Week of November 10, 2019 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Albert the Great, whose feast day we celebrate on November 15, was the patron saint of Blessed Trinity’s second pastor, Rev. Albert Fritton. St. Albert appears in ceramic relief on the door of the church’s Ambry.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

November 10 – 17, 2019

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, November 13 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall 

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

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

Sunday, November 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. ~ Italian Dinner 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, November 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Requested by Connie Aquino)

Monday,November 11 ~ Veterans Day ~ St. Martin of Tours ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, November 13 ~ St. Frances Xavier Cabrini ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Lucille Venezia (Blessed Trinity Church)

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

Friday, November 15 ~ St. Albert the Great ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Lucille Venezia (Blessed Trinity Church)

Saturday, November 16 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. for Lucille Venezia

Saturday, November 16 ~ St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Blessings for Francis X. Hezel (Judy Casassa)

Sunday, November 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Amy Johnson)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joe Nwogu; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Fidelia Ejimadu; Choir – Mary Kresse

Veterans Day
November 11

News from our Parish Community

Dinner Reservations ~ This is the final weekend to obtain tickets for the Italian Dinner, on Sunday evening, November 17. Our in-house Italian dinner featuring homemade pasta and bolognese sauce prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville will be served from 5-7pm, and includes entrée, salad, beverage and dessert. Tickets will be available following both Masses this weekend. They at priced at $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 & under.

Gifts for The Home Bound Through December 1, the Ladies Sodality will be accepting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our home bound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. We face a greater challenge this year as there are already 18 potential recipients (5 men; 13 women). Our goal is to have presents ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 7/8.  If you would like to contribute, please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the left end of the communion rail near the statue of St. Joseph. If you prefer to donate money, please do so BY NOVEMBER 21 so that our volunteers have time to shop. To share information about someone you think should be included, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Cocoa Challenge 2019 ~ Did you notice? Instant hot chocolate donation are filling up the back pew. Please help us reach our goal of 4,200 packets by December 1 (only 3 weeks away). Busy? Shopping inconvenient? Consider a monetary donation. Just use the envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and place it in the weekend collection.

Help personalize the gift bags to be filled with items for our prison inmates. No special talent is need to decorate the bags — keep it simple. Bags with instructions are available in the back pew near the cocoa donations )or call Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694).

Books — Donations of soft cover pocket-size books (5×8″ max) ar also welcomed and can be left in the marked back pew.

All are Welcome! The Blessed Trinity Choir is welcoming new members to enhance our Christmas Eve Liturgy. Choir practices are most Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. We are currently beginning preparations for our Prelude on Christmas Eve and are learning some beautiful settings of The Huron Carol, Silent Night, Infant Holy, and a new piece by Liam Lawton, Nowell, Nowell.

While listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving may be tiresome, singing Christmas music is uplifting, and helps us prepare our hearts for the beautiful advent and holiday season. No previous singing experience is necessary, nor is the ability to read music. All interested singers are welcome to join us in St. Charles Hall for camaraderie and a little holiday cheer – with no long term commitment.  Please speak to any choir member about your interest, and help make our Christmas Eve Liturgy one to remember!

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

The second collection on November 9/10 is an archdiocesan collection to support religious services for those in the military services. Please be generous.

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ Please note that the date of the Ladies Sodality Christmas dinner party has been changed to Tuesday evening, December 3.  It will take place at The Family Tree Restaurant on Bailey Avenue in Amherst. Additional information about dinner choices and pricing will follow.

So Much to be Thankful For ~ Our Fall Wine Tasting committee is pleased to announce that the October 25 event raised $4,100. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way!

Bridget Blesnuk
Music Director
1991 – 2010

From Hurt to Hope — a service of healing and hope for our diocesan family – Sunday, November 24, at 3 PM at St. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. In light of recent events surrounding sexual abuse in our diocese, members of the Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo (the “CMG”) are offering an outlet for sorrow and a way to express hope for our Church through their gift of music. The service will be meditative in style and feature music of Taize in a program conceived around the theme of “only in God can my soul find rest.” The choir will be drawn from the host church and include Guild members and members of our own choir. It was made possible through a bequest in honor of our late music director and CMG member, Bridget Blesnuk. All are welcome to attend, and we hope you will join us.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report 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.

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

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

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

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart, … in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise.” Ps 138:1
Angels in Vincent Mundo’s murals on either side of the Sanctuary express attitudes one should have toward the Eucharist, including praise, thanksgiving, and petition.
Photo credit: Duane Held

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Free Legal Advice by Volunteer Lawyers Project, Wednesdays, 12-2pm at Adult Education Center (368 Virginia Street in Buffalo) and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at East Community High School (820 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Visit ecbavlp.com or call 716-828-8491 for more information.

Concerts for The Soul Presents Remembering Our Loved Ones: A Musical-Poetic Journey (7pm, by donation) ~ Friday Nov. 15 St. Andrew’s Church (1525  Sheridan Drive in Kenmore); Saturday Nov. 16 at Blessed Sacrament Church (1035 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo); Friday Nov. 22 at UB Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst); Saturday Nov. 23 at St. Francis of Assisi (4263 St. Francis Drive in Hamburg). Come join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher as they take you on a musical-poetic journey through loss and grief, to the light of hope and inspiration. This evening will be a meaning-filled opportunity to remember those that we hold most dear in our hearts. You may request to have your loved one included in the concert with a song dedication or a written message in the program by contacting Cory at concertsforthesoul [at] gmail [dot] com or 716-868-2047.

Handling the Holidays will be presented Tuesday November 19 at 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore). The holiday season is not always greeted with happy anticipation. Grief may make it difficult to carry on as usual. Practical tips and strategies will be discussed for handling the holidays, to help you find your way through the season. Presenter is Cindy Tichenor who has served for over 20 years as a facilitator of her parish Bereavement Support Group. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

Weekend Retreat “JUST MEN” at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, Friday November 22. Led by Fr. John Graden, OSFS, Director of Embraced by God. Space is limited. Visit stellaniagararetreats.org or call 716-754-7376, ext. 2 to register (preferably 2 weeks prior to event).

