Week of August 9, 2020 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ ” Mt. 14:31
Ceramic relief of Peter and Christ over exterior of right (west) door.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

August 2 – August 9, 2020

Weekly Activities

The Celebration of 10 A. M. Mass on Sunday has resumed.

Sunday services resumed on June 21, 2020; daily and Saturday Masses, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, August 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (August 19, Sept 2, Sept 16, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. ~ NEW ~ 40-minute Bible Study via ZOOM, featuring the Acts of the Apostles. Visit our Faith Formation page for sign-in link!

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Intentions of Blessed Trinity Parishioners (Requested by the Parish)

The celebration of Daily Mass for the public has not yet resumed at Blessed Trinity. Daily Mass readings for the week of August 9 are available on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Clicking HERE. Select the desired day on their Roman Liturgical Calendar, and the text of the readings for that day will appear.

Sunday, August 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving for Blessing Received (Requested by Bud & Mickey Dick)

Lector Schedule ~  August 9: Sr. Liz Savage; August 16: Mary Kresse

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15
This solemnity celebrates the bodily taking up of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life. Dogmatically defined in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, accounts of the assumption of Mary into heaven survive in apocryphal narratives from the third and fourth centuries and was celebrated as early as the fifth century.
Painting of Mary’s Assumption by Joseph Mazur on left side of church transept.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

News from our Parish Community

A Reflection on Sunday’s Readings: 1 Kings: 19:9a, 11-13a; Romans: 9:1-5; Matthew 14: 22-33

The readings are filled with hope for the times we’re experiencing. In the first reading we hear the story of the Prophet Elijah who has been called to go out of the cave in which he found shelter and to go and stand on Mount Horeb. The second reading from Romans speaks of the sorrow of heart that Paul had because the Jews as a nation had refused to see Christ as the Messiah. In the Gospel, Jesus is walking on the water coming to the rescue of the disciples being tossed in all directions.

During these situations we’re experiencing, I have felt like the disciples in the fourth night watch on a stormy sea. Many times, I have called out, Lord save us. It seems as if we’re being tossed in all directions with the Coronavirus Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, Systemic Racism, injustices and the upcoming election. Like the disciples we are anxious for solutions and we’re fearful. We are challenged by the dark powers that threaten the goodness of life and our common home.

Both Elijah and Peter are disciples of faith. However, doubt and fear get in the way of them hearing the voice of the Lord. Like the disciples, we too can be blind-sighted and not see or hear the voice of Jesus in the strong winds of racism, injustice and the suffering poor. Jesus invites us to take his hand and “come” to him. We are invited to daily stand on the mountain and hear the voice of God in the tiny whispering sound.

With a bold and renewed faith and trust, we will walk on the water knowing that our God is there leading and guiding us. Our hope is firm. No storm can shake our inmost calm. Perhaps, we will lead others to see that Jesus is truly the Messiah. The question before us this Sunday is can we wade in the water and come to Jesus? The [popular Spiritual] gives a clear direction. Don’t let doubt and fear get in the way. Our faith will be tested again and again. Stand firm and “Wade in the Water.”

Sister Robert Fulton, SSMN

#One Body ~ On Monday, August 10, 2020 from 6:30 to 8pm, you are invited to join in the next gathering of #OneBody via Zoom conference call.

#OneBody began during the racially intense aftermath of the death of Trevon Martin, the summer of 2016. Three predominantly racially homogeneous parishes, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Ron Sajdak, originally participated: St. Martin de Porres, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Lawrence.

The purpose of #OneBody is to heal racism, one heart and one mind at a time. The healing process consists of prayer and candid conversations about racism in our Church and society, and conversations about conversion/the eradication of racism or antiracism.

The call-in time is 6:15pm. For additional information and to obtain the Zoom conference call link please contact Althea Porter at althea [dot] porter50 [at] gmail [dot] com or call  716-316-8395.

Know Your Faith: Music is an Integral Part of the Mass – I was going to begin to talk about the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but this morning I ran a quick errand to the bank and post office. Those who know me, know that I haven’t a musical bone in my body. I can neither sing nor play an instrument, but as I often do, I had Pandora on in the car set to a play list of my favorite religious music artists: John Michael Talbot, Michael Card and David Haas. A song came on that I cannot get out of my head: Song of the Body of Christ. This song says it all to me. Here is the refrain, “We come to share our story. We come to break the bread. We come to know our rising from the dead.” The author tells of what we know, what we hope for and what we must do, all profoundly important in the lives of Christians. The lyrics go on to emphasize that we are the Lord’s people ending with certainty, “You will lead and we shall follow.” The entire Mass – indeed our lives – is a prayer.

At Mass we join together more profoundly, led by the priest as “chief pray-er.” For example, certain parts of the Mass such as the Gloria, Alleluia and Psalms are considered so important that they are to be sung at Sunday liturgies. Music has been used to teach faith since early times. It is part of the Oral Tradition of the early Church. This is partly because early Christians were not generally literate. In some cultures, a preacher will use song to convey the summary of his message. We often use music to teach children faith lessons: Jesus loves me. One of my favorite children’s songs is often played at Christmas time, Some children see him. Throughout history music continued to be used in familiar Christmas Carols – listen carefully and you will hear of the life of Jesus, not just his birth. They speak of dying and rising, of blood as well as purity. Though arguable, some even suggest that certain Christmas Carols were written specifically to teach “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

You may also be familiar with the African-American Spirituals, many of which were used not just for imparting religious ideas, but to comfort slaves escaping their “owners” or to help them find their way to freedom. One example is the religious hymn, There is a Balm in Gilead. You can get more information about African-American Spirituals from Kenyatta Berry and the PBS series Mercy Street. Perhaps, it is embedded deep within us to sing. This may explain why it is so difficult to listen to music at Mass when we are not permitted due to fear of infection to sing along. Don’t you catch yourself sometimes? I know I do. Let music “tell our story.”

Fun Fact: There are seven readings during the Easter Vigil liturgy before the Epistle and Gospel. One of them is frequently sung. Do you know which one? Answer next week.

Beginning Monday, August 17, and continuing every other Monday via Zoom, we will have a Bible Study of the Acts of the Apostles and the Pope’s latest teaching on the parish. Meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and will end at 40 minutes. You will be able to find the Zoom Link on the Faith Formation Page of our website and in the bulletin. You do not need to register.

…Patricia Dyer, MAPM
   Pastoral Associate and Religious Education Coordinator

L to R: Mickey Dick, Luanne Firestone & Amy Johnson on July 30, 2020

Family Promise of WNY  ~ Blessed Trinity has partnered with Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospital Network) as a support congregation since 1994 when the agency first established a presence in Western New York. Having just completed renovations to their facility on Hickory Street, Executive Director Luanne Firestone was happy to take parish team members Amy Johnson and Mickey Dick on a guided tour. The renovations are impressive, especially the addition of bedrooms, bathrooms, and individual family cupboards, all designed with COVID-19 protocols in mind. When they are able to resume intakes this month, they will do so with double the capacity as “a safer, more private and more comfortable shelter” for temporarily homeless families. Their anticipation is heightened as they brace for the housing crisis that they know is coming with the lifting of the current NYS eviction moratorium. New meal guidelines will make it easier for parish partners, like Blessed Trinity, to provide dinners for guest families. If you are in a position to assist us with dinner drop-offs, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. To learn more about Family Promise of Western New York, Click HERE.

Landing on Holy Ground ~ On Tuesday night, July 28, the recently rebuilt plaza in front of Blessed Trinity Church sustained substantial damage when a driver heading west on Leroy lost control of his vehicle and crashed through the retaining wall on the east (ramp) side of the church. The car became airborne, landing on its roof in the center of the plaza near the street-level stairs. By the grace of God, the driver and passenger were able to walk away and the church itself does not appear to have been damaged. The accident has been reported to the driver’s insurance carrier, and masons will be returning to estimate the time and cost involved in restoring the area once again. On Friday, July 31, the diocesan Division of Buildings & Properties sent two gentlemen who did a masterful cleanup job. It is now possible to enter the church through the front doors, but please resist the urge to “explore” cordoned off areas. We appreciate your cooperation in preventing accidental injury.

