Fifth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 19, 2019

St. Bernadine of Siena (1380-1444), whose feast we celebrate on May 20, is depicted in this painting by Vincent Mundo which appears to the right of the Blessed Virgin
in the church’s Mary Shrine.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

May 19 – May 26, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 19 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in church

Sunday, May 19 from 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House and church tours

Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, May 22 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, May 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, May 26 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday , May 19 ~ Peace and Healing for Roy and Sionen Laciura (Requested by Your Friend, Seta)

Monday, May 20 ~ St. Bernardine of Siena ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 21 ~ St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 22 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, May 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 25 ~ St. Bede the Venerable; St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi; St. Gregory VII ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday May 26 ~ Peace and Strength for Tina Chapman and Family (Mom)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 25/26, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Maggie Gatson; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Dan Korchowsky

Blessed Trinity will participate in the statewide
New York Landmarks Conservancy’s
Ninth Annual Sacred Sites Open House
this Sunday, May 19, 2019 from Noon – 3pm.
Photo by Steve Mangione

News from our Parish Community

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place in church this Sunday, May 19, immediately following the 10am Mass.

We are the “medieval” ~ On Sunday, May 19, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm, Blessed Trinity Church will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.The theme of this ninth annual statewide event is “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture.” Special emphasis that afternoon will be on the “medieval” (12th Century Romanesque) features of our church and the Italian churches on which our house of worship is modeled. Free docent-led tours will be available. Click HERE to read more about this opportunity to learn about the history, art and architecture of our Landmark house of worship.

Your patience and courtesy are requested ~ The planning phase took much longer than expected, but restoration work — partially funded by a grant from New York State — has begun on the front steps and plaza area of our church, as well as the roof. Please remember that we need to keep two driving lanes in the church’s east (ramp) side driveway. Our church is fortunate to have ample off-street parking places for everyone attending religious services. In the interest of safety, please use only marked parking places and do not create a parking lane parallel to the church building or park on the sidewalk near the garden and wheelchair ramp. Thank you.

A Heart Full of Music ~ This past week has reminded me how music can be a powerful mechanism for healing and how humans seek music to cope with life’s trials. There is inherent music in the human body created by our God, be it the lilt of a voice, the creak of an aching joint, or the rhythm of a beating heart. There is the song we hum aloud or just hear in our head in moments of sheer joy or extreme trial. Liturgical musical selections are made after reviewing the weekend readings and the overall theme for the week or the season. Music can reinforce important texts by setting them to a beautiful melody, provide comfort with a gentle accompaniment, or even exclaim resounding joy with a cacophony of trumpets. All are appropriate, especially during the Easter season. Our hope is that you carry beautiful music in your heart throughout the week that keeps you engaged in the Liturgy. Whether it’s the joy of “Lift High the Cross,” the comfort of “In My Father’s House,” or the peace of “Shall We Gather at the River,” may the music at Blessed Trinity help you navigate whatever you encounter until we meet again. Choir practice resumes Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome….Elizabeth

Birthday Blessing and Coffee Hour ~ The birthday blessing for everyone born during the month of May will take place on Sunday, May 26, at the end of Mass. It will be followed by a coffee hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by our bingo workers.

Collection for the Church in Africa ~ There will be a second collection for the Church in Africa on the weekend of May 25/26. Please give generously.

Women’s Tour ~ Sodality members have chosen a Forest Lawn Cemetery Tour, followed by a luncheon in St. Charles Hall, as our season ending activity. The trolley tour, “Famous Women of Forest Lawn,” leaves from the cemetery’s Visitor Center on Main St. (opposite Jefferson Ave) at 10am on Saturday, June 8, and returns at Noon. (If there is sufficient interest, we will make arrangements to carpool from the church parking lot). It introduces visitors to famous women and historic heroines of WNY and includes stories of suffragettes, writers, social organizers, and even some early entrepreneurs. Tour tickets are $20. All women of the parish are invited to join us; friends are welcome. As of Tuesday, May 14, there were only 12 seats remaining so please don’t procrastinate. You may make an on-line reservation at: www.forest-lawn.com/events/2019/06/08/-women-of-forest-lawn-trolley-tour or contact Treasurer Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. We are also collecting $5 for the lunch, so checks for $25 should be payable to Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.