Week of November 3, 2019 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

November 3 – 10, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 3, following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting & Service of Remembrance in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 6 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day. Remember to exercise your right to vote.

Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall 

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

Saturday, November 9 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, November 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Deceased Members of The Ladies Sodality (Requested by Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

Monday,November 4 ~ St. Charles Borromeo ~ No Service

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

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

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

Friday, November 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Lois Knapp Gillen (Her sisters)

Saturday, November 9 ~ Dedication of the Lateran Basilica ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, November 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Connie Aquino)

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

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Toni Maus, Bernice Bradley; Choir – Maggie Gatson

Rev. Charles T. Kraehn was the fourth pastor of Blessed Trinity, and served the parish from 1945 until his death in 1959. He named the new social hall, dedicated in 1958, St. Charles Hall in honor of his patron saint,
St. Charles Borromeo, whose feast day is November 4.

News from our Parish Community

The Ladies Sodality will hold a Service of Remembrance for all deceased members immediately following Mass on Sunday, November 3. Our focus this year will be on 20 women who served as president beginning in 1906. All women of the parish are invited to join us in remembering our “founding mothers” and those who have honored our Blessed Lady and sustained our sisterhood for more than 100 years. A brief meeting will precede the service; light lunch will be served.

Italian Dinner, Sunday evening, November 17. Tickets for our in-house Italian dinner with homemade pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville will be available following Masses this weekend and next. Since the restaurant has requested a final number by November 10, none will be sold after that. Dinners will be served from 5-7pm and include entrée, salad, beverage and dessert. Tickets for adults are priced at $15; children 12 & under are $8. See Kathy Press or Cathy Cummings for yours.

Gifts for The Home Bound ~ Starting now through December 1, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our home bound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. We face a greater challenge this year as there are already 18 potential recipients (5 men; 13 women). Our goal is to have presents ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 7/8.  If you would like to contribute, please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the left end of the communion rail near the statue of St. Joseph. If you prefer to donate money, please do so BY NOVEMBER 21 so that our volunteers have time to shop. To share information about someone you think should be included, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Cocoa Challenge 2019 ~ We continue Sr. Karen’s message of hope to prisoners. Please remember to shop for instant hot chocolate packets and place them in the back pew of the church by December 1. The price of chocolate has increased and the committee hopes to economize by buying in bulk. Therefore, your cash donations are most welcome. You may place your donation in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and drop it in the collection basket. The gift bags will be assembled on Friday. December 6. “For I was…..in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25: 35-36.

Special collection for the Catholic University ~ There will be a second collection on the weekend of November 2/3 for The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, DC. Distinguished as the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, its Schools of Religious Studies and Philosophy are internationally recognized. Quality education and financial aid programs are also available in the following areas: music, nursing, arts and sciences, law, social service, library and information science, and engineering and architecture.

So Much to be Thankful For ~ Our October 25 Fall Wine Tasting was a tremendous success, and there are so many people to thank for this all-around team effort: the shoppers; the folks who obtained business donations and auction items; the team that cleaned corners and transformed our familiar dining room into a restaurant-worthy event space; the wine stewards, oven-watchers, food servers and dishwashers; and of course, our parishioners who – once again – provided an incredible variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts to the amazement of our first-time guests and the satisfaction of the “regulars.”

We give prayerful thanks for everyone who supported our Fall Wine Tasting, to benefit the “Under This Roof Fund.”

We are extremely grateful to members of the local business community who supported our fundraiser with their donations. In Buffalo: The Martin House (125 Jewett Parkway), Just Pizza (3172 Main Street), Lone Star Grill (1853 Hertel Avenue), Raymondo’s Pizzeria (1580 E. Delavan Avenue), and Wegman’s Markets (601 Amherst Street); Salvatore’s Hospitality, 6461 Transit Road in Depew; Paula’s Donuts, 2319 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda; Russell’s Steaks Chops and More (6675 Transit Road) and Share Kitchen & Bar Room (5590 Main Street) in Williamsville; and – from across the worldwide web – casemates.com and gourmet.WOOT.com. We ask that you remember to return that support with your patronage.

Special recognition is also due to those “Friends of the Wine Tasting” who contributed auction items and/or invaluable advice, assistance, and musical entertainment: The Sisters of St. Francis of the Newman Communities, Bill Warren, Don and Bonnie Williams, Bud and Mickey Dick, and Elizabeth Clay.

Adding Some “Soul” ~ The first weekend Mass in November is a great opportunity to remember both All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. All Souls’ Day or the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, that is, of the souls of all Christians who have died, follows All Saints’ Day. Observing Christians typically remember deceased relatives on this day.

The Blessed Trinity Choir often comments that we should “add some soul” to our meditations. This week’s offering, Grayson Warren Brown’s Holy, Holy certainly fits the bill – so much so that singing this piece warrants a trip downstairs to the piano.

Grayson Warren Brown is an internationally known composer, author, recording artist, and speaker who has published many collections of liturgical compositions. He began his ministry in the late 1960’s in a small inner-city parish in New York City. It was there that he learned how significant an authentic and spirit-filled experience of worship can be to those in need of hope. Forty years of experience working with multicultural parishes throughout the United States and abroad have given him a unique insight into the power that good liturgy can instill in people of all races and cultures.

Grayson is now dividing his time between writing, composing, and traveling the country presenting workshops, speaking at conventions and conducting parish missions and revivals. His down-to-earth approach to liturgy and scripture, coupled with his dynamic speaking style, have made him one of the most sought after presenters in the United States today. 

Did you know that singing is praying twice? Do you have suggestions for hymns? Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report 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.

