Week of January 17, 2021 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Celebration of the Life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 17, 2021
Photo credit: Phil Woods

 

January 17 – January 24, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is no longer necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Jan 20, Feb 3, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible study: the Acts of the Apostles (chapters 17 & 18)

Photo credit: Duane Held

 

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, January 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Robert Kresse (Req. by Madonna Hartzell)

Monday, January 18 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for the deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, January 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Special Intentions of Cortez and Jessie Wells (Req. by Your Parish Family)

Wednesday, January 20 ~ St. Fabian and St. Sebastian ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Thursday, January 21 ~ St. Agnes ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, January 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Saturday, January 23 ~ St. Vincent and St. Marianne Cope ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Sunday, January 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Carl Barone (Req. Grace Schaefer and Ann Chriscitiello)

Lector Schedule ~ Jan 23: Lorna Cameron; Jan 24: Judy Casassa

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

News from our Parish Community

Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance ~ The annual Mass honoring Dr. King is Sunday, January 17, at 11:30am. This year’s tribute by the Buffalo Diocese is taking place at St. Anthony Parish (306 Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna). The theme of the celebration is “Called by God to Serve,” and our newly installed bishop, Most Rev. Michael W. Fisher, is the principal celebrant. The guest speaker will be Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN. The Mass is being livestreamed on several platforms such as YouTube and Facebook because of COVID-19 restrictions. E-tickets were required for those attending in person.

Pat Pendleton

Staff changes ~ This week we are pleased to welcome Barb Sercu back as our parish secretary. Unfortunately, it means saying good-bye to Pat Pendleton who has served admirably in this position for more than four years. Because of the diocesan restrictions on gatherings, parishioners are unable to extend best wishes to her in person. However, Pat has written the following farewell message to us:

“I have enjoyed getting to know many of you during these past four years as Church Secretary, but I am now returning the position back to Barbara Sercu, who was here before I arrived at Blessed Trinity. Welcome Barbara! I look forward to a new phase of life living outside the city where Lake Erie is just blocks away and I might see a few deer in my yard now and then.”  Pat Pendleton

Wednesday, January 20 is Inauguration Day. Please pray for President-Elect Joseph Biden, Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris, and the blessings of peace, prosperity, and good health for all our citizens.

Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday, January 20, beginning at 7pm in the parish Zoom Room.

Friday, January 22 is a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. 

Zoom Bible Study resumes on Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm. We are now reading Chapters 17 and 18 of the Acts of the Apostles. The same link will work for each meeting; click HERE to enter the discussion. If you encounter a problem with the link, use Meeting ID:762 8722 8149 (Pass Code: jLD8Gg). Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes.

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

Know Your Faith: Shepherd’s Pie                                                          

The Feast of the Three Kings is one of the oldest of Christian celebrations dating back to the third century. This time of year, we cannot escape the idea of gift-giving with store advertisements, magazines replete with projects and Santa Claus everywhere. There is a funny joke about the visit of the Three Kings that goes something like this: Three Wise Women would have asked for directions before they left for Bethlehem, arrived on time, assisted at the delivery, cleaned the stable and brought a casserole. It is funny because, from my perspective as a 21st century wife, mother and grandmother, I can see the need for those things.  I have difficulty understanding the value of the Biblical gifts of gold (kingship), frankincense (deity and prayer), and myrrh (death and burial). These were however, beyond their symbolism, gifts of monetary value and may have financed the escape to Egypt.

So, then, what is a gift? It is ourselves, freely given, to the needs of another – not from our excess but from “our poverty.” (Mk 12:44)  Not from what we think they want, but what they need. God’s greatest gift to us is Jesus (not exactly the Messiah people expected); our greatest gift to God is our charity toward others. You will recall that Catholic Social Teaching (CST) has “two feet” – Charity and Justice. In my search for a good definition of charity I found several and only one of them mentions money at all. Indeed, the Greek word agape is translated as charity. Pope Benedict XVI, in Caritas en veritate (2009), defines charity as the heart of the Church. He uses several scripture references to help us understand the importance of our charity toward one another. Jesus taught that “‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mk 12:31.) St. Paul’s classical description of love includes the phrase “(love) … does not seek its own interests.” (1 Cor:13:5.) “Without truth,” wrote Benedict, “Social action ends up serving private interests.” (Caritas 6).

When we marry, we give ourselves freely to another for our whole lives. That is the promise also made by a priest to the Church or by a woman or man entering a religious order. These promises are not conditional. Charity is love, our gift of ourselves freely given to the needs of another. It is also the greatest gift that we can give to God for it is all that we have.

One aspect of CST that we will discuss in the future is the need to welcome strangers. There is an excellent article in America magazine that might interest you about the Holy Family. It can be found with this link.

Interior restoration ~ Now that repairs to the tile roof of the church — part of our grant project — have been completed, restoration of interior art work and repairs to the ceiling of the church have begun. The placement of scaffolding for this project is extensive, so whether you are watching our livestreamed video or attending in person, you won’t be able to avoid it. The work is expected to continue into March 2021. If all goes as planned, it will be completed before Easter. As you enter the church, please be very aware of your surroundings and open to alternative seating if your pew of choice is now unavailable.

The Challenge of “De-Decorating” ~ Nothing is as expected these days, including the task of taking down the church Christmas decorations. The volunteers who arrived on Monday evening, January 11, certainly never expected to be working around scaffolding, both above their heads and beneath their feet. We owe a special debt of thanks to a small but nimble crew who handled it all without complaint. When you see Nik & Tom Brodfuehrer; Bud & Mickey Dick, Alan Frank, Ellen Duffy, Amy Johnson, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, Richard Stroh or Pam Zanghi, offer a word of thanks and praise.

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ We have several part-time positions now available. Are you or someone you know looking for work? 

Part-time Administrative Assistant ~ General secretarial-receptionist responsibilities. Weekly church bulletin. Computer competency needed (email, data entry, Microsoft Word, Excel, PDS). Organization skills necessary. Record keeping. Flexible weekday, daytime hours/days.

Part-time General Housekeeping ~ General parish rectory housekeeping; cleaning responsibilities. Occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month.

Part-time Maintenance Position ~ Jack-of-all-trades; general maintenance/cleaning. Familiarity with light plumbing, electrical, heating. Lawn maintenance, weekday snow removal. 1-2 days/week. Flexible hours/days. 

Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

Prisoner Gift Bags for 2021 ~ We are asking those who volunteered to decorate gift bags for the 2021 Prisoner Project to return them (decorated or not) by January 31. You may place them in the box in the back pew. Thank you for donating your time and talent to continue Sr. Karen’s work of mercy.

