Week of February 23, 2020 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lent begins this Wednesday, February 26.
Mass and Distribution of Ashes at 6:00 p.m.

February 23 – March 1, 2020

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 16 at 9:30 a.m. in church ~ Meeting for adult Confirmation candidates

Sunday, February 23 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour and group discussion in St. Charles Hall regarding new faith formation programs

Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 26 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-2pm)

Thursday, February 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo has been CANCELLED due to weather conditions.

Friday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. ~ Stations of the Cross in Church

Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~  Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Gerald Cahill (Requested by Blessed Trinity Bingo Workers)

Monday, February 24 ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Max Stachura (The Partyka Family)

Wednesday, February 26 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Mass & Distribution of Ashes at 6:00 p.m. – Blessings for Morris Heicklen (Son Robert)

Thursday, February 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Bill Yurko (The Partyka Family)

Saturday, February 29 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m.- Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (The Bingo Workers)

Sunday, March 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Eternal Joy for Lucille Venezia (Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality) and Blessings for Loretta Dominick (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 29 & March 1, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Toni Maus; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

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

News from our Parish Community

Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, February 26, Our solemn observance of Lent will begin with Mass and Distribution of Ashes at 6pm. There will be NO morning Mass at 11am.

Lenten Stations of the Cross begin at 6pm this Friday, February 28. They will continue in church at the same time every Friday through Friday, April 3.

A Little Help From Our Friends ~ If the Blessed Trinity Choir sounded exceptionally beautiful on Sunday [February 23], it was because we were not alone! The Choir from St. John XXIII Parish in West Seneca, under the direction of the Church Musicians’ Guild’s Immediate Past-President Bill Fay, joined us in the loft for Part 1 of our 2020 Choir Exchange. This is the second time this choir has visited and enhanced our Liturgy. They help us to remember that we are many parts, but we are all one Body.

Why should a small church like Blessed Trinity participate in this type of endeavor? First of all, we have a beautiful space with a marvelous acoustic and we are privileged to have two fine instruments right in our sanctuary. There are many churches that do not often have the opportunity to experience such opulence at Mass. We also have an appreciative congregation that supports the Music Ministry by helping to build the music repertoire at Mass by offering feedback and suggestions – that means the music at Blessed Trinity better represents the people who worship in this space. Our choir members are constantly trying to improve their vocal abilities while praising God and enhancing our liturgies – and that means they welcome suggestions from other Music Directors who bring a fresh perspective to our ministry. Also, it is wonderful to sit next to and sing with new people who love music also love our Lord – and then pray with them in their space.

Thank you for singing at BT, Friends! Part 2 of our 2020 Choir Exchange takes place on Saturday, March 7, at 4:00 p.m. at St. John XXIII, 1 Arcade Street in West Seneca. All members of Blessed Trinity are invited to attend.

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has a congregation that supports Musical Ministry in Western New York? Join us up in the loft to help enhance our Liturgies – and feel the love. Choir practice continues this week on Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend. … Elizabeth

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

The Ladies Sodality will meet next Sunday, March 1, following 10 AM Mass. All women of the parish are invited to join us for a group discussion and prayer service in St. Charles Hall focusing on the lives and death of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, two early martyrs of the Church whose feast day we celebrate on March 7. The program will be preceded by a brief business meeting, and refreshments will be served. If you plan to participate, please take the time this week to read “Perpetua and Felicity, Courageous unto Death.” Copies of the handout can be found on the tables at each church entrance

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

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

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

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

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

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

New For You ~ Are you thinking of inviting someone to join us for worship? Take advantage of our new church “business cards,” which can be found on the table with the guest book at the middle crossing of the church. Why not take one and write a personal note on the back before presenting to your friend. Would you or someone you know like to contribute toward the upkeep and restoration of our Landmark church? We now have envelopes specifically designed for Under This Roof contributions, including remembrances “in memoriam.” They can also be found on the table with the guest book. Please help yourself to these outreach aids.

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

Know Your Faith: Why seek God’s will when he has given us free will to make choice?

