St. Anthony of Padua
June 13
This ceramic medallion of St. Anthony originally hung in St. Bartholomew R. C. Church on Grider Street in Buffalo. Since the merger of our parishes in 1993, it has hung on the wall of the transept on the right (west) side of Blessed Trinity church.

June 10 – June 17, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers in Priest’s Sacristy

Wednesday, June 13 at 6:oo p.m. ~ Sodality Dinner in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, June 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of Sick and Well-Aging in Church

Monday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion Meeting in St. Charles Hall

*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, June 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Requested by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Monday, June 11 ~ St. Barnabas, Apostle ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, June 13 ~ St. Anthony of Padua ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Gwendolyn Moore (David Folmar)

Thursday, June 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, June 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 16 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Frances Chruney (The Family)

Sunday, June 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Family) and Chaka Chapman (Mom and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger; Sharon Dunnigan (Loft)

Poly-chrome relief of Sacred Heart of Jesus over exterior of church’s right side door.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

The Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers will meet in the Priest’s Sacristy after Mass on Sunday, June 10, to prepare for summer Masses.

Psalms ~ A psalm is any of the 150 sacred songs, lyric poems, and prayers that together constitute the Book of Psalms of the Old Testament. The psalms are the production of various authors, and only a portion of the Book of Psalms claims David as its author. Today’s Psalm, #130, was an unnamed psalm in the Hebrew psalter composed by “a penitential Israelite.” It is a lament psalm. Usually only several verses are quoted for the responsorial, but this week we heard the entire psalm. There are two types of lament psalms: communal – a cry for nations in dire situations; or individual – which is what we heard today. Laments have structure: they contain a cry for help, a statement of a problem, a statement of trust that God will answer the psalmist’s prayer, and then praise. Our liturgical experience is enhanced when we have a better understanding of our rituals as well as when the music reflects the hearts of the participants.  Do you have a favorite hymn you would like included in a weekly mass?  Don’t hesitate to let Elizabeth know. Summer is a great time to embrace our favorites and explore new ways of glorifying God through music!  Elizabeth

Ladies Sodality Dinner ~ If you have made a reservation, remember that the Sodality dinner is this Wednesday, June 13, in St. Charles Hall. Please join us at 6pm for hors d’oeuvres; dinner will be served at 6:30 and Sr. Maureen’s presentation will follow. If you forgot, please contact Amy Johnson no later than Sunday, June 10, at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net. The cost is $20 per person; checks should be made payable to: Ladies Sodality. Friends and non-members are always welcome.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Thanks to our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, who assist temporarily homeless families at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish by preparing and serving a Saturday evening dinner. Saturday, June 16, is our next scheduled dinner date. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. There will be another opportunity on Saturday, July 21.

Know Your Faith ~ “So then Faith comes by hearing…” Romans 10:17 ~ My Dear Friends in ChristMany Catholic Christians have left the church due to various reasons. Knowing your faith helps you to handle situations no matter what the issue might be. One of the ways to know our faith is to ask questions in order to understand better why we believe what we believe or practice. This “Know Your Faith” column will address questions from Parishioners every other Sunday in our weekly bulletin. Please submit your questions by writing us, emailing the office, or simply leave your question in the basket on the altar. Thank you…Fr. Victor

The parish’s next Bible discussion meeting will be Monday, June 18, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. The subject matter for bible discussion meetings will be from Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  In preparation for June 18, participants should read the entire week #2 section. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in the discussion, please call Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass intention for a deceased loved one or a special intention. Even weekend Masses are available during the summer. The Mass stipend is $15.

Pray for Christians in the Middle East ~ This is the message we receive every day from the Christians of Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, who have been persecuted in recent years for committing one crime: that of being Christians. To awaken the world from its indifference, Pope Francis has convoked an ecumenical prayer meeting on July 7 in Bari, Italy, with the participation of the patriarchs and leaders of the Churches and Christian communities of the Middle East. During this month of preparation for the Pope’s meeting in Bari, show your commitment by remembering Christians of the Middle East in your daily prayer.