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

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

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

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart, … in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise.” Ps 138:1
Angels in Vincent Mundo’s murals on either side of the Sanctuary express attitudes one should have toward the Eucharist, including praise, thanksgiving, and petition.
Photo credit: Duane Held

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Chesterton Academy of Buffalo, a joyfully Catholic, classical, coed high school, is hosting their Experience Chesterton Open House on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 pm at 25 Mansion Ave., Cheektowaga. Meet faculty and find how faith and reason are intertwined into every class. More importantly, meet our articulate, critical-thinking and joyful students! Come experience why Chesterton may be an answer to your high school prayers. Visit buffalochestertonacademy.org or call Call 716-674-8101 to RSVP today.

Chris Wilson Concert, Saturday November 9 at 7:30pm at Church of the Annunciation (7580 Clinton Street in Elma). Join singer and songwriter, Chris Wilson, for a free concert featuring songs of faith, popular songs, and a touch of Christmas. A New York native, Wilson has gained celebrity status for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances. This event is open to the public; a free-will offering would be appreciated to help defray expenses. For more information call 716-683-5254 or visit annunciation.cc.

Free Legal Advice by Volunteer Lawyers Project, Wednesdays, 12-2pm at Adult Education Center (368 Virginia Street in Buffalo) and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at East Community High School (820 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Visit ecbavlp.com or call 716-828-8491 for more information.

Concerts for The Soul Presents Remembering Our Loved Ones: A Musical-Poetic Journey (7pm, by donation) ~ Friday Nov. 15 St. Andrew’s Church (1525  Sheridan Drive in Kenmore); Saturday Nov. 16 at Blessed Sacrament Church (1035 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo); Friday Nov. 22 at UB Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst); Saturday Nov. 23 at St. Francis of Assisi (4263 St. Francis Drive in Hamburg). Come join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher as they take you on a musical-poetic journey through loss and grief, to the light of hope and inspiration. This evening will be a meaning-filled opportunity to remember those that we hold most dear in our hearts. You may request to have your loved one included in the concert with a song dedication or a written message in the program by contacting Cory at concertsforthesoul [at] gmail [dot] com or 716-868-2047.

Handling the Holidays will be presented Tuesday November 19 at 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore). The holiday season is not always greeted with happy anticipation. Grief may make it difficult to carry on as usual. Practical tips and strategies will be discussed for handling the holidays, to help you find your way through the season. Presenter is Cindy Tichenor who has served for over 20 years as a facilitator of her parish Bereavement Support Group. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

Weekend Retreat “JUST MEN” at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, Friday November 22. Led by Fr. John Graden, OSFS, Director of Embraced by God. Space is limited. Visit stellaniagararetreats.org or call 716-754-7376, ext. 2 to register (preferably 2 weeks prior to event).

Week of October 27, 2019 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Church celebrates All Saints Day on November 1. Saints from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are depicted in the lower ring of figures in Joseph Mazur’s painting in the dome of our church.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

October 27 – November 3, 2019

Weekly Activities

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

Sunday, October 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee meeting

Wednesday, October 30 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall 

Thursday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

Sunday, November 3, following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting & Service of Remembrance 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 , October 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder – (Requested by Robert and Mary Riley)

Monday,October 28 ~ St. Simon & St. Jude, Apostles ~ No Service

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

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

Thursday, October 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, November 1 ~ All Saints Day ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – Lois Knapp Gillen on the first anniversary of her death (Her sisters)

Saturday, November 2 ~ All Souls’ Day ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, November 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Deceased Members of The Ladies Sodality (Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Simon Kresse; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Fidelia Ejimadu, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….and life everlasting. Amen.”

The Feast of All Saints on November 1 and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2 remind us of these tenants of our Faith, expressed in The Apostles Creed and depicted in symbols on the right side of the main doors to our church.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

Friday, November 1, is All Saints Day. Our Mass for this Holy Day of Obligation will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. There will be NO 11:00 a.m. Mass on Friday.

The Ladies Sodality’s will hold a Service of Remembrance for all deceased members next Sunday, November 3, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following Mass. Our focus this year will be on 20 women who served as president beginning in 1906. All women of the parish are invited to join us in remembering our “founding mothers” and those who have honored our Blessed Lady and sustained our sisterhood for more than 100 years. A brief meeting will precede the service; light refreshments will be served.

Gifts for The Homebound – Starting on the weekend of November 2/3 and continuing through December 1, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. It may SEEM as if we have plenty of time to prepare for the holiday, but an early completion date for the drive is necessary so that presents are ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 7/8.  Please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the left end of the communion rail near the statue of St. Joseph. If you prefer to donate money, please do so BY NOVEMBER 21 so that our volunteers have time to shop. To share information about someone you think should be included, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

The 2019 Cocoa Challenge is underway! Blessed Trinity is again asked to donate Instant Hot Cocoa to help fill 2,100 Christmas gift bags for inmates at the Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. This Holiday Prison Package Project was begun by Sr. Karen Klimczak, SSJ, and is now continued by Peaceprints of WNY. Our goal is 4,200 packets by December 1! You can participate in this work of mercy and honor Sr. Karen’s memory when you:

Donate instant hot chocolate packets and place them in the back pew.

Make a monetary donation to purchase needed items. Cash or Checks (payable to “Peaceprints of WNY”) can be placed in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and dropped into the weekend collection basket.

Decorate Gift bags. Artistic talent is not necessary. Draw, trace, or just write season greetings or lines from carols & hymns to personalize the gift bags. Bags will be available at Sunday Mass from Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

Help assemble the gifts on Friday, December 6, here at Blessed Trinity.

“For I was…..in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25: 35-36.

Special collection for the Catholic University ~ There will be a second collection on the weekend of November 2/3 for The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, DC. Distinguished as the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, its Schools of Religious Studies and Philosophy are internationally recognized. Quality education and financial aid programs are also available in the following areas: music, nursing, arts and sciences, law, social service, library and information science, and engineering and architecture.

Italian Dinner, Sunday evening, November 17. Tickets are now on sale for our November 17 in-house Italian dinner with homemade pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville. Dinner will be served from 5 – 7 p.m. Reservations are required by November 10 and seating will be limited, with no sales at the door. Tickets — priced at $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 & under — are available from Kathy Press or Cathy Cummings, or by calling 716-832-2540.

