Week of April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

April 5 – April 12, 2020

Weekly Activities –

As of March 16, 2020, all services, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

 Wednesday, April 15, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (April 1, April 15, April 29, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Mass Intentions – As of March 16, 2020, all services are cancelled until further notice.

During these extraordinary times, several area Catholic churches are live-streaming weekend Masses. For your convenience, we are providing links to two of them:

Ss. Columba-Brigid
Live-streaming Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 9am (Spanish) and 11am (English)

St. Leo the Great (scroll down to “Live Stream”)
Live-streaming Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 9am and 11am; weekdays at 8am

We also invite you to follow the daily Mass readings for the week.

Readings for Holy Week, April 5-12, 2020
Sunday: Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14–27:66
Monday: Is 42:1-7; Ps 27:1-3, 13-14; Jn 12:1-11
Tuesday: Is 49-1-6; Ps 71:1-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15, 17; Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a; Ps 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34; Mt 26:14-25
Holy Thursday: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 (39ABC); Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15
Good Friday: Is 52:13 – 53:12; Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25; Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; Jn 18:1 – 19:42
Holy Saturday: Gn 1:1 – 2:2; Ps 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 OR Ps 33:4-5, 6-7. 12-13, 20, 22; Gn 22:1-18 OR Gn 22:1-2, 9A, 10-13, 15-18; Ps 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11; Ex 14:15 -15:1; Ex 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18; Is 54:5-14; Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Is 55:1-11; Is 12:2-3, 4, 5-6; Bar 3:9-15, 32 – 4:4; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11; Ez 36:16-17A, 18-28; Ps 42:3, 5, 43:3.4; Is 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6; Ps 51:12-13. 14-15, 18-19; Rom 6:3-11; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Mt 28:1-10
Easter Sunday: Acts 10:34A, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4; 1 Cor 5:6B-8; 1 Cor 5:7B-8A; Jn 20:1-9

Reflection and Prayer for Palm Sunday
from Lenten Light: Reflections and Prayers by Fr. Thomas Connery

“God’s Donkey” ~ Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Mark 11:10

“Corrie ten Boom survivor of the Nazi concentration camp and author of The Hiding Place, was once asked if it was difficult for her to remain humble. She simply replied, ‘When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey, and everyone was waving palm branches and throwing garments on the path and singing praises, do you think that for one moment it even entered the head of the donkey that any of that was for him?’

Our vocation in life is to be the Lord’s donkey. We are to be used by him for his purpose wherever and whatever that may be. We seek to know and love the Lord. We will be at times overworked, overlooked and taken advantage of. This is our sacrifice. Not only does the Lord know his sheep, he knows his donkeys as well.

All-powerful Father, I am on this earth just for a short time. May I seek to please and serve you and not strive for the worldly honor. Let me be the donkey your son uses. Amen.

News from our Parish Community

We all wish that we could worship together as a parish family this Holy Week. For almost everyone, this is the first time in our lives that we will not be attending Palm Sunday and Holy Week services. But these are extraordinary times, as acknowledged by Pope Francis on March 27, 2020, when he bestowed his special blessing, “Urbi et Orbi,” (To the City and to the World). As he prayed for an end to the Covid-19 corona virus pandemic, Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark. and reflected on Jesus’ words to His disciples: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” He repeated these words at the end of his message and added this prayer:

“Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: ‘Do not be afraid’ (Mt. 28:5). And we, together with Peter, ‘cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us.’ (cf. 1 Pet 5:7).”

If you are anxious and looking for comfort and reassurance, please read the full text of the Pontiff’s address and blessing.

Prayer for Times of Confusion ~ The following prayer appeared in our church bulletin on May 8, 2005 (Ascension Sunday).

Lord Jesus Christ,
who feels the struggles of every heart,
sees the doubts of every mind,
we lay our confusions before you.

Already you know our thoughts.
You hold our bewilderment in your hand.
Whatever our falterings, you call us
to be your witness in the world.

Love us through this uncertainty.
Be present in this dim place.
Give us the light and hope of your presence
We pray in your name. Amen

New Office Hours ~ The parish has temporarily reduced office hours to one day each week. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Wednesday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Until the current COVID-19 restrictions on services and activities are lifted, we will not be preparing a weekly bulletin. However, there may well be announcements that Father Victor would like to share with our parish family. The most efficient way to do this is to utilize email messaging, but our secretary has email addresses for only about 40 parishioners. Please share your current email address with Pat so that you will be able to receive such announcements in a timely fashion. The easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page. You may also call her at 716-833-0301 on Wednesdays between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

The Annual Parish Financial Report for the fiscal year 2018-2019 has been mailed to parishioners, together with a March 25, 2020 letter from Father Victor. If you did not receive a copy, it may be that the office does not have your correct contact information. Please call the rectory on Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm and verify your address.

Aiding You on Your Lenten Journey ~ At the beginning of Lent, The Parish Council compiled a list of suggested daily prayer intentions to assist our parishioners on their Lenten journey to a joyful Easter season. These prayer intentions take on an even more significant role now that services and activities have been cancelled, Please use the link above to view them and remember them during your at-home prayer.

Keep abreast of the latest Diocesan announcements by visiting their Facebook page.

A Message from Catholic Charities Appeal 2020:

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

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

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

Lenten Stations of the Cross have been cancelled. Please pray the Stations of the Cross at home and join your prayer with others who are doing the same. Our Lord and Savior does not need to practice social distancing and is always waiting for you to reach out.

Our “Congregation Book Read” ~ We hope that you have been participating by following along in your copy of Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Jesus. Although we will not be able to gather in St. Charles Hall and discuss the book, you can still use it to inspire you as you journey to a joyful Easter.

Faith Formation Program Provides On-line Opportunities ~ Buffalo’s Department of Lifelong Faith Formation’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry has officially partnered with “ProjectYM Live” a program designed especially for youth and young adults. In this time of “Social Distancing,” try Church in a way our parents could never have imagined. And, everyone in the parish is invited to join our Confirmation students as they prepare for receipt of the Sacrament. Here is a link to Lesson 2: Catholic Social Teaching: A Brief Overview.

Our Faith Formation Program now has its own page on our web site. Click HERE to find complete information on the resumption of programs, classes and volunteer opportunities as it becomes available. 

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tenebrae Service Cancelled ~ We regret that an adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy of Tenebrae, tentatively scheduled to take place in our church on Friday evening, April 3, has been cancelled. Our parish looks forward to hosting the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, an a cappella choir dedicated to performing, promoting and preserving the great treasury of sacred choral music, in the very near future.

