Week of March 7, 2021 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

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

March 7 – March 14, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 11 ~ No Mass scheduled.

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

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

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

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

 

News from our Parish Community

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(refrain 1)
I am the Bread of Life,

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

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

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

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

 – Elizabeth Clay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Church Tour ~  Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a “tour” of Blessed Trinity. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

Week of February 28, 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Monday, March 1 at 7 PM
CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at Blessed Trinity

February 28 – March 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

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

Monday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. ~ CCCB In-person Lenten Journey Mass at Blessed Trinity

Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. ~ ZOOM Choir Rehearsal for Easter

Wednesday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Mar 3, 17, 31 etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Friday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. ~ CCCB Virtual Stations of the Cross from St. Lawrence

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, February 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – In Memory of Morris Heicklen (Req. by Robert Heicklen)

Monday, March 1 ~ Blessed Trinity hosts CCCB Lenten Journey Mass at 7:00 p.m. – For the intention of Madonna Hartzell (Req. by Marilyn Lang)

Tuesday, March 2 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Allen Michael Andrew (Req. by Maxine Husbands-Brown)

Wednesday, March 3 ~ St. Katharine Drexel ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, March 4 ~ St. Casimir ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, March 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Alfreda Dawidzik (Req. by Gregory Allgrim)

Saturday, March 6 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – All Souls  (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

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

Lector Schedule ~ March 6: Lorna Cameron; March 7: Sr. Liz Savage

Thank you for your generous contributions to the Black and Indian Mission collection.

News from our Parish Community

Notes from Father Bob ~ We Journey into the days of this season ~ together!….

This past Monday evening, I attended the first of our Lenten Journey masses at Ss. Columba-Brigid. There was a small number of people in attendance that included a couple of members of our parish. Fr. Jud, Fr. Gabe, and Deacon Jerry were very welcoming of all who were present. Fr. Jud focused part of his homily on the importance of having hope and a spirit of unity among our Central Buffalo churches, especially during these challenging times. The celebration was filled with our enthusiastic singing and praying. Fr. Jud had us join together in praying the Litany of St. Joseph who is the patron of our diocese and in honor of this being declared, by Pope Francis, the Year of St. Joseph in light of the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being named the patron of the Universal Church. 

Blessed Trinity will host the Lenten Journey mass this Monday, March 1.  It is my hope that we will have a representative group from our parish in attendance to greet those who will join together for this annual Lenten tradition and pilgrimage to the different churches of Central Buffalo.

Lenten Liturgical Schedule Continue to watch the bulletin and Click HERE for a schedule of Lenten opportunities for prayer, worship, and reconciliation. Note the virtual opportunities to pray the Stations of the Cross, streaming from the different Central Buffalo Churches, on the Fridays of Lent.

Know Your Faith: How will you answer the question? ~ From the time I was a little girl one or both of my parents were involved with food pantries in our parish community. My father was a little more involved in the public things like the Crop Walk. I first heard the song “Abraham, Martin, and John” from my tone-deaf father’s lips; they sang contemporary folk music while they walked. (Link here in case you have never heard it: Abraham, Martin and John ). When my brothers were grown, Mom started working at the Interfaith Food Shelf one afternoon a week. Today my Dad (who turned 87 this past week) delivers food collections from his retirement community to the food pantry run by his now consolidated parish and (pre-Covid) works at the Soup Kitchen every other Monday evening with the Knights of Columbus.  

In our affluent society, the Church teaching in regard to the Option for the Poor and Vulnerable has become somewhat controversial. You have heard the comments: “I work for my money.” “Let them get a job.” “I suppose they will raise taxes and take my money for that.”  “They should fix their own country first.”  Many of us have forgotten that our own ancestors came here from famine, war and poverty or religious persecution. Our tendency to judge others often clouds our ability to see the clear teaching given us directly by Jesus, “As you did to one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it to me. “(Mt 7:1-3 for what God has to say on the topic of judging others.) 

