Pentecost Sunday
June 9, 2019
P. Kuhnle’s ceramic bas relief depiction of the descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the apostles over doorway in left side vestibule

June 9 – June 16, 2019

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, June 12 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 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, June 15 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 , June 9 ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Monday, June 10 ~ The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 11 ~ St. Barnabas, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Rita E. Curtin (Family)

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

Thursday, June 13 ~ St. Anthony of Padua ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Birthday Thanksgiving for Gwen-do-lyn Moore

Friday, June 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 15 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday June 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Her Family) and Birthday Thanksgiving for Chaka Chapman (Mom and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 15/16, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Fran Cahill, Grace Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Parishioners (L to R) Maggie Gatson, Bud Dick, Judy Casassa & Mickey Dick celebrated with Sr. Flavia Dampf on the occasion of her 75th Jubilee.

News from our Parish Community

Prayerful thanks to our parish custodian, Dennis Pawlikowski, for his rapid response in finding an appropriate solvent and removing the graffiti that appeared on our church sign. We hope his quick action will deter any future incidents of vandalism.

Catholic Communication Collection ~ Please be generous in your support of The Catholic Communication Campaign, a special collection on the weekend of June 8/9. It’s “how the Good News gets around.”

Bearing Fruit with the Spirit of God ~ Pentecost Sunday is one of my personal favorites because of the sheer magnitude of the drama: Wind! Fire! Fear! Groaning! Gifts of the Spirit! Speaking in tongues! Flowing water! Mystery! Marvels! Your musical selections this weekend included a meditation called Spirit of God by Louis S. Valenzi, a music educator, actor, director and music minister at St. James Parish in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. The text is based on Isaiah 61, and it perfectly coincides with this weekend’s liturgical theme:

Spirit of God, rest upon me, rain down your life-giving love.
When I wake or lie down, with peace you surround me;
Spirit, come make your home in my heart.

May we all experience the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Spirit, come make your home in our hearts! Choir practice continues June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall – all are welcome!Elizabeth

The Parish Council will meet next Wednesday, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. This is our last regularly scheduled meeting until September.

Sister Flavia Dampf’s 75th Jubilee ~ Many Blessed Trinity parishioners remember with affection Sr. Flavia Dampf, who worked in several capacities in our parish for more than 30 years. Since her retirement, she’s been living in the Sisters of St. Joseph residence in Clarence, where she celebrated her seventy-fifth anniversary as a Sister of Social Service at a special afternoon Mass on June 2. If you would like to send a congratulatory message to Sister Flavia, her address is 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence, NY 14031.

Congratulations to Our Graduates ~ As you move to the next chapter of your journey from grade school, high school, college, we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

Wedding Bells ~ Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson will be married at Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, June 22, Many parishioners know Fr. Victor’s younger brother who once resided in the rectory and has served as both an usher and bingo worker. He and Bethany are inviting members of the parish to add to the joy of the occasion and celebrate with their family and friends by attending the 1pm ceremony.

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

Know Your Faith: A Prayer for Each of Us to Know My Vocation ~ Lord, I want to be happy in this life and spend eternity with you in the life to come. From the first moment of my existence, you knew my vocation. Please help me discover your plan for my life. Help me to know myself. Help me to overcome my fears. Help me to want what you want. Help me to trust you completely. Send your Holy Spirit into my mind and heart, so I can see the gifts you have given me and hear your call to serve the church. Increase my desire to bring others to you and help them reach heaven. Mary Most Holy, Mother of God, pray for me, that I can discover my vocation and have the courage to respond in faith. Amen. Holy Spirit! Enlighten and sanctify the Church.

Eucharistic Minister Training ~ If you are interested in serving as an Eucharistic Minister, please talk to Father Victor so that you can be included in the training session which is scheduled to take place in the near future.

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video].

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.

Nothing says spring like this fantastic rhododendron in bloom in the garden on the west side of the church.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Rummage Sale Fundraiser, Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (Fatima Hall, 1023 Swann Road, off Route 18, in Lewiston). Friday and Saturday from 9 am-5 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am-5 pm.

Garden Party & Flower Show Fundraiser, Saturday June 15 (3-7:30 pm) at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (1023 Swann Road, off Rt. 18, in Lewiston). The evening will feature fresh fried dough, appetizers served from 4-5 pm, gourmet buffet served at 6 pm, floral basket raffle and sale, Hat Contest, and a cash wine and beer tent. Proceeds benefit the Shrine’s Beautification Fund. Tickets limited to 200. For information, call 716-754-7489.