Have your responded to the 2020 Census? It is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated for critical public services. The current corona virus pandemic should certainly enforce in our minds how crucial such funding can be. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in encouraging all people in our community to participate. If you have not yet returned the census form mailed to you in March, you may receive a home visit from a census worker who will be carrying official identification and census forms. Please cooperate as he/she is there to help make sure you and your family are counted. If you have internet access, go to 2020census.gov and complete the census online. If you do not have a computer, you can go to any branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and ask for assistance with the online census form.

Sunday Mass Under Re-Opening Guidelines ~ Our church resumed Sunday services on June 21. We hope those of you who have been able to return are satisfied with our efforts to welcome both parishioners and visitors while keeping everyone safe. If you will be joining us for worship for the first time since March, please know that we are observing guidelines as required by the Diocese of Buffalo and/or the State of New York. When inside the church, everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask. (You are expected to bring your own mask or face covering. If you forget, an usher will supply one). Hand sanitizer is available at each of the church entrances.To maintain social distancing, some pews are “off limits.” Families and couples may sit together; unrelated individuals must sit 6 ft. away from each other. Copies of Breaking Bread have been removed, and there can be no music sheets or bulletins. Congregational singing is discouraged (except in our hearts). Please follow the lead of our ushers when it is time for Communion and dismissal at the end of Mass. We appreciate the fact that you are all anxious to see each other, but to protect everyone’s health please refrain from shaking hands or hugging. If you wish to visit (from an acceptable distance), please wait until you are outside and do not congregate in the vestibules.The church will be sanitized before we gather again each Sunday. We hope that everyone joins in worshiping as community this Sunday, but please remember that — for now — there is no obligation to do so. If you are not feeling well or are just uncomfortable being in a group setting, please remain at home. Those of us who are lucky enough to attend will continue to pray for everyone who cannot be physically present.

The 2020 Catholic Charities Appeal concluded on June 30, falling $1.6 million short of its $10 mill goal. Deacon Steve Schumer, president and chief executive officer of the agency however, chose to see the positive aspects of having reached 84% of the goal “given everything going on….” Although Catholic Charities is a separate non-profit, human services agency, its fund raising was impacted by reaction to the diocesan bankruptcy filing and the coronavirus pandemic which shut down parish life and church services during the height of the annual appeal effort. In an article published in The Buffalo News on July 9, Deacon Schumer admitted that Catholic Charities “was facing a ‘perfect storm’ in that the need for its services grew because of the pandemic, while revenues to fund those services were hampered by the pandemic and a continued erosion of the agency’s tradition donor base, Mass-going parishioners.” In the early days of the pandemic before federal government made additional food stamps available, the News reported that the “agency’s food pantries were inundated.” Now it is “trying to handle an uptick in requests for counseling and mental health services, and Deacon Schumer admits the agency “will have to ‘make some difficult decisions’ to address shortfalls….” It is never too late to make a contribution to Catholic Charities. You may mail a donation to their office, 741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Appeal Department, or make an online donation at:https://www.ccwny.org/donation. Bob Heicklen, the appeal chair for our parish, will be happy to accept a contribution in any amount. If your pledged during the early days of the drive, please remember to honor your pledge.

Regular Office Hours ~ We are happy to report that the parish has been able to resume regular office hours. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Rosary Video for All Ages ~ Our pastoral associate and director of religious education, Pat Dyer, would like to share her YouTube video on The Rosary. The opening portion of her video was made with the children in mind, so be sure they join in.

Do you miss being at church? Of course long-time parishioners can probably close their eyes and picture the view from a favorite pew. But if you are not yet able to be physically present, it is possible to make a virtual visit. Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a “tour” of Blessed Trinity. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

Terra cotta ornamentation below Blessed Trinity’s Tabernacle Altar. Photo credit: Steve Mangione

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 4 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented us from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone or email took on increased importance. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your 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, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below 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 ~ Because of the COVID-19 protocols, Father Victor has had to discontinue his “last Friday” visits to homebound parishioners. However, if someone is ill and in need of Last Rites, please call him at the rectory.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Orientation for Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, Wednesday September 16 at 7pm. An 8-month program at St. Michael Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo). Applications (visit SpirExlgnatius.org)  are due September 1. Find out more by calling Joseph Ritzert at 716-627-5530 or Fr. Len Kamiensky SJ at 716-854-6726.

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence ~ Because of COVID-19, the Family Justice Center (“FJC”) is not accepting walk-in appointments or in-person meetings. In case of emergency, call 911. For help with safety planning or other services you may need during this time, call or text the FJC Safeline, 716-558-SAFE (7233).

Food Assistance for Seniors ~ The County of Erie advises anyone over the age of 60 who is in need of food assistance to call 716-858-8526.

 

Week of August 2, 2020 – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s gospel is Matthew’s account of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Mt. 14:13-21. The event is depicted in ceramic relief by P. Kuhnle over the main door in the church’s nave.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

August 2 – August 9, 2020

Weekly Activities

The Celebration of 10 A. M. Mass on Sunday has resumed.

Sunday services resumed on June 21, 2020; daily and Saturday Masses, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (August 5, August 19, Sept 2, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Mass Intentions

Sunday, August 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Intentions of Blessed Trinity Parishioners (Requested by the Parish)

The celebration of Daily Mass for the public has not yet resumed at Blessed Trinity. Daily Mass readings for the week of August 2 are available on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Clicking HERE. Select the desired day on their Roman Liturgical Calendar, and the text of the readings for that day will appear.

Sunday, August 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Intentions of Blessed Trinity Parishioners (Requested by the Parish)

Lector Schedule ~  August 2: Don Williams; August 9: Sr. Liz Savage

 

News from our Parish Community

Second Collection on August 2 is for the Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund. Please be generous.

Aftermath of 7/28/2020 auto accident

Landing on Holy Ground ~ On Tuesday night, July 28, the recently rebuilt plaza in front of Blessed Trinity Church sustained substantial damage when a driver heading west on Leroy lost control of his vehicle and crashed through the retaining wall on the east (ramp) side of the church. The car became airborne, landing on its roof in the center of the plaza near the street-level stairs. By the grace of God, the driver and passenger were able to walk away and the church itself does not appear to have been damaged. The accident has been reported to the driver’s insurance carrier, and masons who performed earlier work will be returning to estimate the time and cost involved in restoring the area once again. On Friday, July 31, the diocesan Division of Buildings & Properties sent two gentlemen who did a masterful cleanup job. It is once again possible to enter the church through the front doors, but please resist the urge to “explore” cordoned off areas. We appreciate your cooperation in preventing accidental injury.

#One Body ~ On Monday, August 10, 2020 from 6:30 to 8pm, you are invited to join in the next gathering of #OneBody via Zoom conference call.

#OneBody began during the racially intense aftermath of the death of Trevon Martin, the summer of 2016. Three predominantly racially homogeneous parishes, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Ron Sajdak, originally participated: St. Martin de Porres, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Lawrence.

The purpose of #OneBody is to heal racism, one heart and one mind at a time. The healing process consists of prayer and candid conversations about racism in our Church and society, and conversations about conversion/the eradication of racism or antiracism.

The call-in time is 6:15pm. For additional information and to obtain the Zoom conference call link please contact Althea Porter at althea [dot] porter50 [at] gmail [dot] com or call  716-316-8395.

