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Sacred Sites Sunday, May 19, 2019

Examples of medieval iconography on church facade
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House
Sunday, May 19, 2019
12 Noon – 3:00 PM
On May 19, 2019, Blessed Trinity will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Ninth Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, an event we have supported since 2012. However, this year our church has surely served as an inspiration for the Conservancy’s 2019 theme: Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture.
As photos included in the Conservancy’s press release reveal, the participating house of worship will highlight “the broad spectrum of historical periods, faith traditions, and styles of religious architecture found … throughout New York State.” One look at our Landmark edifice, and you will know who puts the “medieval” in Medieval to Modern.

Examples of structural and ornamental terra cotta, coffered ceiling.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

Members of our docent team will be on hand Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon – 3 p.m. to explain the unique features that make Blessed Trinity Church the purest replication of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States. You’ll be able to examine its handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, learn about the elaborate display of medieval iconography on the terra cotta portico, and stand in awe at the more than 2,000 symbols summarizing Christian beliefs in ceramic tiles, paintings, decorative terra cotta, and sculpture. Our site is wheelchair accessible, and visitors are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars.
On this Sacred Sites Sunday, church tours are free and open to the public. Everyone is also welcome to attend our regular Sunday worship service at 10 a.m., at which our choir will be accompanied by Music Director Elizabeth Clay on the church’s original 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ.

Christian symbolism on church corbels
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

Second Sunday of Lent – Week of March 17, 2019

St. Joseph
March 19
This depiction of St. Joseph holding the Christ Child appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting
of “Evangelists and Apostles” in the church’s great dome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

March 17 – March 24, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 17 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 20 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.  ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross in Church

Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, March 24 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Sunday Movie Matinee, “The Way,” showing 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.

Click HERE for a complete listing of our Lenten services and programs.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler (Requested by Family) and Terrence Gress (Requested by John Curtin)

Monday, March 18 ~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem ~ No Service

Tuesday, March 19 ~ St. Joseph ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Alice Rose Schroeder (Colleen Schroeder)

Wednesday, March 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, March 21 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, March 23 ~ St. Turibius of Magrovejo ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Forgiveness of Sins of Feyisara Arimoro (Victoria E. Abitogun)

Sunday, March 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sara Dick (Family) and 14-year anniversary for Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 23/24, 2019:

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

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

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church
at 6PM and every Friday through April 12.

News from our Parish Community

Lenten Programming ~ A complete schedule of special Lenten services and program offerings planned by the parish council has been mailed to parishioners. Please save the schedule and make a special effort to participate as often as possible.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick, 716-832-2540. Wednesday Lenten programming continues on March 27.

Where is the organ? The organ at Blessed Trinity has had a very difficult winter and has had great difficulty accommodating to the recent freeze/thaw cycles.  Abrupt changes in temperature cause old, brittle wires to come loose and even break apart, creating the unpleasant “blatting” sounds you may have noticed over the past weeks. This beautiful original instrument to the church was built by the Tellers-Kent Organ Company in 1927 at a cost of $9,500. It has three manuals (keyboards) and twenty-three individual sections of working pipes, known as “ranks.” To date, the organ has undergone three major renovations.  In the early 1950’s, the mechanics of the organ were pushed back and into the side walls of the church in an effort to increase standing space in the loft to accommodate more choir members.  In the early 1980’s, the original leather coverings to the wind chests of the organ were replaced as well as some of the electrical wiring.  It underwent its third major renovation in late 2012 with the complete reconstruction of the console.  In late 2018, the oboe rank was completely restored and debuted at our Christmas Eve Mass. Timothy Smith of Chesapeake Organ Service has been responsible for the most recent maintenance and restoration of the historic 1927 Tellers-Kent.  He has been contacted to address the most recent concerns and we hope to have the organ up and working again in time for our Palm Sunday Liturgy.  In the meantime, the baby grand piano will lead us in worship at BT throughout the Lenten season. Choir practice resumes Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  Add your voice! … Elizabeth

Sunday Movie Matinee ~ Our 2019 Lenten programming includes a PG-13 rated movie, The Way, rated PG-13, which will be shown in two parts beginning on Sunday, March 24, following 10am Mass. Directed and written by Emilio Estevez, the movie stars Martin Sheen as an American father who travels to France to retrieve the body of his estranged son, who died while attempting the pilgrimage to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela (burial site of St. James the Apostle). He decides to take the journey himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his son. Pastry & beverages will be served; bring a “brown bag” lunch if you prefer. The second half of the movie will be shown at 7pm on Wednesday, March 27, following our Lenten Soup Supper and will conclude with a group discussion.

Lenten Soup Supper ~ Amy Johnson is seeking five “soup-er” chefs to simmer up and share their specialty on Wednesday, March 27, at our Lenten Soup Supper in St. Charles Hall. Volunteers willing to provide bread or bake cookies are also needed. Please take time to add your name to one of the Soup Supper sign-up sheets found on the entrance tables. If you aren’t sure, please take time this week to check your recipes and then give Amy a call at 716-836-4694. Supper will be served from 5:30-6:30pm, allowing for a quick clean-up before viewing the conclusion of our two-part movie at 7pm.

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal starts March 10. Donations to the Appeal in 2018 helped to impact the lives of over 152,000 people throughout Western New York with programs ranging from counseling and substance abuse services, education and job training, to specialized services for the elderly. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs.Your help is need to continue this important work. “Help your neighbor FIND HOPE.” If you did not receive a pledge card in the mail, extras are available on the tables by the church entrances. Our chairman, Bob Heicklen, will be happy to accept your pledge or check. Please give generously.

Invite a Friend ~ Sunday, March 31 is our annual Bring your friend, neighbor, or family member to church Sunday. An expanded coffee hour will follow our services. Details will be mailed in a letter to all parishioners.

On March 17 we celebrate the feast of St. Patrick of Ireland who died in 492. A depiction of the popular saint holding a symbol of The Trinity – the shamrock – appears in the dome of our church. The painting was done on canvas by a local artist,
Joseph Mazur, and then affixed to the dome.
Photo credit: Duane Held

Know Your Faith: Can Catholics listen to any gospel music outside the Catholic songs? Catholics are not bound to listen only to Catholic songs. They are encouraged to use Catholic songs for liturgical celebrations. Gospel music may be listened to, as long as it helps us to connect with God or helps us on our spiritual journey. When we sing, listen to, or dance to gospel music, the intention is to give praise to God. O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (Psalms 95:1). We are told that David sang and danced at the temple in praise of God (2 Samuel 6:14-20). As we entertain ourselves, we should not forget that the creator, God, deserves the praise. We are told that he who sings well prays twice. Music is good for the soul–it can lift up our spirit and help us to relate to God and give praise to God. So listen to good music, pray with music, and keep enjoying God’s gift to us in music. Some scriptural passages that expresses the use of music in praising God:

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power (Psalms 150:1–6); Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16); Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19); Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands (Psalms 100:1-2); My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed (Psalms 71:23); Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise (Psalms 33:3); And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them (Acts 16:25); Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms (James 5:13); And that the Gentiles might glorify God for [his] mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name (Romans 15:9); Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee (Hebrews 2:12); I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High (Psalms 9:2); And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20); Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp (Psalms 149:3); What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also (1 Corinthians 14:15); Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs (Psalms 150:4); And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of [instruments made of] fire wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals (2 Samuel 6:5); And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30); But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him (2 Kings 3:15); God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

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).

