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

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

October 13 – October 20, 2019

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

Journeying Through Danger: Today’s hymn keeps in mind a Spiritan Father. Lucien Deiss, a patristics scholar, liturgical musician, and liturgical music consultant at the Second Vatican Council, set the text of 2 Timothy to music for our Offertory Hymn this week:

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

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

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

2 Timothy 2:8-12 – Lucien Deiss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 6 – October 13, 2019

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week of September 29, 2019 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, France (St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus) is honored by the Church on October 1. She was canonized in 1925 – while our church was being built – and remains “one of the most popular saints of modern times because of her ‘Little Way’ of seeking holiness through the everyday things in the ordinary circumstances of life. The beautiful ceramic decorations around the shrine niche [in the right transept] are some of the most beautiful in the church.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 27.)
Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

September 29 – October 6, 2019

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, October 2 from 12:00 noon to completion ~ Packing remnants of white elephant sale for donation

Wednesday, October 2 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall — New rehearsal night

Thursday, October 3 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , September 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Edward Schroeder (Requested by Madonna Hartzell)

Monday, September 30 ~ St. Jerome – No Service

Tuesday, October 1 ~ St. Therese of the Child Jesus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 2 ~ The Holy Guardian Angels ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Thursday, October 3 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Joanne Lucas (John E. Curtin)

Friday, October 4 ~ First Friday Adoration, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel

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

Saturday, October 5 ~ Bl. Francis Xavier Seelas ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

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

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 5/6, 2019:

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

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

The church bell which hung in the former church and school
building from 1909 until 2018 is now permanently
displayed on Leroy Avenue. It will be blessed, rededicated, and rung at the end of Mass on Sunday, October 6. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

October 4 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.

School Alumni Sunday ~ On Sunday, October 6, we welcome Blessed Trinity School Alumni for their annual Alumni Memorial Mass. Parishioners who are also alumni will serve as greeters at the Mass, and representatives of the anniversary classes of 1959 and 1969 will present the offertory gifts. Immediately after Mass the congregation is invited to process outside where Father Victor will bless the church bell from the original church/school building. During the ceremony, the 110-year old bell will also be rung. An alumni all-class reception will follow in St. Charles Hall.

Prayerful Thanks for Bob Heicklen and everyone who worked so hard for the success of the September 27 White Elephant Sale. We are hoping that the many volunteers will return on Wednesday, October 2 beginning at Noon to pack up the remaining donated items to facilitate delivery to the St. Vincent dePaul Society.

Christ the King Seminary: Equipping God’s people for ministry ~ Thank you, Jennifer Kreutzner, for visiting our parish on September 28/29 and familiarizing us with all the programs offered at Christ the King Seminary, including a master’s degree in pastoral ministry for women and men. If you would still like to contribute to the Seminary collection you may do so on line at www.cks.edu.

The Wine Tasting committee is counting on you. Our October 25 Wine Tasting benefiting the church’s “Under This Roof Fund” is now less than four weeks away. Parishioners have traditionally provided the hors d’oeuvres and desserts which make our wine tasting a cut above the rest. We are hoping you’ll be able to help us out by donating a favorite of yours. The event runs from 7 – 9 p.m. and in addition to wine and food includes beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available after weekend Masses for a donation of $30/person ($35 at the door); see Bud Dick or call him at 716-832-2540 to purchase yours.

Parish Council President Palma (“Pam”) Zanghi

The Parish Council has elected the following officers for 2019-2020 from among their members: President Palma Zanghi, Vice President Colleen Schroeder, and Secretary Nik Brodfuehrer. We thank them for their willingess to assume these leadership roles and ask that you support their efforts on behalf of the parish. The Council’s October meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday evening, November 17, bring the whole family to an Italian Dinner in St. Charles Hall. With pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant (Main St., Williamsville), this will be no ordinary spaghetti dinner. We will fill you in on the details as they become available, but mark your calendar now!

The Functions of a Church Choir, Part 1: Brian Hehn is the Director of Music Ministry at Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas, and he recently published an article about the functions of a church choir on choranet.org. Over the next few weeks, this space will be dedicated to sharing the elements of this article for your consideration. Hehn discusses four separate functions (but I think there are actually five).