Members of the Ladies Sodality are reminded that membership runs with the calendar year, and 2021 dues are payable in January. They are still only $5 unless you are already a “Life” member (age 80 or above), in which case you are exempt. You may give them to our membership chair, Mickey Dick, or mail them to her at 2549 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. Membership is open to all women of the parish, and new members are always welcome.

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

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 9 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? (Important, too, for contact tracing). Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Lectors ~ If you have not yet done so, please pick up your workbooks for the new liturgical year. They are on the first bench on the Baptismal Font side of the church.

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

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

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart, … in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise.” Ps 138:1
Angels in Vincent Mondo’s murals on either side of the Sanctuary express attitudes one should have toward the Eucharist, including praise, thanksgiving, and petition.
Photo credit: Duane Held

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Live-Streamed Daily Mass from Christ the King Church ~ Until further notice, all Masses from Christ the King Church in Snyder will be Live-Streamed at ctksnyder.org/camera-live-stream. Mass times are as follows: Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:30 pm, Sunday at 8 & 10 am, Monday-Friday at 8 am, Monday & Wednesday at 5 pm.

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

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

Week of January 10, 2021 – The Baptism of the Lord

 

January 10 – January 17, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is no longer necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, January 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Monday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Christmas “de-decorating” in the church

Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible study: the Acts of the Apostles (chapters 15 & 16)

 

Mass Intentions

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

DAILY MASSES THIS WEEK (January 11-16, 2021) HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. Mass intentions listed below will be rescheduled.

Sunday, January 10 ~  Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Robert Kresse (Req. by Bob Heicklen) and Blessing for Peter and Dorothy Emeafu (Req. by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Monday, January 11 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for the deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, January 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Special Intentions of Mary Ellen Roche (Req. by Your Parish Family)

Wednesday, January 13 ~ St. Hilary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Thursday, January 14 ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, January 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Saturday, January 16 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Sunday, January 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Robert Kresse (Req. by Madonna Hartzell)

Lector Schedule ~ Jan 10: Mary Kresse; Jan 16: Michael Ogoh; Jan 17: Bob Heicklen

News from our Parish Community

They came; they saw; they decorated ~ But it’s already time to “de-decorate.” Volunteers are needed on Monday, January 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to remove the Christmas decorations and store them away for another year. Please enter the church using the side door near the wheelchair ramp.

Zoom Bible Study resumes on Tuesday, January 12 at 7pm. We are now reading Chapters 15 and 16 of the Acts of the Apostles. The same link will work for each meeting; click HERE to enter the discussion. If you encounter a problem with the link, use Meeting ID:762 8722 8149 (Pass Code: jLD8Gg). Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes.

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

From the Loft ~ This week’s opening hymn, Rain Down, is a favorite at Blessed Trinity. Jaime Cortez, Director of Liturgy & Music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, AZ, composed this hymn in 1991 with text based on psalm 33, inviting the just to praise God – and make some noise while doing so! As we mark the end of the Christmas season today, let’s remember that, through baptism, we are open to a new world of possibilities in the year to come. As we raise our voices, let’s pray for renewed faith and Christ’s grace to fortify us throughout the days to come.

Rain down, rain down, rain down your love on your people.
Rain down, rain down, rain down your love God of life.

Faithful and true is the word of our God.
All of God’s works are so worthy of trust.
God’s mercy falls on the just and the right;
full of God’s love is the earth.

We who revere and find hope in our God
live in the kindness and joy of God’s wing.
God will protect us from darkness and death;
God will not leave us to starve.

God of creation, we long for your truth;
you are the water of life that we thirst.
Grant that your love and your peace touch our hearts,
all of our hope lies in You.

Rain down, rain down, rain down your love on your people.
Rain down, rain down, rain down your love God of life.

… Elizabeth Clay

Epiphany on the Jordan ~ “The season of Epiphany is an invitation to reflect on the many little ‘epiphanies’, glimpses of how things really are, which are vouchsafed us in the Gospel. This … Sunday [Jan 10], the first Sunday of Epiphany is a time to reflect on the moment when ‘the heavens opened’ at Jesus’ Baptism and we were given a glimpse of Father Son and Holy Spirit at the heart of all things. This sonnet … is a reflection on that mystery.” Rev. Malcolm Guite

Beginning here we glimpse the Three-in-one;
The river runs, the clouds are torn apart,
The Father speaks, the Sprit and the Son
Reveal to us the single loving heart
That beats behind the being of all things
And calls and keeps and kindles us to light.
The dove descends, the spirit soars and sings
‘You are belovèd, you are my delight!’

In that quick light and life, as water spills
And streams around the Man like quickening rain,
The voice that made the universe reveals
The God in Man who makes it new again.
He calls us too, to step into that river
To die and rise and live and love forever.

Diocesan Celebration of the Life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 17, 2021
Photo credit: Phil Woods

Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance ~ The annual Mass honoring Dr. King is Sunday, January 17, at 11:30am. This tribute by the Buffalo Diocese will take place at St. Anthony Parish (306 Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna). The theme of this year’s celebration is “Called by God to Serve,” and the principal celebrant will be the Most Rev. Michael W. Fisher, Bishop of Buffalo. The guest speaker will be Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN. The Mass will be livestreamed on several platforms such as YouTube and Facebook because of COVID-19 restrictions. E-tickets will be issued to those who would like to attend in person. Further details about how to view the Mass virtually and in person via e-tickets will be provided next week. For more details please contact Althea Porter at 716-316-8395.

Interior restoration of art work in the church has already begun, and scaffolding for more extensive repairs is going up on Monday, January 11. The work is expected to continue through February 2021, so please be patient if your pew of choice is temporarily available.

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ We have several part-time positions now available. Are you or someone you know looking for work? 

Part-time Administrative Assistant ~ General secretarial-receptionist responsibilities. Weekly church bulletin. Computer competency needed (email, data entry, Microsoft Word, Excel, PDS). Organization skills necessary. Record keeping. Flexible weekday, daytime hours/days.

Part-time General Housekeeping ~ General parish rectory housekeeping; cleaning responsibilities. Occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month.

Part-time Maintenance Position ~ Jack-of-all-trades; general maintenance/cleaning. Familiarity with light plumbing, electrical, heating. Lawn maintenance, weekday snow removal. 1-2 days/week. Flexible hours/days. 

Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

Prisoner Gift Bags for 2021 ~ We are asking those who volunteered to decorate gift bags for the 2021 Prisoner Project to return them (decorated or not) by January 31. You may place them in the box in the back pew. Thank you for donating your time and talent to continue Sr. Karen’s work of mercy.

