Week of January 26, 2020 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

January 26 – February 2, 2020

Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 26 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Birthday Blessing in church; Coffee  Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Ladies Sodality

Wednesday, January 29 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-2pm)

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

Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~  Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

*To check the Bonus Ball and Progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and Progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Joy for John LoTempio (Requested by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, January 27 ~ St. Angela Merici ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 28 ~ St. Thomas Aquinas ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, January 29 ~ Day of Prayer for Protection of the Unborn ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, January 31 ~ St. John Bosco ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, February 1 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – The Conversion of St. Paul ~ Eternal Rest for John Dick (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, February 2 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Rudy Sass and Catherine (Bob and Mary Kresse) and In Thanksgiving (Sr. Ann Helene, OSF)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Grace Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Toni Maus, Fidelia Ejimadu; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

News from our Parish Community

A Special Birthday Blessing for everyone born during the month of January will take after Mass this Sunday, January 26. You are invited to continue the birthday celebration at coffee hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by members of our Ladies Sodality.

Second Collections ~ There are two envelopes for the second collection on the weekend of February 1/2. One is sponsored by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the support of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. the other is the the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland. Please give generously.

Advent/Christmas Giving Tree ~ We are happy to report that our Blessed Trinity Parishioners contributed a total of $940 to our annual Advent /Christmas Giving Tree. “Western New York Family Promise” extends grateful appreciation to all who so graciously gave monetary contributions and gift cards. Family Promise is in the process of expanding to help meet the needs of homeless families. Our contributions will assist many throughout the year as they transition to more permanent housing. Please know that your desire to be of help is making a real difference to many local people! A heartfelt thank you to all of you! 

Personal Prayer Requests ~ We are continuing the practice started during the Christmas season of remembering your personal prayer requests at daily Masses. Just write them out and place your prayer petitions in the basket on the communion rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. Your intentions will be remembered at Masses throughout the week.

Members of the Ladies Sodality are reminded that January means membership renewal. Dues for 2020 will remain at $5.00 and are being collected by Vice President, Mickey Dick. She will be happy to accept them in person, or you may mail your check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity” to her c/o the church. (If you don’t want to write a check for such a small amount, make it $10 and she will credit you for 2021 – even if there is a dues increase). Life membership status begins at age 80 and no dues are required. You may use the renewal form reprinted in the bulletin or the “Contact Form” below to submit your name, mailing address, email address (if you check it daily) for time-sensitive member notifications, preferred phone number, and date of birth (just month & day). If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944). Our first meeting of 2020 is scheduled for Sunday, March 1.

A Prayer for the New Year ~ As we continue in this New Year 2020, we rely in the grace of God and his protection. Let Us Pray …

Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, and the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your Spirit. Lord, free us and make us one. Amen.

Congratulations to lector Miles James who was a 2020 recipient of a Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded at the January 19, 2020 diocesan Mass honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.

Anything But Ordinary, Part II ~ Last week, we began using a new Mass setting, the Mass of St. Frances Cabrini, composed by Kevin Keil in 2007.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born as Maria Francesca Cabrini on July 15, 1850 in Sant’ Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Italy. She was born two months premature and the youngest of thirteen children. Unfortunately, only three of her siblings survived past adolescence and Frances would live most of her life in a fragile and delicate state of health.

She became dedicated to living a life for religious work from a young age and received a convent education at a school run by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart. She graduated with high honors and a teaching certificate. When Frances was 18, she applied for admission to the religious congregation of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, but was turned down because of her poor health. Instead, a priest asked her to teach at the House of Providence Orphanage in Cadagono, Italy. She taught at the girls’ school for six years and drew a community of women in to live the religious way of life.

In 1877, she became Mother Cabrini after she finally made her vows and took the religious habit, also adding Xavier to her name in honor of St. Francis Xavier. When the House of Providence Orphanage closed, her bishop asked her, along with six other women from her orphanage in Cadagono, to found the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for the poor children in both schools and hospitals. Frances composed the Rule and Constitution for the religious institute. In its first five years, the institute established seven homes and a free school and nursery. Frances wanted to continue her mission in China, but Pope Leo XIII urged her to go to the United States, a nation that was becoming flooded with Italian immigrants who needed her help. “Not to the East, but the West,” was his advice to her.