Outreach Aids ~ For the convenience of donors, we now have envelopes specifically designed for Under This Roof contributions, including remembrances “in memoriam.” We are also re-introducing parish “business cards,” which you can use when inviting someone to join us for worship. Both can be found in a display rack on the guest book table at the middle crossing of the church.

Call to Stewardship ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join our committee. Please see Father Victor if you are able to serve in this capacity.

The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in partnering with the Census Bureau to help encourage all people in our community to participate in the 2020 Census. The census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in funding are allocated for critical public services. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. You can inspire others. Tell everyone – your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers – that you will complete the census, and tell them why it’s important that they respond too. For more information, contact 2020census.gov.

The Buffalo Diocese “has determined that it is in the best interests of victims of past clergy sexual abuse, as well as the ongoing and essential work of Faith in WNY to pursue reorganization through Chapter 11 [Bankruptcy].” Their Office of Communications has created an informative page, “Reorganizing for the Future…together” to help explain this choice. Find it at buffalodiocese.org

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.

Is it time to update your contact information? During this period when the COVID-19 Protocols prevent us from attending church services, there will surely be occasions when the parish has important information to convey to the faithful. Does the church office have your correct mailing address and phone number? Have you shared your email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ 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

Help for Seniors and Caregivers ~ Information about housing options, healthcare, insurance, and other important topics of aging may be found at caring.com, a leading resource, featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes.

Week of March 29, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

“Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live….”
Ezekiel 37: 13-14
Iconography from church facade.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

March 29 – April 5, 2020

Weekly Activities –

As of March 16, 2020, all services, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (April 1, April 15, April 29, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Mass Intentions – As of March 16, 2020, all services are cancelled until further notice.

During these extraordinary times, several area Catholic churches are live-streaming weekend Masses. For your convenience, we are providing links to two of them:

Ss. Columba-Brigid
Live-streaming Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 9am (Spanish) and 11am (English)

St. Leo the Great (scroll down to “Live Stream”)
Live-streaming Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 9am and 11am; weekdays at 8am

We also invite you to follow the daily Mass readings for the week.

Readings for the week of March 29, 2020
Sunday: Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130:1-8; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45
Monday: Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Ps 23:1-6; Jn 8:1-11
Tuesday: Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102:2-3, 16-21; Jn 8:21-30
Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Dn 3:52-56; Jn 8:31-42
Thursday: Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-9; Jn 8:51-59
Friday: Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:2-7; Jn 10:31-42
Saturday: Ez 37:21-28; Jer 31:10-13; Jn 11:45-56
Sunday: Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 26:14–27:66

News from our Parish Community

New Office Hours ~ The parish has temporarily reduced office hours to one day each week. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Wednesday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Until the current COVID-19 restrictions on services and activities are lifted, we will not be preparing a weekly bulletin. However, there may well be announcements that Father Victor would like to share with our parish family. The most efficient way to do this is to utilize email messaging, but our secretary has email addresses for only about 40 parishioners. Please share your current email address with Pat so that you will be able to receive such announcements in a timely fashion. The easiest way to do that is by using the contact feature at the bottom of this page. You may also call her at 716-833-0301 on Wednesdays between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

The Annual Parish Financial Report for the fiscal year 2018-2019 has been mailed to parishioners, together with a March 25, 2020 letter from Father Victor. If you did not receive a copy, it may be that the office does not have your correct contact information. Please call the rectory on Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm and verify your address.

Aiding You on Your Lenten Journey ~ At the beginning of Lent, The Parish Council compiled a list of suggested daily prayer intentions to assist our parishioners on their Lenten journey to a joyful Easter season. These prayer intentions take on an even more significant role now that services and activities have been cancelled, Please use the link above to view them and remember them during your at-home prayer.

Keep abreast of the latest Diocesan announcements by visiting their Facebook page.

Lenten Stations of the Cross have been cancelled. Please pray the Stations of the Cross at home and join your prayer with others who are doing the same. Our Lord and Savior does not need to practice social distancing and is always waiting for you to reach out.

Our “Congregation Book Read” ~ We hope that you have been participating by following along in your copy of Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Jesus. Although we will not be able to gather in St. Charles Hall and discuss the book, you can still use it to inspire you as you journey to a joyful Easter.

Faith Formation Program Provides On-line Opportunities ~ Buffalo’s Department of Lifelong Faith Formation’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry has officially partnered with “ProjectYM Live” a program designed especially for youth and young adults. In this time of “Social Distancing,” try Church in a way our parents could never have imagined. And, everyone in the parish is invited to join our Confirmation students as they prepare for receipt of the Sacrament. Here is a link to Lesson 2: Catholic Social Teaching: A Brief Overview.

Our Faith Formation Program now has its own page on our web site. Click HERE to find complete information on the resumption of programs, classes and volunteer opportunities as it becomes available. 

The Annual Catholic Charities Appeal has started. Donated funds go to agencies run by Catholic Charities or to the Fund for the Faith that supports diocesan programs such as campus and hospital ministries. None of the funds collected for Catholic Charities will be used for legal settlements or awards to abuse victims. Pledge cards are in the mail to you. They include an option that allows you to direct your contribution to Catholic Charities, the Fund for the Faith, or both. During this period of isolation, the services provided by Catholic Charities are even more essential. Please give generously. You may mail your donation/pledge card directly to Blessed Trinity or the diocese. (It will be credited to our parish). If you are in need of a pledge card or have questions, contact Bob Heicklen, 716-881-3793.

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tenebrae Service Cancelled ~ We regret that an adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy of Tenebrae, tentatively scheduled to take place in our church on Friday evening, April 3, has been cancelled. Our parish looks forward to hosting the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum, an a cappella choir dedicated to performing, promoting and preserving the great treasury of sacred choral music, in the very near future.

Outreach Aids ~ For the convenience of donors, we now have envelopes specifically designed for Under This Roof contributions, including remembrances “in memoriam.” We are also re-introducing parish “business cards,” which you can use when inviting someone to join us for worship. Both can be found in a display rack on the guest book table at the middle crossing of the church.

Call to Stewardship ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join our committee. Please see Father Victor if you are able to serve in this capacity.

The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in partnering with the Census Bureau to help encourage all people in our community to participate in the 2020 Census. The census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in funding are allocated for critical public services. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. You can inspire others. Tell everyone – your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers – that you will complete the census, and tell them why it’s important that they respond too. For more information, contact 2020census.gov.

