Easter Sunday – Week of April 21, 2019

April 21 – April 28, 2019

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, April 24 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Rescheduled Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Agape Feast in St. Charles Hall.

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Easter Sunday, April 21 ~ Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Comfort and Healing for Richard Plunkett and Greg McLean (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Easter Monday, April 22 ~ No Service

Easter Tuesday, April 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Alice Alfano (The Jost Family)

Easter Wednesday, April 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Easter Thursday, April 25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Easter Friday, April 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Easter Saturday, April 27 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (John E. Curtin)

Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terrance Gress (Donna Juenker) and Edward Jost Sr.  (The Jost Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 27/28, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky,  Mary Kresse, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

News from our Parish Community

Parish Council ~ The monthly meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, April 24, in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick, 716-832-2540.

Our Third Annual Parish Agape Feast takes place Sunday, April 28, beginning at 4pm in St. Charles Hall. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to share a favorite food (appetizer, salad, meat, vegetable, casserole, pizza, dessert … you name it) for our family table. Please bring your dish plated and ready to serve. (Although we have the ability to keep hot dishes warm temporarily, we cannot cook your meal). Beverages will be provided, and ballots will be available to choose your favorites in several categories. We trust that this year’s feast will be our best yet, and that you will be there to enjoy this expression of community, sharing, and fellowship for all ages. Feel free to bring a friend.

A Blessed Trinity Treasure ~ Did you know there has been a choir at Blessed Trinity for over 75 years? The members of the choir, both past and present, have dedicated themselves to enhancing the liturgy in our beautiful church Sunday after Sunday – with more than 75 Holy Weeks under their belts. Our choristers deserve our gratitude and a friendly handshake. When you see them, please thank them for their timeless energy and love of our parish. We wouldn’t be Blessed Trinity without them! Members of expanded holiday choir: Vera Andrew, Judy Casassa, Elizabeth Clay, Luis Clay, Mickey Dick, Theresa Drum, Gayle Eagan, Adambu (“Ami”) Ejimadu, Helen Roddy Gray, Kathleen Marien, Sister Liz Savage, S.S.J., Sue Trabert, Bonnie Williams, Don Williams, and Pam Zanghi.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul
shall find rest beyond the river.

Inspired by Our Mothers ~ The Ladies Sodality’s program on Sunday, May 5, will celebrate our mothers, both living and deceased. We invite all women of the parish to join in sharing the remarkable histories of mothers, grandmothers, or other women who have inspired your lives. We would love it if you would also bring a youthful photo of her and – if you are related – your own childhood photo. Please plan to join us immediately after Mass in St. Charles Hall on May 5.

Congratulations! ~ Our parish has reached the half-way point in our goal to raise $15,000 for the Catholic Charities Appeal. If you have not yet sent in your pledge or contribution, please do so during this Lenten season. Donations may be mailed directly to Catholic Charities or you may place your Catholic Charities envelope in the collection basket. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Estate Planning Services available on Wednesdays from 3-5pm at Dr. Blackman School of Excellence (2358 Main Street @ Leroy Ave. in Buffalo). Estate Planning Services (Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy) offered by Volunteer Lawyers Project and Say Yes Legal Clinic. Pre-registration required to determine income eligibility. Contact Marci Wiseman at 716-847-0662, ext. 300 or mwiseman [at] ecbavlp [dot] com

Fundraiser for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf ~ Saturday, May 4, from 10am to 4pm. Craft and Vendor Show, Food Trucks, and ZUMBATHON (11am-1pm)…Fundraiser for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts , Math) Program participants to help with costs for upcoming trip to Boston. The trip is designed to offer the students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the real world. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at door. For information email carolc [at] smsdk12 [dot] org.

Congrega Society of Buffalo Biannual Mass & Breakfast in honor of the Crowned Virgin is Saturday, May 11, at St. Lawrence Church (1520 E. Delavan Ave.). The 9am Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Chris Okoli; members of the the St. Lawrence Chamber Choir will provide the music. Please contact Mary J. D. Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, October 21-30, 2019,  hosted by Pastor David Glassmire from Ascension Parish in Batavia. Walk where Jesus walked…cruise the Sea of Glilee…visit Nazareth, climb the Mount of Olives, and view the old city of Jerusalem. Tour cost includes airfare from Toronto, first-class hotels, breakfast and dinner, and much more. Call 585-343-1796 or email pastor [at] ascensioncc [dot] com.