On March 31, 1889, Frances arrived in New York City along with six other sisters ready to begin her new journey. However, right from the beginning she encountered many disappointments and hardships. The house originally attended for her new orphanage was no longer available, but Frances did not give up, even though the archbishop insisted she return to Italy. Housing was found with the convent of the Sisters of Charity. Frances then received permission to found an orphanage in what is now West Park, New York and now known as Saint Cabrini Home.

Filled with a deep trust in God and endowed with a wonderful administrative ability, Frances founded 67 institutions, including orphanages, schools, and hospitals, within 35 years dedicated to caring for the poor, uneducated, sick, abandoned, and especially for the Italian immigrants. Her institutions were spread out in places all over the United States, including New York, Colorado, and Illinois. She became a naturalized citizen of the US in 1909.

Frances was known for being as resourceful as she was prayerful. She was always able to find people to donate their money, time, and support for her institutions. Frances has two miracles attributed to her. She restored sight to a child who was believed to have been blinded by excess silver nitrate, and she healed a terminally ill member of her congregation.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was beatified on November 13, 1938, by Pope Pius XI and canonized by Pope Pius XII on July 7, 1946, making her the first United States citizen to be canonized. Her feast day is celebrated on November 13 and she is the patron saint of immigrants.

The Choir will be asking the intercession of St. Frances Cabrini as we try to find ways to raise money to restore the organ at Blessed Trinity. What a great example of the attitude we need to overcome financial adversity and reclaim our beautiful heritage.

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has a congregation that supports Musical Ministry in Western New York? Join us up in the loft to help enhance our Liturgies – and feel the love. Choir practice resumes on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend … Elizabeth

Please notify the Rectory Office with your current email address if you wish to receive a PDF version of the weekly church bulletin. You easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page.

Anyone interested in coordinating a prayer group, such as Pious Society, Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc., please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricell

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Chili Cook-off, Sunday, January 26 at 11:30am, St. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo)…50/50 Money Tree Raffle (ticket purchase includes chance to win carwash/dinner package at Delta Sonic). Admission: $5 – children under 10 free. If you wish to enter your favorite chili in a crockpot, call the office at 716-852-3331.

Centennial Celebration, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Saturday, February 1, 7pm at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd., Buffalo, NY 14220. $25 includes beer, wine, pop, finger foods, and of course – birthday cake. Music will cover the decades from 1920 – 2020. Click HERE for tickets or call Barb Fitzgerald (716-208-7112) or Mary Lynn Gallagher (716-512-9382)

Meat Raffle, Saturday, February 1 at 7pm, sponsored by Holy Name Society of St. John Gualbert Parish at The Knights of Columbus Hall (2735 Union Road in Cheektowaga). Doors open at 6pm. Tickets: $10 ($8 in advance), includes water, pop, beer, snacks and pizza. No outside alcohol allowed. Meet provided by Market in the Square. Call Jane at 716-937-3531 or Sue at 716-684-0822

Lets Make a Deal Theme Tray Event on Friday, February 7 at 7pm at Cardinal OHara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Sponsored by the Home School Association. Doors open at 6:30 pm. 50/50 split and big ticket items will also be featured. Proceeds will help fund post-prom activities. For tickets, call 716-695-2600 or visit cardinalohara.com.

Americana-themed Wine Tasting & Craft Beer Tasting, Friday, February 7, 6-9pm at Assumption Church (435 Amherst Street in Buffalo). Wines crafted by O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyards and Craft Beer from Try-It Distributing. Includes unlimited tasting and new American themed food pairings. Pull out your red, white and blue and join us for some fun and games of chance as well. Call 716-875-7626 for tickets and more information.