The Buffalo Diocese “has determined that it is in the best interests of victims of past clergy sexual abuse, as well as the ongoing and essential work of Faith in WNY to pursue reorganization through Chapter 11 [Bankruptcy].” Their Office of Communications has created an informative page, “Reorganizing for the Future…together” to help explain this choice. Find it at buffalodiocese.org

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.

Is it time to update your contact information? During this period when the COVID-19 Protocols prevent us from attending church services, there will surely be occasions when the parish has important information to convey to the faithful. Does the church office have your correct mailing address and phone number? Have you shared your email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ 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

Help for Seniors and Caregivers ~ Information about housing options, healthcare, insurance, and other important topics of aging may be found at caring.com, a leading resource, featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes.

Week of March 22, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

The Annunciation of the Lord
March 25
On March 25 the Church celebrates the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, announcing that she has “found favor with God” and need not fear accepting her role in salvation. His assurance includes the message that: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.” Lk. 1:35. The Annunciation is also remembered in a Joyful Mystery of the Rosary of the same name, which is symbolized along with the other Joyful Mysteries in the rose window in the left transept of the church. The symbol – a dove – is the second symbol from the top on the right.
Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” page 43.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

March 22 – March 29, 2020

Weekly Activities –

As of March 16, 2020, all services, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Wednesday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
NOW OPERATING EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY (MARCH 18, APRIL 1, APRIL 15, ETC) BUT WITH EXTENDED HOURS.
VOLUNTEERS WILL DISTRIBUTE PRE-PREPARED BAGS OF GROCERIES.

Mass Intentions – As of March 16, 2020, all services are cancelled until further notice.

During these extraordinary times, several area Catholic churches are live-streaming weekend Masses. For your convenience, we are providing links to two of them:

Ss. Columba-Brigid
Live-streaming Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 9am (Spanish) and 11am (English)

St. Leo the Great (scroll down to “Live Stream”)
Live-streaming Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 9am and 11am; weekdays at 8am

We also invite you to follow the daily Mass readings for the week.

Readings for the week of March 22, 2020
Sunday: 1 Sm 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:8-14;Jn 9:1-41
Monday: Is 65:17-21; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; Jn 4:43-54
Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12; Ps 46: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9; Jn 5:1-16
Wednesday: Is 7:10-14; 8:10; Ps 40:7-11; Heb 10:4-10; Lk 1:26-38
Thursday: Ex 32:7-14; Ps 106:19-23; Jn 5:31-47
Friday: Wis 2:1, 12-22; Ps 34:17-21, 23; Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Saturday: Jer 11:18-20; Ps 7:2-3, 9-12; Jn 7:40-53
Sunday: Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130:1-8; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45

News from our Parish Community

New Office Hours ~ The parish has temporarily reduced office hours to one day each week. Our secretary, Pat Pendleton, will be in the office every Wednesday from 10:30am-2:30pm.

“Companions” on Your Lenten Journey ~ The Parish Council created two documents to assist our parishioners on their Lenten journey to a joyful Easter season: (1) a compilation of suggested daily prayer intentions and (2) a complete calendar of religious services, special programs and activities from Ash Wednesday through May 2, 2020. These prayer intentions take on an even more significant role now that services and activities have been cancelled, Please use the link above to view them and add them to your at-home prayer.

Lenten Stations of the Cross have been cancelled. Please pray the Stations of the Cross at home and join your prayer with others who are doing the same. Our Lord and Savior does not need to practice social distancing and is always waiting for you to reach out.

Our “Congregation Book Read” ~ We hope that you have been participating by following along in your copy of Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Jesus. Although we will not be able to gather in St. Charles Hall and discuss the book, you can still use it to inspire you as you journey to a joyful Easter.

Faith Formation Program Provides On-line Opportunities ~ Buffalo’s Department of Lifelong Faith Formation’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry has officially partnered with “ProjectYM Live” a program designed especially for youth and young adults. In this time of “Social Distancing,” try Church in a way our parents could never have imagined. And, everyone in the parish is invited to join our Confirmation students as they prepare for receipt of the Sacrament. Here is a link to Lesson 2: Catholic Social Teaching: A Brief Overview.

Our Faith Formation Program now has its own page on our web site. Click HERE to find complete information on the resumption of programs, classes and volunteer opportunities as it becomes available. 

The Annual Parish Financial Report for the fiscal year 2018-2019 is now available to parishioners. If you did not receive a copy with your bulletin on March 14/15, you may request one by calling the rectory on Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

The Annual Catholic Charities Appeal has started. Donated funds go to agencies run by Catholic Charities or to the Fund for the Faith that supports diocesan programs such as campus and hospital ministries. None of the funds collected for Catholic Charities will be used for legal settlements or awards to abuse victims. Pledge cards are in the mail to you. They include an option that allows you to direct your contribution to Catholic Charities, the Fund for the Faith, or both. During this period of isolation, the services provided by Catholic Charities are even more essential. Please give generously. You may mail your donation/pledge card directly to Blessed Trinity or the diocese. (It will be credited to our parish). If you are in need of a pledge card or have questions, contact Bob Heicklen, 716-881-3793.

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tenebrae Service Cancelled ~ An adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy of Tenebrae, tentatively scheduled to take place in our church on Friday evening, April 3, has been cancelled. We have it on good authority that rehearsals were going well, and members of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum are very disappointed that current circumstances have forced the decision to cancel.

Outreach Aids ~ For the convenience of donors, we now have envelopes specifically designed for Under This Roof contributions, including remembrances “in memoriam.” We are also re-introducing parish “business cards,” which you can use when inviting someone to join us for worship. Both can be found in a display rack on the guest book table at the middle crossing of the church.

Call to Stewardship ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join our committee. Please see Father Victor if you are able to serve in this capacity.

The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in partnering with the Census Bureau to help encourage all people in our community to participate in the 2020 Census. The census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in funding are allocated for critical public services. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. You can inspire others. Tell everyone – your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers – that you will complete the census, and tell them why it’s important that they respond too. For more information, contact 2020census.gov.

The Buffalo Diocese “has determined that it is in the best interests of victims of past clergy sexual abuse, as well as the ongoing and essential work of Faith in WNY to pursue reorganization through Chapter 11 [Bankruptcy].” Their Office of Communications has created an informative page, “Reorganizing for the Future…together” to help explain this choice. Find it at buffalodiocese.org

Please notify the Rectory Office with your current email address if you wish to receive a PDF version of the weekly church bulletin. Your 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.

