Week of April 11, 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

April 11 – April 18, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is NOT necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

NEW: In addition to in-person worship, weekend Masses are now being livestreamed on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

Personal copies of the Breaking Bread missal are available for each parishioner who would like one. You may claim yours at church and either take it home or place it in a zip-lock bag and reclaim it when you come again. Paper copies of the bulletin are also available. Look for them at the middle crossing of the church.

Keep in mind, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and on other Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect in our diocese.

Please pray for the health and safety of all in our community.

Weekly Activities

NEW: Our office is now open Monday – Wednesday from 10:30am – 2:30pm; closed Thursday and Friday.

All in-person meetings and activities remain cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Mar 31, Apr 14, 28, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

 

 

Mass Intentions

The regular schedule for weekend Masses is in effect, and the NEW schedule for daily Mass, as of Monday, November 9, 2020 is: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 AM. There is no morning Mass on Thursdays.

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in Memory of 

Helen Gerharpstein

by Sr. Elizabeth Savage, SSJ.

Monday, April 12 ~ Mass of Christian Burial for Judith Casassa at 11:00 a.m. Visitation with family from 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 13 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Alfreda Dawidzik – Gregory Allgrim

Wednesday, April 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of the Soul of Arthur & Lillian Hildman – Our Lady of Victory

Friday, April 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of the Souls of the Betz Families – Our Lady of Victory

Saturday, April 17 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For intentions of Mary Alice Bagwell – John Curtin

Sunday, April 18 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Members of the Crib Donors Guild – Our Lady of Victory

Lector Schedule ~
Saturday, April 17 : Greg Gaglione
Sunday, April 18: Mary Kresse

News from our Parish Community


A Note from Father Bob ~

Alleluias Ring Out in Many Forms!

What a powerful community experience for me as I watched so many people surrendering themselves to the life, suffering, death, & RESURRECTION of Jesus these past holy days! The sincerity of everyone’s faith was palpable and moving, the prayer was deep, the worship intense, the spirit one of holiness… as the journey we’ve been on took us through a roller-coaster array of experience and emotion with Jesus. The victory in our Christian story seemed to overflow in so many “alleluia” ways…. in the voices of proclaimers of Word and singers of songs, in leaders and followers, in cleaners and decorators, in ministers of hospitality and ushering, in masters at the altar directing and executing beautiful ceremony, in lending instruments and instrumentalists, in sound and technology, in fire and water, in blossoms and bread-wine, in incense bearers and water bearers, in so many sights and sounds and smells, and, so importantly, in worshippers of all ages, sizes, shapes and colors from near and from far! No darkness here! Only Easter! Only Light, New Life, & Love excelling! Thanks to the MANY who made it a wonderful expression of the Real Presence Christ who unites us.

Special Thanks to all who promoted our Holy Week-Triduum-Easter liturgies and prayer opportunities & experiences with our Blessed Trinity faith community, the press, and the virtual world! Gratitude to our technology folks, those who created & assembled worship aids for the many liturgies, and to our choir directress, Elizabeth Clay, who – in addition to her regular music ministry leadership responsibilities during these intense days- recruited the brass quintet, members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, to enhance our celebration of the Resurrection at our Easter Sunday morning mass!

 ~ Fr. Bob

The Members of the Blessed Trinity Choir are deeply grateful for the love and support of this beautiful faith community. Please remember our motto and remind those looking for music education that they have a home in the loft! Enquiries to the Elizabeth, the Choir Director,

Thank you for your generous support of the Good Friday collection for upkeep of holy sites as well as support for the pastoral, charitable, educational and social works of Christians in the Holy Land.

New Virtual “Study Group” Continues on April 13. We have finished Acts and have begun our study of the Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community, a teaching on parishes from the Congregation of the Clergy in Rome. Join us in hearing about our pope’s vision of the parish of the future as they respond to the changing needs of people. You can review a copy of the document ahead of time by clicking HERE; join the ZOOM meeting HERE.

New Opportunity to Memorialize a Loved One or Special Intention ~ The Sanctuary Lamp is a lamp that is continually burning near or before the tabernacle of every Catholic Church throughout the world. It signifies that the Blessed Sacrament, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, is present and reserved in the tabernacle. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal in the Catholic Church states: “In accordance with traditional custom, near the tabernacle a special lamp, fueled by oil or wax, should be kept alight to indicate and honor the presence of Christ.” The glass encasing the candle or oil flame is often red in color. With a donation of $10, we are now offering the opportunity for you to memorialize a loved one or intention. The lit lamp, in remembrance of your intention, will burn throughout the week. If interested, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301. Additionally, we will offer the same opportunity to memorialize a loved one or intention with a donation for the gifts of Bread (Hosts) and Wine used at each mass. If interested in providing for these gifts, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301.

Our Parish Financial Picture ~ Every parish family should have recently received a letter in the mail Father Bob and our Finance Council keeping you informed of our current financial picture. I ask your prayerful consideration of the financial challenges we face in these difficult times. Thank you for any ways you can offer your generosity in prayer, time, talent and treasure!

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 ~ In the Christian faith, Jesus is the epitome of HOPE for all seasons. His death and Resurrection showed us that after a definitive amount of time, ultimate good can be dispersed to all. Today, we rejoice in our Lord and Savior’s glory! We also want to thank you for following the example of Appeal Patron St. Ignatius Loyola who called us to respond in faith, and to find God in all things. We thank you for being attuned to God’s presence in everyday circumstances as he taught us, and responding in faith with a gift to the Appeal. With your help, we give HOPE for all seasons. Thank you for your continued support of Appeal 2021. (If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Bob Heicklen, Blessed Trinity’s Campaign Chair. Thank you in advance for your support. Please make this a part of your Lenten almsgiving).

Job Opportunity at Blessed Trinity ~ Are you or someone you know looking for work? We have a part-time general housekeeping position now available. It involves general parish rectory housekeeping, cleaning responsibilities, and occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month. Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

We are looking for a couple of people interested in helping us out!  If you are interested in any of these ministries please see Pat Dyer for more information.

Welcome “Desk” [in church] staffing on weekends and special Masses like Holy Days.

Compassion Ministry – helping our current volunteer send out cards and notes to shut-ins, the ill, and families after a death occurs. All materials provided and can be done from home.

Caring for God’s Creation helping to plan for and work on the day of a neighborhood and church grounds cleanup. Many hands make light work. We will serve hot dogs, chips and hot drinks.  Besides “hands and feet,” we need a grill, trash bags and food donations, and a cook or two.  Celebration will take place on a Saturday afternoon toward the end of April and will end with Mass.  Planning meetings to be set up once we have a few volunteers.