Members of the Ladies Sodality are reminded that membership runs with the calendar year, and 2021 dues are payable in January. They are still only $5 unless you are already a “Life” member (age 80 or above), in which case you are exempt. You may give them to our membership chair, Mickey Dick, or mail them to her at 2549 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. Membership is open to all women of the parish, and new members are always welcome.

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

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 9 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? (Important, too, for contact tracing). Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Lectors ~ If you have not yet done so, please pick up your workbooks for the new liturgical year. They are on the first bench on the Baptismal Font side of the church.

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

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

Detail of symbolic artwork on underside of choir loft.
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Live-Streamed Daily Mass from Christ the King Church ~ Until further notice, all Masses from Christ the King Church in Snyder will be Live-Streamed at ctksnyder.org/camera-live-stream. Mass times are as follows: Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:30 pm, Sunday at 8 & 10 am, Monday-Friday at 8 am, Monday & Wednesday at 5 pm.

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

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

Week of January 3, 2021 – The Epiphany of the Lord

 

January 3 – January 10, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is no longer necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible study: “Praying the Gospel of Mark”

Wednesday, January 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible study: the Acts of the Apostles (chapters 15 & 16)

 

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, January 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessing for Marion Hartzell (Req. by Madonna Hartzell) and Healing for Sr. Ann Helene Koenig (Req. by Colleen Schroeder)

Monday, January 4 ~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for the deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, January 5 ~ St. John Neumann ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Special Intentions of Sr. Peggy Gallagher (Req. by Your Parish Family)

Wednesday, January 6 ~ St. Andre Bessette ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Thursday, January 7 ~ St. Raymond of Penafort ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, January 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Saturday, January 9 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Sunday, January 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Robert Kresse (Req. by Bob Heicklen) and Blessing for Peter and Dorothy Emeafu

Lector Schedule ~ Jan 3: Sr. Liz Savage –  Jan 9: John Curtin; Jan 10: Mary Kresse

News from our Parish Community

A Note from Father Bob ~ Wishing you all a Happy New Year and blessings of health and happiness in 2021! . . .  Fr. Bob

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

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ We have several part-time positions now available. Are you or someone you know looking for work? 

Part-time Administrative Assistant ~ General secretarial-receptionist responsibilities. Weekly church bulletin. Computer competency needed (email, data entry, Microsoft Word, Excel, PDS). Organization skills necessary. Record keeping. Flexible weekday, daytime hours/days.

Part-time General Housekeeping ~ General parish rectory housekeeping; cleaning responsibilities. Occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month.

Part-time Maintenance Position ~ Jack-of-all-trades; general maintenance/cleaning. Familiarity with light plumbing, electrical, heating. Lawn maintenance, weekday snow removal. 1-2 days/week. Flexible hours/days. 

Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

They came; they saw; they decorated! We give thanks for the many volunteers who showed up Monday evening, December 21. The end result is the seasonal beauty you saw when you came to Mass on Christmas or viewed the live-streamed video or recording of our services. Veteran tree trimmers, first time “stable hands” and flower arrangers all contributed. And so we express your gratitude to: Drew, Nik & Tom Brodfuehrer; Kenny Colligan, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Alan Frank, Ellen Duffy, Fr. Bob, Amy Johnson, Dan Korchowsky, Amos, Mark Kulaszewski, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, Colleen Schroeder, Richard Stroh and Pam Zanghi.

Zoom Bible Study will resume after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. “Praying the Gospel of Mark” – Monday, January 4 at 6:30pm and “Acts of the Apostles” (Bible Study) – Tuesday, January 12 at 7pm. We are now reading Chapters 15 and 16. The same link will work for each meeting; click HERE to enter the discussion. If you encounter a problem with the link, use Meeting ID:762 8722 8149 (Pass Code: jLD8Gg). Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Prisoner Gift Bags for 2021 ~ As reported last month, the Prisoner Gift Project for 2020 is canceled. Yet we can remember our prisoners and get a jump on the 2021 project by decorating gift bags this Christmas Season. Covid-19 restrictions mean we are spending more time inside, so consider using some of your home time to decorate next years’ bags. Bags and directions are available for pick up in the back pew. Please plan to return your bags by the end of January 2020.

Members of the Ladies Sodality offer their prayerful thanks to all who have supported the Sodality’s collection for homebound parishioners. Because of your generosity, the Sodality has sent grocery store gift cards to fifteen different households along with a greeting card from “Your Blessed Trinity Parish Family.” In addition, Masses will be offered in the coming weeks for the special intentions of 4 parishioners living in senior care facilities. May you all have a blessed Christmas.

Join Our Family Promise Ministry  ~ As a shelter for homeless families and recently certified by NYS, Family Promise of WNY is following new health and safety guidelines and cannot accept donations of home prepared meals. Instead, volunteers have become grocery donors in a food category assigned to the day of the week. Blessed Trinity volunteers did this on 9/15 and found it much easier than coordinating and cooking a full dinner. We signed up for a date on the meal schedule and delivered the requested foods during the day at our convenience. We hope more parishioners will be able to participate. Family Promise also needs volunteers in areas like tutoring and transportation. If you think you might want to help and need more information go to their web site at fpwny.org and click on “Get Involved” to find the grocery sign up schedule. Also, you may contact our parish coordinator, Amy Johnson, at 716-836-4694 and join forces with another member of the team.

Robert J. Kresse
1927 – 2020

A Tribute to Parishioner Robert Kresse: “Mr. Preservation” ~ We are all aware of the tremendous influence our dear parishioner, “Bob” Kresse had on preserving the historic architecture in our community. He touched almost every important restoration project that helped to move our Buffalo/Erie County area forward.

The local press has had wonderful coverage of the numerous projects he championed. But they missed one. In 2014 Blessed Trinity filed an application to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) for funding to restore our roof and the front steps of the church. Bob casually asked how we were doing in the competition for preservation funding. Not well. He immediately contacted a high-ranking Parks Dept. official with whom he had worked on other local projects, inviting him for an in-person visit to beautiful Blessed Trinity Church. Seeing was apparently believing, with the end result that we were awarded a major matching grant to complete the improvements we needed. The end of this project is this Tuesday, December 15. Thank you, Bob. We could not have done it without you!

Our sincerest condolences to Mary Ann and the whole Kresse family in your loss. We pray for all of you and for the repose of Bob’s soul. He may already be redesigning the Gates of Heaven!

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 8 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. If you have not received written correspondence from the parish since September 2020, we don’t have your address. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? (Important, too, for contact tracing). Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Lectors ~ If you have not yet done so, please pick up your workbooks for the new liturgical year. They are on the first bench on the Baptismal Font side of the church.