“The Venerable Nelson Baker—The True Story Behind the Life and Legacy of Father Baker,” on Monday, February 10, 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Msgr. David LiPuma, pastor and rector of Our Lady of Victory Basilica will present this Faith Enrichment topic. All are welcome! Refreshments to follow program.

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

Week of January 19, 2020 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s Gospel features John the Baptist’s proclamation upon seeing Christ: “Behold, the Lamb of God….” (Jn. 1:29). Joseph Mazur’s procession of saints painting in the dome of our church depicts John the Baptist holding a banner with these same words in Latin: “Ecce Agnus Dei.”
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

January 19 – January 26, 2020

Weekly Activities

Sunday, January 19 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Wednesday, January 22 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-2pm)

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

Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~  EMERGENCY CANCELLATION OF BINGO due to heating problems.

Sunday, January 26 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Birthday Blessing in church; Coffee  Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by the Ladies Sodality

*To check the Bonus Ball and Progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and Progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Requested by Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY)

Monday, January 20 ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observed ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 21 ~ St. Agnes ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, January 22 ~ Day of Prayer for Protection of the Unborn ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, January 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – St. Vincent; St. Marianne Cope ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, January 24 ~ St. Francis de Sales ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, January 25 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – The Conversion of St. Paul ~ Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY)

Sunday, January 26 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Joy for John LoTempio (Bud and Mickey Dick)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 25 & 26, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Pam Zanghi; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Bernice Bradley, Toni Maus; Choir – Maggie Gatson

Diocesan Celebration of the Life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 19, 2020 at St. Martin de Porres
Photo credit: Phil Woods

News from our Parish Community

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging on January 19, following Sunday Mass.

Catholic Relief Services Collection ~ Our second collection on the weekend of January 25/26 benefits the Catholic Relief Services. Your contribution supports the “giving of hope” by funding several national Catholic organizations that:

Aid victims of natural disasters and armed conflict;
Provide agricultural assistance,water programs, and health care;
Resettle newcomers to the United States;
Help alleviate poverty in developing countries by providing credit to small entrepreneurs;
Provide legal support services for poor immigrants;
Advocate for policies and programs that promote global justice and peace.

Please be generous.

Our Monthly Coffee Hour will take place after Mass on Sunday, January 26, in St. Charles Hall. Members of the Ladies Sodality will be our hosts.

Anything But Ordinary ~ Ordinary Time is a good opportunity to change the Mass music, and we will be singing the Mass of St. Frances Cabrini until the beginning of Lent. Kevin Keil composed this Mass setting in 2007, making it a relatively new addition to our Breaking Bread hymnal. We change Mass settings periodically in order to keep our liturgies dynamic, *not* to stress out our congregation. The number of the Mass setting is always posted on the hymn board – it’s that vertical number on the right. It is always okay for you to speak any of the Mass parts during the service if you are unfamiliar with the tune or merely don’t wish to sing. It is helpful to follow along in the hymnal even if you cannot read music. The melodies are quite simple and repetitive, and it won’t be long before you are humming along or singing them in the car. Next week, I’ll share some information about the life of St. Frances Cabrini – her life is certainly worth remembering – and we will only be using this new music until Ash Wednesday, so it won’t be long before we sing something a bit more familiar at Mass. Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has a congregation that supports Musical Ministry in Western New York? Join us up in the loft to help enhance our Liturgies – and feel the love. Choir practice resumes on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend… Elizabeth

Personal Prayer Requests ~ As this Christmas season ends, you are invited to continue the practice of submitting your personal prayer requests. Just write them out and place your prayer petitions in the basket on the communion rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. Your intentions will be remembered at Masses throughout the week.

Members of the Ladies Sodality are reminded that January means membership renewal. Dues for 2020 will remain at $5.00 and are being collected by Vice President, Mickey Dick. She will be happy to accept them in person, or you may mail your check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity” to her c/o the church. (If you don’t want to write a check for such a small amount, make it $10 and she will credit you for 2021 – even if there is a dues increase). Life membership status begins at age 80 and no dues are required. You may use the renewal form reprinted in the bulletin or the “Contact Form” below to submit your name, mailing address, email address (if you check it daily) for time-sensitive member notifications, preferred phone number, and date of birth (just month & day). If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944). Our first meeting of 2020 is scheduled for Sunday, March 1.

