Explore Buffalo “Takes a Walk” at Blessed Trinity – May 15, 2021

Blessed Trinity docent
interprets iconography on the church façade.

Explore Buffalo Walking Tour
Blessed Trinity’s Exterior
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

COVID protocols still restrict interior tours of Blessed Trinity, but we are delighted to welcome an Explore Buffalo Walking Tour of our Landmark building’s exterior on May 15, 2021. A team of Blessed Trinity docents will be happy to share their knowledge of the history and construction of this Lombard-Romanesque treasure, including the hand-formed Harvard bricks laid in a medieval fashion, the extensive used of terra cotta, and the church’s medieval iconography. Bring your binoculars. There are examples of Christian symbolism on display all the way to the roof line! Plenty of off-street parking, too. For ticket information, click HERE.

Watch Your Step

Our church is noted for its display of more than 2,000 symbols summarizing Christian beliefs, and many of them are under your feet! Twenty-four types of crosses can be found in 556 of our mosaic floor tiles. Another 158 tiles feature 24 additional symbols, including the signs of the zodiac. If you would like to help us maintain our Landmark house of prayer or help us to continue as an engaged parish community in the City of Buffalo, please click on our Donate link.

 

March 2021 – Interior Restoration Project Continues

Photo credit: Palma Zanghi

With repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – completed, a project to repair damage to the church ceiling and interior artwork is underway. Following completion of the underlying plaster work, craftsmen from Bison Painting & Decorating Corp. are perched atop scaffolding, painstakingly restoring decorative stenciling and ceiling detail. A floor-level display created by master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the process. For additional photos, visit our Facebook page. The work is scheduled to be completed by Holy Week.

Photo credit: Margaret Dick

February 2021 – Interior Restoration Project Underway

Now that repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – have been completed, restoration of interior artwork and repairs to the ceiling of the church have begun. Master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the process by setting up a display in church. In this photo, you can see the molds he makes to recreate deteriorated ornamental pieces. For additional photos, visit our Facebook page. The work is expected to continue through March 2021.

A Holiday Double Bill – Sunday, December 29, 2019

Explore Buffalo Sacred Spaces Tour
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum Concert
3:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: Ray Ordinario – Ft. Erie, ON

 

Explore Buffalo™ is again featuring Blessed Trinity Church among its seasonal “Sacred Spaces” tours. On Sunday, December 29 at 12:30 PM, members of our docent team will be on hand to  explain the unique features of this replica of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are prepared to share plenty of facts and anecdotes designed to help guests appreciate this “Made in the U.S.A.” Landmark as a repository of faith, art, and history. (Weather permitting, there will also be a chance to examine the church’s handmade, unmolded bricks and examples of medieval iconography on the building’s facade). Click HERE to learn more and make reservations. Cost is $15 per person, $10 for Explorer passholders, $5 for students. Walk-ins are also welcome.

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Following the tour, you are invited to enjoy the building’s acoustical embrace in the a cappella choral offerings of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, as they present “Catholic Treasures of Advent and Christmas,” a concert of sacred choral masterpieces of the season from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Schola Cantorum will perform works by Elgar, Byrd, Palestrina, Bach, Victoria, Gallus, LeJeune and others. Then get in on the act by staying for a post- concert sing-a-long of traditional Christmas Carols led by members of the Schola. No tickets are required, but a free-will offering will be taken.

Blessed Trinity is wheelchair accessible with off-street parking.

 

 

 

 

Holiday Tours of Blessed Trinity – November 30 & December 29, 2019

Photo Credit: Ray Ordinario – Ft. Erie, ON

Explore Buffalo™ is again bringing their seasonal tours to Blessed Trinity Church and inviting the public to see our Landmark structure and meet our docent team. The Thanksgiving Weekend tour will be Saturday, November 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The Christmas Weekend tour will be Sunday, December 29 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. Cost: $15 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Explore Buffalo at explore [at] explorebuffalo [dot] org or 716-245-3032. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum in concert at Blessed Trinity on December 29, 2019.

Either weekend presents a wonderful opportunity for WNY residents to invite their visiting relatives for a unique holiday experience. At 3:00 PM on December 29, we will also host a musical presentation by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. A double bill – a gorgeous Christmas gift!!

Blessed Trinity is wheelchair accessible with off-street parking.