Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
May 1

April 30 – May 7, 2017

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, May 7 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting 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 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis)

Monday, May 1 ~ St. Joseph the Worker ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Tuesday, May 2 ~ St. Athanasius ~ Mass at 8:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 3 ~ St Philip and St. James, Apostles ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Queen of Martyrs Parish)

Thursday, May 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Friday, May 5 ~ First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 a.m. (Daily Mass Chapel)

Friday, May 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 6 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – William and Frances Pernick (Her Children)

Sunday, May 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Kimberly Louise Sperandeo (Sisters, Brothers, and Cousins)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Shammy Dunnigan;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis;  Maggie Gatson (Choir)

Carpenter’s tools: symbol of labor and St. Joseph in church narthex
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick


News from our Parish Community

First Friday ~ This Friday, May 5, is First Friday. There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8am to 11am in the Daily Mass Chapel. Please consider spending at least 3o minutes in adoration and meditation. The 11am daily Mass will follow Benediction.

Sodality Meeting ~ The Ladies Sodality will meet in St. Charles Hall on Sunday, May 7, following 10am Mass. Agenda items will include May 13 Memorial Mass for Virginia Tapley and dinner options for closing meeting in June. In honor of Mother’s Day, please bring a picture of your mother or favorite mother-figure or a favorite photo of yourself as a mother.

Mother’s Day Breakfast ~ The men of the parish Holy Name Society extend a cordial invitation to the women of the parish to be their guests at the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast, to be held on Sunday, May 14, following the 10:00am Mass. Reservations for the breakfast are necessary and may be made by calling the Rectory Office at 716-833-0301, Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, May 10. Non-parishioner adult guests, such as daughters, mothers, sisters, similar-in-laws, etc. are welcome. No children, please. Cost for your guest is $5 per person, payable at the door.

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.

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).

Bible Study continues on Monday, May 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Please bring your Bible and copy of Genesis 1-11, God Makes a Start. If you did not receive this study aide, please contact Father Victor.

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.

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.

Parish Agape Feast ~ Thanks to everyone who attended last Sunday’s Agape Feast, especially those of you who prepared food, helped to serve it, or stayed to assist with clean-up. We hope you had a good time and enjoyed sampling from the great variety of familiar offerings and new-to-you foods. Congratulations to Jack Curtin, this year’s recipient of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker, as well as our bingo workers and members of the choir and finance council.  They were presented with certificates by Father Victor in recognition of their dedication to the parish. Father Victor promises to honor additional parish volunteers at future events of this nature.

Third Sunday of Easter:  After some time of journeying to Emmaus, and after failure to recognize the risen Jesus at first, two of Jesus’ disciples recognized the Risen Lord as he broke bread with them. Might Jesus be calling you to make His presence known by this very gesture? 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.

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!

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.

Carpenter’s square: symbol of Trades in
woodcarving over usher’s office in church nave
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Women’s Day of Spiritual Renewal ~ “We are Sisters on the Path of Life” is Saturday, May 6 (10am-3pm) at 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville. Box lunch served. Seating is limited. Contact Joy Bila at 716-834-0128 or jbila [at] hotmail [dot] com for information and registration.

Three Choirs Festival Concert ~ Sunday, May 7, 4pm, at St. Joseph Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir will be joined by the Amherst High School Concert Chorale, Justin Pomietlarz, director, and the Hamburg High School Concert Choir, Norm Zogaib, director. Each choir will perform several selections separately, as well as three combined pieces. Amherst and Hamburg are among the very best high school choirs in western New York, and they, along with our Cathedral Choir, will surely delight all who attend. There will be a feel-will [sic] offering. A reception in the Msgr. Britt Room will follow the concert sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music. St. Joseph Cathedral is located in downtown Buffalo at 50 Franklin Street.

Protecting God’s Children Workshop for Adults (18+) ~ Wednesday, May 10 (1pm) at the Catholic Center of Buffalo. Call 895-3010 or email jacqueline-joy [at] ccwny [dot] org.

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.