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

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!

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

The Ladies Sodality would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our March 3 Mardi Gras Raffle. Sister Ann Koenig was doubly blessed, winning both the Basket of Cheer AND the Wegman’s gift card. The Dash’s gift card was won by Ms. Teri Muth. Proceeds of the raffle have now topped $950.00, for which we are truly thankful!

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Friday March 22, 4-7pm ~ Lenten Fish Fry at St. Margaret Rectory (1395 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo). Ticket includes haddock, two side dishes, roll, butter, dessert, and a beverage. Dine-in or carry-out available. Two seatings: first is 4-5:30 pm, second is 6-7:30 pm.  Also, 50-50 and theme basket raffles. For tickets, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

Saturday March 23, 9am-3:30pm ~ Renewing Our Energy: Fostering Faith and Hope, a Lenten Day of Prayer offered by the Grey Nuns and Friends at Madonna Hall on the D’Youville College campus (320 Porter Avenue in Buffalo). Free parking. Bring your own lunch (cold drinks provided). Free will offering. Call Arlene to register at 716-440-9260 or email arlpez [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Christ the King Seminary Come & See Week, March 25 – 29. How can faith shape your future? Come and see! Discover the many ways a lay graduate degree from Christ the King Seminary can enhance your professional, personal, and faith journey while deepening your experience in work, life, and Observe a class, meet with faculty and students, and explore the campus. To learn more visit cks.edu/comeandsee or call 716-655-7081.

Friday March 29 at 7pm at St. Leo the Great (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst) ~ Let’s Talk About…KEEPING THE FAITH in Crisis and Suffering. When crisis hits, how do you hold on? What role does faith play when suffering? Three Catholics will speak about the experience of faith and suffering in crisis, followed by a Q&A. Panelists include recently exonerated Fr. Roy Herberger; Jaqueline Joy, LCSW, Victim Assistance Coordinator; and Jean O’Brien, cancer victim and Catholic mother of 8. Msgr. Robert Zapfel will moderate the panel discussion; followed by light refreshments. Event is free with free childcare upon request by March 22. For more information, visit stleothegreatamherst.com or call 716-835-8905.  

Saturday March 30, 10:30am – 3:30pm is a Lenten Retreat: Praying for our Country at Fourteen Holy Helpers (Msgr. Ebner Hall, 1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Registration starts at 10 am. There will be presentations, group activities, and lunch. No cost. To RSVP, call the rectory at 716-674-2374.

Saturday April 6 at 3pm ~ “Mark Twain Live!” with Mike Randall at Presbyterian Village / North Church (214 Village Park Dr.ive in Williamsville). RSVP to Lisa at 716-631-3430.

Saturday April 6 at 7:30 ~ Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents “My Spirit Sang All Day” – a concert of Sacred Lenten and Reflective Choral Music to soothe the soul and lift the spirit at St. Michael Church (651 Washington Street in Buffalo). Call 716-775-7664 or visit  BuffaloChoralArts.org.

First Sunday of Lent – Week of March 10, 2019

“He brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand and outstretched arm, … and bringing us into this country, he gave us this land flowing with milk and honey. Therefore, I have now brought you the first fruits of the products of the soil
which you, O LORD, have given me.” Dt 26:6-10. (First reading on the First Sunday of Lent).
Woodcarving in rear of church symbolizing offering of first fruits and tithes (wheat and grapes) to the Lord.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

 

March 10 – March 17, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 10 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Liturgy Committee Meeting in Sacristy

Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 13 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Wednesday, March 13 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  ~ Lenten Program in St. Charles Hall (5:30-6:30, simple supper; 7-8, scripture study & group discussion)

Thursday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall* Friday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross in Church

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

Sunday, March 17 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

*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, March 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Judith Kettleman (Requested by Judy Casassa) and Barbara Draper (Requested by Nancy DeBoy)

Monday, March 11 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. – Terrence “Terry” Gress

Tuesday, March 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, March 13 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, March 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, March 16 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, March 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler (Family) and Terrence Gress (John E. Curtin)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 16/17, 2019:

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

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

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church on Friday, March 15
(and every Friday through April 12) at 6pm.

News from our Parish Community

Liturgy Committee meeting is Sunday, March 10, in the sacristy immediately following Mass.

Wednesday, March 13, marks the beginning of our Lenten programming. Please plan to join us in St. Charles Hall for a simple supper served from 5:30 – 6:30pm, followed by scripture study and faith sharing. Opening with the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Lent, Luke’s account of the Transfiguration (Lk. 9:28b-36), we’ll move from recognizing God’s glory displayed on a mountain to encountering it at street level with Venerable Nelson Baker. Dr. Althea Porter will lead our discussion, based on reflections and testimony from Merciful Like My Father, a scripture study guide published in 2016 by the African American Commission of our Diocese and featuring contributions from members of our own congregation. Copies will be provided. Click HERE for a complete listing of our Lenten services and programs.

New Season, New Mass Setting ~ Liturgy is meant to be dynamic, and that means the music during the Mass changes from time to time.

This weekend, we began singing the Mass of Spirit and Grace, composed by Reverend Ricky Manalo. Known as “The Singing Priest,” he is a Paulist and a liturgical composer, currently teaching at Santa Clara University. He also serves as the main facilitator of the Cultural Orientation Program for International Ministers/Priests (COPIM) of Loyola Marymount University. He studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, and liturgy, culture, and sociology at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley, CA. More recently he became  the recipient of the 2018 Pastoral Musician of the Year Award by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Fr. Manalo’s music is published chiefly by Oregon Catholic Press. Some of his best known hymns include: Beyond the Days, In These Days of Lenten Journey, Pange Lingua, Spirit and Grace, With One Voice, and Worthy Is the Lamb. For the first time, we will be using the Lenten Gospel Acclamation (#923 in Breaking Bread) from this Mass setting. The choir is learning the Glory to God, which will debut at the Easter Vigil Mass, complete with bells. Until then, we will allow Fr. Manalo’s music to prepare our hearts during this Lenten season.

Choir practice resumes Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  Add your voice! … Elizabeth

Black and Native Missions ~ The second collection on March 9/10 is for the Black and Native American Missions in our own country. Please be generous.

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal starts March 10. Donations to the Appeal in 2018 helped to impact the lives of over 152,000 people throughout Western New York with programs ranging from counseling and substance abuse services, education and job training, to specialized services for the elderly. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs.Your help is need to continue this important work. “Help your neighbor FIND HOPE.” If you did not receive a pledge card in the mail, extras are available on the tables by the church entrances. Our chairman, Bob Heicklen, will be happy to accept your pledge or check. Please give generously.

Confirmed Catholics interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister?  There will be a training session on Saturday March 16, 9am – 2:30pm at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Please see Fr. Victor for an application if you wish to attend.

Parish Council ~ The March meeting of our Parish Council is Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. There will be no Lenten program that evening.

Invite a Friend ~ Sunday, March 31 is our annual Bring your friend, neighbor, or family member to church Sunday. An expanded coffee hour will follow our services. Details will be mailed in a letter to all parishioners.

A Gentle Reminder that 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).

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

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!

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

The Ladies Sodality would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our March 3 Mardi Gras Raffle. Sister Ann Koenig was doubly blessed, winning both the Basket of Cheer AND the Wegman’s gift card. The Dash’s gift card was won by Ms. Teri Muth. Proceeds of the raffle have now topped $950.00, for which we are truly thankful!