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Live-Streamed Daily Mass from Christ the King Church ~ Until further notice, all Masses from Christ the King Church in Snyder will be Live-Streamed at ctksnyder.org/camera-live-stream. Mass times are as follows: Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:30 pm, Sunday at 8 & 10 am, Monday-Friday at 8 am, Monday & Wednesday at 5 pm.

The dated announcement below was received before the “yellow/orange zone” changes to pandemic guidelines. It is suggested that you check with the hosting entity before attending.

Fridays and Saturdays November 21 –  January 3, 5-9pm ~ Nativity Sets on Display. Fr. Roy Herberger will have 300 (of his 650) nativity sets from 58 countries on display at the Fatima Shrine, Lewiston during their Festival of Lights. Contact Fr. Roy at 716-852-2076 (roy [at] aol [dot] com) with questions.

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

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

Week of December 27, 2020 – The Holy Family

 

December 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021

COVID-19 Precautions: The Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is no longer necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible study: “Praying the Gospel of Mark”

Wednesday, January 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Jan 6, 20, Feb 3, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible study: the Acts of the Apostles (chapters 15 & 16)

 

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, December 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – In Memory of Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Req. by Mary Karlis) and Birthday Remembrance for Ethel Grabenstatter (Req. by A Grateful Parish)

Monday, December 28 ~ The Holy Innocents ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Len Rizzo (Req. John E. Curtin)

Tuesday, December 29 ~ St. Thomas Becket ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for James Steinagle, DDS (Req. by John E. Curtin)

Wednesday, December 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Thursday, December 31 St. Sylvester I ~ No Mass scheduled

Friday, January 1 ~ Solemnity of Mary ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. (in person and live-streamed) – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Saturday, January 2 ~ Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Sunday, January 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessing for Marion Hartzell (Req. by Madonna Hartzell) and Healing for Sr. Ann Helene Koenig (Req. by Colleen Schroeder)

Monday, January 4 ~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for the deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, January 5 ~ St. John Neumann ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Special Intentions of Sr. Peggy Gallagher (Req. by Your Parish Family)

Wednesday, January 6 ~ St. Andre Bessette ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Thursday, January 7 ~ St. Raymond of Penafort ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, January 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Saturday, January 9 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Sunday, January 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Robert Kresse (Req. by Bob Heicklen) and Blessing for Peter and Dorothy Emeafu

Lector Schedule ~ Jan 2: Lorna Cameron; Jan 3: Sr. Liz Savage –  Jan 9: John Curtin; Jan 10: Mary Kresse

News from our Parish Community

A Note from Father Bob ~ The Blessings of Family to launch us into the New Year 2021

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. “We also remember that we are all God’s family and called to holiness.” Families come in all shapes and sizes; biological, surrogate, church, school, circle of friends, vocational, and so many more. As we enter the story of Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple, our Gospel reading for this weekend, we find Mary, Joseph and, of course, Jesus in a temple encounter with Simeon and Anna wherein we “recognize that the event of Jesus’ birth is greater than a simple family moment. His Nativity is intended to change the course of history, as represented in the beautiful prayer of Simeon. This change will begin with Jesus’ family life, but will eventually affect our lives.

We will all become his family, his beloved, his disciples.” (Sourcebook for Sundays, Season, and Weekdays 2021, Liturgy Training Publications, p.42). May the best of “family” in 2020, however and wherever we found it, launch us into the New Year. May the challenges of the past year yield to our hopes and dreams for an always-better-tomorrow filled with love, joy, health, contentment, faith, justice, and peace among all the Human Family! May we all find blessing in whatever “household” brings us face to face with Love…. with God!

Let us proclaim, as excitedly as did Simeon,… Lord, “Your word has been fulfilled! For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in the sight of all the people…” and, with that, enter a Happy New Year!  Blessings of Christmas to all of you throughout the coming days of 2021!! 

. . .  Fr. Bob

Friday, January 1, is the Solemnity of Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God. Our Mass for this Holy Day of Obligation is at 10:00 a.m. rather than the usual daily Mass time of 11am.

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

From the Loft ~ In today’s Gospel, Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple where a holy man, Simeon, declares Jesus the promised one. Simeon proclaims the Nunc Dimmitis, which is a canticle that sort of sounds like a psalm. What’s the difference, then, between a psalm and a canticle?

Our term psalm comes from a Greek word literally meaning the twanging of a harp or plucking of a stringed instrument. Canticle derives from the Latin word for a little song. As both definitions suggest, we’re talking about sung material, particularly sacred songs. The main difference between the two is not style, but placement. Psalms are found entirely within the Book of Psalms in the Bible – canticles are songs located anywhere else in Scripture.

Did you know that psalms were written for instruments and voices and were meant to be sung – not spoken as we often do at Mass? There are all kinds of notations within the Bible as to what instruments were to be used when proclaiming these texts. Canticles were also meant to be sung – the most famous of which, arguably, is the Magnificat proclaimed by Mary to our God. Even though the word canticle means “little,” the texts sung are far from it – they are texts that are critical to our faith.
On this, the Feast of the Holy Family, it’s important to understand how canticles help us understand the intricacies of our faith – they certainly have played a large role in these Advent and Christmas liturgies!

. . .  Elizabeth Clay

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ We have several part-time positions now available. Are you or someone you know looking for work? 

Part-time Administrative Assistant ~ General secretarial-receptionist responsibilities. Weekly church bulletin. Computer competency needed (email, data entry, Microsoft Word, Excel, PDS). Organization skills necessary. Record keeping. Flexible weekday, daytime hours/days.

Part-time General Housekeeping ~ General parish rectory housekeeping; cleaning responsibilities. Occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month.

Part-time Maintenance Position ~ Jack-of-all-trades; general maintenance/cleaning. Familiarity with light plumbing, electrical, heating. Lawn maintenance, weekday snow removal. 1-2 days/week. Flexible hours/days. 

Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

They came; they saw; they decorated! We give thanks for the many volunteers who showed up Monday evening, December 21. The end result is the seasonal beauty you saw when you came to Mass on Christmas or viewed the live-streamed video or recording of our services. Veteran tree trimmers, first time “stable hands” and flower arrangers all contributed. And so we express your gratitude to: Drew, Nik & Tom Brodfuehrer; Kenny Colligan, Judy Casassa, Bud & Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Alan Frank, Ellen Duffy, Fr. Bob, Amy Johnson, Dan Korchowsky, Amos, Mark Kulaszewski, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, Colleen Schroeder, Richard Stroh and Pam Zanghi.