In our advanced world often times we tend to believe in ourselves, have great plans without considering if they conform to God’s will. Why seek God’s will when he has given us free will to make choice? Because we are imperfect beings striving for perfection, we make mistakes and bad choices sometimes that can cause great damage to our lives and society, so with all our inadequacies we need the intervention of the perfect being God, to perfect us in all we do.

Let us pray ~ Lord, you know what is best; let this be done or that be done as you please. Give what you will, as much as you will, when you will. Do with me as you know best, as will most please you, and as will be for your greater honor. Place me where you will, and deal with me freely in all things. Behold, I am your servant, ready to obey in all things. Not for myself do I desire to live, but for you! Amen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

Week of February 16, 2020 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

God so loved the world that he gave his Only Begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. John 3:16
(Tympanum over main door of Blessed Trinity Church)
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

February 16 – February 23, 2020

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 16 at 9:30 a.m. in church ~ Meeting for adult Confirmation candidates

Sunday, February 16 following 10:00 a.m. Mass in church ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging

Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, February 19 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-2pm)

Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, February 22 at 3:45 p.m. ~ Group discussion in St. Charles Hall regarding new faith formation programs

Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~  Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, February 23 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour and group discussion in St. Charles Hall regarding new faith formation programs

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Ella and Joe Loibl (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse)

Monday, February 17 ~ Seven Holy Founders of Servite Order ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Joan and Francis Silver (The Partyka Family)

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

Thursday, February 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 21 ~ St. Peter Damian ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Max Sturzlebach (The Partyka Family)

Saturday, February 22 ~ Chair of St. Peter the Apostle ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m.- Blessings for Margaret Clonan (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, February 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Gerald Cahill (Blessed Trinity Bingo Workers)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 22 & 23, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joe Nwogu, Mary Kresse; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Fidelia Ejimadu, Pam Zanghi; Choir – Maggie Gatson

News from our Parish Community

Adult Confirmation Candidates ~ There will be a  meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the church on Sunday, February 16 for all adults (out of high school) who have been baptized and have made First Communion and are interested in being confirmed. If we are able to work out some meeting times, Confirmation could take place at the April 11 Easter Vigil service. If not baptized at Blessed Trinity, please bring your baptismal certificate. If you do not have one, please find out where you were baptized so that we can obtain one for you. Contact Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598 if you have any questions.

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place immediately following Mass this Sunday, February 16.

Piano! ~ We are lucky at Blessed Trinity to have the beautiful Tellers-Kent organ in the loft as well as a baby grand piano in our sanctuary for use during the liturgy. It’s fun for the choir to stay connected with the congregation and come down from the loft to share in the liturgy from time to time. This week’s hymns were selected because they sound great with piano. Please let a choir member know if you enjoyed this week’s offerings as we prepare for Lent. Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has a congregation that supports Musical Ministry in Western New York? Join us up in the loft to help enhance our Liturgies – and feel the love. Choir practice continues this week on Tuesday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend. … Elizabeth

The Parish Council meets on Wednesday, February 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall.

Faith Formation Programs for All Ages ~ A general meeting (for all) will be held on Saturday, February 22 at 3:45 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 following the 10 AM Mass to discuss Faith Formation Plans. All are welcome. Come to hear the plans in the works and let us know what you’d like to see here at Blessed Trinity for youth as well as adults. Pat Dyer will have activities for the kids during this time to keep them busy.

Birthday Blessing for everyone born during the month of February will take place at the end of Mass on Sunday, February 23. Our monthly coffee hour will follow in St. Charles Hall.

All women of the parish are invited to participate in the Ladies Sodality March program, “Celebrating Women Witnesses.” The subject of our group discussion and prayer service on Sunday, March 1, will be Saints Perpetua and Felicity, two early martyrs of the Church whose feast day we celebrate on March 7. A handout summarizing the lives and deaths of the women will be available in church beginning February 15. Look for “Perpetua and Felicity, Courageous unto Death” on the tables inside each church entrance. Please take a copy home and read it in preparation for our faith sharing discussion.