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Fry-Day” Fish Fry (except Good Friday) at St. Gregory the Great School (250 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville) on March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 & 12 from 4-7 pm. Fried fish, breaded shrimp or fresh baked fish provided by Krolick’s; pizza by LaPorta. All entrees come with sides, drink, and dessert. Eat-in or take-out. For more information, call 716-688-5678. Tickets pre-sale or at the door.

Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty (101 Swinburne Street in Buffalo) on weekends during Lent, March 9 to April 14; Saturdays from 3-5 pm and Sundays from 9:30 am-12 pm. We feature farmers cheese pierogi and sauerkraut pierogi. Serving lunch on Palm Sunday, and also our basket raffle. For further information, call 716-893-0412 weekdays between 9 am-12 pm or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Buffalo Urban League Scholarship deadline is March 15. You could receive up to $4000 toward a college education. Please pick up information and application at tables by the church entrances.

Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with “La Feast Di San Giuseppe,” Sunday March 17 at 11am. St. Anthony of Padua Church (160 Court Street, behind Buffalo City Hall), followed by a traditional St. Joseph Day Table in the Parish Center Hall. Free parking. Seating is limited. Call the rectory at 716-854-2563 between 9am-1pm for tickets and information.

Friday March 22, 4-7pm ~ Lenten Fish Fry at St. Margaret Rectory (1395 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo). Ticket includes haddock, two side dishes, roll, butter, dessert, and a beverage. Dine-in or carry-out available. Two seatings: first is 4-5:30 pm, second is 6-7:30 pm.  Also, 50-50 and theme basket raffles. For tickets, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

Saturday March 23, 9am-3:30pm ~ Renewing Our Energy: Fostering Faith and Hope, a Lenten Day of Prayer offered by the Grey Nuns and Friends at Madonna Hall on the D’Youville College campus (320 Porter Avenue in Buffalo). Free parking. Bring your own lunch (cold drinks provided). Free will offering. Call Arlene to register at 716-440-9260 or email arlpez [at] yahoo [dot] com.  

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of March 3, 2019

There are references to trees in Sunday’s First Reading, Psalm, and Gospel. Trees, gardens, and flowers also frequently appear in Christian symbols adorning our church, such as the cedar of Lebanon on this corbel on the curved wall of the left side entrance.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

March 3 – March 10, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 3 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality Raffle & Mardi Gras Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 6 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross in church

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

Sunday, March 10 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Liturgy Committee Meeting in Sacristy

*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, March 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Alexis Farrar (Bud and Mickey Dick) and James Brown (Requested by Judy Casassa)

Monday, March 4 ~ St. Casimir ~ No Service

Tuesday, March 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Anniversary Remembrance for Allen Andrew Sr.  (Wife and Daughter)

Wednesday, March 6 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass at 7:00 p.m. – Rev. Msgr. David Slubecky (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, March 7 ~ Ss. Perpetua and Felicity ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 8 ~ St. John of God ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, March 9 ~ St. Frances of Rome ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, March 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Judy Kettleman (Judy Casassa) and Barbara Draper (Nancy DeBoy)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 9/10, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Miles James; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Maggie Gatson, Bernice Bradley; Choir – Kathleen Marien

Mardi Gras Basket of Cheer Raffle
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Come for the Coffee; Stay for the Cheer

News from our Parish Community

The Sodality’s Mardi Gras Raffle is this Sunday, March 3, at a special coffee hour in St. Charles Hall immediately following Mass. Please support our fundraiser and have a chance to win one of 3 prizes: a “Basket of Cheer” valued at $225, a $50 gift card for Wegmans Food Markets, and a $25 gift card for Dash’s Market. Extra tickets will be available at coffee hour for a donation of only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. You do not have to be present to win but it will be much more fun if you are, so come for the coffee and stay for the cheer. We are grateful to Wegmans Food Markets, Dash’s Market, and Bill and Gwen Warren for their generosity.

Ash Wednesday is this week. Mass will be celebrated at 7pm rather than 11am. The service will include distribution of ashes.

Save these dates! Our 2019 Wednesday evening Lenten series will include a scripture study with a decidedly local reflection (March 13), a PG-13 movie with names you’ll recognize (March 24 & 27), and a guest speaker (April 3). The Parish Council is busy with the logistics. Please save the dates and watch your mail, web posts, and future bulletins for details.

Litany for the Earth ~ Our Catholic musical heritage is rich, but did you know that new hymns are constantly being added to our liturgy?  Today’s offertory hymn was composed in 2016 by Barbara Bridge with a text based on “A Prayer for our Earth” by Pope Francis.*

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day. 

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

* Pope Francis published this prayer in his Laudato Si’ encyclical, and it is meant for sharing with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator.  Choir Practice resumes Tuesday, March 5, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. Remember: singing is praying twice. All are welcome! … Elizabeth

Black and Native Missions ~ The second collection on March 9/10 is for the Black and Native American Missions in our own country. Please be generous.

Know Your Faith: Why do we have images or artistic pictures in the churches? Does God not say thou shall not make images to yourself? It’s true that God said we should not make images or worship them (Exodus 20:4), but intention is important in answering the questions. Why did I make this image? Is it for the sole purpose of praising God or not?  If the intention is to help us connect to God in prayers, then it’s not against God’s commandments. Remember that God commanded the fashioning of a serpent when the Israelites where in the desert and were bitten by serpents. God said anyone who is bitten by a serpent and looks up to the image of a serpent shall not die but shall live (Numbers 21:5-7). Although images of serpents are no longer a recognized cure for snake bites, there was a time it was a means or symbol used to save God’s people (the Israelites). Today that symbolic serpent is replaced by Jesus the son of God, who you will always find in our churches and places of worship (the crucifix). The images we find in our churches are representative of the human faith story that occurred as an event that has become a story and is now part of our history as Christians. The images or pictures help us to connect with the divine and aid us in praising God. As we begin Lenten seasons with Ash Wednesday this week, the ashes we receive on our forehead are a symbol of repentance, a symbol reminding us that we are made of dust and unto dust we shall returned. May our sincere worship of God bring us closer to him as we make use of all he has created for our good.

A Gentle Reminder that 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).

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances.

Confirmed Catholics interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister?  There will be a training session on Saturday March 16, 9am – 2:30pm at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Please see Fr. Victor for an application if you wish to attend.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

Symbols for an enclosed garden and the Rose of Sharon, both of which are associated with the Blessed Virgin, appear on corbels (2d & 3d from left) on the curved wall of the left side entrance.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

“Fry-Day” Fish Fry (except Good Friday) at St. Gregory the Great School (250 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville) on March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 & 12 from 4-7 pm. Fried fish, breaded shrimp or fresh baked fish provided by Krolick’s; pizza by LaPorta. All entrees come with sides, drink, and dessert. Eat-in or take-out. For more information, call 716-688-5678. Tickets pre-sale or at the door.

Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty (101 Swinburne Street in Buffalo) on weekends during Lent, March 9 to April 14; Saturdays from 3-5 pm and Sundays from 9:30 am-12 pm. We feature farmers cheese pierogi and sauerkraut pierogi. Serving lunch on Palm Sunday, and also our basket raffle. For further information, call 716-893-0412 weekdays between 9 am-12 pm or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Buffalo Urban League Scholarship deadline is March 15. You could receive up to $4000 toward a college education. Please pick up information and application at tables by the church entrances.

Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with “La Feast Di San Giuseppe,” Sunday March 17 at 11am. St. Anthony of Padua Church (160 Court Street, behind Buffalo City Hall), followed by a traditional St. Joseph Day Table in the Parish Center Hall. Free parking. Seating is limited. Call the rectory at 716-854-2563 between 9am-1pm for tickets and information.

Polka Lessons, Wednesday March 20, 7-8pm and continuing on April 3 & 10 at St. Gabriel Parish Hall, (5271 Clinton Street in Elma) for anyone who wishes to learn how to dance for Dyngus Day. Sign up with your partner or single. This event is sponsored by the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. Proceeds will support the youth group at the parish. Classes taught by Michelle Kisluk of the Polish Heritage Dancers and Lynn Zakowicz of the FCSLA. Space is limited. Call 716-983-5084 or 716-480-4370 by March 14 to reserve your spot.

Friday March 22, 4-7pm ~ Lenten Fish Fry at St. Margaret Rectory (1395 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo). Ticket includes haddock, two side dishes, roll, butter, dessert, and a beverage. Dine-in or carry-out available. Two seatings: first is 4-5:30 pm, second is 6-7:30 pm.  Also, 50-50 and theme basket raffles. For tickets, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

Saturday March 23, 9am-3:30pm ~ Renewing Our Energy: Fostering Faith and Hope, a Lenten Day of Prayer offered by the Grey Nuns and Friends at Madonna Hall on the D’Youville College campus (320 Porter Avenue in Buffalo). Free parking. Bring your own lunch (cold drinks provided). Free will offering. Call Arlene to register at 716-440-9260 or email arlpez [at] yahoo [dot] com.

 

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 24, 2019

Angels in Vincent Mondo’s murals on either side of the Sanctuary express attitudes one should have toward the Eucharist, including praise, thanksgiving, and petition — attitudes beautifully expressed in Psalm 103.
Photo credit: Duane Held

February 24 – March 3, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 27 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, March 3 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Sodality Raffle & Mardi Gras 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, February 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Morris Heicklen (Requested by Son, Robert) and Barbara Draper (Requested by Judy Casassa)

Monday, February 25 ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Rita Curtin (Family)

Wednesday, February 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, February 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, March 2 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – James Clous (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, March 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Alexis Farrar (Bud and Mickey Dick) and James Brown (Judy Casassa)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 2/3, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Simon Kesse; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Mardi Gras Basket of Cheer Raffle
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Come for the Coffee; Stay for the Cheer

News from our Parish Community

February Coffee Hour Includes Discussion ~ During our monthly after-Mass coffee hour in St. Charles Hall on February 24, there will be a meeting for all parishioners who wish to ask any questions or clarify items that were part of our annual financial report.

March 3 Mardi Gras Raffle ~ The Sodality’s Mardi Gras Raffle will take place next Sunday, March 3, at a special “Fat Sunday” coffee hour in St. Charles Hall immediately following Mass. The first-prize Basket of Cheer is valued at $225; second and third prizes are gift cards from Wegmans ($50) and Dash’s ($25). If you bring raffle returns next weekend, please DO NOT place them in the collection basket. Instead, take them with you to coffee hour or ask someone who is attending to deposit them for you. Extra tickets will be available at coffee hour for a donation of only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. We are grateful to Wegmans (Amherst St.) and Dash’s (Hertel Ave.) for their donations and to Bill and Gwen Warren for providing the Basket of Cheer.

Instruments of Peace ~ Extra! Extra! The Blessed Trinity Choir is beginning to prepare for Easter as we move into the season of Lent and we could use your voice!  We understand that a weekly church choir commitment is difficult for many to fulfill – and that is why we have extras for Christmas and Easter.  An extra is a person who agrees to sing for special occasions – like Easter – and participates in rehearsals leading up to the Liturgy.

Choir practice is on Tuesday evenings in St. Charles Hall from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  When we have extras, we rehearse for the special occasion first and then for the regular liturgy.  That means extras are usually dismissed by 8:00 at the latest.  We welcome everyone in the BT Choir – an ability to read music is not a requirement – just a desire to glorify our Lord in song. 

“Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts. All of those people are pouring out their hearts and souls in perfect harmony.” – John Rutter.

Choir Practice resumes Tuesday, February 26, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome! … Elizabeth

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances.

Confirmed Catholics interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister?  There will be a training session on Saturday March 16, 9am – 2:30pm at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Please see Fr. Victor for an application if you wish to attend.

Lenten Prayer Partners ~ We are about to begin sign-up for the CCCB Prayer Partner Program. If you haven’t experienced this yet, we hope you will try this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from another participating parish to pray for during Lent. Praying in Jesus name seems so important in our world today. Why do we do this?  It’s rather simple. Jesus told us: “that if two or more agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my Father” (Matthew 18: 19, 20). This helps us see the importance of praying with and for one another. Each partner begins to pray for the other’s needs, concerns or special intentions. How do I do it?  It can be a simple prayer of remembrance for your prayer partner’s needs; you can include them in a decade of the rosary, at mass time, or during your own individual time of prayer. If they give their phone number, you can make a personal contact to introduce yourself and exchange intentions with one another but it is not required. It is up to the individual and how the Spirit leads them. Our shut-ins are also welcome to add their name to the sign-up sheet by telling the home visitor or calling the parish office to add their name. Look for the yellow sign-up paper on the tables by the entrances at weekend masses during February. The Prayer Partner Committee invites you to join us. Call, Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 x 114 with your questions.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

Symbols of the Eight Beatitudes (Mt. 5:3-11; Lk. 6:20-23) can be found in the church’s Corinthian Capitals.
The “pure in heart” are represented by the lily.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, “Buffalo News.”

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Camerata di ‘Sant Antonio performs Sunday, February 24,  7:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Church behind Buffalo City Hall. We’re celebrating “Carnevaldi” with the Women of Vivaldi in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria as it was heard by the master himself, sung by an all-female choir including female Tenors and female Basses!  Also on the program, the WNY premiere of his overture to the opera Arsilda, and a solo aria from his recently re-discovered opera Farnace, sung by a female baritone. Other works from or about Venice include Pedrollo’s Concertino for Oboe and Strings, and Paganini’s variations Il Carnevale di Venezia! Stay afterward for the reception where we’re serving Bellini and Venetian hors d’oeuvres and sweets.  Masks optional, but encouraged! Tickets ($20) available at the door or by subscription. Free admission for ages 17 and under (accompanied by an adult). www.cameratabflo.com

8-part Study on Mary, Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for YOU! begins on Wednesday, February 20, in the Notre Dame Academy conference room (1125 Abbott Road in Buffalo). Join us February 20-April 17 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information or to register, email diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com, call 716-823-7077, or visit stmartinbuffalo.com.

4th Annual Catholic Women’s Conference, “Nourished by Christ,” with speakers: Sonja Corbitt and Rev. David Richards. Saturday March 9 (8am – 12pm) at St. Mary’s High School (142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Registration starts at 7:30am. Mass, Continental Breakfast; Adoration. Visit catholicwomenofbuffalo.org or call 716-222-0622.

Taste of Italy Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday March 10, 12-4pm, sponsored by the Holy Name Society of Queen of Angels Parish (Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street in Lackawanna). The full course “all you can eat pasta” dinner includes homemade dessert and beverage. There will be bell jar tickets and a split club raffle to add to the fun and festivities. Tickets will be pre-sale only and may be purchased by calling the rectory at 716-826-0880.

Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with “La Feast Di San Giuseppe,” Sunday March 17 at 11am. St. Anthony of Padua Church (160 Court Street, behind Buffalo City Hall), followed by a traditional St. Joseph Day Table in the Parish Center Hall. Free parking. Seating is limited. Call the rectory at 716-854-2563 between 9am-1pm for tickets and information.

Polka Lessons, Wednesday March 20, 7-8pm and continuing on April 3 & 10 at St. Gabriel Parish Hall, (5271 Clinton Street in Elma) for anyone who wishes to learn how to dance for Dyngus Day. Sign up with your partner or single. This event is sponsored by the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. Proceeds will support the youth group at the parish. Classes taught by Michelle Kisluk of the Polish Heritage Dancers and Lynn Zakowicz of the FCSLA. Space is limited. Call 716-983-5084 or 716-480-4370 by March 14 to reserve your spot.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 17, 2019

Symbols of the Eight Beatitudes (Mt. 5:3-11; Lk. 6:20-23) can be found in the church’s Corinthian Capitals.
The “pure in heart” are represented by the lily.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, “Buffalo News.”

February 17 – February 24, 2019

Weekly Activities

February 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church

Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 20 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, February 24 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, February 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Rev. John Kuhlman (Requested by John E. Curtin) and Franklin Edward Jost (Requested by Angela Jost)

Monday, February 18 ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Rita Curtin (Family)

Wednesday, February 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, February 21 ~ St. Peter Damian ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 22 ~ Chair of St. Peter the Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, February 23 ~ St. Polycarp ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ann Skea (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, February 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Morris Heicklen (Son, Robert) and Barbara Draper (Judy Casassa)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 23/24, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Grace Iheki; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Fran Cahill

The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, celebrated on February 22, commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in His place as the servant-authority of the whole Church. This depiction of St. Peter (holding keys) , appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting of “Evangelists and Apostles” in the church’s great dome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

Grant Us Peace ~ In 2006, the Cheektowaga Central School District’s Music Boosters commissioned a choral work to celebrate the district’s 50th anniversary and looked to local composer, music educator and radio personality Martin J. Wimmer. The texts combine a Chinese proverb as well as a traditional Latin prayer. The Blessed Trinity Choir was privileged to sing this work, which reflects the universal desire for peace in our world, as this Sunday’s meditation.

Peace 

If there is light in the soul,
there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.

Peace, peace, grant us peace.
Dona nobis pacem.

Choir practice continues February 19 at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome … Elizabeth

Rescheduled Council Meeting ~ The Parish Council will meet on FRIDAY, February 22, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. We appreciate our members’ willingness to accommodate this schedule change. Please make every effort to attend, as we will be finalizing plans for Lent.

February Coffee Hour Includes Discussion ~ During our monthly after-Mass coffee hour in St. Charles Hall on February 24, there will be a meeting for all parishioners who wish to ask any questions or clarify items that were part of our annual financial report.

March 3 Mardi Gras Raffle ~ The Ladies Sodality thanks those who have already made their raffle returns in support of our 2019 fundraiser – the first in two years. The first-prize Basket of Cheer is valued at $225; second and third prizes are gift cards from Wegmans ($50) and Dash’s ($25). If you did not receive tickets in the mail or need more, extras are on the tables near each entrance. You may also obtain tickets from Sodality board members or by calling the rectory office (716-833-0301). Tickets are only $1 each or 6 for $5, and returns may be made to Sodality treasurer, Amy Johnson, with checks payable to “Ladies Sodality.” The raffle is only 2 weeks away! Plan to join us after Mass on March 3, “Fat Sunday,” for a special pre-Lenten coffee hour and prize giveaway. We are thankful for the generosity of Bill and Gwen Warren, and local supermarkets Wegmans (Amherst St.) and Dash’s (Hertel Ave.).

Lenten Prayer Partners ~ We are about to begin sign-up for the CCCB Prayer Partner Program. If you haven’t experienced this yet, we hope you will try this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from another participating parish to pray for during Lent. Praying in Jesus name seems so important in our world today. Why do we do this?  It’s rather simple. Jesus told us: “that if two or more agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my Father” (Matthew 18: 19, 20). This helps us see the importance of praying with and for one another. Each partner begins to pray for the other’s needs, concerns or special intentions. How do I do it?  It can be a simple prayer of remembrance for your prayer partner’s needs; you can include them in a decade of the rosary, at mass time, or during your own individual time of prayer. If they give their phone number, you can make a personal contact to introduce yourself and exchange intentions with one another but it is not required. It is up to the individual and how the Spirit leads them. Our shut-ins are also welcome to add their name to the sign-up sheet by telling the home visitor or calling the parish office to add their name. Look for the yellow sign-up paper on the tables by the entrances at weekend masses during February. The Prayer Partner Committee invites you to join us. Call, Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 x 114 with your questions.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

A cherubic angel tops a column in the choir loft. Partially visible below it is the top of a “poor man’s staff,” symbolizing the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit….”
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

8-part Study on Mary, Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for YOU! begins on Wednesday, February 20, in the Notre Dame Academy conference room (1125 Abbott Road in Buffalo). Join us February 20-April 17 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information or to register, email diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com, call 716-823-7077, or visit stmartinbuffalo.com.

Camerata di ‘Sant Antonio performs Sunday, February 24,  7:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Church behind Buffalo City Hall. We’re celebrating “Carnevaldi” with the Women of Vivaldi in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria as it was heard by the master himself, sung by an all-female choir including female Tenors and female Basses!  Also on the program, the WNY premiere of his overture to the opera Arsilda, and a solo aria from his recently re-discovered opera Farnace, sung by a female baritone. Other works from or about Venice include Pedrollo’s Concertino for Oboe and Strings, and Paganini’s variations Il Carnevale di Venezia! Stay afterward for the reception where we’re serving Bellini and Venetian hors d’oeuvres and sweets.  Masks optional, but encouraged! Tickets ($20) available at the door or by subscription. Free admission for ages 17 and under (accompanied by an adult). www.cameratabflo.com

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 10, 2019

The setting of today’s Gospel (Lk 5:1-11, Christ preaching from a boat in the Lake of Gennesaret, is depicted in terra cotta relief over an interior door in the church nave. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

February 10 – February 17, 2019

Weekly Activities

February 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Religious Education Volunteers in the Sacristy

Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 13 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

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

Sunday, February 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church

*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, February 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Franklin Edward Jost (Requested by Angela Jost)

Monday, February 11 ~ Our Lady of Lourdes ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, February 13 ~ St. Benignus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, February 14 ~ Ss. Cyril and Methodius ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, February 16 ~ The Presentation of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Velma Holt (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, February 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Rev. John Kuhlman (John E. Curtin)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 16/17, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11.
The painting in the Lady Chapel to the left of the Sanctuary at Blessed Trinity is of the Virgin Mary “seen fulfilling the prophecy of Genesis (3:15), with the serpent under her feet.” The figure to the left of Mary is “St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879), to whom Our Lady appeared at Lourdes, France in 1858…. The message of Lourdes was really an invitation to trust in the power of prayer regardless of how desperate the situation is….”
(Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, p. 44).