Zoom Bible Study will resume after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. “Praying the Gospel of Mark” – Monday, January 4 at 6:30pm and “Acts of the Apostles” (Bible Study) – Tuesday, January 12 at 7pm. We are now reading Chapters 15 and 16. The same link will work for each meeting; click HERE to enter the discussion. If you encounter a problem with the link, use Meeting ID:762 8722 8149 (Pass Code: jLD8Gg). Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Prisoner Gift Bags for 2021 ~ As reported last month, the Prisoner Gift Project for 2020 is canceled. Yet we can remember our prisoners and get a jump on the 2021 project by decorating gift bags this Christmas Season. Covid-19 restrictions mean we are spending more time inside, so consider using some of your home time to decorate next years’ bags. Bags and directions are available for pick up in the back pew. Please plan to return your bags by the end of January 2020.

Members of the Ladies Sodality offer their prayerful thanks to all who have supported the Sodality’s collection for homebound parishioners. Because of your generosity, the Sodality has sent grocery store gift cards to fifteen different households along with a greeting card from “Your Blessed Trinity Parish Family.” In addition, Masses will be offered in the coming weeks for the special intentions of 4 parishioners living in senior care facilities. May you all have a blessed Christmas.

Join Our Family Promise Ministry  ~ As a shelter for homeless families and recently certified by NYS, Family Promise of WNY is following new health and safety guidelines and cannot accept donations of home prepared meals. Instead, volunteers have become grocery donors in a food category assigned to the day of the week. Blessed Trinity volunteers did this on 9/15 and found it much easier than coordinating and cooking a full dinner. We signed up for a date on the meal schedule and delivered the requested foods during the day at our convenience. We hope more parishioners will be able to participate. Family Promise also needs volunteers in areas like tutoring and transportation. If you think you might want to help and need more information go to their web site at fpwny.org and click on “Get Involved” to find the grocery sign up schedule. Also, you may contact our parish coordinator, Amy Johnson, at 716-836-4694 and join forces with another member of the team.

Robert J. Kresse
1927 – 2020

A Tribute to Parishioner Robert Kresse: “Mr. Preservation” ~ We are all aware of the tremendous influence our dear parishioner, “Bob” Kresse had on preserving the historic architecture in our community. He touched almost every important restoration project that helped to move our Buffalo/Erie County area forward.

The local press has had wonderful coverage of the numerous projects he championed. But they missed one. In 2014 Blessed Trinity filed an application to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) for funding to restore our roof and the front steps of the church. Bob casually asked how we were doing in the competition for preservation funding. Not well. He immediately contacted a high-ranking Parks Dept. official with whom he had worked on other local projects, inviting him for an in-person visit to beautiful Blessed Trinity Church. Seeing was apparently believing, with the end result that we were awarded a major matching grant to complete the improvements we needed. The end of this project is this Tuesday, December 15. Thank you, Bob. We could not have done it without you!

Our sincerest condolences to Mary Ann and the whole Kresse family in your loss. We pray for all of you and for the repose of Bob’s soul. He may already be redesigning the Gates of Heaven!

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 8 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. If you have not received written correspondence from the parish since September 2020, we don’t have your address. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? (Important, too, for contact tracing). Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Lectors ~ If you have not yet done so, please pick up your workbooks for the new liturgical year. They are on the first bench on the Baptismal Font side of the church.

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

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

Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Live-Streamed Daily Mass from Christ the King Church ~ Until further notice, all Masses from Christ the King Church in Snyder will be Live-Streamed at ctksnyder.org/camera-live-stream. Mass times are as follows: Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:30 pm, Sunday at 8 & 10 am, Monday-Friday at 8 am, Monday & Wednesday at 5 pm.

The dated announcement below was received before the “yellow/orange zone” changes to pandemic guidelines. It is suggested that you check with the hosting entity before attending.

Fridays and Saturdays November 21 –  January 3, 5-9pm ~ Nativity Sets on Display. Fr. Roy Herberger will have 300 (of his 650) nativity sets from 58 countries on display at the Fatima Shrine, Lewiston during their Festival of Lights. Contact Fr. Roy at 716-852-2076 (roy [at] aol [dot] com) with questions.

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

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

Week of December 20, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Advent

 

December 20 – December 27, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions: Following a November 25, 2020 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is no longer necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

NEW: Christmas and Weekend Masses are now being livestreamed on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view the Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. If you “Like” us on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted.

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, December 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Dec 23, Jan 6, 20, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, December 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Robert Kresse (Req. by Jack and Marina O’Donnell)

Monday, November 21 ~ St. Peter Canisius ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Randolph McGhee (Req. by Amy Johnson)

Tuesday, December 22 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Special Intentions of Helen Roddy Gray (Req. by Your Parish Family)

Wednesday, December 23 ~ St. John of Kanty ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Thursday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve Mass at 10:00 p.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Friday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Saturday, December 26 ~ St. Stephen ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Blessings for Robert Kresse (Req. by John E. Curtin)

Sunday, December 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – In Memory of Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Req. by Mary Karlis) and Birthday Remembrance for Ethel Grabenstatter (Req. by A Grateful Parish)

Lector Schedule ~ Dec 26 – John Curtin; Dec 27: Mary Kresse

News from our Parish Community

A Note from Father Bob ~ Four Candles Make Way!

A fourth candle lit marks the ending of a season but not an extinguishing of The Light! We have spent these weeks of Advent preparing our hearts and lives for the coming of our Savior, allowing the flames that top our wreathed purple and pink wax pillars to show us the way to “make a straight path for our God”. Growing flames, with their warmth of season, are meant to capture us and make us aglow with what we will celebrate, in just a few days… the eternal Light of the World and Warmth of Saving Love. As Advent days have hopefully helped us make the needed changes in our lives, those that better open the heart to receive the outpouring of love who is Jesus, let us drink in the Joy of the Birth of Jesus with a spirited anticipation of His welcome return some day. Good News!…for us to announce and share in these days… days that can certainly use some good news!!

This indeed will be most a unique Christmas for all families as we heed the strong pleadings of health care leaders to remain safe and healthy. Though we will not come together as usual, as our gatherings will be very small, if at all, we can rise up to meet the current threats of pandemic challenges with our determination to mark Christmas in new and innovative ways. There will be miracles, and surprises undreamed of, I am sure! These gifts, born of our God-given creativity, will be the best gifts ever! 

I encourage each of you to share the gifted and unexpected miracles and surprises that come your way. (Email us at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com by Tuesday to let us know of your Christmas miracles and we will share your Christmas story in our bulletin throughout our coming days.)