If weather or COVID or illness is preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our weekend Masses LIVE on Facebook at 4:30 PM on Saturdays and 10:00 AM on Sundays as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 9 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. 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? (Important, too, for contact tracing). 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 receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, 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.

Virtual Church Tour ~  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.

Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk

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 April 4, 2021 – Easter Week

We glory in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Happy Easter

April 4 – April 11, 2021

 

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is NOT necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

NEW: In addition to in-person worship, weekend Masses are now being livestreamed on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

Personal copies of the Breaking Bread missal are available for each parishioner who would like one. You may claim yours at church and either take it home or place it in a zip-lock bag and reclaim it when you come again. Paper copies of the bulletin are also available. Look for them at the middle crossing of the church.

Keep in mind, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and on other Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect in our diocese.

Please pray for the health and safety of all in our community.

Weekly Activities

NEW: Our office is now open Monday – Wednesday from 10:30am – 2:30pm; closed Thursday and Friday.

All in-person meetings and activities remain cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Mar 31, Apr 14, 28, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

 

Mass Intentions

The regular schedule for weekend Masses is in effect, and the NEW schedule for daily Mass, as of Monday, November 9, 2020 is: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 AM. There is no morning Mass on Thursdays.

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in Memory of Bridget Blesnuk.

Sunday, April 4 ~ Organ and Brass Preludes at 9:50 a.m. ~ Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m.~ In Memory of Sir Paulinus Mgbenka (Req. by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Easter Monday, April 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Easter Tuesday, April 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Repose of the Souls of Arthur and Lillian Hildman (Req. Our Lady of Victory)

Easter Wednesday, April 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of the Soul of Patricia Ostrowski (Req. Palma Zanghi)

Easter Thursday, April 8 ~ No service scheduled

Easter Friday, April 9 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of the Souls of the Betz Families (Req. Our Lady of Victory)

Easter Saturday, April 10 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – In Memory of Karen Kovach (John Curtin)

Sunday, April 11 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. ~ Eternal Joy for Mary Solomon (Req. by Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

Lector Schedule ~ April 10 :  ~ April 11: Palma Zanghi

News from our Parish Community


A Note from Father Bob ~ An Empty Tomb … Together

We are so grateful to all who have joined us – in person and virtually – during this Holy Week and for our Triduum and Easter celebrations. Your presence makes the worship so much richer. What a wonderful face of the Body of Christ in visitors, guests, parishioners, alumni, & friends of Blessed Trinity! Your faith and participation makes the message known….  Jesus is Risen from the Tomb! – our Life, our Hope, our Salvation. We need Easter! This past year has found us all entombed in so many different and unexpected ways. Loss has tinged every single one of us. A dearth of touch and embrace dries us up. Social distance and masking reminds us constantly of what so needs to be seen. Scandal, abuse, a divide country strangles our desires for optimism and a brighter future. Yes, WE NEED EASTER! We need to tell each other what our faith promises… that there is a Victory we can count on, there is a Light that conquers the worst darkness, there is a New Life that claims death-no-more. We have to let that good news Easter in us so that, as we all stand together, these Easter days, gazing into an empty tomb, we can’t hold back from joining in the glad refrain of an angel, “He has been raised. He is not here.” And know the joy, hope and saving power of the Cross in which we glory and it New Life.

Mopsters form Bucket Brigade while others make a Clean Sweep!  After weeks of restoration work to the inside of our church, the scaffolding finally came down. So did dust and dirt and debris, to settle everywhere!… on pews, rails, window ledges, chairs, benches, ambo, altar, statues, lights, kneelers…. A seeming monumental task to get our “house in order” again in time for our holiest days. But, low and behold, the plea to recruit volunteers to tackle the task was met with a rousing response. We can’t thank enough those who took up dust rags, brooms, mops, buckets, vacuums, polish, cleaners… and conquered the enemy in few short hours! Peter Anaka, Bob Barnes, Don & Iris Blesnuk, Tom Brodfuehrer, Drew Brodfuehrer, Nik Brodfuehrer, Luis Clay, Jack Curtin, Bud & Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Patricia Dyer, Sharon Dunnigan, Alan Frank, Amy Johnson, Mary Karlis, Ron & Terri Ferella, Sr. Elizabeth Savage, Colleen Schroeder, Bill Then, Pam Zanghi. It was so nice for me to join this TEAM of workers and to experience their great pride in the Church!  A million thank you’s!!  ~ Fr. Bob

The Members of the Blessed Trinity Choir are deeply grateful for the love and support of this beautiful church community. Thank you for a beautiful Triduum!

Thank you for your generous support of the Good Friday collection for upkeep of holy sites as well as support for the pastoral, charitable, educational and social works of Christians in the Holy Land.

New Virtual “Study Group” Continues on April 13. We have finished Acts and have begun our study of the Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community, a teaching on parishes from the Congregation of the Clergy in Rome. Join us in hearing about our pope’s vision of the parish of the future as they respond to the changing needs of people. You can review a copy of the document ahead of time by clicking HERE; join the ZOOM meeting HERE.

New Opportunity to Memorialize a Loved One or Special Intention ~ The Sanctuary Lamp is a lamp that is continually burning near or before the tabernacle of every Catholic Church throughout the world. It signifies that the Blessed Sacrament, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, is present and reserved in the tabernacle. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal in the Catholic Church states: “In accordance with traditional custom, near the tabernacle a special lamp, fueled by oil or wax, should be kept alight to indicate and honor the presence of Christ.” The glass encasing the candle or oil flame is often red in color. With a donation of $10, we are now offering the opportunity for you to memorialize a loved one or intention. The lit lamp, in remembrance of your intention, will burn throughout the week. If interested, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301. Additionally, we will offer the same opportunity to memorialize a loved one or intention with a donation for the gifts of Bread (Hosts) and Wine used at each mass. If interested in providing for these gifts, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301.

Our Parish Financial Picture ~ Every parish family should have recently received a letter in the mail Father Bob and our Finance Council keeping you informed of our current financial picture. I ask your prayerful consideration of the financial challenges we face in these difficult times. Thank you for any ways you can offer your generosity in prayer, time, talent and treasure!

