Father Victor Ibhawa in our Easter Sanctuary

April 15 – April 22, 2018

Weekly Activities

Monday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Study in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played 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 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mary Price Francis (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Jimmie Porter, Jr. (Requested by Family)

Monday, April 16  ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m.  – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, April 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, April 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, April 21 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (Family)

Sunday, April 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Philip Garcia (Garcia Family) and Donald Konesky, Jr. (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh ; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill; Dan Korchowsky (Choir)

News from our Parish Community

Stewardship: time, talent, treasure …
embracing God’s investment strategy

The Easter Season is just as rich as Christmas with its musical diversity, and at Blessed Trinity we try to capture the brightest and best songs to enhance our liturgical experience as we celebrate the Risen Lord. We are constantly attempting to broaden our comfort level with our hymnals, so you will continue to sing some new melodies along with our standard favorites during Mass.  If you have any favorites Easter songs you would like to hear at Mass, please don’t hesitate to let a choir member know. Sunday’s meditation, Peace, I Leave With You, was sung in memory of Sister Karen Klimczak, SSJ, at the Mass celebrating Blessed Trinity’s 100 Years of Life and Worship in 2006.  You will notice a continual underpinning of peace throughout the musical selections this Easter Season.  Let us remember through the music in our hearts that we are all instruments of Christ’s peace. Choir practice continues Tuesday, April 17, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. ~ Elizabeth

Bible Study will resume at 7pm on Monday, April 16, 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—lavender sheets by the entrance doors. Call Diane Dryja (716-892-6980) with questions.

Family Promise of WNY ~ Blessed Trinity will again be serving dinner on Saturday, April 21, for temporarily homeless families sheltered for the week at Ss. Colomba-Brigid Parish. If you want to help with this ministry by preparing part of this meal, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. Our next scheduled dinner dates are June 16 and July 21.

May 5 tours close with choral music accompanied by 1927 Tellers-Kent Organ.

Sacred Sites Weekend ~ On May 5 and 6, Blessed Trinity will once again participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.  The theme of this eighth annual statewide event is “Sacred Sounds and Settings,” and we hope to demonstrate the splendid acoustic our house of worship provides, as well as its status as a repository of faith, art, and history. On Saturday at 4pm, choral music with organ accompaniment will soar from the loft as it has for more than 70 years in a brief concert by the parish choir prior to 4:30pm Mass. On Sunday at 2pm, enjoy the building’s acoustical embrace in the a cappella choral offerings of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, including seasonal selections and Gregorian chant. Docents will be on hand both days (Saturday, May 5, from 2–4pm and Sunday, May 6, from Noon–2pm) to explain the unique features of this replica of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Church tours are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken at the musical events.

Bishop Malone has asked for a count of Mass attendance during three consecutive weeks (April 15, 22, and 29) in order to measure the capacity of seating in our churches and to determine our church population. Visitors from his task force will be here to document the attendance for those weeks.

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.

Thanks to all who participated in last Sunday’s Agape Feast. We had a wonderful assortment of foods and the dessert table was amazing. Father Victor is already thinking of ways to turn the 2019 feast into a “Taste of Trinity” with voting on food favorites.

Spring Cleaning? Donate your gently used clothing items to St. Vincent de Paul. There is a blue bin located in the back parking lot to the right of St. Charles Hall. They ask that no loose items be left there–pack your donations in plastic bags. This bin is for clothing only. If you have appliances of other household goods, schedule a pick up by calling 716-882-3360.

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

High School freshman, sophomores, and juniors are invited to apply to join the Diocesan Youth Board. Visit dobyouth.org to find out more and apply.

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. Then, on Monday, April 23, the school will host its Annual Fashion Show at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens on Transit Road in Depew. Doors open at 5pm and a plated dinner will be served at 6pm. Call 716-683-4824 to RSVP by April 18. Ticket price is $45.  St. Mary’s students will model casual and formal attire from local retailers. Local boutique vendors will be on-hand for your shopping pleasure, and a basket raffle will also be available.

The Millennials are now young adults…So who is this NEXT generation? Frank Mercadante of Cultivation Ministries will be our guide as we explore these questions and more. He will examine the distinctive characteristics of our youngest generation and explore opportunities, challenges, and implications for those who work with young people or parent them. Parents, coaches, scout leaders, youth ministry volunteers, and all who work with young people are welcome! Sessions will be held April 24 and 25 at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. Visit dobyouth.org for more details and to register.

Camp Turner is hiring ages 16 and up for support staff for 2018 Summer Session (July 1 – August 19). Visit campturner.com for information and application.

Catholic Health is sponsoring a Dinner Program Discussing Vascular Disease Management on Wednesday, April 25 (5:30-7:30pm) at Protocol Restaurant (6766 Transit Road in Amherst). Call 716-447-6205 to register. Catholic Health invites area residents to attend two free dinner programs each year. Admission for each additional program is $20 and includes dinner.

Nativity Miguel Buffalo, a faith-based middle school with single gender campuses, is now accepting applications for grades 5 and 6. Visit nativitymiguelbuffalo.org or call 716-852-6852 (girls) or 716-835-5188 (boys).

The Congrega Society at St. Lawrence Parish (1520 East Delavan Avenue) invites you to experience a devotion to Our Blessed Mother under the title of Crowned Virgin on Saturday, April 28, at 9am. There is a free continental breakfast following the Mass. Please call Mary Jean Steinhayser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

Healing the “Broken” Heart…Monday, May 7 at 4pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga), presented by Sister Donna Lord, GNSH, Mercy Hospital Chaplain. Losing a loved one can result in a broken heart. Grief affects the heart. There is a void that cannot be filled. Speaker, Sister Donna will focus on the testimony of love shared and ways to honor that love as one strives towards healing the broken heart. Bring a 4×6 picture of your loved one and RSVP for supplies. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.