So Much to be Thankful For ~ Our October 25 Fall Wine Tasting was a tremendous success, and there are so many people to thank for this all-around team effort: the shoppers; the folks who obtained business donations and auction items; the team that cleaned corners and transformed our familiar dining room into a restaurant-worthy event space; the oven-watchers, food servers and dishwashers; and of course, our parishioners who – once again – provided an incredible variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts to the amazement of our first-time guests and the satisfaction of the “regulars.”

We are extremely grateful to members of the local business community who supported our fundraiser with their donations. In Buffalo: The Martin House (125 Jewett Parkway), Just Pizza (3172 Main Street), Lone Star Grill (1853 Hertel Avenue), Raymondo’s Pizzeria (1580 E. Delavan Avenue), and Wegman’s Markets (601 Amherst Street); Salvatore’s Hospitality, 6461 Transit Road in Depew; Paula’s Donuts, 2319 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda; Russell’s Steaks Chops and More (6675 Transit Road) and Share Kitchen & Bar Room (5590 Main Street) in Williamsville; and – from across the worldwide web – casemates.com and gourmet.WOOT.com. We ask that you remember to return that support with your patronage.

Special recognition is also due to those “Friends of the Wine Tasting” who contributed auction items and/or invaluable advice, assistance, and musical entertainment: The Sisters of St. Francis of the Newman Communities, Bill Warren, Don and Bonnie Williams, Bud and Mickey Dick, and Elizabeth Clay.

Be Praised, O God! In Chapter 4 of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exultate, he tells us about the attitudes we must have in order to become holy in today’s world. He names the following: 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). Pope Francis calls the Beatitudes “the Christian’s identity card.” Our closing hymn, Laudato Si’! Be Praised, O God!, was inspired the Pope’s encyclical by the same name. Within the text, the theme of both the Beatitudes and Gaudete et Exultate can be heard.

Laudato si’!  Be praised, O God! All the nations sing creation’s song, that we may share with those in need.
Now all creation cries out in praise: Laudato si’

All praise be to you through Brother Sun, who brings us the light of the day.
For we are the stewards of nature and earth; this light is a source of rebirth.

All praise be to you through Sister Moon, so precious and so bright and fair.
For those who seek refuge and shelter in the night, may nations shine as beacons of light.

All praise be to you through Brother Wind and Air, whose fair and stormy weather you made.
For those who are dreading calamities and storms, may charity and love be the norm.

All praise be to you through Sister Water, so precious and quenching and pure.
For those who are thirsting for water pure and clear, may springs and rivers flow everywhere.

All praise be to you through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night.
For those who are frozen, who dread the cold nights’ air, may we provide warmth for their care.

All praise be to your through Sister, Mother Earth, sustaining and governing all.
For those who are hungry for sustenance and food, may we provide the means from the few.

Did you know that singing is praying twice? Do you have suggestions for hymns? Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday October 30, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Know Your Faith: Why is scripture read at every Mass? Does the spirit not speak outside of this text? Sacred Scripture is used at every Mass because we believe that God speaks to the church through the scripture. The scripture is one of the two sources of Revelation, along with tradition. We are told that faith comes from hearing the word of God. The word of God is found in the scripture and traditions. The Spirit can speak anyway, at anytime, and however the Spirit wishes to address us. When it comes to the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass), the church has arranged the readings from the scripture (liturgical cycle) as deemed fit for spiritual growth of the people of God. Speaking outside the prescribed text for the day would be out of the context.

As (catechist or instruments) ministers of the word, during the liturgy of the word, the Christian community is encouraged to stay within the context of the text and to avoid preaching outside the text for the day. From within the text, the spirit speaks to the church–examples and daily life experience can be related to the day’s scriptural text or as it is called in homiletics applied to life experience.

There are some exceptions when scriptural text other than the day’s text may be chosen; special occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, feasts, solemnities, funerals, etc.

In conclusion, the scripture is the central message for Christians and through it God speaks to his people. And the spirit of God can speak in different ways, most importantly through the words of the scripture.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report 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.

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

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

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

We give prayerful thanks for everyone who supported our Fall Wine Tasting, benefiting the “Under This Roof Fund.”

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Requiem for the Homeless, Friday November 1, 7:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). The Choirs of St. Joseph Cathedral, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Calvary Episcopal Church, along with a chamber orchestra directed by Garrett Martin, will present Bob Chilcott’s Requiem in its entirety. There will be a free-will offering with proceeds distributed among local agencies that seek to combat homelessness in Western New York. All are welcome.

Chris Wilson Concert, Saturday November 9 at 7:30pm at Church of the Annunciation (7580 Clinton Street in Elma). Join singer and songwriter, Chris Wilson, for a free concert featuring songs of faith, popular songs, and a touch of Christmas. A New York native, Wilson has gained celebrity status for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances. This event is open to the public; a free-will offering would be appreciated to help defray expenses. For more information call 716-683-5254 or visit annunciation.cc.

Francis and the Sultan: A Hidden Story, An Urgent Message, Saturday, November 16, from 9am to 3pm at St. Francis Park (5229 South Park Avenue in Hamburg). Presented by Sr. Kathy Warren, OSF, a scholar of inter-religious dialogue (particularly Muslim-Christian interaction), from a Franciscan perspective. This program will focus on the uncommon vision that motivated Francis of Assisi to make contact with the leader of the Muslim forces, Sultan al-Kamil, during the brutal battles of the Fifth Crusade. That remarkable encounter deepened and expanded Francis’ vision and actions for the remainder of his life. Join us to explore the story and address the questions! Call 716-649-1205 for reservations.