Prayer Partner Information ~ Lent is just around the corner. February 26 is Ash Wednesday. That means it is sign-up time for prayer partners. We hope you will participate this year. Praying for another in need is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. If you haven’t experienced being a prayer partner yet, we hope you will this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from one of the participating parishes to pray for during Lent and Easter and they will have your name. Signup sheets are located on the tables near the church doors. You may also submit your request for a Prayer Partner using the contact form below. Please be sure to mention “Prayer Partner” in your message.

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

Congregation Book Read ~ As part of our Parish Lenten Journey, Blessed Trinity is happy to host a “Congregation Book Read.“ All members of our parish are invited to participate. The book is entitled Rediscover Jesus by author Matthew Kelly. It is perfect for Lent as each day there are a few pages to read along with a scripture verse, a point to ponder, and a question to personally reflect on along with a prayer. It will be a good and interesting way to continue developing our relationship with Jesus as we move through the Lenten season. Copies of Rediscover Jesus will be available after Mass on Sunday, February 23, and everyone is invited to St. Charles Hall to discuss the book after Mass on Sunday, March 22.

Family Promise “Thank You” ~ The parish has received a heartfelt thank you letter from Luanne Firestone, Executive Director of Family Promise of Western New York for our $915 contribution. The combination of cash and gift cards were donated through the Christmas Giving Tree Project and will help numerous families recovering from homelessness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

Chesterton Academy of Buffalo  (125 Mansion Avenue in Cheektowaga) Presents: “A Taste of Chesterton,” Saturday, March 7, 6-10pm. The Reds, Whites & Brews Auction and Gala is a casual fundraising event that includes local Buffalo cuisine, beer & wine tastings, raffles, silent and live auctions, and a lot of fun! Ticket prices are $40 pre-sale up to February 29. Phone: (716) 674-8101). Chesterton Academy of Buffalo is a private, co-educational, Catholic secondary school in West Seneca, New York.

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

Week of February 9, 2020 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11.
Vincent Mondo’s painting in the Lady Chapel (left side of Sanctuary) is of the Virgin Mary “seen fulfilling the prophecy of Genesis (3:15), with the serpent under her feet.” The kneeling figure on the left is “St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879), to whom Our Lady appeared at Lourdes, France in 1858…. The message of Lourdes was really an invitation to trust in the power of prayer regardless of how desperate the situation is….” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, p. 44). Surely this message resonates as strongly today as it did in 1858.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

February 9 – February 16, 2020

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. ~  Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, February 16 following 10:00 a.m. Mass in church ~ Anointing of the sick and well-aging

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday, February 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Gerald Cahill (Requested by Judy Casassa)

Monday, February 10 ~ St. Scholastica ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 11 ~ Our Lady of Lourdes ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Greg Senn (The Partyka Family)

Wednesday, February 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, February 13 ~ St. Benignus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 14 ~ Ss. Cyril and Methodius ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Marian and Jim Skindell (The Partyka Family)

Saturday, February 15 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m.- Blessings for Rita Curtin (John E. Curtin)

Sunday, February 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Ella and Joe Loibl (Bob and Mary Kresse)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 15 & 16, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Maggie Gatson; Eucharistic Ministers: Dann Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Toni Maus; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

News from our Parish Community

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place immediately following Mass next Sunday, February 16.

Music Helps ~ Did you notice that this week’s readings were a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount, yet we did not hear the first part of those readings last week. Sometimes, the church musician is challenged to help put the readings into proper context for better understanding. Our communion hymn, David Haas’ Blest Are They, was a good way to provide the “back story” for today’s Gospel.