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 ~ In the Christian faith, Jesus is the epitome of HOPE for all seasons. His death and Resurrection showed us that after a definitive amount of time, ultimate good can be dispersed to all. Today, we rejoice in our Lord and Savior’s glory! We also want to thank you for following the example of Appeal Patron St. Ignatius Loyola who called us to respond in faith, and to find God in all things. We thank you for being attuned to God’s presence in everyday circumstances as he taught us, and responding in faith with a gift to the Appeal. With your help, we give HOPE for all seasons. Thank you for your continued support of Appeal 2021. (If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Bob Heicklen, Blessed Trinity’s Campaign Chair. Thank you in advance for your support. Please make this a part of your Lenten almsgiving).

Job Opportunity at Blessed Trinity ~ Are you or someone you know looking for work? We have a part-time general housekeeping position now available. It involves general parish rectory housekeeping, cleaning responsibilities, and occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month. Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

We are looking for a couple of people interested in helping us out!  If you are interested in any of these ministries please see Pat Dyer for more information.

Welcome “Desk” [in church] staffing on weekends and special Masses like Holy Days.

Compassion Ministry – helping our current volunteer send out cards and notes to shut-ins, the ill, and families after a death occurs. All materials provided and can be done from home.

Caring for God’s Creation helping to plan for and work on the day of a neighborhood and church grounds cleanup. Many hands make light work. We will serve hot dogs, chips and hot drinks.  Besides “hands and feet,” we need a grill, trash bags and food donations, and a cook or two.  Celebration will take place on a Saturday afternoon toward the end of April and will end with Mass.  Planning meetings to be set up once we have a few volunteers.

If weather or COVID or illness is preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our weekend Masses LIVE on Facebook at 4:30 PM on Saturdays and 10:00 AM on Sundays as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 9 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. 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? (Important, too, for contact tracing). 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 receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, 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.

Virtual Church Tour ~  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.

Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk

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 March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday and Holy Week

March 28 – April 4, 2021

View Our Holy Week Schedule HERE

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is NOT necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

NEW: In addition to in-person worship, weekend Masses are now being livestreamed on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

Personal copies of the Breaking Bread missal are available for each parishioner who would like one. You may claim yours at church and either take it home or place it in a zip-lock bag and reclaim it when you come again. Paper copies of the bulletin are also available. Look for them at the middle crossing of the church.

Keep in mind, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and on other Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect in our diocese.

Please pray for the health and safety of all in our community.

Weekly Activities

NEW: Our office is now open Monday – Wednesday from 10:30am – 2:30pm; closed Thursday and Friday.

All in-person meetings and activities remain cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Monday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Blessed Trinity Choir Rehearsal for Holy Week in church

Tuesday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m.  ~ Blessed Trinity Choir Rehearsal for Holy Week in church

Wednesday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Mar 31, Apr 14, 28, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Saturday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m.  ~ All volunteers are called to decorate the church for Easter; please use ramp side door.

Mass Intentions

The regular schedule for weekend Masses is in effect, and the NEW schedule for daily Mass, as of Monday, November 9, 2020 is: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 AM. There is no morning Mass on Thursdays.

Sunday, March 28 ~ Palm SundayBlessing of Palms and Holy Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for James Foley (Req. by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Monday, March 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Sr. Anne Helene – Eternal Joy for Mary C. Nelson (Req. by Family)

Tuesday, March 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls ~ Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, March 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of the Souls of Arthur and Lillian Hildman (Req. Our Lady of Victory)

Holy Thursday, April 1 ~ Morning Prayer at 9:00 a.m. ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. ~ For Benefactors of OLV Homes (Req. Our Lady of Victory)

Good Friday, April 2 ~ Morning Prayer at 9:00 a.m. ~ Solemn Service at 3:00 p.m. ~ Members of the Crib Donors Guild (Req. Our Lady of Victory)

Holy Saturday, April 3 ~ Morning Prayer at 9:00 a.m. ~ Easter Vigil Mass at 8:00 p.m. ~ Members of the Memorial Society (Req. Our Lady of Victory)

Sunday, April 4Organ and Brass Preludes at 9:50 a.m. ~ Easter Sunday Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. ~ In Memory of Sir Paulinus Mgbenka (Req. by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Lector Schedule ~ April 3 : Various ~ April 4: Maggie Gatson

News from our Parish Community


A Note from Father Bob ~ At Journey’s End, Together

We easily join ourselves, with palms waving gladly, to Jesus as he arrives and enters into Jerusalem triumphantly and with the acclaim of the crowds. We must also join ourselves to Jesus as he quickly becomes a victim to the fickle and sinful tendencies of the human heart and disposition as acclaim becomes disdain. We are reminded that “this journey” is for the serious of heart and is meant to be taken to the bitter end… with Jesus leading the way. For The Scapegoat, though, the cost of suffering is never without the sweet assurance of glory! So, we travel together, this journey of the cross, praying with Jesus and each other, every step of the way. The assurance we find from God keeps our hopes, our convictions, and our faith firm in every step. May the depth in our worship and prayer today, and in the coming days of Holy Week, be fully imbibed by our human spirit and transform us in its promise of New Life.

BPO Brass Visits BT on Easter Sunday ~ Psalm 100 tells us to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” Blessed Trinity is privileged to have members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra joining us on Easter Sunday to fill our sacred space with beautiful music. Featured will be a Brass Prelude beginning at 9:50 a.m. and then hymns for brass and organ arranged by local composer Roland E. Martin. Come hear the 1927 Tellers-Kent organ in our newly-restored sanctuary and participate in a Liturgical experience that is bound to fill your spiritual Easter basket to overflowing. (We’re not taking reservations, so come early).

New Virtual “Study Group” Continues on April 13. We have finished Acts and have begun our study of the Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community, a teaching on parishes from the Congregation of the Clergy in Rome. Join us in hearing about our pope’s vision of the parish of the future as they respond to the changing needs of people. You can review a copy of the document ahead of time by clicking HERE; join the ZOOM meeting HERE.

Holy Week Schedule Continue to watch the bulletin and Click HERE for prayer and worship opportunities at Blessed Trinity during Holy Week.

Palm Sunday Weekend Notice – In order to best celebrate this special day, and to keep in conformity with the rest of our parish Holy Week & Easter schedule (one mass or service per day), there will be only one parish celebration that weekend ~ Sunday, March 28, at 10:00 AM.

Traditional Good Friday Collection for maintenance and preservation of the shrines in the Holy Land. This is an especially difficult time for Christians in the Middle East, so please give generously on Good Friday, April 2.

