April 16 – April 23, 2017

Weekly Activities

Monday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~  Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 18 ~ Choir Holiday – NO Rehearsal

Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast 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.

We now have a Bingo camera with TV monitors and electronic verification!
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

Easter Sunday, April 16 ~ Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ The Family of Fidelia Ejimadu (Requested by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Easter Monday, April 17 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Easter Tuesday, April 18 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Wednesday, April 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Easter Thursday, April 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Easter Friday, April 21 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Easter Saturday, April 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Julia Treacy (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis) and Dawn Wilby (Kathleen Marien)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Dianne Riordan, Bob Heicklen;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Maggie Gatson (Choir)


News from our Parish Community

Bible Study will be held Monday, April 17 at 7pm in St Charles Hall. Please prepare for discussion by reading: A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, and pages 6 – 25 from the book Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. You will find copies of the 12-page bible study guide on the tables at the side doors of the church or by Clicking HERE. Please contact Fr. Victor to obtain a copy of the book Genesis 1-11.  Make sure to bring your bible, the study guide, and Genesis 1-11 with you on April 17. For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, April 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Vice President Mickey Dick.

Bingo Games resume this Thursday, April 20, at 8pm in St. Charles Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Parish Agape Feast is Sunday, April 23 ~ Although the church signup sheets for our parish family’s Agape or Love Feast had to be removed for Easter weekend, the parish council still needs your assistance in determining how many people to plan for and what additional food items to purchase. If you have not already made your reservation, please call the church office this Tues.-Thurs. between 10:30am & 2:30pm. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to help make this a real “feast” by bringing food to share, so kindly let us know what you plan to bring; e.g., salad, pasta dish, meat or vegetable dish, dessert, etc. We hope your family will help to make our Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship by celebrating the Easter season with the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on Sunday, April 23 at 5pm.

Canisius College “Clean Team” (l. to r.): Jack McGuire, Wesley Ireland, David Cich, Brianna LaPrell, Quinn Corrao, Dale Nicosia, Tom Widman, Jack Dorn, and Ozy Ibhawa.

“Canisius Clean” ~ Students and alumni of Canisius College – including members of the college’s Accounting Society and its Economics & Finance Club —  once again devoted their Community Day volunteer efforts to Blessed Trinity. On April 8, a team of nine dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed our pews and floors, as well as the Daily Mass Chapel, choir loft, and ambulatory. Sincere and prayerful thanks go out to David Cich, Quinn Corrao, Jack Dorn (alumnus and former parishioner), Canisius student-in-residence, Osaze “Ozy” Ibhawa, Wesley Ireland, Brianna LaPrell, Jack McGuire, Dale Nicosia, and Tom Widman, as well as parishioners Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick (a Canisius alumna), Darvan Draper, Angela Jost, Dan Korchowsky and Sr. Liz Savage who gave up their Saturday morning to work along with and guide the students.

Easter Sunday: The Lord is risen, it is true! Through his death and Resurrection, Jesus affords us new life. We must now decide how we are going to live that new life. Will we answer the call from our Lord? 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.buffalovacations.org.

More than 50 people participated in the April 10 CCCB Penitential Service at Blessed Trinity. We are grateful to Sister Maureen Harris and Sister Liz Savage who planned the service and Our Confessors, Fathers Roy Herberger, Victor Ibhawa, Ron Sadjak, and Jud Weiksnar.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marked the last class for this year’s Religious Education program.  We have been delighted to spend this Lenten journey with the children of Blessed Trinity. They are faith-filled and each is an asset to our parish. Parents: please look for upcoming information regarding our confirmation program as well as our expanding youth program for the 2017-2018 school year.  We will be sending along a brief questionnaire in the weeks to come for feedback on how you would like to see our program change to meet your family’s needs.  We are deeply grateful for your willingness to help us develop a faith formation program that is meaningful for our parish.  The Faith Formation Team at Blessed Trinity thanks you for sharing your children with us!

Jack Curtin

Recipient of Lay Award of

St. Joseph the Worker

Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker ~ Father Victor and our parishioners join in congratulating and acknowledging Jack Curtin who was Blessed Trinity’s 2017 recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker. The award was conferred by Bishop Malone at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, March 18. We pray that God continues to bless him abundantly and we look forward to celebrating with him at the upcoming Agape Feast on April 23.

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning with the third Sunday in May (May 21), there will be anointing of the sick and well-aging immediately after Mass. Anointing will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to remain after Mass for anointing, and also invite those who chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

Church Madness 2017 ~ Blessed Trinity made it as far as the “Stunning Sixteen” in the balloting for the Most Beautiful Catholic Church in the United States. St. Francis de Sales Oratory (St. Louis, MO) triumphed over St. Mary (Norwalk, CT) and St. James (Louisville, KY) bested St. Paul (Nampa, IN) in the “Faithful Four” to advance to the final round of Church Madness 2017.  St. Francis de Sales Oratory was declared the winner on April 7, garnering 51.75% of the 17,860 votes tallied. Click HERE to learn more about the Oratory and nominate Blessed Trinity for the 2018 bracket.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Thank you to all who have recently placed Mass intentions. We continue to have both weekday and weekend openings in the coming months. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) with your request. 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 Wednesday. 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

Organ Recital at Saint Joseph Cathedral – On Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 pm Nathan Laube, one of America’s finest concert organists, will present a recital exploring the full range of St. Joseph Cathedral’s incomparable 1876 Hook & Hastings instrument, with its more than 5,000 pipes. The recital will include major works by Charles-Marie Widor, Healey Willan, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. There will be a free-will offering. This event is co-sponsored by St. Joseph Cathedral, the Buffalo Chapter AGO and the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music. St. Joseph Cathedral is located in downtown Buffalo at 50 Franklin Street. All are welcome!

Women’s Day of Reflection and Renewal with Carrie Ann Ford, Catholic missionary, inspirational speaker, mother, and song writer. is Saturday, April 29 from 9am – 5pm at Queen of Heaven Parish (4220 Seneca Street, West Seneca). A $25 donation includes lunch. (Registration: 8:30am, 716-675-4847).