A Note of Appreciation ~ On behalf of the Parish, I thank and appreciate the planning committee and all others who worked hard to make our feast day and the church building’s ninetieth Anniversary a successful and beautiful Trinity Sunday celebration. May the continuous blessing of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit be with you all and your families … Father Victor

Celebrating Our Future Along With Our Past ~ As reflected in Father Victor’s message, we combined a anniversary remembrance with Trinity Sunday’s celebration of our parish feast day. During the 10am Mass, we recognized those who have joined the parish in the last year and a half — so essential to our future — while also commemorating the 90th anniversary of the completion of our church building, dedicated by Bishop Turner on June 3, 1928. Click HERE to see photos from the Mass, the blessing of the church cornerstone and our new sign, and the social which followed.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Religious Ed Volunteers ~ We are in need of volunteers to help with the Religious Education of our parish children. Anyone interested in helping, please sign up on the orange sheets at the church entrances or call Father Victor (716-833-0301) during rectory office hours. You are also asked to call Father Victor if you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation.

BT in Architectural Spotlight ~ The May 22, 2018 Buffalo News (pages B-1 and C-12) highlights architectural features of our church in a pictorial array. Additional photos appear in their Photo Gallery.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there. Please pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

Our food pantry has a new name. The former Helping Hands Food Pantry is now known as the Catholic Central Food Pantry. The pantry’s hours, services and qualifications for assistance remain unchanged.

Trinity Sunday cornerstone blessing from the bell ringer’s perspective.
Photo credit: Tom Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Chicken or Pulled-Pork BBQ Dinner at Blessed Sacrament Church (1029 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo), Sunday June 10, 2-5pm. Adult Dinners are $13 and $6 for children under 12. Takeout is also available. Pre-order tickets at 716-884-0053.

Pork Chop Dinner & Theme Basket Raffle, Sunday, June 10, from noon to 3pm at St. Andrew Church (Parish Hall – 111 Crocker Street in Sloan). Dinner includes mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet & sour cabbage, green beans, applesauce, roll & butter, beverage and dessert. Tickets are pre-sale only. Theme basket winning tickets will be drawn at 2:30 pm. For tickets, call 716-892-0425.

Annual Children’s Memorial Prayer Service  on Monday, June 11, 7 pm at St. Christopher Church (2660 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Tonawanda). Anyone who has lost a child, regardless of  how old the child was or how long ago the loss, is invited to attend “I Light a Candle for You.” This special service includes prayers and readings, poems, music, and a candle-lighting remembrance. For more information, call 716-692-2660.

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 7 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church (263 Claremont Avenue in Tonawanda) and on Monday, June 18 at 7 pm at St. Mary’s Chapel (old church at Transit Road & Stahley Road in East Amherst). Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, to attend this healing Mass. For more information, call 716-283-0011 or visit

Dinner Lecture Series begins Wednesday, June 13, at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). Each of four Wednesday evening events begins with dinner at 5:45pm in the main dining room and a lecture at 6:45-8:45pm. Our summer dinner lecture series is a relaxing way to recharge your faith! Enjoy a meal and learn about a topic from one of our faculty members. Each evening is $35 for dinner and talk ($25 for talk only). Register at or call 716-655-7099. June 13: Beauty, Art, & Pope Francis’s Laudata Si’; June 20: Transform Daily Life Through the Trinity; July 18: The Lost Art of Letter Writing: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton; July 25 : Thomas Merton Part II: Theological & Spiritual Influences.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Wordthe new Focus Features film directed by Wim Wenders, is now showing at the Eastern Hills Dipson Theater. Co-produced with the Vatican’s Office of Communication, this movie experience offers a chance to meet Pope Francis through interviews and footage of public appearances. In addition to footage from the Pope’s many international journeys, settings include unique and special locations within the Papal palaces and Vatican gardens.

Position Available: Keyboardist for Sunday 10 am Mass at St. George Parish in West Falls. If you or someone you know is interested in this (per diem) position, whether regular weekly or on a casual basis, call 716-652-3153 or email stgeorge [at] gmail [dot] com.

Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School announces that registration is now open for Summer Timon 2018. All boys entering fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate. Each day campers will experience a wide-range of activities from history tours of WNY, rowing, photography, field trips, and much more! We make sure that all our campers get a well-rounded experience, learning something new while still having fun. Week 1 is July 9-13; week 2 is July 16-20. You can sign up for both or just one. Register online at or contact Jim Barnes at 716-826-3610 for more information.

St. Joe’s Collegiate Summer, a four-week program for students entering the eighth grade, is June 25-July 20 from 9am to 3pm each day. Find out more and register at or call 716-874-4953.

Lord Teach Me to Pray, a 3-Part Ignatian Prayer Series, begins Saturday, June 16, at 8:30am at Christ the King Seminary Retreat Center (711 Knox Road, East Aurora, NY). Visit for more information and registration or call 504-439-5933.