Week of October 20, 2019 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

All of this Sunday’s readings illustrate the value of intercessory prayer. They include the story of the Israelites’ victory over the Amalekites as Moses raised his hands in prayerful supplication and Aaron and Hur supported his arms for the duration of the battle. Moses appears as a symbol of the Hebrew Bible over the left portal of the church facade.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

October 20 – October 27, 2019

Weekly Activities

Monday, October 21 ~ Blessed Trinity hosts dinner for Family Promise guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid

Wednesday, October 23 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall 

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

Friday, October 25 from 7 – 9:00 p.m. ~ Fall Wine Tasting in St. Charles Hall

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

Sunday, October 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 , October 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Anniversary Remembrance (Requested by her parents)

Monday,October 21 ~ No Service

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

Wednesday, October 23 ~ St. John of Capistrano ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Thursday, October 24 ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Saturday, October 26 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Sunday, October 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder – (Robert and Mary Riley)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Maggie Gatson; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pam Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Our long-awaited Fall Wine Tasting, THIS FRIDAY, October 25,
7-9 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.
Advance sale tickets: $30. ($35 at the door).

News from our Parish Community

World Mission Sunday will be observed on the weekend of October 19/20. On Mission Sunday, everybody remembers, prays, gives … but on EVERY DAY of the year, the Missionary remembers, prays and gives. Please be generous with your financial support, and remember to pray daily for the missions: one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and “St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.” The Propagation of the Faith … all of us committed to the worldwide mission of Jesus.

Blessing of the sick and well-aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, October 20.

Wine Tasting ~ This Friday, October 25, is our long-anticipated wine tasting. With live keyboard music to set the mood, guests will enjoy a variety of wines and an abundance of hors d’oeuvres. (Beer, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts are also included). Our “21 & over” event takes place in St. Charles Hall. Please bring your food donation ready to serve; serving dishes and utensils are available. Proceeds benefit the “Under This Roof Fund” which is dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of our Landmark church. Tickets are available for a $30/person donation ($35 at the door), and you can obtain yours after Masses this weekend or at the rectory this week during regular office hours.

Italian Dinner, Sunday evening, November 17. Tickets go on sale next Sunday, October 27, for our November 17 in-house Italian dinner with homemade pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville. Seating will be limited, so be an “early bird.” Adults: $15; Children 12 & under: $8. See Kathy Press or Cathy Cummings for tickets.

Deo gratias! We all have reasons to be thankful to our God, and composer Stephen Dean, a resident of Suffolk in the UK, listed many of them in our closing hymn. Dean works for Decani Music, the Oregon Catholic Press agent in the United Kingdom. He is editor and publisher of Laudate, a successful hymnal, and is also music advisor to the Diocese of East Anglia. He leads the music in the small parish where much of his music published by OCP was first performed.

Thanks be to God…whose love has gathered us this day
who helps and guides us on our way
who gives us voice that we may thank him
for all the gifts of life and light
whose care protects us day and night
who keeps in mind us who forget him
who knows our secret joys and fears
who when we call him always hears
our rock and strength ever sustaining
who never turns his face away
who heals and pardons all who stray
who welcomes us into the kingdom
who made our world and all we see
who gave his Son to set us free
whose Spirit brings warmth and rejoicing
Deo gratias, Deo gratias, Thanks be to God most high!

Did you know that, in the words of St. Augustine, “the one who sings, prays twice”?  Do you have suggestions for hymns?  Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteers Needed for Parish Family Promise Team ~ Our Family Promise team will be preparing dinners for guest families Dinner at Ss.Columba-Brigid on Monday, October 21 and Monday, December 2. Family Promise of Western NY (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network) provides emergency shelter, meals and case management to local families who are temporarily homeless. While Ss.Columba-Brigid is a host site, Blessed Trinity is a support parish helping with meals. Additional volunteers willing to help prepare and serve meals with our team will be much appreciated. If interested, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net. Facts: 1 in 9 kindergarten students have already experienced homelessness. Forty per cent of Americans are just one unexpected $400 expense from financial distress. Family Promise offers many volunteer opportunities at fpwny.org.

Thank you to the many parishioners who contributed and worked on the White Elephant fundraiser. We raised $1,283 for the Under This Roof Fund. Remaining items were donated to St. Vincent DePaul.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report 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.

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

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

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

“St. Helena,” the bell which hung in the former church and school building (visible in background) from 1909 until 2018, is now permanently displayed in front of church. It was blessed and rededicated by Fr. Victor in a ceremony following the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Usher Ed Marien, a member of the school’s Class of 1944, rang the bell. Bud Dick, Parish Trustee and member of the Class of 1958 (left), coordinated the School Alumni’s Bell Project, which funded
the bell’s removal, restoration and relocation.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, October 21 at 7 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas, 450 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or in need special healing to attend this healing Mass and receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit stperry.org.

“Let’s Talk About Hope for the Future: The Voices of Young Priests,” Thursday, October 24 at 7pm, St. Leo the Great Church (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). Rev. Peter Santandreu of St. Amelia, Rev. Paul Cygan of St. Gregory the Great, and transitional deacon Rev. Mr. Denning Achidi will speak on their experiences and reasons for hope in the future of the Church. The audience will be invited to join their voices to the conversation as we share how hope is essential for us and for the Church.

Saints in Crisis: Following Christ in Troubled Times, Thursday October 24 at 7pm, with speaker and evangelist, Meg Hunter-Kilmer. St. John Neumann Shrine next to St. John the Baptist Church (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore). Rosary at 7 pm; talk beginning at 7:30 pm. Meg is a nationally known speaker, evangelist, theologian, and “hobo for Christ” with an expertise in the lives of the saints. All are welcome. For more information, email Mary Haseltine at maryhaseltine [at] yahoo [dot] com.      

Women’s Retreat, Saturday, October 26, 8:30am – 3pm, at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo 14202. Why do we pray? To praise, to thank, to complain, to listen, to give God suggestions, to ask for help, to question, to connect with God? All of the above! Presented by Betty Reiter, graduate of Catholic Biblical Studies and Christ the King Seminary. $10 donation includes a light breakfast and lunch. Register by calling 716-575-4030 or emailing: leobettyreiter [at] gmail [dot] com.

