This Week

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 17, 2019

Symbols of the Eight Beatitudes (Mt. 5:3-11; Lk. 6:20-23) can be found in the church’s Corinthian Capitals.
The “pure in heart” are represented by the lily.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, “Buffalo News.”

February 17 – February 24, 2019

Weekly Activities

February 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church

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

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

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

Friday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, February 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour 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

Sunday, February 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Rev. John Kuhlman (Requested by John E. Curtin) and Franklin Edward Jost (Requested by Angela Jost)

Monday, February 18 ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Rita Curtin (Family)

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

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

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

Saturday, February 23 ~ St. Polycarp ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Ann Skea (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, February 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Morris Heicklen (Son, Robert) and Barbara Draper (Judy Casassa)

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

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Grace Iheki; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Fran Cahill

The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, celebrated on February 22, commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in His place as the servant-authority of the whole Church. This depiction of St. Peter (holding keys) , appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting of “Evangelists and Apostles” in the church’s great dome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

Grant Us Peace ~ In 2006, the Cheektowaga Central School District’s Music Boosters commissioned a choral work to celebrate the district’s 50th anniversary and looked to local composer, music educator and radio personality Martin J. Wimmer. The texts combine a Chinese proverb as well as a traditional Latin prayer. The Blessed Trinity Choir was privileged to sing this work, which reflects the universal desire for peace in our world, as this Sunday’s meditation.

Peace 

If there is light in the soul,
there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.

Peace, peace, grant us peace.
Dona nobis pacem.

Choir practice continues February 19 at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome … Elizabeth

Rescheduled Council Meeting ~ The Parish Council will meet on FRIDAY, February 22, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. We appreciate our members’ willingness to accommodate this schedule change. Please make every effort to attend, as we will be finalizing plans for Lent.

February Coffee Hour Includes Discussion ~ During our monthly after-Mass coffee hour in St. Charles Hall on February 24, there will be a meeting for all parishioners who wish to ask any questions or clarify items that were part of our annual financial report.

March 3 Mardi Gras Raffle ~ The Ladies Sodality thanks those who have already made their raffle returns in support of our 2019 fundraiser – the first in two years. The first-prize Basket of Cheer is valued at $225; second and third prizes are gift cards from Wegmans ($50) and Dash’s ($25). If you did not receive tickets in the mail or need more, extras are on the tables near each entrance. You may also obtain tickets from Sodality board members or by calling the rectory office (716-833-0301). Tickets are only $1 each or 6 for $5, and returns may be made to Sodality treasurer, Amy Johnson, with checks payable to “Ladies Sodality.” The raffle is only 2 weeks away! Plan to join us after Mass on March 3, “Fat Sunday,” for a special pre-Lenten coffee hour and prize giveaway. We are thankful for the generosity of Bill and Gwen Warren, and local supermarkets Wegmans (Amherst St.) and Dash’s (Hertel Ave.).

Lenten Prayer Partners ~ We are about to begin sign-up for the CCCB Prayer Partner Program. If you haven’t experienced this yet, we hope you will try this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from another participating parish to pray for during Lent. Praying in Jesus name seems so important in our world today. Why do we do this?  It’s rather simple. Jesus told us: “that if two or more agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my Father” (Matthew 18: 19, 20). This helps us see the importance of praying with and for one another. Each partner begins to pray for the other’s needs, concerns or special intentions. How do I do it?  It can be a simple prayer of remembrance for your prayer partner’s needs; you can include them in a decade of the rosary, at mass time, or during your own individual time of prayer. If they give their phone number, you can make a personal contact to introduce yourself and exchange intentions with one another but it is not required. It is up to the individual and how the Spirit leads them. Our shut-ins are also welcome to add their name to the sign-up sheet by telling the home visitor or calling the parish office to add their name. Look for the yellow sign-up paper on the tables by the entrances at weekend masses during February. The Prayer Partner Committee invites you to join us. Call, Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 x 114 with your questions.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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.

A cherubic angel tops a column in the choir loft. Partially visible below it is the top of a “poor man’s staff,” symbolizing the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit….”
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

8-part Study on Mary, Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for YOU! begins on Wednesday, February 20, in the Notre Dame Academy conference room (1125 Abbott Road in Buffalo). Join us February 20-April 17 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information or to register, email diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com, call 716-823-7077, or visit stmartinbuffalo.com.

Camerata di ‘Sant Antonio performs Sunday, February 24,  7:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Church behind Buffalo City Hall. We’re celebrating “Carnevaldi” with the Women of Vivaldi in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria as it was heard by the master himself, sung by an all-female choir including female Tenors and female Basses!  Also on the program, the WNY premiere of his overture to the opera Arsilda, and a solo aria from his recently re-discovered opera Farnace, sung by a female baritone. Other works from or about Venice include Pedrollo’s Concertino for Oboe and Strings, and Paganini’s variations Il Carnevale di Venezia! Stay afterward for the reception where we’re serving Bellini and Venetian hors d’oeuvres and sweets.  Masks optional, but encouraged! Tickets ($20) available at the door or by subscription. Free admission for ages 17 and under (accompanied by an adult). www.cameratabflo.com

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 10, 2019

The setting of today’s Gospel (Lk 5:1-11, Christ preaching from a boat in the Lake of Gennesaret, is depicted in terra cotta relief over an interior door in the church nave. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

February 10 – February 17, 2019

Weekly Activities

February 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Religious Education Volunteers in the Sacristy

Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible Discussion in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 13 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, February 17 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in Church

*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

Sunday, February 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Franklin Edward Jost (Requested by Angela Jost)

Monday, February 11 ~ Our Lady of Lourdes ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, February 13 ~ St. Benignus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, February 14 ~ Ss. Cyril and Methodius ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, February 16 ~ The Presentation of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Velma Holt (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, February 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Rev. John Kuhlman (John E. Curtin)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 16/17, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

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

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11.
The painting in the Lady Chapel to the left of the Sanctuary at Blessed Trinity is of the Virgin Mary “seen fulfilling the prophecy of Genesis (3:15), with the serpent under her feet.” The figure to the left of Mary is “St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879), to whom Our Lady appeared at Lourdes, France in 1858…. The message of Lourdes was really an invitation to trust in the power of prayer regardless of how desperate the situation is….”
(Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, p. 44).

News from our Parish Community

Becoming Holy Through Music ~ Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exultate, that explains how to live a holy life. He calls the Beatitudes “Christ’s identity card” (#63) and explains that practicing the beatitudes makes us holy. Pope Francis then tells us we must have the following attitudes if we are to become holy in today’s world: perseverance, patience and meekness (112-121); joy and a sense of humor (122-128); being part of a community (140-146); and praying constantly (147-157). This weekend’s substitute Music Ministers, Luis Clay and Don Williams, are wonderful examples of Blessed Trinity’s musical community. Their willingness to lead the music during worship in the director’s absence is a true blessing in our church and a beautiful example of trying to live a holy life.  We are all truly grateful for their musicianship and leadership. Choir practice continues February 12 at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome … Elizabeth

Religious Education Volunteers ~ We thank parishioners Palma Zanghi, Daniel Korchowsky, Cathy Cummings, and Patty Gallisdorfer for volunteering to help us begin a Religious Education Program. Fr. Victor will meet with this group after Mass on Sunday, February 10, in the Sacristy.

