“Come, O Holy Spirit, come! And from your celestial home shed a ray of light divine!
You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s more welcome guest; sweet refreshment here below.”
Pentecost Sequence
Symbol of Holy Spirit – detail in church skylight above the altar. Photo credit: Terry Cervi

June 4 – June 11, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Friday, June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry Closed Today

Friday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church ~ William Maddox in Recital, followed by reception in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry Closed Today

Saturday, June 10 from from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. ~ Guided Tours of the Church

Saturday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, June 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Trinity Sunday brunch 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. Father Victor will attend the 2017 Diocesan Convocation of Priests, June 6-8. For this week only, there will be no daily Mass Wednesday and Thursday (June 7 & 8), but there will be 11am Mass on Tuesday, June 6 and Friday, June 11.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, June 4 ~ Pentecost Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Therese Runfola (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Kevin Brown (Requested by John E. Curtin)

Monday, June 5 ~ St. BonifaceNo Service

Tuesday, June 6 ~ St. Norbert ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, June 7 ~ No Service

Thursday, June 8 ~ No Service

Friday, June 9~ St. Ephrem ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Saturday, June 10 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita E. Curtin (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, June 11 ~ Trinity Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Maurice Van Sice (Angela Jost and Katherine Strickland)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson,  Angela Jost;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger;  Maggie Gatson (Choir)

William Maddox in recital at Blessed Trinity
Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm

News from our Parish Community

Trinity Festival Weekend ~ Next weekend we celebrate our parish feast day. The three-day event begins with an organ recital on Friday evening, June 9, at 7:30pm. Our recitalist, William Maddox, has chosen pieces to “showcase” our 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and highlight the church building’s acoustics. But the weekend is also an opportunity to showcase our welcoming parish family by bringing a friend to church. Invite someone to: experience the sound of music on our recently tuned pipe organ, find out why our church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with a guided tour on Saturday, June 10, from 2-4pm, and celebrate our faith and the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity at the 10am Mass on Sunday, June 11. You can also bring your guests to brunch in St. Charles Hall following the Mass, but do help the volunteers who are preparing the food by returning your reservation form no later than Wed., June 7. Click HERE for complete details about our feast day celebration.

Trinity Festival Open House ~ We are still in need of a volunteer greeter and a docent for our Saturday, June 10, open house and tours. If you can help in either capacity between 2 and 4pm, please contact Judy Casassa or click HERE and leave her a message.

The Sodality’s Annual Dinner is Wednesday, June 14. All women of the parish are invited to join us for the evening, beginning at 6pm in St. Charles Hall; friends are welcome. Our Flag-Day themed holiday supper will include baked chicken, Italian sausage with peppers & onions, pulled pork with rolls, baked beans, roasted potatoes, and chef salad, all prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. Father Victor will be our guest and dinner speaker, with a presentation honoring the 100TH anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The price of the dinner is $20 per person. Please call Patty Gallisdorfer (716-392-9952) with your reservation no later than Sunday, June 11 or Click HERE and leave her a message.

Anointing of the Sick ~ The next communal anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place on Sunday, June 18, immediately after Mass and continue on the third Sunday of each month. Please feel free to invite those who are chronically ill or facing surgery and who would like to be anointed.

Bible Study ~ Our Bible Study group will meet on Monday evening, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please read from the booklet, Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start (pages 38-49) on the topic of Distrust, Disobedience and Dismay. Copies may be obtained from Father Victor. Make sure to bring your Bible and copy of Agape: A guide for the Study of Sacred Scripture. For more information, contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Parish Council ~ Our final regularly scheduled meeting until September will take place on Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Council members are reminded that we have several important agenda items to resolve, so please make every effort to attend.

Rev. Cole T. Webster

We Congratulate Rev. Robert I. Agbo, Rev. Martin F. Gallagher, Rev. Luke P. Uebler II, and Rev. Cole T. Webster on the occasion of their ordination to the priesthood and pray for God’s blessings on them and on their ministries. Before beginning his studies at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, Father Webster was our parish business manager.

Prayerful Thanks to Melanie Chimento and the wonderful members of Buffalo Underground, including Catherine Doering, Rick Hull, Norbert Muller, Patrick Rogers, Mary Jane Ross, Larry Sullivan and Alana Weeks. They brought their enthusiasm, energy and gardening tools to Blessed Trinity Wednesday evening, May 24, and applied all three in helping to remove weeds, overgrown shrubs, and plants gone wild. We also express our appreciation for the parish volunteers who worked along with them: Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Dan Korchowsky, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, and Sr. Liz Savage. There’s still work to be done, but thanks to the efforts of our maintenance man, Dennis Pawlikowski, and these dedicated volunteers, we’re off to a great start this spring.

Pentecost Sunday:  The Holy Spirit send seven special gifts to us. By calling upon these gifts, we are both made aware of God’s will for us, and are given the strength to pursue it. 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.

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.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth;
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
by Dorothy Frances Gurney

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

African Culture Day is June 11 from noon-3pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo. Families from Burundi, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and South Sudan will celebrate with ethnic foods, dance, music, song, and a fashion show featuring the unique dress of each country.

St. Mary’s Summer Camps (Lancaster, NY) offer soccer, volleyball, and basketball players of all ages as well as cheerleaders, runners, and aspiring leaders the chance to have fun and receive instruction from high school coaches, teachers and athletes. Visit smhlancers.org or contact Brittany Heist at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org or 716-683-4824, ext. 235 for more information and to register for the appropriate camp session.

Put Your Faith in Action in a service retreat, June 21-July 1. Single women (18+) are invited to join the Sisters of St. Francis as we travel to David, Kentucky to repair homes for people in need. Visit sosf.org or contact Donna McGartland at dmcgartland [at] sosf [dot] org or 315-420-5039.

Mount Mercy Academy is hosting a Basketball Camp on June 26-29 for girls entering grades 4 – 9. Call 716-825-8796, ext. 320 for details.

Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo 2017/2018 enrollment deadline is June 30. Do you know any students in grades 4 or 5 who have or wish to develop a good attitude toward school and would benefit from a change?  If so, please ask them to visit the NativityMiguel website at nativitymiguelbuffalo.org  or call Mrs. Langer at 716-836-5188 for details on how to apply.