Know Your Faith

The people that you meet…

It is interesting that the root of the Greek word for “Church” is ecclesia, which means “to gather.”  So this next fundamental theme of Catholic Social Teaching is at the very heart of what we call Church today.  Parish is also a word that means something to all of us, but do you know the origins?  It means “house among houses!”  Originally parishes were organized into geographic areas so that all the people of the world are part of a parish.  Our understanding has now broadened to include not just the geographic area, but also those people who, though not living in the neighborhood of the parish find themselves identifying with it and become active participants.  It means so much more than going to Mass on Sundays.  It is the reason these online Masses are not enough – the reason my Dad learned to watch YouTube so he could see and hear his own pastor rather than a recorded Mass from some other place.  The sixth theme is the Call to family, community and participation.

In this last year, we have become acutely aware of these fundamental needs as we saw family events postponed or cancelled, those separated in nursing homes and group homes were left without family visits and our family members died without us by their sides.  Did any of us ever imagine that we would bring them to the door of the ER and leave? I do not need any stories to illustrate this – we all lived it.  Our parish family walked on New Year’s Day to visit one who could not be with us – if only to say “Hello” from a distance and how much we missed seeing him in church with us.  Communion calls, home visits, coffee hours – all cancelled – even BINGO.  Perhaps now that we have experienced the loneliness of the desert we will appreciate and understand our need for each other in God’s plan for us.  Perhaps out of the last year will come a deeper appreciation for our need for one another.  Remember that Jesus had to first die before he could rise.

Scripture strongly supports this need from the moment God said, “It is not good for man to be alone” (Gen 2:18) to the call of St. Paul in his letter to the Romans “We are one body, individually members one of another.” (12:4-8.)  Who are our neighbors?  Those “people that you meet when you’re walking down the street, the people that you meet each day?”  (From Sesame Street)  Will you answer the call?

The scaffolding is gone, and we give thankful praise for the 2 dozen volunteers who showed up early Saturday morning and helped Father Bob Gebhard clean our house of prayer from top (almost) to bottom. We greatly appreciate the dedication and hard work of: Pete Anaka, Bob Barnes, Don & Iris Blesnuk; Drew, Nik & Tom Brodfuehrer; Luis Clay, Jack Curtin, Bud & Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Shammy Dunnigan, Pat Dyer, Ron & Teri Ferella, Alan Frank, Amy Johnson, Mary Karlis, Sister Liz Savage, Colleen Schroeder, Bill Then and Palma Zanghi.

New Opportunity to Memorialize a Loved One or Special Intention ~ The Sanctuary Lamp is a lamp that is continually burning near or before the tabernacle of every Catholic Church throughout the world. It signifies that the Blessed Sacrament, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, is present and reserved in the tabernacle. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal in the Catholic Church states: “In accordance with traditional custom, near the tabernacle a special lamp, fueled by oil or wax, should be kept alight to indicate and honor the presence of Christ.” The glass encasing the candle or oil flame is often red in color. With a donation of $10, we are now offering the opportunity for you to memorialize a loved one or intention. The lit lamp, in remembrance of your intention, will burn throughout the week. If interested, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301. Additionally, we will offer the same opportunity to memorialize a loved one or intention with a donation for the gifts of Bread (Hosts) and Wine used at each mass. If interested in providing for these gifts, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301.

Our Parish Financial Picture ~ Every parish family should have recently received a letter in the mail Father Bob and our Finance Council keeping you informed of our current financial picture. I ask your prayerful consideration of the financial challenges we face in these difficult times. Thank you for any ways you can offer your generosity in prayer, time, talent and treasure!

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 ~ As we approach the mid-point of Appeal 2021, we would like to remind you that your support of the Appeal enables us to continue our efforts to improve the lives of those we serve. All told, your gifts helped us bring hope to 149,000 lives last year through Catholic Charities and helped the Diocese to support spiritual care and compassion through 14 Fund for the Faith programs. In the spirit of thankfulness, we share our 2021 Appeal prayer to Patron St. Ignatius Loyola: “St. Ignatius, help us to be grateful and generous. To give and not count the cost. To labor and not seek reward. To share God’s love with our neighbors in need. To meet them where they are in life and let them know they are not alone. Help us to be poor in spirit – to realize our dependence upon God. And to do all things for the greater glory of God. We ask this in the name of Jesus through your intercession. St. Ignatius, pray for us!” (Imprimatur: Most Rev. Michael Fisher) Thank you for helping us be HOPE for all seasons. (If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Bob Heicklen, Blessed Trinity’s Campaign Chair. Thank you in advance for your support. Please make this a part of your Lenten almsgiving).

Job Opportunity at Blessed Trinity ~ Are you or someone you know looking for work? We have a part-time general housekeeping position now available. It involves general parish rectory housekeeping, cleaning responsibilities, and occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month. Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

If weather or COVID or illness is preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our weekend Masses LIVE on Facebook at 4:30 PM on Saturdays and 10:00 AM on Sundays as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 9 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. 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? (Important, too, for contact tracing). 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 receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, 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.

Virtual Church Tour ~  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.

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 March 21, 2021 – 5th Sunday of Lent

Baldachino, coffered ceiling and skylight in the Sanctuary of Blessed Trinity Church.
Photo credit: Sean Brodfuehrer

 

March 21 – March 28, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is NOT necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

NEW: In addition to in-person worship, weekend Masses are now being livestreamed on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

Personal copies of the Breaking Bread missal are available for each parishioner who would like one. You may claim yours at church and either take it home or place it in a zip-lock bag and reclaim it when you come again. Paper copies of the bulletin are also available. Look for them at the middle crossing of the church.

Keep in mind, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and on other Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect in our diocese.

Please pray for the health and safety of all in our community.

Weekly Activities

NEW: Our office is now open Monday – Wednesday from 10:30am – 2:30pm; closed Thursday and Friday.

All in-person meetings and activities remain cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Monday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. CCCB Lenten Penance Service at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory Street

Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. ZOOM Discussion study group, “Future of Parishes” 

Also at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Blessed Trinity Choir Rehearsal for Holy Week

Saturday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. All volunteers are called to prepare the church for Holy Week. Bring cleaning utensils esp. long-handled mops and dusters if you can.

Stations of the Cross, right side aisle. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Mass Intentions

The regular schedule for weekend Masses is in effect, and the NEW schedule for daily Mass, as of Monday, November 9, 2020 is: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 AM. There is no morning Mass on Thursdays.