Bible Discussion Meeting for the new year continues on Wednesday February 13, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. The booklet for bible discussion meetings is Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta. (Loyola Press, 2002). Copies are available from Althea Porter. The assigned reading for February’s discussion is the Week 5 reading, pages 54-63.  For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, February 17.

Rescheduled Council Meeting ~ Because of a conflict with another important meeting, the February Parish Council meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, February 22, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

February Coffee Hour Includes Discussion ~ During our monthly after-Mass coffee hour in St. Charles Hall on February 24, there will be a meeting for all parishioners who wish to ask any questions or clarify items that were part of our annual financial report.

March 3 Mardi Gras Raffle ~ The Ladies Sodality is holding its first fundraiser in two years. Again, thanks to the generosity of our friends, Bill and Gwen Warren, who have donated the contents of our first-prize Basket of Cheer valued at approximately $225. Local supermarkets Wegmans (Amherst St.) and Dash’s (Hertel Ave.) have donated the second and third prize gift cards, $50 and $25 respectively. If you did not receive tickets in the mail this week, you will find extras on the tables near each entrance. You may also obtain tickets from Sodality board members or by calling the rectory office (716-833-0301). Tickets are still only $1 each or 6 for $5. Please make your returns as soon as possible; the raffle is only 3 weeks away. Then plan to join us after Mass on “Fat Sunday” for a special pre-Lenten coffee hour and prize giveaway.

Lenten Prayer Partners ~ We are about to begin sign-up for the CCCB Prayer Partner Program. If you haven’t experienced this yet, we hope you will try this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from another participating parish to pray for during Lent. Praying in Jesus name seems so important in our world today. Why do we do this?  It’s rather simple. Jesus told us: “that if two or more agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my Father” (Matthew 18: 19, 20). This helps us see the importance of praying with and for one another. Each partner begins to pray for the other’s needs, concerns or special intentions. How do I do it?  It can be a simple prayer of remembrance for your prayer partner’s needs; you can include them in a decade of the rosary, at mass time, or during your own individual time of prayer. If they give their phone number, you can make a personal contact to introduce yourself and exchange intentions with one another but it is not required. It is up to the individual and how the Spirit leads them. Our shut-ins are also welcome to add their name to the sign-up sheet by telling the home visitor or calling the parish office to add their name. Look for the yellow sign-up paper on the tables by the entrances at weekend masses during February. The Prayer Partner Committee invites you to join us. Call, Sr. Maureen at 716-897-9948 x 114 with your questions.

Part-Time Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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.

A cherubic angel tops a column in the choir loft. Partially visible below it is the top of a “poor man’s staff,” symbolizing the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit….”
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Church Musicians’ Guild will host a conversation on Liturgy and the Disaffiliated  on Sunday, February 10 at 2pm at the SUNY Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). Discuss the role of ritual in 21st century life and the possibility of making it more welcoming. Whether our preferences are traditional or contemporary, our shared endeavor is worship in Spirit and in truth, aiming for the worship described in Nehemiah 8. For further information, contact Glenn Hufnagel at gphufnagel [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Choirs of Calvary Church and St. Louis Church present Evensong Concert,  Sunday, February 10 at 4pm at St. Louis Church (35 Edward Street in Buffalo). Featured will be works of Hovland, Hogan, Durufle, Willan, Faure and others. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 716-852-6040.

Barbecue Dinner on Wednesday, February 13, 3:30-7:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). The Chiavetta’s chicken dinner will include a half-chicken, two salads, roll and butter. Beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. Dine-in or take-out available. Proceeds will fully support the 2018-19 Msgr. Martin Class B Champion Football Team. For information or tickets, call 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email sdudley [at] cardinalohara [dot] com.

Retrouvaille Lifeline for Marriage Program presents Help for Troubled Marriages 3-day weekend workshop in Buffalo beginning on Friday, February 15. Pre-registration required. Visit helpourmarriage.org or call 716-474-9371.

8-part Study on Mary, Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for YOU! begins on Wednesday, February 20, in the Notre Dame Academy conference room (1125 Abbott Road in Buffalo). Join us February 20-April 17 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information or to register, email diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com, call 716-823-7077, or visit stmartinbuffalo.com.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of February 3, 2019

“God sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, the breezes and the sunshine, and soft, refreshing rain. All good things around us are sent from heaven above, so thank you, Lord…for all your love.”
Kevin Keil, 1993. Text: Matthias Claudius, 1740-1815.
Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

February 3 – February 10, 2019

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 6 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall* Sunday, February 10 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Religious Education Volunteers in the Sacristy *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

Sunday, February 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sylvester Chapman (Angela Jost)

Monday, February 4 ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, February 6 ~ St. Paul Miki & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, February 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 8 ~ St. Jerome Emiliani; St. Josephine Bakhita ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, February 9 ~ The Presentation of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, February 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Franklin Edward Jost (Angela Jost)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 9/10, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

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

Violets: symbol of “Mary’s Modesty”
Terra cotta ornamentation in church narthex.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

News from our Parish Community

Keeping Warm Spiritually ~ What a frigid week we have endured!  When the temperature outside plummets, we bundle up and hunker down and make the most out of it.  Whether it was a cup of hot cocoa, a fuzzy handmade scarf, or the world’s comfiest house slippers, we all found a way to stay warm in spite the cold. One of the ways we can choose to stay warm spiritually in a society that seems wintry and aloof is to seek music that feeds our soul.  This week’s hymn selections were meant to boost your spirit and remind you of the greatest comfort of all – the love of our Lord.  Perhaps during this week you will be reminded that “everyone who loves is born of God.”  You will enjoy that cup of cocoa and remember “the greatest gift is love.”  May “Alleluia be your song” as you bundle that scarf around your neck, and may those cozy slippers remind you of our “Beautiful Savior.” May you carry a song of Christ in your heart and may it warm you in the weeks to come.  Choir practice resumes February 5 at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome … Elizabeth

Religious Education Volunteers ~ We thank parishioners Palma Zanghi, Daniel Korchowsky, Cathy Cummings, and Patty Gallisdorfer for volunteering to help us begin a Religious Education Program. Fr. Victor will meet with this group after Mass on Sunday, February 10, in the Sacristy.