Palm Sunday – Week of April 14, 2019

April 14 – April 21, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 14 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Liturgy committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in the loft

Wednesday, April 17 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo cancelled

Friday, April 19 at 12 Noon ~ Stations of the Cross in Church

Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo cancelled

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Click HERE for a schedule of 2019 Holy Week Services.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church on Good Friday at 12 Noon, followed by the Solemn Good Friday Service at 3PM.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 14 ~ Palm Sunday – Blessing of Palms and Holy Mass at 10:00 a.m. – 20th Anniversary Memorial for Carl Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis) and Terrance Gress (Requested by Peggy Mergenhagen)

Monday, April 15 ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Holy Thursday, April 18 ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Good Friday, April 19 ~ Solemn Service at 3:00 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Holy Saturday, April 20 ~ Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m. – Mary Nelson (John E. Curtin)

Easter Sunday, April 21 ~ Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Comfort and Healing for Richard Plunkett and Greg McLean (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

News from our Parish Community

Know Your Faith: What is Palm Sunday and why do we celebrate it? Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem, a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven! We commemorate this day and, by our participation in the reading of the Gospel account of His Passion, remind ourselves of all Jesus went through for us in order to redeem us and win for us salvation.

The Journey Concludes ~ Now that the palms have been waved and Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem has been celebrated, we turn our attention to the Triduum and the pilgrimage to the Resurrection. Last year was the first time the Blessed Trinity congregation joined in singing the closing hymn on Palm Sunday unaccompanied by the organ. The unity and dedication within our Parish as we journey together to the cross was so evident that this was repeated this year. Near the Cross was first a melody written in 1869 by William Howard Doane and then given to Frances Jane (Franny) Crosby to provide the text.

Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) was the author of over 8,500 gospel songs. Though blind at 6 weeks of age, Crosby began composing texts at age 6. She later became a teacher at the New York School for the Blind, where she was a student. A friend of several presidents, Crosby became one of the most important advocates for the cause of the blind in the United States. 

Her text beautifully and vividly describes a Christian’s desire to maintain the image of the cross throughout life to become closer to the divine.  May we keep her words in our heart as we move through Holy Week together.

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain
Free to all, a healing stream
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Choir practice and preparation for Holy Week resumes Tuesday, 16, at 7:00pm in the choir loft of the church. All are welcome. … Elizabeth

Parish Council Meeting Rescheduled ~ Because the third Wednesday of the month falls during Holy Week, the April Parish Council meeting has been rescheduled for the Wednesday after Easter, April 24.

Third Annual Parish Agape Feast is April 28 ~ You are cordially invited to our parish family’s Agape or Love Feast on Sunday, April 28, beginning at 4pm in St. Charles Hall. Recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry, we hope ours will prove to be an expression of community, sharing, and fellowship for all ages. In the Agape tradition, we are asking everyone who is able to contribute something to the feast. In previous years we enjoyed a bountiful array of salads, pasta, meat and vegetable dishes, pizza, desserts, and more. We trust that this year’s feast will be even better. Beverages will be provided. Please join in celebrating the Easter season and the family of Christ at Blessed Trinity on April 28. Because of the Agape meal, there will be NO coffee hour on that Sunday.

Congratulations! ~ Our parish has reached the half-way point in our goal to raise $15,000 for the Catholic Charities Appeal. If you have not yet sent in your pledge or contribution, please do so during this Lenten season. Donations may be mailed directly to Catholic Charities or you may place your Catholic Charities envelope in the collection basket. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

Thank you to the Franciscan Sisters of the Neumann Community, located in Williamsville, for their recent generous donation of altar candles to be used at Blessed Trinity throughout the coming year. Please keep the Sisters in your prayers.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Estate Planning Services available on Wednesdays from 3-5pm at Dr. Blackman School of Excellence (2358 Main Street @ Leroy Ave. in Buffalo). Estate Planning Services (Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy) offered by Volunteer Lawyers Project and Say Yes Legal Clinic. Pre-registration required to determine income eligibility. Contact Marci Wiseman at 716-847-0662, ext. 300 or mwiseman [at] ecbavlp [dot] com

Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua will be performed on Saturday, April 13 at 8pm and Sunday, April 14 at 2:30pm by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and members of the UCLA Chorus, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Visit bpo.org or call 716-885-5000 for ticket information.

Fundraiser for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf ~ Saturday, May 4, from 10am to 4pm. Craft and Vendor Show, Food Trucks, and ZUMBATHON (11am-1pm)…Fundraiser for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts , Math) Program participants to help with costs for upcoming trip to Boston. The trip is designed to offer the students opportunities to apply what they are learning in the real world. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at door. For information email carolc [at] smsdk12 [dot] org.

Congrega Society of Buffalo Biannual Mass & Breakfast in honor of the Crowned Virgin is Saturday, May 11, at St. Lawrence Church (1520 E. Delavan Ave.). The 9am Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Chris Okoli; members of the the St. Lawrence Chamber Choir will provide the music. Please contact Mary J. D. Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, October 21-30, 2019,  hosted by Pastor David Glassmire from Ascension Parish in Batavia. Walk where Jesus walked…cruise the Sea of Glilee…visit Nazareth, climb the Mount of Olives, and view the old city of Jerusalem. Tour cost includes airfare from Toronto, first-class hotels, breakfast and dinner, and much more. Call 585-343-1796 or email pastor [at] ascensioncc [dot] com.