I extend a warm welcome to anyone visiting our church this Christmas. I offer words of gratitude for the faith family that remains strong and true and anchors our parish. Special recognition of all those who lend their gifts and talents to making our prayer, worship, and faith life deep and life-giving through ministry: music ministry, ushers, lectors, staff, Eucharistic ministers, decorators, greeters, sacristan, and the behind-the-scenes workers that quietly do the undoable! These unique days call us to humble prayer.

May this Christmas bring us much needed healing, restoration, renewal, forgiveness, health, happiness, Peace, Love, & Joy! On behalf of myself and our dedicated staff and parish leaders, Merry Christmas with the blessings of many miracles!

. . .  Fr. Bob

Christmas Services ~ Our Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, December 24, will begin at 9:30 PM with choral preludes sung by the choir. Mass will be celebrated at 10 p.m. Our Mass on Christmas Day will be begin at 10 AM.

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ We have several part-time positions now available. Are you or someone you know looking for work? 

Part-time Administrative Assistant ~ General secretarial-receptionist responsibilities. Weekly church bulletin. Computer competency needed (email, data entry, Microsoft Word, Excel, PDS). Organization skills necessary. Record keeping. Flexible weekday, daytime hours/days.

Part-time General Housekeeping ~ General parish rectory housekeeping; cleaning responsibilities. Occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month.

Part-time Maintenance Position ~ Jack-of-all-trades; general maintenance/cleaning. Familiarity with light plumbing, electrical, heating. Lawn maintenance, weekday snow removal. 1-2 days/week. Flexible hours/days. 

Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

The Bishop has lifted the 25-person maximum for Mass. We may now have 33% of our church capacity in attendance, spaced for social distance. Thus, given the large size of our church, many more may attend. Also, our weekend Masses are now available live on our Facebook page. To view it, use the link on our home page under “Worship” or the one near the beginning of this post.

Stop & choose an envelope from the Giving Tree for the Little Portion Friary.

The Giving Tree ~ This year our annual Giving Tree will benefit Little Portion Friary, a resource for homeless men in need of temporary shelter and a meal, as well as counseling and other necessary services. Select an envelope from the tree located near the ramp door. Instead of purchasing the suggested gift item, we ask that you offer the cash value (or a check made out to Blessed Trinity Parish with “Giving Tree” on the subject line) in the envelope. Return the envelope in the collection basket before December 25. Our parish donations are another way we can live out our Mission Statement as a loving community that reaches out to our brothers and sisters in need. Thank you for your participation.

Know Your Faith: “Be not afraid” ~ In many parts of the world, as the Christmas Season gets closer, children begin to anticipate the coming of Santa Claus. Whether known as Santa and arriving with flying reindeer, Father Christmas as in much of Europe, or as Pastor Blessing found at local markets in Nigeria, his visit is always welcome.

When my sister and I were young girls, we heard Santa Claus land on the roof. There was “a prancing and pawing of each little hoof.” We held our breath, squeezed our eyes tight and waited quietly lest the jolly gentleman discover that we were not asleep. In the morning there were goodies for us and our younger brothers under the tree. We could scarcely contain ourselves as we told the tale of how Santa had landed on the roof.  “No,” Dad insisted. “You must have heard me tinkering with that old furnace.”

About fifteen years later I was a young mother of four with another baby on the way. Our furnace didn’t work and our business was failing. We had no money, and I was worried. Dad came to see me. “Don’t worry about that furnace or Christmas.” And, I knew my Dad and I didn’t worry. On Christmas Eve, a decorated tree cut from our little farm sat with nothing under it. We took our excited children to stay with my mother while we went to Mass. Later that evening with our children “all snug in their beds,” my husband and I ventured out onto the porch from our now toasty warm living room. Gifts from Santa were piled high – dolls and a rocking horse, stuffed animals, doll cradles and a kitchen set, warm hats and mittens, knitted slippers, dresses and pants, pajamas and robes, canned pasta sauce and frozen beef. Big boxes of homemade cookies, too. We looked at each other and the tears came. Our family – Dad and Mom, my grandmothers and my husband’s parents had gone to their respective workshops and created the most unimaginably magical Christmas – the kids were thrilled, too. Ordinary people doing ordinary things.

The Christmas Season is filled with stories of magic and mystery and miracles. Stories of compassion and mercy. When I think about this story, I think about St. Joseph, an ordinary man doing ordinary things with great love. My Dad needed a key from me to get into our house, and when he asked, I gave it to him with no idea what he was going to do. When God asks, we have the key to let him in and to receive the many gifts he offers.

Pope Francis released an apostolic letter recently called Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart.) The letter was written in the midst of a pandemic, “which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of ‘ordinary’ people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day.”

Sacred Scripture is filled with passages about turning our fates over to God, but none so consequential as this, “‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid.’” (Mt 1:20.)  With this one phrase, the Son of God entered the world as an ordinary baby with an ordinary family to do extraordinary things.

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. My prayer for you this year is that you know many ordinary people making a difference in the lives of others and in yours.

…Patricia Dyer, MAPM

Prisoner Gift Bags for 2021 ~ As reported last month, the Prisoner Gift Project for 2020 is canceled. Yet we can remember our prisoners and get a jump on the 2021 project by decorating gift bags this Christmas Season. Covid-19 restrictions mean we are spending more time inside, so consider using some of your home time to decorate next years’ bags. Bags and directions are available for pick up in the back pew. Please plan to return your bags by the end of January 2020.

From the Loft ~ The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons of Advent since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat Canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.

December 17
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!
December 18
O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!
December 19
O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!
December 20
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
December 21
O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.
December 22
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
December 23
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!
From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

O Wisdom, O Leader, O Root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Radiant Dawn, O King of All Nations, O Emmanual – come to save us, Lord our God!

. . .  Elizabeth Clay

Zoom Bible Study will resume after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. “Praying the Gospel of Mark” – Monday, January 4 at 6:30pm and “Acts of the Apostles” (Bible Study) – Tuesday, January 12 at 7pm. We are now reading Chapters 15 and 16. The same link will work for each meeting; click HERE to enter the discussion. If you encounter a problem with the link, use Meeting ID:762 8722 8149 (Pass Code: jLD8Gg). Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Members of the Ladies Sodality offer their prayerful thanks to all who have supported the Sodality’s collection for homebound parishioners. Because of your generosity, the Sodality has sent grocery store gift cards to fifteen different households along with a greeting card from “Your Blessed Trinity Parish Family.” In addition, Masses will be offered in the coming weeks for the special intentions of 4 parishioners living in senior care facilities. May you all have a blessed Christmas.