Wedding Bells ~ Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson will be married at Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, June 22, Many parishioners know Fr. Victor’s younger brother who once resided in the Rectory and has served as both an usher and bingo worker. He and Bethany are inviting members of the parish to add to the joy of the occasion and celebrate with their family and friends by attending the 1pm ceremony.

Our Mother’s Day chefs and waiters

Prayerful Thanks for Our Parish Chefs ~ We extend thanks and compliments to the men who continued the Parish Holy Name Society’s tradition of serving a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch following last Sunday’s 10am Mass. The women of the parish were treated to a buffet featuring egg dishes, fresh fruit and pastries and received souvenir roses. Kudos go to Bud Dick, Jerry Gallisdorfer, Bob Barnes, Dan Korchowsky, David Folmer, and Don Williams.

Eucharistic Minister Training ~ If you are interested in serving as an Eucharistic Minister, please talk to Father Victor so that you can be included in the training session which is scheduled to take place in the near future.

Choir to Participate in Festival Mass ~ Members of the Blessed Trinity Choir will participate in the Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo’s season-ending festival Mass at 7pm on Thursday, May 23, at St. Andrew’s Church in Kenmore. The Mass provides an opportunity for church music directors, cantors, and choir members to come together in praise and thanksgiving at the end of the Easter season. The Guild will also be presenting its Cecilia Roy Kenny Award to Frank Scinta and its Young Adult Music Ministry Award to Victoria Erdman. Regina Doherty will be recognized with a 50-Year Membership Award.

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video]. We invite you to gain a greater understanding of the inspiration and meaning behind our church’s art and architecture on Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon-3pm, when we will be participating in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s state-wide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. In fact, we are — without a doubt — the “medieval” in their 2019 theme, “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York Religious Art and Architecture.” Parishioners will be on hand to greet you, and members of our docent team will share even more information than we were able to give our friends from Channel 2. You don’t have to travel to Europe to see amazing church architecture, and you can start your tour right in your home parish. Tours are free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and neighbors.

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

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.

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 last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) 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!

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

Women of the parish who enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch
served by members of the Holy Name and their assistants.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

A Spiritual Year of Prayer & Healing: Consecrate Yourself to Jesus through Mary! Thinking of a way to pray in the Year of Healing? The linked parishes of St. Martin of Tours / St. Thomas Aquinas, Buffalo will offer the 33 Days to Morning Glory Program (Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary) on six Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm at St. Martin of Tours (1140 Abbott Road in Buffalo. The consecration Mass will take place on the Marian Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday, June 29). Visit stmartinbuffalo.com, call 823-7077, or email    diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com to register.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Life, Thursday, May 30, 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church (1525 Sheridan Drive in Kenmore). All invited to come and adore our Lord, Jesus Christ! Come for the hour or for ten minutes; our doors will be open! After Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 12, 2019

“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Rv 7:17 (Symbol of the Trinity in the church’s Great Dome.
Photographic rendering by Todd Treat).

May 12 – May 19, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 12 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mothers Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by the Holy Name Society

Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. ~ NO Choir rehearsal this week

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

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

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

Sunday, May 19 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in church

Sunday, May 19 from 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House and church tours

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday , May 12 ~ Mothers Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terrence Gress (Requested by Amy Johnson) and Pawlikowski (Requested by Dennis Pawlikowski)

Monday, May 13 ~ Our Lady of Fatima ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 14 ~ St. Matthias, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Alice Alfano (The Jost Family)

Wednesday, May 15 ~ St. Isidore ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, May 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 18 ~ St. John I ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday May 19 ~ Peace and Healing for Roy and Sionen Laciura (Your Friend, Seta)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 18/19, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Simon Kresse; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Blessed Trinity will participate in the statewide
New York Landmarks Conservancy’s
Ninth Annual Sacred Sites Open House
Sunday, May 19, 2019 from Noon – 3pm.
Photo by Steve Mangione

News from our Parish Community

Mother’s Day Breakfast ~ Our Holy Name Society will once again host women of the parish at Sunday’s Mother Day Breakfast following the 10 AM Mass. Daughters, mothers, sisters, similar in-laws are welcome. A $5 donation for each non-parishioner guest will be collected at the door.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, May 15, at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall. There are only two meetings remaining before the summer break. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) as soon as possible.

