"I am the true vine and you are the branches...." Communion Antiphon Fifth Sunday of Easter

“I am the true vine and you are the branches….”
Communion Antiphon
Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 24 – May 1, 2016

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

Thursday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

Sunday, May 1 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall


Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – James M. Lojacano and Anderson Patrick Kresse (Requested by Mary and Bob Kresse) and Deacon Jimmie Boyd (Requested by Judy Casassa)

Monday, April 25 ~ St. Mark, Evangelist ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, April 27  ~ Winifred Enright (Estae)

Thursday, April 28  ~ St. Peter Chanel; St. Louis Grignion de Montfort ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, April 29 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Saturday, April 30 ~ St. Pius V ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

Sunday, May 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Victoria Koteras (Blessed Trinity Docents) and Colleen Napora (Friends)

Readings for the Week of April 10

Sunday: Acts 14:21-27; Ps 145:8-13; Rv 21:1-5a; Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35
Monday: 1 Pt 5:5b-14; Ps 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17; Mk 16:15-20
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145:10-13, 21; Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6; Ps 122:1-5; Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21; Ps 96:1-3, 10; Jn 15:9-11
Friday: Acts 15:22-31; Ps 57:8-10, 12; Jn 15:12-17
Saturday: Saturday: Acts 16:1-10; Ps 100:1-3, 5; Jn 15:18-21
Sunday, May 1: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Rv 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-39

News from our Parish Community


Women of the Parish: You are invited, as guests of the Holy Name Society, to our traditional Mother’s Day Breakfast to be held on Sunday, May 8, following the 10:00 AM Mass. Reservations for the breakfast are necessary and may be made by calling the Rectory Office at 716-833-0301. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, May 4. Non-parishioner adult guests, such as daughters, mothers, sisters, similar-in-laws, etc. are welcome. No children, please. Cost for a guest is $5 per person, payable at the door.

The Ladies Sodality will meet on Sunday, May 1, immediately following the 10 AM Mass. There will be a brief business meeting to finalize plans for the June 8 dinner and a presentation by member Palma Zanghi on the Felician Sisters’ “Water with Blessing” project in Haiti. All women of the parish are welcome.

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. Additional information will follow.

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will take place April 23/24. Many dioceses here in the United States do not have enough priests and trained lay ministers to serve their parishes. These dioceses are known as home missions. The Catholic Home Missions Appeal, which will take place this weekend, supports these dioceses by funding essential ministries, including seminary education and lay ministry training. Please be generous in this appeal and share your resources to strengthen the Church at home.

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.

Congratulations to Jonathan Sands, a junior in Canisius High School’s College Preparatory Program. He achieved high honors during the third marking period.

Arun Gandhi to speak at Commemoration of Sister Karen Klimczak. Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great peacemaker Mahatma Gandhi, will speak on “Legacies of Nonviolence: from Gandhi to Sister Karen” at the annual fundraiser for the SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence on Sunday, April 24 at 3 PM at Immaculata Academy, 5138 South Park Avenue, Hamburg. This year is the 10th anniversary of Sister Karen Klimczak’s passing, and the event will include a special commemoration of her life and ministry. The Center for Nonviolence, founded in her memory, shares a mission with Arun Gandhi to eliminate violence in our world. For tickets, contact 716-362-9688 or email info [at] sisterkarencenter [dot] org. You may also purchase online at http://www.sisterkarencenter.org (scholarships are available).

The Buffalo Brass Choir, directed by Nick DelBello, in concert at Blessed Trinity on April 22, 2016. Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

The Buffalo Brass Choir, directed by Nick DelBello, in concert at Blessed Trinity on April 22, 2016.
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

Featured soloist Tim Smith, Second Trombone with the BPO, performs "Andante con moto" from James Kazik's "Conerto for Tenor Trombone and Brass Ensemble" at BT. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Featured soloist Tim Smith, Second Trombone with the BPO, performs “Andante con moto” from James Kazik’s “Conerto for Tenor Trombone and Brass Ensemble” at BT. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Trinity Series Finale ~ Our final concert in the 2015-16 Trinity Series took place on Friday evening, April 22. Nick DelBello directed our ensemble-in-residence, the Buffalo Brass Choir, in a performance of “American Originals.” The program of all-American works originally composed for brass ensemble included “Fanfaria” by local composer Rob Deemer, and a solo performance by the very personable Timothy Smith, second trombone with the BPO. The concert ended with Brian Balmages’s rousing Symphony No. 1 Brass. Watch this space for the announcement of our 2016-17 Trinity Series concerts.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Canisius College Chorale to Perform with Vocalis Chamber Choir. The Canisius College Chorale, under the direction of Frank Scinta, will present a program in collaboration with the Vocalis Chamber Choir, James Burritt, director, this Sunday, April 24, at 7:30 PM in Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo. The program will feature works by Vivaldi, Victoria, Mendelssohn, Chatman and others. Combined performances of works by Lauridsen and Dawson will highlight the program. For more information, contact the Canisius Music Office at 716-888-2536.

“Music and Memories,” A Service to Remember Those We Love, will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 PM at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore and again on Saturday, April 30 at 1:00 PM at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.  The service will feature songs that will inspire and uplift you as we remember those we have loved.  Poems and pieces will be interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your loved one’s name. Call by April 18 to have your loved one’s name listed in the program book. For the service at Mount Olivet, call 716-873-6500; for Holy Cross service, call 716-823-1197. This program is presented as part of the bereavement support programs of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Buffalo.


The New Beginnings Gospel Choir will perform on Saturday, May 7, at 7 PM at St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton Street.

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.