July 23 – July 30, 2017
Thursday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*
Friday, July 28 ~ Father Victor’s visits to homebound
Saturday, July 29 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Saturday, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*
Sunday, July 30 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical committee meeting in St. Charles Hall
Sunday, July 30 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ~ Buffalo River Cruise leaving from Canalside Boardwalk
*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. 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.
Our Summer Mass Schedule is now in effect.
Please note that there is NO Mass on Mondays, and the Tuesday Mass time has changed to 11am. Masses on Wednesday through Friday will continue at 11am.
Sunday, July 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Julie S. Kresse (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Mildred Porter (Requested by Family)
Monday, July 24 ~ St. Sharbel Makhluf ~ No Service
Tuesday, July 25 ~ St. James, apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Wednesday, July 26 ~ Ss. Joachim and Anne ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)
Thursday, July 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)
Friday, July 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Saturday, July 29 ~ St. Martha ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)
Sunday, July 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Homer and Sara Dick (Family) and Michael and Mary Korchowsky (Daniel Korchowsky)
Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30:
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Reader: Jack Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Readers: Sharon Dunnigan, Helen Roddy Gray; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Kathleen Marien, Mary Kresse
News from our Parish Community
Father Victor’s Visits to Homebound ~ Friday, July 28 is the day Father Victor visits parishioners who are unable to leave their homes. Please contact the office if you or someone you know wishes to have a visit.
The liturgical committee will meet in St. Charles Hall following 10am Mass on Sunday, July 30.
Don’t Miss the Boat on Sunday, July 30 ~ If you have a paid reservation for our parish boat ride, please arrive at the Buffalo River History Ticket Booth located on the Boardwalk off of 44 Prime Street (Canalside) by 4 PM on Sunday, July 30. Boarding will begin shortly after 4 PM. Due to a successful ticket sale, we will now be sailing on the Harbor Queen, which is a larger boat with two decks. We will return to the same location at 6 PM, and you are then free to walk around Canalside, the Naval Park or Erie Basin Marina, and enjoy your evening. There is a NFTA Metro Rail stop near the Boardwalk if you wish to take advantage of University or Lasalle station Park ‘n Ride or park downtown and take the above-ground portion of Metro Rail for free.
Parish Council Candidates ~ Over the next few weeks, the Parish Council’s nominating committee will continue seeking candidates for a planned September 10 election. Any registered parishioner 18-years or older is eligible. Please give serious consideration to helping your parish by agreeing to serve. You may nominate yourself or another registered parishioner (with that person’s permission), and there are several ways in which to make your interest known: click HERE and leave your contact information for the committee; contact any of the committee members listed below; or call the church office (716-833-0301) and request that someone contact you. Nomination forms can be found on the tables near the church doors (orange paper) through August 13. The committee members are: Father Victor, Committee Chair Mickey Dick, Darvan Draper, Dan Korchowsky, and Palma Zanghi (834-9129).
Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ Luis Clay has announced a new operating schedule for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, effective immediately. It will now be open on Saturdays only from Noon to 4pm. Luis is also seeking additional volunteers. Please contact the church office at 716-833-0301 if you or someone you know might be interested in this opportunity.
Vocation View ~ Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: In various ways, we are all stewards and custodians of God’s kingdom. How is God calling you to exercise stewardship in His kingdom? 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 www.buffalovocations.org.
Marian Shrine: a work in progress ~ The grotto area surrounding the statue of Mary in front of the church rectory was built in 1949. Originally designed as a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima, it once included kneeling concrete statues of the children of Fatima which deteriorated and broke over the years and were eventually removed. Then, in 2009, the original concrete statue of Mary was replaced with a marble statue of the Immaculate Conception from the merged congregation of St. Gerard. The garden and landscaping surrounding the statue have suffered from neglect but now, in this one hundredth Anniversary year of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, a donation from the Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity is funding a beautification project of our Marian shrine. Work began in May 2017 when a gardening volunteer from the meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, spent several hours removing vegetation that had taken over the grotto garden. In June, dead and dying trees surrounding the statue were removed, and this month the garden had been weeded and replanted by parishioners. Additional landscaping is under consideration for the fall. Click HERE to view photos of the work in progress.
Wedding Anniversary Mass ~ Any couple celebrating a 50th, 60th or 70th Wedding Anniversary during 2017 is invited to participate in a special Mass to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Bishop Richard J. Malone, at 3pm at St. Joseph Cathedral located in downtown Buffalo. Following the Mass, an informal reception will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Please contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, at the church office as soon as possible if you wish to attend.
Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your requests. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.
We thank you for all your generous donations and ask that you consider increasing your weekly offerings, if at all possible.
Important Deadlines to Remember ~ Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to our secretary, Pat Pendleton, no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.
Parish Record Keeping ~ If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.
News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community
Protecting God’s Children classes are scheduled in Buffalo for August 8 at 1pm (Catholic Center, 795 Main St.) and August 23 at 6pm (St. Teresa Church, 1974 Seneca St.). This class is for parish and catholic school employees and volunteers over age eighteen who work with youth in the Diocese of Buffalo. Other locations outside the city are also scheduled. Find out more and register at buffalodiocese.org/protecting-gods-children or call 716-847-5538.
Foster Parent Program ~ Catholic Charities Foster Care program in Erie County allows children to receive nurturing care from loving families. Attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 10-11:30am or 4-5:30pm. To register, call 716-856-4494 or contact elizabeth [dot] murphy [at] ccwny [dot] org.
The Fraternus Buffalo Mentorship Program is open to boys in grades 5-12. Fraternus Buffalo invites all fathers and men of the diocese to a Captain’s Formation Meeting on Friday, August 18 at 7pm at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). Register at fraternusbuffalo [at] gmail [dot] org.
The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life begins in September at Saint Michael Church (651 Washington Street, Buffalo). Modified for people in the modern world, this 8-month program on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola is offered in a group setting under the guidance of a spiritual director. Please visit spirexignatius.org or contact Gini Schultz at 716-837-6020 or Joseph Ritzert at 716-627-5530. “Meeting Christ in Prayer” is an 8-week introduction to The Spiritual Exercises offered prior to beginning this program. Contact Fr. Len Kamiensky, SJ at 716-854-6726 to learn more.