A Reflection on Lives Lost ~ Father Malcom Guite, the Anglican poet-priest  from Cambridge, England wrote this in his blog for May 29, 2020. It is even more poignant now that the death toll in the U. S. has passed 156,000.  “I am thinking of my American friends today as the tragic death-toll from the virus there passes 100,000. These are mind numbing numbers and only the exercise of compassionate imagination can give us even a glimpse of the harrowing personal stories behind each one. When I began to hear our statistics mount on our own evening radio news, I found myself again and again in prayer, knowing that even though I only heard the numbers, God knew and loved and died for the people behind those numbers.” The following poem is from the concluding section of his Quarantine Quatrains.

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At close of day I hear the gentle rain
Whilst experts on the radio explain
Mind-numbing numbers, rising by the day,
Cyphers of unimaginable pain

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Each evening they announce the deadly toll
And patient voices calmly call the roll
I hear the numbers, cannot know the names
Behind each number, mind and heart and soul

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Behind each number one belovèd face
A light in life whom no-one can replace,
Leaves on this world a signature, a trace,
A gleaning and a memory of grace

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All loved and loving, carried to the grave
The ones whom every effort could not save
Amongst them all those carers whose strong love
Bought life for others with the lives they gave.

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The sun sets and I find myself in prayer
Lifting aloft the sorrow that we share
Feeling for words of hope amidst despair
I voice my vespers through the quiet air:

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O Christ who suffers with us, hold us close,
Deep in the secret garden of the rose,
Raise over us the banner of your love
And raise us up beyond our last repose.

L to R: Mickey Dick, Luanne Firestone & Amy Johnson on July 30, 2020

Family Promise of WNY  ~ Blessed Trinity has partnered with Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospital Network) as a support congregation since 1994 when the agency first established a presence in Western New York. Having just completed renovations to their facility on Hickory Street, Executive Director Luanne Firestone was happy to take parish team members Amy Johnson and Mickey Dick on a guided tour. The renovations are impressive, especially the addition of bedrooms, bathrooms, and individual family cupboards, all designed with COVID-19 protocols in mind. When they are able to resume intakes this month, they will do so with double the capacity as “a safer, more private and more comfortable shelter” for temporarily homeless families. Their anticipation is heightened as they brace for the housing crisis that they know is coming with the lifting of the current NYS eviction moratorium. New meal guidelines will make it easier for parish partners, like Blessed Trinity, to provide dinners for guest families. If you are in a position to assist us with dinner drop-offs, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. To learn more about Family Promise of Western New York, Click HERE.

Know Your Faith: What is a disciple? My brother’s family is part of a religious organization that frequently asks, “Are you a disciple?’ All of us here should be able to answer with an emphatic, “Yes!” A disciple is one who follows and studies another – in our case that is Jesus. If one studies Jesus, one will learn to love him, follow him and become apostles for him. Our goal is to be able to say with the surety of the evangelist Mark who opens his gospel (good news,) “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.”

So come along with me on this weekly journey to get to know Jesus. The Mass is divided into two major but equally important parts: Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. It is in the Liturgy of the Word, where we first become disciples. Every Sunday, we hear several readings from Sacred Scripture proclaimed. You might take advantage of this time of “no worship aids” in the pews to listen a little more closely to the lector and priest as the readings are proclaimed. A bishop, priest or deacon will “open” the scriptures for us with his homily. During the sacrament of ordination, a bishop calls upon the Holy Spirit to come upon the man to be ordained so that he will proclaim authentically the Word of God. For some of us the words of the homilist will provide comfort and for others they will disturb our comfort – calling us forth to more. To know more, to hope more, and to do more. Let us ask ourselves, “What is God calling me to do today?” Additional opportunities are available on the Faith Formation Page of our website.

Fun Fact: Have you heard that Catholics do not read the Bible? Did you know that Catholics who attend Mass daily hear every word of the Bible every three years?

If you are unable to attend week day Masses, you can read the Scripture to be proclaimed at USCCB.org or download the iBreviary APP on a cell phone or tablet.

…Patricia Dyer, MAPM
   Pastoral Associate and Religious Education Coordinator

Gardening Angels ~ We extend prayerful thanks for Judy Casassa who has devoted many hours to maintaining the garden on the east (ramp) side of the church, and to Bud and Mickey Dick for their work on the planters in front of church and the “Mary grotto” garden.

Have your responded to the 2020 Census? It is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated for critical public services. The current corona virus pandemic should certainly enforce in our minds how crucial such funding can be. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in encouraging all people in our community to participate. If you have not yet returned the census form mailed to you in March, you may receive a home visit from a census worker who will be carrying official identification and census forms. Please cooperate as he/she is there to help make sure you and your family are counted. If you have internet access, go to 2020census.gov and complete the census online. If you do not have a computer, you can go to any branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and ask for assistance with the online census form.

Sunday Mass Under Re-Opening Guidelines ~ Our church resumed Sunday services on June 21. We hope those of you who have been able to return are satisfied with our efforts to welcome both parishioners and visitors while keeping everyone safe. If you will be joining us for worship for the first time since March, please know that we are observing guidelines as required by the Diocese of Buffalo and/or the State of New York. When inside the church, everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask. (You are expected to bring your own mask or face covering. If you forget, an usher will supply one). Hand sanitizer is available at each of the church entrances.To maintain social distancing, some pews are “off limits.” Families and couples may sit together; unrelated individuals must sit 6 ft. away from each other. Copies of Breaking Bread have been removed, and there can be no music sheets or bulletins. Congregational singing is discouraged (except in our hearts). Please follow the lead of our ushers when it is time for Communion and dismissal at the end of Mass. We appreciate the fact that you are all anxious to see each other, but to protect everyone’s health please refrain from shaking hands or hugging. If you wish to visit (from an acceptable distance), please wait until you are outside and do not congregate in the vestibules.The church will be sanitized before we gather again each Sunday. We hope that everyone joins in worshiping as community this Sunday, but please remember that — for now — there is no obligation to do so. If you are not feeling well or are just uncomfortable being in a group setting, please remain at home. Those of us who are lucky enough to attend will continue to pray for everyone who cannot be physically present.

The 2020 Catholic Charities Appeal concluded on June 30, falling $1.6 million short of its $10 mill goal. Deacon Steve Schumer, president and chief executive officer of the agency however, chose to see the positive aspects of having reached 84% of the goal “given everything going on….” Although Catholic Charities is a separate non-profit, human services agency, its fund raising was impacted by reaction to the diocesan bankruptcy filing and the coronavirus pandemic which shut down parish life and church services during the height of the annual appeal effort. In an article published in The Buffalo News on July 9, Deacon Schumer admitted that Catholic Charities “was facing a ‘perfect storm’ in that the need for its services grew because of the pandemic, while revenues to fund those services were hampered by the pandemic and a continued erosion of the agency’s tradition donor base, Mass-going parishioners.” In the early days of the pandemic before federal government made additional food stamps available, the News reported that the “agency’s food pantries were inundated.” Now it is “trying to handle an uptick in requests for counseling and mental health services, and Deacon Schumer admits the agency “will have to ‘make some difficult decisions’ to address shortfalls….” It is never too late to make a contribution to Catholic Charities. You may mail a donation to their office, 741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Appeal Department, or make an online donation at:https://www.ccwny.org/donation. Bob Heicklen, the appeal chair for our parish, will be happy to accept a contribution in any amount. If your pledged during the early days of the drive, please remember to honor your pledge.

Regular Office Hours ~ We are happy to report that the parish has been able to resume regular office hours. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Rosary Video for All Ages ~ Our pastoral associate and director of religious education, Pat Dyer, would like to share her YouTube video on The Rosary. The opening portion of her video was made with the children in mind, so be sure they join in.