Bible Discussion Meeting for the new year continues on Wednesday February 13, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. The booklet for bible discussion meetings is Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta. (Loyola Press, 2002). Copies are available from Althea Porter. The assigned reading for February’s discussion is the Week 5 reading, pages 54-63.  For additional information please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Sodality Raffle ~ By the end of this week, you should receive tickets for the Ladies Sodality March 3 Basket of Cheer Raffle in the mail. In addition to the Basket of Cheer, there will be second and third prize gift cards to Wegman’s and Dash’s. Please make your returns to our treasurer, Amy Johnson, whose address appears in the mailing. You may also drop them in the collection basket in an envelope clearly marked “Sodality Raffle.” Additional tickets will be available in church and from Sodality board members. Thank you for your support.

Vital Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

Know Your Faith: Are we supposed to make noise or have conversations in the church? We are not supposed to make noise in church, for Jesus encourages us to use the church for prayers: “My house shall be a house of prayers” (Matthew 21:13). There are some reasons why some make noise or engage in conversation in the church. Perhaps they might not know we are not supposed to make noise or engage in distracted conversation in church. Also the weather condition (winter season) of our geographical location and the way our churches are built. Our church building, like many others, does not have greeting rooms or space to allow for brief or long discussions before or after services. The church is a house of prayer. We are expected to show respect to God by being quiet and reflect on the different mysteries displayed through artistic paintings in the church to help us pray and praise God. We should also allow those who might be praying to have a quiet time to themselves and not be a source of distraction to them. May God help us to use his house for worship more effectively. Amen.

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.

A cherubic angel tops a column in the choir loft. Partially visible below it is the top of a “poor man’s staff,” symbolizing the Beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit….”
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Great Meat Raffle, hosted by the Knights of Columbus at Madonna Council Hall (755 Erie Avenue in North Tonawanda) on Friday, February 8 at 7pm. Admission includes beer and pop. Side raffles, 50-50, and pizza slices available. Bring your own snacks, a cooler for your winnings, and dollar bills for the drawings. Doors open at 6pm. For further information or pre-sale tickets, email kofcmeatraffle [at] gmail [dot] com or call Tom at 716-570-0964.

Fiesta-themed Wine Tasting & Craft Beer Tasting, Friday, February 8, 6-9pm at Assumption Church (435 Amherst Street in Buffalo). Includes unlimited tasting and new Mexican food pairings. Taco in a bag and pizza available for purchase. Pull out your sombreros & ponchos and join us for some fun and games of chance as well. For tickets and more information, call 716-875-7626.

The Church Musicians’ Guild will host a conversation on Liturgy and the Disaffiliated  on Sunday, February 10 at 2pm at the SUNY Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst). Discuss the role of ritual in 21st century life and the possibility of making it more welcoming. Whether our preferences are traditional or contemporary, our shared endeavor is worship in Spirit and in truth, aiming for the worship described in Nehemiah 8. For further information, contact Glenn Hufnagel at gphufnagel [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Choirs of Calvary Church and St. Louis Church present Evensong Concert,  Sunday, February 10 at 4pm at St. Louis Church (35 Edward Street in Buffalo). Featured will be works of Hovland, Hogan, Durufle, Willan, Faure and others. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 716-852-6040.

Barbecue Dinner on Wednesday, February 13, 3:30-7:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). The Chiavetta’s chicken dinner will include a half-chicken, two salads, roll and butter. Beverages and desserts will be available for purchase. Dine-in or take-out available. Proceeds will fully support the 2018-19 Msgr. Martin Class B Champion Football Team. For information or tickets, call 716-695-2600, ext. 312 or email sdudley [at] cardinalohara [dot] com.   

Retrouvaille Lifeline for Marriage Program presents Help for Troubled Marriages 3-day weekend workshop in Buffalo beginning on Friday, February 15. Pre-registration required. Visit helpourmarriage.org or call 716-474-9371.

8-part Study on Mary, Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for YOU! begins on Wednesday, February 20, in the Notre Dame Academy conference room (1125 Abbott Road in Buffalo). Join us February 20-April 17 as we embark on a journey into a deeper encounter and understanding of our Blessed Mother. While Catholics know of her and honor her, the Queen of Heaven study will introduce you to her in a fuller and more intimate way. For more information or to register, email diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com, call 716-823-7077, or visit stmartinbuffalo.com.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of January 27, 2019

The Presentation of the Lord
February 2
The Presentation, depicted in terra cotta oval relief in the church narthex.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

January 27 – February 3, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by Parish Council

Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, January 30 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. ~ BINGO HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, February 3 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality 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.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Pauline Rollek (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, January 28~ St. Thomas Aquinas ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, January 30 ~ St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 31 ~ St. John Bosco ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Tenth Anniversary Blessings for Allen Michael Andrew (Mother, Sister and Family)

Friday, February 1 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – First Friday Adoration and Benediction

Friday, February 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, February 2 ~ The Presentation of the Lord ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, February 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Sylvester Chapman (Angela Jost)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 2/3, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Arsema Tedros (center) receives the 2019 MLK Scholarship at Jan. 20 Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King.

News from our Parish Community

Thursday Night Bingo has been cancelled on January 31 due to weather advisories. We are still planning to play Bingo on Saturday, February 2, when the Progressive number will be 53 with a carryover of $606.25. Because of the Bonus Ball giveaway last Saturday, there will be no Bonus Ball carryover. We’re looking forward to a thaw from January’s “big chill.” Please join us in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm and games begin at 8pm.

Catholic Relief Services ~ A special collection for Catholic Relief Services will take place on the weekend of January 26/27. Your generosity will answer the knock of Jesus in Disguise. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

Monthly Anointing and Birthday Blessing ~ Because of the special Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King on January 20, our monthly anointing of the sick and well-aging has been rescheduled for the fourth Sunday, January 27, following the 10 o’clock Mass. Mass on that day will end with a birthday blessing for all those born in the month of January.

January Coffee Hour is Sunday, January 27, following the 10am Mass. The Parish Council is our hosting organization.

First Friday Adoration and Benediction ~ Please join us in the Daily Mass Chapel on Friday, February 1, for First Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Adoration begins at 8:00 a.m. The daily 11:00 a.m. Mass will follow immediately after Benediction.

Sodality Members: Please mark your calendar for Sunday, February 3, and pray for a warm, sunny weekend. We will be meeting in St. Charles Hall immediately after Mass to prepare our mass mailing of raffle tickets for the March 3 Basket of Cheer Raffle. If you are willing to help stuff and seal envelopes, I am sure we can finish in less than an hour. See you next Sunday!

Religious Education Volunteers ~ We thank parishioners Palma Zanghi, Daniel Korchowsky, Cathy Cummings, and Patty Gallisdorfer for volunteering to help us begin a Religious Education Program. Fr. Victor will meet with this group after Mass on Sunday, February 3, in the Sacristy.