News from our Parish Community

Becoming Holy Through Music ~ Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exultate, that explains how to live a holy life. He calls the Beatitudes “Christ’s identity card” (#63) and explains that practicing the beatitudes makes us holy. Pope Francis then tells us we must have the following attitudes if we are to become holy in today’s world: perseverance, patience and meekness (112-121); joy and a sense of humor (122-128); being part of a community (140-146); and praying constantly (147-157). This weekend’s substitute Music Ministers, Luis Clay and Don Williams, are wonderful examples of Blessed Trinity’s musical community. Their willingness to lead the music during worship in the director’s absence is a true blessing in our church and a beautiful example of trying to live a holy life.  We are all truly grateful for their musicianship and leadership. Choir practice continues February 12 at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome … Elizabeth

Religious Education Volunteers ~ We thank parishioners Palma Zanghi, Daniel Korchowsky, Cathy Cummings, and Patty Gallisdorfer for volunteering to help us begin a Religious Education Program. Fr. Victor will meet with this group after Mass on Sunday, February 10, in the Sacristy.

Bible Discussion Meeting for the new year continues on Wednesday February 13, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. The booklet for bible discussion meetings is Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta. (Loyola Press, 2002). Copies are available from Althea Porter. The assigned reading for February’s discussion is the Week 5 reading, pages 54-63.  For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, February 17.

Rescheduled Council Meeting ~ Because of a conflict with another important meeting, the February Parish Council meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, February 22, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

February Coffee Hour Includes Discussion ~ During our monthly after-Mass coffee hour in St. Charles Hall on February 24, there will be a meeting for all parishioners who wish to ask any questions or clarify items that were part of our annual financial report.

March 3 Mardi Gras Raffle ~ The Ladies Sodality is holding its first fundraiser in two years. Again, thanks to the generosity of our friends, Bill and Gwen Warren, who have donated the contents of our first-prize Basket of Cheer valued at approximately $225. Local supermarkets Wegmans (Amherst St.) and Dash’s (Hertel Ave.) have donated the second and third prize gift cards, $50 and $25 respectively. If you did not receive tickets in the mail this week, you will find extras on the tables near each entrance. You may also obtain tickets from Sodality board members or by calling the rectory office (716-833-0301). Tickets are still only $1 each or 6 for $5. Please make your returns as soon as possible; the raffle is only 3 weeks away. Then plan to join us after Mass on “Fat Sunday” for a special pre-Lenten coffee hour and prize giveaway.

Lenten Prayer Partners ~ We are about to begin sign-up for the CCCB Prayer Partner Program. If you haven’t experienced this yet, we hope you will try this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from another participating parish to pray for during Lent. Praying in Jesus name seems so important in our world today. Why do we do this?  It’s rather simple. Jesus told us: “that if two or more agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my Father” (Matthew 18: 19, 20). This helps us see the importance of praying with and for one another. Each partner begins to pray for the other’s needs, concerns or special intentions. How do I do it?  It can be a simple prayer of remembrance for your prayer partner’s needs; you can include them in a decade of the rosary, at mass time, or during your own individual time of prayer. If they give their phone number, you can make a personal contact to introduce yourself and exchange intentions with one another but it is not required. It is up to the individual and how the Spirit leads them. Our shut-ins are also welcome to add their name to the sign-up sheet by telling the home visitor or calling the parish office to add their name. Look for the yellow sign-up paper on the tables by the entrances at weekend masses during February. The Prayer Partner Committee invites you to join us. Call, Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 x 114 with your questions.

Part-Time Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

A cherubic angel tops a column in the choir loft. Partially visible below it is the top of a “poor man’s staff,” symbolizing the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit….”
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Church Musicians’ Guild will host a conversation on Liturgy and the Disaffiliated  on Sunday, February 10 at 2pm at the SUNY Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). Discuss the role of ritual in 21st century life and the possibility of making it more welcoming. Whether our preferences are traditional or contemporary, our shared endeavor is worship in Spirit and in truth, aiming for the worship described in Nehemiah 8. For further information, contact Glenn Hufnagel at gphufnagel [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Choirs of Calvary Church and St. Louis Church present Evensong Concert,  Sunday, February 10 at 4pm at St. Louis Church (35 Edward Street in Buffalo). Featured will be works of Hovland, Hogan, Durufle, Willan, Faure and others. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 716-852-6040.

Barbecue Dinner on Wednesday, February 13, 3:30-7:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). The Chiavetta’s chicken dinner will include a half-chicken, two salads, roll and butter. Beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. Dine-in or take-out available. Proceeds will fully support the 2018-19 Msgr. Martin Class B Champion Football Team. For information or tickets, call 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email sdudley [at] cardinalohara [dot] com.

Retrouvaille Lifeline for Marriage Program presents Help for Troubled Marriages 3-day weekend workshop in Buffalo beginning on Friday, February 15. Pre-registration required. Visit helpourmarriage.org or call 716-474-9371.

8-part Study on Mary, Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for YOU! begins on Wednesday, February 20, in the Notre Dame Academy conference room (1125 Abbott Road in Buffalo). Join us February 20-April 17 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information or to register, email diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com, call 716-823-7077, or visit stmartinbuffalo.com.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 3, 2019

“God sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, the breezes and the sunshine, and soft, refreshing rain. All good things around us are sent from heaven above, so thank you, Lord…for all your love.”
Kevin Keil, 1993. Text: Matthias Claudius, 1740-1815.
Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

February 3 – February 10, 2019

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 6 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall* Sunday, February 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Religious Education Volunteers in the Sacristy *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, February 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sylvester Chapman (Angela Jost)

Monday, February 4 ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 5 ~ St. Agatha ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, February 6 ~ St. Paul Miki & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, February 8 ~ St. Jerome Emiliani; St. Josephine Bakhita ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, February 9 ~ The Presentation of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, February 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Franklin Edward Jost (Angela Jost)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 9/10, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Violets: symbol of “Mary’s Modesty”
Terra cotta ornamentation in church narthex.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

News from our Parish Community

Keeping Warm Spiritually ~ What a frigid week we have endured!  When the temperature outside plummets, we bundle up and hunker down and make the most out of it.  Whether it was a cup of hot cocoa, a fuzzy handmade scarf, or the world’s comfiest house slippers, we all found a way to stay warm in spite the cold. One of the ways we can choose to stay warm spiritually in a society that seems wintry and aloof is to seek music that feeds our soul.  This week’s hymn selections were meant to boost your spirit and remind you of the greatest comfort of all – the love of our Lord.  Perhaps during this week you will be reminded that “everyone who loves is born of God.”  You will enjoy that cup of cocoa and remember “the greatest gift is love.”  May “Alleluia be your song” as you bundle that scarf around your neck, and may those cozy slippers remind you of our “Beautiful Savior.” May you carry a song of Christ in your heart and may it warm you in the weeks to come.  Choir practice resumes February 5 at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome … Elizabeth

Religious Education Volunteers ~ We thank parishioners Palma Zanghi, Daniel Korchowsky, Cathy Cummings, and Patty Gallisdorfer for volunteering to help us begin a Religious Education Program. Fr. Victor will meet with this group after Mass on Sunday, February 10, in the Sacristy.

Bible Discussion Meeting for the new year continues on Wednesday February 13, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. The booklet for bible discussion meetings is Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta. (Loyola Press, 2002). Copies are available from Althea Porter. The assigned reading for February’s discussion is the Week 5 reading, pages 54-63.  For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Sodality Raffle ~ By the end of this week, you should receive tickets for the Ladies Sodality March 3 Basket of Cheer Raffle in the mail. In addition to the Basket of Cheer, there will be second and third prize gift cards to Wegman’s and Dash’s. Please make your returns to our treasurer, Amy Johnson, whose address appears in the mailing. You may also drop them in the collection basket in an envelope clearly marked “Sodality Raffle.” Additional tickets will be available in church and from Sodality board members. Thank you for your support.