Is it time to update your contact information? During this period when the COVID-19 Protocols prevent us from attending church services, there will surely be occasions when the parish has important information to convey to the faithful. Does the church office have your correct mailing address and phone number? Have you shared your email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Wednesday 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

Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s eight-week training course  on historic “Window Repair and Rehabilitation” has been postponed. If you are still interested in enrolling, check out northwoodrestoration.com or contact Bridge Rauch at brauch [at] pbnsaves [dot] org.

Help for Seniors and Caregivers ~ Information about housing options, healthcare, insurance, and other important topics of aging may be found at caring.com, a leading resource, featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes.

Week of March 15, 2020 – Third Sunday of Lent

On March 17 we celebrate the feast of St. Patrick of Ireland who died in 492. 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

March 15 – March 22, 2020

Weekly Activities – As of March 16, 2020, all services, meetings and activities are cancelled until further notice, with the exception of the Food Pantry.

Sunday, March 15 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging in church

Monday, March 16 following 6:30 p.m. Journey Mass ~ CCCB Social in St. Charles Hall CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. ~ Adult Confirmation Class in St. Charles Hall CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall CANCELLED

Wednesday, March 18 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)
NOW OPERATING EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY (MARCH 18, APRIL 1, APRIL 15, ETC). VOLUNTEERS WILL DISTRIBUTE PRE-PREPARED BAGS OF GROCERIES.

Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall CANCELLED.

Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.* CANCELLED

Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.* CANCELLED

Sunday, March 22 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Light brunch, discussion of “Rediscover Jesus” in St. Charles Hall CANCELLED

*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 – As of March 16, 2020, all services are cancelled until further notice.

Sunday, March 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Rest for Edward Schroeder (Requested by Franciscan Sisters)

Monday, March 16 ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at 6:30 p.m. in church; recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, March 18 ~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, March 19 ~ St. Joseph ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, March 19 at 4:00 p.m. ~ Join Pope Francis in praying the Rosary for the world. He will be meditating on the Luminous Mysteries.

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

Friday, March 20 ~ Stations of the Cross in Church at 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, March 21 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m.- For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, March 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Rita Mulligan and Julia Treacy (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Blessings for Evelyn Schmelzer (Mary Karlis)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 21/22, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Greg Gaglione; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Toni Maus; Choir – Maggie Gatson

St. Joseph
March 19
This depiction of St. Joseph holding the Christ Child appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting of “Evangelists and Apostles” in the church’s great dome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

“Companions” on Your Lenten Journey ~ The Parish Council has created two documents to assist our parishioners on their Lenten journey to a joyful Easter season: (1) a compilation of suggested daily prayer intentions and (2) a complete calendar of religious services, special programs and activities from Ash Wednesday through May 2, 2020. Please use these links to view them or pick up a hard copy the next time you are at church.

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, March 15.

Lenten Journey Masses ~ The third in a series of five Monday evening services at our CCCB parishes is a 6:30pm Mass on Monday, March 16, at Blessed Trinity. It will be preceded by recitation of the Rosary at 6pm. The previously scheduled social following the Mass has been cancelled. Click HERE for the complete schedule of Monday evening services.

Lenten Happiness:

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends –
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

A few people have asked “what has been going on” with the responsorial psalm on Sundays during Lent – and the answer is simple. We all walk this journey to the cross together. Why shouldn’t we exemplify our unity by having every member of the choir cantor the responsorial psalm?  

Last week Saturday, the Blessed Trinity Choir sang at St. John XXIII in West Seneca under the direction of Bill Fay, immediate past-president of the Buffalo Chapter of the Church Musicians’ Guild. We discovered that we enjoy spending time with other believers, glorifying God. On Monday, March 16, we will host a Lenten Journey Mass at Blessed Trinity, sharing our worship space, and our path to the cross, with our friends. What a great opportunity to become a community of believers – Friends of Jesus. The more we get together, the happier we’ll be!

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 continues this week on Tuesday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend. … Elizabeth

The Parish Council  meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, has been cancelled.

Lenten Stations of the Cross continue at 6pm this Friday, March 20. They will continue in church at the same time every Friday through Friday, April 3.

Our “Congregation Book Read” ~ On Sunday, March 22, there will be an opportunity to gather in St. Charles Hall after 10am Mass and discuss author Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Jesus. A light brunch is included. Please note: It is not expected that you will have completed the book as we are all in process of reading the chapters throughout the season of Lent. Please join in.

Our Faith Formation Program now has its own page on our web site. Click HERE to find complete information on planned programs, classes and volunteer opportunities. Adult Confirmation classes continue this Tuesday, March 17, from 6-7:30pm in St. Charles Hall. Please call Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598 to register.

Faithful Citizenship ~ Join our Confirmation candidates on Tuesday, March 24, as we explore how we make decisions as faith-filled Catholics. Discussion begins at 6pm. Please register to insure adequate materials. Contact Pat Dyer (716-256-2598) or the rectory office (716-833-3301). You must be over the age of 16 to attend.

The Annual Parish Financial Report for the fiscal year 2018-2019 is now available to parishioners. If you did not receive a copy with your bulletin on March 14/15, you may request one by calling the rectory during business hours. There will be an opportunity for questions and suggestions concerning parish finances during our coffee hour on Sunday, March 29.

Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 3 at 7:30 pm with choral music by The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Tenebrae Service ~ An adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy of Tenebrae will take place in our church on Friday evening, April 3, at 7:30pm, with choral music provided by The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. This is the second year we have been blessed to have the Schola enhance this moving service, which includes seven readings relating the story of Christ’s passion and death. It is a beautiful prelude to Holy Week, as those who participated last year will certainly attest.

Just for Kids ~ Handouts and activities to occupy children during Mass are now available in church. They can be found on the table at the (wheelchair ramp) side entrance. Please call Pat Dyer (716-256-2598) if you see that she has not left enough copies for everyone who would like to have one.