The Lord is Our Rock ~ I believe we will all agree that we live in troubling times – all one needs to do is listen to the daily news to hear of seemingly insurmountable problems locally, nationally, and world-wide. We have about six weeks of Ordinary Time before we begin our Lenten journey, and this is a good time to hear the Gospel of Luke and reflect on how Christ prepared for his Ministry, the Journey to Jerusalem, his Suffering and Victory. As we spend these “ordinary” Sundays together, the BT Music Ministers pray you will carry a song in your heart as you navigate through difficult times, trusting that our Lord will see us all through.

In the land there is a hunger.
In the land there is a need.
Not for the taste of water.
Not for the taste of bread.
In the land there is a hunger.
In the land there is a need
for the sound of the Word of God
upon every word we feed.

Hear, O Lord, my cry.
Day and night I call.
My soul is thirsting for you my God.

Your Word O Lord is spirit and life.
You have the words, Lord, of everlasting life.

Only in God is my soul at rest.
He is my rock and my salvation.

                          – Michael B. Lynch

Choir practice resumes January 29 at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome … Elizabeth

We can’t thank you enough! We are all so very appreciative of our Building and Grounds Man, Dennis Pawlikowski, and the gentlemen from the parish who showed up early for last Sunday’s Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King to plow and shovel us out of the heaviest one-day snowfall of the winter. We are so sorry we can’t “name names,” but it was hard to identify each and every one beneath your blizzard headgear and the swirling snow. The Parish Council greatly appreciates the great job you did clearing sidewalks, stairs and entrances. Although turnout was understandably low because of the weather, we are sure that everyone who made the effort to attend was delighted by the easy access to church. There are many facets of hospitality. Once again, you showed that Blessed Trinity has the “right stuff.

Vital Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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.

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Polish Platter Dinner, Sunday January 27, 11:30am-2pm at St. John Kanty Parish (Broadway & Swinburne Street in Buffalo). Pre-sale tickets available. Call 716-893-0412 weekdays 9 am-12 pm. Off-street parking. For further information, visit saintjohnkanty.com.

 “The Eucharistic Miracles: The Suffering Heart of Jesus,” Monday January 28 at 7pm, presented by Jeffery Skurka at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Medical professionals determined that samples of scientifically examined consecrated communion hosts have proven to be inflamed human myocardial tissue, leaving the medical community astonished. Come learn why Jesus keeps showing us his suffering heart.

BBC BAND, Friday February 8 at 8pm, presented by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Alumni Association at Cardinal O’Hara (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinalohara.com or call 695-2600, ext. 312. Proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Arts Center and the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

2019 White Mass and Dinner for Healthcare Workers, Saturday February 9, sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association of Buffalo.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at 4:30 pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo). Dinner following Mass at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (120 Church Street in Buffalo). Guest speaker, Cynthia B. Hunt, MD, will present “Role of a Medical Professional in Exorcism and Deliverance.” Make reservations and payments in advance (free for medical students and clergy) at cmsbuffalo.org or call 716-688-4283 by February 1.

Retrouvaille Lifeline for Marriage Program presents Help for Troubled Marriages 3-day weekend workshop in Buffalo beginning on Friday, February 15. Pre-registration required. Visit helpourmarriage.org or call 716-474-9371.

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Week of January 20, 2019

Diocesan Celebration of the Life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Living in the Spirit of God”
January 20, 2019 at Blessed Trinity
Photo credit: Phil Woods

January 20 – January 27, 2019

Weekly Activities

Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon ~ Receipt of items at St. Charles Hall for January 20 reception and basket raffle

Sunday, January 20 following 10:00 a.m. Diocesan Mass Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King ~ Reception in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, January 23 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Sunday, January 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by Parish Council

*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

Sunday, January 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. Celebrating Life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish) and God’s blessings for Chaka Chapman (Requested by Tina and Mom)

Monday, January 21~ St. Agnes ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, January 23 ~ St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 24 ~ St. Francis de Sales ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, January 25 ~ The Conversion of St. Paul ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, January 26 ~ St. Timothy and St. Titus ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, January 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Pauline Rollek (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 26/27, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Simon Kresse; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Alice Davis; Choir – Kathleen Marien

Today’s second reading has St. Paul describing the different gifts bestowed by “the same Spirit” in his first Letter to the Corinthians. Symbols of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit appear above 7 of the windows in the dome. Shown here, l. to. r., dove (Wisdom),
throne (Counsel), bright robe (Understanding).
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Parish Community

Diocesan Celebration to Take Place at Blessed Trinity ~ On Sunday, January 20, at 10am, Blessed Trinity is honored to host the annual diocesan celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s theme is:”Living in the Spirit of God: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Our bishop, the Most Reverend Richard Malone, Th.D. will preside and the guest homilist will be Rev. Clarence Williams, CPPS, Ph.D. A reception following the Mass will include a basket raffle to raise funds for the MLK Scholarship Fund. If you are willing to donate a gift basket for the raffle or finger foods for the reception, please bring them to St. Charles Hall on Saturday, January 19, between 10am and noon. You may also call Althea Porter (716-316-8395) to arrange for pick-up.

Tuesday, January 22, is designated as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.

Catholic Relief Services ~ A special collection for Catholic Relief Services will take place on the weekend of January 26/27. Your generosity will answer the knock of Jesus in Disguise. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

Monthly Anointing and Birthday Blessing ~ Because of the special Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King on January 20, our monthly anointing of the sick and well-aging has been rescheduled for the fourth Sunday, January 27, following the 10 o’clock Mass. Mass on that day will end with a birthday blessing for all those born in the month of January.

January Coffee Hour is Sunday, January 27, following the 10am Mass. The Parish Council is our hosting organization.

Vital Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Thank You to our faithful volunteers who turned out on January 7 to remove the Christmas decorations, carry them to the basement, sweep, vacuum, and water the still vibrant poinsettias. We are extremely grateful to Tom, Nik and Drew Brodfuehrer; Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Ellen Duffy, Alan Frank, Amy Johnson, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, Sr. Liz Savage and Palma Zanghi.

The Giving Tree ~ A warm “THANK YOU” to everyone who helped make our 2018 Giving Tree very fruitful for Haven House, a home for victims of domestic abuse. The envelopes taken off the tree during Advent were returned with $723.00. This will surely help Haven House meet some of its costs for such essentials as heat, electricity and maintenance. Many blessing to all who participate in any way.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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.

