Veterans Day
November 11
The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, located 26 miles northwest of the city of Verdun,
is the final resting place of American soldiers who died in the biggest U. S. battle of World War I,
the Meuse-Argonne offensive in northeastern France.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

November 11 – November 18, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgical Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 14 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, November 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in church

Sunday, November 18 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Monday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion 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, November 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Homer Dick, Sr. (Requested by Family) and Clayton Marcanto-Mortenson (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, November 12 ~ St. Josaphat ~  No Service

Tuesday, November 13 ~ St. Francis Xavier Cabrini ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, November 15 ~ St. Albert the Great ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, November 16 ~ St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Gertrude ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Francis X. Hezel (Judy Casassa)

Saturday, November 17 ~ St. Elizabeth of Hungary ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, November 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Margaret Schimpf (Family) and Papa Ndombasi Edouard (Pedro and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 17/18:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Mary Kresse;  CHOIR – Sharon Dunnigan

St. Albert the Great, whose feast day we celebrate on November 15, was the patron saint of Blessed Trinity’s second pastor, Rev. Albert Fritton. St. Albert appears in ceramic relief on the door of the church’s Ambry.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

Honoring Our Veterans ~ Veterans Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.  Sunday therefore marks the centennial of the signing of this pledge for peace. Liturgical musical selections this week were meant to show respect to those who protect our liberties, which include our right to worship our Lord.  Since we will still be at Mass at 11:00, we will ring handbells before our closing hymn, honoring our veterans. Thank you for your service, Veterans… here’s to another hundred years of peace. Music Ministry continues on Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome…. Elizabeth

Change in November Coffee Hour ~ Our monthly coffee hour will take place on Sunday, November 18, instead of the usual fourth Sunday which falls during Thanksgiving weekend. Please join us in St. Charles Hall following Mass and Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging on Sunday, November 18. November’s coffee hour will by hosted by the Ladies Sodality.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development ~ The second collection on November 17/18 will benefit the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which supports those living at or near the poverty level in our own country. Please give generously.

The last Bible Discussion Meeting for the year will be Monday, November 19, at 7pm in St Charles Hall. The booklet for the bible discussion meeting is Genesis 12-23 – Abraham and Sarah’s Journey by Kevin and Louise Perrotta: Loyola Press, 2002. The assigned reading for November 19 is from the Week #5 section, pages 54-63. The bible discussion meeting for the new year will resume on Wednesday, January 9, at 7pm and continue to meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Those who want to obtain the booklet and participate in bible discussion meetings should contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Under This Roof Fund ~ We are extremely grateful to everyone who responded to our “Fall Fest” fundraiser — both party attendees and financial supporters. Your response exceeded our expectations and, to date, proceeds total $7,260.00. Thank you to all!

Attention Lectors ~ In anticipation of Advent and the new church year, please pick up your copy of the 2018-19 Manual in the priest’s sacristy. They are available now.

Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 2, 2018
featuring the Freudig Singers of WNY.

Christmas Concert ~ Blessed Trinity’s 2018 Christmas concert is Sunday, December 2, at 3 p.m. when the Freudig Singers of WNY present Christmas Through the Ages—a sampling of musical treats from the 14th century to the present. Continuing with their popular pie-themed concerts, selections on the choral menu will include compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Lennon, Roland E. Martin, and the premiere of a new work by Sidney A. King. Specialty pies baked by members of the ensemble will be raffled at the concert intermission, and pie and warm beverages will be served at a post-concert reception.

Cocoa Challenge 2018, Part 1 ~ We continue Sr. Karen Klimczak’s message of hope to prisoners. Please remember to shop for instant hot chocolate packets and place them in the back pew of the church by Sunday, December 9.  As the price of chocolate has increased, we hope to economize by buying in bulk. Therefore, your cash donations are most welcome. Place your monetary donation in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and drop it in the collection basket. Then, plan to complete the challenge by joining volunteers at our church on Friday, December 14, to complete the assembly of 2,200 gift bags for men and women from Wende and Albion correctional facilities. There will be two project packing shifts 10am-1pm and 6pm-completion.

The Ladies Sodality’s annual Christmas collection for parish homebound continues though December 2.

Save the Date! The Sodality’s annual Christmas dinner meeting is Wednesday, December 5, at The Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. Details including cost and menu choices will follow.

