November 3, 2017 Wine Tasting an Event to Savor

Once again we have reason to celebrate a successful wine tasting. There are so many people to thank, but we will start with Bill Warren from Aurora Liquor who contributed his time and knowledge of vine and wine, and his wife, Gwen, who assisted with selections and pours. We are also indebted to the following businesses that donated food or merchandise for our fundraiser: Bengert Greenhouses, Black & Blue Steak and Crab, Cugino’s Restaurant, Curtiss Hotel, Darwin Martin House, Dash’s Markets, Elbers Landscape Service, Just Pizza, Lone Star Fajita Grill, Mason’s Grille 52, Paula’s Donuts, Raymondo’s Pizzeria, Russell’s Steaks Chops and More, Salvatore’s Hospitality, Share Kitchen & Bar Room, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Trader Joe’s, Watson’s Chocolates (Depew), Wegman’s Markets, and WOOT [Wine] Cellars. Please remember to support them in return by utilizing their services or purchasing their products. Parishioners and friends who contributed time, raffle prizes, and delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts are too numerous to list, but we love you all and thank you for your role in hosting such an enjoyable evening.

 

Special Guests from Monroe & Orleans Counties

Rev. Mark Noonan (front left) and part of a group of more than 70 who visited our church on October 13, 2017.

We so enjoyed meeting and hosting Rev. Mark Noonan and parishioners from churches in Holley and Hilton, NY who visited our Landmark church on October 13. Thank you Father Mark for celebrating Mass with us. We are also grateful to three of our faithful docents, Eleanor Ash, Judy Casassa and Mickey Dick, who shared their knowledge of parish history and the building’s art and architecture with our visitors, as well as Jack Curtin, David Folmar, Ozy Ibhawa, and Bob Heicklen who were on hand to welcome them. After Mass and a church tour at Blessed Trinity, these WNY pilgrims continued on to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Lewiston, NY. Click HERE for more photos of our guests from Orleans and Monroe County.

 

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.