Requiem for the Homeless, Friday November 1, 7:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). The Choirs of St. Joseph Cathedral, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Calvary Episcopal Church, along with a chamber orchestra directed by Garrett Martin, will present Bob Chilcott’s Requiem in its entirety. There will be a free-will offering with proceeds distributed among local agencies that seek to combat homelessness in Western New York. All are welcome.

Chris Wilson Concert, Saturday November 9 at 7:30pm at Church of the Annunciation (7580 Clinton Street in Elma). Join singer and songwriter, Chris Wilson, for a free concert featuring songs of faith, popular songs, and a touch of Christmas. A New York native, Wilson has gained celebrity status for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances. This event is open to the public; a free-will offering would be appreciated to help defray expenses. For more information call 716-683-5254 or visit annunciation.cc.

Week of October 13, 2019 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Blessed Trinity’s Altar of Sacrifice is dedicated to St. Isaac Jogues and his companions. (They are commemorated in a single celebration on October 19). It is a longstanding practice to place relics of martyrs and saints in the altar or an altar stone within an altar.” The relics in the Altar of Sacrifice include one of St. Isaac Jogues (Jesuit missionary to New York State martyred in 1644). Relics of two other Jesuit missionaries, St. Charles Garnier and St. Gabriel Lelamant (martyred by the Iroquois in 1649) are contained in our Tabernacle Altar. Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church at page 29.

October 13 – October 20, 2019

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, October 16 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

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

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

Saturday, October 19 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 , October 13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. -Eternal rest for William Koch (Requested by Mickey Dick and Judy Casassa)

Monday,October 14 ~ St. Callistus I – No Service

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

Wednesday, October 16 ~ St. Hedwig; St. Margaret Mary Alacoque ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Thursday, October 17 ~ St. Ignatius of Antioch ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Saturday, October 19 ~ Wedding Mass of Greg Gaglione and Theresa Johnson at 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 19 ~ St. John de Brebeuf and St. Isaac Jogues & Companions ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Sunday, October 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Anniversary Remembrance (Her Parents)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Fran Cahill, Avery White; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Toni Maus; Choir – Mary Kresse

“St. Helena,” the bell which hung in the former church and school building (visible in background) from 1909 until 2018, is now permanently displayed in front of church. It was blessed and rededicated by Fr. Victor in a ceremony following the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Usher Ed Marien, a member of the school’s Class of 1944, rang the bell. Bud Dick, Parish Trustee and member of the Class of 1958 (left), coordinated the School Alumni’s Bell Project, which funded the bell’s removal, restoration and relocation.

News from our Parish Community

Parish Council ~ Our Sunday Liturgy on October 13 will include a blessing of the 2019-20 Parish Council and the introduction of its members and new officers: President Palma Zanghi, Vice President Colleen Schroeder, and Secretary Nik Brodfuehrer. Please support their stewardship with your presence on Sunday and your cooperation during the coming year. The Council’s October meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

World Mission Sunday will be observed on the weekend of October 19/20. On Mission Sunday, everybody remembers, prays, gives … but on EVERY DAY of the year, the Missionary remembers, prays and gives. Please be generous with your financial support, and remember to pray daily for the missions: one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and “St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.” The Propagation of the Faith … all of us committed to the worldwide mission of Jesus.

Blessing of the sick and well-aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, October 20.

Our October 25 Wine Tasting is now less than 2 weeks away. Parishioners have traditionally provided an abundance of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and guests agree that this is what makes our wine tastings so memorable. We hope you will keep the tradition going by donating a favorite of yours. Please bring your item ready to serve; serving utensils are available. The 21 and over event runs from 7 – 9 p.m. and in addition to wine and food, includes beer and non-alcoholic beverages AND live keyboard music. Tickets are available for a donation of $30/person ($35 at the door) from Bud Dick (716-832-2540) after weekend Masses, or during regular office hours from our secretary, Pat. Proceeds benefit the church’s “Under This Roof Fund.”

Our Second Fall Fundraiser is Sunday evening, November 17: an in-house Italian dinner with homemade pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville. Please save the date! Tickets go on sale Sunday, October 27.

Journeying Through Danger: In today’s Gospel, Jesus continued on his journey approaching the edge of Samaria and Galilee, considered “dangerous neighborhoods” because the people living there hated each other. The group of lepers included one Samaritan, demonstrating how suffering can unite even the worst enemies. The Second Reading from 2 Timothy celebrates God’s faithfulness to us, no matter our circumstance. Spiritan Father Lucien Deiss, a patristics scholar, liturgical musician, and liturgical music consultant at the Second Vatican Council, set the text of 2 Timothy to music for our Offertory Hymn this week:

Keep in mind that Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead.
He is our saving Lord, he is joy for all ages.
If we die with the Lord, we shall live with the Lord.
If we endure with the Lord, we shall reign with the Lord.

Keep in mind that Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead.
He is our saving Lord, he is joy for all ages.
In him all our sorrow, in him all our joy.
In him hope of glory, in him all our love.

Keep in mind that Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead.
He is our saving Lord, he is joy for all ages.
In him our redemption, in him all our grace.
In him our salvation, in him all our peace.

2 Timothy 2:8-12 – Lucien Deiss

Choir practice continues on Tuesday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteers Needed for Parish Family Promise Team ~ Our Family Promise team will be preparing dinners for guest families Dinner at Ss.Columba-Brigid on Monday, October 21 and Monday, December 2. Family Promise of Western NY (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network) provides emergency shelter, meals and case management to local families who are temporarily homeless.  While Ss.Columba-Brigid is a host site, Blessed Trinity is a support parish helping with meals. Additional volunteers willing to help prepare and serve meals will be much appreciated. If interested, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net. Facts: 1 in 9 kindergarten students have already experienced homelessness.  Forty per cent of Americans are just one unexpected $400 expense from financial distress. Family Promise offers many volunteer opportunities at fpwny.org.