A “match” for your Catholic Charities donation ~ Friday, May 17, is Hope Day. All donations made to the Catholic Charities 2019 Appeal on that day will be matched dollar for dollar. Why not make a gift for Mom. She has made a tremendous impact on you. Now you can make a tremendous impact in the lives of others in her honor. Or give a gift for your friend or neighbor. Visit give.ccwny.org/hope. Our parish has surpassed 50% of its goal for the 2019 appeal, but there is still a way to go. Here is a great way to double your contribution.

Your patience and courtesy are requested ~ The planning phase took much longer than expected, but restoration work — partially funded by a grant from New York State — has begun on the front steps and plaza area of our church, as well as the tile roof. We are fortunate to have ample off-street parking places for everyone attending religious services, and in the interest of safety for everyone using the driveway on the east side of church, we are asking that you PLEASE DO NOT PARK on the sidewalk near the garden and wheelchair ramp. Be courteous and leave the designated “handicapped” spaces for those who really need them. This accommodation is especially important now that construction equipment is present, but should continue long after the work is completed.

We are the “medieval” ~ On Sunday, May 19, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm, Blessed Trinity Church will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.The theme of this ninth annual statewide event is “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture.” Special emphasis that afternoon will be on the “medieval” (12th Century Romanesque) features of our church and the Italian churches on which our house of worship is modeled. Free docent-led tours will be available. Click HERE to read more about this opportunity to learn about the history, art and architecture of our Landmark house of worship.

A Good Shepherd for the Ewes ~ We identify today as Good Shepherd Sunday, from the Gospel reading. Also, today is celebrated as Mother’s Day in the United States. Our musical selections encompassed what a good shepherd does to take care of the sheep while we also honored Mary, the mother of our Lord and Savior, the example to all Christian mothers. While it may seem to be quite a leap to link these two celebrations, our meditation hymn exemplifies it perfectly, I believe.

Like a child rests in its mother’s arms, so will I rest in You.
My God, I am not proud. I do not look for things too great.
My God, I trust in you. You care for me, You give me peace.
O Israel, trust in God, now and always trust in God.
Like a child rests in its mother’s arms, so will I rest in You.

The Good Shepherd takes care of all of the lambs of his flock, and today special blessings fall onto the ewes. Jesus found comfort as we do – in our Mother’s arms. Happy Mother’s Day! Choir practice resumes Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome….Elizabeth

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video]. We invite you to gain a greater understanding of the inspiration and meaning behind our church’s art and architecture on Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon-3pm, when we will be participating in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s state-wide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. In fact, we are — without a doubt — the “medieval” in their 2019 theme, “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York Religious Art and Architecture.” Parishioners will be on hand to greet you, and members of our docent team will share even more information than we were able to give our friends from Channel 2. You don’t have to travel to Europe to see amazing church architecture, and you can start your tour right in your home parish. Tours are free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and neighbors.

A Warning from Father Victor ~ In recent weeks, at least two parishioners have received text messages from someone claiming to be “Reverend Victor.” The message is a scam that requests purchase of a gift card (Google Play Card) for a cancer patient he is going to see. These messages are not coming from Father Victor and he asks that you please ignore them. Other similar scams claim to be sent from the IRS or law enforcement agencies. Protect yourself and your money by NEVER responding to this type of request to purchase gift cards.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

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.

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 last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) 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!

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

Women of the parish shared photos and insightful stories of their remarkable mothers, grandmothers and godmothers at the Sodality May 5 meeting. A program-ending game found them matching each other’s youthful photos with those of their moms.

 

 

 

 

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Louis Choir Concert on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm at St. Louis Church (35 Edward Street at Main in Buffalo). The program is free and open to the public. Featured will be works of Bach, Mozart, Farrant, Ouseley, Friedel, Poston, and others. The St. Louis Choir is an all-volunteer ensemble that leads the musical worship at 11 am Mass each Sunday, September through June. Please join us for a lovely hour of great choral music! For more information, contact St. Louis Church at 716-852-6040 or email scintaf [at] canisus [dot] edu.

