Outdoor Marian Shrine: a work in progress

Work continues on the Mary Shrine on the west side of the church.

The grotto area surrounding the statue of Mary in front of the church rectory was built in 1949. Originally designed as a shrine to Our Lady of Fatima, it once included kneeling concrete statues of the children of Fatima which deteriorated and broke over the years and were eventually removed. Then, in 2009, the original concrete statue of Mary was replaced with a marble statue of the Immaculate Conception from the merged congregation of St. Gerard. The garden and landscaping surrounding the statue have suffered from neglect but now, in this one hundredth Anniversary year of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, a donation from the Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity is funding a beautification project of our Marian shrine. Work began in May 2017 when a gardening volunteer from the meet-up group, Buffalo Underground, spent several hours removing vegetation that had taken over the grotto garden. In June, dead and dying trees surrounding the statue were removed, and in July the garden was weeded, replanted, and mulched by parishioners. Additional landscaping is under consideration for the fall. Click HERE to view photos of the work in progress.

 

Elizabeth Clay Appointed Parish Music Director

Elizabeth Clay

We are pleased to announce that, effective June 25, Elizabeth Clay has been appointed as they parish music director on a permanent basis. Elizabeth has been serving in the position on an interim basis since February 2017, and this appointment recognizes not only her musical abilities, but also her dedication to the choir and our music ministry at Blessed Trinity. Please join in congratulating and encouraging Elizabeth.

 

Ladies Sodality Dinner, June 14, 2017

Sodality members and guests enjoy Flag Day picnic supper on June 14.

The Ladies Sodality held their annual June dinner on Wednesday evening, June 14, in St. Charles Hall. Members and friends enjoyed a Flag Day-themed holiday picnic supper prepared by Carmen’s Catering, with all-American apple pie for dessert. The program included a presentation by Father Victor honoring the one-hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Sodality President Vera Andrew presented Father with the organization’s gift to the parish of $1,000 to be used in the ongoing beautification of the church’s outdoor Marian Shine. Ms. Andrew closed the evening with a reading of Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech containing a message that still resonates today.

 

Trinity Festival Weekend, June 9-11, 2017

Father Victor preaches to congregation on Trinity Sunday
June 11, 2017

William Maddox at the Tellers-Kent Organ
June 9, 2017

Our Trinity Festival Weekenda three-day celebration of our parish feast day – has concluded with excellent reviews and relieved committee chairs. On Friday evening, more than 100 enjoyed William Maddox, the acclaimed organist and music director at Toronto’s Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, in recital on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent organ. Their appreciation of his performance was enhanced by Gary Kelley’s camera work in the loft, enabling audience members to view Mr. Maddox’s manual dexterity and fancy footwork on a movie screen in the sanctuary. The post-recital reception provided everyone an opportunity to visit with Mr. Maddox. Saturday’s church tours attracted a steady flow of visitors, much to the delight of docents and greeters. Rev. Victor Ibhawa celebrated Sunday’s Mass in honor of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, with individual members of the assembly presenting the Prayer of the Faithful intercessions. Musical anthems included Michael Bedford’s “Prayer to the Trinity,” sung by the parish choir. More than 80 of those in attendance at the Mass stayed to enjoy a parish brunch.
Many heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who volunteered in making the celebration of our parish feast day so memorable, especially the people who were here all three days helping with whatever needed to be done. We know that Friday’s recital, Saturday’s church tours, and Sunday’s Liturgy each attracted people who were visiting our church and experiencing our hospitality for the first time. We thank each of you who introduced someone to our parish and welcomed guests at our fellowship events. Let us each make this a habit going forward to Trinity Sunday 2018.

 

“Canisius Clean” for Easter – April 8, 2017

Canisius College “Clean Team” (l. to r.): Jack McGuire, Wesley Ireland, David Cich, Brianna LaPrell, Quinn Corrao, Dale Nicosia, Tom Widman, Jack Dorn, and Ozy Ibhawa.

“Canisius Clean” ~ Students and alumni of Canisius College – including members of the college’s Accounting Society and its Economics & Finance Club —  once again devoted their Community Day volunteer efforts to Blessed Trinity. A team of nine dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped and scrubbed our pews and floors, as well as the Daily Mass Chapel, choir loft, and ambulatory. Sincere and prayerful thanks go out to David Cich, Quinn Corrao, Jack Dorn (alumnus and former parishioner), Canisius student-in-residence, Osaze “Ozy” Ibhawa, Wesley Ireland, Brianna LaPrell, Jack McGuire, Dale Nicosia, and Tom Widman, as well as parishioners Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick (a Canisius alumna), Darvan Draper, Angela Jost, Dan Korchowsky and Sr. Liz Savage who gave up their Saturday morning to work along with and guide the students.

 

Rev. Peter Drilling Opens Lenten Series, March 8, 2017

Rev. Peter Drilling

Rev. Peter Drilling, the Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral, opened our three-part Lenten Program on Wednesday evening, March 8. Father Drilling explored the concept of the Kingdom of God as developed in the first narrative account of Jesus life, St. Mark’s Gospel.

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