Know Your Faith: How often should I pray? As often as possible, every time. The scripture encourages us to pray without ceasing. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. This sentence “Pray without ceasing” calls us to a active life of prayer. It reminds us about the importance of prayer, and encourages us to conscientiously make effort towards building a prayerful life. Prayer is very important in the life of a Christian. Through prayer, we communicate with God which is called petition and God respond to us. Prayer help us to raise up our mind and heart to God, by thinking and adoring God. Prayer can do a lot of things in our lives and can turn things around. For a prayerful Christian is a powerful Christian, and prayer-less Christian is a powerless Christian. So as Christians we are encouraged to pray every day morning, afternoon, and evening.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report 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.

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

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

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

Alumni of Blessed Trinity School joined parishioners in worship at their annual Alumni Memorial Mass, October 6, 2019.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Revive-Refresh-Renew Revival at St. Martin dePorres (555 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Mon. Oct. 14, Tues. Oct. 15 (Youth Night), Wed. Oct. 16 with Rev, Roy Lee, PhD. Call 716-847-2217 for information.

A Musical Portrayal of the Rosary, Thursday October 17 at 7pm, by renowned 30-member troupe “Quiet Waters” at St. Philip the Apostle Church (950 Losson Road in Cheektowaga). A free-will collection will be taken. For more information, call Marilyn Fronczak at 716-668-8472.

Meat & Basket Raffle, Friday October 18 at 7pm (doors open at 6pm). Sponsored by the Home School Association at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Admission includes beer, wine, and soda. No outside alcohol permitted. Those attending may bring table snacks and a cooler for winnings. A basket raffle will also take place, along with 50/50 split and grand prize raffles. Proceeds will benefit the students and programs. For tickets, call Renee Orr at 716-695-2600 or email rorr [at] cardinalohara [dot] com.        

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, October 21 at 7 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas, 450 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or in need special healing to attend this healing Mass and receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit stperry.org.

“Let’s Talk About Hope for the Future: The Voices of Young Priests,” Thursday, October 24 at 7pm, St. Leo the Great Church (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). Rev. Peter Santandreu of St. Amelia, Rev. Paul Cygan of St. Gregory the Great, and transitional deacon Rev. Mr. Denning Achidi will speak on their experiences and reasons for hope in the future of the Church. The audience will be invited to join their voices to the conversation as we share how hope is essential for us and for the Church.

Saints in Crisis: Following Christ in Troubled Times, Thursday October 24 at 7pm, with speaker and evangelist, Meg Hunter-Kilmer. St. John Neumann Shrine next to St. John the Baptist Church (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore). Rosary at 7 pm; talk beginning at 7:30 pm. Meg is a nationally known speaker, evangelist, theologian, and “hobo for Christ” with an expertise in the lives of the saints. All are welcome. For more information, email Mary Haseltine at maryhaseltine [at] yahoo [dot] com.      

Women’s Retreat, Saturday, October 26, 8:30am – 3pm, at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo 14202. Why do we pray? To praise, to thank, to complain, to listen, to give God suggestions, to ask for help, to question, to connect with God? All of the above! Presented by Betty Reiter, graduate of Catholic Biblical Studies and Christ the King Seminary. $10 donation includes a light breakfast and lunch. Register by calling 716-575-4030 or emailing: leobettyreiter [at] gmail [dot] com.

Requiem for the Homeless, Friday November 1, 7:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). The Choirs of St. Joseph Cathedral, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Calvary Episcopal Church, along with a chamber orchestra directed by Garrett Martin, will present Bob Chilcott’s Requiem in its entirety. There will be a free-will offering with proceeds distributed among local agencies that seek to combat homelessness in Western New York. All are welcome.

Week of October 6, 2019 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“St. Helena,” the bell which hung in the former church and school
building from 1909 until 2018 is now permanently displayed in front of church. It will be rededicated in a ceremony following the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 6.
Photo credit: Bud Dick

October 6 – October 13, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 6, 2019at 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. ~ “Sneak Peek” docent-led tour of church

Sunday, October 6, 2019 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Procession. blessing and rededication of original church/school bell

Sunday, October 6, 2019 following bell ceremony ~ All-class School Alumni Reception in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, October 9 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall — New rehearsal night

Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, October 12 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 , October 6 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Deceased Alumni of Blessed Trinity School (Requested by Blessed Trinity School Alumni) and Doris A. Knapp on the 50th Anniversary of her death (Requested by her Daughters)

Monday,October 7 ~ Our Lady of the Rosary – No Service

Tuesday, October 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 9 ~ St. Denis & companions; St. John Leonardi ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

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

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

Saturday, October 12 ~ Bl. Francis Xavier Seelas ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Sunday, October 13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the repose of William Koch (Mickey Dick and Judy Casassa)

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

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joseph Nwogu, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Fidelia Ejimadu, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary. This statue of the Blessed Virgin, a gift to the parish on its founding in 1906 and restored in 2011, serves as a reminder of Mary’s request of us to pray the Rosary for world peace.

News from our Parish Community

School Alumni Sunday ~ This Sunday, October 6, we welcome alumni of the parish grammar school and friends for their annual Alumni Sunday. A 9:30am guided mini-tour of the church will precede our 10am Mass at which deceased alumni of the school will be remembered. Immediately after Mass the congregation is invited to process outside where Father Victor will bless the church bell from the original church/school building. The 110-year old bell will also be rung during the ceremony. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, educating more than 2,300 students.

Our Sunday Liturgy on October 13 will include a blessing of the 2019-20 Parish Council and the introduction of its members. Please support their stewardship with your presence on Sunday and your cooperation during the coming year. The Council’s October meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Wine Tasting ~ Our October 25 Wine Tasting benefitting the church’s “Under This Roof Fund” is now less than three weeks away. If you’ve attended previous wine tastings, no sales pitch is necessary; if this is your first time, you are in for a real treat. The committee is working hard and counting on parishioners to do what they do best: provide favorite hors d’oeuvres and desserts for our guests. Please help us out by donating a favorite of yours.  The event runs from 7 – 9 p.m., and in addition to wine and food includes beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available to those 21 and over after weekend Masses for a donation of $30/person ($35 at the door); see Bud Dick or call him at 716-832-2540 to obtain yours.

