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October 7 – October 14, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 7 following Mass ~ Sodality’s Mary’s Mystery Walking Tour of Church

Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, October 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 14 following Mass ~ Blessing of pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi

*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, October 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Requested by Ladies Sodality)

Monday, October 8 ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 9 ~ St. Denis & Companions; St. John Leonardi ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, October 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Monique Andrew and her children (Yvonne Andrew)

Saturday, October 13 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, October 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Rita Hufnagel (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson; CHOIR – John Curtin

The Twentieth Century Club is the site of “Fall Fest” on Friday, Oct. 19.

News from our Parish Community

Special Collection for Disaster Relief2018 Disasters Appeal ~ Given the weather patterns of recent years and the increasing number of natural disasters, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops requests that we take up a special collection this weekend to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the US Catholic Church, as they respond to immediate emergency needs and aid in long-term recovery.

Join Mary’s Mystery Tour on Sunday ~ All are welcome to join docent Mickey Dick and members of the Ladies Sodality after Mass on Sunday, October 7, as they search out Marian symbolism in the artwork, iconography and stained glass of our church. Please gather in the front vestibule.

Fall Fest Reservations Due This WeekFall Fest, a benefit dinner for the church’s Under This Roof Fund is Friday, October 19 at the historic Twentieth Century Club (595 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). This promises to be a delightful, relaxing evening — the kind we haven’t been able to enjoy as a parish family in some time. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 6pm, followed by a three-course dinner at 7pm, with musical offerings from The Neville Francis Band. Paid reservations and dinner choices are due by Thursday, October 11. Please click HERE for details and a link to our reservation form.

Contemporary Liturgy ~ Dan Schutte is one of the choir’s favorite contemporary liturgical composers. His music is lovely and his text settings are spot on. Now 70 years old, Schutte grew up in Elm Grove, Wisconsin and graduated from Marquette University High School before entering the Society of Jesus. He was one of the founding members of the St. Louis Jesuits who popularized a contemporary style of church music set to sacred texts sung in English as a result of the liturgical reforms initiated by the Second Vatican Council. His compositions are primarily written for Catholic liturgical use, but, over time, have also found their way into Protestant worship. Some of his more notable compositions include City of God (1981), Only This I Want (1981), Blest Be the Lord (1976), You Are Near (1971), Sing a New Song (1972), Here I Am, Lord (1981), Table of Plenty (1992), and These Alone Are Enough (2004), his setting of the Ignatian Suscipe prayer. Today’s offertory hymn, Where Love is Found, is new to Blessed Trinity, but contains pertinent text to our current social situation.  It is based on the Latin chant, Ubi Caritas, and 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 13.

Where charity and love are found,
there will the face of God be seen.
The love of Christ will bind our hearts;
as one body we will be.
Love is patient, love is kind, never boastful, never proud.
Love is hopeful in its waiting, ever trusting in God’s light.
Love is steadfast to the end, ever ready to endure.
Love is gracious in its kindness, ever ready to forgive.
Though I speak with angel’s tongue,
I am nothing more than sound.
I am but a cymbal clanging if I sing without God’s love.
There are three things that will last: there is faith,
hope and love. But the greatest of all blessings is the faithfulness of love.

Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, October 9 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Retreat Set for October 20 ~ The retreat for lectors and Eucharistic ministers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 9am-4pm at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. If you serve the parish in one of these ministries, please be sure to use the sign-up sheet on the altar rail to reserve your place.

Members named to steering committee ~ The diocesan task force which met with our congregation in August has recommended that Bishop Malone create a steering committee to study the possible linkage of the CCCB parishes of Blessed Trinity, St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres. Vera Andrew, Bud Dick and Bob Heicklen have been chosen to join Father Victor in representing our parish on the committee. Their first meeting is October 16. We ask that you pray for all of them as they accept this challenging assignment.

Join the BT Family Promise Team ~ Our volunteer team, led by Amy Johnson, assists temporarily homeless families housed at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish underthe Family Promise program. They will be preparing and serving a Monday evening dinner on October 22.  If you are able to help with this ministry by preparing part of the meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Neighborhood Church Hosts Community Meeting ~ A Public Meeting with VOICE BUFFALO and the Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team (BILT) is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, 6:30-8pm, at Elim Christian Fellowship (70 Chalmers Avenue at Holden in Buffalo). The meeting is an opportunity for the community to hold public officials accountable to the needs of the people. VOICE has invited Gov. Cuomo and the other gubernatorial candidates to publicly commit to moving the Developmental Disabilities State Offices from West Seneca to the City of Buffalo. BILT is inviting Buffalo Public Schools officials, including Dr. Kriner Cash and Dr. Barbara Nevergold, to publicly commit to expanding services for English Language Learner students to raise the ELL graduation rate (currently 26%). VOICE and BILT are asking our congregation to join them in Raising Our Voices with people with disabilities for access to jobs and services and with refugee and immigrant students for access to an excellent education. Doors open at 6pm. For more information, go to: voicebuffalo.org.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

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.

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.

Violets: symbol of “Mary’s Modesty”

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, Thursday, October 11 at 7pm at St. John Gualbert Church (83 Gualbert Avenue in Cheektowaga). Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or in need special healing and who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit stperry.org.

The Kingdom of Happiness begins in October at St. Leo the Great. For 8 weeks, escape the kingdom of man, expose the “anti-beatitudes,” and dive deeper than ever before to discover TRUE happiness. Thursday evenings from October 11 – December 13, 7-8:30 pm. For further information, contact Dawn Iacono at diacono [at] stleothegreatamherst [dot] com  or call 835-8905, ext. 12.

Big Book Sale on Friday October 12 and Friday, October 19 (1:30-5pm) at St. Joseph Center for Spirituality (4975 Strickler Road in Clarence).

Meat and Basket Raffle, Friday, October 12 at 6pm hosted by the Home School Association at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda), followed at 7 pm with the first spin. Admission includes beer, wine, and soda. A 50/50 split and a grand prize raffle of a freezer filled with meat will be featured. For tickets or information, call Renee Orr at 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email rorr [at] cardinalohara [dot] com.

Oktoberfest, Saturday, October 13 from 5:30-9 pm at Good Shepherd Parish (5442 Tonawanda Creek Road in North Tonawanda). Authentic German food, German beer, pop and desserts and a basket raffle. Music by the Bergholz German Band. For more information or to reserve a table, call 716-625-8594.

“Fur”ever in My Heart Pet Remembrance service will be held on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore). The service will feature Keith Kelly performing songs, with poems and pieces interspersed throughout the program along with the reading of your pet’s name. Call 716-873-6500 by October 4th for a reservation to have your pet’s names included in the program book. Program is presented as part of the Bereavement Support Programs, Catholic Diocese Cemeteries.

Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday, October 14 from 11am – 6pm to benefit Sisters of St. Francis (Williamsville) at Our Lady of Peace (10950 Main Street in Clarence). Dine-in and take-out will be available. Enjoy door prizes, theme baskets, grand prize, 50-50 split, and the ever popular “Nun-Sweeter” bake sale. For additional information, call 716-632-2155, ext. 687.

Monday October 15 at 4pm ~ “Angels in Our Midst” at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (school building door G, 157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga). Presenter, Monica Saltarelli, will discuss the various ways angels appear to us. From scripture to current day, angels have an impact in our life. This is especially true when a loved one has died. Monica will share some stories, handouts, and visuals. Open to the community; no charge. Sponsored by Catholic Cemeteries. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 873-6500.