Vital Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

Know Your Faith: Are we supposed to make noise or have conversations in the church? We are not supposed to make noise in church, for Jesus encourages us to use the church for prayers: “My house shall be a house of prayers” (Matthew 21:13). There are some reasons why some make noise or engage in conversation in the church. Perhaps they might not know we are not supposed to make noise or engage in distracted conversation in church. Also the weather condition (winter season) of our geographical location and the way our churches are built. Our church building, like many others, does not have greeting rooms or space to allow for brief or long discussions before or after services. The church is a house of prayer. We are expected to show respect to God by being quiet and reflect on the different mysteries displayed through artistic paintings in the church to help us pray and praise God. We should also allow those who might be praying to have a quiet time to themselves and not be a source of distraction to them. May God help us to use his house for worship more effectively. Amen.

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

A cherubic angel tops a column in the choir loft. Partially visible below it is the top of a “poor man’s staff,” symbolizing the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit….”
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Great Meat Raffle, hosted by the Knights of Columbus at Madonna Council Hall (755 Erie Avenue in North Tonawanda) on Friday, February 8 at 7pm. Admission includes beer and pop. Side raffles, 50-50, and pizza slices available. Bring your own snacks, a cooler for your winnings, and dollar bills for the drawings. Doors open at 6pm. For further information or pre-sale tickets, email kofcmeatraffle [at] gmail [dot] com or call Tom at 716-570-0964.

Fiesta-themed Wine Tasting & Craft Beer Tasting, Friday, February 8, 6-9pm at Assumption Church (435 Amherst Street in Buffalo). Includes unlimited tasting and new Mexican food pairings. Taco in a bag and pizza available for purchase. Pull out your sombreros & ponchos and join us for some fun and games of chance as well. For tickets and more information, call 716-875-7626.

The Church Musicians’ Guild will host a conversation on Liturgy and the Disaffiliated  on Sunday, February 10 at 2pm at the SUNY Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). Discuss the role of ritual in 21st century life and the possibility of making it more welcoming. Whether our preferences are traditional or contemporary, our shared endeavor is worship in Spirit and in truth, aiming for the worship described in Nehemiah 8. For further information, contact Glenn Hufnagel at gphufnagel [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Choirs of Calvary Church and St. Louis Church present Evensong Concert,  Sunday, February 10 at 4pm at St. Louis Church (35 Edward Street in Buffalo). Featured will be works of Hovland, Hogan, Durufle, Willan, Faure and others. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 716-852-6040.

Barbecue Dinner on Wednesday, February 13, 3:30-7:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). The Chiavetta’s chicken dinner will include a half-chicken, two salads, roll and butter. Beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. Dine-in or take-out available. Proceeds will fully support the 2018-19 Msgr. Martin Class B Champion Football Team. For information or tickets, call 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email sdudley [at] cardinalohara [dot] com.   

Retrouvaille Lifeline for Marriage Program presents Help for Troubled Marriages 3-day weekend workshop in Buffalo beginning on Friday, February 15. Pre-registration required. Visit helpourmarriage.org or call 716-474-9371.

8-part Study on Mary, Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for YOU! begins on Wednesday, February 20, in the Notre Dame Academy conference room (1125 Abbott Road in Buffalo). Join us February 20-April 17 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information or to register, email diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com, call 716-823-7077, or visit stmartinbuffalo.com.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of January 27, 2019

The Presentation of the Lord
February 2
The Presentation, depicted in terra cotta oval relief in the church narthex.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

January 27 – February 3, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by Parish Council

Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, January 30 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. ~ BINGO HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, February 3 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, January 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Pauline Rollek (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, January 28~ St. Thomas Aquinas ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, January 30 ~ St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 31 ~ St. John Bosco ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Tenth Anniversary Blessings for Allen Michael Andrew (Mother, Sister and Family)

Friday, February 1 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – First Friday Adoration and Benediction

Friday, February 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, February 2 ~ The Presentation of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, February 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sylvester Chapman (Angela Jost)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 2/3, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Arsema Tedros (center) receives the 2019 MLK Scholarship at Jan. 20 Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King.

News from our Parish Community

Thursday Night Bingo has been cancelled on January 31 due to weather advisories. We are still planning to play Bingo on Saturday, February 2, when the Progressive number will be 53 with a carryover of $606.25. Because of the Bonus Ball giveaway last Saturday, there will be no Bonus Ball carryover. We’re looking forward to a thaw from January’s “big chill.” Please join us in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm and games begin at 8pm.

Catholic Relief Services ~ A special collection for Catholic Relief Services will take place on the weekend of January 26/27. Your generosity will answer the knock of Jesus in Disguise. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

Monthly Anointing and Birthday Blessing ~ Because of the special Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King on January 20, our monthly anointing of the sick and well-aging has been rescheduled for the fourth Sunday, January 27, following the 10 o’clock Mass. Mass on that day will end with a birthday blessing for all those born in the month of January.

January Coffee Hour is Sunday, January 27, following the 10am Mass. The Parish Council is our hosting organization.

First Friday Adoration and Benediction ~ Please join us in the Daily Mass Chapel on Friday, February 1, 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.

Sodality Members: Please mark your calendar for Sunday, February 3, and pray for a warm, sunny weekend. We will be meeting in St. Charles Hall immediately after Mass to prepare our mass mailing of raffle tickets for the March 3 Basket of Cheer Raffle. If you are willing to help stuff and seal envelopes, I am sure we can finish in less than an hour. See you next Sunday!

Religious Education Volunteers ~ We thank parishioners Palma Zanghi, Daniel Korchowsky, Cathy Cummings, and Patty Gallisdorfer for volunteering to help us begin a Religious Education Program. Fr. Victor will meet with this group after Mass on Sunday, February 3, in the Sacristy.

The Lord is Our Rock ~ I believe we will all agree that we live in troubling times – all one needs to do is listen to the daily news to hear of seemingly insurmountable problems locally, nationally, and world-wide. We have about six weeks of Ordinary Time before we begin our Lenten journey, and this is a good time to hear the Gospel of Luke and reflect on how Christ prepared for his Ministry, the Journey to Jerusalem, his Suffering and Victory. As we spend these “ordinary” Sundays together, the BT Music Ministers pray you will carry a song in your heart as you navigate through difficult times, trusting that our Lord will see us all through.

In the land there is a hunger.
In the land there is a need.
Not for the taste of water.
Not for the taste of bread.
In the land there is a hunger.
In the land there is a need
for the sound of the Word of God
upon every word we feed.

Hear, O Lord, my cry.
Day and night I call.
My soul is thirsting for you my God.

Your Word O Lord is spirit and life.
You have the words, Lord, of everlasting life.

Only in God is my soul at rest.
He is my rock and my salvation.

                          – Michael B. Lynch

Choir practice resumes January 29 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome … Elizabeth

We can’t thank you enough! We are all so very appreciative of our Building and Grounds Man, Dennis Pawlikowski, and the gentlemen from the parish who showed up early for last Sunday’s Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King to plow and shovel us out of the heaviest one-day snowfall of the winter. We are so sorry we can’t “name names,” but it was hard to identify each and every one beneath your blizzard headgear and the swirling snow. The Parish Council greatly appreciates the great job you did clearing sidewalks, stairs and entrances. Although turnout was understandably low because of the weather, we are sure that everyone who made the effort to attend was delighted by the easy access to church. There are many facets of hospitality. Once again, you showed that Blessed Trinity has the “right stuff.