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Monday, January 21 ~ The “Prayers for the Catholic Church” group is gathering to pray to strengthen the faith of Catholics and to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following 12:05pm Mass at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street at Edward, Buffalo), the group will pray the Rosary outside of the Catholic Center, 795 Main St. Find out more at prayersforthecatholichurch.com or by calling 716-316-8550. Relying on the promptings of the Holy Spirit, Prayers for the Catholic Church was formed by lay Catholics of Western New York as a means to take action in response to the clerical sex abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the world. We believe our premise is simple, yet powerful – we gather to participate in Catholic Mass and communal public prayer. We pray to strengthen the faith of all Catholics, which can be challenged and compromised during this time of crisis in the Church. In addition to the January 21 event, Prayers for the Catholic Church gathers every Thursday for 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Louis Church and prayer outside the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Center. We see the Catholic Center, the Diocesan “headquarters,” as the focal point of the current crisis, and thus we pray that the people and activities within maintain true to their mission of serving God and His people. Since September 2018, over 50 people have joined us for Mass and prayer.

Polish Platter Dinner, Sunday January 27, 11:30am-2pm at St. John Kanty Parish (Broadway & Swinburne Street in Buffalo). Pre-sale tickets available. Call 716-893-0412 weekdays 9 am-12 pm. Off-street parking. For further information, visit saintjohnkanty.com.

 “The Eucharistic Miracles: The Suffering Heart of Jesus,” Monday January 28 at 7pm, presented by Jeffery Skurka at Our Lady of Pompeii Church (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Medical professionals determined that samples of scientifically examined consecrated communion hosts have proven to be inflamed human myocardial tissue, leaving the medical community astonished. Come learn why Jesus keeps showing us his suffering heart.

BBC BAND, Friday February 8 at 8pm, presented by the Cardinal O’Hara High School Alumni Association at Cardinal O’Hara (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Cash bar will be available. Tickets may be purchased online at cardinalohara.com or call 695-2600, ext. 312. Proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the Arts Center and the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

2019 White Mass and Dinner for Healthcare Workers, Saturday February 9, sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association of Buffalo.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Richard Malone at 4:30 pm at St. Joseph Cathedral (50 Franklin Street in Buffalo). Dinner following Mass at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (120 Church Street in Buffalo). Guest speaker, Cynthia B. Hunt, MD, will present “Role of a Medical Professional in Exorcism and Deliverance.” Make reservations and payments in advance (free for medical students and clergy) at cmsbuffalo.org or call 716-688-4283 by February 1.

The Baptism of the Lord – Week of January 13, 2019

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

 

January 13 – January 20, 2019

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, January 16 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon ~ Receipt of items at St. Charles Hall for January 20 reception and basket raffle 

Saturday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. ~ BINGO HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

Sunday, January 20 following 10:00 a.m. Diocesan Mass Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King ~ Reception 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

Sunday, January 13 ~ The Baptism of the Lord ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William and Margaret Stiffler (Requested by Family)

Monday, January 14 ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, January 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 17 ~ St. Anthony, Abbot ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, January 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, January 19 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, January 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Chaka Chapman (Tina and Mom)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 19/20, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James and Representative of African American Commission; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Maggie Gatson, Mary Kresse; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Diocesan Celebration of the Life of the Rev. Martin Luther King
“Living in the Spirit of God”
January 20, 2019 at Blessed Trinity
Photo credit: Phil Woods

News from our Parish Community

The Parish Council will hold its first meeting of 2019 at 7pm on Wednesday, January 16, in St. Charles Hall. Please remember that we will be formulating discussion points for our representatives to the February CCCB steering committee meeting. If you are unable to attend, contact Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Diocesan Celebration to Take Place at Blessed Trinity ~ On Sunday, January 20, at 10am, Blessed Trinity is honored to host the annual diocesan celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s theme is:”Living in the Spirit of God: Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Our bishop, the Most Reverend Richard Malone, Th.D. will preside and the guest homilist will be Rev. Clarence Williams, CPPS, Ph.D. A reception following the Mass will include a basket raffle to raise funds for the MLK Scholarship Fund. If you are willing to donate a gift basket for the raffle or finger foods for the reception, please bring them to St. Charles Hall on Saturday, January 19, between 10am and noon. You may also call Althea Porter (716-316-8395) to arrange for pick-up.

Monthly Anointing and Birthday Blessing ~ Because of the special Mass honoring Rev. Martin Luther King on January 20, our monthly anointing of the sick and well-aging has been rescheduled for the fourth Sunday, January 27, following the 10 o’clock Mass. Mass on that day will end with a birthday blessing for all those born in the month of January.

Vital Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

Shall We Gather at the River? ~ We welcomed two wonderful musical ministers to this weekend’s liturgy – Mr. Lorenzo Quebral and Ms. Carolyn Liarakos – as the choir takes a well-deserved break. We are all truly grateful when these fine musicians share their talents to enhance our liturgical experience. Thank you! Today’s feast celebrated the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.  Two major events occurred in the Gospel: first, John baptizes Jesus and then a voice from heaven speaks directly to Jesus: “This is my Beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.” Words fail, but baptism says it all.  The musical selections today focused on joy, comfort, rebirth and our universal ability to chose Christ through baptism. While the Christmas season ended today, baptism lasts forever. Let’s “gather at the river” and be grateful for a Redeemer who understands our joy when we are *also* chosen by God. Choir rehearsals resume Tuesday, January 15, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to join our Choral FamilyElizabeth

Thank You to our faithful volunteers who turned out on January 7 to remove the Christmas decorations, carry them to the basement, sweep, vacuum, and water the still vibrant poinsettias. We are extremely grateful to Tom, Nik and Drew Brodfuehrer; Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Ellen Duffy, Alan Frank, Amy Johnson, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, Sr. Liz Savage and Palma Zanghi.

Catholic Relief Services ~ A special collection for Catholic Relief Services will take place on the weekend of January 26/27. Your generosity will answer the knock of Jesus in Disguise. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

The Giving Tree ~ A warm “THANK YOU” to everyone who helped make our 2018 Giving Tree very fruitful for Haven House, a home for victims of domestic abuse. The envelopes taken off the tree during Advent were returned with $723.00. This will surely help Haven House meet some of its costs for such essentials as heat, electricity and maintenance. Many blessing to all who participate in any way.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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.

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Monday, January 21 ~ The “Prayers for the Catholic Church” group is gathering to pray to strengthen the faith of Catholics and to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following 12:05pm Mass at St. Louis Church (780 Main Street at Edward, Buffalo), the group will pray the Rosary outside of the Catholic Center, 795 Main St. Find out more at prayersforthecatholichurch.com or by calling 716-316-8550. Relying on the promptings of the Holy Spirit, Prayers for the Catholic Church was formed by lay Catholics of Western New York as a means to take action in response to the clerical sex abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the world. We believe our premise is simple, yet powerful – we gather to participate in Catholic Mass and communal public prayer. We pray to strengthen the faith of all Catholics, which can be challenged and compromised during this time of crisis in the Church. In addition to the January 21 event, Prayers for the Catholic Church gathers every Thursday for 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Louis Church and prayer outside the Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Center. We see the Catholic Center, the Diocesan “headquarters,” as the focal point of the current crisis, and thus we pray that the people and activities within maintain true to their mission of serving God and His people. Since September 2018, over 50 people have joined us for Mass and prayer.