A Spiritual Year of Prayer & Healing: Consecrate Yourself to Jesus through Mary! Thinking of a way to pray in the Year of Healing? The linked parishes of St. Martin of Tours / St. Thomas Aquinas, Buffalo will offer the 33 Days to Morning Glory Program (Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary) on six Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm at St. Martin of Tours (1140 Abbott Road in Buffalo. The consecration Mass will take place on the Marian Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday, June 29). Visit stmartinbuffalo.com, call 823-7077, or email    diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com to register.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Life, Thursday, May 30, 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church (1525 Sheridan Drive in Kenmore). All invited to come and adore our Lord, Jesus Christ! Come for the hour or for ten minutes; our doors will be open! After Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding.

Third Sunday of Easter – Week of May 5, 2019

“When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment … and jumped into the sea.” Jn. 21:7
Ceramic relief of Peter and Christ over exterior of right (west) door.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News.

May 5 – May 12, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 5 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. ~ NO Choir rehearsal this week

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

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

Sunday, May 12 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mothers Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by the Holy Name Society

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday , May 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Rest for Edward and Mary Ann Drabczyk (Requested by Mickey Dick) and Terrence Gress (Requested by Angela Jost)

Monday, May 6 ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 9 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, May 10 ~ St. Damien de Veusler ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Sunday May 12 ~ Mothers Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terrence Gress (Amy Johnson) and Pawlikowski (Dennis Pawlikowski)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 11/12, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joseph Nwogu, Miles James; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis; Choir – Kathleen Marien

The month of May is dedicated to our Mother Mary. This statue of the Virgin, restored in 2011, was a gift to the parish on its founding in 1906.

News from our Parish Community

Inspired by Our Mothers ~ The Ladies Sodality’s meeting is Sunday, May 5, following the 10am Mass. It includes a program in celebration of our mothers, both living and deceased. We invite all women of the parish to join in sharing the remarkable histories of mothers, grandmothers, or other women who have inspired your lives. We would love it if you would also bring a youthful photo of her and your own childhood photo.

Mother’s Day Breakfast ~ Our Holy Name Society is inviting all women of the parish to be their guests at next Sunday’s Mother Day Breakfast following the 10 AM Mass. If you wish to attend, please remember to make a reservation this week by calling the rectory office (716-833-0301) during regular business hours, Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30-2:30. Daughters, mothers, sisters, similar in-laws are welcome, but we are not able to host children at this event. A $5 donation for each non-parishioner guest will be collected at the door.

Considerate Parking ~ Our church is fortunate to have ample off-street parking places for everyone attending religious services. In the interest of safety for everyone using the driveway on the east side of church, PLEASE DO NOT PARK on the sidewalk near the garden and wheelchair ramp. Be courteous and leave the designated “handicapped” spaces for those who really need them. This is especially important now that construction equipment is present.

Medieval to Modern ~ On Sunday, May 19, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm, Blessed Trinity Church will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. The theme of this ninth annual statewide event is “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture.” Special emphasis that afternoon will be on the “medieval” (12th Century Romanesque) features of our church and the Italian churches on which our house of worship is modeled. Free docent-led tours will be available. This weekend’s bulletins contain a flyer with information about the event. Please pass this on to a family member or friend and encourage them to visit our unique and beautiful house for a real treat (invite them to attend 10:00 am Mass as well)!

The Best of Agape ~ In addition to enjoying all the culinary treats on our Agape table, Sunday’s guests had the fun of voting for their favorites. After the ballots were all counted, Dan and Jacquie Korchowsky’s chicken & smoked sausage gumbo edged out Joe Nwoga’s Jeloff rice for main course honors. Vera Andrew’s taco salad was the favorite among the appetizers, and Amy Johnson’s fruit bowl was the salad of choice. The “hands-up” favorite dessert was Don Williams’ chocolate cheesecake, and another dessert – Mickey Dick’s lamb cake – was the top vote-getter in the “other” category. Thank you to everyone who contributed and attended.

