The Ascension of the Lord May 5, 2016 Oil on canvas painting of the Ascension of Christ by Joseph Mazur in the right transept of the church. Phot credit: Steve Mangione

The Ascension of the Lord
May 5, 2016
Oil on canvas painting of the Ascension of Christ by Joseph Mazur in the right transept of the church. Photo credit: Steve Mangione

May 1 – May 8, 2016

Weekly Activities

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

Thursday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

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



Mass Intentions

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

Monday, May 2 ~ St. Athanasius ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 3 ~ St. Philip and St. James, Apostles ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Blessed Trinity Parish (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, May 4  ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 5  ~ Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – Anna Snyder (Estate)

Friday, May 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, May 7 ~Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Winifred Enright (Estate)

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

Readings for the Week of May 1

Sunday: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Rv 21:10-14, 22-23; Jn 14:23-39
Monday: Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149:1-6, 9; Jn 15:26–16:4a
Tuesday: 1 Cor 15:1-8; Ps 19:2-5; Jn 14:6-14
Wednesday: 17:15, 22–18:1; Ps 148:1-2, 11-14; Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Acts 18:1-8; Jn 16:16-20
Friday: Acts 18:9-18; Ps 47:2-7; Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Acts 18:23-28; Ps 47:2-3, 8-10; Jn 16:23b-28
Sunday, May 8: Acts 7:55-60; Ps 97:1-2, 6-7, 9; Rv 22:12-14; 16-17, 20; Jn 17:20-26


News from our Parish Community

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.

Women of the Parish: You are invited, as guests of the Holy Name Society, to our traditional Mother’s Day Breakfast to be held next 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 this 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.

Ascension Thursday ~ Thursday, May 5, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Our Mass of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m.

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 BT as a perfect example of art preserved by faith and faith preserved in art. WE NEED 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.

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.

A Vocation View ~ Today we hear that all people, regardless of where they come from, are called to dwell in the heavenly Jerusalem. Christ has appointed people to remind His children of this, and to help them to live accordingly. If God is calling you to a Church vocation, call Fr. Andrew Lauricella at 716-847-5535. You can also check out the “Priest of the Month” stories on our website –!

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal ~ Thank you for your generous support of last week’s Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Your contributions will help strengthen the Church at home and will help ensure that the Gospel is spread across the United States. To learn more about home missions funding and who the appeal helps, please visit

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

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

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.

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.