Blest are they, the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of God. Blest are they, full of sorrow, they shall be consoled.
REFRAIN: Rejoice and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are you! Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!
Blest are they, the lowly ones, they shall inherit the earth. Blest are they who hunger and thirst, they shall have their fill. (REFRAIN)
Blest are they who show mercy, mercy shall be theirs. Blest are they, the pure of heart, they shall see God! (REFRAIN)
Blest are they who seek peace; they are the children of God. Blest are they who suffer in faith, the glory of God is theirs. (REFRAIN)
Blest are you who suffer hate, all because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, yours is the kingdom; shine for all to see. (REFRAIN)

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has a congregation that supports Musical Ministry in Western New York?  Join us up in the loft to help enhance our Liturgies – and feel the love.  Choir practice continues on Wednesday February 12, 7:00 in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend. … Elizabeth

Sodality’s March Program, Celebrating Women Witnesses, will examine the lives and martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicity who died in Carthage in 203 AD at the hands of the Romans. If you would like to participate in the discussion and prayer service following Mass on Sunday, March 1, be sure to pick up a copy of “Perpetua and Felicity, Courageous unto Death.” The handouts will be available in church beginning next weekend, February 15 and 16.

Faith Formation and Pastoral Associate Corner: a message from Pat Dyer:

Adult Confirmation ~ There will be a  meeting at 9:30 AM in the church on February 16 for all adults (out of high school) who have been baptized and have made First Communion [and are interested in being confirmed]. Confirmation is planned for the Easter Vigil if we are able to work out some meeting times. If not baptized at Blessed Trinity, please bring your baptismal certificate. If you do not have one, please find out where you were baptized so that we can obtain one for you. Contact Pat Dyer at 716-256-2598 if you have any questions.

A general meeting (for all) will be held on February 22 at 3:45 PM and February 23 following the 10 AM Mass to discuss Faith Formation Plans. All are welcome. Come to hear the plans in the works and let us know what you’d like to see here at Blessed Trinity for youth as well as adults. Pat Dyer will have activities for the kids during this time to keep them busy.

Handouts and activities for children will be available in church beginning February 2. They can be found on the table at the (wheelchair ramp) side entrance. Please call Pat Dyer (716-256-2598) if you see that she has not left enough copies for everyone who would like to have one. Themes for the month of February are: The Mass, Helping Others, Commandments, and Lent.

Prayer Partner Information ~ Lent is just around the corner. February 26 is Ash Wednesday. That means it is sign-up time for prayer partners. We hope you will participate this year. Praying for another in need is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. If you haven’t experienced being a prayer partner yet, we hope you will this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from one of the participating parishes to pray for during Lent and Easter and they will have your name. Signup sheets are located on the tables near the church doors. You may also submit your request for a Prayer Partner using the contact form below. Please be sure to mention “Prayer Partner” in your message.

Know Your Faith: Why did Jesus say: No one knows the day or hour when the Son of Man will come?

This question is an interesting one that reminds us about the two natures of Jesus: The nature of God and the nature of man (the Divine nature and the human nature). And during his entire life while on earth, Jesus displayed those natures. Expressions of his human nature are seen, for example, when he turned over the tables of the money changers at the temple (Matthew 21:12), when he cursed the fig tree (Mark 11:12-25), when Jesus wept (John 11:35), when he said “behold thy mother” (John 19:26), and also one of his final words: “I thirst” (John 19:28). All these words and actions can be seen as an expression of the human nature of Jesus with spiritual undertones.

At the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46) the two natures came into play when he said, “Take this cup away from me….” and later, “If this is your will, let it be done.”

As Jesus expresses his divine power through his miracles, he also expresses his divine nature by knowing the thoughts of others. Jesus affirms his divine nature at different instances throughout his ministry, “The Father and I are one” (John 10:30).

As Jesus answers the question about his second coming at the end of time, he expresses his human nature by saying, “No one knows when the son of God will come.” referring to the second coming. As God, Jesus knows everything; he tells us that before Abraham, he was.

So why did Jesus not tell us the exact time of his second coming? Jesus sees that preparing for the coming is more important than knowing the exact time. That is why he invites us to be ready at all times. To be ready entails making efforts to live a better life every day. The practice of living a better life helps not only us, but [also help] others and our society to be a better place. So we are invited to make efforts every day, because preparation for the coming of God’s kingdom should be continuous. 

