Choir members among those
to sing on Little Christmas.
Never mind “rain, shine, sleet or snow,” even the Christmas Blizzard of 2022 can’t deter this group! If they couldn’t “do” Christmas, they’ll be there for Little Christmas, and you’re invited to join them. The Christmas Caroling that was to have preceded our Christmas Eve service will now take place before Sunday Mass on January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany or “Little Christmas,” beginning at 9:30 AM. Please come early and Praise the Lord with them in song.
Blessed Trinity Welcomes Explore Buffalo
for the first tour of 2023.
Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Click HERE to reserve your place.
Built between 1925 and 1928, Blessed Trinity Church is considered to be the purest replication of twelfth century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the USA. In addition to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a NYS Historical Site and was the first architectural landmark recognized by Buffalo’s Landmark & Preservation Board in 1977.
Experienced docents will be on hand to highlight the building’s history and design and share their knowledge of its unique handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, the extensive use of terra cotta in its construction, and the fantastic array of Christian symbolism found in its sculpture and artwork. The Christmas setting will be a bonus for visitors to this church that needs no decoration. Weather permitting, the 90-minute tourism opportunity will include an interpretation of the building’s ornate facade.
Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo, the church is wheelchair accessible with ample off-street parking behind the church and adjacent to the east side door.
Prison Project Volunteers at Blessed Trinity
Photo credit: WKBW-TV
Following a COVID induced 2-year hiatus, the Christmas Prison Package Project is back. On Friday, December 9, community volunteers will gather in Blessed Trinity Church for the thirteenth year to continue Sister Karen Klimczak’s legacy project. Originally created by the late Sr. Karen as a way to assure incarcerated men that they were not forgotten, the effort has since expanded to include women inmates. Thousands of pre-packaged food items as well as paperback books collected from area congregations, community members and businesses, will be packed into 2,000+ hand-decorated bags and readied for delivery to Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. The sponsoring organization, Peaceprints of WNY, welcomes volunteers to the church on December 9, 2022, for either of two shifts: 10:00AM—12:00PM or 6:00—9:00PM. Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo, the Landmark church is wheelchair accessible with ample off-street parking.
The church’s E/S Garden was lovingly maintained by Judy Casassa and is now dedicated to her memory.
Prayerful Thanks for all who contributed to our recent celebration in memory of Judy Casassa. The garden mini-monument, thoughtful liturgy, reception planning, and heartfelt spoken tributes all reflected your love and appreciation of Judy and her parish ministry. We miss her but thank God for her presence among us. Click HERE to view photos from the October 16, 2022 Mass, garden blessing and reception.
Dr. Harry R. Schmidt
On September 28, 2022, Dr. Harry R. Schmidt, President of the Religious Conference Management Association (“RCMA”), and Visit Buffalo Niagara’s Emma Carlo, enjoyed a tour of our Landmark Church. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the RCMA is working with Visit Buffalo Niagara to schedule religious conferences in Western New York. Church tours are always a highlight of these meetings, and we look forward to welcoming future conference attendees to Blessed Trinity.
Photo Credit: Steve Mangione
Explore Buffalo®, is a non-profit organization providing opportunities to discover Buffalo’s great architecture, including Blessed Trinity. Visit https://explorebuffalo.org to reserve your place for our unique All-Hallows Eve/All Saints Day tour on Sunday, October 30 at 12:30 p.m. Think skulls, devils, monsters and graveyards are just symbols we associate with Halloween? You’ll find them all in the medieval iconography displayed on the church facade. Inside, marvel at a saintly procession in the church’s great dome mural as docents highlight the spectacular interior details of the church and its extensive display of Christian symbolism. Visitors will be treated to All-Hallows’ Eve selections on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ.
Completed in 1928 at a cost of over a half million dollars, the church is considered one of the purest examples of 12th Century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States. The exceptional level of artisanship involved in its creation marks Blessed Trinity as a work of art that can never be replicated.
The church is located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo. It is wheelchair accessible with plenty of off-street parking.