Our Second Fall Fundraiser is Sunday evening, November 17: an in-house Italian dinner with homemade pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville. Please save the date!

Volunteers Needed for Parish Family Promise Team ~ Our Family Promise team will be preparing dinners for guest families Dinner at Ss.Columba-Brigid on Monday, October 21 and Monday, December 2. Family Promise of Western NY (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network) provides emergency shelter, meals and case management to local families who are temporarily homeless.  While Ss.Columba-Brigid is a host site, Blessed Trinity is a support parish helping with meals. Additional volunteers willing to help prepare and serve meals will be much appreciated. If interested, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net. Facts: 1 in 9 kindergarten students have already experienced homelessness.  Forty per cent of Americans are just one unexpected $400 expense from financial distress. Family Promise offers many volunteer opportunities at fpwny.org.

The Functions of a Church Choir, Part 2: Brian Hehn is the Director of Music Ministry at Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas, and he recently published an article about the functions of a church choir on choralnet.org. Last week, this space presented the first two functions of the church choir: to lead and enliven the congregation’s song and to sing music the congregation cannot. This week, we continue the additional elements of this article for your consideration. Hehn discusses four separate functions (but I think there are actually five).

The third function of a church choir is to serve as a small group within the church for faith formation.  I think this is a critical role of the church choir.  Every week at rehearsal, not only do we learn the notes, rhythms and words to the liturgical music, we also delve into what it all means – to our selves, our church, our community, and our world.  This is an awesome undertaking, but one your choir takes very seriously. We believe that taking care of each other is our responsibility.  We pray for each other, we uplift each other, we make sure everyone is able to participate whenever possible, even if it means going a little out of our way to share rides to church or rehearsal.  

Recently, my brother was critically ill and I had to spend quite a bit of time away from the choir and the church to help him onto the path of recovery.  The blanket of protection I carried with me from the choir was real and tangible – I felt more connected to my God because I knew my wonderful friends were lifting me – and my brother – up in prayer every day.  In the darkest time of my life, I saw the light of the people of Blessed Trinity even though I was hundreds of miles away.  My faith is so much stronger because of my association with the choir!

The fourth function of a church choir is to sing beautiful and challenging music to praise God and edify the congregation.  Another awesome task, especially for the choir whose motto is “Wrong and Strong.” 

Every time a church choir sings, we have an opportunity to touch someone’s soul and help them have a moment with God.  Friends, Strangers, Old, Young – a church choir can help an individual feel the presence of God just through song. How wonderful!

The fifth function of a church choir (not according to Brian Hehn, but according to the BT Choir) is to have fun!  We are so blessed to live in a country where we can worship our God in an amazing space like Blessed Trinity!  We have an incredible 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ and a grand piano in our sanctuary – and we somehow manage to have fun while we worship God.  I think that is the best gift of a church choir – to unite with other believers and praise God joyfully, with trumpet blast and cymbals, with harp – and organ!

Do you enjoy the music at Blessed Trinity?  Have suggestions for hymns?  Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report 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.

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

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

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

Alumni Sunday concludes with all-class reception in St. Charles Hall.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Open House at Canisus High School,  Sunday October 6, 9:30am-12:30pm, and Monday October 7, 5:30-7:30pm. (1180 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). For more information, call 716-883-1870 or visit canisiushigh.org.

Healing Mass in honor St. Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer patients, will take place Monday October  7 at 7pm at St. Aloysius Gonzaga (157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga). For more information, call 716-283-0011.

Saturday October 12 at noon ~ Annual Public Square Outdoor Rosary at St. Rose of Lima Parish (Parkside & Parker Avenues in Buffalo). Join us at the outside statue of Our Blessed Lady for the annual public square outdoor rosary sponsored by America Needs Fatima. Our Lady’s healing graces, once again, shower down upon everyone present just as when she appeared 100 years ago in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Don’t miss this opportunity to be touched deep in your soul as you receive her love and show your devotion to the mother of our Church.

Revive-Refresh-Renew Revival at St. Martin dePorres (555 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Mon. Oct. 14, Tues. Oct. 15 (Youth Night), Wed. Oct. 16 with Rev, Roy Lee, PhD. Call 716-847-2217 for information.

A Musical Portrayal of the Rosary, Thursday October 17 at 7pm, by renowned 30-member troupe “Quiet Waters” at St. Philip the Apostle Church (950 Losson Road in Cheektowaga). A free-will collection will be taken. For more information, call Marilyn Fronczak at 716-668-8472.

Meat & Basket Raffle, Friday October 18 at 7pm (doors open at 6pm). Sponsored by the Home School Association at Cardinal O’Hara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Admission includes beer, wine, and soda. No outside alcohol permitted. Those attending may bring table snacks and a cooler for winnings. A basket raffle will also take place, along with 50/50 split and grand prize raffles. Proceeds will benefit the students and programs. For tickets, call Renee Orr at 716-695-2600 or email rorr [at] cardinalohara [dot] com.        

“$’BRUCE-ing Up the Windows” with Springsteen! Friday October 18 at 7pm ~ Concert fundraiser at St. Martin of Tours (1619 Abbott Road), featuring Badlands, a  Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Funds raised will go to help pay for new windows at Notre Dame Academy. Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance at st.martinbuffalo.com.

Griefsharing Support Group at Our Lady of Pompeii (9129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Wednesday October 23 at 6:30pm. A second session will follow initial session. For more information, visit olpparish.com or call Sister Joyce to register at 716-683-6522, ext. 103.

Women’s Retreat, Saturday, October 26, 8:30am – 3pm, at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo 14202. Why do we pray? To praise, to thank, to complain, to listen, to give God suggestions, to ask for help, to question, to connect with God? All of the above! Presented by Betty Reiter, graduate of Catholic Biblical Studies and Christ the King Seminary. $10 donation includes a light breakfast and lunch. Register by calling 716-575-4030 or emailing: leobettyreiter [at] gmail [dot] com.