St. Alphonsus Liguori (1695-1787) and St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), whose feast days we celebrate this week, are both depicted in a in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in the dome of our church. St. Alphonsus, the first standing figure on the left, is pictured with a pen and book. Although he acquired fame as a writer, the founder of the Redemptorist Congregation is also remembered for his preaching and pastoral reforms. His feast is celebrated on August 1. St. Ignatius, fourth from the left (standing), was on his way to military fame before a debilitating war injury. His conversion experience began during his convalescence, and his writings during that time culminated in his greatest work, the Spiritual Exercises. Founder of the Jesuits, his feast day is July 31. The dome painting is by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur; the photo by Gary Kelley.

July 30 – August 6, 2017

Weekly Activities

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

Thursday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, August 5 from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

*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.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Homer and Sara Dick (Requested by Family) and Michael and Mary Korchowsky (Requested by Daniel Korchowsky)

Monday, July 31 ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola ~ No Service

Tuesday, August 1 ~ St. Alphonsus Liguori ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis Lyman (Johnnie Mae Bacon)

Wednesday, August 2 ~ St. Eusebius of Vercelli; St. Peter Julian Eymard ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis Lyman (Pauline Young)

Thursday, August 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Rose Scerra (Vincent C. Scerra)

Friday, August 4 ~ First Friday ~  Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, August 4 ~ St. John Vianney ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Daniel and Winifred Mombrea (Margaret Laciura)

Friday, August ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 Noon – Donald C. Nuwer, M.D.

Saturday, August 5 ~ Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – James F. Eagan (Eric and Erin Stievater)

Sunday, August 6 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ J. Marion and Harriet Geiger (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Kevin Brown (Judy Casassa)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Luis Clay, Angela Jost;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Don and Bonnie Williams

Sunday, July 30, Buffalo River Cruise
aboard the “Harbor Queen”

News from our Parish Community

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 allow extra time to 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.  (We will be competing with Buffalo Ribfest for parking places). 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.

Friday, August 4, is First Friday. Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Daily Mass Chapel from 8-11am, followed by daily Mass. Please consider spending at least one-half hour in prayer and meditation with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

August Mission Appeal ~ There will be a second collection next Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, for Guadalupe-Bolivian Mission in South America. Rev. Ivan R. Trujillo will be speaking to us at both masses about the Mission. Please be prepared to give generously to support the Guadalupe-Bolivian Mission.

Parish Council Candidates ~ We continue actively seeking candidates for the 2017-18 parish council. Any registered parishioner 18-years or older is eligible. Please give serious consideration to this important form of stewardship.  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.

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 ~ Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Of all of the various treasures to be found, the Kingdom of God is most worthy of our pursuit. We can sometimes forget this and need to be reminded. Can God be calling you to help keep His children focused on 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

Sr. Maureen Harris & friends

Party for Sister Maureen Harris ~ Save the dateSeptember 17 (12:30-2:30pm) at Ss. Columba-Brigid’s parish hall. Everyone from the CCCB parishes is invited to attend a Bon Voyage Tea Party for Sr. Maureen Harris on that day. If you haven’t already heard, Sr. Maureen has volunteered to travel to our Sister Communities in Tanzania, Africa. She leaves for six months at the end of September—first to Rome—and then on to the mission territory, where she will travel and walk with our Sisters and the people in their missions. Sr. Maureen spent three months there in 2008 teaching English as a second language. This time she will follow up with the Sisters, assist with their record keeping, and offer an encouraging presence as the Sisters cultivate leadership within their own communities. We would like Sister Maureen to have many happy memories to sustain her during her six months abroad, and you can be one of them by attending on September 17.

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.

Photos credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Healing Mass on Friday, August 4, at 7pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (8550 Main Street in Williamsville). Let’s come together to pray with Fr. Daniel Ogbeifun for our families, for our community, for one another, and especially for the sick–those in hospitals, those with cancer, the homebound, those preparing for surgery—including those with special intentions, the travelers, etc. This Mass is for anyone seeking physical and spiritual healing. Everyone is welcome. For additional information, contact Karen at 632-8838 or karen [at] nativityharrishill [dot] org.

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.

Blessing of the Loaves and Fields is Saturday, August 12, from 10am to 2pm at St. Casimir Social Hall (1833 Clinton St., Buffalo). Got a garden? Use herbs? Come and give thanks to God, the Creator, through the First Lady of Heaven, Mother Mary. Local specialists Barb Frackiewicz, Diane Woloszyn, and author Sophie Knab will guide you in making a traditional “first lady” loaf, tasting/smelling healing herbs, creating field flowers, and contemplating grains. There is limited seating available so please make a reservation by calling 716-824-9589.

Annual St. Lawrence Feast Day Celebration is Sunday, August 13 at St. Lawrence Parish (1520 East Delavan Ave., Buffalo). The celebration begins with a 12 noon Mass and continues with food and fun. Chiavetta’s chicken dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to pay for our new roof. For more information, call the rectory at 716-892-2471.

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 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.