Multiple symbols of the Trinity are found in our church’s baldachino, the large canopy over the Tabernacle Altar, designed by Robert Hoffman. Among them are the Latin words “Deus Unus et Trinus” (One God in Three Persons) in the pediment, the three hands directly below (the Father “hurling” creation into existence, the Son suffering to redeem mankind, and the Spirit enlightening and sanctifying), and representation of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the semi-circular area.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley

June 16 – June 23, 2019

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, June 19 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, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, June 23 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Graduation and Wedding Thanksgiving Party hosted by Ibhawa Family 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 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Her Family) and Birthday Thanksgiving for Chaka Chapman (Requested by Mom and Family)

Monday, June 17 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

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

Friday, June 21 ~ St. Aloysius Gonzaga ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. ~ Wedding of Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson

Saturday, June 22 ~ St. John Fisher & St. Thomas More ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 22/23, 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

St. Aloysius Gonzaga
June 21
An artist’s impression of St. Aloysius Gonzaga appears in stained glass in the Shrine Area in the church’s right (west) transept.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

Monthly Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, June 16.

Feast Day Coincides with Father’s Day ~ This year our parish feast day, Trinity Sunday, coincides with the observance of Father’s Day. We ask for God the Father’s blessing on all our fathers and father-figures, both living and dead, and offer this Father’s Day Prayer:

God, bless all the fathers in the world.
Father, we ask that you guide them to be good role models and loving to their children.
We also ask that You help them to be a father like You are.
Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way. Amen.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. This is our last regularly scheduled meeting until September, with several items on the agenda to finalize before our summer break. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) as soon as possible.

An Unusual Psalm for our Feast Day ~ If you have ever thought psalms are repeated throughout the Liturgical Calendar, you are correct. Many of the psalms proclaimed, especially during Easter, are repeated at various times throughout the year. This week’s psalm, however, appears only once in the three-year liturgical cycle – on Most Holy Trinity Sunday during Cycle C. Its text is beautiful, and provides a wonderful framework for our identity as Blessed Trinity Parish.  Next time you open your Bible, I encourage you to look at Psalm 8 – it’s worth repeating! O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! Our final choir practice of the season will take place on June 18 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcomeElizabeth

You’re Invited ~ 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. Then,  on Sunday June 23, the Ibhawa Family invites the parish to join them in St. Charles Hall after Mass for a graduation and wedding thanksgiving luncheon and celebration with live music.

The Mission Cooperative Plan collection will take place on June 29/30 and not on July 6/7 as indicated on the printed envelope. Please give generously.

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

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 several weeks ago. We hope his quick action will deter any future incidents of vandalism.

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 ccwny.org/okpeap.

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.

Restoration of the church’s front plaza area is nearing completion. Concrete has been poured and only final stair replacement remains.
Photo credit: Bud Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Greg’s Great Race. St. Gregory the Great Parish in Williamsville will host its 24th Annual Great Race on Friday, June 21.The 5K sanctioned Run/One-Mile Walk begins promptly at 7 pm; pre-race party begins at 6 pm, post-party with music by “Hit n Run” in the parking lot following the race. Don Postles from Channel 4 will emcee the even.. Media sponsor, 96.1 The Breeze, will broadcast live from 3-7 pm. Register at itsyourrace.com.

 

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