Do you miss being at church? Of course long-time parishioners can probably close their eyes and picture the view from a favorite pew. But if you are not yet able to be physically present, it is possible to make a virtual visit. Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a “tour” of Blessed Trinity. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 4 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented us from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone or email took on increased importance. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your 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, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below 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 ~ Because of the COVID-19 protocols, Father Victor has had to discontinue his “last Friday” visits to homebound parishioners. However, if someone is ill and in need of Last Rites, please call him at the rectory.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Orientation for Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, Wednesday September 16 at 7pm. An 8-month program at St. Michael Rectory (651 Washington Street in Buffalo). Applications (visit SpirExlgnatius.org)  are due September 1. Find out more by calling Joseph Ritzert at 716-627-5530 or Fr. Len Kamiensky SJ at 716-854-6726.

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence ~ Because of COVID-19, the Family Justice Center (“FJC”) is not accepting walk-in appointments or in-person meetings. In case of emergency, call 911. For help with safety planning or other services you may need during this time, call or text the FJC Safeline, 716-558-SAFE (7233).

Food Assistance for Seniors ~ The County of Erie advises anyone over the age of 60 who is in need of food assistance to call 716-858-8526.

 

Week of July 26, 2020 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) and St. Alphonsus Liguori (1695-1787), whose feast days we celebrate this week, are both depicted in a in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in the dome of our church. St. Ignatius, fourth from the left (standing), was on his way to military fame before a debilitating war injury. His conversion experience began during his convalescence, and his writings during that time culminated in his greatest work, the Spiritual Exercises. Founder of the Jesuits, his feastday is July 31. St. Alphonsus, the first standing figure on the left, is pictured with a pen and book. Although he acquired fame as a writer, the founder of the Redemptorist Congregation is also remembered for his preaching and pastoral reforms. His feast is celebrated on August 1. The dome painting is by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur; the photo by Gary Kelley.

July 26 – August 2, 2020

Weekly Activities

The Celebration of 10 A. M. Mass on Sunday has resumed.

Sunday services resumed on June 21, 2020; daily and Saturday Masses, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (August 5, August 19, Sept 2, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Richard Plunkett (Requested by Amy Johnson)

The celebration of Daily Mass for the public has not yet resumed at Blessed Trinity. Daily Mass readings for the week of July 26 are available on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Clicking HERE. Select the desired day on their Roman Liturgical Calendar, and the text of the readings for that day will appear.

Sunday, August 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Intentions of Blessed Trinity Parishioners (Requested by the Parish)

Lector Schedule ~  July 26: Judy Casassa; August 2: Don Williams

News from our Parish Community

Reflection on Sunday’s Gospel by Sr. Regina Murphy, SSMN: Matthew 13:44-52

This Sunday’s gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ parables about the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, or like a merchant searching for fine pearls. The one who finds either will sell all that he has to obtain that which he values above all else. Two more parables are used to illustrate that the kingdom of heaven is for those who are good and righteous. We learn that the kingdom of heaven is something of great value, something we search for, long for; something we will pay dearly for. But, do we know what the kingdom of heaven is?

Contemporary parables play out right in front of us every day. The other night on the television news there was the story of a woman whose husband had early-onset Alzheimer’s and was in a nursing home. She never wanted him to be alone and so visited him daily – until Covid-!9 made that impossible. And so, when the nursing home advertised for a dishwasher, she applied for the job so that she could continue to see her husband daily. Her love found a way. Perhaps the kingdom of heaven is a world infused with that kind of love.

Pre-Covid, an elderly priest was in the hospital, on a ventilator for a lung ailment. The pandemic reached critical proportions while he was in the hospital and there was a shortage of ventilators. When a younger man, a husband and father, was brought in with Covid-19, there were no more ventilators. The priest gave up his own ventilator, saving the stranger’s life while losing his own.

Several years ago, a young man walked into an Amish school house and shot and killed many of the Amish children before killing himself. The mothers of those Amish children embraced the parents of the shooter to show their forgiveness for their son.

Never-ending love, complete selflessness, unlimited forgiveness. Perhaps, like Solomon, we need to pray for an understanding heart to know what is right, and to be “conformed to the image of God’s Son,” as St Paul says is our predestination. The kingdom of heaven is not some nebulous other world. It is as real as we wish to make it.

“Vacation Bible School in a Bag” ~ This is the last Sunday (July 26) to pick up your “Vacation Bible School in a Bag” for all children up to grade 7 (Fall 2020). Pick them up from Please see Pat Dyer after Mass of yours. Our Faith Formation Page has so many more resources for children, and information about programs for adult parishioners as well. Click HERE to see what you’ve been missing.. 

Birthday Blessings on all our parishioners who celebrated a birthday during the month of July.

Second Collection on August 2 is for the Retired Diocesan Priests Medical Benefits Fund. Please be generous..

Our Friends at Family Promise of WNY have just completed renovations to their facility on Hickory Street. When they are able to resume intakes in the coming weeks, they will do so with double the capacity as “a safer, more private and more comfortable shelter” for temporarily homeless families. Their anticipation is heightened as they brace for the housing crisis that they know is coming when the current NYS eviction moratorium is lifted. Blessed Trinity is a support congregation for Family Promise. To learn more about this community asset, Click HERE or call Amy Johnson to see how you can help our parish Family Promise team.

Gardening Angels ~ We extend prayerful thanks for Judy Casassa who has devoted many hours to maintaining the garden on the east (ramp) side of the church, and to Bud and Mickey Dick for their work on the planters in front of church and the “Mary grotto” garden.

Sunday Mass Under Re-Opening Guidelines ~ Our church resumed Sunday services on June 21. We hope those of you who have been able to return are satisfied with our efforts to welcome both parishioners and visitors while keeping everyone safe. If you will be joining us for worship for the first time since March, please know that we are observing guidelines as required by the Diocese of Buffalo and/or the State of New York. When inside the church, everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask. (You are expected to bring your own mask or face covering. If you forget, an usher will supply one). Hand sanitizer is available at each of the church entrances.To maintain social distancing, some pews are “off limits.” Families and couples may sit together; unrelated individuals must sit 6 ft. away from each other. Copies of Breaking Bread have been removed, and there can be no music sheets or bulletins. Congregational singing is discouraged (except in our hearts). Please follow the lead of our ushers when it is time for Communion and dismissal at the end of Mass. We appreciate the fact that you are all anxious to see each other, but to protect everyone’s health please refrain from shaking hands or hugging. If you wish to visit (from an acceptable distance), please wait until you are outside and do not congregate in the vestibules.The church will be sanitized before we gather again each Sunday. We hope that everyone joins in worshiping as community this Sunday, but please remember that — for now — there is no obligation to do so. If you are not feeling well or are just uncomfortable being in a group setting, please remain at home. Those of us who are lucky enough to attend will continue to pray for everyone who cannot be physically present.

Have your responded to the 2020 Census? It is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated for critical public services. The current corona virus pandemic should certainly enforce in our minds how crucial such funding can be. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in encouraging all people in our community to participate. If you have not yet returned the census form mailed to you in March, you may receive a home visit from a census worker who will be carrying official identification and census forms. Please cooperate as he/she is there to help make sure you and your family are counted. If you have internet access, go to 2020census.gov and complete the census online. If you do not have a computer, you can go to any branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library and ask for assistance with the online census form.

The 2020 Catholic Charities Appeal concluded on June 30, falling $1.6 million short of its $10 mill goal. Deacon Steve Schumer, president and chief executive officer of the agency however, chose to see the positive aspects of having reached 84% of the goal “given everything going on….” Although Catholic Charities is a separate non-profit, human services agency, its fund raising was impacted by reaction to the diocesan bankruptcy filing and the coronavirus pandemic which shut down parish life and church services during the height of the annual appeal effort. In an article published in The Buffalo News on July 9, Deacon Schumer admitted that Catholic Charities “was facing a ‘perfect storm’ in that the need for its services grew because of the pandemic, while revenues to fund those services were hampered by the pandemic and a continued erosion of the agency’s tradition donor base, Mass-going parishioners.” In the early days of the pandemic before federal government made additional food stamps available, the News reported that the “agency’s food pantries were inundated.” Now it is “trying to handle an uptick in requests for counseling and mental health services, and Deacon Schumer admits the agency “will have to ‘make some difficult decisions’ to address shortfalls….” It is never too late to make a contribution to Catholic Charities. You may mail a donation to their office, 741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Appeal Department, or make an online donation at:https://www.ccwny.org/donation. Bob Heicklen, the appeal chair for our parish, will be happy to accept a contribution in any amount. If your pledged during the early days of the drive, please remember to honor your pledge.