 

The Epiphany of the Lord – Week of January 6, 2019

January 6 – January 13, 2019

 

Weekly Activities

Monday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Removing Christmas decorations from church

Wednesday, January 9 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Bible discussion in St. Charles Hall Thursday, January 10 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, January 13 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee Meeting

*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

Sunday, January 6 ~ The Epiphany of the Lord ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for John Duffy (Requested by The Duffy Family)

Monday, January 7 ~ St. Raymond of Penyafort ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Thursday, January 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Barbara Draper (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Saturday, January 12 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, January 13 ~ The Baptism of the Lord ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – William and Margaret Stiffler (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 12/13, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Sr. Liz Savage, Pam Zanghi; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pam Hartinger, Bernice Bradley

News from our Parish Community

Music for Martyrs ~ This year’s Choir Meditation for the Christmas Eve service was an Andy Hillhouse arrangement of The Huron Carol, based on the text “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” by St. Jean de Brébeuf. Written in about 1643, this is the earliest known Christmas carol composed in North America. St. Jean de Brébeuf was one of 8 Jesuit missionaries to the Iroquois and Huron tribes, who came to be known as the Jesuit Martyrs of North America. This arrangement was selected in order to highlight the recent restoration of our 1927 Tellers-Kent organ’s oboe pipe run, and gave a lovely, snowy ornament to the beautiful text. Unbeknownst to this Music Minster, this selection was even more appropriate because relics of two of the Jesuit missionaries, St. Gabriel Lelamant and St. Charles Garnier, both martyred in 1649, are contained in Blessed Trinity’s Tabernacle Altar. Our Altar of Sacrifice contains a relic of another of these missionaries, St. Isaac Jogues, who was martyred in 1644. The Blessed Trinity Choir provided a repeat of The Huron Carol on Epiphany so we could enjoy this music with new eyes and open hearts to the miracles contained within our own church. Happy New Year! Choir rehearsals resume Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to join our Choral FamilyElizabeth

Time to De-decorate ~ While it’s true that the Magi have only just arrived, it is already time to remove the church Christmas decorations and prepare to host the Diocesan Mass honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 20. Volunteers are needed to assist in this task on Monday, January 7, beginning at 6:30pm. Please enter the church using the door near the wheelchair ramp.

Monthly Bible Discussion Resumes This WeekWednesday, January 9, at 7pm is the first Bible Discussion meeting of the new year  in St. Charles Hall. The booklet for bible discussion meetings is Genesis 12-23  Abraham and Sarah’s Journey, by Kevin and Louise Perrotta. (Loyola Press, 2002). Copies are available from Althea Porter. The assigned reading for Wednesday is the Week #5 section, pages 54-63.  For additional information please contact Althea at 716-316-8395.

Vital Employment Opportunity ~ Blessed Trinity Church is looking to employ a person to work on an as needed basis to assist in shoveling the walkways and stairs to the church on Saturday and/or Sunday before Mass, only when needed due to snow. In addition, we are looking for a person to clean the church hall after the food pantry closes on Wednesday. This can be done on Wednesday afternoon or during the  morning on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. This task takes 2-3 hours. If you are interested in one or both of these jobs, please contact Bud Dick at 716-998-7855 or Bob Heicklen at 716-881-3793. Please don’t hesitate to call; snow is in the forecast.

The Parish Council will hold its first meeting of 2019 at 7pm on Wednesday, January 16, in St. Charles Hall. Please remember that we will be formulating discussion points for our representatives to the February CCCB steering committee meeting.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

Know Your Faith: Does God answer prayers? 

Prayer is a means of communication between us and God. The catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that “prayer is the raising up of our mind and heart to God, by thinking of God, adoring, praising, and thanking him.” The Bible tells us that even when we do not know how to pray, the spirit of God helps us to pray with groaning which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26). Prayer can either be mental or verbal. Under these two types of prayers fall the different aspect of prayers;  contemplative, adoration, thanksgiving etc.

Does God answer prayers? There are two main barriers to prayers: lack of faith and disbelief. Jesus told his disciples that if your faith is like that of a mustard seed… (Matthew 17:20, Luke 17:6). Jesus simply reminds us about the essential of faith in the life of Christians. Like Jesus, when we pray we should always consider God’s will above our own will, let your will be done … take this cup away from me… (Luke 22:42). In teaching us how to pray, Jesus expresses the different types of prayers in The Lord’s Prayer, and taught us to say “Thy will be done on earth”… (Matthew 6:10).

All prayers made in faith and left in God’s will are answered by God. There are three ways we should view our prayers of request: When we make a prayer of request and feel our prayer is taking too long to be answered, we need patience, consistency and endurance because God’s time is yet to come… my hour has not come… (John 2:4). When our exact request is granted, it means it conforms to God’s will and God is increasing our faith; and when we feel the exact request we make is not answered, God has something better for us. That is where God’s will comes in. We are very good in making requests without knowing the end result of what we have asked. God alone considers the good, the beginning and the end result of our prayers of request and knows the best for us.

As we continue in this New Year, may God help us with increased faith to trust in his will and journey with him where he takes us. Happy New Year and many God’s blessings!

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.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birthday Observed January 20
Photo credit: Phil Woods

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Mass Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King ~ The annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King will take place at 10am on Sunday, January 20, at Blessed Trinity Church. Additional details will follow.

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – Week of December 30, 2018

December 30, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 30 at 12:30 p.m. ~ Explore Buffalo tour of our church

Wednesday, January 2 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, January 3 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played 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

Sunday, December 30 ~ Feast of the Holy Family ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ethel Grabenstatter (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, December 31 ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 1 ~ Solemnity of Mary ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, January 2 ~ Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, January 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, January 4 ~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, January 5 ~ St. John Neumann ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, January 6 ~ The Epiphany of the Lord ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for John Duffy (The Duffy Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 5/6, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister:
Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Judy Casassa , Don Williams; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Kathleen Marien, Sr. Liz Savage ;  CHOIR – 

News from our Parish Community

Explore Buffalo Visits Blessed Trinity ~ Sunday, December 30, at 12:30pm, Explore Buffalo again visits our church for its third and final 2018 “Inside Blessed Trinity Church” tour. The tour is about ninety minutes. It’s a great opportunity for families to bring holiday visitors to our architectural gem and really impress them! Reservations can be made by contacting Explore Buffalo at 716-245-3032 or explorebuffalo.org…or simply show up for the event ($15 per person or $10 with Explore Buffalo Pass, a portion of which is returned to us). Tell your friends and bring your visitors!

Solemnity of Mary ~ Tuesday, January 1, is a Holy Day of Obligation: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Our only Mass will be at 10am on Tuesday.

