January 22 – January 29, 2023
Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.
Our website now includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes. The “Bulletins“ link is found at the top of the home page, and the calendar link appears under the “Worship” heading.
ALTHOUGH THE DIOCESE LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship in February 2022, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church. For the comfort of all, please remember to wear a mask when sitting in this section.
News from our Parish Community
Edward G. Marien ~ Our parish family mourns the passing of one of our eldest parishioners, Edward G. Marien. Ed was a lifelong parishioner, having lived his entire ninety-three years in the same neighborhood residence. He was an alumnus of Blessed Trinity School, Class of 1944, and Burgard High School, Class of 1948. A long-time member of our Holy Name Society, Ed served for many years as an usher. He retired as bingo volunteer in 2020, after an estimated sixty years of service in that capacity. You are invited to visit with Ed’s family in church on Saturday, January 28, from 10-11am. His Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am.
Week of Christian Unity, January 18-25 ~ The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has chosen “Do good; seek justice” (Isaiah 1:17) as the theme for the 2023 Week of Christian Unity. It reflects Isaiah’s “concern for the oppressed who suffer from injustice and inequality fed by hypocrisy that leads to disunity. [Isaiah] teaches that God requires righteousness and justice from all of us, to create the peace and unity that God desires. These virtues originate in God’s love for all, and racism runs counter to this vision. Isaiah’s challenge to do good and seek justice together applies equally to us today.” Please pray this prayer during the remaining days of this Week of Christian Unity:
Lord, you called your people from slavery into freedom, Give us strength and courage to seek out those who are standing in need of justice. Allow us to see this need and provide help, and through your Holy Spirit gather us into the one fold of Jesus Christ, our Shepherd. Amen.
Monday, January 23, is the Day of Prayer for the Sanctity of Human Life..
Bible Study on ZOOM continues on Tuesday, January 24, at 4pm. We’ll be discussing Matthew, Chapter 8.
Weekly Recitation of the Rosary has a new time: 11:30am each Friday, immediately following the 11am Mass. Please join us in the Daily Mass Chapel.
Explore Buffalo returned to Blessed Trinity on Saturday, January 7 at 2pm, for their annual holiday Sacred Sites tour. Thank you to our docent team of Eleanor Ash, Tom Brodfuehrer, Louis Clay, Mickey Dick, Rafael Rondon, Sr. Liz Savage, Nancy Yager and Palma Zanghi who welcomed our visitors and shared their love and knowledge of Blessed Trinity.
Report on Sodality’s Christmas Project ~ Despite the Christmas Blizzard, parish volunteers succeeded in delivering grocery store gift cards to 14 homebound parishioners and, for the first time since 2019, were able to enjoy personal visits with almost all the recipients. It was heartwarming to hear about their experiences and conversations. Many thanks to Mickey Dick, Amy Johnson, Roy Laciura, Kathleen Marien, Toni Maus, Rafael Rondon, Sr. Liz Savage and Sue Trabert for conveying holiday wishes from the Blessed Trinity Parish Family.
Food Pantry Returns to Shopper’s Choice ~ 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. Residents of 14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.
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. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur 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 (716-836-4694).
- 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 pandemic 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.