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Week of April 7, 2019

April 7 – April 14, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, April 7 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Sodality Meeting and Spring program in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, April 10 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross in Church

Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. ~ Tenebrae Service in Church

Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, April 14 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Liturgy committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Click HERE for a complete listing of our Lenten services and programs.

Click HERE for a schedule of 2019 Holy Week Services.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church on Friday, April 12 at 6PM and on Good Friday at 12 Noon.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, April 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish)

Monday, April 8 ~ No Service

Tuesday, April 9 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, April 11 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, April 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, April 13 ~ Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m. for Martha Collier Wagner

Saturday, April 13 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – William Pernick (Family)

Sunday, April 14 ~ Palm Sunday – Blessing of Palms and Holy Mass at 10:00 a.m. – 20th Anniversary Memorial for Carl Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 13/14, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joseph Nwogu, David Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Dan Korchowsky

Detail, terra cotta baptismal font
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Parish Community

Give Me Jesus ~ Today’s meditation is an African-American spiritual that has regained popularity in the past few years due to settings by contemporary musicians such as Jeremy Camp.  The lyrics perfectly state what we need most during Lent and throughout our Christian life.

In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus.
When I am all alone, give me Jesus.
When I come to die, give me Jesus.
Give me Jesus, give me Jesus;
You can have all this world but give me Jesus.

Choir practice and preparation for Holy Week resumes Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome. … Elizabeth

Lenten Reconciliation Service for CCCB Parishes is Monday, April 8, 6:30pm at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 East Delavan Avenue. God is good. God wants to forgive, heal and make us one with him again. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) provides a special opportunity to experience the goodness and mercy of God. Join others from our churches to encounter a loving god embracing you and welcoming you back home. The service will be followed by a social gathering.

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tenebrae Service ~ An adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy of Tenebrae will take place in our church this Friday evening, April 12, at 7:30.

What is Tenebrae? Tenebrae (meaning ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’) is a prayer of the church during the Triduum or 3 days leading up to Easter. It includes seven readings relating the story of Jesus’ passion and death. After each reading a candle is extinguished, followed by a prayer and sung response. The service ends as the “Christ candle” is carried out, leaving the church in darkness. As Our Lord is symbolically hidden from view, a loud noise is heard, recalling the earthquake or disruption of nature at the Crucifixion. The clergy and the faithful leave the church in silence, with no hymn.

We are privileged to have been chosen by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum to collaborate with them for their revival of Tenebrae, and we encourage you to be with us for this moving prayer experience. The readings will be done by our own parishioners with sung responses by the Schola. Established in the fall of 2017 by Steve Quebral, the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum is a local “a cappella” choir dedicated to performing, promoting, and preserving the great treasury of sacred choral music of the Catholic Church. Its members include our own Elizabeth and Luis Clay.

Congratulations! ~ Our parish has reached the half-way point in our goal to raise $15,000 for the Catholic Charities Appeal. If you have not yet sent in your pledge or contribution, please do so during this Lenten season. Donations may be mailed directly to Catholic Charities or you may place your Catholic Charities envelope in the collection basket. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Thank you (on behalf of Fr. Victor and the entire Blessed Trinity Parish) to Vera Andrew, Jessie Wells, Bob Heicklen, and Bud Dick for all their work in making the “Bring Your Friend to Church” celebration and reception such a beautiful, delicious, and enjoyable event. And to our Super Soup Chefs, Judy Casassa, Colleen Schroeder, Sr. Liz Savage, Cathy Cummings and David Folmer. We enjoyed Pizza soup, Turkey-Rice, Beef-Vegetable, Black-eyed Pea with Kale, and Northern Bean with corn bread at the March 27 Soup Supper. Thank you to the volunteers who supplied an abundance of breads, butter, and cookies. We did not go hungry! Much appreciation for the set-up help of Maggie Gatson, Kathy Press, and Ellen Duffy, our cook/servers, and all who helped clean up before viewing “The Way,” a film provided by Bonnie and Don Williams.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

Thank you to the Franciscan Sisters of the Neumann Community, located in Williamsville, for their recent generous donation of altar candles to be used at Blessed Trinity throughout the coming year. Please keep the Sisters in your prayers.

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

Blessed Trinity’s baldachino and stained glass skylight
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Estate Planning Services available on Wednesdays from 3-5pm at Dr. Blackman School of Excellence (2358 Main Street @ Leroy Ave. in Buffalo). Estate Planning Services (Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy) offered by Volunteer Lawyers Project and Say Yes Legal Clinic. Pre-registration required to determine income eligibility. Contact Marci Wiseman at 716-847-0662, ext. 300 or mwiseman [at] ecbavlp [dot] com

Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua will be performed on Saturday, April 13 at 8pm and Sunday, April 14 at 2:30pm by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and members of the UCLA Chorus, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Visit bpo.org or call 716-885-5000 for ticket information.