Sunday, March 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Sara Dick (Req. by Bud & Mickey Dick)

Monday, March 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Sr. Anne Helene (Req. by Colleen Schroeder)

Tuesday, March 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (St. Theresa’s Parish)

Wednesday, March 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, March 25 ~ No Mass scheduled

Friday, March 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of the Souls of Arthur and Lillian Hildman (Req. by Our Lady of Victory.Parish)

Saturday, March 27 ~ No Mass scheduled

Sunday, March 28 ~ Palm Sunday ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for James Foley (Req. by Bud and Mickey Dick)

Lector Schedule ~ March 28: Bob Heicklen

News from our Parish Community


A Note from Father Bob ~ Be Counted for the Journey ~ together!…

All currently registered parish families should have received a Parish Census letter in the mail this past week. Thank you to those who have already responded to it! This is a great opportunity for us to get a clear picture of our committed members and to thus have a better ability to plan toward our future. Further follow up will take place to acquire other important information from you such as emergency contacts, sacramental information, occupations, personal gifts and talents, information on how the parish can better serve you.

Thank you, also, to those who have responded generously to encouragements from me and our Finance Council to support our parish, as best as you are able, with your time, talent and treasure. Recognizing that the current pandemic has reduced in-person participation in our parish liturgies and parish life events/activities, your support is critical to our ability to meet the challenge of the Gospel, to meet expenses, to remain hope-filled. Thank you!!! 

“Many hands make light work.” How You Can Help:  Preparing our church for Holy Week presents several challenges not faced in previous years. Scaffolding is scheduled to be removed during the week of March 22, but dust and grime resulting from the restorative work will remain. Since the following Sunday (Mar 28) is Palm Sunday, we will need to do some serious dusting, vacuuming and floor washing on Saturday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. Join us if you can, bringing pails, long handle mops and dusters if you have them. Please use the ramp side entrance.

New Virtual “Study Group” Continues on March 23 and April 13. We have finished Acts and have begun our study of the Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community, a teaching on parishes from the Congregation of the Clergy in Rome. Join us in hearing about our pope’s vision of the parish of the future as they respond to the changing needs of people. You can review a copy of the document ahead of time by clicking HERE; join the ZOOM meeting HERE.

From the Loft: “Happy Spring!” – 

When the weather starts to turn and the crocuses start poking their heads up in my garden, I know that it is time to begin spring cleaning.  This week’s Responsorial Psalm always makes me think of spring – and the coming Triduum – and reminds me to do a little housekeeping to prepare my heart for the days ahead.  I have a special attachment to Psalm 51 because it was written for the Director of Music, and for some reason we always proclaim this psalm right before Palm Sunday.  In a COVID world, it has become increasingly difficult to glorify our God through choral music safely, but your choir is ready to make our journey to Easter, thanks to Zoom and a lot of prayer.  Please, will you keep the Blessed Trinity Choir in your prayers in the weeks to come?  Perhaps you could say an extra prayer for all of us as you start your spring cleaning!
 
New King James Version – Psalm 51 – A Prayer of Repentance

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David

1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your loving kindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just [a]when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

Footnotes: Psalm 51:4 LXX, Tg., Vg. in Your words Create a clean heart in me, O God

– Elizabeth Clay

Lenten Liturgical Schedule Continue to watch the bulletin and Click HERE for a Lenten opportunities for prayer, worship, and reconciliation and our Holy Week schedule.

Palm Sunday Weekend Notice – In order to best celebrate this special day, and to keep in conformity with the rest of our parish Holy Week & Easter schedule (one mass or service per day), there will be only one parish celebration that weekend ~ Sunday, March 28, at 10:00 AM.

Traditional Good Friday Collection for maintenance and preservation of the shrines in the Holy Land. This is an especially difficult time for Christians in the Middle East, so please give generously on Good Friday, April 2.

New Opportunity to Memorialize a Loved One or Special Intention ~ The Sanctuary Lamp is a lamp that is continually burning near or before the tabernacle of every Catholic Church throughout the world. It signifies that the Blessed Sacrament, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, is present and reserved in the tabernacle. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal in the Catholic Church states: “In accordance with traditional custom, near the tabernacle a special lamp, fueled by oil or wax, should be kept alight to indicate and honor the presence of Christ.” The glass encasing the candle or oil flame is often red in color. With a donation of $10, we are now offering the opportunity for you to memorialize a loved one or intention. The lit lamp, in remembrance of your intention, will burn throughout the week. If interested, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301. Additionally, we will offer the same opportunity to memorialize a loved one or intention with a donation for the gifts of Bread (Hosts) and Wine used at each mass. If interested in providing for these gifts, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301.

Our Parish Financial Picture ~ Every parish family should have recently received a letter in the mail Father Bob and our Finance Council keeping you informed of our current financial picture. I ask your prayerful consideration of the financial challenges we face in these difficult times. Thank you for any ways you can offer your generosity in prayer, time, talent and treasure!

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 ~ As we approach the mid-point of Appeal 2021, we would like to remind you that your support of the Appeal enables us to continue our efforts to improve the lives of those we serve. All told, your gifts helped us bring hope to 149,000 lives last year through Catholic Charities and helped the Diocese to support spiritual care and compassion through 14 Fund for the Faith programs. In the spirit of thankfulness, we share our 2021 Appeal prayer to Patron St. Ignatius Loyola: “St. Ignatius, help us to be grateful and generous. To give and not count the cost. To labor and not seek reward. To share God’s love with our neighbors in need. To meet them where they are in life and let them know they are not alone. Help us to be poor in spirit – to realize our dependence upon God. And to do all things for the greater glory of God. We ask this in the name of Jesus through your intercession. St. Ignatius, pray for us!” (Imprimatur: Most Rev. Michael Fisher) Thank you for helping us be HOPE for all seasons. (If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Bob Heicklen, Blessed Trinity’s Campaign Chair. Thank you in advance for your support. Please make this a part of your Lenten almsgiving).

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ Are you or someone you know looking for work? We have a part-time general housekeeping position now available. It involves general parish rectory housekeeping, cleaning responsibilities, and occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month. Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

If weather or COVID or illness is preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our weekend Masses LIVE on Facebook at 4:30 PM on Saturdays and 10:00 AM on Sundays as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  •     Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  •     It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  •     Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care,          school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  •     In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 9 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. 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? (Important, too, for contact tracing). 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 receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, 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.

Virtual Church Tour ~  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.

Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Virtual Lent Prayer Service: “Walking with the Saints During Lent” on Tuesday, March 23 from 7-8 pm; hosted and led by the African American Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo – Pastoral Ministries of Cultural Diversity. Zoom meeting ID: 704 569 6786; Zoom link: https://us02web.zom.us/j/7045696786; by phone: 1-929-205-6099. To receive an email with the Zoom link, contact althea [dot] porter50 [at] gmail [dot] com.

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 March 14, 2021 – 4th Sunday of Lent

St. Joseph
March 19
In this Jubilee Year of St. Joseph, we feature this depiction of the saint holding the Christ Child. It appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting of “Evangelists and Apostles” in the church’s great dome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

March 14 – March 21, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is NOT necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

NEW: In addition to in-person worship, weekend Masses are now being livestreamed on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

Personal copies of the Breaking Bread missal are available for each parishioner who would like one. You may claim yours at church and either take it home or place it in a zip-lock bag and reclaim it when you come again. Paper copies of the bulletin are also available. Look for them at the middle crossing of the church.

Keep in mind, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and on other Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect in our diocese.

Please pray for the health and safety of all in our community.

Weekly Activities

NEW: Our office is now open Monday – Wednesday from 10:30am – 2:30pm; closed Thursday and Friday.

All in-person meetings and activities remain cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Monday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ CCCB In-person Lenten Journey Mass at St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton St.

Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Choir Rehearsal for Easter

Wednesday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Mar 17, 31, Apr 14 etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Friday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ CCCB Virtual Stations of the Cross from Blessed Trinity.

Photos of Blessed Trinity’s Stations of the Cross, painted on copper by Vincent Mondo, will be featured during the CCCB’s “Stations of the Cross” this Friday, March 19. The virtual service will be available from our church on ZOOM, beginning at 7 PM.
A link will be found below.

Mass Intentions

The regular schedule for weekend Masses is in effect, and the NEW schedule for daily Mass, as of Monday, November 9, 2020 is: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 AM. There is no morning Mass on Thursdays.

Sunday, March 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ejimadu Family (Req. by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Monday, March 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa’s Parish)

Tuesday, March 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Members of the Crib Donors Guild (Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Wednesday, March 17 ~ St. Patrick ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, March 18 ~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, March 19 ~ St. Joseph ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Alice Rose Schroeder (Req. by The Schroeder Family.)

Saturday, March 20 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – In Memory of Sean Godios (Req. by Jack E. Curtin)

Sunday, March 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Sara Dick (Req. by Bud and Mickey Dick)

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in remembrance of Alice Rose Schroeder by the Schroeder Family.

Lector Schedule ~ March 20: Michael Ogoh; March 21: Bob Heicklen

 

News from our Parish Community

A Note from Father Bob ~ Walk the Journey ~ together!…

How often do parents and teachers say to children, “Walk, don’t run!” That may not be bad advice for all of us for setting the pace of our Lenten Journeying. This is certainly a time for deep introspection, soul-searching, and prayerful pondering. We need more than a few-flash-moments for honestly confronting ourselves and examining our relationship with Jesus. The interior journey needs our slow consideration and attention. To use an image from scripture, God’s voice is a “still, small voice”. We need a pace in life and prayer that allows us to hear, take note, and heed that voice. Consider these words of wisdom, “Many are going nowhere fast!” Hopefully our journey of these days takes us “somewhere slow” and that somewhere is arriving at the foot of the Cross… our hope, our saving, our victory! 

“Many hands make light work.” How You Can Help:  Preparing our church for Holy Week presents several challenges not faced in previous years. Scaffolding is scheduled to be removed during the week of March 22, but dust and grime resulting from the restorative work will remain. Since the following Sunday (Mar 28) is Palm Sunday, we will need to do some serious dusting, vacuuming and floor washing on Saturday, March 27! Details to follow.

Know Your Faith: “Praise be to You, My Lord” – “Laudato si’, mi Signore.” Our next topic in Catholic Social Teaching is Care for God’s Creation. “Then God said: Let us make* human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.” (Gen 1:26) “God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.” (Gen 1:31)

I am deferring to the Catholic Bishops for this discussion. What you will see and hear as you look at the bulletin insert and the videos shared on the Faith Formation and Facebook pages is how closely linked caring for the earth is to the poor and vulnerable as well as the very deep theological connection to the creation of people in the image and likeness of God. In April we also celebrate Earth Day. Perhaps we can consider a neighborhood clean up day?

Pope Francis’ Prayer intentions
Sacrament of Reconciliation March 2021: Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

We have an opportunity for reconciliation at Ss. Columba-Brigid on Monday evening March 22 at 7PM.

Fundamental Rights April 2021: We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

~ Pat Dyer

Lenten Liturgical Schedule Continue to watch the bulletin and Click HERE for a schedule of Lenten opportunities for prayer, worship, and reconciliation. Note the virtual opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross, streaming from the different Central Buffalo Churches (“CCCB”) on the Fridays of Lent, and in-person CCCB Journey Masses each Monday.

Photos of Blessed Trinity’s Stations of the Cross, painted on copper by Vincent Mondo of New Haven, Connecticut, will be featured during the CCCB’s “Stations of the Cross” this Friday, March 19. The virtual service will be available from our church on ZOOM, beginning at 7 PM. The Passcode is: 355159.

New “Scripture Study” Continues on March 23 and April 13. We have finished Acts and have begun our study of the Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community, a teaching on parishes from the Congregation of the Clergy in Rome. Join us in hearing about our pope’s vision of the parish of the future. You can review a copy of the document ahead of time by clicking HERE; join the ZOOM meeting HERE.

Palm Sunday Weekend Notice – In order to best celebrate this special day, and to keep in conformity with the rest of our parish Holy Week & Easter schedule (one mass or service per day), there will be only one parish celebration that weekend ~ Sunday, March 28, at 10:00 AM.

New Opportunity to Memorialize a Loved One or Special Intention ~ The Sanctuary Lamp is a lamp that is continually burning near or before the tabernacle of every Catholic Church throughout the world. It signifies that the Blessed Sacrament, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, is present and reserved in the tabernacle. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal in the Catholic Church states: “In accordance with traditional custom, near the tabernacle a special lamp, fueled by oil or wax, should be kept alight to indicate and honor the presence of Christ.” The glass encasing the candle or oil flame is often red in color. With a donation of $10, we are now offering the opportunity for you to memorialize a loved one or intention. The lit lamp, in remembrance of your intention, will burn throughout the week. If interested, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301. Additionally, we will offer the same opportunity to memorialize a loved one or intention with a donation for the gifts of Bread (Hosts) and Wine used at each mass. If interested in providing for these gifts, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301.

Our Parish Financial Picture ~ Every parish family should have recently received a letter in the mail Father Bob and our Finance Council keeping you informed of our current financial picture. I ask your prayerful consideration of the financial challenges we face in these difficult times. Thank you for any ways you can offer your generosity in prayer, time, talent and treasure!

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 When you are troubled, we are hope. The opioid addiction crisis hasn’t left one corner of Western New York untouched. To combat this serious problem that’s plaguing our communities, Catholic Charities provides a Chemical Dependency Treatment Program. Our outpatient program is New York State OASAS-licensed and seeks to treat addiction with a combination of therapy and medicine. Your donation to the 2021 Appeal helps us continue to provide. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Bob Heicklen, Blessed Trinity’s Campaign Chair. Thank you in advance for your support. Please make this a part of your Lenten almsgiving.

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ Are you or someone you know looking for work? We have a part-time general housekeeping position now available. It involves general parish rectory housekeeping, cleaning responsibilities, and occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month. Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

If weather or COVID or illness is preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our weekend Masses LIVE on Facebook at 4:30 PM on Saturdays and 10:00 AM on Sundays as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  •     Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  •     It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  •     Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care,          school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  •     In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 9 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. 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? (Important, too, for contact tracing). 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 receive the bulletin electronically via email, 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.

Virtual Church Tour ~  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

Feast of St. Patrick
March17
A depiction of the popular saint holding a symbol of The Trinity – the shamrock – appears in the dome of our church. The painting was done on canvas by a local artist, Joseph Mazur,
and then affixed to the dome.
Photo credit: Duane Held

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 March 7, 2021 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

First Reading – 3rd Sunday of Lent
“In those days, God delivered all these commandments….” Ex 20:1
Moses holding the Ten Commandments over the left portal of the church facade.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

March 7 – March 14, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is NOT necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

NEW: In addition to in-person worship, weekend Masses are now being livestreamed on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

Personal copies of the Breaking Bread missal are available for each parishioner who would like one. You may claim yours at church and either take it home or place it in a zip-lock bag and reclaim it when you come again. Paper copies of the bulletin are also available. Look for them at the middle crossing of the church.

Keep in mind, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and on other Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect in our diocese.

Please pray for the health and safety of all in our community.

Weekly Activities

NEW: Our office is now open Monday – Wednesday from 10:30am – 2:30pm; closed Thursday and Friday.

All in-person meetings and activities remain cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Monday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. ~ CCCB In-person Lenten Journey Mass at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Ave.

Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Choir Rehearsal for Easter

Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Scripture Study

Friday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ CCCB Virtual Stations of the Cross from St. Lawrence

Wednesday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Mar 17, 31, Apr 14 etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Mass Intentions

The regular schedule for weekend Masses is in effect, and the NEW schedule for daily Mass, as of Monday, November 9, 2020 is: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 11 AM. There is no morning Mass on Thursdays.

Sunday, March 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Repose of the Souls of Arthur and Lillian Hildman (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Monday, March 8 ~ St. John of God ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa’s Parish)

Tuesday, March 9 ~ St. Frances of Rome ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Allen Michael Andrew (Req. by Maxine Husbands-Brown)

Wednesday, March 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, March 11 ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, March 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Alfreda Dawidzik (Req. by Gregory Allgrim)

Saturday, March 13 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Repose of the Souls of Arthur and Lillian Hildman (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Sunday, March 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ejimadu Family (Req. by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Lector Schedule ~ March 13: John Curtin; March 14: Mary Kresse

 

News from our Parish Community

A Note from Father Bob ~ We Change as we Journey ~ together!….

In my homily last weekend, I highlighted that the Transfiguration of Jesus was God’s way of revealing God’s power & glory to us and for us. It was, for the apostles Peter, James and John, as for us, a breaking-forth-glimpse of the resurrection and the risen life of Jesus. Revealed was the power of love that motivated Jesus’ own life and ministry and meant to fuel our own Christian way of life and example in the world. The Transfiguration is life-changing, for believers! So, I mentioned that I would pose three questions prompted by our consideration of the impact of the Transfiguration on us in our own time and parish: 

  • What is telling us that the transfiguring power of Jesus is at work in this parish?
  • How is God calling me/you to participate and highlight this power of God’s love with the use of my gifts and talents?
  • What could we do, as a parishioner or parish, to make it a place where God’s presence, shining in transfigured glory, is more easily seen, experienced, and life-changing for the parish, neighborhood, Church of Buffalo, or beyond?

For those who wish to respond to any/all of these questions, I would post your responses, anonymously, in our bulletin over the next few weeks. You can drop written responses in the collection basket, email responses to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com, or mail them in. This could be an energizing way to share our love for our parish and our trust in our Catholic faith! I’ve shared my responses with you. It is my hope that you will consider sharing your own.

Thank you to all the Blessed Trinity parishioners who came to the Lenten Journey mass this past Monday evening, hosted by our parish. It was a very uplifting experience for me to have our Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo come together to Journey through this Lenten Journey.

Many hands make light work! Volunteers are needed for Holy Week and decorating. Use the sign-up sheet on the altar rail or call the rectory office, 716-833-0301.

From the Loft ~ This Sunday marks the midpoint of Lent – hard to believe we have already traveled 20 days and nights in our journey to the Cross. As we begin to put together the musical plan for the Triduum, I am struck by the way Blessed Trinity blends the old with the new, especially during Holy Week. Father Bob is bringing some new traditions and blending them into our substantial heritage – please plan on spending the 2021 Holy Week at Blessed Trinity – it is bound to be beautiful.

This weeks’ Communion hymn is new to us, having been composed in 2015 by Steve Agrisano and Tom Booth. The structure of this composition is compelling in that there are two refrains, which can be sung individually or simultaneously. I am looking forward to singing this hymn when the Blessed Trinity Choir is able to return in full force – how wonderful it will be for our music to be new again when the pandemic is over!

The text, while simple, creates a lovely picture of what is to come in the next 20 days. I hope you find it uplifting.

(refrain 1)
I am the Bread of Life,

I am the hope in the night,
I am the door wide open,
I am the shepherd’s might,
I am the truth and light,
I am the way and life,
I Am Who Am and I am for you:
Come and follow me.
(refrain 2)
I am bread for the world,

hope for the hopeless.
Come to me, and know that I’ll always be there
with my arms open wide.
I Am Who Am and I am for you:
Come and follow me.

I give my heart to those in sorrow,
I come to those who are in need;
hope for today and for tomorrow,
light for all who want to see.

May the second half of our journey to the Cross be filled with the blessings of Christ – see you at the Triduum!