Robert J. Kresse
1927 – 2020

A Tribute to Parishioner Robert Kresse: “Mr. Preservation” ~ We are all aware of the tremendous influence our dear parishioner, “Bob” Kresse had on preserving the historic architecture in our community. He touched almost every important restoration project that helped to move our Buffalo/Erie County area forward.

The local press has had wonderful coverage of the numerous projects he championed. But they missed one. In 2014 Blessed Trinity filed an application to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) for funding to restore our roof and the front steps of the church. Bob casually asked how we were doing in the competition for preservation funding. Not well. He immediately contacted a high-ranking Parks Dept. official with whom he had worked on other local projects, inviting him for an in-person visit to beautiful Blessed Trinity Church. Seeing was apparently believing, with the end result that we were awarded a major matching grant to complete the improvements we needed. The end of this project is this Tuesday, December 15. Thank you, Bob. We could not have done it without you!

Our sincerest condolences to Mary Ann and the whole Kresse family in your loss. We pray for all of you and for the repose of Bob’s soul. He may already be redesigning the Gates of Heaven!

Join Our Family Promise Ministry  ~ As a shelter for homeless families and recently certified by NYS, Family Promise of WNY is following new health and safety guidelines and cannot accept donations of home prepared meals. Instead, volunteers have become grocery donors in a food category assigned to the day of the week. Blessed Trinity volunteers did this on 9/15 and found it much easier than coordinating and cooking a full dinner. We signed up for a date on the meal schedule and delivered the requested foods during the day at our convenience. We hope more parishioners will be able to participate. Family Promise also needs volunteers in areas like tutoring and transportation. If you think you might want to help and need more information go to their web site at fpwny.org and click on “Get Involved” to find the grocery sign up schedule. Also, you may contact our parish coordinator, Amy Johnson, at 716-836-4694 and join forces with another member of the team.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 8 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. If you have not received written correspondence from the parish since September 2020, we don’t have your address. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? (Important, too, for contact tracing). Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Lectors ~ Please pick up your workbooks for the new liturgical year. They are on the first bench on the Baptismal Font side of the church.

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

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

Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Request from Our Lady of Hope Parish ~ Immigrant family in desperate need of single (twin) beds for 5 children. If you or anyone you know has any to give away, please call Deacon Ron Thaler, 716-553-6203.

The dated announcement below was received before the “yellow/orange zone” changes to pandemic guidelines. It is suggested that you check with the hosting entity before attending.

Fridays and Saturdays November 21 –  January 3, 5-9pm ~ Nativity Sets on Display. Fr. Roy Herberger will have 300 (of his 650) nativity sets from 58 countries on display at the Fatima Shrine, Lewiston during their Festival of Lights. Contact Fr. Roy at 716-852-2076 (roy [at] aol [dot] com) with questions.

Alumni of St. Martin of Tours, St. Ambrose, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa, St. Agatha, Holy Family, St. John the Evangelist, Trinity, St. Bonaventure or Notre Dame Academy are invited to share your story with our current students and families via social media. Help us build on the traditions you loved so much while attending Catholic school. Drop us a note at GoodNews [at] NotreDameBuffalo [dot] org.

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

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

Week of December 13, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 13 – December 20, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions: Following a November 25, 2020 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Diocese of Buffalo has relaxed restrictions on capacity at worship services. See, Nov. 26 COVID-19 Update. It is no longer necessary to make a reservation to attend Mass at Blessed Trinity.

NEW: Sunday Mass is now being recorded and will be made available for viewing each Sunday after 2pm on a Blessed Trinity YOU TUBE channel. Click HERE to view. If you click “Subscribe” on the YouTube site, you should receive automatic notification each time a Mass recording is posted.

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, December 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Dec 23, Jan 6, 20, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible Study

Stop & choose an envelope from the Giving Tree for the Little Portion Friary.

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, December 13 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – In Memory of Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer (Req. by Mary Karlis) and  Blessings on Veronica Iwuchukwu (Req. by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Monday, November 14 ~ St. John of the Cross ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Tuesday, December 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Randolph McGhee (Req. by John E. Curtin)

Wednesday, December 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Thursday, December 17 ~  No Mass Scheduled

Friday, December 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Est. of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, December 19 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. –  Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Sunday, December 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Robert Kresse (Req. by Jack and Marina O’Donnell)

Lector Schedule ~ Dec 19 – Lorna Cameron; Dec 20: Judy Casassa

News from our Parish Community

A Note from Father Bob ~ ♪ Slow Down, You Move Too Fast ♫ Simon & Garfunkel may have been on to something with their 1966 hit song!

Bishop Robert Barron talks of Advent as a time of “counter-cultural and counter-intuitive vigilance.” This season challenges us to a spirituality and disposition that fights our human tendencies to be “in a hurry, driven, determined, goal-oriented, fast-moving”. Instead, might we be called to a sometimes-uncomfortable-waiting, reflectiveness, silence. Bishop Barron asks some very good questions for all of us to ponder:

Does waiting help us consider if the “track” we are on is “not the one God wants for us”? Does God want us to “seriously reconsider the course we’ve charted, to stop hurtling down a dangerous road”? Are we made to wait “because we are not yet adequately prepared to receive what God wants to give us”? Might God, instead, be leading us to “an expansion of the heart”?

We can ask our own questions, too. What unexpected richness might come from carving out some quiet time in the midst of our usual Christmas preparation rush? What grace might quiet prayer bring our way? How might the usual colored lights, trimmings, tinsel, and seasonal decorations find some added meaning for us as we consider the Christ who breaks into this world as the Light of the World?

What questions might each of us uniquely ask ourselves? Maybe instead of singing along with the “Christmas songs” that started on our favorite radio stations well before Thanksgiving, we might tune in to our own humming of Slow Down, You Move Too Fast (youngsters… YouTube it!) and find that waiting well is one of the greatest gifts of the Season!

. . .  Fr. Bob

Job Opportunities at Blessed Trinity ~ We have several part-time positions now available. Are you or someone you know looking for work? 

Part-time Administrative Assistant ~ General secretarial-receptionist responsibilities. Weekly church bulletin. Computer competency needed (email, data entry, Microsoft Word, Excel, PDS). Organization skills necessary. Record keeping. Flexible weekday, daytime hours/days.

Part-time General Housekeeping ~ General parish rectory housekeeping; cleaning responsibilities. Occasional laundry. 10-16 hours/month.

Part-time Maintenance Position ~ Jack-of-all-trades; general maintenance/cleaning. Familiarity with light plumbing, electrical, heating. Lawn maintenance, weekday snow removal. 1-2 days/week. Flexible hours/days. 