Congrega Society of Buffalo Biannual Mass & Breakfast in honor of the Crowned Virgin is Saturday, May 11, at St. Lawrence Church (1520 E. Delavan Ave.). The 9am Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Chris Okoli; members of the the St. Lawrence Chamber Choir will provide the music. Please contact Mary J. D. Steinhauser at 716-656-7195 to be added to the breakfast count.

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Week of March 31, 2019

The Apostles Creed is depicted in symbols on either side of main entrance doors to our church.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

March 31 – April 7, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 31 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – “Bring a Friend to Church” luncheon in St. Charles Hall

Monday, April 1 following 6:30 p.m. Mass – CCCB Parish Social in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, April 3 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
(Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, April 3 beginning at 6:45 p.m. ~  Lenten Program in St. Charles Hall ~ “Major World Religions: More Unites Us Than You Think”

Thursday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross in Church

Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, April 7 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Sodality Meeting and Spring program in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

 

Click HERE for a complete listing of our Lenten services and programs.

Click HERE for a schedule of 2019 Holy Week Services.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church
at 6PM every Friday through April 12.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 31 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Sr. Ann Helene Koenig (Requested by Colleen Schroeder) and Eternal Rest for Barbara Draper (Requested by Nancy DeBoy)

Monday, April 1 ~ St. Francis of Paola ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at 6:30 p.m. in Church – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Tuesday, April 2 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, April 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Josephine Zanghi (Palma Zanghi)

Thursday, April 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, April 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, April 5 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – First Friday Adoration and Benediction in Daily Mass Chapel

Saturday, April 6 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – William Pernick (Family)

Sunday, April 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, April 6/7, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Avery White; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky,  Pat Hartinger, Bernice Bradley; Choir – Kathleen Marien

Lenten presentation in St. Charles Hall,
Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm,
“Major World Religions: More Unites Us Than You Think”

News from our Parish Community

Invite a Friend ~ Sunday, March 31 is our annual Bring your friend, neighbor, or family member to church Sunday. An expanded coffee hour will follow our services. Details have been mailed in a letter to all parishioners.

A Banquet? During Lent? The Fourth Sunday of Lent has been known as Laetare (Lay-tah’-reh) Sunday, taken from the entrance antiphon for today: Rejoice, O Jerusalem.  It marks the midpoint of the Lenten season to encourage the faithful to stay on the course to Easter.  Even though it is still Lent, today’s Liturgy feels less stark and more…joyful! Today’s Responsorial Psalm captures the spirit of the day:

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the Lord; the lowly will hear me and be glad.
Glorify the Lord with me, let us together extol his name.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him.

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord!

Choir practice resumes Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome! … Elizabeth

Support for Christians in the Holy Land ~ On the weekend of March 30/31, representatives of the Three Kings Bethlehem olive wood group will be present at our church with a display of their sacred wood-carved objects for purchase. These items are made by 25 families from the Holy Land who struggle to make a living due to the detrimental effect that ongoing conflicts in that area have had on tourism. Please take time to visit with them and support their livelihood.

Monday April 1 at 6:30pm ~ Blessed Trinity hosts the CCCB Lenten Journey Mass. Please be there to welcome parishioners from Ss. Columba-Brigid, St. Lawrence and St. Martin dePorres, and plan to stay for the social in St. Charles Hall.

Wednesday Lenten Series ~ This Wednesday, April 3, our Lenten series features Sheila Lyons, a faculty member at Sacred Heart Academy. Her presentation, entitled “Major World Religions: More Unites Us than You Think,” will examine similarities and differences in significant areas of religious expression. This expanded understanding should help us appreciate the interconnections among various belief systems, even as we note the variations and cherish our own faith. Please join us in St. Charles Hall for dessert, served at 6:45pm and Ms. Lyons’ talk at 7pm.

The Ladies Sodality welcomes Spring at our next meeting on Sunday, April 7, immediately after Mass. Following a brief business meeting in St. Charles Hall, we will engage in a bit of nostalgia by viewing a video of our April 30, 2006 Centennial Fashion Show. You can’t help but smile as friends, young and old, take to the runway. Come for the fashion; stay for the fun. All parish women are invited.

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tenebrae Service ~ An adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy of Tenebrae will take place in our church on Friday evening, April 12, at 7:30, with choral music provided by The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. Please make time to attend this moving service which includes seven readings relating the story of Christ’s passion and death. It will be preceded by Stations of the Cross at 6pm.

Know Your Faith ~ What is Lent and why do we observe it?

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays. Sundays are excluded from the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter,” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.The forty days of Lent represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry (Matt. 4:1-2).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday when many Christians solemnly mark their foreheads with ash, and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

As part of the Lenten observances, some give up smoking, others give up chewing gum, still others give up over-eating or cursing. The Church calls us to observe Lent as God’s children through three spiritual exercises: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We are also encouraged to attend and participate in Stations of the Cross, and to take up other individual spiritual exercises.