The first function of a church choir is to lead and enliven the congregation’s song. Hehn writes of the congregation being “the Big Choir,” with many members joining together to pray and praise God. What we think of as the choir is actually “the Little Choir,” members of the congregation who dedicate themselves to enhancing the liturgy through song. All choir members, Big or Little, “become what we sing.” Think about that for a moment. Have you ever been moved by the lyrics of a hymn as you sing them? Have the words you have sung touched your heart as you praise God? When we allow ourselves to become what we sing, we experience the Liturgy in a whole new way. The music at Blessed Trinity is chosen with great care for each Liturgy, and the texts we sing are so critical in portraying the themes of the week. When you feel them in your heart, you are becoming what you sing.

I have a friend who had a critically ill child with a fatal disorder that resulted in his death at age eight. While he was alive, his home was filled with beautiful Christian music and everyone was uplifted every day, in spite of the gravity of the reality they lived. Do you surround yourself with beautiful music all week? In this digital age it is so easy to find good music and listen throughout the day. If you are uplifted by music when you are at church, chances are good you will be able to replicate the experience throughout the week.

The second function of a church choir is to sing music that the congregation cannot. This is not meant as a criticism of the quality of congregational singing — remember, the motto of the Blessed Trinity Choir is “Wrong and Strong — it’s all for the glory of God.” Instead, this means that there are times when the congregation may want to sing, but cannot.  Think of the grieving family at a funeral. They may find comfort in the beautiful music they selected for the service, but they are not emotionally prepared to sing it themselves.The church choir opens up the amount of music literature the congregation needs to hear but not always sing. Gregorian chant is an important part of our liturgical heritage, but it’s not something everyone can hum. An elderly grandfather may not feel comfortable singing contemporary Christian praise music, but he may appreciate participating in a Liturgy that engages his grandchildren. Music is as diverse as the people praising God, and our Liturgy should reflect that. More on this topic in the weeks to come!

Do you enjoy the music at Blessed Trinity? Have suggestions for hymns? Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Know Your Faith: We begin the Know Your Faith series this fall with a prayer from St. John Chrysostom, a “Prayer of self emptying, for God’s mercy, and repentance.”

O Lord, my God, I am not worthy that you should come into my soul, but I am glad that you have come to me because in your loving kindness you desire to dwell in me. You ask me to open the door of my soul, which you alone have created, so that you may enter into it with your loving kindness and dispel the darkness of my mind. I believe that you will do this, for you did not turn away Mary Magdalene when she approached you in tears. Neither did you hold forgiveness from the tax collector who repented of his sins, or from the good thief who ask to be received into your kingdom. Indeed, you numbered as your friends all who came to you with repentant hearts. O God, you alone are blessed always, now, and forever. Amen.

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

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

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

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

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

Parish Council Vice President, Colleen Schroeder

Parish Council Secretary, Nik Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Oktoberfest at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga, today, Sunday, September 29, beginning at 4pm. Stop by for a wonderful German dinner, music and dancing and support the ministries of our Sisters of St. Joseph.

“The Ordinary IS Extraordinary: Our God-Given Gifts” ~ Women’s Enrichment, a ministry of St. Gregory the Great Church, presents this day of spiritual renewal at the Great Ministry Center (220 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville). Saturday October 5, 10am – 2:30pm. Guest speaker: Kimberly Cook, M.A.T.S. writer, podcaster, and Catholic Apologist; music by Nancy Erdman. Registration cost includes catered buffet lunch, desserts, morning and afternoon refreshments. Prior registration required as seating is limited. Register no later than September 30. For more information, contact Joycelyn (Joy) Bila at 716-834-0128 or jbila [at] hotmail [dot] com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week of September 22, 2019 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the First Reading for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Amos 8:4-7 [135C]), the prophet Amos warns Israel that the final day will be a day of judgment and justice against those who “trample upon the needy.” Iconography on our church façade (lower symbols, l. to r.) include symbols for The Last Four Things. Death: skull; Judgment: scale, book of life, sword; Heaven: crown, palm, stars; and Hell: head of man in lion’s mouth.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

September 22 – 29, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

Sunday, September 22 from 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ~ Drop off for White Elephant Sale (Downstairs in St. Charles Hall).

Wednesday, September 25 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, September 25 from 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. ~ Drop off for White Elephant Sale (Downstairs in St. Charles Hall)

Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall — New rehearsal night

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

Friday, September 27 from 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. ~ Drop off for White Elephant Sale (Downstairs in St. Charles Hall).

Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ~ White Elephant Sale, downstairs in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , September 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Margaret Stiffler Schimpf and Alexis Farrar (Requested by Family)

Monday, September 23 ~ St. Pius of Pietrelcina – No Service

Tuesday, September 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Ann Bruno (Pat Pendleton and Friends)

Wednesday, September 25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for John F. Curtin (Family)

Thursday, September 26  ~ Ss. Cosmas & Damian ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Healing for Lucille Venezia (Nancy DeBoy)

Friday, September 27 ~ St. Vincent de Paul ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Healing for Lorna Cameron (Nancy DeBoy)

Saturday, September 28 ~ St. Wenceslaus; St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Sunday, September 29 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Edward Schroeder (Madonna Hartzell)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 28/29, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Richard Plunkett; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Dan Korchowsky

The church bell which hung in the former church and school
building from 1909 until 2018 is now permanently
displayed on Leroy Avenue.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

First drop-off opportunity for parish “White Elephant Sale” is Sunday, Sept. 22, 11:15am-1pm. The sale will be held on Saturday, September 28 from 10am – 4pm. The event is a fundraiser for our parish, and will take place on the lower level of St. Charles Hall. Help will be needed during drop-off days — Sunday, Sept. 22; Wednesday, Sept. 25, 12 Noon-3pm; and Friday, Sept. 27, 12Noon-3pm — and on the day of the sale. Please find time in your schedule to drop by on any of these days/times to lend a hand. The following items will be acceptable for sale: books, lamps, toys, luggage, knick-knacks, bathroom accessories, clothing and material, pictures and art work, towels, linens, tablecloths, drapes, small tools (not power), pots, pans dishes, and kitchen items. No electronics please! All donated items are to be clean and ready for sale without price tags. Pricing will be done by volunteers prior to the sale. All proceeds will go to Blessed Trinity Parish, and items that do not sell will be donated to St. Vincent dePaul.

Parish Council President Palma (“Pam”) Zanghi

The Parish Council has elected the following officers for 2019-2020 from among their members: President Palma Zanghi, Vice President Colleen Schroeder, and Secretary Nik Brodfuehrer. We thank them for their willingess to assume these leadership roles and ask that you support their efforts on behalf of the parish.

Paying it Forward ~ In the Gospel last week, we learned of a son who squandered his inheritance and this week we heard of a clever servant who did the same with his master’s money. This week’s Gospel Acclamation from 2 Corinthians guided the musical selections for this week’s liturgy: Though our Lord Jesus Christ was rich, he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. Our opening hymn, Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise has a text that is firmly rooted in 1 Timothy (today’s second reading), urging us to respect the dignity of all and preach truth and justice. Because The Lord is My Shepherd  and Shelter Me, O God both proclaim God’s love and mercy, guiding us in times of trouble and protecting the poor and hungry – in ways of this world or spiritually. If we remember that The Spirit Sends Us Forth, we are protected through the trials to come and become “wealthy.” Do you enjoy the music at Blessed Trinity? Have suggestions for hymns? Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on a new night: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Christ the King Seminary: Equipping God’s people for ministry ~ Jennifer Kreutzner will visit our parish on September 28/29 to familiarize us with all the programs offered at Christ the King Seminary, including a master’s degree in pastoral ministry for women and men. Your contribution to the Seminary collection on that weekend will aid these members of the laity who will serve as future administrators in our parishes. You may also donate on line at www.cks.edu. Please be generous.

Birthday Blessing ~ At the end of Mass on Sunday, September 29, Father Victor will bestow a birthday blessing on everyone born during the month of September. Please join us.

Wine Tasting ~ Friday evening, October 25, marks the return of a favorite fundraiser, BT’s Fall Wine Tasting featuring a variety of wines to sample and savor, accompanied by a dizzying array of hors d’oeuvres and desserts. This is a “21 and over” event from 5-7pm in St. Charles Hall. Advance priced tickets for a donation of $30 are now available from Bud Dick (716-832-2540) and at the rectory during regular business hours.

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday evening, November 17, bring the whole family to an Italian Dinner in St. Charles Hall. With pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant (Main St., Williamsville), this will be no ordinary spaghetti dinner. We will fill you in on the details as they become available, but mark your calendar now!

