February 7 – February 14, 2016
Thursday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*
Saturday, February 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*
Sunday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the Loft
Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 p.m. ~ Trinity Series Concert, Celebration of Love, in church
*In response to requests from our players, we have instituted age restrictions for admission to Bingo. As of Thursday, October 15, 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.
Sunday, February 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – James Hartzell (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick) and Catherine Floyd (Requested by Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)
Monday, February 8 ~ St. Jerome Emiliani; St. Josephine Bakhita – Communion Service at 11:00 a.m. in Daily Mass Chapel
Tuesday, February 9 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)
Wednesday, February 10 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. – Robert L. Kinmartin
Wednesday, February 10 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 12:00 Noon – Anna Snyder (Estate)
Wednesday, February 10 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)
Thursday, February 11 ~ Our Lady of Lourdes ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)
Friday, February 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Saturday, February 13 ~ St. Benignus ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Leo M. Townsell (Estate)
Sunday, February 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Ed Marien) and Robert Dapp (The Gallisdorfers)
Readings for the Week of February 7
Sunday: Is 6:1-2a, 3-8; Ps 138:1-3, 4-5, 7-8; 1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3:3-8; Lk 5:1-11
Monday: 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13; Ps 132:6-10; Mk 6:53-56
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30; Ps 84:3-5, 10-11; Mk 7:1-13
Wednesday: Jl 2:12-18; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Ps 51:3-6, 12-14, 17; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Dt 30:15-20; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 9:22-25
Friday: Is 58:1-9a; Ps 51:3-6, 18-19; Mt 9:14-15
Saturday: Is 58:9b-14; Ps 86:1-6; Lk 5:27-32
Sunday, February 14: Dt 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13
News from our Parish Community
The Sodality Raffle and Coffee Hour is this Sunday, February 7, immediately following Mass. Please do not put raffle returns in the collection on Sunday, but bring them to St. Charles Hall where we will be celebrating both Mardi Gras and Super Bowl Sunday. If you still need raffle tickets, they’ll be available before the drawing.
This Wednesday, February 10, is Ash Wednesday. There will be two Masses including distribution of ashes at 12 Noon and 6 PM.
The Trinity Concert Series continues at 3 PM next Sunday, February 14, with Celebration of Love featuring soprano Amy Grable and tenor Robert Zimmerman, accompanied by pianist Dr. Lori Abbott. Bring your Valentine or your mom (or both) to enjoy this popular music program including some of the most cherished love songs from Broadway and the movies. We’ll follow this musical treat with a post-concert reception, giving you and your guests an opportunity to meet the performers. Suggested donation for the free will offering is $10.
Our 2016 Lenten Program begins Wednesday evening, February 17, with our traditional Soup Supper, followed by the first of three Wednesday evenings devoted to prayer, meditation and discussion of Dr. Hugh Brady’s book, A Spirituality of Being Human. It is not necessary to have read the book to participate, but do take advantage of this opportunity for spiritual growth. We are still looking for soup makers (Feb. 17 only), cookie bakers, and folks to help with clean-up, so please use the sign-up boards near the rectory-side door to select the week that works for you. Click HERE for additional information about the 4-week program and CCCB Lenten Journey Masses.
Change in Parish Council Meeting ~ Because of the Wednesday evening Lenten Program, the date and time of the February Parish Council meeting has been changed. The Council will meet in St. Charles Hall from 5:30-6:30 PM on Wednesday, February 24. Sandwiches will be provided so that Council members will be able to stay for the 7 PM program.
Lenten Journey Masses also begin next week with a 6:30 PM Mass on Monday, February 15, at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan. The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (CCCB) take turns hosting Monday evening Masses during Lent, each of which is followed by an opportunity for fellowship. Blessed Trinity will host on Monday, February 29.
Prayer Partners ~ Sister Barbara has received the names of our Lenten Prayer Partners. If you don’t receive yours this weekend, please check with her during the week.
Reminder to Sodality Members ~ February 7 is the deadline for receipt of your $5.00 dues in order to be sure you are included in the new member directory and updated telephone tree. Membership is open to all women of the parish. If you would like more information, please leave your inquiry for Membership VP Mickey Dick by Clicking HERE. The next general meeting is March 6, following Sunday Mass.
Catholic Relief Services ~ Thank you for your generous support of the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Through your generosity, families will be reunited, valuable life skills will be taught to those seeking a better life, and many will have vital humanitarian needs met. Please visit www.usccb.org/catholic-relief to learn how your donations make a difference and help Jesus in disguise.
Catholic Charities Appeal ~ Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and commemorates the start of a period of preparation for Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday. As you start your own Lenten Journey this week, remember the selfless sacrifice of Jesus. What can you sacrifice that will allow you to donate just $3.12? That’s the cost of feeding a family of four one meal through one of Catholic Charities’ eight food pantries. Remember the love you have for your neighbors in need, and give as generously as you can to the Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal, benefitting tens of thousands in Western New York. Find Good Within. Open hearts to follow Jesus’ lead. Find out more at www.ccwny.org or call 716-218-1400.
The Choir returns for 10 AM Mass on the First Sunday of Lent, February 14.
Sunday TV Mass ~ Do you know someone who misses going to Mass because of an illness or injury? The Diocese provides a televised Mass from the Our Lady Chapel at St. Joseph Cathedral each Sunday at 7:30 AM on the WUTV-Fox Channel.
Blessed Trinity 2016 Calendars are still available in the Ushers’ Pew. Share one with a friend.
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
Ash Wed. Fish Fry ~ St. Katharine Drexel Parish invites you to “the best Ash Wednesday fish fry,” February 10, 4-7 PM in the parish hall. Dinners are $10 pre-sale and $11 at the door. Mac & Cheese is available for $4. The church is located at 135 N. Ogden Street, Buffalo 14206.
BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund ~ This fund believes that all children, whether rich or poor, should have access to the widest array of educational opportunities as possible. By offering partial scholarship assistance to economically disadvantaged families, BISON is empowering parents, often for the first time, with the ability to choose the school which best meets their child’s needs. Visit the website at www.bisonfund.com and complete an electronic Scholarship Pre-Application for the 2016-17 school year. Please note the scholarship amounts very depending on the family’s income, household size and the school’s tuition cost. The highest scholarship amount for 2016-17 will be $1,800. Families will be expected to contribute partial tuition towards their child’s education. Time of the essence! Our first deadline is February 29, 2016. All pre-applications will be entered into a lottery drawing in early March. If your name is drawn in the lottery, you will received notification with instructions on how to proceed with the application. If you have questions or need further information, call the BISON Fund office at 716-854-0869.
Respite Weekend for Women with Cancer ~ March 4–6, 2016 at Stella Niagara. Application deadline is Thursday, February 18. If you know someone, applications are available by calling Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, x114.