Parish to honor the late Deacon Jimmie Boyd on Sunday, October 16.

Parish to honor the late Deacon Jimmie Boyd on Sunday, October 16.

News from our Parish Community

Honoring Deacon Jimmie ~ On Sunday, October 16, we will honor the memory of Deacon Jimmie Boyd with the placing of his name on our memorial plaque. The plaque was presented to the parish in the early 1990s by our Holy Name Society and lists the names and tenure of all pastors and associates who have served our parish. We have asked his family to attend, and coffee hour will follow in the hall.

Ralph Overton

Ralph Overton

Please welcome Ralph Overton, who assumed the position of parish custodian on Monday, October 3rd. We are happy to have him on board and hope that you will make him feel at home here at Blessed Trinity.

Special Collection for the Flood Victims of Louisiana ~ The Special Collection for the Flood Victims of Louisiana will take place this weekend, October 8/9. We are all well aware of the terrible hardships people are facing in Louisiana because of the recent floods and their need for help. Aware in this Year of Mercy of our need to care for each other, Bishop Malone has authorized the special collection for the Flood Victims of Louisiana. If you are able, please be as generous as possible. There will be envelopes in the pews this weekend. Please place your contribution in the envelope and drop it in the basket with the regular offertory collection. Thank you.

Charles Reedy and the Touch'e Band at Blessed Trinity.

Charles Reedy and the Touch’e Band at Blessed Trinity.

The Trinity Concert Series ~ The 2016-17 Trinity Series opened on October 2 with a performance by saxophonist Charles Reedy and the Touch’e Band featuring deConstance on Keyboard, Jason Dobbs playing both the Bass Guitar and Upright Bass, percussionist Lady Diamond, drummer Rob Thomas, and guitarist Vita Vee. Lady Diamond, deConstance and Ms. Vee also proved to be talented vocalists. For additional photos of the Touch’e Band, Click HERE. Next in our series is “A Christmas Pie” on Sunday, December 4, at 3 PM, when the Freudig Singers of WNY return with their annual holiday offerings, following by a pie reception.

Our Annual Watch for Watches Campaign to assist the St. Vincent de Paul Society began on October 1 and will continue through the month of October. Your watch doesn’t 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 near the statue of St. Joseph. Thanks to all who have contributed thus far. We’re off to a good start. For further information see Marianne Pernick.

Giving Griffins ~ On Sat. October 1, 2016, Blessed Trinity welcomed 13 Canisius College “Giving Griffins” who chose our site for their Community Day volunteer efforts. We are so grateful to them for their hard work and youthful energy in helping to make our Landmark edifice even more welcoming. Many thanks to Accounting Society members Quinn Corrao, Thomas Gagola, Donald Hymers, Wesley Ireland, Liam Kula- kowski, Tom Widman, and Nicholas Wojtkiewicz; Disney Club members David Hicks, Sophie Huffman, Nathan Hynes, Gwyneth Romon, Krystal Saimon and Ethan Shannon; and Joe Van Volkenberg from the College’s Campus Ministry for remembering us. We also are grateful to Judy Casassa and Bud and Mickey Dick who welcomed the students and worked along with them. Click HERE for additional photos.


Jerry Gallisdorfer extends his heartfelt THANK YOU to all who attended the reception on Sunday, September 25. Having all of you with him to celebrate his retirement was gratifying. He will remember your kindness and friendship as he begins a new phase of life.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Private Screening of “Voiceless” on October 9 at 3pm at the Regal Transit Theater, Williamsville. “Voiceless” is raw, powerful and transformational. Viewers will be enlightened, empowered and inspired to action. “Voiceless” shows how one person can make a difference; shows that standing for what is right will have a positive influence on people; reminds us that if we are not willing to confront evil, it will persist and grow in our community. Tickets are limited. For individual or group purchase, contact Delphine Verdi at 868-2049 or dollyverdi [at] gmail [dot] com or Dave Anderson at 773-4908 or daanderson [at] roadrunner [dot] com. See the movie trailer at

Chiavetta’s Chicken Dinner on Thursday, October 13 from 3:30-7pm at St. Michael’s Church, 651 Washington St, Buffalo. Take out only. For tickets, call the rectory at 854-6726.

Rummage Sale on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16 from 8am-2pm at St. Michael’s Church, 651 Washington St, Buffalo. Free admission. If you have donations or for further information, call the rectory at 854-6726.

Pilgrimage to Fatima Shrine ~ Annual New York State Knights of Columbus Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston will be held on Sunday, October 16. The pilgrimage starts with a 1:15pm Mass in the Basilica followed by a Rosary Walk and Benediction. This event is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend. This is one of the four state pilgrimages that the Knights of Columbus sponsors around the state. As the Year of Mercy draws to a close, commemorate it by praying to Our Lady of Fatima for world peace. For further information contact Deacon Charles Esposito at 207-6630 or espo67_2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Political responsibility from a Catholic Perspective presented by Msgr. Frederick Leising on Monday, October 17 from 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii church, 158 Laverack Ave, Lancaster. As we prepare to exercise our rights and duties as participants in our democracy on Election Day, Msgr. Leising will help us evaluate what we hear through culture and the media and what the Bible teaches us. All our welcome! Refreshments follow presentation. Free will offering accepted.

Save the Date ~ Sr. Maureen invites you to save the date – Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30-8pm for a live session about “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” and our Catholic participation in political life as a U.S. Citizen. Deacon Don Weigel will assist us in bringing together our principles and our political voices, our values and our votes, to help build a better world. Place to be announced. Contact Sr. Maureen Harris OSF at 897-9948 x114 to RSVP or with any questions.

October 28/29 Retreat: “Sharing the Mercy of God” ~ The African Commission is sponsoring a retreat from 6-9pm on Friday, Oct. 28 and Sat. Oct 29 at Holy Cross Parish, 345 Seventh St, Buffalo. Reverend Anthony Mario Ozele will conduct the retreat and serve as homilist at the Africa Thanksgiving Bazaar Mass, to be celebrated by Most Reverend Bishop Richard J. Malone at 10am on Sun., Oct. 30.. A bazaar following the Mass will include a Taste of Africa, auction and basket raffle. All are welcome to participate.