Our Christmas Decorations are safely stowed away for another year, thanks to the faithful group of volunteers who turned out on Monday evening, January 13, and made quick work of the end-of-season task. The poinsettias still looked so lovely, that we saved them for another week.

Please notify the Rectory Office with your current email address if you wish to receive a PDF version of the weekly church bulletin. You easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page.

Anyone interested in coordinating a prayer group, such as Pious Society, Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc., please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Evening of Prayer for Healing, Friday January 24, 7-8:30pm. Presented by the Northern Erie Vicariate Parishes at St. Amelia Church (2999 Eggert Road in Tonawanda). All are welcome to join us as we pray for victims and all who are affected by the abuse crisis. The evening will include adoration, music, communal prayer, and a presentation by Catholic Therapist Dan Lawson, LMHC, as we pray for strength and grace as we journey through this challenging time in our Church.

Chili Cook-off, Sunday, January 26 at 11:30am, St. Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo)…50/50 Money Tree Raffle (ticket purchase includes chance to win carwash/dinner package at Delta Sonic). Admission: $5 – children under 10 free. If you wish to enter your favorite chili in a crockpot, call the office at 716-852-3331.

Meat Raffle, Saturday, February 1 at 7pm, sponsored by Holy Name Society of St. John Gualbert Parish at The Knights of Columbus Hall (2735 Union Road in Cheektowaga). Doors open at 6pm. Tickets: $10 ($8 in advance), includes water, pop, beer, snacks and pizza. No outside alcohol allowed. Meet provided by Market in the Square. Call Jane at 716-937-3531 or Sue at 716-684-0822

Lets Make a Deal Theme Tray Event on Friday, February 7 at 7pm at Cardinal OHara High School (39 O’Hara Road in Tonawanda). Sponsored by the Home School Association. Doors open at 6:30 pm. 50/50 split and big ticket items will also be featured. Proceeds will help fund post-prom activities. For tickets, call 716-695-2600 or visit cardinalohara.com.

Americana-themed Wine Tasting & Craft Beer Tasting, Friday, February 7, 6-9pm at Assumption Church (435 Amherst Street in Buffalo). Wines crafted by O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyards and Craft Beer from Try-It Distributing. Includes unlimited tasting and new American themed food pairings. Pull out your red, white and blue and join us for some fun and games of chance as well. Call 716-875-7626 for tickets and more information.

“The Venerable Nelson Baker—The True Story Behind the Life and Legacy of Father Baker,” on Monday, February 10, 7-8pm at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Msgr. David LiPuma, pastor and rector of Our Lady of Victory Basilica will present this Faith Enrichment topic. All are welcome! Refreshments to follow program.

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

Week of January 12, 2020 – The Baptism of the Lord

Water flowing from a shell is used to symbolize the Sacrament of Baptism. You can find examples of this in at least 2 places in our church. One (in a dome window soffit) may require binoculars; look up as you enter the nave through the main door to find the other.

January 12 – January 19, 2020

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~  Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, January 19 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

*To check the Bonus Ball and Progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and Progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Willie Ray Folmar (Requested by John E. Curtin) and Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Requested by The Franciscan Sisters)

Monday, January 13 ~ St. Hilary ~ No Service

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

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

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

Friday, January 17 ~ St. Anthony, Abbot ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, January 18 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Sunday, January 19 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 18 & 19, 2020:

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

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

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Parish Community

We Thank Our Visiting Clergy who served us during Father Victor’s absence. Father Jim Dugan will be our celebrant on both Saturday and Sunday, January 11-12; Father Victor is expected back on Tuesday January 14.

Christmas De-Decorating ~ Volunteers are needed at 6:30pm on Monday, January 13 to help take down the Christmas decorations. Please enter the church through the side door near the wheelchair ramp.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, January 15, in St. Charles Hall beginning at 7pm. Council members who are unable to attend should contact President Pam Zanghi or Vice President Colleen Schroeder.