Welcome Home St. Helena ~ The first building constructed by Blessed Trinity parish was a combination church/school building completed in 1907 at 307 Leroy Avenue. Two years later, a bell manufactured by the McShane Bell Company in Baltimore, Maryland was installed in its steeple. It was customary for a church bell to be given a saint’s name, and Blessed Trinity’s bell – a gift of parishioner Helena Eckard — was named “St. Helena” in honor of her patron saint. The 2017 sale of the former church/school building necessitated removal of the bell. This challenging task took place in October 2018 with the help of the building’s new owner, John Cozzarelli. Repair and restoration of the bell was entrusted to the Verdin Bell Company at its Cincinnati, Ohio facility, and on August 27, 2019 the refurbished bell was installed on a newly-built concrete pedestal located on the church lawn. The parish is grateful to alumni of Blessed Trinity School and two benefactors whose contributions preserved this important part of parish history, and to Mr. Cozzarelli who provided equipment and workers each time the 1,200 pound bell was moved. With decorative work on the pedestal now completed, the century-old bell is ready to peal once more. Hidden from public view for 110 years, “St. Helena” is now available for all to see and a new Leroy Avenue destination. Please stop for a visit and photo-op.

Young Readers Update ~ Congratulations to Miles James, the first candidate in our “young readers” program. Having graduated from Nichols High School in June, Miles has started his first year at Alfred University where he will study electrical engineering technology.  With the example of Miles and our other Young Readers of the Liturgy (David Iheke, Grace Iheke, Avery White and Simon Kresse) we encourage any other eighth through twelfth grader to participate. If interested, please call Mary Kresse at 716-885-6449.

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

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

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

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

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

Parish Council Vice President, Colleen Schroeder

Parish Council Secretary, Nik Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Employment Opportunities at Nativity Miguel St. Monica Campus for Girls ~ nativitymiguelbuffalo.org.

Friday September 27, 11am – 1:30pm ~ Food Truck Friday: Chiavetta’s BBQ at St. Francis Park (5229 South Park Avenue in Hamburg). Join us for award winning Chiavetta’s BBQ chicken! Cash and all major credit cards accepted.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees: a rosary and prayer vigil at Ss Columba Brigid Parish (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo), Sunday September 29 at 6pm.

“The Ordinary IS Extraordinary: Our God-Given Gifts” ~ Women’s Enrichment, a ministry of St. Gregory the Great Church, presents this day of spiritual renewal at the Great Ministry Center (220 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville). Saturday October 5, 10am – 2:30pm. Guest speaker: Kimberly Cook, M.A.T.S. writer, podcaster, and Catholic Apologist; music by Nancy Erdman. Registration cost includes catered buffet lunch, desserts, morning and afternoon refreshments. Prior registration required as seating is limited. Register no later than September 30. For more information, contact Joycelyn (Joy) Bila at 716-834-0128 or jbila [at] hotmail [dot] com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week of September 15, 2019 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
September 21
St. Matthew, whose feast day is celebrated on September 21, is depicted in this pendentive supporting Blessed Trinity’s great dome. “Since Christ sent the Apostles out to preach the Good News of how much God loves us, this church rightly places the missionary emphasis of the Church in a prominent position.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 21. Photo Credit: Gary Kelley.

September 15 – 22, 2019

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, September 18 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting and New Member Reception in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Sunday, September 22 at 9:30 a.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in the loft

Sunday, September 22 from 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ~ Drop off for White Elephant Sale (Downstairs in St. Charles Hall).

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , September 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terry Gress (Requested by Dennis and Paula Hunt)

Monday, September 16 ~ Ss. Cornelius & Cyprian – No Service

Tuesday, September 17 ~ St. Robert Bellarmine ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, September 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Mary Anne Andrade (Family and Friends)

Thursday, September 19  ~ St. Januarius ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, September 20 ~ Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, September 21 ~ St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Frances Pernick (Children)

Sunday, September 22 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Margaret Stiffler Schimpf and Alexis Farrar (Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 21/22, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, David Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Alice Davis; Choir – Fran Cahill

The church bell which hung in the former church and school
building from 1909 until 2018 is now permanently
displayed on Leroy Avenue.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

The Parish Council welcomes newly-elected members Luis Clay, Cathy Cummings, David Folmar and Joseph Nwogu when it meets this Wednesday, September 18, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.

