Sacred Sites Open House, Sun., May 19, 2024

Photo Credit: Ray Ordinario
Fort Erie, Ontario

Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Sites Open House
Sunday, May 19, 2024
12:00-3:00 p.m.

Blessed Trinity Church joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Fourteenth Annual Statewide Sacred Sites Weekend, welcoming you to an Open House on Sunday, May 19.

Join us as we celebrate both past—the second year of our construction centennial (1923-l928)— and present—our church as the setting of a pivotal scene in Cabrini, the 2024 biographical film released in March 2024, depicting the life of St. Frances Cabrini.

Docents will share their knowledge of this unique replication of twelfth century Lombard-Romanesque architecture with its handmade bricks, extensive use of terra cotta, fascinating medieval iconography and display of more than 2,000 Christian symbols—all “made in America” by local tradesmen and artisans. Experience our recent restoration effort as you enter via the reconstructed church stairs and front plaza.

And no introduction to Blessed Trinity would be complete without music. The church’s original 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ underwent major renovations in 2022, and the instrument will be featured in musical interludes during the Open House.

Visit us on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 12-3 PM, and bring your questions about the architecture, art and history of Blessed Trinity Church, its faith community, and its place as an anchor in its East Buffalo neighborhood for more than 100 years. And don’t forget your camera for the Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Photo Contest.

Located at 317 Leroy Avenue, the church is wheelchair accessible with ample off-street parking.


Sr. Karen Klimczak’s Prison Package Project, Friday, December 1, 2023

Assembly of gift bags for Prison Project

Assembly of gift bags for 2023 Prison Project will take place this Friday, December 1. Volunteers are needed in church from 10am to 12pm and again from 6-9pm.
“The king will say to those on his right…Come, …[i]nherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was…in prison and you visited me.” Mt. 25:34-35, 36.
2010 Photo by Derek Gee,
The Buffalo News.

Help continue Sister Karen Klimczak’s message of hope and forgiveness to imprisoned men and women. Join fellow parishioners and community volunteers this Friday, December 1, here at Blessed Trinity, and help pack the gift bags.

Fabulous Fall Wine Tasting, Friday, October 27, 2023

Fabulous Fall Wine Tasting
Friday, October 27, 2023
7 – 9 PM

A favorite Blessed Trinity “FUNdraiser,” our Fall Wine Tasting, is back for the first time since 2019. It features a variety of wines to sample and savor, accompanied by delicious hors d’oeuvres, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts.  Auction items, too. Join us on Friday, October 27, from 7 – 9 p.m. This “21 & over” event takes place in St. Charles Hall (behind the church at 317 Leroy Ave., Buffalo). Monitored off-street parking. Proceeds are dedicated to the St. Charles Hall roof replacement project. Tickets are available for a $40/person donation ($45 at the door). Call the church office (716-833-0301).

Construction Centennial Observance, August 6, 2023

Church cornerstone dedicated by Bishop Turner on August 7, 1923.

Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, a Buffalo Landmark since 1977, is observing the centennial of the laying of its cornerstone on Sunday, August 6, 2023. Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr., Senior Parochial Vicar, will conclude the 10:00 AM Mass with an outdoor rededication ceremony commemorating the original dedication by Bishop William Turner on August 7, 1923. It marks the beginning of a five-year centennial observance of the building’s construction from 1923-1928.

The anniversary event will begin with the Sunday worship service including hymns accompanied by Music Director Elizabeth Bailey-Sands Clay on the church’s original 1927 Tellers-Kent organ. It concludes with a reception in the parish hall at which members of the church’s docent team will be recognized.

Long considered one of the finest examples of Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States, the building’s distinctive features include handmade Harvard bricks laid in a medieval fashion; extensive use of terra cotta, both structural and decorative; and more than 2000 Christian symbols displayed in its art and architecture. In addition to being the first landmark named by the City of Buffalo’s Landmark and Preservation Board in 1977, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and is recognized as a New York State Historic Site.

Blessed Trinity Joins E/S Garden Walk, July 22-23, 2023

Blessed Trinity’s multiple flower beds provide a “garden walk” all their own, but we are just one of many stops on Buffalo’s East Side Garden Walk taking place on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 from 10am – 3pm, rain or shine. Take a self-guided tour of our multiple floral gardens which extend along the east and west sides of our Landmark Church and surround the parish rectory. Then circle round to the back side of the rectory to visit Father Bob’s vegetable and herb garden! We are located at 317 Leroy Avenue (between Fillmore and Grider) with off-street parking for all our visitors.