The Body of Christ, or “Corpus Christi,” is well-represented in art and symbols throughout our church. Ceramic pieces within the bronze decorations on the altar railing contain Latin phrases from the Sequence (hymn) for the Mass of Corpus Christi by St. Thomas Aquinas. The words shown here mean “Bread of Angels,” and are from the sentence “Ecce panis angelorum factus cibus viatorum – “Behold, the Bread of Angels is made into food for pilgrims” – which is spelled out on the left side of the railing as one faces the Sanctuary.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

June 23 – June 30, 2019

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, June 26 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, June 30 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour hosted by the Choir

*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 , June 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – God’s Blessings for Mary A. White (Penny Schick) and Thanksgiving for Ozy’s Graduation and Wedding Celebration (The Ibhawa Family)

Monday, June 24 ~ Nativity of St. John the Baptist ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – John F. Curtin (The Family)

Wednesday, June 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, June 27 ~ St. Cyril of Alexandria ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, June 28 ~ Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 29 ~ Ss. Peter & Paul ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Seta Chapman (Lola)

Sunday June 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving for Edward Wilbert (“Sam”) and God’s Blessings for the Anniversary of Jimmie and Mildred Porter (The Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 29/30, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Richard Plunkett; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Bernice Bradley

The Body of Christ, or “Corpus Christi,” is well-represented in art and symbols throughout our church. For example, the Gospel read at Mass on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is Luke’s account of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and a depiction of this scene appears in a ceramic relief by P. Kuhnle over the main door in the church’s nave.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

Monthly Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, June 30.

Coffee Hour hosted by the Choir will take place in St. Charles Hall after Mass on Sunday, June 30. (This will be our last monthly coffee hour until September).

God Be With You ’til We Meet Again ~ The choir will be taking the summer off from the loft. They have earned some rest, and the loft temperatures soar in the summer, making beautiful music-making difficult.This week’s meditation was an old favorite requested by choir member Vera Andrew. It was re-discovered during a search through the music archives previously housed in the loft – and hasn’t been sung at BT in many years. Grayson Warren Brown is an internationally known liturgical composer, author, recording artist, and speaker who has published many collections of liturgical compositions. He began his liturgical ministry in the late 1960’s in a small inner-city parish in New York City. It was there that he learned how significant an authentic and spirit-filled experience of worship can be to those in need of hope. Forty years of experience working with multicultural parishes throughout the United States and abroad have given him a unique insight into the power that good liturgy can instill in people of all races and cultures. Grayson is now dividing his time between writing, composing, and traveling the country presenting workshops, speaking at conventions and conducting parish missions and revivals. His down-to-earth approach to liturgy and scripture, coupled with his dynamic speaking style, have made him one of the most sought after presenters in the United States today. His rendition of Holy, Holy was written in 1979 and hopefully filled you with the Spirit as we head into the summer liturgies and Ordinary Time. Choir practice will resume in September and everyone is welcome to participate – no musical experience necessary! … Elizabeth

The Mission Cooperative Plan collection will take place on June 29/30 and not on July 6/7 as indicated on the printed envelope. Sr. Gaudiosa Fidelis will speak on behalf of The Mission Coooperative. A few words about their mission…

Missionaries of Africa from Canada founded the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of St. Bernadette in 1958 in Tanzania, East Africa. The Congregation works in the steps of the founder, which is to preach the Good News to all people, primarily in Tanzania and the USA through teaching and other activities. Currently, the congregation has 220 professed members. We live the Franciscan spirit by loving and accepting all God’s creatures as gifts. We are close to the people and participate according to the needs of the time by rendering pastoral and social services especially by teaching in schools, taking care of the orphans, the hospitalized, HIV/ADIS victims, refugees, women groups, children, the disabled, lepers, widows, and widowers. The greatest challenge for our congregation’s orphanage is a shortage of funds for food, clothes, school fees and medical services. The community has been struggling for four years to build St. Bonaventure English Medium school. The good news is that two classrooms, an administration block, and one dormitory for the girls and boys are already in use. Our next priority is to build two additional classrooms and one dining room for unprivileged children whom we serve. We believe that a good basic education will empower the children so that they will able to carry on their own lives in the future.

Please give generously to next weekend’s special collection using the Mission Cooperative Plan envelope.

Father George Reger is now undergoing rehabilitation at the McAuley Residence, 1503 Military Road, Kenmore, NY 14217. We are sure he would appreciate your prayers, cards and notes of encouragement as he works to regain his strength.

The Catholic Charities 2019 Appeal ends this month! No gift is too small. Donation envelopes can be on the tables by the church doors.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit

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.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” 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 Sequence (hymn) for the Mass of Corpus Christi by St. Thomas Aquinas also references the institution of the Eucharist by Christ at the Last Supper. P. Kuhnle’s ceramic sculpture of same appears over the inside door in Blessed Trinity’s Right (West) Transept.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Mary’s High School Summer Camps (142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster) ~ Register now for boys and girls age 5+ at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org.

Our Lady of Pompeii Summer Bash is Saturday June 29, 8-11pm at 158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster, with food, beverages, and music by Badlands, a Bruce Springsteen cover band (adults 21+). The Bash will be preceded by kids activities (bounce house, mini golf, lawn games, and hotdog roast) 5:30-7:30pm. Call 716-683-6522 for tickets.

Clarence Summer Art & Plein Air Festival ~ Saturday Jul 13, 10am-5pm. Painters, vendors, food trucks, and music in Clarence Town Park (10405 Main Street, Clarence), along with tours of the Clarence History Museum and Club House tours. Contact clarencearts [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Queen of Heaven Carnival 2019 ~ Friday-Sunday July 12, 13, 14 at 4220 Seneca Street & Mill Road in West Seneca with Super Cruz Night on Thursday, July 11, 4-10pm. Find out more at rectory [at] qofhchurch [dot] org or