February 11, 2018 – February 18, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 11 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Helping Hands Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, February 18 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.

Deacon Jimmie Boyd

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deacon Jimmie Boyd (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish)

Monday, February 12  ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 13 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

Wednesday, February 14 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 7:00 p.m. –  Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Friday, February 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 16 ~ Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 17 ~ Seven Holy Founders of Servite Order ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Rita E. Curtin (Family)

Sunday, February 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Pauline Rollek (Judy Casassa)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Sharon Dunnigan, Mary Kresse, Lucille Venezia; Maggie Gatson, Loft


News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is transformative. Once we embrace the stewardship message, it changes
the way we look at every decision we make. Stewardship becomes a total way of life.

Msgr. Paul R. Juenker

Rev. Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, pastor of Blessed Trinity from 1970-1974, passed from death into eternal life on Thursday, February 8, at the age of 97. Parishioners who wish to express their condolences to his family may do so at the Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave in Kenmore on Sunday or Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm or at Blessed Sacrament Church, Delaware Ave. at W. Utica St. on Tuesday, February 13, beginning at 9am. Bishop Malone will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Juenker at 10am.

The Liturgy Committee will meet on Sunday, February 11, in St. Charles Hall after Mass.

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14. Mass and Distribution of Ashes will take place at 7pm. There will be NO daily Mass at 11am.

Stations of the Cross will take place on Friday, February 16, at 6pm. They will continue every Friday during Lent.

Preparing to Prepare ~ Ash Wednesday is just a few days away, and soon we will begin the journey with our Savior to the cross.  This Sunday represents our final “Alleluia” for a very long time – and our music this week strengthens us for the struggles to come.

Let us go to the Altar of God, give praise with blast of trumpet and dance before the Lord.
Love is patient, Love is kind – never ending.
Shelter me, O God – hide me in the shadow of your wings.  You alone are my Hope.
All to Jesus I surrender.
Alleluia, Alleluia, to the Triune Majesty!

We are ready, Lord. Lead us to our Salvation. Choir practice continues Tuesday at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome! Elizabeth

Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place in church following the 10am Mass on Sunday, February 18.

Monday evening Lenten Journey Masses hosted by the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) will begin here at Blessed Trinity on February 19 at 6:30pm. Each Mass is followed by a social, with refreshments provided by the host parish. If you can prepare a finger-food for next Monday evening, please sign the appropriate sheet at the left end of the altar rail today. You may drop off your donation at St. Charles Hall before the Mass.

Our 2018 Lenten program will take place on three consecutive Wednesday evenings: February 28, March 7 and March 14. On February 28, Sr. Liz Savage will lead our prayerful consideration and discussion of two meditations (“Suffering in Communion with the Lord” and “As Those Who Serve”) from Joseph Cardinal Bernadin’s book, The Gift of Peace. Copies will be provided. We will gather to share simple refreshments at 6:45pm; our program will begin at 7pm.

Child and Youth Religious Education Program is scheduled to resume in the fall, but we need to know the number and ages of prospective students. If you are interested in enrolling a child or young adult preparing for Confirmation, please call Father Victor at 716-833-0301 .

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday March 19 in St. Charles Hall and continue on Monday evenings through April 16. The first assigned reading is from the booklet, Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta (Loyola Press, 2002), pages 4-23. Please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395 to obtain the booklet and participate in bible study.

Gerard Place ~ We received a nice thank you letter from Gerard Place for our Advent Giving Tree Donation of $633. Thank you again to all who made this possible.

Thank you for all you do. We so appreciate our dedicated volunteers who will be concluding their time of service in order to pass on important tasks to other parishioners:  Thank you Angela Jost for laundering the Mass linens, and thank you to Mickey Dick for crafting the weekly Prayer of the Faithful.

Sodality Dues Reminder for 2018 ~ Sodality membership runs with the calendar year. Have you renewed? Dues are still only $5 and Mickey Dick, our membership chair, will be happy to accept your payment in cash or check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” You may also drop your dues in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Sodality Dues.”

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

Making a Difference – One Family at a Timeis the mission of Family Promise of WNY. The network of local religious organizations responds to the needs of homeless families. It is one of only three local agencies that keep families together as a unit in an emergency shelter. As a host congregation, Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish shelters families for a week, four times a year, and serves as the Family Promise Day Center providing laundry, shower, kitchen facilities, mail delivery, internet access, case management, and school bus service. As a support parish, Blessed Trinity cooks and serves one dinner a week during the four weeks hosted by Ss. C-B. Our next date is March 24. We need a few new volunteers to join our BT team. If willing to help, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

Openings for Mass Intentions ~ Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? Contact the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for your loved ones for any intention. Office hours are: 10:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. The Mass Stipend is $15.

