April 9 – April 16, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 9 from 9:00-9:45 a.m. ~ Religious Education Classes in St. Charles Hall

Monday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~  CCCB Lenten Penitential Service in Church

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Thursday, April 13 ~ HOLY THURSDAY – NO BINGO

Friday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 15~ HOLD SATURDAY – NO BINGO

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

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.

To view our complete schedule of Holy Week Services, click HERE.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 9 ~ Palm Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis)

Monday, April 10 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Monday, April 10 ~  CCCB Lenten Reconciliation Service at 7:00 p.m. in church

Tuesday, April 11 ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Holy Thursday, April 13 ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Good Friday, April 14 ~ Stations of the Cross in church at 2:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 14 ~ Solemn Service at 3:00 p.m. 

Holy Saturday, April 15 ~ Easter Vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

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

To view our complete schedule of Holy Week Services, click HERE.


News from our Parish Community

Penance Service Here on April 10 ~ Blessed Trinity will be the site of this year’s penance service for the CCCB parishes on Monday evening, April 10, at 7pm. We hope you will take advantage of this convenient opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we begin the most sacred week in the Christian calendar. There will be five priests available to hear Confessions.

Religious Education Program ~ Palm Sunday marks 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!

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.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: Today is called Passion Sunday because our Lord’s love for us is so passionate that it remained unhindered by harsh mockery and a painful death on a cross. How passionate is your love for God? If he readily took up the cross for us, how ready are you to respond to His calling? 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.

There will be NO BINGO on Holy Thursday or Holy Saturday. Games resume on Thursday, April 20.

The next Bible Study meeting 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 316-8395.

Parish Agape Feast is Sunday April 23 at 5pm. You are cordially invited to our parish family’s Agape or Love Feast in St. Charles Hall. Recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry, we hope ours will prove to be an expression of community, sharing, and fellowship. It will also provide an opportunity to recognize the contributions of parishioners involved in various ministries. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to contribute something to the feast. Many thanks to those of you who have already signed up. If you did not have an opportunity to make a reservation, please call the church office (Tues.-Thurs., 10:30-2:30). We look forward to you joining us in celebrating the Easter season and the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on April 23.

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.

Congratulations to Canisius High School student, Jonathan Sands, for receiving First Honors in the third quarter of twelfth grade. Excellent work, Jonathan!

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.

Our Landmark church building is featured on a mural created by Danial Galas on a the building located at 72 Jewett Avenue at Halbert Street. The building was originally owned by the Culliton Ice Cream Co. Local historian and preservationist, Chuck LaChiusa, has shared some marvelous photos of the mural depicting Blessed Trinity and other historical sites in the neighborhood on his web site. Click HERE to view them.

Decorated corbels on exterior of church ambulatory
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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).