Welcome back, BT Choir! This week the choir returned to Blessed Trinity’s loft, signalling the end of the summer hiatus.The choir is a closely-knit, eclectic group from all walks of life who are united in our love of praising Christ through song.There are no other requirements for participation in the Blessed Trinity Choir – you do not need to know how to read music, nor do you need to be able to carry a tune (even with a bucket!) in order to participate. We believe God gave us our singing voices – therefore God is well-pleased when we return our voices to him in praise. Interested in learning more about the BT Choir? Feel free to join us (no long-term commitment necessary) at a choir practice in St. Charles’ Hall or come up into the loft on Sunday morning and enjoy the best seat in our beautiful house of worship. Over my head, I hear music in the air — There *must* be a God somewhere! Choir practice continues Sunday, September 22, at 9:30 in the choir loft.  All are welcome to attend.

First drop-off opportunity for parish “White Elephant Sale” is Sunday, Sept. 22, 11:15am-1pm. The sale will be held on Saturday, September 28 from 10am – 4pm. The event is a fundraiser for our parish, and will take place on the lower level of St. Charles Hall. Help will be needed during drop-off days — Sunday, Sept. 22; Wednesday, Sept. 25, 12 Noon-3pm; and Friday, Sept. 27, 12Noon-3pm — and on the day of the sale. Please indicate your willingness to help on the pink sign-up sheets found on the tables near the church entrances. The following items will be acceptable for sale: books, lamps, toys, luggage, knick-knacks, bathroom accessories, clothing and material, pictures and art work, towels, linens, tablecloths, drapes, small tools (not power), pots, pans dishes, and kitchen items. No electronics please! All donated items are to be clean and ready for sale without price tags. Pricing will be done by volunteers prior to the sale. All proceeds will go to Blessed Trinity Parish, and items that do not sell will be donated to St. Vincent dePaul.

Christ the King Seminary: Equipping God’s people for ministry ~ Did you know that our seminary offers a master’s degree in pastoral ministry for women and men? Your contribution to the Seminary collection on September 21/22 aids these members of the laity who will serve as future administrators in our parishes. You may also donate on line at www.cks.edu. Please be generous.

Wine Tasting ~ Friday evening, October 25, marks the return of a favorite fundraiser, BT’s Fall Wine Tasting featuring a variety of wines to sample and savor, accompanied by a dizzying array of hors d’oeuvres and desserts. This is a “21 and over” event from 5-7pm in St. Charles Hall. Advance priced tickets are $30 and will be available from Bud Dick starting on September 22.

Ladies Sodality Announces 2019-20 Schedule ~ The Sodality Board of Directors met on August 22 to exchange ideas about programs for the coming year. A brief summary of our 2019-20 events and programs follows, with much more information as it becomes available. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will take place following Sunday Mass on the date indicated:

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

  • Saturday, November 2 – Sunday December 8: Drop off period for Christmas gift items for homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities.
  • Sunday, November 3: Service of Remembrance for deceased members
  • Wednesday, December 4: Christmas Dinner Party at The Family Tree
  • Sunday, March 1: “Celebrating Women Witnesses,” a discussion of the lives and martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
  • Sunday, May 3: “Women as Mothers and Leaders,” with story telling by several parishioners about mothers who adapted to unique life experiences and inspired others
  • June date TBA: A daytime field trip (think spring flowers and inspirational religious setting)

We encourage all our members to support the upcoming fall fundraisers discussed elsewhere in this post by contributing materials, financial support, and – most importantly – your time and effort.

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday evening, November 17, bring the whole family to an Italian Dinner in St. Charles Hall. With pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant (Main St., Williamsville), this will be no ordinary spaghetti dinner. We will fill you in on the details as they become available, but mark your calendar now!

Welcome Home St. Helena ~ The first building constructed by Blessed Trinity parish was a combination church/school building completed in 1907 at 307 Leroy Avenue. Two years later, a bell manufactured by the McShane Bell Company in Baltimore, Maryland was installed in its steeple. It was customary for a church bell to be given a saint’s name, and Blessed Trinity’s bell – a gift of parishioner Helena Eckard — was named “St. Helena” in honor of her patron saint. The 2017 sale of the former church/school building necessitated removal of the bell. This challenging task took place in October 2018 with the help of the building’s new owner, John Cozzarelli. Repair and restoration of the bell was entrusted to the Verdin Bell Company at its Cincinnati, Ohio facility, and on August 27, 2019 the refurbished bell was installed on a newly-built concrete pedestal located on the church lawn. The parish is grateful to alumni of Blessed Trinity School and two benefactors whose contributions preserved this important part of parish history, and to Mr. Cozzarelli who provided equipment and workers each time the 1,200 pound bell was moved. With decorative work on the pedestal now completed, the century-old bell is ready to peal once more. Hidden from public view for 110 years, “St. Helena” is now available for all to see and a new Leroy Avenue destination. Please stop for a visit and photo-op.