God’s Family ~  The Opening Collect for this week’s Feast of the Holy Family provides a beautiful framework for our preparation:

O God, who were pleased to give
us the shining example of the Holy Family,
graciously grant that we may imitate them
in practicing the virtues of family life.  

American Families are diverse, but we can all be part of a family if we live within these words. The Church is a family of believers who live under this bond. The musical selections for this week’s honor our relationship with our Christian family, with Jesus, our Brother, and Mary, our Mother.  Joy to the world – the Lord (our Brother) has come! May the coming of our Christ fill your hearts with joy, music, and love. Choir rehearsals resume Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to join our Choral FamilyElizabeth

Prayerful Thanks ~ We are extremely grateful to Bob Barnes; Tom, Nik and Drew Brodfuehrer; Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Alan Frank, Bob Heicklen, Amy Johnson, Althea Porter, Sr. Liz Savage and Palma Zanghi who took on the rigors of decorating the church for Christmas. May each of you enjoy many blessings on Christmas and into the new year.

Prisoner Gifts 2018 ~ Continuing Sr. Karen Klimczak’s message of hope, love, peace, and forgiveness to the imprisoned…A Big Thank You is extended to all the friends and supporters of Sr. Karen who donated goods and books, decorated bags, and helped package the gifts. 

  • On the evening of December 12, goods and books were delivered with the help of a team of men from the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
  • On Friday morning December 14, volunteers, representing churches, schools, social agencies and friends of Sr. Karen Klimczak, unpacked, sorted and counted supplies for 2100 gift bags. Cartons and boxes were flattened and plastic wrappings bagged for recycling. Working very efficiently, they then filled gift bags destined for the men at Wende Correctional Facility.  The evening crew prepared 1100 gift bags for the women at Albion, and finished packing the shipping boxes.  Each bag contained: 2 books, a pair of socks, a ramen noodles or granola/snack bar, a bag of candy, 2 hot chocolate packs, and a note of peace and encouragement.
  • On Tuesday, Decemeber 18, “Paint of WNY” donated their truck and employees to load the boxes for delivery to the prisons that day.
  • Blessed Trinity’s Cocoa Challenge hit its goal of 4200 packets.  Cash donations totaled $327.80 to purchase cocoa, with $145 left to fill shortages and donate to Peaceprints of WNY.  Our BT parishioners also decorated or arranged for friends and students to decorate over 200 gift bags. 
  • Thanks and appreciation to our maintenance man, Dennis, for setting up and meeting deliveries, and to our parishioners who stayed late to clean up. 
  • We are most grateful that Blessed Trinity Parish has made the church available for this yearly project.  We acknowledge and thank Janice Burns, project coordinator, for her hard work bringing this project to another successful end.  Hopefully we have left fingerprints of peace.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

The holidays can be a hard time. If you or someone you love is struggling, turn to Catholic Charities. Our agency offers several different types of counseling support including: marriage counseling, individual psychotherapy, family and group therapy, substance abuse treatment, diocesan counseling for church ministers, children’s clinics, and individual, child and family counseling. To learn more, visit ccwny.org and click the “Counseling & Mental Health” tab on the right.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Fourteenth Annual Festival of Lights Benefit & Auction at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (1023 Swann Road in Lewiston), Saturday evening, January 12, including wine tasting, auctions, door prizes, and a catered dinner. Call 716-754-7489 for tickets.

Fourth Sunday of Advent – Week of December 23, 2018

December 23 – December 30, 2018

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, December 26 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

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

Saturday, December 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Sunday, December 30 at 12:30 p.m. ~ Explore Buffalo tour of our church

*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

Sunday, December 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday thanksgiving for our parishioners born during the month of December (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish)

Monday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve Choral Preludes at 9:30 p.m.

Monday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve Mass at 10:00 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Tuesday, December 25 ~ The Nativity of the Lord ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the Families of Anthony and Mary Hartmann (The Hartmanns)

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

Thursday, December 27 ~ St. John, Apostle & Evangelist ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, December 28 ~ The Holy Innocents ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, December 29 ~ St. Thomas Becket ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, December 30 ~ Feast of the Holy Family ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Ethel Grabenstatter (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 29/30:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse , Grace Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger;  CHOIR – Kathleen Marien

St. John, whose feast day is celebrated on December 27, is depicted in this pendentive supporting Blessed Trinity’s great dome. “Since Christ sent the Apostles out to preach the Good News of how much God loves us, this church rightly places the missionary emphasis of the Church in a prominent position.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 21.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley.

News from our Parish Community

Important Scheduling Notes ~ There will be NO coffee hour on Sunday, December 23, but the Catholic Central Food Pantry will operate during its regular hours on Wednesday, December 26 and Wednesday, January 2.

The Whole World is Waiting for Love

We’re waiting for Jesus like Mary,
We’re waiting for Jesus the Lord.
We’re laying a manger for Mary,
A manger for Jesus the Lord.
We’re making it lovely for Mary,
lovely for Jesus the Lord.
Come down, Lord Jesus!
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
The whole world is waiting for Love,
The whole world is waiting for Love.

Marianne Misetich, SNJM

May the coming of our Christ fill your hearts with joy, music, and love…The Blessed Trinity Choir

Prayerful Thanks ~ We are extremely grateful to Bob Barnes; Tom, Nik and Drew Brodfuehrer; Judy Casassa, Bud and Mickey Dick, Alan Frank, Bob Heicklen, Amy Johnson, Althea Porter, Sr. Liz Savage and Palma Zanghi who took on the rigors of decorating the church for Christmas. May each of you enjoy many blessings on Christmas and into the new year.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

Explore Buffalo Visits Blessed Trinity ~ Sunday, December 30, at 12:30pm, Explore Buffalo again visits our church for its third and final 2018 “Inside Blessed Trinity Church” tour. The tour is about ninety minutes. It’s a great opportunity for families to bring holiday visitors to our architectural gem and really impress them! Reservations can be made by contacting Explore Buffalo at 716-245-3032 or explorebuffalo.org…or simply show up for the event ($15 per person or $10 with Explore Buffalo Pass, a portion of which is returned to us). Tell your friends and bring your visitors!

Know Your Faith: Who is My Neighbor? My neighbor is the other person outside myself. My neighbor begins from my immediate family to outside my home. My neighbor is the other person living in the same apartment, the next apartment or house, the next street, and most importantly the foreigner. Jesus makes this clearer when a scholar of the law asked him, “who is my neighbor?” Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus made it clearer that my neighbor cut across all boundaries and we are called to love them as ourselves. To help us love our neighbor as ourselves anytime, anywhere, and any day, there are two ways we are called to see others: as human beings created the way I am created (imago dei – image of God), and as God’s child, loved as God loved me. Also there are three ways we are called not to see people: as foreigners, from nationality/race/ language, and as inferiors. As we celebrate Christmas, the season of love, for God so love the world, that he gave his son… (John 3:16)… we are called to express that love to our neighbor in a unique and special way. Let us go out to be the instrument of God’s love to one another.