May all the preparations we make to celebrate Easter be a source of strength to us as we everyday prepare for the coming of God’s kingdom.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant.

Report Hotline: 716 895-3010
Diocese of Buffalo
Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

Thank you to the Franciscan Sisters of the Neumann Community, located in Williamsville, for their recent generous donation of altar candles to be used at Blessed Trinity throughout the coming year. Please keep the Sisters in your prayers.

Charities Annual Appeal is now underway. Donations to the Appeal in 2018 helped to impact the lives of over 152,000 people throughout Western New York with programs ranging from counseling and substance abuse services, education and job training, to specialized services for the elderly. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs. Your help is needed to continue this important work. “Help your neighbor FIND HOPE.” If you did not receive a pledge card in the mail, extras are available on the tables by the church entrances. Our chairman, Bob Heicklen, will be happy to accept your pledge or check. Please give generously.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Note of Appreciation from Haven House ~ Mary Cornwell, Chief Development Officer with Child  & Family Services, has written a letter to our parish expressing thanks on behalf of Haven House for our January donation of $723 raised through the 2018 Giving Tree. She reminds us that this generosity helps support their 30 programs vital to children and families in the community and extends her appreciation to all of you.

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

The ceramic tympanum over the church’s main door depicts the Blessed Trinity. The symbols below represent The Our Father. They were sculpted by P. Kuhnle who worked for O. W. Ketchem Co. in its Crum Lynne, PA terra cotta factory.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Estate Planning Services available on Wednesdays from 3-5pm at Dr. Blackman School of Excellence (2358 Main Street @ Leroy Ave. in Buffalo). Estate Planning Services (Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy) offered by Volunteer Lawyers Project and Say Yes Legal Clinic. Pre-registration required to determine income eligibility. Contact Marci Wiseman at 716-847-0662, ext. 300 or mwiseman [at] ecbavlp [dot] com

Saturday April 6 at 3pm ~ “Mark Twain Live!” with Mike Randall at Presbyterian Village / North Church (214 Village Park Dr.ive in Williamsville). RSVP to Lisa at 716-631-3430.

Saturday April 6 at 7:30 ~ Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents “My Spirit Sang All Day” – a concert of Sacred Lenten and Reflective Choral Music to soothe the soul and lift the spirit at St. Michael Church (651 Washington Street in Buffalo). Call 716-775-7664 or visit  BuffaloChoralArts.org.

Third Sunday of Lent – Week of March 24, 2019

Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25.
Large ceramic relief in the church narthex depicting the Annunciation. The artist, P. Kuhnle, pictures the Virgin Mary being invited by the Angel Gabriel to be the mother of the Savior. (Luke 1:26-38). Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

March 24 – March 31, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 24 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Sunday Movie Matinee, “The Way,” showing in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 27 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Wednesday, March 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  ~ Soup Supper in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m.  ~ Movie Night – Part 2 of “The Way,” showing in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross in Church

Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, March 31 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – “Bring a Friend to Church” luncheon in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Click HERE for a complete listing of our Lenten services and programs.

Click HERE for a schedule of 2019 Holy Week Services.

 

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sara Dick (Requested by Family) and 14-year anniversary for Evelyn Schmelzer (Requested by Mary Karlis)

Monday, March 25 ~ The Annunciation of the Lord ~ No Service

Tuesday, March 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, March 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, March 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, March 30 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – God’s Protection for Feyisara Arimoro (Victoria E. Abitogun)

Sunday, March 31 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Sr. Ann Helene Koenig (Requested by Colleen Schroeder) and Eternal Rest for Barbara Draper (Requested by Nancy DeBoy)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 30/31, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky,  Pat Hartinger, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church
at 6PM every Friday through April 12.

News from our Parish Community

March Birthday Blessing ~ Join us after Mass on Sunday, March 24, for the monthly Birthday Prayer offered for all those born during the month of March.

Sunday Movie Matinee ~ Our 2019 Lenten programming includes a PG-13 rated movie, The Way, rated PG-13, which will be shown in two parts beginning on Sunday, March 24, following 10am Mass. Directed and written by Emilio Estevez, the movie stars Martin Sheen as an American father who travels to France to retrieve the body of his estranged son, who died while attempting the pilgrimage to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela (burial site of St. James the Apostle). He decides to take the journey himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his son. Pastry & beverages will be served; bring a “brown bag” lunch if you prefer. The second half of the movie will be shown at 7pm on Wednesday, March 27, following our Lenten Soup Supper and will conclude with a group discussion.

