January 5 – January 12, 2020

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, January 8, 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)

Thursday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~  Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

*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 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Mary Price Franco (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Birthday Remembrance for John Duffy (Requested by The Duffy Family)

Monday, January 6 ~ St. Andre Bessette ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 7 ~ St. Raymoind of Penafort ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, January 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 9 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, January 10 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 11 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2020:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Toni Maus, Bernice Bradley; Choir – Maggie Gatson

We thank the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum sharing their beautiful voices with us on Sunday, December 29.

News from our Parish Community

We Thank Our Visiting Clergy ~ This weekend we welcome Rev. Rob Contarin as our Saturday Mass celebrant and Rev. Jim Dugan on Sunday. Rev. Peter Ekanem will be here again for daily Mass on Wednesday and Thursday, January 8 and 9. Father Dugan will be our celebrant on both Saturday and Sunday, January 11-12; Father Victor is expected back on Tuesday January 14.

New Year! New Music! When the Kings bring their gifts to the Magi, the Blessed Trinity Choir is ready for a well-deserved break.  We are truly blessed at this Church – not only for the beautiful worship space, but also for more than 75 years of choral music tradition from our loft. Our choir is dedicated, and their love for God is evident at every Liturgy. Just because we have been around a long time doesn’t mean we don’t have some new initiatives for this bright New Year. We will be dusting off some treasures rescued from the music library in the loft as well as learning some new pieces, including a new Mass setting. We will expand our repertoire to include music spanning five centuries and will be inviting new members into our ranks. We will continue to take musical requests from the congregation, so don’t hesitate to approach any choir member with your suggestions. This is *our* music program – let’s make it the best it can be. 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 at 2549 Main Street, Buffalo 14214. (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. 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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Epiphany Lessons and Carols, Sunday, January 5 at 4pm, presented by The Fourteen Holy Helpers Choir, directed by Patrick Barrett at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church (1350 Indian Church Road at Union Road in West Seneca).

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.