Regular Office Hours ~ We are happy to report that the parish has been able to resume regular office hours. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Rosary Video for All Ages ~ Our pastoral associate and director of religious education, Pat Dyer, would like to share her YouTube video on The Rosary. The opening portion of her video was made with the children in mind, so be sure they join in.

Diocesan Guidelines for Resumption of Worship Services ~ On May 20, The Diocese of Buffalo issued guidelines for the reopening of our churches. Click HERE to read the 10-page document. 

An Assist for the Finance Council ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join their committee. Could that be you? Please see Father Victor if you believe you are able to serve in this capacity.

Do you miss being at church? Of course long-time parishioners can probably close their eyes and picture the view from a favorite pew. But if you are not yet able to be physically present, it is possible to make a virtual visit. Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a “tour” of Blessed Trinity. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

The miracle of the loaves and fishes is depicted in ceramic relief by P. Kuhnle over the main door in the church’s nave.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 4 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented us from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone or email took on increased importance. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your 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, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below 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 ~ Because of the COVID-19 protocols, Father Victor has had to discontinue his “last Friday” visits to homebound parishioners. However, if someone is ill and in need of Last Rites, please call him at the rectory.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence ~ Because of COVID-19, the Family Justice Center (“FJC”) is not accepting walk-in appointments or in-person meetings. In case of emergency, call 911. For help with safety planning or other services you may need during this time, call or text the FJC Safeline, 716-558-SAFE (7233).

Food Assistance for Seniors ~ The County of Erie advises anyone over the age of 60 who is in need of food assistance to call 716-858-8526.

Week of July 19, 2020 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Mary of Magdala
July 22
The Church today recognizes Mary of Magdala’s rightful role as an important early Christian leader. She is mentioned a total of fourteen times in all four accounts of the Gospel – more than most of the apostles. Saint Augustine was the first to call her “the Apostle to the Apostles.”
Confessional woodcarving, right (west) transept
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

July 19 – July 26, 2020

Weekly Activities

The Celebration of 10 A. M. Mass on Sunday has resumed.

Sunday services resumed on June 21, 2020; daily and Saturday Masses, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, July 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (July 22, August 5, August 19, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Catherine Gress (Requested by Amy Johnson)

The celebration of Daily Mass for the public has not yet resumed at Blessed Trinity. Daily Mass readings for the week of July 12 are available on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Clicking HERE. Select the desired day on their Roman Liturgical Calendar, and the text of the readings for that day will appear.

Sunday, July 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Richard Plunkett (Requested by Amy Johnson)

Lector Schedule ~ July 19: Chris Porter; July 26: Judy Casassa

St. James, Apostle
July 25
St. James, known as the Greater in order to distinguish him from the other Apostle St. James, was St. John’s brother. With Peter and John he was one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration, and later, of the agony in the garden. There are two symbols on the church façade representing St. James, one of which is this shell (second from left) on one of the 45 decorated roofline corbels.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

Reflection on Sunday’s Readings by Sr. Corinne Yarborough, SSMN: Matthew 13:1-23

There is a common theme in the readings today. The vision of God Isaiah expresses is one of gentleness and kindness, in spite of our weakness and sin. Isaiah says “Your might is the source of justice.” Yes, leniency & clemency are the way God always deals with us. Some think that justice requires a stern, “letter of the law” approach, with harsh enforcement of laws and regulations. Leniency and clemency from God seem to connote something different. They do not negate enforcing laws, but do have another way of looking at punishment for disobedience. Isaiah is saying that God has repeatedly chosen to deal with us in this lenient way. He is reminding us that God’s ways are not our ways, that in his love for us, God has chosen a milder method, a kinder method. (I sometimes wonder if the person believing in that stern enforcement is usually expecting it to be used more for others than for him/herself.)

Paul says that in our weakness the Spirit comes to our aid. When we see that someone is weak, the implication is that harshness is inappropriate and a gentler response is needed. He continues to say that the Spirit searches our hearts and intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will. He also points to the kindness of God.

Matthew quotes Isaiah, speaking of the bruised reed and smoldering wick, which God will not quench until he brings justice to victory. Matthew is thus using both the idea of gentleness toward the wounded but also bringing justice to victory. I have to ask, how do the concepts of gentleness and bringing justice “fit together?” How do they help us to live more consistently in the manner that Jesus taught? “What would Jesus do?” 

We are asked to constantly reflect on how Jesus would act (if he were in this situation). The answer is clear in the pages of the Gospels. Jesus used these images: a parent with a child, a mother hen, a shepherd… Each can be stern when necessary – but also protective and nourishing: to act in goodness and love is primary.

This can feel a little overwhelming, so it requires a great deal of prayer. We see the people now demonstrating in our streets and are reminded of that. People are hurting greatly. There are no easy answers, but we need to keep struggling to find solutions. Peace in our country and in our world depends on our doing so. Injustice cannot be allowed to continue while we ask those who suffer to be “gentle” or to “turn the other cheek” and accept more passively what is. More is required of us than that.

God will bring justice – yes, but God uses people to accomplish this. What is our part in making that happen? If justice does not come, we are not “blameless.” This is our world. Just as creating a healthy environment needs our help – as Pope Francis has so often reminded us – so does peace, equality and justice. We are not free of responsibility.

“Vacation Bible School in a Bag” will be available for all children up to grade 7 (Fall 2020) through the end of July. Pick them up from Pat Dyer after Mass. If you would like them for a child not already registered, please call 716-256-2598 to get on the list. Our Faith Formation Page has so many more resources for children, and information about programs for adult parishioners as well. Click HERE to see what you’ve been missing.. 

Second Collection ~ On July 19, the second collection is the annual Peter’s Pence Collection. Your generosity helps Pope Francis to: continue his pastoral care for the Church; share the gospel message through the world; and assist victims of disaster.

What to Expect ~ Our church resumed Sunday services on June 21, and we welcome both parishioners and visitors to join us again in worship. We will be observing guidelines as required by the Diocese of Buffalo and/or the State of New York. When inside the church, everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask. (You are expected to bring your own mask or face covering. If you forget, an usher will supply one). The church will also provide hand sanitizer, and ushers will greet you at each entrance and dispense sanitizer as you enter. To maintain social distancing, some pews will be “off limits.” Families and couples may sit together; unrelated individuals must sit 6 ft. away from each other. Copies of Breaking Bread have been removed, and there can be no music sheets or bulletins.There is to be no congregational singing (except in our hearts). We appreciate the fact that you are all anxious to see each other but to protect everyone’s health, please refrain from shaking hands shakes or hugging. If you wish to visit (from an acceptable distance), please wait until you are outside and do not congregate in the vestibules.The church will be sanitized before we gather again each Sunday. We hope that everyone joins in worshiping as community this Sunday, but please remember that — for now — there is no obligation to do so. If you are not feeling well or are just uncomfortable being in a group setting, please remain at home. Those of us who are lucky enough to attend will continue to pray for everyone who cannot be physically present.