Liturgical Music During Lent ~ As we approach the midpoint of our Lenten journey, you may be wondering about the changes that have happened during the liturgy. There are three major differences the music ministers must understand while planning the music during Lent:

  1. The singing and reciting of the Gloria is omitted (except on the Solemnity of St. Joseph and the Annunciation).
  1. We do not sing “Alleluias” for the Gospel Acclamation, instead using “Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.”
  1. There should be a change in sensory perception when at Mass – the vestments change, the liturgical colors change, and the choice of music changes.

Lenten music does not have to be sad or slow all of the time. This season is the cornerstone of Liturgical music, as is evidenced by the beauty of the melodies and texts. At Blessed Trinity, we have changed the Mass setting to “The Mass of Spirit and Grace.” We are turning to spirituals for the Communion meditations, as this music captures faith in Jesus and triumph over suffering.  What better way to prepare our hearts for the Triduum?

The Son of God most holy,
In whom He found delight
Stood radiant on the mountain
Transfigured by His light.
Beloved of the Father
And brother of our race,
O touch our hearts and heal them,
Transform us by your grace.

“Lenten Prayer” by S. Delores Duffner, O.S.B., Copyright 1982, 1983 by Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Choir practice resumes Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome! … Elizabeth

Lenten Soup Supper
Wed., March 27.
Photo Credit: Phyllis Lobbins

Lenten Soup Supper ~ Our Lenten Soup Supper is this Wednesday, March 27. Supper will be served from 5:30-6:30pm, allowing for a quick clean-up before viewing the conclusion of our two-part movie, The Way, at 7pm. Everything takes place in St. Charles Hall.

Invite a Friend ~ Sunday, March 31 is our annual Bring your friend, neighbor, or family member to church Sunday. An expanded coffee hour will follow our services. Details have been mailed in a letter to all parishioners.

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal is now underway. Donations to the Appeal in 2018 helped to impact the lives of over 152,000 people throughout Western New York with programs ranging from counseling and substance abuse services, education and job training, to specialized services for the elderly. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs. Your help is needed to continue this important work. “Help your neighbor FIND HOPE.” If you did not receive a pledge card in the mail, extras are available on the tables by the church entrances. Our chairman, Bob Heicklen, will be happy to accept your pledge or check. Please give generously.

Support for Christians in the Holy Land ~ On the weekend of March 30/31, representatives of the Three Kings Bethlehem olive wood group will be present at our church with a display of their sacred wood-carved objects for purchase. These items are made by 25 families from the Holy Land who struggle to make a living due to the detrimental effect that ongoing conflicts in that area have had on tourism. Please take time to visit with them and support their livelihood.

Note of Appreciation from Haven House ~ Mary Cornwell, Chief Development Officer with Child  & Family Services, has written a letter to our parish expressing thanks on behalf of Haven House for our January donation of $723 raised through the 2018 Giving Tree. She reminds us that this generosity helps support their 30 programs vital to children and families in the community and extends her appreciation to all of you.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

The ceramic tympanum over the church’s main door depicts the Blessed Trinity. The symbols below represent The Our Father. They were sculpted by P. Kuhnle who worked for O. W. Ketchem Co. in its Crum Lynne, PA terra cotta factory.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Friday March 29 at 7pm at St. Leo the Great (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst) ~ Let’s Talk About…KEEPING THE FAITH in Crisis and Suffering. When crisis hits, how do you hold on? What role does faith play when suffering? Three Catholics will speak about the experience of faith and suffering in crisis, followed by a Q&A. Panelists include recently exonerated Fr. Roy Herberger; Jaqueline Joy, LCSW, Victim Assistance Coordinator; and Jean O’Brien, cancer victim and Catholic mother of 8. Msgr. Robert Zapfel will moderate the panel discussion; followed by light refreshments. Event is free with free childcare upon request by March 22. For more information, visit stleothegreatamherst.com or call 716-835-8905.

Saturday March 30, 10:30am – 3:30pm is a Lenten Retreat: Praying for our Country at Fourteen Holy Helpers (Msgr. Ebner Hall, 1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Registration starts at 10 am. There will be presentations, group activities, and lunch. No cost. To RSVP, call the rectory at 716-674-2374.

Saturday April 6 at 3pm ~ “Mark Twain Live!” with Mike Randall at Presbyterian Village / North Church (214 Village Park Dr.ive in Williamsville). RSVP to Lisa at 716-631-3430.

Saturday April 6 at 7:30 ~ Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents “My Spirit Sang All Day” – a concert of Sacred Lenten and Reflective Choral Music to soothe the soul and lift the spirit at St. Michael Church (651 Washington Street in Buffalo). Call 716-775-7664 or visit  BuffaloChoralArts.org.