Young Readers Update ~ Congratulations to Miles James, the first candidate in our “young readers” program. Having graduated from Nichols High School in June, Miles has started his first year at Alfred University where he will study electrical engineering technology.  With the example of Miles and our other Young Readers of the Liturgy (David Iheke, Grace Iheke, Avery White and Simon Kresse) we encourage any other eighth through twelfth grader to participate. If interested, please call Mary Kresse at 716-885-6449.

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Free Monthly Faith Enrichment Series presented by Deacon Greg Feary. Monday September 23 at 7pm: FOREGIVEn: Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness as a key to healthy spiritual life. Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Call 716-663-6522 for information.

Northland Workforce Training Center Community Ambassador Breakfast, Thursday, September 26, 8:30-10:00am (683 Northland Avenue in Buffalo). This free event will introduce you to educational training and job opportunities in Buffalo. Visit northlandwtc.org or call 716-436-3229 for information.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees: a rosary and prayer vigil at Ss Columba Brigid Parish (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo),Sunday September 29 at 6pm.

Diocesan Information ~ News and information from the Diocese of Buffalo can be found at buffalodiocese.org, wnycatholic.org, on on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Week of September 8, 2019 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Peter Claver
September 9
St. Peter Claver (1581-1654), a missionary to the slaves brought to South America, is depicted in this painting by Joseph Mazur in the church’s transept.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

September 1 – 8, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sat/Sun, September 7 & 8 ~ Election of parish council members at Mass

Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsals resume in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, September 11 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , September 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving for the life of Jane Frances Tierney, S.S.J. (Requested by Seta Chapman)

Monday, September 9 ~ St. Peter Claver ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. – Edward F. Schroeder

Tuesday, September 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for John and Rita Curtin (Family)

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

Thursday, September 12  ~ The Most Holy Name of Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for William Stiffler (Mickey Dick)

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

Saturday, September 14 ~ The Exaltation of the Holy Cross ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Praying for Ralph and Geraldine Stroh (Richard Stroh)

Sunday, September 15 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terry Gress (Dennis and Paula Hunt)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, September 14/15, 2019:

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

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

The church bell which hung in the former church and school
building from 1909 until 2018 is now permanently
displayed on Leroy Avenue.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

Parish Council elections will be held at weekend Masses on September 7 and 8. We are fortunate to have 5 candidates for 4 available three-year terms: Luis Clay, Cathy Cummings, David Folmar, Annette “Toni” Maus and Joseph Nwogu. Successful candidates will take office at the September 18 Parish Council Meeting.

Ladies Sodality Announces 2019-20 Schedule ~ The Sodality Board of Directors met on August 22 to exchange ideas about programs for the coming year. A brief summary of our 2019-20 events and programs follows, with much more information as it becomes available. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will take place following Sunday Mass on the date indicated:

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

  • Saturday, November 2 – Sunday December 8: Drop off period for Christmas gift items for homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities.
  • Sunday, November 3: Service of Remembrance for deceased members
  • Wednesday, December 4: Christmas Dinner Party at The Family Tree
  • Sunday, March 1: “Celebrating Women Witnesses,” a discussion of the lives and martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
  • Sunday, May 3: “Women as Mothers and Leaders,” with story telling by several parishioners about mothers who adapted to unique life experiences and inspired others
  • June date TBA: A daytime field trip (think spring flowers and inspirational religious setting)

We encourage all our members to support the upcoming fall fundraisers discussed elsewhere in this post by contributing materials, financial support, and – most importantly – your time and effort.

Becoming Wise ~ It seems appropriate that this week’s lectionary was all about education. “Wisdom” in the Bible is practical wisdom: the insight into things that allows us to make the right decision that is still in accord with God’s will.The readings today offered three aspects of practical wisdom, and hymns were selected to reinforce this theme. If “We Sing the Mighty Power of God that made the mountains rise,” He will certainly “Open Our Eyes” and help us to see His face. When God Summons us, he asks us to allow ourselves to become His instrument. When we Lift High the Cross, we praise God for His victory in overcoming the grave for all of us. As this school year begins, may we all become wiser in our faith, trusting God’s plan as it unfolds before us. Choir practice resumes on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 in St. Charles Hall and the choir will return to the loft next week. All are welcome! … Elizabeth

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place in church on Sunday, September 15, following the 10am Mass.