The 2020 Catholic Charities Appeal concluded on June 30, falling $1.6 million short of its $10 mill goal. Deacon Steve Schumer, president and chief executive officer of the agency however, chose to see the positive aspects of having reached 84% of the goal “given everything going on….” Although Catholic Charities is a separate non-profit, human services agency, its fund raising was impacted by reaction to the diocesan bankruptcy filing and the coronavirus pandemic which shut down parish life and church services during the height of the annual appeal effort. In an article published in The Buffalo News on July 9, Deacon Schumer admitted that Catholic Charities “was facing a ‘perfect storm’ in that the need for its services grew because of the pandemic, while revenues to fund those services were hampered by the pandemic and a continued erosion of the agency’s tradition donor base, Mass-going parishioners.” In the early days of the pandemic before federal government made additional food stamps available, the News reported that the “agency’s food pantries were inundated.” Now it is “trying to handle an uptick in requests for counseling and mental health services, and Deacon Schumer admits the agency “will have to ‘make some difficult decisions’ to address shortfalls….” It is never too late to make a contribution to Catholic Charities. You may mail a donation to their office, 741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Appeal Department, or make an online donation at:https://www.ccwny.org/donation. Bob Heicklen, the appeal chair for our parish, will be happy to accept a contribution in any amount. If your pledged during the early days of the drive, please remember to honor your pledge.

Regular Office Hours ~ We are happy to report that the parish has been able to resume regular office hours. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Rosary Video for All Ages ~ Our pastoral associate and director of religious education, Pat Dyer, would like to share her YouTube video on The Rosary. The opening portion of her video was made with the children in mind, so be sure they join in.

Diocesan Guidelines for Resumption of Worship Services ~ On May 20, The Diocese of Buffalo issued guidelines for the reopening of our churches. Click HERE to read the 10-page document. 

An Assist for the Finance Council ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join their committee. Could that be you? Please see Father Victor if you believe you are able to serve in this capacity.

Have your responded to the 2020 Census? It is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated for critical public services. The current corona virus pandemic should certainly enforce in our minds how crucial such funding can be. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in encouraging all people in our community to participate. You should have received a census form in the mail during the month of March. If you misplaced yours, go to 2020census.gov to find out how you obtain another or complete the census online. Then ask your friends and family as well as your neighbors and co-workers if THEY have completed the census, and — if not — encourage them to do the same.

Do you miss being at church? Of course long-time parishioners can probably close their eyes and picture the view from a favorite pew. But if you are not yet able to be physically present, it is possible to make a virtual visit. Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a “tour” of Blessed Trinity. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

St. Rocco
A patron in time of pandemics
St. Rocco is depicted in terra cotta relief above the metal door of a reliquary located on the left side of our church Sanctuary.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 4 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented us from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone or email took on increased importance. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your 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 or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below 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 ~ Because of the COVID-19 protocols, Father Victor has had to discontinue his “last Friday” visits to homebound parishioners. However, if someone is ill and in need of Last Rites, please call him at the rectory.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Our Friends at Family Promise of WNY are just finishing renovations to their facility on Hickory Street. When they are able to resume intakes in the coming weeks, they will do so with double the capacity as “a safer, more private and more comfortable shelter” for temporarily homeless families. Their anticipation is heightened as they brace for the housing crisis that they know is coming when the current NYS eviction moratorium is lifted. If you are in a position to lend financial support to this community asset for which Blessed Trinity is a support congregation, your contribution will be doubled by two generous donors. Click HERE to make a donation or learn more about Family Promise.

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence ~ Because of COVID-19, the Family Justice Center (“FJC”) is not accepting walk-in appointments or in-person meetings. In case of emergency, call 911. For help with safety planning or other services you may need during this time, call or text the FJC Safeline, 716-558-SAFE (7233).

Food Assistance for Seniors ~ The County of Erie advises anyone over the age of 60 who is in need of food assistance to call 716-858-8526.

Week of July 12, 2020 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
July 14
Woodcarving, right (west) transept wall
Gift of the Southtowns Woodcarvers of WNY

July 12 – July 19, 2020

Weekly Activities

The Celebration of 10 A. M. Mass on Sunday has resumed.

Sunday services resumed on June 21, 2020; daily and Saturday Masses, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, July 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (July 22, August 5, August 19, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m.– Birthday Remembrance for Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family)

The celebration of Daily Mass for the public has not yet resumed at Blessed Trinity. Daily Mass readings for the week of July 12 are available on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Clicking HERE. Select the desired day on their Roman Liturgical Calendar, and the text of the readings for that day will appear.

Sunday, July 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Catherine Gress (Requested by Amy Johnson)

Lector Schedule ~ July 12: Palma Zanghi; July 19: Chris Porter

St. Bonaventure
July 15
St. Bonaventure (1221-1274) is depicted on the right in this mural at Blessed Trinity’s right side altar devoted to the Sacred Heart. The saint is associated with devotion to the Sacred Heart, which “arose out of reverence for the Pierced Side of Christ and medieval devotion to the Five Wounds and the Heart of Jesus.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 28).
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

Visiting Musicians ~ We sincerely thank Pianist Luke Humphrey and cantor Catherine Humphrey who provided music at our re-opening Mass on June 21 and will join us again on July 12. On June 28 we welcomed Cory Gallagher, who will be with us again on July 5. Thank you to all for enhancing our worship service. We just wish we could sing with you.

Reflection on Sunday’s Gospel by Sister Caroline, SSMN: Matthew 13:1-23

Today’s Gospel fits perfectly into some of our present coronavirus culture. Jesus is teaching from easily 6 feet away a “great crowd” who were perhaps social distancing. Most probably they were farmers and knew from their own experience about tending the soil and sowing seeds.

We quickly see in this parable that the whole terrain is hopeless. The farmers knew that the road could not be plowed. The seed would stay on the surface where the birds easily fed on it. It sprouted too soon because it had no roots. Other seeds landed among the thorns. They had enough rich soil, but it was already filled with thriving weeds, powerful enough to choke the seeds. With good luck, some seed fell on good soil and produced “abundantly” but not in equal measure.

Certainly Jesus makes it clear in the parable that it is not the seed of God that is at fault, but rather the ground, the soil that receives the seed. The thorny terrain, the stony hearts. The life of God bears no fruit in a dry, hardened heart.

I think it’s clear in the Gospel that we must not measure our efforts at sowing the seed of God’s Word, by the immediate result. We are called every day to have confidence in the providence of God. We don’t have to reap the benefits. It is blessing enough for us to be privileged to share in the sowing.

Some Tiny Seeds Fell…  by Miriam Pollard, OCSO

We are the path. So dusty and hard and bored with our lot in life. And the word – this word we know so well and have heard so often – drifts down to be squashed into soil to be pecked at by the dull routine of one more day. Dry. Drought. Caked and unproductive earth.

We are the rocks. Somebody needs us, needs our enthusiasm, our smile, our toleration and understanding. And we are so tired. So tired. Too tired to send down roots, to search for water.

We are a bed of thorns. Don’t you feel that way sometimes? If only for a little while? Cranky and sensitive to every noise. Grouchy. Intolerant. Why can’t they sing right? Why can’t they keep quiet when I have a headache? Why does the dog bark?

We are good soil. Soft and moist and full of sun. Not because we feel pious, not because the baking has been uneventful and is now over. Or because the bananas have come. Or because we feel a little -just a little- more important than yesterday.

But because, by the grace of God, the little seeds in my heart have begun to sprout into responsibility for myself, for the world I came to help save, for the lost and lonely people who wander in darkness, for the life I have been given with which to save and heal and comfort.

Because the tiny seeds are poking their way into the sun, are waving small leaves of joy, a new and different kind of joy, at being the minister of God’s peace, at being the companion, the home, the hands and the heart of Jesus the eternal Lord.

“Vacation Bible School in a Bag” will be available for all children up to grade 7 (Fall 2020) through the end of July. Pick them up from Pat Dyer after Mass. If you would like them for a child not already registered, please call 716-256-2598 to get on the list. Our Faith Formation Page has so many more resources for children, and information about programs for adult parishioners as well. Click HERE to see what you’ve been missing.. 

