Water flowing from a shell is used to symbolize the Sacrament of Baptism. You can find examples of this in at least 2 places in our church. One (in a dome window soffit) may require binoculars; look up as you enter the nave through the main door to find the other.

January 5 – January 12, 2020

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 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, January 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~  Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, January 19 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

*To check the Bonus Ball and Progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and Progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Willie Ray Folmar (Requested by John E. Curtin) and Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Requested by The Franciscan Sisters)

Monday, January 13 ~ St. Hilary ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, January 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, January 17 ~ St. Anthony, Abbot ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, January 18 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, January 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 18 & 19, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Pam Zanghi; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Parish Community

We Thank Our Visiting Clergy who served us during Father Victor’s absence. Father Jim Dugan will be our celebrant on both Saturday and Sunday, January 11-12; Father Victor is expected back on Tuesday January 14.

Christmas De-Decorating ~ Volunteers are needed at 6:30pm on Monday, January 13 to help take down the Christmas decorations. Please enter the church through the side door near the wheelchair ramp.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, January 15, in St. Charles Hall beginning at 7pm. Council members who are unable to attend should contact President Pam Zanghi or Vice President Colleen Schroeder.

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging on January 19, following Sunday Mass.

From the Cradle to the Cross ~ While the choir is taking their winter hiatus, I am busy exploring new music for the new year. This piece by Tony Alonso has beautiful words that are so meaningful at this time of the year, as we remember what is coming during Holy Week. Just imagine how beautiful it will be when sung by the BT Choir!

From the cradle to the cross a Savior to the lost
You came, You came
From heaven to the earth a simple Christmas birth
You came, Jesus you came

You loved enough to move,
You came and took my place
With every step, changing history

From the cradle to the cross, You became our sin
You became our hope, and gave us life within
The glory of your love displayed for us
From the cradle to the cross

You lived a perfect life, born for sacrifice
You gave, You gave
 A city on a hill, the living word fulfilled
 You came, Jesus, you came

 From the cradle to the cross
 You became our sin, you became our hope
 And gave us life within
 Oh the glory of your cross

 The story of our faith
 The hope of our salvation
 The power of your name
 The wonder of your love displayed for us
 The wonder of your love displayed for us
 The wonder of your love displayed for us
 From the Cradle to the cross

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice resumes on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend… Elizabeth

Personal Prayer Requests ~ As this Christmas season ends, you are invited to continue the practice of submitting your personal prayer requests. Just write them out and place your prayer petitions in the basket on the communion rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. Your intentions will be remembered at Masses throughout the week.

Members of the Ladies Sodality are reminded that January means membership renewal. Dues for 2020 will remain at $5.00 and are being collected by Vice President, Mickey Dick. She will be happy to accept them in person, or you may mail your check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity” to her c/o the church. (If you don’t want to write a check for such a small amount, make it $10 and she will credit you for 2021 – even if there is a dues increase). Life membership status begins at age 80 and no dues are required. You may even use the “Contact Form” below to submit your name, mailing address, email address (if you check it daily) for time-sensitive member notifications, preferred phone number, and date of birth (just month & day). If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944). Our first meeting of 2020 is scheduled for Sunday, March 1.

Please notify the Rectory Office with your current email address if you wish to receive a PDF version of the weekly church bulletin. You easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page.

Anyone interested in coordinating a prayer group, such as Pious Society, Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc., please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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!

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 home bound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

We are taking down the Christmas decorations on Monday evening, Dec. 13, at 6:30. Volunteers are needed.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.