New parking spaces have been added to the wheelchair ramp side of the church to compensate for losing ten spaces behind the old school building (FLARE) with the sale of the building. The new owner plans to rehab the structure into twenty apartments, a project that will certainly benefit the neighborhood.

Important Deadlines to Remember ~ As we begin the new year, please remember to contact our secretary, Pat Pendleton, with dates (even tentative ones) that should appear on the parish calendar. Our bulletin is printed on Thursdays, so announcements should be submitted no later than Noon on the Wednesday prior to the weekend you wish it to appear. Announcements to be read at weekend Masses are due on Thursday. You may contact Pat at blessedtrinitychurch@gmail or 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Parish Record Keeping ~ We have created a parish group email to be used for notification of time-sensitive information; e.g., a mid-week funeral service. If you would be interested in receiving such messages, please make sure that the church office has your email address. If you need to update your contact information or would like to register as a parishioner, please call the church office (716-833-0301) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during office hours: 10:30am-2:30pm, email your contact information to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or use the CONTACT feature of this web site.


News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Two five-week classes begin soon at Christ the King Seiminary. “From the Beginning: The Gospel of John,” taught by our academic dean, Michael Sherry, begins Thursday evening, February 8 from 6:30 to 8:30. “Sacraments & Ministry,” taught by Eileen Warner, begins Tuesday, February 20 (either 9:30-11:30 am or 6:30-8:30 pm). For more information about retreats and lectures, visit cks.edu.

Annual Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale from February 17-March 25 at St. John Kanty Parish (101 Swineburne Street in Buffalo). Kanty’s Kitchen is open Saturdays 3-5pm and Sundays 9:30am-12pm. Farmers cheese or sauerkraut pierogis; sold frozen and 6/package. Lunch available on March 25 (Palm Sunday) and large basket raffle. For further information, call 716-893-0412 or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Catholic Women’s Conference 2018: The Heart of a Woman. Want to be inspired and uplifted? Does your faith need a boost? Join hundreds of women from New York and surrounding areas as they gather on Saturday, February 24 from 7:30am-3pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Keynote speaker: Dr. Janet Smith, as well as Kate Wicker and Sr. Tatum McWhirter; Mass with Bishop Richard Malone. Tickets $35. For further information or to purchase tickets, call 716-222-0622 or visit catholicwomenofbuffalo.org.

Third Option Program. Do you need to find the joy in your marriage and live a happier, healthier life together? If so, consider attending the Third Option program. This skills-based group helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages. Group meetings are held every three weeks on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 at Resurrection Life (2145 Old Union Road in Cheekktowaga). The 2018 dates are: February 18, March 11, April 8, April 29, May 20, June 10 and June 24. For more information, call Paul or Carol at 716-937-9810 or visit res-life.com/the-third-option.

Catholic Charities’ 2018 Appeal. “They have been my angels. They’re for me.” That’s how one client described her experience with our Project HOPE (Helping Older People Excel) program. Designed for older adults who’ve been diagnosed with a mental health illness and are at risk of out-of-home placement, the program provides services and linkages to keep them in their home. Care coordinators and nurses work with clients to develop individualized action plans to empower them to thrive in their home environment. Your gift to the 2018 Appeal ensures that Project HOPE can continue to make a difference in the lives of Western New Yorkers. To make a donation or to find out more about the 2018 Appeal, call 218-1400 or visit ccwny.org/donation.

Join Bishop Richard Malone as he visits the sacred sites of England and Scotland! Pilgrimage includes Walsingham, Canterbury, Lindisfarne, St. Andrews, London, Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge. October 26 to November 5 – 11 days. $3,999 from Buffalo/Toronto. For information and reservations, contact Marianna Pisano at 800-777-7432, mpisano [at] unitours [dot] com, or book online at bit.ly/BishopPilgrimage.

A Gathering Place ~ Are you an older adult who is looking for a social program? Or do you have a loved one who could benefit from one? Try Catholic Charities’ A Gathering Place, a program designed for adults age 60+ who may need assistance with activities of daily living, in addition to physical and cognitive activities and socialization. The program is held in a supervised and safe environment at 128 Wilson Street in Buffalo. Services include individualized program options, nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, and shower services. For more information, call 716-896-6388.  For more information on Catholic Charities and other services and programs we provide, visit ccwny.org.  Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.