The Annual Catholic Charities Appeal has started. Donated funds go to agencies run by Catholic Charities or to the Fund for the Faith that supports diocesan programs such as campus and hospital ministries. None of the funds collected for Catholic Charities will be used for legal settlements or awards to abuse victims. Pledge cards are in the mail to you. They include an option that allows you to direct your contribution to Catholic Charities, the Fund for the Faith, or both. Please give generously. You may place your Catholic Charities Appeal envelope in the collection basket or mail your donation/pledge card directly to the diocese. (It will be credited to our parish). If you are in need of a pledge card or have questions, contact Bob Heicklen, 716-881-3793.

Outreach Aids ~ For the convenience of donors, we now have envelopes specifically designed for Under This Roof contributions, including remembrances “in memoriam.” We are also re-introducing parish “business cards,” which you can use when inviting someone to join us for worship. Both can be found in a display rack on the guest book table at the middle crossing of the church.

Call to Stewardship ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join our committee. Please see Father Victor if you are able to serve in this capacity.

The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in partnering with the Census Bureau to help encourage all people in our community to participate in the 2020 Census. The census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in funding are allocated for critical public services. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. You can inspire others. Tell everyone – your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers – that you will complete the census, and tell them why it’s important that they respond too. For more information, contact 2020census.gov.

The Buffalo Diocese “has determined that it is in the best interests of victims of past clergy sexual abuse, as well as the ongoing and essential work of Faith in WNY to pursue reorganization through Chapter 11 [Bankruptcy].” Their Office of Communications has created an informative page, “Reorganizing for the Future…together” to help explain this choice. Find it at buffalodiocese.org

Personal Prayer Requests ~ We are continuing the practice 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.

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

Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty, 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo on weekends through Palm Sunday, April 5. Saturday hours are 3-5 pm; Sunday hours are 9:30 am-noon. On Palm Sunday lunch is available for purchase and basket raffle drawing will take place. Join us for Mass and pick up your pierogi and placek. For further information, call 716-893-0412 (M-F, 9 am to noon) or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Host Families Sought. Cardinal O’Hara High School is offering a new international student program and seeks families for 20 students from Germany. The students, who speak English and are honor roll students, will attend Cardinal O’Hara from April 6-24. During Easter break, the students will take excursions in and around Buffalo. If you are interested in hosting a German student, contact Jennifer Eisenman from Adventure Homestays Abroad at 716-454-2008 or go online at adventurehomestays.org.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara presents an eight-week training course  on historic “Window Repair and Rehabilitation” on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from March 17 – May 2. Taught by Steve Swiat of Northwood Historic Restoration, it includes two hands-on field work sessions on April 4 and 25. Enrollment is limited and early registration is highly recommended. For rates and more info, check out northwoodrestoration.com or contact Bridge Rauch at brauch [at] pbnsaves [dot] org.

Breakfast Program, Spiritual Motherhood and Marian Moments on the Pilgrimage of Life, sponsored by Magnificat of Buffalo on Saturday, March 21, from 9:45am – 12:10pm at Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga). Registration opens at 9am. Guest speaker, Dawn Iacono, will share the unspeakable joy of experiencing the presence of Our Lady during pivotal moments in her pilgrimage of life. For more information and to register, visit facebook.com/magnificatbuffalo or call Maureen at 716-683-2290.

Musical Stations of the Cross, led by Singer/Songwriter Laura Boronski, Saturday, March 21 at 5:30pm at St. Teresa Church (1974 Seneca Street in Buffalo) and Friday, March 27 at 7pm at St. Leo the Great Church (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). All are welcome.

Evening Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Mercy ~ Thursday, March 26 from 6-7 pm at St. Andrew Church, (1525 Sheridan Drive in Kenmore). We begin with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Adoration. Afterwards, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding. Our light will be on and all are welcome for any length of time.

“Music and Memories” – A Service to Remember Those We Love, Thursday, April 2, at 6:30pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore and Saturday, April 4, at 1:00pm at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna. The services will feature songs that will inspire and uplift you as we remember those we have loved. Poems, Scripture, music and other pieces will be interspersed throughout the program, along with the reading of your loved one’s name. Call by March 20 to have your loved one’s name (limit of 3 names) listed in the program book. For the service at Mount Olivet, call 716-873-6500; for the service at Holy Cross, call716- 823-1197. This program is presented as part of the bereavement support programs of the Catholic Cemeteries, Diocese of Buffalo. Open to the community; no charge. For more information, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at716- 873-6500.

Help for Seniors and Caregivers ~ Information about housing options, healthcare, insurance, and other important topics of aging may be found at caring.com, a leading resource, featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes.

Week of March 8, 2020 – Second Sunday of Lent

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Mt. 17:5
Blessed Trinity Church’s Baldachino
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

March 8 – March 15, 2020

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. ~ Lenten Soup Supper in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Lenten presentation by parishioner Bob Heicklen

Tuesday, March 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. ~ Adult Confirmation Class in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 11 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)

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Sunday, March 15 following 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, March 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Eugene and Anna Koenig (Requested by Sr. Ann Helene, OSF) and Eternal Rest for Richard Plunkett (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Monday, March 9 ~ St. Frances of Rome ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at 6:30 p.m., Sisters Hospital, 2nd floor Chapel, 2157 Main Street. Recitation of the Rosary at 6pm.

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

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

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

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

Friday, March 13 ~ Stations of the Cross in Church at 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, March 14 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m.- Eternal Joy for Lucille Venezia (Madonna Hartzell)

Sunday, March 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Rest for Edward Schroeder (Franciscan Sisters)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 14/15, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers:Bob Heicklen, Elaine Rehouf; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Fidelia Ejimadu, Mary Kresse; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Lenten Soup Supper and presentation
on “The Fourth Cup,”
Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30pm, St. Charles Hall.
Photo Credit: Phyllis Lobbins

News from our Parish Community

“Companions” on Your Lenten Journey ~ The Parish Council has created two documents to assist our parishioners on their Lenten journey to a joyful Easter season: (1) a compilation of suggested daily prayer intentions and (2) a complete calendar of religious services, special programs and activities from Ash Wednesday through May 2, 2020. Please use these links to view them or pick up a hard copy the next time you are at church.

Transfigure Us, O Lord: Musical selection during Lent can be very tricky – many of the hymns appropriate for this season are written in what is known as a minor key. That means they tend to sound very sad. I really love the concept of transfiguration during Lent. Being changed by journeying with Christ is anything but sad – which is why I seek out hymns that help to fortify us during this solemn time. Today’s Communion hymn, Bob Hurd’s Transfigure Us, O Lord, is one of my favorites. I often find myself praying the words throughout Lent.