Second Collections ~ The second collection on Sunday, July 12, benefits the Mission Co-op. Normally, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith would have designated a visiting missionary to speak at our parish. This year, the Co-op collection will take the place of a visiting missionary’s personal appeal. Please be as generous as possible. On July 19, the second collection is the annual Peter’s Pence Collection. Your generosity helps Pope Francis to: continue his pastoral care for the Church; share the gospel message through the world; and assist victims of disaster.

What to Expect ~ Our church resumed Sunday services on June 21, and we welcome both parishioners and visitors to join us again in worship. We will be observing guidelines as required by the Diocese of Buffalo and/or the State of New York. When inside the church, everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask. (You are expected to bring your own mask or face covering. If you forget, an usher will supply one). The church will also provide hand sanitizer, and ushers will greet you at each entrance and dispense sanitizer as you enter. To maintain social distancing, some pews (marked with an “X”) will be “off limits.” Families and couples may sit together; unrelated individuals must sit 6 ft. away from each other. Copies of Breaking Bread have been removed, and there can be no music sheets or bulletins. There is to be no congregational singing (except in our hearts). We appreciate the fact that you are all anxious to see each other but to protect everyone’s health, please refrain from shaking hands shakes or hugging. If you wish to visit (from an acceptable distance), please wait until you are outside and do not congregate in the vestibules.The church will be sanitized before we gather again each Sunday. We hope that everyone joins in worshiping as community this Sunday, but please remember that — for now — there is no obligation to do so. If you are not feeling well or are just uncomfortable being in a group setting, please remain at home. Those of us who are lucky enough to attend will continue to pray for everyone who cannot be physically present.

The 2020 Catholic Charities Appeal concluded on June 30, falling $1.6 million short of its $10 mill goal. Deacon Steve Schumer, president and chief executive officer of the agency however, chose to see the positive aspects of having reached 84% of the goal “given everything going on….” Although Catholic Charities is a separate non-profit, human services agency, its fund raising was impacted by reaction to the diocesan bankruptcy filing and the coronavirus pandemic which shut down parish life and church services during the height of the annual appeal effort. In an article published in The Buffalo News on July 9, Deacon Schumer admitted that Catholic Charities “was facing a ‘perfect storm’ in that the need for its services grew because of the pandemic, while revenues to fund those services were hampered by the pandemic and a continued erosion of the agency’s tradition donor base, Mass-going parishioners.” In the early days of the pandemic before federal government made additional food stamps available, the News reported that the “agency’s food pantries were inundated.” Now it is “trying to handle an uptick in requests for counseling and mental health services, and Deacon Schumer admits the agency “will have to ‘make some difficult decisions’ to address shortfalls….” It is never too late to make a contribution to Catholic Charities. You may mail a donation to their office, 741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Appeal Department, or make an online donation at:https://www.ccwny.org/donation. Bob Heicklen, the appeal chair for our parish, will be happy to accept a contribution in any amount. If your pledged during the early days of the drive, please remember to honor your pledge.

Regular Office Hours ~ We are happy to report that the parish has been able to resume regular office hours. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Rosary Video for All Ages ~ Our pastoral associate and director of religious education, Pat Dyer, would like to share her YouTube video on The Rosary. The opening portion of her video was made with the children in mind, so be sure they join in.

Diocesan Guidelines for Resumption of Worship Services ~ On May 20, The Diocese of Buffalo issued guidelines for the reopening of our churches. Click HERE to read the 10-page document. 

An Assist for the Finance Council ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join their committee. Could that be you? Please see Father Victor if you believe you are able to serve in this capacity.

Have your responded to the 2020 Census? It is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated for critical public services. The current corona virus pandemic should certainly enforce in our minds how crucial such funding can be. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in encouraging all people in our community to participate. You should have received a census form in the mail during the month of March. If you misplaced yours, go to 2020census.gov to find out how you obtain another or complete the census online. Then ask your friends and family as well as your neighbors and co-workers if THEY have completed the census, and — if not — encourage them to do the same.

Do you miss being at church? Of course long-time parishioners can probably close their eyes and picture the view from a favorite pew. But if you are not yet able to be physically present, it is possible to make a virtual visit. Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a “tour” of Blessed Trinity. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

Tabernacle figure of Melchizedek, who offered a sacrifice of bread and wine in Gen 15:17-24.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 4 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented us from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone or email took on increased importance. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your 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 or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below 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 ~ Because of the COVID-19 protocols, Father Victor has had to discontinue his “last Friday” visits to homebound parishioners. However, if someone is ill and in need of Last Rites, please call him at the rectory.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Our Friends at Family Promise of WNY are just finishing renovations to their facility on Hickory Street. When they are able to resume intakes in the coming weeks, they will do so with double the capacity as “a safer, more private and more comfortable shelter” for temporarily homeless families. Their anticipation is heightened as they brace for the housing crisis that they know is coming when the current NYS eviction moratorium is lifted. If you are in a position to lend financial support to this community asset for which Blessed Trinity is a support congregation, your contribution will be doubled by two generous donors. Click HERE to make a donation or learn more about Family Promise.

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence ~ Because of COVID-19, the Family Justice Center (“FJC”) is not accepting walk-in appointments or in-person meetings. In case of emergency, call 911. For help with safety planning or other services you may need during this time, call or text the FJC Safeline, 716-558-SAFE (7233).

Food Assistance for Seniors ~ The County of Erie advises anyone over the age of 60 who is in need of food assistance to call 716-858-8526.

Week of July 5, 2020 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Happy Fourth of July!

July 5 – July 12, 2020

Weekly Activities

The Celebration of 10 A. M. Mass on Sunday has resumed.

Sunday services resumed on June 21, 2020; daily and Saturday Masses, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, July 8, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (July 8, July 22, August 5, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, July 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m.– Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Requested by Rolly and Mary LaLoux)

The celebration of Daily Mass for the public has not yet resumed at Blessed Trinity. Daily Mass readings for the week of July 5 are available on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Clicking HERE. Select the desired day on their Roman Liturgical Calendar, and the text of the readings for that day will appear.

Sunday, July 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Requested by Blessed Trinity Parish)

Lector Schedule ~ July 12: Palma Zanghi

St. Benedict (c. 480-547)
July 11
St. Benedict, whose feast day the Church celebrates this week, is depicted as the kneeling figure at the far right in a group of twelve figures identified as “Monks, Hermits, and Religious” in this dome painting by Buffalo-born artist Joseph Mazur.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

Saturday, July 4, is Independence Day. This weekend, the celebration of our country’s “birthday” is tempered by a national pandemic and the recognition of social inequities that have existed for centuries. Please pray for divine inspiration, forgiveness, and a new dedication to bring about social healing among all our citizenry.

Commentary on Sunday’s Gospel by Sister Patricia Brady, SSMN: Matthew 11: 25-30 

When I was rereading the Gospel and thinking about it, I began to see why Jesus talks about the “little ones” who have things revealed to them and not those of us who are adults and feel we are so “wise.” How are the little ones to understand the business about the yoke, which is normally a little heavy, and the fact that it will be light when it is Jesus’ burden and yoke.

All of us labor to some extent and many times we feel burdened. This can mean many things, depending on what burdens are in one’s life. However, the key or clue to figuring out how the burden can feel easier or lighter is to hone in on one of the last words in the gospel. The part where Jesus says:  “For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” When Jesus is connected to whatever the pain, burden, hardship, misery is, then the lightness can somehow happen because we know that we are not alone in the struggle. We aren’t alone in bearing the yoke. The image of the yoke usually refers to animals because it connects them to whatever it is they are pulling and often it is two animals doing the pulling. Usually,  they are oxen. But they walk together pulling the burden behind them together. They pull it equally, in step so as to manage the load.

It is little ones, those who know they need help, those who know they don’t have all the answers, those who know that their strength must come from someone stronger, who know the secret of how to take a yoke upon themselves. They call upon Jesus to pull with them. The burden is shared. The burden is lighter. Most of us have heard the famous story of the person walking along the seashore who asks Jesus why he wasn’t walking along side the one in need in his/her time of need because the person saw only one set of footprints. The famous response tells the person that there was only one set of footprints because Jesus was carrying the person. He was always there. The footprints belonged to Jesus.

