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May 8 – May 15, 2016

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 8 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

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

Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

*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.

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We’re so glad to …
– have Spring’s buds and flowers
– see new people worshiping with us at Blessed Trinity
– reconnect with parishioners who haven’t been able to be here for a while


Mass Intentions

Sunday, May 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Madonna Hartzell) and Hope and Healing for Yvonne Andrew (Requested by Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

Monday, May 9 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 10 ~ St. Damien de Veuster ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Thursday, May 12 ~ Ss. Nereus and Achilleus; St. Pancras ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, May 13 ~ Our Lady of Fatima ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, May 14 ~ St. Matthias, Apostle ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Sunday, May 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bob Kinmartin (Brunch Family)

Readings for the Week of May 1

Sunday: Acts 7:55-60; Ps 97:1-2, 6-7, 9; Rv 22:12-14; 16-17, 20; Jn 17:20-26
Monday: Acts 19:1-8; Ps 68:2-7; Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27; Ps 68:10-11, 20-21; Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38; Ps 68:29-30, 33-36; Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday: Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11; Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21; Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20; Jn 21:15-19
Saturday: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Ps 113:1-8; Jn 15:9-17
Sunday, May 15: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17; Jn 20:19-23 or 14:15-16, 23b-26.

News from our Parish Community


Prayerful thanks to the Holy Name Society from the women of the parish for the wonderful Mother’s Day Breakfast they prepared for us on Sunday, May 8, following the 10:00 AM Mass. Everything from shrimp cocktail to the fruit and pastry platters, ham, and brunch eggs were so tastefully prepared and beautifully presented. You are the best!

Sacred Sites Open House ~ On the weekend of May 21-22, 2016, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sixth Annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend. We will join dozens of houses of worship all over the state showcasing their landmark buildings. It’s an opportunity to highlight Landmark church as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. We are still in need a few additional volunteers. The Open House will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (before 4:30 Mass), and on Sunday May 22 from 12:00 noon (after 10:00 Mass) to 2:00 PM. We will need docents, greeters, sellers, and general hosts. If you have worked any of our Open Houses in the past, you know everything you need to do. If you are new to Open House tours, we will happily train you. If you can help on either of these two days, please fill out one of the forms on the Communion rail indicating what type of role you are willing to play and which date/time you are available. Place the completed form in the basket. Judy Casassa will contact you with confirmation of your assignment. Please sign up to participate by Sunday, May 8. Thank you.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 PM in St. Charles Hall.

Prayer Partner Meet and Greet ~ If you participated in the Lenten Prayer Partner Program, come and meet your partner beginning at 5:30 PM on Thursday, May 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church. A pot-luck dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. If able, please bring a dish to share with other prayer partners.  There is a sign-up sheet on the Communion rail. Any questions, call Sr. Maureen at 897-9948, ext. 114.

Members of the Choir are invited to attend the annual Festival Liturgy sponsored by the Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo on Thursday, May 19, at 7 PM. Representatives from choirs throughout the diocese will gather at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 73 Adam St., Tonawanda, NY 14150, to celebrate the end of the Easter and choir seasons. The Guild will honor its 50-year members, Dr. James Kosnick, Robert Winkler and Edward Witul, and present its Cecelia Roy Kenny Award to Gail Shepherd of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Williamsville. A reception will follow the Mass. Anyone planning to attend should contact Mickey Dick by Sunday, May 15.

A Senior Retreat, “Living and Loving through the Generations,” is being presented by the African American Commission of the Office of Cultural Diversity on Saturday, May 21, from 9:30 AM – 4 PM at St. Anthony’s Church, Lackawanna, NY. Geared for those 55 years of age and older, the retreat will feature discussions entitled “Life Review,” led by Fr. Roy Herberger, and “Living and Loving Through the Generations,” led by Sr. Barbara Riter. Brochures and registration forms are available at our parish. For additional information you may contact Commission member Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

The Ladies Sodality thanks Sue Trabert and Palma Zanghi for leading our members to a greater understanding of the importance of water as a resource and, more specifically, the Felician Sisters’ “Water with Blessing” purification project in Haiti.

Ladies’ Night Out ~ Sean Patrick’s Restaurant, 3480 Millersport Hgwy. in Getzville, has been chosen as the site for the Ladies Sodality Dinner on Wednesday evening, June 8. There will be 4 dinner entrees to choose from: broiled haddock, roast turkey, or shrimp pasta for $29 or BBQ chicken & ribs for $31. These prices include tax and gratuity. Watch future “This Week” posts for a more complete description of menu items and specifics regarding time and reservation deadlines.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

A Memorial Concert in honor of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ, will be offered twice on Pentecost weekend: Friday, May 13 and Sunday, May 15. Join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher for a beautifully reflective and uplifting “Musical-Poetic Tribute” honoring the life and legacy of Sister Karen. Both performances are at 7:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street (between Clinton and N. Division). A reception will follow. Event is by donation, with a portion of the proceeds going to Peaceprints of WNY.

Remember the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will occur on Saturday, May 14. Catholic Charities’ 8 food pantries in Erie, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties will be among the local pantries to benefit from the bag(s) of non-perishable foods you leave for your mail carrier.

Labyrinths ~ Learn their history and walk a labyrinth to experience the spiritual, centering effect they offer. Presented by Ron Parker on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30-11:00 AM at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. For reservations, call 759-6893 x 175.

Respite Weekend for Grandmothers raising their grandchildren is scheduled from 3 PM on Friday, June 10 through 3 PM Sunday, June 12. Applications are available at our church. Questions may be directed to Sr. Maureen Harris at 716-882-3129.