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging on January 19, following Sunday Mass.

From the Cradle to the Cross ~ While the choir is taking their winter hiatus, I am busy exploring new music for the new year. This piece by Tony Alonso has beautiful words that are so meaningful at this time of the year, as we remember what is coming during Holy Week. Just imagine how beautiful it will be when sung by the BT Choir!

From the cradle to the cross a Savior to the lost
You came, You came
From heaven to the earth a simple Christmas birth
You came, Jesus you came

You loved enough to move,
You came and took my place
With every step, changing history

From the cradle to the cross, You became our sin
You became our hope, and gave us life within
The glory of your love displayed for us
From the cradle to the cross

You lived a perfect life, born for sacrifice
You gave, You gave
 A city on a hill, the living word fulfilled
 You came, Jesus, you came

 From the cradle to the cross
 You became our sin, you became our hope
 And gave us life within
 Oh the glory of your cross

 The story of our faith
 The hope of our salvation
 The power of your name
 The wonder of your love displayed for us
 The wonder of your love displayed for us
 The wonder of your love displayed for us
 From the Cradle to the cross

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice resumes on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend… Elizabeth

Personal Prayer Requests ~ As this Christmas season ends, you are invited to continue the practice of submitting your personal prayer requests. Just write them out and place your prayer petitions in the basket on the communion rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. Your intentions will be remembered at Masses throughout the week.

Members of the Ladies Sodality are reminded that January means membership renewal. Dues for 2020 will remain at $5.00 and are being collected by Vice President, Mickey Dick. She will be happy to accept them in person, or you may mail your check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity” to her c/o the church. (If you don’t want to write a check for such a small amount, make it $10 and she will credit you for 2021 – even if there is a dues increase). Life membership status begins at age 80 and no dues are required. You may even use the “Contact Form” below to submit your name, mailing address, email address (if you check it daily) for time-sensitive member notifications, preferred phone number, and date of birth (just month & day). If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944). Our first meeting of 2020 is scheduled for Sunday, March 1.

Please notify the Rectory Office with your current email address if you wish to receive a PDF version of the weekly church bulletin. You easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page.

Anyone interested in coordinating a prayer group, such as Pious Society, Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc., please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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

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

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

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

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

We are taking down the Christmas decorations on Monday evening, Dec. 13, at 6:30. Volunteers are needed.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

Week of January 5, 2020 – The Epiphany of the Lord

January 5 – January 12, 2020

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

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

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

*To check the Bonus Ball and Progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and Progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, January 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Mary Price Franco (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Birthday Remembrance for John Duffy (Requested by The Duffy Family)

Monday, January 6 ~ St. Andre Bessette ~ No Service

Tuesday, January 7 ~ St. Raymoind of Penafort ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

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

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

Friday, January 10 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 11 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, January 12 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Willie Ray Folmar (John E. Curtin) and Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (The Franciscan Sisters)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2020:

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

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

We thank the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum sharing their beautiful voices with us on Sunday, December 29.

News from our Parish Community

We Thank Our Visiting Clergy ~ This weekend we welcome Rev. Rob Contarin as our Saturday Mass celebrant and Rev. Jim Dugan on Sunday. Rev. Peter Ekanem will be here again for daily Mass on Wednesday and Thursday, January 8 and 9. Father Dugan will be our celebrant on both Saturday and Sunday, January 11-12; Father Victor is expected back on Tuesday January 14.

