One of four angels on the church facade symbolizing the Four Marks of the Church: One, Holy [Sanctitas], Catholic, and Apostolic.

One of four angels on the church facade symbolizing the Four Marks of the Church: One, Holy [Sanctitas], Catholic, and Apostolic.

June 12 – June 19, 2016

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 12 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Reception honoring Bill & Gwen Warren in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

Saturday, June 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, June 19 ~ Father’s Day

*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, June 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Margaret Schmatz (50th Anniversary of Death) and Paul Vincent Schmatz (Requested by James M. Schmatz)

Monday, June 13 ~ St. Anthony of Padua ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 14  ~ Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, June 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, June 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, June 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Saturday, June 18 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Sunday, June 19 ~ Bob Kinmartin (Grandchildren) and Bridget Blesnuk – Anniversary of Death (Judy Casassa)

Readings for the Week of June 12

Sunday: 2 Sm 12:7-10, 13; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Lk 7:36-8:3 or 7:36-50
Monday: 1 Kgs 21:1-16; Ps 5:2-7; Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 21:17-29; Ps 51:3-6, 11, 16; Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday: 2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14; Ps 31:20-21, 24; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Sir 48:1-14; Ps 97:1-7; Mt 6:7-15
Friday: 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; Ps 132:11-14, 17-18; Mt 6:19-23
Saturday: 2 Chr 24:17-25; Ps 89:4-5, 29-34; Mt 6:24-34
Sunday, June 19: Zech 12:10-11; Ps 62:2-6, 8-9; Gal 3:26-29; Lk 9:18-24

News from our Parish Community

Bill and Gwen Warren

Bill and Gwen Warren

msd.20160612.05.WarrensThank You, Bill and Gwen! ~ On Sunday, June 12, the parish honored  Warren at a special reception following the 10 AM Mass. Bill, a recent retiree and former owner of Hertel Parker Liquor, first became associated with our parish in the Fall of 1998 when he hosted our first wine tasting. He and Gwen subsequently became both parishioners and benefactors. Over the next sixteen years, their generosity allowed us to raise thousands of dollars for our parish and two community organizations we supported, the Interfaith Hospitality Network (now Family Promise) and The Bridge. Special thanks to Bob Heicklen and Jessie Wells for hosting such a wonderful luncheon for all of us.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 PM in St. Charles Hall. This is the last regularly scheduled meeting until September. Please make every effort to attend so that we can finalize plans for summer events and coordinate committee follow-up.

Esquisite Dunnigan (left) celebrates with Tapestry teammates Photo Credit: Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Esquisite Dunnigan (left) celebrates with Tapestry teammates
Photo Credit: Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Congratulations are in order for Esquisite Dunnigan, a member of Tapestry Charter School’s track and field team. Esquisite and her teammates placed first in the 4×100 relay in the Division II competition at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship meet held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on June 10. They ran the relay in 49.3 to claim Tapestry’s second straight title in that event.

Compassion Ministry training ~ If you are interested in visiting those in the hospital, nursing homes or the homebound, either in person or by phone, training for this “compassion ministry” will be offered again this summer beginning on July 25 at 6:30 PM and continuing for five additional Mondays. To find out more or to sign-up, please call Sr. Maureen Harris (716-882-3129), Joyce Menefee (716-832-7728), or Pat Dyer (716-308-6302).

Catholic Communication Campaign ~ Your contributions to the CCC collection continue the work of communicating the Gospel around the world. In addition, 50% of CCC funds collected in our diocese remain in the diocese to support local communication efforts. Thank You for your generosity.

Care for Creation ~ June 18 is the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, Care for Our Common Home. “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” (13 and 14)

Our Sacred Sites Open House ~ A thousand THANKS to all the wonderful volunteers who helped with BT’s Sacred Sites Open House on the weekend of May 21-22. We hosted more than sixty people, and every single visitor was positively impressed by the church – and by the kindness, knowledge, helpfulness and enthusiasm of all the volunteers. We heard nothing but good things from everyone who came! And we also learned some new facts and heard some interesting stories from folks who’ve been part of the parish’s history over the years. Everybody had a good time – with a big THANK YOU to all of you. To view photos from the Sacred Sites Open House, click HERE.

New rectory office hours ~ Please remember that since May, we have new rectory office hours: Tuesday-Thursday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. Please call our secretary, Barbara Sercu, at 716-833-0301 if you have changes to your phone number or mailing address.

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. (Small)

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Gun Violence and Mental Health ~ On Wednesday, June 15 at 7 PM in the St. Joseph University Parish Community Room, Michael Ranney, Erie County Commissioner of Mental Health, and Dr. Jeffery Grace, psychiatrist will address this topic. The presentation is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by the St. Joseph Committee Against Gun Violence and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

The Soul of Compassion will be presented on Monday, June 20 at 4 PM at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. During times of grief, the need for understanding yourself and others and acting with compassion is imperative. Realizing that everyone has a deep, shared desire for goodness and that nobody wants to suffer, allows you to respond to life’s challenges with greater wisdom and kindness. Presenter, Jesse Wicher, is the founder of Holistic Arts Buffalo. This program is part of the bereavement lecture series at the Catholic Diocesan Cemeteries. There is no charge to attend. For more information or to reserve your spot, call 873-6500.

Catholic Charities Benefit Concert ~ Do you have your tickets yet for a great evening of song? The Forte Tenors concert at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo to benefit Catholic Charities is Thursday, June 30. It’s a terrific Father’s Day gift idea, too. Presented by LP Ciminelli and an anonymous donor, all proceeds will benefit the programs and services of Catholic Charities. Forte has quickly established itself as the hottest new crossover sensation and the most successful group to be launched from the reality series America’s Got Talent. There is even a special meet and greet VIP ticket opportunity. Find out more and purchase tickets at