Our first every “White Elephant Sale” will take place on Saturday, September 28 from 10am – 4pm. The event is a fundraiser for our parish, and will take place on the lower level of St. Charles Hall. Help will be needed during drop-off days — Sunday, Sept. 22, 11:15am-1pm; Wednesday, Sept. 25, 12 Noon-3pm; and Friday, Sept. 27, 12Noon-3pm — and on the day of the sale. Please indicate your willingness to help on the pink sign-up sheets found on the tables near the church entrances. The following items will be acceptable for sale: books, lamps, toys, luggage, knick-knacks, bathroom accessories, clothing and material, pictures and art work, towels, linens, tablecloths, drapes, small tools (not power), pots, pans dishes, and kitchen items. No electronics please! All donated items are to be clean and ready for sale without price tags. Pricing will be done by volunteers prior to the sale. All proceeds will go to Blessed Trinity Parish, and items that do not sell will be donated to St. Vincent dePaul.

SAVE THE DATES! Friday evening, October 25 and Sunday evening, November 17. Planning is underway for two fall “FUNdraisers.” October 25 marks the return of the Fall Wine Tasting featuring a variety of wines to sample and savor, accompanied by a dizzying array of hors d’oeuvres and desserts. This is a “21 and over” event, but you can bring the whole family to an Italian Dinner on November 17. With pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant (Main St., Williamsville), this will be no ordinary spaghetti dinner. We will fill you in on the details as they become available, but mark your calendar now!

Welcome Home St. Helena ~ The first building constructed by Blessed Trinity parish was a combination church/school building completed in 1907 at 307 Leroy Avenue. Two years later, a bell manufactured by the McShane Bell Company in Baltimore, Maryland was installed in its steeple. It was customary for a church bell to be given a saint’s name, and Blessed Trinity’s bell – a gift of parishioner Helena Eckard — was named “St. Helena” after her patron saint. The 2017 sale of the former church/school building necessitated removal of the bell. This challenging task took place in October 2018 with the help of the building’s new owner, John Cozzarelli. Repair and restoration of the bell was entrusted to the Verdin Bell Company at its Cincinnati, Ohio facility, and on August 27, 2019 the refurbished bell was installed on a newly-built concrete pedestal located on the church lawn. The parish is grateful to alumni of Blessed Trinity School and two benefactors whose contributions preserved this important part of parish history, and to Mr. Cozzarelli who provided equipment and workers each time the 1,200 pound bell was moved. With decorative work on the pedestal now completed, the century-old bell is restored and ready to peal once more. Hidden from public view for 110 years, “St. Helena” is now available for all to see and a new Leroy Avenue destination, Please stop for a visit and photo-op.

Congratulations and prayerful best wishes to Father Victor Ibhawa on the occasion of his ninth anniversary of ordination, August 28.

Young Readers Update ~ It is with gratitude and well wishes that the Blessed Trinity parish family congratulates Miles James, the first candidate in “young readers” program. Having graduated from Nichols High School in June, Miles has started his first year at Alfred University where he will study electrical engineering technology. He is the son of Cathy Cummings and the grandson of Richard and Joanne Cummings of our parish. And with the example of Miles and our other Young Readers of the Liturgy (David Iheke, Grace Iheke, Avery White and Simon Kresse) we encourage any other eighth through twelfth grader to participate. If interested, please call Mary Kresse at 716-885-6449.

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

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

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

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

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

Feast of St. John Chrysostom
September 13

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

 The Buffalo Chapter of Magnificat hosts on Saturday, September 14 (9:45am – 12:10pm) at Millenium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. Guest speaker, Susan Pivarunas. Call 716-683-2290 for info.

Free Monthly Faith Enrichment Series presented by Deacon Greg Feary. Monday September 23 at 7pm: FOREGIVEn: Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness as a key to healthy spiritual life. Our Lady of Pompeii Ministry Center (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Call 716-663-6522 for information.

Help For Your Marriage ~ Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times. For more information call 716-474-9371 or visit HelpOurMarriage.org. The next weekend is September 27-29. All calls are confidential and pre-registration is required.

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit ccwny.org/okpeap.

Diocesan Information ~ News and information from the Diocese of Buffalo can be found at buffalodiocese.org, wnycatholic.org, on on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.