New Year! New Music! When the Kings bring their gifts to the Magi, the Blessed Trinity Choir is ready for a well-deserved break.  We are truly blessed at this Church – not only for the beautiful worship space, but also for more than 75 years of choral music tradition from our loft. Our choir is dedicated, and their love for God is evident at every Liturgy. Just because we have been around a long time doesn’t mean we don’t have some new initiatives for this bright New Year. We will be dusting off some treasures rescued from the music library in the loft as well as learning some new pieces, including a new Mass setting. We will expand our repertoire to include music spanning five centuries and will be inviting new members into our ranks. We will continue to take musical requests from the congregation, so don’t hesitate to approach any choir member with your suggestions. This is *our* music program – let’s make it the best it can be. Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice resumes on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend… Elizabeth

Personal Prayer Requests ~ As this Christmas season ends, you are invited to continue the practice of submitting your personal prayer requests. Just write them out and place your prayer petitions in the basket on the communion rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. Your intentions will be remembered at Masses throughout the week.

Members of the Ladies Sodality are reminded that January means membership renewal. Dues for 2020 will remain at $5.00 and are being collected by Vice President, Mickey Dick. She will be happy to accept them in person, or you may mail your check payable to “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity” to her at 2549 Main Street, Buffalo 14214. (If you don’t want to write a check for such a small amount, make it $10 and she will credit you for 2021 – even if there is a dues increase). Life membership status begins at age 80 and no dues are required. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey (716-832-2540) or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944). Our first meeting of 2020 is scheduled for Sunday, March 1.

Please notify the Rectory Office with your current email address if you wish to receive a PDF version of the weekly church bulletin. You easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page.

Anyone interested in coordinating a prayer group, such as Pious Society, Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc., please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Epiphany Lessons and Carols, Sunday, January 5 at 4pm, presented by The Fourteen Holy Helpers Choir, directed by Patrick Barrett at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church (1350 Indian Church Road at Union Road in West Seneca).

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

Week of December 29, 2019 – Feast of the Holy Family

Merry Christmas from the Blessed Trinity Parish Community

December 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Weekly Activities

Sunday, December 29 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. ~ Explore Buffalo “Sacred Spaces” Tour of our church

Sunday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m. ~ “Catholic Treasures of Advent & Christmas” Concert in the church

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

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

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

*To check the Bonus Ball and Progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and Progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, December 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for the Marriage of Melissa Stone and Yonnas Mengistu (Requested by Ruth Rebovich) and Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Requested by Robert and Mary Reilly)

Monday, December 30 ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 31 ~ St. Sylvester I ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

New Year’s Day
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 ~ Solemnity of Mary ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, January 3 ~ Most Holy Name of Jesus ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 4 ~ St. Eliuzabeth Ann Seton ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (John and Michele Covell)

Sunday, January 5 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Mary Price Franco (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Birthday Remembrance for John Duffy (The Duffy Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, January 4 & 5, 2020:

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

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

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum will perform “Catholic Treasures or Advent and Christmas” at 3pm on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

News from our Parish Community

Holiday Double-Bill on Sunday, December 29!  Blessed Trinity is a site of Explore Buffalo’s Sacred Spaces Tour Series from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Our excellent BT docents will explain the architectural and symbolic features of our Landmark church. This is a marvelous opportunity for WNY residents to bring their out-of-town holiday visitors to a place of light, warmth, and beautiful Christmas decorations! Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 with an Explorer Pass, and $5 for students. You may make a reservation with Explore Buffalo by clicking HERE or calling 716-245-3032. Walk-ins are welcome as well. Following the tour, beginning at 3 pm, the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum will present “Catholic Treasures of Advent and Christmas,” a concert of sacred choral masterpieces of the season from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. The Schola Cantorum will perform works by Elgar, Byrd, Palestrina, Bach, Victoria, Gallus, LeJeune and others. And you can be part of the act by staying for a post-concert sing-a-long of traditional Christmas Carols led by members of the Schola. There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be taken. Come for the tour. Come for the concert. Come for both! It promises to be a most enjoyable afternoon.

Blessed Trinity Annual Christmas “Giving Tree” will remain in the transept through New Year’s Day. Please don’t forget to take an envelope from the Giving Tree. This year’s chosen charity is Family Promise of WNY, an inter-faith, volunteer-based charity providing temporary housing to families who have experienced a crisis and have no place to live. Your cash donation, gift card, or check payable to “Family Promise,” will assist Family Promise guests as they transition into more permanent housing. Recommended stores include Target, Walmart, Tops and other area grocery chains. Whatever form your donation takes, please place it in an envelope from The Giving Tree and drop it in the collection basket. DO NOT return the envelope to the tree. For additional information about Family Promise, please visit https://fpwny.org/.

Music Ministry at Blessed Trinity ~ People who come to Mass for the first time at Blessed Trinity frequently comment on the beautiful music ministry we have. Did you know that many church choirs in Western New York have paid singers to enhance the sound of their choirs? Our choir is made up of a core of dedicated volunteers who meet weekly to sing praises to our God. But the music ministry at Blessed Trinity goes beyond that – together, we learn how to worship God through music, but we also learn how to take care of one another, as we are all on this journey together. What a privilege it is to continue a choral music tradition at our church that has lasted more than 75 years. When you see the members of our holiday choir, please tell them how you feel about the music at Blessed Trinity and please thank them for their efforts. They are amazing! Our 2019 Christmas singers include: Vera Andrew, Judy Casassa, Elizabeth Clay, Luis Clay, Margaret (“Mickey”) Dick, Louise Dietrich, Gayle Eagan, Theresa Johnson, Gary Kelley, James Kelly, Helen Roddy-Gray, Rafael RonDon, Kathryn Sands, Sr. Liz Savage, Sue Trabert, Bonnie Williams, Don Williams, and Palma Zanghi. The Blessed Trinity Choir wishes you a new year filled with God’s blessings.

Our Parish Community thanks all of the priests who have celebrated Mass at Blessed Trinity this Christmas season during Fr. Victors’s time away: Rev. Rob Contarin, Rev. Jim Dugan, Rev. Peter Ekanem, Rev. Greg Gallagher, Rev. Roy Herberger,  Rev. Ken Hezel, Rev, Joe Rogliano, and Rev. Duke Zajac.

Personal Prayer Requests ~ During Christmas week, you are invited to submit your personal prayer requests. Just write them out and place your prayer petitions in the basket on the communion rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. Your intentions will be remembered at Masses throughout the week.

Gifts for Home Bound Parishioners – Christmas gift bags for our parish home bound and those in senior care facilities have been delivered, and we are receiving many positive comments from grateful recipients. Thank you to members of the Ladies Sodality who spearheaded the project, everyone who contributed gifts or money to purchase them, and all who took the time to deliver a gift bag and visit with someone who is no longer able to attend services on a regular basis.

Father Victor’s Travel Schedule ~ Due to the death of a member of his extended family in Nigeria, Fr. Victor will be away from December 10 – January 14. We pray that God will watch over his travels and bless his time with family and friends. 

Emotional Support During the Holiday Season ~ If you are struggling with depression, grief or anxiety, the holidays can be an especially difficult time. If you are experiencing these feelings and think counseling could help, call Catholic Charities. We offer counseling in every county in the Diocese of Buffalo and are ready to assist you. In Erie and Niagara counties, call 716-895-1033.

Please notify the Rectory Office with your current email address if you wish to receive a PDF version of the weekly church bulletin. You easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page.

Anyone interested in coordinating a prayer group, such as Pious Society, Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc., please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

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

Week of December 22, 2019 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Merry Christmas from the Blessed Trinity Parish Community

December 22 – 29, 2019

Weekly Activities

Monday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

Wednesday, December 25 ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry is closed in observance of Christmas Day.

Thursday, December 26 ~ NO BINGO. (Allowing our hard-working volunteers to enjoy an extended holiday).

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, December 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Elmer Kirst and Elvira (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, December 23 ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve at 9:30 p.m. ~ Choral preludes sung by the choir

Tuesday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve Mass at 10:00 p.m. – Deceased Members of the Venezia, Ferella and Then Families (Theresa Ferella)

Wednesday, December 25 ~ Nativity  of Our Lord ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, December 27 ~ Communion Service at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 28 ~ St. Peter Canisius ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Nancy DeBoy)

Sunday, December 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for the Marriage of Melissa Stone and Yonnas Mengistu (Ruth Rebovich) and Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Robert and Mary Reilly)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 28 & 29, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Toni Maus, Pam Zanghi; Choir – Fran Cahill

Join us for worship on Christmas Eve. Choral preludes at 9:30 PM followed by Christmas Eve Mass at 10:00 PM or Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 AM.