Gifts for Homebound Parishioners  – From now through December 2 (only 3 weeks away), the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our 10 homebound parishioners and 4 in senior care facilities. Please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the far left end of the communion rail. Need ideas? Help yourself to a list of suggestions from the basket. We thank those who have already made cash contributions. If that’s your preference, please help our shopping volunteers by making your donation before Thanksgiving. Gift bags and plants will be ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 8/9. If you can help by delivering a gift bag and visiting with one of our 14 recipients, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Important News from our Bingo Team ~ After almost ten years as our bingo chair, Francis (“Fran”) Cahill has resigned and is being succeeded by Kathy Press. We are very appreciative of Fran’s decade-long stewardship and of Kathy’s willingness to assume responsibility for the parish’s primary fundraiser.

Know Your Faith: With all these allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests now being revealed, should I quit the church?

Why I will not quit the Catholic Church … The word quit means leaving something or somewhere. It’s true that some of our leaders have failed us; it is true that we are hurt; and it’s true that the media is full of different stories of the sexual scandal. After scandals, how should we move forward? What are the ways to resolve, correct, and grow?

When I became a member of the church, I answered my call based on conviction not by compulsion. On the day of baptism, whether as a child or adult, my intention was not based on institutions or on anyone. My reason of becoming a Catholic Christian was based on following Jesus. So Jesus is the reason I can’t quit because He is the one who invited me, He is the one whose voice I heard, or whose voice my parents heard when they chose to help me to answer his call to be God’s child. So nothing should distract me from following him. There are many factors that can affect me, challenge me, discourage me, but should I lose sight of the focus and just quit? No, because just as I was called, so too are others called. Each and everyone of us are called by a name, so we are meant to answer our names. I can’t answer another’s name. I can’t use as an excuse to quit someone else’s words or actions because I am affected or ashamed. I will face the problem and support the community in reaching a resolution. I will focus not only on the hurt, but on healing and solutions to prevent it from happening in the future.

True Catholics are true Christians; true Christians are truly the followers of Jesus. Now is the time for our faith to be tested generally. Although every day individually we face tests, now is the time to answer the three questions of love directed from Jesus to Peter: Do you love me…? (John 21:15). O Lord help my words when spoken and my actions when carried out to please you especially during these difficult moments. Amen.

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.

Kathy Press has succeeded Fran Cahill as Chair of Blessed Trinity Bingo.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Concerts For The Soul, “Concert by Candlelight: An Evening of Remembrance.”  Saturday, November 17 at 6pm  with Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher at Blessed Sacrament Church (1035 Delaware in Buffalo). Take a beautiful journey of remembering your deceased loved ones. This will be a memorable evening that will nourish your heart for a long time to come. Donations accepted.

Saturday, November 17, at 3pm ~ A unique presentation about the Mayer Stained glass windows of Corpus Christi Church (199 Clark Street in Buffalo). Martin Ederer, PhD, Professor of Medieval History at Buffalo State College, will discuss the figures represented in the painting and their significance in history and why they may have been selected to be in the painting. Also present will be representatives from the Swiatek Studios, Inc., who will discuss and have on display examples of the restoration and conservation that will be done to the church’s windows. A free will collection will be accepted that will be used for the restoration of the windows.

Annual Craft Show at St. Gregory the Great (250 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville). Friday, November 23, 10am-4pm and Saturday November 24, 10am-3pm. More than 150 artisans and crafters selling their hand-crafted, unique, quality items. Avoid the Black Friday shopping frenzy, the crowds, and the chaos at the malls. Come and support the local economy by choosing gifts from one of the many artisans and crafters from all around WNY.

“Advent Anticipation” with Sister Lucette Kinecki, Monday November 26 at 7pm at Our Lady of Pompeii, (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Learn about this special time where “Emmanuel” God-with-us calls us to come and be refreshed in spirit with God’s warming grace and peace. During this sacred time, learn how to relax, reflect, and celebrate the season of Advent anticipation. For more information, call 716-683-6522.

Dinner at Ss. Columba-Brigid ~ Friday, November 30, at 12pm noon, Ida’s Kitchen invites you to join the table at Ss. Columba-Brigid (418 N Division Street in Buffalo) for a Christ-Giving Community Dinner with the neighborhood for a Thanksgiving-Christmas Celebration (donation is $5). Call 716-310-0840 to reserve a spot.

Camp Turner’s WinterCamp ’18 is Friday December 28 at 10am through Sunday December 30 at 6pm for Boys and girls, ages 7-15.  An optional round trip bus is available from Williamsville and Hamburg. The cabins are toasty, the food is delicious, and our experienced staff is excited to make this a great experience for everyone. An RN is on-site at all times. Visit for activity descriptions and online registration. If you have any questions, e-mail  CampTurner [at] gmail [dot] com  or call 716-354-4555.