You’ll be stepping back in time when you attend services this weekend. In anticipation of filming for the as yet untitled movie about Francesca (“Mother”) Cabrini (1850-1917), electricians were hard at work on Friday taking Blessed Trinity back to the early 19th century. Sound system speakers have been removed and modern light bulbs replaced, but it’s only temporary. The movie is based on a story by Alejandro Monteverde and Rod Barr about an Italian immigrant nun and pioneer for human rights. Frances Cabrini was the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and, in 1946, became the first American citizen to be canonized.
Although we do not yet have a restart day for Saturday Bingo, Blessed Trinity’s Thursday night bingo has, indeed, returned! It was a pleasure to welcome back so many of our longtime patrons — and a few attending for the first time – on July 22. We hope we’ll be seeing all of you again and again. On Thursday, July 29, the Progressive number will be 54, with a carryover of $951.50, and the Bonus Ball carryover will be $170.10. Bingo is played at St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm and games begin at 8pm. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Fully vaccinated players are not required to wear a mask.
If you drive down Leroy this week, you may see these brightly clad folks painting the home of a 93-year-old veteran who lives across the street from our church. Blessed Trinity has been happy to assist Eight Days of Hope volunteers with off-street parking and a green space where they can rest and enjoy lunch. A faith-based nonprofit based in Tupelo, Mississippi, Eight Days of Hope has a number of community outreach teams working this week in our city’s Masten District. Together with area residents recruited through their Buffalo satellite office, volunteers will spend eight days providing home repair, painting, and gardening services at 100 properties. We offer prayerful thanks to all those who traveled here from 31 states and the 1,000 WNYers who joined them in beautifying our neighborhoods. For more photos of their good works, including Leroy, Manhattan, Colfax, and Marigold Avenue projects, visit buffalonews.com/gallery.
Follow your morning prayers with a very special cup of coffee made from our very own 3-in-1 Trinity Blend Premium Coffee. It’s locally produced by Golden Cup and available in 12 oz. bags and K-cups. Place your order with Cathy Cummings, 716-892-4240.
Summertime, and a lot is happening at Blessed Trinity. On June 30, two troublesome pine trees in front of the rectory were removed by Mays Tree Service. Our Blessed Lady kept her protective watch as the work progressed, and Father Bob collected photographic evidence. Additional photos are available on our Facebook page.
Members of the choir and Father Bob performed “on the road,” much to the surprise and delight of Helen Roddy Gray on the eve of her ninety-third birthday. Helen joined in singing a variety of hymns ranging from a favorite spiritual to traditional Latin. Following the sing-along, BT choristers enjoyed cupcakes and conversation with their veteran tenorette. Until confined to her assisted living facility by pandemic restrictions in March 2020, Helen regularly attended weekly choir practice and sang at Sunday Mass.