Easter Remembrances ~ The following people are being remembered in the Masses celebrated at Blessed Trinity during the Easter Season: Robert and Anna Anderson, Mabel Andrew, Michael Andrew, Bridget Blesnuk, deceased  member of the Blessed Trinity Choir, Robert and Beverly Brodfuehrer, deceased members of the Cameron Family, John and Rita Curtin, Kevin Davis, Theodore Davis, Leonard and Mary Dinder, Bernadette Dorsheimer, John and Elizabeth Duffy, Kristi Duffy, Michael Duffy, Tom Eldred, Alexis Farrar, Terrence Gress, deceased members of the Grover and Stiffler Families, Christina Hartinger, deceased members of the the Knott and Dick Families, Kazmiersz and Sophia Kresse, Richard and Julie Kresse, Dr. Lawrence and Marg Miano, Shirley Monnin, Mary Nelson, William Parker, Marge Press, Matthew and Anna Rebovich, Elizabeth Shields, Joan Shields, Thomas Simmons, Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer, Carol Schmelzer, and Geraldine Waters. We thank all those whose donations underwrote the cost of our Easter plants in remembrance of their loved ones.

Plenty of Fish ~ This weekend’s readings were filled with all kinds of imagery, all of which lead easily to great musical selections – Joy! Lambs! Fishing! Water! Food! The Communion Hymn, Song of the Body of Christ, by David Haas has always intrigued me because it is based on a traditional Hawaiian melody. The “composer” listed in our Breaking Bread hymnal is No Ke Ano’ Ahi Ahi, which is actually the name of the traditional Hawaiian chant. It is believed to be either a celebration of Lunalilo’s voyage to America or a description of a romance between the prince and a woman named Pua Rose. In 1989, David Haas adapted the melody and created the text we sing during Mass.  Somehow it always makes me think of water and beaches – and the text certainly combines many of this week’s liturgical themes.

We come to share our story,
we come to break the bread,
we come to know our rising from the dead.

We come as your people,
we come as your own,
united with each other, love finds a home.

We are called to heal the broken,
to be hope for the poor;
we are called to feed the hungry at our door.

Bread of life and cup of promise,
in this meal we all are one.
In our dying and our rising, may your kingdom come.

You will lead and we shall follow,
you will be the breath of life;
living water, we are thirsting for your light.

We will live and sing your praises,
“Alleluia” is our song.
May we live in love and peace our whole life long.  

Choir practice resumes Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome….Elizabeth

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video]. We invite you to gain a greater understanding of the inspiration and meaning behind our church’s art and architecture on Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon-3pm, when we will be participating in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s state-wide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. In fact, we are — without a doubt — the “medieval” in their 2019 theme, “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York Religious Art and Architecture.” Parishioners will be on hand to greet you, and members of our docent team will share even more information than we were able to give our friends from Channel 2. You don’t have to travel to Europe to see amazing church architecture, and you can start your tour right in your home parish. Tours are free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and neighbors.

Catholic Charities ~ Our parish has surpassed 50% of its goal for the 2019 appeal, but there is still a way to go. It is not too late to contribute. You may mail your contribution/pledge card or place it in the weekend collection in a separate envelope marked “Catholic Charities.”

A Warning from Father Victor ~ In recent weeks, at least two parishioners have received text messages from someone claiming to be “Reverend Victor.” The message is a scam that requests purchase of a gift card (Google Play Card) for a cancer patient he is going to see. These messages are not coming from Father Victor and he asks that you please ignore them. Other similar scams claim to be sent from the IRS or law enforcement agencies. Protect yourself and your money by NEVER responding to this type of request to purchase gift cards.

Thank you to all who helped prepare for our Easter celebration—our sacristans and the Liturgy Committee, Parish Council, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers, Music Ministers, Ushers, those who decorated, our parish secretary, and our maintenance man.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] orgDo 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.

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 last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) 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!

