Journey with the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo – Lent 2021

The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) invite you to journey with them this 2021 Lenten season.

Pray The Way of the Cross virtually.
Each Friday features Stations of the Cross from a different parish
beginning at 7 PM (6 PM at St. Martin de Porres on February 26)

Friday February 19 – Pray in both English and Spanish at Ss. Columba-Brigid via Ss. Columba-Brigid Website. (Contact the office for availability of in-person stations).

Friday February 26 – Join St. Martin de Porres on Facebook Live at 6PM, using Everyone’s Way of the Cross. Recorded repeat on the following Fridays. (No in person stations).

Friday March 5 – Pray the St. John Paul II scriptural stations at 7PM with Deacon Paul and Mary Weisenburger at St. Lawrence Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349; Passcode: 355159;.via Telephone: +1 646 558 8656. Interactive. (Contact the office for availability of in-person stations).

Friday March 12 – Stations with the CCCB and Catholic Relief Services via Zoom at 7PM. Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349; Passcode: 355159; via Telephone: +1 646 558 8656.

Friday March 19 – Join the Blessed Trinity parish family at 7PM via Zoom as they travel The Way in the Franciscan tradition. Telephone: +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349; Passcode: 355159. (Due to construction, there are no in-person Stations this year).

Lenten In-Person Journey Masses begin on Ash Wednesday
and continue at 7PM on the Mondays of Lent, concluding with a Penance Service.

February 17, Ash Wednesday, at Blessed Trinity, 317 Leroy Avenue

February 22 at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory Street

March 1 at Blessed Trinity, 317 Leroy Avenue

March 8 at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Avenue

March 15 at St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton Street

March 22 Penance Service at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory Street

 

February 2021 – Interior Restoration Project Underway

Now that repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – have been completed, restoration of interior artwork and repairs to the ceiling of the church have begun. Master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the process by setting up a display in church. In this photo, you can see the molds he makes to recreate deteriorated ornamental pieces. For additional photos, visit our Facebook page. The work is expected to continue through March 2021.

Christmas Season Mass Schedule

 

Thursday, December 24
9:30 PM – Choral Preludes – Blessed Trinity Choir
10:00 PM – Christmas Eve Mass

Friday, December 25
The Nativity of the Lord
10:00 AM – Mass of Christmas Day

Friday, January 1
The Solemnity of Mary
10:00 AM – Mass for the Holyday

Parish Welcomes Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr.


Rev. Robert Gebhard

Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr., appointed as temporary administrator of Blessed Trinity Parish in October 2020, celebrated Masses with his new congregation on All Saints weekend. “Father Bob” was introduced and officially welcomed at the October 31st and November 1st liturgies by Parish Council President Palma Zanghi with these words:

On this Holy Feast day of All Saints, November 1, 2020, I am pleased to introduce and​ welcome our new administrator, Fr. Robert Gebhard…otherwise Fr. Bob.

Fr. Bob comes to Blessed Trinity with a wealth of experience. He was previous Pastor of St. James Parish and also worked closely with St. Lawrence parish along with St. Gerard’s. He has been the Vicar of the Northwest Central Vicariate and also Coordinator of Catholic Urban Outreach Network.

Following his Pastoral assignment, he was on Faculty at Christ the King Seminary, where he was Director of Seminarian Human Formation where all four major dimensions of seminary life are emphasized: Human, Spiritual, Academic and Pastoral Service.

After several years, he was assigned Pastor of St John Vianney parish in Orchard Park. After taking a sabbatical, Fr Bob then returned to the Seminary where he continued work in Formation of Seminarians.

Fr. Bob is a native of Buffalo and both his parents, now in their eighties are doing well. He has one married brother and sister in law, one sister who is single and another sister and brother-in-law, along with several nieces and nephews.

He loves family get-togethers and considers family one of his greatest blessings!

Fr. Bob attended Catholic schools all the way up through undergraduate school.  He then went on to receive two Masters degrees, one  in Natural Science from University at Buffalo and another Masters degree in Divinity from Christ the King Seminary.

Fr. Bob loves nature and being outdoors. He has a cabin buried out in the woods in the Southern tier where he can periodically vacate on his days off and engage in numerous projects. He also enjoys travel and appreciates learning and exploring other geographic places.

In the future, if you see a truck regularly parked in the back lot behind the garage, it will be Fr. Bob’s!  —-How nice it will be for us, just in case we need to cart items in the back end for some of our future church projects!

Like many, Fr. Bob enjoys a good cup of coffee and we have also learned that he does enjoy chocolate too!

Fr. Bob, on behalf of our Blessed Trinity Parish Council and all the Blessed Trinity community, we welcome you and we thank you for being here and for your willingness to serve our parish.

On this Holy All Saints day may all the Saints in Heaven join us now in prayer.

As we are accustomed to doing at Blessed Trinity when praying over someone, I ask that we all extend our arms in prayer as we pray:

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for Fr. Bob and the gift of ​all our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.
We ask special blessings on Fr. Bob.
Grant him the wisdom, understanding, and the strength he needs to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Inspire him with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give him the words he needs to spread the Gospel.
Allow him to experience joy in his ministry.
Help him and all priests to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen

Fr. Bob, the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord makes His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Normally we would gather for a Reception to acknowledge such an important occasion, however, because of COVID we are not able to hold such an event. We ask that, if you can budget a little more time next weekend, there will be a “social distance receiving line” following Mass to greet and introduce yourselves to Father along with a Welcome Book to sign and extend wishes.

A receiving line took place after Masses on Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, allowing parishioners the opportunity to introduce themselves to Fr. Bob. A guest book was also provided so that everyone could write him notes of welcome and encouragement.

Sister Flavia Dampf, S.S.S., 1924-2020

Sister Flavia Dampf, S.S.S.
1924-2020

Sister Flavia Dampf, our former pastoral associate, was called home to God’s loving embrace on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the age of 96 following years of dedicated service to the Lord. She passed away at the Clarence Residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph, where she has resided since October 24, 2011.

In June 2019 Sister Flavia celebrated her Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Jubilee as a Sister of Social Service. Having worked in various capacities in our parish for more than 30 years, Sr. Flavia is remembered with affection by many parishioners and former parishioners. She is probably best known for her food pantry ministry and close association with the Western New York indigenous community, and her attention to the children of the parish. Sister Flavia also introduced the Advent “Giving Tree,” which has become a parish tradition.

A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of her life took place on October 28 at Blessed Sacrament Church on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Memorials may be made to the Cattauraugus Early Childhood Learning Center, c/o the Seneca Nation President’s Office, 90 Ohlyoh Way, P.O. Box 23, Salamanca, NY 14799.

Parishioners (L to R) Maggie Gatson, Bud Dick, Judy Casassa & Mickey Dick celebrated with Sr. Flavia Dampf on the occasion of her 75th Jubilee in June 2019.

Church Docents Tour Martin House

Blessed Trinity docents end their February 22, 2020 tour in the Carriage House at the Darwin Martin House Complex.

Members of Blessed Trinity’s docent team turned Saturday, February 22, into a Busman’s Holiday without ever leaving the neighborhood. They toured the Darwin Martin House on Jewett Parkway, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1905 – just one year before the founding of our parish less than a mile away. They all enjoyed the opportunity to ask rather than answer questions, and had a chance to share their impressions over lunch at the Parkside Meadow Restaurant.