April 17 – April 24, 2016

Weekly Activities


Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

Sunday, April 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Trinity Series Concert in church ~ The Buffalo Brass Choir performs American Originals

Saturday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk


Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eugene Prystawski, Dennis E. Prystawski, James J. Galas, and Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Prystawski Family)

Monday, April 18 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Wednesday, April 20  ~NO SERVICE SCHEDULED

Thursday, April 21  ~ St. Anselm ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. -Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, April 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, April 22 ~ Wedding of Daniel Commarato and Ashley Benzel at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 23 ~ St. George; St. Adalbert ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bernadette A. Dorsheimer (Family)

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

Readings for the Week of April 10

Sunday: Acts 13:14, 43-52; Ps 100:1-3, 5; Rv 7:9, 14b-17; Jn 10:27-30
Monday: Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3; 43:3-4; Jn 10:1-10
Tuesday: Acts Acts 11:19-26; Ps 87:1-7; Jn 10:22-30
Wednesday: Acts 12:24-13:5a; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Jn 12:44-50
Thursday: Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25, 27; Jn 13:16-20
Friday: Acts 13:26-33; Ps 2:6-11; Jn 14:1-6
Saturday: Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 14:7-14
Sunday, April 24: Acts 14:21-27; Ps 145:8-13; Rv 21:1-5a; Jn 13:31-33a,

The Buffalo Brass Choir in concert at Blessed Trinity Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM

The Buffalo Brass Choir in concert at Blessed Trinity
Friday, April 22 at 7:30 PM

News from our Parish Community

Happy Birthday Father George ~ Today and throughout every season, may God’s grace give you every possible reason to smile, to enjoy and to celebrate.

Sister Flavia Dampf

Sister Flavia Dampf

Sunday’s Visit with Sr. Flavia ~ You are invited to visit with our former pastoral associate, Sister Flavia Dampf, at a special coffee hour in St. Charles Hall following Sunday Mass on April 17. This will be a wonderful opportunity to reminisce with Sr. Flavia and share memories of the many ways in which she ministered to our parish family and the wider community. We thank Darvan and Vontrese Draper for hosting April’s coffee hour and Shammy Dunnigan for bringing Sister Flavia from her present home with the Sisters of St. Joseph in Clarence.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, April  20, at 7 PM in St. Charles Hall. Members who are unable to attend are reminded to notify the rectory.

Trinity Series Finale ~ Our final concert in the 2015-16 Trinity Series is less than a week away. On Friday, April 22, at 7:30 PM, Music Director Nick DelBello will direct 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 includes “Fanfaria” by local composer Rob Deemer, and a solo performance by Timothy Smith, second trombone with the BPO. The concert ends with Brian Balmages’s rousing Symphony for Brass and Precussion. No tickets are necessary, but a free-will offering with a suggested $10 donation will be taken.

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will take place April 23/24. One way that this appeal works to support home mission dioceses in the U.S. is by supporting seminarian formation. The blessing of seminarians places a financial burden on poor dioceses because the annual cost of education per seminarian is $35-40,000. Your support is needed for these young men so that they might go back and serve their parishes. Please strengthen the Church at home by making a generous gift next weekend.

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 (scholarships are available).

Pray for Vocations ~ On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life, especially for our diocese. May God raise up good shepherds in our midst. If God is calling you to a Church vocation, contact Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. He invites you to visit and read the “Priest of the Month” stories.

Canisius College Community Day ~ Our parish family gives prayerful thanks for Canisius College Community Day volunteers who made our church the focus of their time and energies on Saturday, April 9. Anna Gleason, Sydney Adams, James Pokornowski, Gianna Remanelli, and Maxine Osetinsky — all members of the Canisius Pep Band — mopped our tile floors and washed pews while learning a little bit about the history and architecture of our Landmark edifice.

Canisius volunteers, l. to r.: Anna Gleason, Sydney Adams, James Pokornowski, Gianna Remanelli, and Maxine Osetinsky

Canisius volunteers, l. to r.: Anna Gleason, Sydney Adams, James Pokornowski, Gianna Remanelli, and Maxine Osetinsky

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer sufferers, will take place on Monday, April 18, at 7 PM at Ss. Columba/Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. Father David A. Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer, in need special healing, or wishing to receive the Anointing of the Sick to attend. For more information, call 716-283-0011.

“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.