Transfigure us, O Lord. Transfigure us, O Lord.
Break the chains that bind us; speak your healing word, and
where you lead we’ll follow. Transfigure Us, O Lord.

Down from heights of glory, into the depths below.
the love of God self emptied, the love of God to show.
You light the path before us, the way that we must go.

Light for those in darkness, the hungry have their fill.
Glad tidings for the humble, the healing of all ills;
In these we glimpse your glory, God’s promises fulfilled.

Pardon for the sinner, a shepherd for the sheep,
a drink of living water for all who thirst and seek,
and feasting at your table the lowly and the least.

To the holy city, Jerusalem, you go; Shall we journey with you and share your paschal road?

Journeying with Christ toward redemption… how beautifully wonderful!

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 continues this week on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend. … Elizabeth

Lenten Journey Masses ~ The second in a  series of five Monday evening services at our CCCB parishes is a 6:30pm Mass on Monday, March 9, at Sisters’ Hospital (2nd Floor Chapel), 2157 Main Street. It will be preceded by recitation of the Rosary at 6pm. Blessed Trinity will host the Journey Mass on March 16. Click HERE for the complete schedule.

Our annual Soup Supper and Lenten Program will take place on Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 5:30pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are able to volunteer to bring soup, bread, or dessert, please sign up on the sheets located on the tables at the church’s side entrances. Then plan to stay for Bob Heicklen’s presentation on Dr. Scott Hahn’s The Fourth Cup, Unveiling the Mystery of The Last Supper and the Cross, an exploration of the connection and meaning between Passover and the Redemption of Good Friday and Easter.

Lenten Stations of the Cross continue at 6pm this Friday, March 13. They will continue in church at the same time every Friday through Friday, April 3.

Our annual Soup Supper and Lenten Program will take place on Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 5:30pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are able to volunteer to bring soup, bread, or dessert, please sign up on the sheets located on the tables at the church’s side entrances. Then plan to stay for Bob Heicklen’s presentation on Dr. Scott Hahn’s The Fourth Cup, Unveiling the Mystery of The Last Supper and the Cross, an exploration of the connection and meaning between Passover and the Redemption of Good Friday and Easter.

Our Faith Formation Program now has its own page on our web site. Click HERE to find complete information on planned programs, classes and volunteer opportunities. Adult Confirmation classes continue this Tuesday, March 10 from 6-7:30pm in St. Charles Hall. Please call Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598 to register. A class entitled “Faithful Citizenship” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 6pm. You must be over the age of 16 to attend.

Just for Kids ~ Handouts and activities to occupy children during Mass are now available in church. They can be found on the table at the (wheelchair ramp) side entrance. Please call Pat Dyer (716-256-2598) if you see that she has not left enough copies for everyone who would like to have one.

The Annual Catholic Charities Appeal has started. Donated funds go to agencies run by Catholic Charities or to the Fund for the Faith that supports diocesan programs such as campus and hospital ministries. None of the funds collected for Catholic Charities will be used for legal settlements or awards to abuse victims. Pledge cards are in the mail to you. They include an option that allows you to direct your contribution to Catholic Charities, the Fund for the Faith, or both. Please give generously. You may place your Catholic Charities Appeal envelope in the collection basket or mail your donation/pledge card directly to the diocese. (It will be credited to our parish). If you are in need of a pledge card or have questions, contact Bob Heicklen, 716-881-3793.

Call to Stewardship ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join our committee. Please see Father Victor if you are able to serve in this capacity.

Know Your Faith: Why are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving especially important during Lent?

Prayer: Prayer is our conversation with God. It is through prayer that we find the strength to fast. It is through prayer that we develop a closer, more intimate relationship with God. This relationship makes us so grateful for the blessings he has bestowed upon us, that we eagerly give to those less fortunate than us. The Church, in its wisdom, understands that prayer is essential to any action we Christians may undertake.

Fasting: Fasting is one of the most ancient actions linked to Lent. Fasting rules have changed through the ages, but throughout Church history fasting has been considered sacred. The prophet Isaiah insists that fasting without changing our behavior is not pleasing to God. Therefore, the goal of fasting is linked with prayer. The pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God, and prayer and fasting together brings us to what Lent is about – a deeper conversion.

Almsgiving: It should be obvious by now, that almsgiving is simply a response by us to God, a response that we have come to through prayer and fasting. It is an expression of our gratitude for all that God has given us, and a realization that in the Body of Christ, it is never just “me and God.” Through prayer and fasting we come to a deeper understanding that the needs of all are the responsibility of all in the Body of Christ. Works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Christian way of life we began when we were baptized.

Outreach Aids ~ Would you or someone you know like to contribute toward the upkeep and restoration of our Landmark church? For the convenience of donors, we now have envelopes specifically designed for Under This Roof contributions, including “in memoriam” tributes. Are you thinking of inviting a friend to join us for worship? Why not present your personal note of invitation written on the back of one of our new church “business cards.” You will find both of these outreach aids on the guest book table at the middle crossing of the church.

Congregation Book ReadOn Sunday, March 22, after 10am Mass, you are invited to join us for a brunch and Congregation Book Read in St Charles Hall. As part of our Lenten journey, many of us are in the midst of reading Rediscover Jesus by author Matthew Kelly. You do not need to have a copy of the book to join us to listen, share food, thoughts, and reflections.

The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in partnering with the Census Bureau to help encourage all people in our community to participate in the 2020 Census. The census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in funding are allocated for critical public services. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. You can inspire others. Tell everyone – your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers – that you will complete the census, and tell them why it’s important that they respond too. For more information, contact 2020census.gov.

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.

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

Fish Fry every Friday during Lent from 4-7 pm at St. Gregory the Great (School Cafeteria), 250 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Fried or baked fish or breaded shrimp, sides (including fries), and a drink. Take-outs available, and pizza as well! For more information, call 716-688-5678.

Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty, 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo on weekends through Palm Sunday, April 5. Saturday hours are 3-5 pm; Sunday hours are 9:30 am-noon. On Palm Sunday lunch is available for purchase and basket raffle drawing will take place. Join us for Mass and pick up your pierogi and placek. For further information, call 716-893-0412 (M-F, 9 am to noon) or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Host Families Sought. Cardinal O’Hara High School is offering a new international student program and seeks families for 20 students from Germany. The students, who speak English and are honor roll students, will attend Cardinal O’Hara from April 6-24. During Easter break, the students will take excursions in and around Buffalo. If you are interested in hosting a German student, contact Jennifer Eisenman from Adventure Homestays Abroad at 716-454-2008 or go online at adventurehomestays.org.

