St. Peter Claver
September 9
St. Peter Claver (1581-1654), servant and missionary to Africans enslaved in South America,
is depicted in this painting by Joseph Mazur
in the church’s transept.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

September 3 – September 10, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

This website also 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.

Quilt memorializing victims of
May 2021 TOPS Massacre.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Clay

News from our Parish Community

Our Mass on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, will be celebrated in the Daily Mass Chapel at 11am.

Our ZOOM Bible Study classes will resume at 4pm this Tuesday, September 5 with continued discussion of the Gospel of Matthew. Check the “Faith Formation” Page for a link and join our virtual one-hour gathering.

Parish Family Camping Opportunity, Sep. 8-10, sponsored by the parishioners of Ss. Columba-Brigid. Reasonable price; no camping equipment required. Additional details can be found in this Sunday’s bulletin.

TOPS Memorial Quilt ~ We were privileged to display the quilt memorializing the ten victims of the May 14, 2021 massacre at the Tops Market in our sanctuary during the month of September. The September 12 community welcoming event provided a wonderful opportunity for neighborhood residents to view the quilt.

Our Bloom Crew is still looking for one more September volunteer to water our planters and gardens next week (Sep. 10-16). Please add your name to the gardening calendar near the ramp side door. If you need directions to the various spigots, nozzles and sprinklers, another volunteer will be sure to guide you.

Line dancin’ the day away at the parish picnic.

The Aug 20 Family of Parishes Picnic checked all the boxes for a successful summer gathering: perfect weather, friendly folks from all four parishes, lots of dancing and delicious food! Many thanks to the Holy Name Society members at St. Martin de Porres for making it all possible.

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

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 email ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily 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,, 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.

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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.

Labor Day
September 4, 2023
Carpenter’s square: symbol of Trades in
woodcarving over usher’s office in church nave
Photo credit: Margaret Dick