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

Examples of medieval iconography on church facade.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione
Photo by Steve Mangione

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Nativity of Miguel Middle School of Buffalo Spring Appeal ~ Access to and the ability to use technology to enhance learning will help prepare students for the rigors of high school. Your donation today will give these students the needed skills to be successful. Mail donations to Nativity Miguel Buffalo, 21 Davidson Avenue, Buffalo NY 14215 or visit nativitymiguelbuffalo.org.

Estate Planning Services available on Wednesdays from 3-5pm at Dr. Blackman School of Excellence (2358 Main Street @ Leroy Ave. in Buffalo). Estate Planning Services (Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy) offered by Volunteer Lawyers Project and Say Yes Legal Clinic. Pre-registration required to determine income eligibility. Contact Marci Wiseman at 716-847-0662, ext. 300 or mwiseman [at] ecbavlp [dot] com

 

Sunday of Divine Mercy – Week of April 28, 2019

April 28 – May 5, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, May 1 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, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, May 5 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting in St. Charles Hall.

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terrance Gress (Requested by Donna Juenker) and Edward Jost Sr. (Requested by The Jost Family)

Monday, April 29 ~ St. Catherine of Siena ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 30 ~ St. Pius V ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Alice Alfano (The Jost Family)

Wednesday, May 1 ~ St. Joseph the Worker ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 2 ~ St. Athanasius ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, May 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ~ First Friday Adoration and Benediction

Friday, May 3 ~ St. Philip and St. James, Apostles ~Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Sunday May 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terrance Gress (Donna Juenker) and Edward Jost Sr. (The Jost Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 4/5, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill,  Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Father Victor Ibhawa

News from our Parish Community

Please don’t forget our Third Annual Parish Agape Feast, Sunday afternoon (April 28) beginning at 4pm in St. Charles Hall. Remember to bring your dish plated and ready to serve. Beverages will be provided, and ballots will be available to choose your favorites in several categories. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this expression of community, sharing, and fellowship for all ages. Feel free to bring a friend.

First Friday Adoration and Benediction ~ Please join us in the Daily Mass Chapel on Friday, May 3, for First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Adoration begins at 8:00 a.m. The daily 11:00 a.m. Mass will follow immediately after Benediction.

Inspired by Our Mothers ~ The Ladies Sodality’s meeting is Sunday, May 5, following the 10am Mass. It includes a program in celebration of our mothers, both living and deceased. We invite all women of the parish to join in sharing the remarkable histories of mothers, grandmothers, or other women who have inspired your lives. We would love it if you would also bring a youthful photo of her and your own childhood photo. Please plan to join us immediately after Mass in St. Charles Hall on May 5.

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video]. We invite you to gain a greater understanding of the inspiration and meaning behind our church’s art and architecture on Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon-3pm, when we will be participating in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s state-wide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. In fact, we are — without a doubt — the “medieval” in their 2019 theme, “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York Religious Art and Architecture.” Parishioners will be on hand to greet you, and members of our docent team will share even more information than we were able to give our friends from Channel 2. You don’t have to travel to Europe to see amazing church architecture, and you can start your tour right in your home parish. Tours are free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and neighbors.

The Lord is Risen – Alleluia! While the Easter Triduum officially ended last Sunday evening at Vespers, Eastertide continues until Pentecost in June. Luckily, we have a rich musical heritage in the Catholic Church that continues to grow. Let’s explore as many jubilant hymns as possible during this celebration, remembering old favorites and finding new ones.

We sang a brand new hymn this week, God of Might and God of Mercy, composed in 2015 by a Blessed Trinity favorite, Fr. Michael Joncas.  He writes the following reflection on this piece:“God of Might and God of Mercy” began as a commission from my friend, Fr. Bill Graham, as a present to his parish, St. Michael’s, in Duluth, MN. The original version offers the assembly a way of reflecting on how they encounter God in the various elements of Eucharistic worship: in the gathering of the baptized, in the Liturgy of the Word, in the Liturgy of the Lord’s Table, in the world outside of the Eucharistic liturgy and in their commission to evangelize and serve that world.

