January 30 – February 6, 2022
We have made an important change to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format. The “Bulletins“ link will be found at the top of the home page. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the link here as well). Because, going forward, it will no longer be necessary to repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page as much as they do.
The most recent Diocesan Interim Guidance for Parishes with respect to COVID precautions appears on the Bulletins page of this web site. It is dated June 15, 2021.
LIVESTREAMING: In keeping with the latest diocesan guidelines, we are livestreaming only one Mass (usually Sunday Mass) each weekend on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.
News from our Parish Community
A Memorial Mass for Dorothy H. Prystawski will be offered by Father Gebhard this Saturday, February 5, at 10:00am. Dorothy, who passed on November 24, 2021 at the age of 94, was a parishioner for more than 30 years. She was a former vice-president of the Ladies Sodality, a member of the choir, a sacristan, and a devoted bingo worker.
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Remembrance ~ On January 16, 2022, we were honored to act as host parish for the Annual Diocesan Mass in Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our first time since 2019. The Liturgy opened with a Dr. Althea Porter’s dramatic reading from Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham [City] Jail,” and a welcoming address by Parish Administrator, Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr. His Excellency the Most Reverend Bishop Michael W. Fisher was the principal celebrant of the Mass. Sr. Roberta Fulton, S.S.M.N., introduced the Homilist, Rev. Fred Alexander, O.C.D., who had journeyed to Buffalo from Milwaukee. (You can learn more about Father Alexander’s message in Fr. Bob’s commentary in the bulletin for January 23). Winners of the 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship as well as the 2021-22 Albert Lenhard, St. Matthews, St. Martin de Porres Scholarship were announced by Barbara Breckenridge and Cheryl Calire, and Bishop Fisher presented the awards. The composer of the Mass setting, Douglas Gaston, also accompanied cantor Mary Craig on the piano. Unfortunately, the social which customarily follows the annual Mass had to be canceled due to COVID concern.
Road to Renewal ~ For the latest update on the diocesan Road to Renewal and the selection of Renewal Representatives and Lay Leader Representatives from parish families, please see Fr. Bob’s commentary in the bulletin for January 23.
COVID Cancellations – We regret that the latest COVID protocols have caused our Family of Parishes to cancel Friday Night movies scheduled through May 13. They will be rescheduled as soon as practicable.
Project Welcome! Afghani Families Relocate to Buffalo – In an extension of Christian love of neighbor and our City of Good Neighbors hospitality, assistance is needed to help Afghani families who are relocating to Buffalo. Immediate needs include:
Winter Shoes & Boots
Shoe/Boot Sizes: Men, sizes 7, 8, and 9; Women sizes 6, 7, and 8
Jackets/Coats: Medium and Large
Fleece leggings for women: Medium and large
New flatware and cookware sets (may be lightly used, prefer new)
Tea kettles (not coffee pots)
New sheets and pillows/pillowcases in twin and full size
Gift Cards: Price Rite, Aldi’s, Walmart.
Drop off at church on the weekend or the rectory office Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-2:30pm.
Pantry Expands Hours of Operation ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Individuals living in Zip Codes 14214 and 14215 who are in need of supplemental food supplies may stop by and receive pre-packaged bags of groceries from a pantry volunteer.
If mobility issues or illness are preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our Sunday Mass LIVE on Facebook at 10:00 AM, as well as all Holyday Masses. If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.
FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the Homeless. Family Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).
- Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
- It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
- Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
- In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.
Is it time to update your contact information? During the past year when COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though you are now able to attend Mass in person, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.
Enjoy a virtual tour of our Landmark house of worship, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE, you will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history.