News from our Parish Community

Blessed Trinity Annual Christmas “Giving Tree” ~ Please don’t forget to take an envelope from the Giving Tree. This year’s chosen charity is Family Promise of WNY, an inter-faith, volunteer-based charity providing temporary housing to families who have experienced a crisis and have no place to live. Your cash donation, gift card, or check payable to “Family Promise,” will assist Family Promise guests as they transition into more permanent housing. Recommended stores include Target, Walmart, Tops and other area grocery chains. Whatever form your donation takes, please place it in an envelope from The Giving Tree and drop it in the collection basket. DO NOT return the envelope to the tree. For additional information about Family Promise, please visit https://fpwny.org/.

The Whole World is Waiting for Love
Marianne Misetich, SNJM

We’re waiting for Jesus like Mary, we’re waiting for Jesus the Lord. Come down, Lord Jesus! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
The whole world is waiting for Love. The whole world is waiting for Love.

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

We’re making it lovely for Mary, so lovely for Jesus the Lord. Come down, Lord Jesus! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
The whole world is waiting for Love. The whole world is waiting for Love.

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Monday, December 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the loft. 

Monday Bulletin Deadline ~ Because of the Christmas and New Year holidays, we ask that all items for the December 29 bulletin be submitted to the rectory office by Monday, December 23.

Personal Prayer Requests ~ During Christmas week, you are invited to submit your personal prayer requests. Just write them out and place your prayer petitions in the basket on the communion rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. Your intentions will be remembered at Masses throughout the week.

Holiday Double-Bill on Sunday, December 29!  Blessed Trinity will host a tour as part of Explore Buffalo’s Sacred Spaces Tour Series from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Our excellent BT docents will explain the architectural and symbolic features of our Landmark church. This is a marvelous opportunity for WNY residents to bring their out-of-town holiday visitors to a place of light, warmth, and beautiful Christmas decorations! Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 with an Explorer Pass, and $5 for students. Explore Buffalo is sponsoring the tour and you may make a reservation by clicking HERE or calling 716-245-3032. Walk-ins are welcome as well. On this same day (December 29) at 3 pm, the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum will present “Catholic Treasures of Advent and Christmas”, a concert of sacred choral masterpieces of the season from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Schola Cantorum will perform works by Elgar, Byrd, Palestrina, Bach, Victoria, Gallus, LeJeune and others. The concert will be followed by a singalong of traditional Christmas Carols. There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be taken. Come for the tour, come for the concert, or come for both!! It promises to be a most enjoyable afternoon!

Gifts for Home Bound Parishioners – Christmas gift bags for our parish home bound and those in senior care facilities have been delivered, and we are receiving many positive comments from grateful recipients. Thank you to members of the Ladies Sodality who spearheaded the project, everyone who contributed gifts or money to purchase them, and all who took the time to deliver a gift bag and visit with someone who is no longer able to attend services on a regular basis.

Father Victor’s Travel Schedule ~ Due to the death of a member of his extended family in Nigeria, Fr. Victor will be away from December 10 – January 14. We pray that God will watch over his travels and bless his time with family and friends. 

Emotional Support During the Holiday Season ~ If you are struggling with depression, grief or anxiety, the holidays can be an especially difficult time. If you are experiencing these feelings and think counseling could help, call Catholic Charities. We offer counseling in every county in the Diocese of Buffalo and are ready to assist you. In Erie and Niagara counties, call 716-895-1033.

Please notify the Rectory Office with your current email address if you wish to receive a PDF version of the weekly church bulletin. You easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page.

Anyone interested in coordinating a prayer group, such as Pious Society, Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc., please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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

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

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

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

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

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum will perform “Catholic Treasures of Advent and Christmas” at 3pm on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

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