Second Sunday of Lent – Week of March 17, 2019

St. Joseph
March 19
This depiction of St. Joseph holding the Christ Child appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting
of “Evangelists and Apostles” in the church’s great dome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

March 17 – March 24, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 17 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 20 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.  ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Friday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross in Church

Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, March 24 following 10:00 a. m. Mass – Sunday Movie Matinee, “The Way,” showing in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Click HERE for a complete listing of our Lenten services and programs.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, March 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William Stiffler (Requested by Family) and Terrence Gress (Requested by John Curtin)

Monday, March 18 ~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem ~ No Service

Tuesday, March 19 ~ St. Joseph ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Alice Rose Schroeder (Colleen Schroeder)

Wednesday, March 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, March 21 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, March 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, March 23 ~ St. Turibius of Magrovejo ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Forgiveness of Sins of Feyisara Arimoro (Victoria E. Abitogun)

Sunday, March 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sara Dick (Family) and 14-year anniversary for Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 23/24, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joseph Nwogu, Maggie Gatson; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky,  Mary Kresse, Alice Davis; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Stations of the Cross will be prayed in the church
at 6PM and every Friday through April 12.

News from our Parish Community

Lenten Programming ~ A complete schedule of special Lenten services and program offerings planned by the parish council has been mailed to parishioners. Please save the schedule and make a special effort to participate as often as possible.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick, 716-832-2540. Wednesday Lenten programming continues on March 27.

Where is the organ? The organ at Blessed Trinity has had a very difficult winter and has had great difficulty accommodating to the recent freeze/thaw cycles.  Abrupt changes in temperature cause old, brittle wires to come loose and even break apart, creating the unpleasant “blatting” sounds you may have noticed over the past weeks. This beautiful original instrument to the church was built by the Tellers-Kent Organ Company in 1927 at a cost of $9,500. It has three manuals (keyboards) and twenty-three individual sections of working pipes, known as “ranks.” To date, the organ has undergone three major renovations.  In the early 1950’s, the mechanics of the organ were pushed back and into the side walls of the church in an effort to increase standing space in the loft to accommodate more choir members.  In the early 1980’s, the original leather coverings to the wind chests of the organ were replaced as well as some of the electrical wiring.  It underwent its third major renovation in late 2012 with the complete reconstruction of the console.  In late 2018, the oboe rank was completely restored and debuted at our Christmas Eve Mass. Timothy Smith of Chesapeake Organ Service has been responsible for the most recent maintenance and restoration of the historic 1927 Tellers-Kent.  He has been contacted to address the most recent concerns and we hope to have the organ up and working again in time for our Palm Sunday Liturgy.  In the meantime, the baby grand piano will lead us in worship at BT throughout the Lenten season. Choir practice resumes Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall.  Add your voice! … Elizabeth

Sunday Movie Matinee ~ Our 2019 Lenten programming includes a PG-13 rated movie, The Way, rated PG-13, which will be shown in two parts beginning on Sunday, March 24, following 10am Mass. Directed and written by Emilio Estevez, the movie stars Martin Sheen as an American father who travels to France to retrieve the body of his estranged son, who died while attempting the pilgrimage to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela (burial site of St. James the Apostle). He decides to take the journey himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his son. Pastry & beverages will be served; bring a “brown bag” lunch if you prefer. The second half of the movie will be shown at 7pm on Wednesday, March 27, following our Lenten Soup Supper and will conclude with a group discussion.

Lenten Soup Supper ~ Amy Johnson is seeking five “soup-er” chefs to simmer up and share their specialty on Wednesday, March 27, at our Lenten Soup Supper in St. Charles Hall. Volunteers willing to provide bread or bake cookies are also needed. Please take time to add your name to one of the Soup Supper sign-up sheets found on the entrance tables. If you aren’t sure, please take time this week to check your recipes and then give Amy a call at 716-836-4694. Supper will be served from 5:30-6:30pm, allowing for a quick clean-up before viewing the conclusion of our two-part movie at 7pm.

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal starts March 10. Donations to the Appeal in 2018 helped to impact the lives of over 152,000 people throughout Western New York with programs ranging from counseling and substance abuse services, education and job training, to specialized services for the elderly. You are now able to choose from three options and direct how your Appeal gift is used: give to the Appeal as in previous years, benefiting Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith (which supports ministries and programs of the Diocese); to Catholic Charities only; or to the Fund for the Faith only. For more information about the Fund for the Faith, please visit www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs.Your help is need to continue this important work. “Help your neighbor FIND HOPE.” If you did not receive a pledge card in the mail, extras are available on the tables by the church entrances. Our chairman, Bob Heicklen, will be happy to accept your pledge or check. Please give generously.

Invite a Friend ~ Sunday, March 31 is our annual Bring your friend, neighbor, or family member to church Sunday. An expanded coffee hour will follow our services. Details will be mailed in a letter to all parishioners.

