Divine Mercy Sunday
April 23
Sacred Heart Shrine

April 23 – April 30, 2017

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played 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

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

Monday, April 24 ~ St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Bernadette A. Dorsheimer (Family)

Tuesday, April 25 ~ St. Mark, Evangelist ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Paul Mahler (Dianne Riordan)

Thursday, April 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, April 28 ~ St. Peter Chanel; St. Louis Grignion de MontfortMass at 11:00 a.m. – Mgbeka Family (Fidelia Ejimadu)

Saturday, April 29 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Sunday, April 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Jack Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Bernice Bradley; Shammy Dunnigan (Choir)


News from our Parish Community

Parish Agape Feast is this Sunday, April 23, at 5pm ~ We hope by now you have indicated your intention to celebrate the Easter season with us at this Sunday’s Agape Feast. However, if circumstances prevented you from doing so, your church family will still be happy to welcome you at 5pm in St. Charles Hall. Please bring your food item already plated and “ready to serve”; serving utensils will be provided. While we will have pre-heated ovens to keep hot food items warm until the meal begins, you will not be able to cook or bake your special dish on site. We hope your family will help to make our Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship this Sunday, April 23, at 5pm.

Second Sunday of Easter:  It is an unspeakable blessing that from our Lord flows boundless mercy, a mercy that forgives even the deadliest of sins. We should never forget this or take it for granted. Can God be calling you to make His mercy known? 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.

Prayer Partners ~  The CCCB’s annual Pot Luck dinner and opportunity to meet your prayer partner will take place on Thursday, May 11, at St. Columba-Brigid Parish.  Please sign up on the sheets near the side doors if you are able to attend and bring a dish to share. For additional information, call Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 (x 114).

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.

The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, May 7, immeiately following 10am Mass.

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 are chronically ill or facing surgery and would like to be anointed.

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.

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.

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

Mass for the Devotion of Our Lady ~ Saturday, April 29 (9am) at St. Lawrence Parish, 1520 East Delavan Ave. A free breakfast will be served afterwards. Please RSVP to Mary Jean D. Steinhauser (716-656-7195) if you wish to be included in the breakfast.

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).

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.