Prayerful Thanks from the Ladies Sodality to everyone who contributed to the success of our annual outreach to homebound parishioners, especially all the wonderful volunteers who delivered the gift bags and poinsettias and, most importantly, made time for a visit. We have already received calls from recipients expressing their gratitude and delight. Merry Christmas to each of you who carried Christ to another.

The holidays can be a hard time. If you or someone you love is struggling, turn to Catholic Charities. Our agency offers several different types of counseling support including: marriage counseling, individual psychotherapy, family and group therapy, substance abuse treatment, diocesan counseling for church ministers, children’s clinics, and individual, child and family counseling. To learn more, visit ccwny.org and click the “Counseling & Mental Health” tab on the right.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Voices of Mercy Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 29 at 6:30pm.  Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (1023 Swann Road, off Rt. 18E, Lewiston, NY). This annual Christmas concert will be held in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. Festival lights on every evening from 5-9 pm through January 6. Free parking and admission (handicap accessible). Gift shop open daily 9 – 9. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489.

Third Sunday of Advent – Week of December 16, 2018

December 16 – December 23, 2018

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 16 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Monday, December 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating church for Christmas

Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Decorating church for Christmas continues

Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in Church

Wednesday, December 19 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall – NEW HOURS

Thursday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall*

Saturday, December 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played 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

Sunday, December 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Irene Hodur (Requested by Bonnie and Don Williams) and God’s Blessings for Sylvester Chapman (Requested by Judy Casassa)

Monday, December 17 ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 18 ~ SMass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, December 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, December 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a. m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, December 21 ~ St. Peter Canisius ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, December 22 ~ Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, December 23 ~ 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, December 22/23:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Avery White;  Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Alice Davis, Mary Kresse;  CHOIR – Dan Korchowsky

News from our Parish Community

Pews fill with boxes as volunteers pack Christmas gift bags for delivery to
Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities.

Time to “Deck the Halls” ~ While there is still one more Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve is only 8 days away!! That means we have to decorate the church for Christmas THIS WEEK. The work will begin at 6:30pm tomorrow night, Monday, December 17, and continue on Tuesday, December 18, if necessary. As always, “many hands make light work,” so please lend yours to the task. Enter church using the door near the wheelchair ramp.

Gaudete! ~ Today we lit the rose-colored candle in the advent wreath, signifying Gaudete Sunday, also known as the Third Sunday of Advent. The day takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete (“Rejoice”), the first word of the Entrance Antiphon of this day’s Mass.  In keeping with our Latin heritage, your Blessed Trinity Choir sang “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” in the traditional Latin chant.  While music at Mass should be accessible,our Catholic musical heritage is profound and beautiful – and it is fun to rejoice on special occasions in another language. When you see that advent wreath, you can look at that Gaudete candle and rejoice! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.” Philippians 4:4–6; Psalm 85 (84):1. Christ is coming -Rejoice!  Choral Christmas preparation continues on Tuesday, December 18, at 7:00pm in the BT choir loft. Elizabeth

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for some-thing 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!

Prayerful Thanks from the Ladies Sodality to everyone who contributed to the success of our annual outreach to homebound parishioners, especially all the wonderful volunteers who delivered the gift bags and poinsettias and, most importantly, made time for a visit. We have already received calls from recipients expressing their gratitude and delight. Merry Christmas to each of you who carried Christ to another.

Under This Roof Fund ~ We are extremely grateful to everyone who responded to our “Fall Fest” fundraiser — both party attendees and financial supporters. Your response exceeded our expectations and, to date, proceeds total $7,260.00. Thank you to all!

The holidays can be a hard time. If you or someone you love is struggling, turn to Catholic Charities. Our agency offers several different types of counseling support including: marriage counseling, individual psychotherapy, family and group therapy, substance abuse treatment, diocesan counseling for church ministers, children’s clinics, and individual, child and family counseling. To learn more, visit ccwny.org and click the “Counseling & Mental Health” tab on the right.

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.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 pm at St. Mary of the Cataract Church, 259 Fourth Street in Niagara Falls, NY. 

Festival Service of Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 16 at 4pm, presented by the Choir of St. Louis Church, under the direction of organist and choirmaster, Frank Scinta. (Main @ Edward Street in Buffalo). Featured will be carols and anthems of Mendelssohn, Ord, Wood, Praetorius, and others. Admission is free.

Advent Penance Service, Monday, December 17 at 7pm; Ss. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory St., Buffalo).

Concert of Christmas Lessons &Carols, presented by the St. Joseph Cathedral Choir under the direction of Organist-Choir Director Tim Socha.  Monday December 17 at7:30pm, (50 FranklinStreet between Church & Swan in Buffalo). They will be joined by the West Seneca West Vocal Jazz Singers, under the direction of Keith Ersing and the Bell Choir of the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo. Also performing are DianeDick, solo handbells; Paul Schlossman, English horn; and Sandy Consiglio, oboe. Music will include traditional carols and newly composed choral works.  There will be a free-will offering. For more information, call 716-854-5855.

Life of St. Paul ~ Thursday December 20 at 7pm. Executive Producer, Eric Groth, will appear at the screening of the film, “Paul,” at St. Bernadette (930 S. Abbott Road in Orchard Park). Open forum with Mr. Groth will follow. The movie chronicles the life of Saint Paul from his journey as one of the most infamous persecutors of early Christians to one of its most prolific evangelists. This free event is open to the community. For more information, call 716-649-3090 or visit  SaintBOPNY.org.

Concerts For The Soul presents ChristmasMagic and Miracles: A Musical & Poetic Journey through the wonder of the season.  Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher’s singing will stir your soul, as he shares well-loved songs spanning the ages. Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher’s reflections will remind you of the beauty of life, and the magic of the season. Thursday December 20, 7pm at BlessedSacrament Church (1029 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo) and Friday, December 21, 7pm at St. Michael’s Church (651 Washington Street in Buffalo).

Voices of Mercy Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 29 at 6:30pm.  Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (1023 Swann Road, off Rt. 18E, Lewiston, NY). This annual Christmas concert will be held in the beautifully decorated National Shrine Basilica. Festival lights on every evening from 5-9 pm through January 6. Free parking and admission (handicap accessible). Gift shop open daily 9 – 9. For daily cafeteria hours and more information, call 716-754-7489.

Worship & Services

Worship:
Weekend Masses are: Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 10:00 AM
Weekdays: Tuesday – Friday at 11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
Holy Days: As scheduled on “This Week” page

Other Services:
Opportunity for confession on Saturday at 4:00 PM
First Friday Adoration and Benediction from 8-11:00 AM (in the rear chapel)
A coffee hour is held after the 10 AM Mass on the fourth Sunday of the month (September-June)