So, in this moment of worldly turmoil and distress, when as an international community we are fighting an invisible enemy, the corona virus, we need to dig deep into our hearts and spirits and find the truth this gospel reveals to us. The one who is meek and humble of heart, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light, he is the one who is in the midst of the pandemic with us. He is pulling the yoke with us and will not abandon us if we become little ones.

“Then in awe, I turned to the single-hearted: How does it feel to be pure in heart?  I asked.
With tenderness the single-hearted replied: It feels like a child exploring a new day.
It feels like having all your false images smashed with brand new eyes.
In fact it feels like having eyes that do nothing but see
And all things are possible for those who can see…
It is to have a heart with direction and purpose and love.
It is to seek the kingdom first believing that all else will be given besides.” (Origin unknown)

Visiting Musicians ~ We sincerely thank Pianist Luke Humphrey and cantor Catherine Humphrey who provided music at our re-opening Mass on June 21 and will join us again on July 12. On June 28 we welcomed Cory Gallagher, who will be with us again on July 5. Thank you to all for enhancing our worship service. We just wish we could sing with you.

“Vacation Bible School in a Bag” will be available for all children up to grade 7 (Fall 2020) through the end of July. Pick them up from Pat Dyer after Mass. If you would like them for a child not already registered, please call 716-256-2598 to get on the list. Our Faith Formation Page has so many more resources for children, and information about programs for adult parishioners as well. Click HERE to see what you’ve been missing.. 

Second Collection ~ There will be a second collection on Sunday, July 12, for the Mission Co-op. Normally, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith would have designated a visiting missionary to speak at our parish. This year, the Co-op collection will take the place of a visiting missionary’s personal appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

A Message from Father Victor ~ Welcome back dear parishioner! Our church resumed Sunday services on June 21. For now, there will only be a Sunday Mass. No weekday or Saturday Masses will be offered. We will be observing guidelines as required by the Diocese of Buffalo and/or the State of New York. When inside the church, everyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask, and you are expected to bring your own mask or face covering. The church will provide hand sanitizer, and ushers will greet you at each entrance and dispense sanitizer as you enter. Please assist them by arriving early, and listen to their seating instructions.To maintain social distancing, some pews (marked with an “X”) will be “off limits.” Families and couples may sit together; unrelated individuals must sit 6 ft. away from each other. Copies of Breaking Bread have been removed, and there can be no music sheets or bulletins. There is to be no congregational singing (except in our hearts). While I appreciate the fact that you are all anxious to see each other, “please do not make any physical contact with other parishioners [such as hand shakes or hugs} in order to protect everyone’s health.” And “please do not congregate in the church or vestibules.” The church will be sanitized before we gather again each Sunday. We hope that everyone joins in worshiping as community this Sunday, but please remember that — for now — there is no obligation to do so. If you are not feeling well or are just uncomfortable being in a group setting, please remain at home. “I pray for good health and continued blessing in your life, and for our parish. Sincerely, Fr. Victor Ibhawa.”

Regular Office Hours ~ We are happy to report that the parish has been able to resume regular office hours. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Rosary Video for All Ages ~ Our pastoral associate and director of religious education, Pat Dyer, would like to share her YouTube video on The Rosary. The opening portion of her video was made with the children in mind, so be sure they join in.

Diocesan Guidelines for Resumption of Worship Services ~ On May 20, The Diocese of Buffalo issued guidelines for the reopening of our churches. Click HERE to read the 10-page document. 

Adapting the Bulletin Under New Diocesan Guidelines ~ Under the new diocesan guidelines for our physical return to church, all paper resources (e.g., hymn books, missalettes, bulletins, etc.) must be removed and “[can]not be returned to the church until the [corona virus] outbreak has passed.”  As a result, no PRINTED bulletins will be available to those attending Mass. An electronic copy of the bulletin will be sent to all parishioners who have an email address on file with the church office, but that is only about 40 households. If you are not one of them, please update or share your current email address with Pat Pendleton so that you will be included. You may submit this information using the contact feature at the bottom of this page or by calling Pat at 716-833-0301 on Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm. The information from the bulletin will also be available on this web site. Always look for the “Week of …” post on the home page. If you do not have internet access but would still like access to information in the digital bulletin, please give Pat a call.

Stewardship ~ On behalf of the parish, Father Victor would like to express his gratitude to all who have continued their weekly offerings. While we have not been able to worship together since March 15, many expenses associated with running the parish continue. If you have underlying health conditions and are not yet comfortable with returning to worship services but are blessed to be in a position to support the parish financially, please consider continuing your contributions. Checks payable to “Blessed Trinity Church” should be sent to the church at 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214.

An Assist for the Finance Council ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join their committee. Could that be you? Please see Father Victor if you believe you are able to serve in this capacity.

Have your responded to the 2020 Census? It is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated for critical public services. The current corona virus pandemic should certainly enforce in our minds how crucial such funding can be. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in encouraging all people in our community to participate. You should have received a census form in the mail during the month of March. If you misplaced yours, go to 2020census.gov to find out how you obtain another or complete the census online. Then ask your friends and family as well as your neighbors and co-workers if THEY have completed the census, and — if not — encourage them to do the same.

Do you miss being at church? Of course long-time parishioners can probably close their eyes and picture the view from a favorite pew. But if you are not yet able to be physically present, it is possible to make a virtual visit. Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a “tour” of Blessed Trinity. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

A Message from Catholic Charities Appeal 2020:

Catholic Charities is doing everything possible to continue to serve our neighbors in need at this time. We are operating every service we safely can and especially those most vital at this time such as basic emergency assistance, including our food pantries (all nine are up and running, assisted by CC staff from other departments) and counseling and mental health services. We are here to help! Many of our staff are working remotely and returning office calls daily.

For the Appeal, our office at 741 Delaware Ave. is closed to visitors. Parishes (and even individual parishioners) are asked to mail donations to our office, 741 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209, Attn: Appeal Department. We also encourage online donations:https://www.ccwny.org/donation when possible. Appeal staff are working remotely and returning office calls daily. Please call Clara Moran, 716-713-4410, with questions or concerns. We are grateful for the returns that are being mailed already!

For a daily update about Catholic Charities, go to our home page at ccwny.org. Thank you!

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 3 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented us from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone or email took on increased importance. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your 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 or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below 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 ~ Because of the COVID-19 protocols, Father Victor has had to discontinue his “last Friday” visits to homebound parishioners. However, if someone is ill and in need of Last Rites, please call him at the rectory.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Open House ~The School of Two Hearts, a K-12 school in the Roman Catholic tradition, will open for the first time this September at 300 Wendel Avenue in Tonawanda. Their open house will take place from 6:30-8:30pm on Sunday, July 12, and Wednesday, July 15.

Our Friends at Family Promise of WNY are just finishing renovations to their facility on Hickory Street. When they are able to resume intakes in the coming weeks, they will do so with double the capacity as “a safer, more private and more comfortable shelter” for temporarily homeless families. Their anticipation is heightened as they brace for the housing crisis that they know is coming when the current NYS eviction moratorium is lifted. If you are in a position to lend financial support to this community asset for which Blessed Trinity is a support congregation, your contribution will be doubled by two generous donors. Click HERE to make a donation or learn more about Family Promise.

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence ~ Because of COVID-19, the Family Justice Center (“FJC”) is not accepting walk-in appointments or in-person meetings. In case of emergency, call 911. For help with safety planning or other services you may need during this time, call or text the FJC Safeline, 716-558-SAFE (7233).

Food Assistance for Seniors ~ The County of Erie advises anyone over the age of 60 who is in need of food assistance to call 716-858-8526.