On March 17 we celebrate the feast of St. Patrick of Ireland who died in 492. A depiction of the popular saint holding a symbol of The Trinity – the shamrock – appears in the dome of our church. The painting was done on canvas by a local artist,
Joseph Mazur, and then affixed to the dome.
Photo credit: Duane Held

Know Your Faith: Can Catholics listen to any gospel music outside the Catholic songs? Catholics are not bound to listen only to Catholic songs. They are encouraged to use Catholic songs for liturgical celebrations. Gospel music may be listened to, as long as it helps us to connect with God or helps us on our spiritual journey. When we sing, listen to, or dance to gospel music, the intention is to give praise to God. O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (Psalms 95:1). We are told that David sang and danced at the temple in praise of God (2 Samuel 6:14-20). As we entertain ourselves, we should not forget that the creator, God, deserves the praise. We are told that he who sings well prays twice. Music is good for the soul–it can lift up our spirit and help us to relate to God and give praise to God. So listen to good music, pray with music, and keep enjoying God’s gift to us in music. Some scriptural passages that expresses the use of music in praising God:

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power (Psalms 150:1–6); Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16); Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19); Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands (Psalms 100:1-2); My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed (Psalms 71:23); Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise (Psalms 33:3); And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them (Acts 16:25); Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms (James 5:13); And that the Gentiles might glorify God for [his] mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name (Romans 15:9); Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee (Hebrews 2:12); I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High (Psalms 9:2); And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20); Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp (Psalms 149:3); What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also (1 Corinthians 14:15); Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs (Psalms 150:4); And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of [instruments made of] fire wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals (2 Samuel 6:5); And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30); But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him (2 Kings 3:15); God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Attention Parents ~ Blessed Trinity is pleased to announce the renewal of our Religious Education Program for your children. Please sign up on the pink sheets located on the tables by the church entrances or call the church office, Office hours are: 10:30am -2:30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our last financial report (included in a recent bulletin) shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or  for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Has your contact information changed? Our parish secretary is finding that our parish records contain a growing number of not-in-service phone numbers, and the recent parish mailing resulted in several letters returned for “expired forwarding.” If your contact information has changed, you can notify the rectory office in one of several ways: use the form on the back of the bulletin; phone our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; send an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Click HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “New Contact” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

The Ladies Sodality would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our March 3 Mardi Gras Raffle. Sister Ann Koenig was doubly blessed, winning both the Basket of Cheer AND the Wegman’s gift card. The Dash’s gift card was won by Ms. Teri Muth. Proceeds of the raffle have now topped $950.00, for which we are truly thankful!

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Friday March 22, 4-7pm ~ Lenten Fish Fry at St. Margaret Rectory (1395 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo). Ticket includes haddock, two side dishes, roll, butter, dessert, and a beverage. Dine-in or carry-out available. Two seatings: first is 4-5:30 pm, second is 6-7:30 pm.  Also, 50-50 and theme basket raffles. For tickets, contact Diane at 716-876-5318.

Saturday March 23, 9am-3:30pm ~ Renewing Our Energy: Fostering Faith and Hope, a Lenten Day of Prayer offered by the Grey Nuns and Friends at Madonna Hall on the D’Youville College campus (320 Porter Avenue in Buffalo). Free parking. Bring your own lunch (cold drinks provided). Free will offering. Call Arlene to register at 716-440-9260 or email arlpez [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Christ the King Seminary Come & See Week, March 25 – 29. How can faith shape your future? Come and see! Discover the many ways a lay graduate degree from Christ the King Seminary can enhance your professional, personal, and faith journey while deepening your experience in work, life, and Observe a class, meet with faculty and students, and explore the campus. To learn more visit cks.edu/comeandsee or call 716-655-7081.

Friday March 29 at 7pm at St. Leo the Great (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst) ~ Let’s Talk About…KEEPING THE FAITH in Crisis and Suffering. When crisis hits, how do you hold on? What role does faith play when suffering? Three Catholics will speak about the experience of faith and suffering in crisis, followed by a Q&A. Panelists include recently exonerated Fr. Roy Herberger; Jaqueline Joy, LCSW, Victim Assistance Coordinator; and Jean O’Brien, cancer victim and Catholic mother of 8. Msgr. Robert Zapfel will moderate the panel discussion; followed by light refreshments. Event is free with free childcare upon request by March 22. For more information, visit stleothegreatamherst.com or call 716-835-8905.  

Saturday March 30, 10:30am – 3:30pm is a Lenten Retreat: Praying for our Country at Fourteen Holy Helpers (Msgr. Ebner Hall, 1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Registration starts at 10 am. There will be presentations, group activities, and lunch. No cost. To RSVP, call the rectory at 716-674-2374.

Saturday April 6 at 3pm ~ “Mark Twain Live!” with Mike Randall at Presbyterian Village / North Church (214 Village Park Dr.ive in Williamsville). RSVP to Lisa at 716-631-3430.

Saturday April 6 at 7:30 ~ Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents “My Spirit Sang All Day” – a concert of Sacred Lenten and Reflective Choral Music to soothe the soul and lift the spirit at St. Michael Church (651 Washington Street in Buffalo). Call 716-775-7664 or visit  BuffaloChoralArts.org.

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