April 21 – April 28, 2019

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, April 24 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Rescheduled Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast 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

Easter Sunday, April 21 ~ Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Comfort and Healing for Richard Plunkett and Greg McLean (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Easter Monday, April 22 ~ No Service

Easter Tuesday, April 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Alice Alfano (The Jost Family)

Easter Wednesday, April 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Easter Thursday, April 25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Easter Friday, April 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Easter Saturday, April 27 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (John E. Curtin)

Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terrance Gress (Donna Juenker) and Edward Jost Sr.  (The Jost Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 27/28, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky,  Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

News from our Parish Community

Parish Council ~ The monthly meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, April 24, in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick, 716-832-2540.

Our Third Annual Parish Agape Feast takes place Sunday, April 28, beginning at 4pm in St. Charles Hall. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to share a favorite food (appetizer, salad, meat, vegetable, casserole, pizza, dessert … you name it) for our family table. Please bring your dish plated and ready to serve. (Although we have the ability to keep hot dishes warm temporarily, we cannot cook your meal). Beverages will be provided, and ballots will be available to choose your favorites in several categories. We trust that this year’s feast will be our best yet, and that you will be there to enjoy this expression of community, sharing, and fellowship for all ages. Feel free to bring a friend.

A Blessed Trinity Treasure ~ Did you know there has been a choir at Blessed Trinity for over 75 years? The members of the choir, both past and present, have dedicated themselves to enhancing the liturgy in our beautiful church Sunday after Sunday – with more than 75 Holy Weeks under their belts. Our choristers deserve our gratitude and a friendly handshake. When you see them, please thank them for their timeless energy and love of our parish. We wouldn’t be Blessed Trinity without them! Members of expanded holiday choir: Vera Andrew, Judy Casassa, Elizabeth Clay, Luis Clay, Mickey Dick, Theresa Drum, Gayle Eagan, Adambu (“Ami”) Ejimadu, Helen Roddy Gray, Kathleen Marien, Sister Liz Savage, S.S.J., Sue Trabert, Bonnie Williams, Don Williams, and Pam Zanghi.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul
shall find rest beyond the river.

Inspired by Our Mothers ~ The Ladies Sodality’s program on Sunday, May 5, will celebrate our mothers, both living and deceased. We invite all women of the parish to join in sharing the remarkable histories of mothers, grandmothers, or other women who have inspired your lives. We would love it if you would also bring a youthful photo of her and – if you are related – your own childhood photo. Please plan to join us immediately after Mass in St. Charles Hall on May 5.

Congratulations! ~ Our parish has reached the half-way point in our goal to raise $15,000 for the Catholic Charities Appeal. If you have not yet sent in your pledge or contribution, please do so during this Lenten season. Donations may be mailed directly to Catholic Charities or you may place your Catholic Charities envelope in the collection basket. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

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.

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

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 last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) 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!

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Estate Planning Services available on Wednesdays from 3-5pm at Dr. Blackman School of Excellence (2358 Main Street @ Leroy Ave. in Buffalo). Estate Planning Services (Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy) offered by Volunteer Lawyers Project and Say Yes Legal Clinic. Pre-registration required to determine income eligibility. Contact Marci Wiseman at 716-847-0662, ext. 300 or mwiseman [at] ecbavlp [dot] com

Fundraiser for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf ~ Saturday, May 4, from 10am to 4pm. Craft and Vendor Show, Food Trucks, and ZUMBATHON (11am-1pm)…Fundraiser for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts , Math) Program participants to help with costs for upcoming trip to Boston. The trip is designed to offer the students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the real world. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at door. For information email carolc [at] smsdk12 [dot] org.

Congrega Society of Buffalo Biannual Mass & Breakfast in honor of the Crowned Virgin is Saturday, May 11, at St. Lawrence Church (1520 E. Delavan Ave.). The 9am Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Chris Okoli; members of the the St. Lawrence Chamber Choir will provide the music. Please contact Mary J. D. Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, October 21-30, 2019,  hosted by Pastor David Glassmire from Ascension Parish in Batavia. Walk where Jesus walked…cruise the Sea of Glilee…visit Nazareth, climb the Mount of Olives, and view the old city of Jerusalem. Tour cost includes airfare from Toronto, first-class hotels, breakfast and dinner, and much more. Call 585-343-1796 or email pastor [at] ascensioncc [dot] com.