Divine Mercy Sunday
April 8
Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Heart Shrine

April 8 – April 15, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, April 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

Sunday, April 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality meeting 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, April 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Stuart Cowen (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Robert Santo Venti (Requested by Patty and Jerry Gallisdorfer)

Monday, April 9  ~ The Annunciation of the Lord ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Catherine M. Maher (Estate)

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

Thursday, April 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, April 13 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, April 14 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, April 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Price Francis (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Richard Plunkett, Simon Kresse;  Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky; Sharon Dunnigan, Choir

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship is living a life of gratitude…
taking the time every day
to recognize the gifts that God has given
and be grateful for them.

Sunday, April 8, at 4pm our Parish Agape Feast will take place in St. Charles Hall. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to help make this even better than last year’s “love feast” by bringing a food item to share. There will be pre-heated ovens to keep hot food items warm until the meal begins, but you will not be able to cook or bake your special dish on site. Please  bring your salad, pasta, fish, meat or vegetable dish or dessert item already plated and “ready to serve.” Serving utensils will be provided. We hope the presence of you and your family will help to make our Second Annual Agape a true expression of community, sharing, and fellowship as we recall the meals that Jesus shared with the disciples during His ministry. Come be a part of your parish family as we continue celebrating the Easter season.

Special Thanks go out to all the folks who donated their time and talents to make our Holy Week services so meaningful: the Liturgy Committee: lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, and especially Jack Curtin, our dedicated Sacristan who pulled it all together; the decorating committee, under the capable direction of Bud Dick, for arranging the beautiful display of flowers and candles; the choir, under the direction of Elizabeth Clay, who helped make this Lenten Season and Holy Week services so special; our secretary, Pat Pendleton, who created the programs for each servcie; and Dennis Pawlikowski, our custodian, who keeps the church looking its best.

It’s Divine! On Sunday, April 8, we again welcome Carolyn Liarakos to the Blessed Trinity piano to lead the choir while Elizabeth is at a conference.  What a wonderful day to share in our liturgy, as we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, which is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.  Musical selections for this weekend incorporated both the exultation of our Savior’s resurrection as well as the glory of Christ’s forgiveness.  This week’s choral meditation, O Sacrum Convivium, was one we had hoped to sing during Holy Week but did not have the opportunity.  We look forward to all seven Sundays of Easter with some of the most beautiful liturgical music ever composed, taking us right up to Pentecost on May 20. Choir practice resumes Tuesday, April 10, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. ~ Elizabeth

The Ladies Sodality’s meeting, normally held on the first Sunday of the month, has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 15, following the 10am Mass. The agenda will include discussion of programs for May and June.

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday, April 16 (not March 19 as posted earlier) in St. Charles Hall. This will be a two-hour meeting to determine future plans. 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 this group.

The Parish Council will meet at 7pm on Wednesday, April 18, in St. Charles Hall.

Prayer Partner Potluck ~ Meet the person who has been praying for you during Lent. Attend the  Prayer Partner Potluck dinner at 5:30pm on Thursday, April 19, at Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish. Please sign up to bring a dish to share—lavendar sheets by the entrance doors. Call Diane Dryja (716-892-6980) with questions.

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.

Family Promise of WNY is one of only three local agencies that keeps homeless families together in emergency shelter. Ss. Columba-Brigid Parish is a host congregation and shelters families for a week, several times during the year. As a support parish, we at Blessed Trinity provide one dinner during the hosting weeks. Special thanks to Judy Casassa, Vontrese Draper, Amy Johnson and Palma Zanghi for preparing dinner for the guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid on March 3. If you are able to donate a food dish for a dinner on April 21, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694.

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.

Mass Intentions Available ~ The Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer. Contact the church office to request a Mass for yourself, your loved ones, or for any intention. We have both weekday and weekend availability.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Catholic Health hosts an Osteoporosis Support Group the third Wednesday of every month (10-11:30am) in the Beechwood Residence Auditorium (2235 Millersport Highway at North Forest Road in Getzville). This month’s meeting is April 18 and will feature a webinar on Vitamin D and its role in bone health. New members and walk-ins are welcome.  Call 716-447-6205 for more information.

St. Mary’s High School will hold a practice exam for all seventh graders planning to take the Catholic High School Admissions Exam this fall. The practice exam will take place Saturday, April 21, 8-11am, 142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster. Reserve a spot for $20 at smhlancers.org.