Sunday’s Gospel story of the rich young man is the subject of this painting in the Shrine Area of
our church’s right transept. Christ urged the young man to sell what he had and “give to the poor,”
who are represented by the elderly couple on the right.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

October 14 – October 21, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. ~ Blessing of pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

“Fall Fest” dinner will be served in the Twentieth Century Club dining room.

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

Friday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Fall Fest at The Twentieth Century Club

Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ~ Retreat for lectors & Eucharistic ministers at Christ the King Seminary

Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, October 21 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church

*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 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Rita Hufnagle (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, October 15 ~ St. Teresa of Jesus ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 16 ~ St. Hedwig; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – St. Ignatius of Antioch ~ For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, October 18 ~ St. Luke, Evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – A. Michael Andrew (His mother, sister and family)

Friday, October 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – St. John de Brebeuf; St. Isaac Jogues & Companions ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, October 20 ~ St. Paul of the Cross ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, October 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Family) and David Downing (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Palma Zanghi;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger;   CHOIR – Maggie Gatson

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

News from our Parish Community


Reservations are now closed for Fall Fest, a benefit dinner for the church’s Under This Roof Fund which will be held this Friday, October 19, at the historic Twentieth Century Club (595 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). The dinner committee is very pleased with the response to this fundraiser, and reminds those with reservations that the Club’s parking lot is located on Franklin Street, across the street from the building’s rear entrance. 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.

Parish Bible Discussion Meetings  will continue on Monday, October 15 at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall.  Readings for these meetings are taken from Genesis 12-23,  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002.  Assigned reading for October’s discussion is the entire Week 4 section, pages 44-53. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 if you have not yet obtained the book but wish to participate in the discussion.

The Parish Council Meeting, normally held on the third Wednesday of the month, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

St. Luke, whose feast day we celebrate on October 18, is depicted in this circular painting in one of the pendentives supporting Blessed Trinity’s dome. It replicates a similar design from St. Peter’s in Rome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

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, this is the last weekend (Oct 13/14) to register for the retreat.

Contemporary Liturgy, Part 2: David Haas, (born in 1958 in Bridgeport, Michigan), is an American author and composer of liturgical music, primarily for Roman Catholic congregations. He is among the most widely-sung living liturgical composers today, and is a favorite of the Blessed Trinity Choir. Haas lives in Eagan, Minnesota where he is the Director of the Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry. He is also Campus Minister and Artist in Residence at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he teaches in the music and theology departments. Haas has produced over forty original collections and recordings of liturgical music. His music is sung throughout the world and appears in many hymnals of various denominations and languages. His best-known works include sacred songs and hymns, including Blest Are They, We Have Been Told, You Are Mine, Song of the Body of Christ and We Will Rise Again, as well as several Masses, collections of ritual music, and collections of psalm settings.  Haas composed today’s Communion hymn as well as the choir meditation, Prayer of Peace, based on a Navajo prayer.

Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ under our feet.
Christ within us, Christ over us, let all around us be Christ.

Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome…. Elizabeth

World Mission Sunday is October 21. The second collection that weekend will be for the world missions of the Catholic Church. Please show your gratitude for all your blessings by sharing with your world family.

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:

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.

The Altar of Sacrifice at Blessed Trinity is dedicated to St. Isaac Jogues and his companions, Jesuit martyrs who are commemorated in a single celebration on October 19. A relic of St. Isaac Jogues is one of several placed in the altar when it was consecrated by Bishop Edward D. Head on June 2, 1976.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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.

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.

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

“Nuns on the Bus” comes to Buffalo on Monday, October 22, for a Town Hall for Justice at 6pm at St. Joseph University Parish, 3269 Main Street, Buffalo. This national “Tax Justice Truth Tour” focuses on reasonable revenue for responsible programs (i.e., to change tax policies that hurt our communities while giving handouts to the wealthiest in our nation). Nuns on the Bus is a project of NETWORK, an organization founded in 1971 by Catholic sisters to educate, organize and work for economic and social transformation to benefit all citizens.