Wednesday March 11 at 7pm ~ “Voices of Mercy,” made up of the missionaries of St Luke’s Mission of Mercy, will present sacred music at St. Philip the Apostle Church (950 Losson Road in Cheektowaga). They will lead the Stations of the Cross, followed by a Holy Communion service. A free-will offering will be taken.

Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 14 from 10:00am to 3:30pm at Fourteen Holy Helpers (Msgr. Ebner Hall – 1345 Indian Church Road in West Seneca). Begins with registration and light refreshments at 10 am, presentations start at 10:30 am and run until approximately 3:30 pm; lunch included. The format will include presentations, some group activities, and music. Register by calling the rectory at 716-674-2374. After the retreat, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in the church; Mass at 4:30 pm. We ask that when you attend this session you bring an article of clothing or non-perishable food item to donate to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

“ANAM CARA” (Celtic for ‘Soul Friend’) with Cory James Gallagher & Concerts For The Soul, Saturday March 14 at 7pm. A Celebration of Love and Soul Friendship, at SS Columba-Brigid Church (75 Hickory Street–off Clinton Street in Buffalo). Join the Musical-Poetic Journey, followed by a dance party in the church hall. Wine and Cheese reception will be provided. EVERYONE is Welcome! Free-will offering. Off-street parking.

Concert by Sujeet Desai, Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (3148 Abbott Road in Orchard Park). Sujeet is a remarkable, talented young musician who was born with down syndrome and plays seven musical instruments. He has received many rave reviews wherever he goes. Please join us and bring friends and family for an entertaining evening of great music.To learn more about this talented young man, visit sujeet.com. If you have any questions, call Diana Skotarczak at 716-674-3825. The church is wheelchair accessible.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara presents an eight-week training course  on historic “Window Repair and Rehabilitation” on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from March 17 – May 2. Taught by Steve Swiat of Northwood Historic Restoration, it includes two hands-on field work sessions on April 4 and 25. Enrollment is limited and early registration is highly recommended. For rates and more info, check out northwoodrestoration.com or contact Bridge Rauch at brauch [at] pbnsaves [dot] org.

Breakfast Program, Spiritual Motherhood and Marian Moments on the Pilgrimage of Life, sponsored by Magnificat of Buffalo on Saturday, March 21, from 9:45am – 12:10pm at Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga). Registration opens at 9am. Guest speaker, Dawn Iacono, will share the unspeakable joy of experiencing the presence of Our Lady during pivotal moments in her pilgrimage of life. For more information and to register, visit facebook.com/magnificatbuffalo or call Maureen at 716-683-2290.

Help for Seniors and Caregivers ~ Information about housing options, healthcare, insurance, and other important topics of aging may be found at caring.com, a leading resource, featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes.

Week of March 1, 2020 – First Sunday of Lent

March 1 – March 8, 2020

Weekly Activities

Sunday, March 1 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting and “Celebrating Women Witnesses” program in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, March 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. ~ Adult Confirmation Class in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, March 4 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)

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

Sunday, March 8 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting and “Celebrating Women Witnesses” program 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, March 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Joy for Lucille Venezia (Requested by Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality) and Blessings for Loretta Dominick (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, March 2 ~ CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at 6:30 p.m., Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St. (off Clinton). Recitation of the Rosary at 6pm.

Tuesday, March 3 ~ St. Katharine Drexel ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Marion and Thomas Guagliardo (The Partyka Family)

Wednesday, March 4 ~ St. Casimir ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

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

Friday, March 6 ~ First Friday Adoration, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, March 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Stephanie and Henry Partyka (The Partyka Family)

Friday, March 6 ~ Stations of the Cross in Church at 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, March 7 ~ Ss. Perpetua and Felicity ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. for Richard Plunkett

Saturday, March 7 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m.- For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, March 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Eugene and Anna Koenig (Sr. Ann Helene, OSF)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, March 7/8, 2020:

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

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

The lives and martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicity will be the program topic at the Sodality’s March 1, 2020 meeting.

News from our Parish Community

The Ladies Sodality Meeting is this Sunday, March 1, following 10 AM Mass. Their group discussion and prayer service honoring Saints Perpetua and Felicity will be preceded by a brief business meeting in St. Charles Hall. Refreshments will be served.

A second collection for Black & Native American Missions will take place on the weekend of February 29/March 1. Please be as generous as possible in your support of The United States’ Home Missions.

Who is that Knocking at the Door? Our 2020 Lenten Journey began on Ash Wednesday. In the world of optometry, “20/20” refers to the clarity or sharpness of vision It is not an indication of perfection; it’s a static measurement of one aspect of sight. Our music ministry requires us to have vision, and that is never more evident than during the journey to the Triduum. We need more than 20/20 vision to meet the musical needs of a Church that is moving and changing. Our Church is weeping and struggling – and our earthly home is environmentally challenged and there is increasing violence around us.

At Blessed Trinity, the Music Ministry tries to think sharper than 20/20. While traditional music is very important in liturgy, our musical prayer needs to evolve as the Church’s needs and concerns do. This Lenten season, you will hear some old favorites – but some new songs, too. Congregational suggestions are taken very seriously, so please keep them coming. Let’s pray and work together to help shape the future of our Liturgy. As today’s choral meditation encouraged, “Oh, sinner, why don’t you answer?  Somebody’s knocking at your door.” Music is one aspect of achieving our Church’s vision for the future. Will you open the door?

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 continues this week on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend. … Elizabeth

Lenten Journey Masses ~ The first in a  series of five Monday evening services at our CCCB parishes is a 6:30pm Mass on Monday, March 2, at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St. (off Clinton). It will be preceded by recitation of the Rosary at 6pm. Blessed Trinity will host the Journey Mass on March 16. Click HERE for the complete schedule.

Friday, March 6 is First Friday. Join in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Daily Mass Chapel from 8:00 – 10:45 a.m., followed by Benediction and daily Mass.

Lenten Stations of the Cross continue at 6pm this Friday, March 6. They will continue in church at the same time every Friday through Friday, April 3.

“Companions” on Your Lenten Journey ~ The Parish Council has created two documents to assist our parishioners on their Lenten journey to a joyful Easter season: (1) a compilation of suggested daily prayer intentions and (2) a complete calendar of religious services, special programs and activities from Ash Wednesday through May 2, 2020. Please use these links to view them or pick up a hard copy the next time you are at church.