 – Elizabeth Clay

New “Scripture Study” begins March 9 at 7 PM ~ We are finishing up Acts and will begin the teaching on parishes from last summer called Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community. Join us in hearing about our pope’s vision of the parish of the future. Read the document HERE; join the discussion on March 9 by Clicking HERE.

Lenten Liturgical Schedule Continue to watch the bulletin and Click HERE for a schedule of Lenten opportunities for prayer, worship, and reconciliation. Note the virtual opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross, streaming from the different Central Buffalo Churches (“CCCB”) on the Fridays of Lent, and in-person CCCB Journey Masses each Monday.

Palm Sunday Weekend Notice – In order to best celebrate this special day, and to keep in conformity with the rest of our parish Holy Week & Easter schedule (one mass or service per day), there will be only one parish celebration that weekend ~ Sunday, March 28, at 10:00 AM.

Our Parish Financial Picture ~ Every parish family should have recently received a letter in the mail Father Bob and our Finance Council keeping you informed of our current financial picture. I ask your prayerful consideration of the financial challenges we face in these difficult times. Thank you for any ways you can offer your generosity in prayer, time, talent and treasure!

New Opportunity to Memorialize a Loved One or Special Intention ~ The Sanctuary Lamp is a lamp that is continually burning near or before the tabernacle of every Catholic Church throughout the world. It signifies that the Blessed Sacrament, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, is present and reserved in the tabernacle. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal in the Catholic Church states: “In accordance with traditional custom, near the tabernacle a special lamp, fueled by oil or wax, should be kept alight to indicate and honor the presence of Christ.” The glass encasing the candle or oil flame is often red in color. With a donation of $10, we are now offering the opportunity for you to memorialize a loved one or intention. The lit lamp, in remembrance of your intention, will burn throughout the week. If interested, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301. Additionally, we will offer the same opportunity to memorialize a loved one or intention with a donation for the gifts of Bread (Hosts) and Wine used at each mass. If interested in providing for these gifts, please contact the rectory, 716-833-0301.

Watch Your Step – Our church is noted for its display of more than 2,000 symbols summarizing Christian beliefs, and many of them are under your feet! Twenty-four types of crosses can be found in 556 of our mosaic floor tiles. Another 158 tiles feature 24 additional symbols, including the signs of the zodiac. The next time you’re in church, pick any section of the floor not supporting scaffolding and look to see  what covers our holy ground.

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 The annual Catholic Charities campaign is officially under way. Last year, thanks to your generosity, our parish raised enough money to aid 2,519 individuals and families living in our parish area. This year especially we are asking you to pledge and contribute to support the much needed help that Catholic Charities provides to our community. Information about the help provided and your ways to contribute are on the table by the ramp entrance to the church. Pledge cards should arrive in the mail to you shortly. We have extras should you not receive one. Pledges and contributions can be placed in the collection basket, mailed to the church or directly to Catholic Charities. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Bob Heicklen, Campaign Chair. Thank you in advance for your support. Please make this a part of your Lenten almsgiving.

“Upon This Rock” Donor InformationBeginning in 2015, The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y. (“Foundation”) began soliciting donations to its “Upon this Rock” (“UTR”) capital and endowment campaign.

The UTR campaign raised funds for many purposes, including soliciting funds for making essential upgrades to classroom facilities and technology of Christ the King Seminary (“CKS”), expanding CKS’s role as a center of retreat and religious celebration, and establishing an endowment fund for CKS. Unfortunately, in early 2020, CKS’s Board of Trustees determined that CKS would close at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. CKS’s closure will make it impossible for the Foundation to use the UTR funds raised for CKS for their original intended purposes. However, under New York law, when the original purposes for which funds are donated become impossible to achieve, those purposes can be modified in a manner consistent with original intent by the New York State courts.

For many years, CKS provided education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond. Accordingly, the Foundation has asked the New York State Supreme Court for the County of Erie to approve a modification of the purposes of UTR funds raised for CKS so that those funds can be used to support the education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, as determined in the discretion of the Foundation’s Board.

If you have donated to UTR and would like to be heard regarding this requested modification, you may send a letter to: The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc., attention Executive Director, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or an email to donor [dot] info [at] frcdb [dot] org. Copies of letters or email received by the Foundation will be provided to the Court. You may also make a formal filing in the legal proceeding entitled Matter of the Modification of Endowment Funds of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo N.Y., Inc., Erie County Index No. 814747/2020. In order for your submission to be available for the Court’s consideration, please be sure to send any letter or email, or make any filing, no later than Friday, April 9, 2021

Staffing Update ~ Our staff grows! In addition to the newest members of our parish staff that I announced to you recently (Barbara Sercu, Administrative Assistant; Peter Anaka, Maintenance), I am happy to share that Bob Zielinski joins us also to help us with the maintenance and repair needs of the parish. Like Pete, Bob currently works full-time for another parish and helps us, after leaving his full-time job, arriving here a couple days a week in the evenings. Currently, he is working on preparing another room in the rectory to be used as an office for people who come for appointments, etc. We are blessed to have such a staff of all fine individuals!

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ Are you or someone you know looking for work? We have a part-time general housekeeping position now available. It involves general parish rectory housekeeping, cleaning responsibilities, and occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month. Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

If weather or COVID or illness is preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our weekend Masses LIVE on Facebook at 4:30 PM on Saturdays and 10:00 AM on Sundays as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

Join Our Family Promise Ministry  ~ As a shelter for homeless families and recently certified by NYS, Family Promise of WNY is following new health and safety guidelines and cannot accept donations of home prepared meals. Instead, volunteers have become grocery donors in a food category assigned to the day of the week. Blessed Trinity volunteers did this twice during December, 2020 and found it much easier than coordinating and cooking a full dinner. We signed up for a date on the meal schedule and delivered the requested foods during the day at our convenience. We hope more parishioners will take advantage of this simplified protocol and become part of our Family Promise team. Family Promise also needs volunteers in areas like tutoring and transportation. If you think you might want to help and need more information go to their web site at fpwny.org and click on “Get Involved” to find the grocery sign up schedule. Also, you may contact our parish coordinator, Amy Johnson, at 716-836-4694 and join forces with another member of the team.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 9 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. 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? (Important, too, for contact tracing). 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 receive the bulletin electronically via email, 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.

Religious education materials are available now. If you were not contacted please call Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598.

Virtual Church Tour ~  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

Entrance Antiphon, Ez 36:25-26
Third Sunday of Lent
“I will pour clean water upon you and cleanse you from
all your impurities, and I will give you a new spirit, says the Lord.”
Detail from Baptismal Font

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.