St. Aloysius Gonzaga
June 21
An artist’s impression of St. Aloysius Gonzaga appears in stained glass in the Shrine Area in the church’s right (west) transept. He is one of four saints depicted in the two Shrine Areas, each representing a period of life.
St. Aloysius, who lived from 1568-1591 is the young adult saint and patron of youthful chastity.
(Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27).
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

June 17 – June 24, 2018

Weekly Activities

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

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

Wednesday, June 20 at 7:oo p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, June 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by Liturgy Committee

*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 17 ~ Father’s Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family) and Chaka Chapman (Requested by Mom and Family)

Monday, June 18 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 19 ~ St. Romuald, Abbot ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, June 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, June 21 ~ St. Aloysius Gonzaga ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, June 22 ~ St. Paulinus of Nola, St. John Fisher, St. Thomas More ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 23 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – John F. Curtin (The Family)

Sunday, June 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Maggie Gatson, Sharon Dunnigan; Dan Korchowsky (Loft)

A cherubic angel tops a column in the choir loft. Partially visible below it is the top of a “poor man’s staff,” symbolizing the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit….”
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father-figures of our parish. Please remember your own father on June 17, but also remember those children whose fathers are absent, unemployed, deployed in a foreign land, abusive, or in some other way not present. Can you be like a father to someone who needs you?

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.

Parish Council Meets June 20 ~ Council members are reminded of this Wednesday’s meeting at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. This is our last regularly scheduled meeting until September, and the agenda includes several on-going issues as well as Council elections for the coming year. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick, 716-832-2540.

Music with Roots ~ This weekend’s musical selections had strong roots for a variety of reasons.  The opening hymn, Sing to the Mountains, was selected with Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ on the care of the environment, in mind.  Marty Haugen’s We Walk by Faith was taken from the second reading from 2 Corinthians 5.  Dan Feiten’s Seed, Scattered and Sown was rooted in the Gospel text. Faith of Our Fathers was written in the 19th century and reminded us of the legacy we receive from our dads – strong roots, indeed! Strong roots provide a bountiful harvest. Happy Father’s Day! … Elizabeth

Sunday, June 24, is Coffee Hour, immediately following the 10am Mass. This month’s first-time hosts are members of the liturgy committee, so please plan to stop by St. Charles Hall as a show of appreciation for their efforts. Since it is the fourth Sunday of the month, Father Victor will also bestow a birthday blessings at the end of Mass on everyone born during the month of June.

Due to the July 4th Holiday, please send your bulletin submissions for the July 7-8 Bulletin to the Rectory Office no later than the morning of July 2.

Water With Blessings Drive Benefits 80 Haitian Families ~ The women of our Ladies Sodality would like to thank all the parishioners who donated to the Sodality’s Water With Blessings collection (April 22-May 13). As announced at its June 13 dinner, donations to the collection totaled $1,200.00 and will be used to purchase 20 water filter kits for the “Water Women” of Jacmel, Haiti. The 20 filters will provide clean drinking waters for 80 families in Jacmel. The Haitian Water With Blessings project is spearheaded by the Felician Sisters of N. America who are working to “wash out” cholera in Haiti, one village at a time.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assisted temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish by preparing and serving a Saturday evening dinner on June 16. If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. Our next scheduled dinner date is 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

Sister Maureen displays one of her colorful “ketengi,” a wrap-around worn over clothing in Tanzania.

Ladies Sodality Dinner ~ Our Ladies Sodality welcomed members as well as women from Ss. Columba-Brigid, St. Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, and Queen of Martyrs parishes at their June 13 dinner, which marked the conclusion of their 2017-18 season. Sister Maureen Harris, Spiritual Care Outreach Coordinator for the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo, spoke about her assignment earlier this year at her Congregation’s Mission in Tanzania. In addition to a photographic presentation, Sr. Maureen showed the women mementos of her six-month stay. Other dinner highlights included an announcement that the Sodality’s recent Water With Blessings collection for the Felician sisters of N. America raised $1,200 to purchase 20 water filter kits — enough to service 80 families — for the “Water Women” of Jacmel, Haiti. President Vera Andrew also presented a $500 gift to the parish to be used toward the recovery and restoration of the original church bell in the steeple of the former church/school building. To view more photos from the dinner, Click HERE.

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.

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. To really appreciate the fine work of their photographer, Derek Gee, and view places in the church that you can’t normally see, visit the Buffalo News Photo Gallery. It includes 100 photos taken of our church!

Celebrating Our Future Along With Our Past ~ On May 27, we combined an 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.

De-cluttering? 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.

One of 338 decorated corbels, this symbol of death appears on a roofline corbel on the church ambulatory.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

What will the Catholic Church look like in twenty years? Join the conversation on Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm with four Catholics of distinction as they speak about their vision at St. Leo the Great (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). Panelists include Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo; Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, former the President of D’Youville College; Dr. Anthony Pivarunas, an OB-GYN, husband and father; and Rev. James Vacco, OFM, faculty member at St. Bonaventure University. Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Zapfel, S.T.D., pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish, will moderate the panel discussion followed by light refreshments. Free. Call Dawn at 716-835-8905/ext.12 or visit

Dinner Lecture Series continues at Christ the King Seminary (711 Knox Road in East Aurora). There are 3 remaining Wednesday evening events, each beginning 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 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.

Free Active Shooter Training ~ Tuesday, June 19 (noon to 3pm) at First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, One Symphony Circle. Event led by Erie County SWAT Team. Call 716-884-7250 or visit for information.

Timon Fest will be held from Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 at Timon (601 McKinley Parkway in Buffalo). On Friday, Strictly Hip will take the stage at 7pm until 11pm. Saturday is Timon Alumni & Irish Day from noon to midnight. Corn Toss Tournament (begins at noon. Joe Head takes the stage at 4:30 pm; Leftovers and Penny Whiskey take the stage at 5 pm; Rince Na Tiarna Irish dancers at 6pm. Also serving corned beef sandwiches. Sunday (11 am to 5 pm) is South Buffalo Family Day with various kids’ activities, hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza. Proceeds to benefit academics and athletics at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School (