About the same time as the hymn was created, Pope Francis issued his encyclical Laudato si’ on the care of the earth and its people. Many of us church composers were powerfully affected by that encyclical and sought to make its ideas available for worshiping assemblies in their sung prayer. Bob Hurd invited us to contribute to a project he envisioned incorporating compositions from a variety of composers in a variety of styles, all of which would further awareness and the message of Laudato si’. I felt that God of Might and God of Mercy would fit into such a project, especially with the fourth stanza’s concern for “the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth,” as Pope Francis taught. At Bob’s invitation I wrote an alternative fourth stanza that makes the themes of Laudato si even clearer.”

This hymn seemed to be a perfect opening hymn for Divine Mercy Sunday, especially since we just celebrated Earth Day this past week. Since the text is so beautiful, I decided to envelope the Liturgy and utilize the same hymn for the closing so we get to sing all six verses. Hope this new process wasn’t too confusing — and that this new hymn filled your heart with Easter peace.

Choir practice resumes Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome….Elizabeth

Catholic Charities ~ Our parish has surpassed 50% of its goal for the 2019 appeal, but there is still a way to go. It is not too late to contribute. You may mail your contribution/pledge card or place it in the weekend collection in a separate envelope marked “Catholic Charities.”

Catholic Home Mission Appeal ~ The second collection on April 27/28 is for the Catholic Home Missions. Your contribution will help to strengthen the Church at Home by supporting another Catholic faith community in the home missions. Please give generously.

Thank you to all who helped prepare for our Easter celebration—our sacristans and the Liturgy Committee, Parish Council, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers, Music Ministers, Ushers, those who decorated, our parish secretary, and our maintenance man.

A Warning from Father Victor ~ In recent weeks, at least two parishioners have received text messages from someone claiming to be “Reverend Victor.” The message is a scam that requests purchase of a gift card (Google Play Card) for a cancer patient he is going to see. These messages are not coming from Father Victor and he asks that you please ignore them. Other similar scams claim to be sent from the IRS or law enforcement agencies. Protect yourself and your money by NEVER responding to this type of request to purchase gift cards.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

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.

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 last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) 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!

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

Our Easter Sunday Choir
Front, l to r: Mickey Dick, Judy Casassa, Helen Roddy Gray, Adambu (Ami) Ejimadu, Kathleen Marien, Vera Andrew: Back: Pam Zanghi, Sue Trabert, Sr. Liz Savage, Luis Clay, Don Williams, Elizabeth Clay, Bonnie Williams

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Nativity of Miguel Middle School of Buffalo Spring Appeal ~ Access to and the ability to use technology to enhance learning will help prepare students for the rigors of high school. Your donation today will give these students the needed skills to be successful. Mail donations to Nativity Miguel Buffalo, 21 Davidson Avenue, Buffalo NY 14215 or visit nativitymiguelbuffalo.org.

Estate Planning Services available on Wednesdays from 3-5pm at Dr. Blackman School of Excellence (2358 Main Street @ Leroy Ave. in Buffalo). Estate Planning Services (Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy) offered by Volunteer Lawyers Project and Say Yes Legal Clinic. Pre-registration required to determine income eligibility. Contact Marci Wiseman at 716-847-0662, ext. 300 or mwiseman [at] ecbavlp [dot] com

Fundraiser for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf ~ Saturday, May 4, from 10am to 4pm. Craft and Vendor Show, Food Trucks, and ZUMBATHON (11am-1pm)…Fundraiser for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts , Math) Program participants to help with costs for upcoming trip to Boston. The trip is designed to offer the students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the real world. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at door. For information email carolc [at] smsdk12 [dot] org.

 

WGRZ-TV Visit Highlights May 19, 2019 Sacred Sites Open House

Examples of medieval iconography on church facade
Photo by Steve Mangione

WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and his photographic assistant, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view this sneak peek]. We invite you to experience Blessed Trinity on Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon-3pm when our docents will share even more information than we were able to give our friends from Channel 2. We will be participating in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House weekend, with Buffalo’s Blessed Trinity supplying the “medieval” in their 2019 theme, “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York Religious Art and Architecture.” Come be amazed at this WNY treasure trove of religious art and architecture. And it goes without saying that you are always welcome at our worship services (Saturdays at 4:30pm; Sundays at 10am).

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