Vital Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Polish Platter Dinner, Sunday January 27, 11:30am-2pm at St. John Kanty Parish (Broadway & Swinburne Street in Buffalo). Pre-sale tickets available. Call 716-893-0412 weekdays 9 am-12 pm. Off-street parking. For further information, visit saintjohnkanty.com.

 “The Eucharistic Miracles: The Suffering Heart of Jesus,” Monday January 28 at 7pm, presented by Jeffery Skurka at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Medical professionals determined that samples of scientifically examined consecrated communion hosts have proven to be inflamed human myocardial tissue, leaving the medical community astonished. Come learn why Jesus keeps showing us his suffering heart.

BBC BAND, Friday February 8 at 8pm, presented by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Alumni Association at Cardinal O’Hara (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinalohara.com or call 695-2600, ext. 312. Proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Arts Center and the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

2019 White Mass and Dinner for Healthcare Workers, Saturday February 9, sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association of Buffalo.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at 4:30 pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo). Dinner following Mass at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (120 Church Street in Buffalo). Guest speaker, Cynthia B. Hunt, MD, will present “Role of a Medical Professional in Exorcism and Deliverance.” Make reservations and payments in advance (free for medical students and clergy) at cmsbuffalo.org or call 716-688-4283 by February 1.

Retrouvaille Lifeline for Marriage Program presents Help for Troubled Marriages 3-day weekend workshop in Buffalo beginning on Friday, February 15. Pre-registration required. Visit helpourmarriage.org or call 716-474-9371.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of January 20, 2019

Diocesan Celebration of the Life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Living in the Spirit of God”
January 20, 2019 at Blessed Trinity
Photo credit: Phil Woods

January 20 – January 27, 2019

Weekly Activities

Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon ~ Receipt of items at St. Charles Hall for January 20 reception and basket raffle

Sunday, January 20 following 10:00 a.m. Diocesan Mass Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King ~ Reception in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, January 23 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by Parish Council

*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, January 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. Celebrating Life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish) and God’s blessings for Chaka Chapman (Requested by Tina and Mom)

Monday, January 21~ St. Agnes ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, January 23 ~ St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 24 ~ St. Francis de Sales ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, January 25 ~ The Conversion of St. Paul ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, January 26 ~ St. Timothy and St. Titus ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, January 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Pauline Rollek (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 26/27, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Simon Kresse; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis; Choir – Kathleen Marien

Today’s second reading has St. Paul describing the different gifts bestowed by “the same Spirit” in his first Letter to the Corinthians. Symbols of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit appear above 7 of the windows in the dome. Shown here, l. to. r., dove (Wisdom),
throne (Counsel), bright robe (Understanding).
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Parish Community

Diocesan Celebration to Take Place at Blessed Trinity ~ On Sunday, January 20, at 10am, Blessed Trinity is honored to host the annual diocesan celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s theme is:”Living in the Spirit of God: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Our bishop, the Most Reverend Richard Malone, Th.D. will preside and the guest homilist will be Rev. Clarence Williams, CPPS, Ph.D. A reception following the Mass will include a basket raffle to raise funds for the MLK Scholarship Fund. If you are willing to donate a gift basket for the raffle or finger foods for the reception, please bring them to St. Charles Hall on Saturday, January 19, between 10am and noon. You may also call Althea Porter (716-316-8395) to arrange for pick-up.

Tuesday, January 22, is designated as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.

Catholic Relief Services ~ A special collection for Catholic Relief Services will take place on the weekend of January 26/27. Your generosity will answer the knock of Jesus in Disguise. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

Monthly Anointing and Birthday Blessing ~ Because of the special Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King on January 20, our monthly anointing of the sick and well-aging has been rescheduled for the fourth Sunday, January 27, following the 10 o’clock Mass. Mass on that day will end with a birthday blessing for all those born in the month of January.

January Coffee Hour is Sunday, January 27, following the 10am Mass. The Parish Council is our hosting organization.

Vital Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Thank You to our faithful volunteers who turned out on January 7 to remove the Christmas decorations, carry them to the basement, sweep, vacuum, and water the still vibrant poinsettias. We are extremely grateful to Tom, Nik and Drew Brodfuehrer; Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Ellen Duffy, Alan Frank, Amy Johnson, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, Sr. Liz Savage and Palma Zanghi.

The Giving Tree ~ A warm “THANK YOU” to everyone who helped make our 2018 Giving Tree very fruitful for Haven House, a home for victims of domestic abuse. The envelopes taken off the tree during Advent were returned with $723.00. This will surely help Haven House meet some of its costs for such essentials as heat, electricity and maintenance. Many blessing to all who participate in any way.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

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.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” 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.

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Monday, January 21 ~ The “Prayers for the Catholic Church” group is gathering to pray to strengthen the faith of Catholics and to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following 12:05pm Mass at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street at Edward, Buffalo), the group will pray the Rosary outside of the Catholic Center, 795 Main St. Find out more at prayersforthecatholichurch.com or by calling 716-316-8550. Relying on the promptings of the Holy Spirit, Prayers for the Catholic Church was formed by lay Catholics of Western New York as a means to take action in response to the clerical sex abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the world. We believe our premise is simple, yet powerful – we gather to participate in Catholic Mass and communal public prayer. We pray to strengthen the faith of all Catholics, which can be challenged and compromised during this time of crisis in the Church. In addition to the January 21 event, Prayers for the Catholic Church gathers every Thursday for 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Louis Church and prayer outside the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Center. We see the Catholic Center, the Diocesan “headquarters,” as the focal point of the current crisis, and thus we pray that the people and activities within maintain true to their mission of serving God and His people. Since September 2018, over 50 people have joined us for Mass and prayer.

Polish Platter Dinner, Sunday January 27, 11:30am-2pm at St. John Kanty Parish (Broadway & Swinburne Street in Buffalo). Pre-sale tickets available. Call 716-893-0412 weekdays 9 am-12 pm. Off-street parking. For further information, visit saintjohnkanty.com.

 “The Eucharistic Miracles: The Suffering Heart of Jesus,” Monday January 28 at 7pm, presented by Jeffery Skurka at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Medical professionals determined that samples of scientifically examined consecrated communion hosts have proven to be inflamed human myocardial tissue, leaving the medical community astonished. Come learn why Jesus keeps showing us his suffering heart.

BBC BAND, Friday February 8 at 8pm, presented by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Alumni Association at Cardinal O’Hara (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinalohara.com or call 695-2600, ext. 312. Proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Arts Center and the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

2019 White Mass and Dinner for Healthcare Workers, Saturday February 9, sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association of Buffalo.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at 4:30 pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo). Dinner following Mass at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (120 Church Street in Buffalo). Guest speaker, Cynthia B. Hunt, MD, will present “Role of a Medical Professional in Exorcism and Deliverance.” Make reservations and payments in advance (free for medical students and clergy) at cmsbuffalo.org or call 716-688-4283 by February 1.

Worship & Services

Worship:
Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
Holy Days: As scheduled on “This Week” page

Other Services:
Opportunity for confession on Saturday at 4:00 PM
First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
A coffee hour is held after the 10 AM Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month (September-June)