Send applications to Blessed Trinity RC Church, 317 Leroy Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14214 (716-833-0301) or email blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

The Bishop has lifted the 25-person maximum for Mass. We may now have 33% of our church capacity in attendance, spaced for social distance. Thus, given the large size of our church, many more may attend. Also, our Sunday Mass is now available on videotape after 2pm that same afternoon. Or at least, that’s the plan. (“Practice makes perfect,” and this web diva is still practicing). To view it, use the link on our home page under “Worship” or the one near the beginning of this post.

From the Loft ~ The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons of Advent since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat Canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.

December 17
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!
December 18
O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!
December 19
O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!
December 20
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
December 21
O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.
December 22
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
December 23
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!
From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

O Wisdom, O Leader, O Root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Radiant Dawn, O King of All Nations, O Emmanual – come to save us, Lord our God!

. . .  Elizabeth Clay

Zoom Bible Study ~ TUESDAY, December 15, at 7pm. It’s not too late to join the conversation as we continue our study of The Acts of the Apostles and explore the beginnings of our Church and the Church of today. We are now reading Chapters 15 and 16. The same link will work for each meeting; click HERE to enter the discussion. If you encounter a problem with the link, use Meeting ID:762 8722 8149 (Pass Code: jLD8Gg). Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Collection for Retirement Fund for Religious ~ The second collection on December 12/13 benefits the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your contributions to this collection provide for the health care and daily living expenses of the members of religious congregations who taught in your elementary school or staffed your high school. They do not receive financial support or retirement benefits from the Diocese of Buffalo, Upon This Rock or the Diocesan Priests Retirement Fund. As a tribute to the many nuns and order priests who have served our diocese for decades, please be generous.

Prayerful thanks to all who have supported the Sodality’s collection for homebound parishioners. Because of your generosity, we will be providing grocery store gift cards to 16 different people, the majority of whom were homebound even before the pandemic. We have also arranged to have a Mass offered for the intentions of 4 parishioners living in senior care facilities. This (Dec 12/13) is the final weekend of our collection. You may place your monetary donation in an envelope marked “Sodality Project” and drop it in the collection basket or give it to Mickey Dick. Checks payable to: Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity may also be mailed to Mickey at 2549 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. Please know that any contributions arriving too late for this year’s holiday shopping will be saved for Christmas 2021.

Robert J. Kresse
1927 – 2020

A Tribute to Parishioner Robert Kresse: “Mr. Preservation” ~ We are all aware of the tremendous influence our dear parishioner, “Bob” Kresse had on preserving the historic architecture in our community. He touched almost every important restoration project that helped to move our Buffalo/Erie County area forward.

The local press has had wonderful coverage of the numerous projects he championed. But they missed one. In 2014 Blessed Trinity filed an application to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) for funding to restore our roof and the front steps of the church. Bob casually asked how we were doing in the competition for preservation funding. Not well. He immediately contacted a high-ranking Parks Dept. official with whom he had worked on other local projects, inviting him for an in-person visit to beautiful Blessed Trinity Church. Seeing was apparently believing, with the end result that we were awarded a major matching grant to complete the improvements we needed. The end of this project is this Tuesday, December 15. Thank you, Bob. We could not have done it without you!

Our sincerest condolences to Mary Ann and the whole Kresse family in your loss. We pray for all of you and for the repose of Bob’s soul. He may already be redesigning the Gates of Heaven!

The Giving Tree ~ This year our annual Giving Tree will benefit Little Portion Friary, a resource for homeless men in need of temporary shelter and a meal, as well as counseling and other necessary services. Select an envelope from the tree located near the ramp door. Instead of purchasing the suggested gift item, we ask that you offer the cash value (or a check made out to Blessed Trinity Parish with “Giving Tree” on the subject line) in the envelope. Return the envelope in the collection basket before December 25. Our parish donations are another way we can live out our Mission Statement as a loving community that reaches out to our brothers and sisters in need. Thank you for your participation.

Prisoner Gift Bags for 2021 ~ As reported last month, the Prisoner Gift Project for 2020 is canceled. Yet we can remember our prisoners and get a jump on the 2021 project by decorating gift bags this Christmas Season. Covid-19 restrictions mean we are spending more time inside, so consider using some of your home time to decorate next years’ bags. Bags and directions are available for pick up in the back pew. Please plan to return your bags by the end of January 2020.

Join Our Family Promise Ministry  ~ As a shelter for homeless families and recently certified by NYS, Family Promise of WNY is following new health and safety guidelines and cannot accept donations of home prepared meals. Instead, volunteers have become grocery donors in a food category assigned to the day of the week. Blessed Trinity volunteers did this on 9/15 and found it much easier than coordinating and cooking a full dinner. We signed up for a date on the meal schedule and delivered the requested foods during the day at our convenience. We hope more parishioners will be able to participate. Family Promise also needs volunteers in areas like tutoring and transportation. If you think you might want to help and need more information go to their web site at fpwny.org and click on “Get Involved” to find the grocery sign up schedule. Also, you may contact our parish coordinator, Amy Johnson, at 716-836-4694 and join forces with another member of the team.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past 8 months when the COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. If you have not received written correspondence from the parish since September 2020, we don’t have your address. Even though we are now able to resume Mass attendance, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? (Important, too, for contact tracing). Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Lectors ~ Please pick up your workbooks for the new liturgical year. They are on the first bench on the Baptismal Font side of the church.

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

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

St. Rocco, pray for us.
St. Rocco is recognized as the patron saint of those suffering from epidemics, and his likeness appears in relief on the metal door of the reliquary on the left side of our sanctuary.
Photo credit: Bud Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Request from Our Lady of Hope Parish ~ Immigrant family in desperate need of single (twin) beds for 5 children. If you or anyone you know has any to give away, please call Deacon Ron Thaler, 716-553-6203.

The dated announcement below was received before the “yellow/orange zone” changes to pandemic guidelines. It is suggested that you check with the hosting entity before attending.

Fridays and Saturdays November 21 –  January 3, 5-9pm ~ Nativity Sets on Display. Fr. Roy Herberger will have 300 (of his 650) nativity sets from 58 countries on display at the Fatima Shrine, Lewiston during their Festival of Lights. Contact Fr. Roy at 716-852-2076 (roy [at] aol [dot] com) with questions.

Alumni of St. Martin of Tours, St. Ambrose, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa, St. Agatha, Holy Family, St. John the Evangelist, Trinity, St. Bonaventure or Notre Dame Academy are invited to share your story with our current students and families via social media. Help us build on the traditions you loved so much while attending Catholic school. Drop us a note at GoodNews [at] NotreDameBuffalo [dot] org.

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

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