May 14 – May 21, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 14 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mother’s Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by Holy Name Society

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 20 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the Church – 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

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

Sunday, May 21 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ Guided tours of the Church – 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

*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

Sunday, May 14 ~ Mother’s Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Paul R. James (Requested by Arnold Family) and Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Pauline Rollek)

Monday, May 15 ~ St. Isidore ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Louise Hitty (Pauline Rollek)

Tuesday, May 16 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Thursday, May 18 ~ St. John I ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, May 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 20 ~ St. Bernardine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rev. Joseph Carlo (John Curtin)

Sunday, May 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Claire E. Martoche (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Jack Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Bernice Bradley;  Eucharistic Ministers: DanKorchowsky, Maggie Gatson, Fran Cahill;  Sharon Dunnigan (Choir)

Mothers & daughters enjoy Mother’s Days brunch hosted by HNS

News from our Parish Community

Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by the men of our Holy Name Society is Sunday, May 14, following the 10:00am Mass. All women of the parish are invited as guests of the Holy Name Society.

Bible Study continues on Monday, May 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 26-37); you may contact Fr. Victor if you need a copy of the booklet.  Make sure to bring your Bible, and the Agape “A Guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture.” For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Volunteers needed for Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 20-21, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Seventh 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 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM (before 4:30 Mass), and on Sunday, May 21 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 14. Thank you!! Click HERE for information about our public tours.

The Parish Council meets this Wednesday, May 17, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Summary of April 19 Parish Council Meeting: Acknowledged John Curtin for his efforts in making Holy Week and Easter so special; reviewed Agape plans. The PeacePrints Hope award was announced, along with a date for outdoor assistance with planting by Buffalo Underground. Trinity Sunday (June 11) is being planned, and we look forward to a June 9 organ recital by William Maddox. Finally, a date is being determined for an upcoming “Bring a Friend or Neighbor to Church Sunday.”

Anointing of the Sick ~ Beginning on 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 are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

A Parish “Garden Party” is set  for Wednesday, May 24. Members of the local meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, have volunteered to help weed and plant our church gardens. We are hoping for a turnout of parishioners to work along with them. Please plan to join us on Monday evening, May 24, beginning at 6pm. Bring your favorite gardening tools and work gloves. Rain date is June 5.

William Maddox at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Our Trinity Festival Weekend is June 9 – 11. In honor of our feast day, Trinity Sunday, the parish is planning 3 days of events and opportunities for you to “bring a friend to church.” On Friday evening, June 9 at 7:30pm, noted Canadian organist, William Maddox, will travel from Toronto to perform an organ recital benefitting our Under This Roof Fund. He has chosen pieces that “showcase various colors” of our 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and the church’s “splendid acoustic.” On Saturday afternoon, June 10, from 2 to 4pm, you and a friend can take a guided tour of our Landmark church. If you’ve ever wondered about the seemingly haphazard arrangement of bricks or the terra cotta decorations on the church façade, here is your chance to ask questions of our knowledgeable docents. Then celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity at the 10am Mass on Sunday, June 11, and bring your guest to brunch in St. Charles Hall.

Hope Award received by Blessed Trinity Parish from PeacePrints in recognition of contributions to Christmas Prisoner Gift Project.

Blessed Trinity receives Hope Award ~ On Friday, April 28, PeaceprintsTM of WNY honored Blessed Trinity Church with its prestigious Hope Award in recognition of our many years of hosting and contributing to the annual Christmas Prisoner Gift Project. The presentation took place at the organization’s annual awards dinner held at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca. PeaceprintsTM of WNY provides positive experiences for individuals in prison and former offenders transitioning back to the community. The Hope Award is given to a community partner who, through volunteers, donations and community service, instills hope in their residents and furthers programs for ex-offenders. Many of our parishioners have been active in this project, bringing in thousands of packages of hot chocolate, decorating bags, assembling donations, packing bags and boxes, loading trucks, etc. A sincere “Thank You” to everyone, especially Amy Johnson, who has coordinated BT’s efforts, in addition to filling countless pews with donated books. Special thanks go to Jan Burns, overall coordinator of the project, for her tireless and enthusiastic approach to continuing the legacy of Sister Karen Klimczak who initiated the prison project. In his closing remarks at the Awards Dinner, Father Victor assured the group that we look forward to continuing to host this wonderful program.

Fifth Sunday of Easter:   Faithful discipleship of Christ has tremendous rewards both in this life and in eternal life. How is Christ calling you to inspire discipleship among His children? 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

Helen Roddy Gray with YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Congratulations, Helen ~ Parishioner Helen Roddy Gray was honored at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s 165th Annual Meeting and banquet held at Statler City on Thursday, April 27. She was recognized for her many contributions as the 2017 “Volunteer of the Year” at the Y’s William-Emslie branch.

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.

Come garden with us on Wed., May 24, 6pm-?

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Embracing the Creative Flow” presented by Gina Marie Cutrona, Art Instructor, on Tuesday, May 16 at 7pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Building an awareness of the creative flow during grief and anytime fosters an appreciation of beauty, aids in healing the body and mind, while edifying the spirit. Through prayer, encountering art and creating, the body, mind, and spirit will be refreshed. No previous art experience is required to benefit from this interactive presentation. All supplies provided at no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support Services (716-873-6500).

Lutheran-Catholic Study Day (Reformation Anniversary Commemoration) ~ The Lutheran Judicatory of WNY and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are co-sponsoring an ecumenical study day on Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY. Dr. Susan Wood, SCL, a member of the national Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, will keynote shared discussions of two recent anniversary statements, From Conflict to Communion (2013) and Declaration on the Way (2015). To register, contact Ms. Gayle Mann at 716-805-1438 or gmann [at] cks [dot] edu. Luncheon fee is $15.00.

12 Step Spirituality for Everyone presented by Rev. Barbara Price on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30-11am at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence. Few of us are completely free of attachment (addictions) to something (substances and/or behaviors). Supporting our movement toward surrender to the God of our understanding, 12-step spirituality can be part of your journey to healing and wholeness. For reservations, call 716-759-6893, ext. 175.

Cardinal O’Hara Summer Camps and Clinics (enrichment in academics, arts, and athletics) for students in grades 5 – 9 starts in June. Visit for details.

Looking for a way to get your kids off the couch this summer?  St. Mary’s High School is offering summer camps for soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as for cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders. Visit or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824.