Lenten Soup Supper and presentation
on “The Fourth Cup,”
Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30pm.
Photo Credit: Phyllis Lobbins

Our annual Soup Supper and Lenten Program will take place on Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 5:30pm in St. Charles Hall. If you are able to volunteer to bring soup, bread, or dessert, please sign up on the sheets located on the tables at the church’s side entrances. Then plan to stay for Bob Heicklen’s presentation on Dr. Scott Hahn’s The Fourth Cup, Unveiling the Mystery of The Last Supper and the Cross, an exploration of the connection and meaning between Passover and the Redemption of Good Friday and Easter.

Call to Stewardship ~ Our Parish Finance Council seeks a parishioner with accounting skills to join our committee. Please see Father Victor if you are able to serve in this capacity.

New For You ~ Would you or someone you know like to contribute toward the upkeep and restoration of our Landmark church? For the convenience of donors, we now have envelopes specifically designed for Under This Roof contributions, including remembrances “in memoriam.” Are you thinking of inviting a friend to join us for worship? Why not present your personal note of invitation written on the back of one of our new church “business cards.” You will find both of these outreach aids on the guest book table at the middle crossing of the church.

Our Faith Formation Program now has its own page on our web site. Click HERE to find complete information on planned programs, classes and volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in the first adult Confirmation class this Tuesday, March 3, please call Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598 to register.

Just for Kids ~ Handouts and activities to occupy children during Mass are now available in church. They can be found on the table at the (wheelchair ramp) side entrance. Please call Pat Dyer (716-256-2598) if you see that she has not left enough copies for everyone who would like to have one. Themes for the month of February are: The Mass, Helping Others, Commandments, and Lent.

Congregation Book Read ~ As part of our Parish Lenten Journey, Blessed Trinity is happy to host a “Congregation Book Read.“ All members of our parish are invited to participate. The book is entitled Rediscover Jesus by author Matthew Kelly. It is perfect for Lent as each day there are a few pages to read along with a scripture verse, a point to ponder, and a question to personally reflect on along with a prayer. It will be a good and interesting way to continue developing our relationship with Jesus as we move through the Lenten season. Copies of Rediscover Jesus are now available at no charge, and everyone is invited to St. Charles Hall to discuss the book after Mass on Sunday, March 22.

Peaceprints “Thank You” ~ The parish has received a heartfelt letter of gratitude from the Executive Director of Peaceprints of Western New York, Cindi McEachon. Ms. McEachon acknowledged their appreciation for the kindness and support offered in the 2100 gift bags offered by our Parish to incarcerated individuals.

The Buffalo Urban League Scholarship Program application deadline is March 13 and is open to high school seniors or recent HSE/GED recipients who plan to attend college in the Fall 2020. Please contact the church office (716-833-0301) if you wish to have a copy of the application.

The Diocese of Buffalo has joined other faith communities and civic organizations in partnering with the Census Bureau to help encourage all people in our community to participate in the 2020 Census. The census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in funding are allocated for critical public services. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will also have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more. You can inspire others. Tell everyone – your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers – that you will complete the census, and tell them why it’s important that they respond too. For more information, contact 2020census.gov.

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.

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

Fish Fry every Friday during Lent from 4-7 pm at St. Gregory the Great (School Cafeteria), 250 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Fried or baked fish or breaded shrimp, sides (including fries), and a drink. Take-outs available, and pizza as well! For more information, call 716-688-5678.

Lenten Homemade Pierogi & Placek Sale at St. John Kanty, 101 Swinburne St., Buffalo on weekends through Palm Sunday, April 5. Saturday hours are 3-5 pm; Sunday hours are 9:30 am-noon. On Palm Sunday lunch is available for purchase and basket raffle drawing will take place. Join us for Mass and pick up your pierogi and placek. For further information, call 716-893-0412 (M-F, 9 am to noon) or visit saintjohnkanty.com.

Host Families Sought. Cardinal O’Hara High School is offering a new international student program and seeks families for 20 students from Germany. The students, who speak English and are honor roll students, will attend Cardinal O’Hara from April 6-24. During Easter break, the students will take excursions in and around Buffalo. If you are interested in hosting a German student, contact Jennifer Eisenman from Adventure Homestays Abroad at 716-454-2008 or go online at adventurehomestays.org.

Lenten Parish Mission: The Healing Effects of the Psalms ~ Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday March 2, 3 & 4 (12:30pm and 7pm) at St. Gregory the Great Parish (200 St. Gregory the Great Court in Williamsville) with international conference speaker, Dr. John Bergsma, a former Protestant Pastor; he has authored many books and is currently a professor of Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.  No cost – all are welcome. For more information, contact Brian Ruh at 716-688-5678.

Spaghetti Dinner at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish Auditorium (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Sunday, March 8 from 12-4 pm ~ Take-out will open at 11:30 am.

Concert by Sujeet Desai, Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (3148 Abbott Road in Orchard Park). Sujeet is a remarkable, talented young musician who was born with down syndrome and plays seven musical instruments. He has received many rave reviews wherever he goes. Please join us and bring friends and family for an entertaining evening of great music.To learn more about this talented young man, visit sujeet.com. If you have any questions, call Diana Skotarczak at 716-674-3825. The church is wheelchair accessible.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara presents an eight-week training course  on historic “Window Repair and Rehabilitation” on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from March 17 – May 2. Taught by Steve Swiat of Northwood Historic Restoration, it includes two hands-on field work sessions on April 4 and 25. Enrollment is limited and early registration is highly recommended. For rates and more info, check out northwoodrestoration.com or contact Bridge Rauch at brauch [at] pbnsaves [dot] org.

Breakfast Program, Spiritual Motherhood and Marian Moments on the Pilgrimage of Life, sponsored by Magnificat of Buffalo on Saturday, March 21, from 9:45am – 12:10pm at Millennium Hotel (2040 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga). Registration opens at 9am. Guest speaker, Dawn Iacono, will share the unspeakable joy of experiencing the presence of Our Lady during pivotal moments in her pilgrimage of life. For more information and to register, visit facebook.com/magnificatbuffalo or call Maureen at 716-683-2290.

Help for Seniors and Caregivers ~ Information about housing options, healthcare, insurance, and other important topics of aging may be found at caring.com, a leading resource, featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes.