A group of “travelers” on New York’s “Path Through History” appreciated Sr. Liz Savage’s
commentary on Sanctuary artwork during our October 7 Open House.

October 8 – October 15, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURS – SAT. ONLY – Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 15 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Holy Name Society

*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.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, October  8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Joseph and Ella Loibl (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, October  9 ~ St. Denis & companions; St. John LeonardiNo Service

Tuesday, October  10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Wednesday, October  11 ~ St. John XXIII ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October  12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, October  13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Saturday, October  14 ~ St Callistus I ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Vincent, Frances and Agnes Manion (Estate)

Sunday, October  15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ James Eagan (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Jack Curtin, Sharon Dunnigan, Bernice Bradley; Kathleen Marien (Choir)


Parishioner and greeter, Tom Dinder, chats with Oct. 7 open house visitors as video of art restoration plays in the background.

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is living a life of gratitude… taking the time every day to recognize the gifts that God has given and to be grateful for them.

We wish Father Victor “God speed” as he returns to his Nigerian homeland and blessings on his extended vacation and visit with his family. During his absence (October 11 through December 17) there will be a change in the daily Mass schedule. There will be no service on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jack Curtin will offer a Communion Service at 11:00 am. There will be Mass at 11:00 a.m. each Thursday and Friday. There will be NO CHANGE in the weekend Mass times. This  Friday, October 13 only, MASS WILL BE AT 10:00 AM to accommodate more than 50 visitors from Holley and Hilton, New York who are coming for a church tour. All parishioners are welcome to attend this Mass, which will be celebrated by the visiting priests.

While Father Victor is away, Rev. Peter Drilling, former rector of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, and Rev. Martin Eneh will celebrate Masses and Sacraments each Thursday through Sunday at the times indicated above.

We pray for all who are ill and have requested our prayers, especially parishioners Fran Cahill, Gerald Gallisdorfer, Barbara Draper, Richard Plunkett, and Anthony Hartmann. Please inform the parish of those who are sick by calling the rectory office so that they can be added to our prayer list and schedule for home visits, as needed.

Father Victor thanks all parishioners who attended the “Town Hall” meeting on Monday, October 2. Your suggestions and observations will be taken into consideration as we go forward with plans for programs and ministries in the coming year.

Saturday Open House ~ Docents and greeters alike were delighted with the turn out for our October 7 New York State Path Through History Weekend open house. More than 30 visitors attended this local tourism event designed to highlight the State’s history and cultural significance. This year’s event featured a display of photos and descriptions of 12th Century churches in Pavia, Italy on which our building’s Lombard Romanesque architecture is closely modeled. Visitors were able to view bricks, terra cotta, and exquisite iconography close up, and appreciate the experience all the more, thanks to commentary by docents Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Sr. Liz Savage, and Nancy Yager and video presentations on church art and restoration. We are also grateful to parishioners Tom Dinder, Mary Karlis and Annette Maus who sacrificed a sunny Saturday afternoon to serve as greeters.

Let All Around Us Be Peace ~ The Mass setting we are using this month is the Santa Clara Mass.  It is not in the Breaking Bread hymnal, but it should be in your heart because you have heard it before.  We will continue to use the Glory to God from the Mass of Creation, which is #873 in Breaking Bread. Do you have a favorite hymn you would like to hear during the liturgy?  Don’t hesitate to let Elizabeth or one of the choir members know.  Also, choir practice continues in St. Charles Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  You are always welcome to join us!

Sommelier Bill Warren uncorks wine and wisdom at a BT winetasting.

Our celebrated Wine Tasting returns on Friday, November 3. Our friend, Bill Warren from Aurora Liquor, will be offering a variety of wines and expertise on how to select what is pleasing to your palate. In addition, there will be delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages for you to sample. Advance sale tickets are now available by calling Mickey and Bud Dick (716-832-2540) for a donation of $25/person. ($30 at the door). Proceeds benefit our Under This Roof Fund, a sustaining fund created in 2002 for the preservation and restoration of our architectural landmark and house of worship.

St. Vincent dePaul Society Watch Collection begins October 1 and continues through October 22.  Marianne Pernick reports that in the last two years Blessed Trinity parishioners have donated 164 watches to be repaired and sold. Please deliver your donations (wristbands not required) of unwanted watches to the watch collection box near the St. Joseph Shrine on the left side of the transept. The watches will be repaired and sold in the thrift stores run by the Society.

Helping Hands Food Pantry ~ The Helping Hands Food Pantry not operates on Saturdays only from 10am to 2pm. Its director, Luis Clay, 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.

Hurricane Victims ~As we donate money and material gifts for hurricane and earthquake victims, let us also consider offering masses for them. Request Masses for their divine comfort, healing, and strength to endure these traumatic times.

We are in need of additional lectors and Eucharistic ministers. We will be including young readers in this helping ministry. Those who are interested, please contact the office at 716-833-0301.

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.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we think ahead to 2018, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so please remember to submit your announcements to 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 ~ Several parishioners have inquired about the possibility of group email notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. 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.

Visitors examine parish history display at Oct. 7 Open House.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Revival 2017 is Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 9-11, at 6:30pm each day at St. Martin dePorres Church, 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo,, with guest speaker, Reverend R. Tony Ricard. This event, “Shut Up and Just Listen: Jesus Has Something to Say,” is sponsored by the African American Commission and the Diocese of Buffalo. Call 716-847-2217 for more information.

Labor & Delivery Open House at Sisters Hospital (2157 Main Street in Buffalo) is Tuesday, October 10 (4:30-7:30pm). Come see why more families choose Sisters Hospital to deliver their babies than any other hospital in Western New York  Afterwards, the hospital will be presenting informational displays on infant/child CPR, sleep safety, car seat safety, childbirth classes and more! There will also be giveaways and an opportunity to win a new car seat or stroller.  The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and free parking is available. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Catholic Health’s Health Connection at 716-923-9790.

Griefshare Support Group begins Wednesday, October 11, at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Pompeii. Register at olpparish.com or contact Sister Joyce at 716-683-6522, ext. 103.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima at St. Leo the Great Parish (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst), Friday October 13 at 7pm with a Mass followed by candelight rosary procession, film and reception. Free event—all are welcome.