Lord, help us to always cooperate with your grace daily to prepare for your coming.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

Chesterton Academy of Buffalo  (125 Mansion Avenue in Cheektowaga) Presents: “A Taste of Chesterton,” Saturday, March 7, 6-10pm. The Reds, Whites & Brews Auction and Gala is a casual fundraising event that includes local Buffalo cuisine, beer & wine tastings, raffles, silent and live auctions, and a lot of fun! Ticket prices are $40 pre-sale up to February 29. Phone: (716) 674-8101. Chesterton Academy of Buffalo is a private, co-educational, Catholic secondary school in West Seneca, New York.

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

Week of February 2, 2020 – The Presentation of the Lord

The Presentation of the Lord
February 2
The Presentation, depicticed in terra cotta oval relief in the church narthex.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

February 2 – February 9, 2020

Weekly Activities

Sunday, February 2 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Blessing of throats in church in honor of St. Blaise

Wednesday, February 5 from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. ~ NEW HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-2pm)

Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir Rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

Monday, February 3 ~ St. Blaise; St. Ansgar ~ No Service

Tuesday, February 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. ~ Blessings for Rev. Mark Illig (The Partyka Family)

Wednesday, February 5 ~ St. Agatha ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Samuel Carocci (Judy Casassa)

Thursday, February 6 ~ St. Paul Miki & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, February 7 ~ First Friday Adoration, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, February 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Blessings for Lynn Spacone (The Partyka Family)

Saturday, February 8 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m.~ St. Jerome Emiliani; St. Josephine Bakhita – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, February 9 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. –  Blessings for Gerald Cahill (Judy Casassa)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, February 8 & 9, 2020:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Simon Kresse; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Bernice Bradley; Choir – Dan Korchowsky

News from our Parish Community

Blessing of Throats ~ Monday, February 3, is the optional Memorial of the St. Blaise, who was the bishop of Sebastea in Armenia and a doctor. The first known record of the saint’s life comes from the medical writings of Aëtius Amidenus, where St. Blaise is recorded as helping with patients suffering from objects stuck in their throat. He was martyred in 316 A.D. The traditional Blessing of Throats will take place after Mass on Sunday, February 2.

Friday, February 7 is First Friday. Join in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Daily Mass Chapel from 8:00 – 10:45 a.m., followed by Benediction and daily Mass.

Blessed Trinity Welcomes Pat Dyer ~ On Sunday, January 26, Patricia (“Pat”) Dyer was introduced at Mass and officially welcomed at coffee hour. She has begun serving Blessed Trinity as Pastoral Associate and Religious Education Coordinator.

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

Prayer Partner Information ~ Lent is just around the corner. February 26 is Ash Wednesday. That means it is sign-up time for prayer partners. We hope you will participate this year. Praying for another in need is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. If you haven’t experienced being a prayer partner yet, we hope you will this year. During the Lenten season you will be given a name of someone from one of the participating parishes to pray for during Lent and Easter and they will have your name. Signup sheets are located on the tables near the church doors. You may also submit your request for a Prayer Partner using the contact form below. Please be sure to mention “Prayer Partner” in your message.

In His Temple Now Behold Him ~ Traditionally the end of the Christmas Season, the prayers of the Roman Missal still make reference to The Presentation of the Lord as a Feast of Light, 40 days after Christmas. Today’s opening hymn, In His Temple Now Behold Him, was a narrative of the entire Christmas season in one fell swoop.

     In His temple now behold Him; see the long-expected Lord!
     Ancient prophets had foretold him; God hath now fulfilled His word.
     Now to praise Him, His redeemèd shall break forth with one accord.

     In the arms of her who bore Him, virgin pure, behold Him lie,
     While His aged saints adore Him, ere in perfect faith they die:
     Alleluia! Alleluia! Lo, the incarnate God most high!

     Jesus, by your Presentation, when they blest you, weak and poor,
     Make us see our great salvation, seal us with your promise sure;
     And present us in your glory to your Father cleansed and pure.

     Prince and author of salvation, be your boundless love our theme!
     Jesus, praise to you be given by the world you did redeem,
     With the Father and the Spirit, Lord of majesty supreme! Amen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

January 26 – February 2, 2020

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricell

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 19 – January 26, 2020

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

Please be generous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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