In 21st century America, we have limited understanding of poverty and hunger. But even in the United States and Canada, it has not always been that way. There are, of course, wide gaps – some wealthy and others with nearly nothing. There is a story about an ancestor of mine who came to the United States from extreme poverty in what is now Canada. A baby was born to the young couple who had NOTHING for the baby and wrapped him in the mother’s skirt. You can see areas of the US today that still have significant poverty. The links on our website for Catholic Relief Services will take you to stories of other countries. You may want to take a look at some of them.

Our compassion and mercy toward the poor and vulnerable is, as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says, “A basic moral test (of) how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgement (Mt 25:31-42) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.”

How is all of this applied to real life situations? Very simply, the poor and vulnerable are deserving because they are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore they are endowed with the absolute right to have their basic needs met. The “option” part comes in when there is a choice to be made. Suppose there is surplus cheese available. It might be purchased if the price were lowered. But it will only be purchased by those who can afford to pay for it. That is only fair to the hard working farmer. It might still be too expensive for a poor family. If the price remains affordable for most and the unsold cheese is donated to a food bank to be given to those unable to purchase the cheese for themselves, then the well-to-do individual buys cheese, the farmer’s family sells their cheese and pays their housing costs and the poor eat cheese. These are guidelines for how we make decisions in our lives. They are not blueprints. More like zoning codes meant for the protection of everyone.

Are you looking for some way to help? Give me, Fr. Bob or Dan a call. We will have some ideas. On that last day, how will you answer the question?

As you can see from the list below, we are well on our way to a basic understanding of these themes. You will also note how interconnected they are. I am attaching some links for scriptural reference and reflection as well as some videos. Those links are also available on the Faith Formation Page of our website.

Catholic Social Teaching is fleshed into seven themes: 

Life and Dignity of the Human Person
Rights and Responsibilities
Solidarity
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
Care for God’s Creation
Call to Family, Community, Participation
Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers

Option for Poor and Vulnerable – Catholic Relief ServiceDiscussion GuideCatholic Social TeachingSummary of USCCB’s Discussion with Scripture Links

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

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

Last Call for Ladies Sodality Dues ~ Please help membership chair, Mickey Dick, wrap up the collection of 2021 dues and update the Sodality telephone tree by paying your $5 this week. Mickey will be happy to accept your dues in person after Sunday Mass, or they can be mailed to her at 2549 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214 with checks payable to: “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” Membership is open to all women of the parish, and new members are always welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You, Judy Casassa!  Whether you have been attending Mass in person or watching the livestreamed video, it is impossible to miss the recently erected scaffolding in the church transept and sanctuary.  Repairs to the ceiling and ongoing restoration of interior artwork are being paid for with insurance monies and is finally possible because of exterior repairs to the church roof made in 2019-20.

From the spring of 2019 through the summer of 2020, we all witnessed the various phases of construction work on the church plaza, front stairs and roof, made possible by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund’s Municipal Grant Program.  However, what you may not realize is that the restoration project actually began in 2009 with the first of five failed applications for grant funding.

The sixth time turned out to “be the charm,” with the parish receiving its notification of award in December 2014. Given that more than four years passed between the announcement of this success and the sound of the first jack hammer on Leroy, it is no wonder that the whole endeavor was easily forgotten – except by Judy Casassa.

Judy headed up our small grant writing team and as the final payments are issued and state reimbursement received, it is time to acknowledge our huge debt of gratitude to her and issue a long belated expression of thanks.

Only now can we begin to appreciate all the behind the scenes work that was involved in seeing this project through to completion. The ever-changing application process itself was frustrating and time consuming but – if truth be told – only a minor annoyance compared to the demands of grant administration.  And while the parish can claim Judy’s administrative efforts as a reimbursable expense, she contributed hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours as a form of stewardship for which she has not and will not receive any financial reward.

Although this acknowledgement is long overdue, Father Bob and the Parish Council wish to express our gratitude to Judy on behalf of the entire Blessed Trinity parish community for her efforts in obtaining and administering a $300,000 plus grant from the State of New York, enabling us to undertake needed restoration of exterior areas of our beautiful Landmark Church.

We hope that our parishioners will have achieved “herd immunity” from Covid-19 by the time the final project paperwork is completed, and that we will finally be able to gather and celebrate the work that has been done. It is our plan that Judy be personally recognized at that time.

Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr. and the 2020-2021 Parish Council, Palma Zanghi, President

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

The Season of Lent ~ “Lent is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the Lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the Paschal Mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian Initiation, and the faithful, who recall their own Baptism and do penance.” (Universal Norms of the Liturgical Year [“UNLY”] #27).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday [February 17, 2021] and ends before the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday [April 1, 2021] (UNLY #28). From the beginning of Lent until the Paschal Vigil [April 3, 2021], the Alleluia is not said.

Abstinence: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

Fasting: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

Easter Duty: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year. This obligation may be fulfilled between February 21, 2021 (First Sunday of Lent) and May 30, 2021 (Trinity Sunday).

Special reflection materials for Lent may be found at the Welcome Space near the wheelchair ramp side entrance. Two different reflection booklets are available. Pick up a copy of the Catholic Relief Services [“CRS”] Lenten Reflections calendar.

Meatless Days – Consider an extra meatless meal every week and put the savings into the CRS rice bowl. Pick yours up at church beginning this Sunday.

Covid-19 vaccines ~  We are working to make COVID vaccinations available at neighborhood churches, including Blessed Trinity. If you would like to register to be vaccinated, please complete the online form available at this LINK.

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

Interior restoration ~ Now that repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – have been completed, restoration of interior artwork and repairs to the ceiling of the church are underway. Master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the process by setting up a display in church. In this photo, you can see the molds he makes to recreate deteriorated ornamental pieces. For additional photos, visit our Facebook page. The work is expected to continue through March 2021.

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

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.

Important information for those having a claim against the Diocese of Buffalo:

United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Western District of New York
in re The Diocese of Buffalo NY
Case No. 20-10322

Please take notice that, on February 28, 2020, The Diocese of Buffalo NY, (“Diocese”) filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”). The Bankruptcy Court has established August 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim, against the Diocese (the “Bar Date”). If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit https://case.stretto.com/dioceseofbuffalo or call 855-292-7696 for more information on how to file your proof of claim.

IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM, YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO SHARE IN ANY DISTRIBUTIONS TO CREDITORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DIOCESE’S CHAPTER 11 CASE.

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

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

Virtual Church Tour ~  Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a “tour” of Blessed Trinity. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

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

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

Week of February 21, 2021 – First Sunday of Lent

February 14 – February 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

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

Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. ~ CCCB In-person Lenten Journey Mass at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St.

Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. ~ ZOOM Choir Rehearsal for Easter

Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Parish Council Meeting

Friday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. ~ CCCB Virtual Stations of the Cross from St. Martin de Porres

Wednesday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Mar 3, 17, 31 etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

 

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, February 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. -Members of the Crib Donors Guild (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Monday, February 22 ~ The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Joyce Gist (Req. by John E. Curtin)

Tuesday, February 23 ~ St. Polycarp ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Paul Bohanna (Req. by John E. Curtin)

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

Thursday, February 25 ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, February 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Saturday, February 27 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – In Memory of Legacy Alliance Members (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Sunday, February 28 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – In Memory of Morris Heicklen (Req. by Robert Heicklen)

Lector Schedule ~ Feb 27: John Curtin; Feb 28: Mary Kresse

Black & Native Mission Collection
February 20 & 21

News from our Parish Community

Notes from Father Bob ~ We Journey not alone but together!….

“At the beginning of Lent, we receive ashes, the ancient sign of sorrow, and hear one of two calls to repentance: “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” This call to self-knowledge, repentance, and belief is the axis around which Lent revolves. We prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Paschal Mystery by preparing to receive it as the entirely unearned gift that it is.”

Lent is a time, then, when we recall that “we are freed (from the impossible task of having to save ourselves, as we are justified in Christ alone) for the task of learning to live what God desires for us. In this sense, Lent is a time for stretching out, pushing forward, striving to follow Christ.” Though there is a personal and private dimension to our Lenten dispositions, at the same time we Journey Together. It is a community endeavor and one that should fill us with great joy!

Continue to watch the bulletin and visit our parish website (www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org, see link on the homepage, top left, in the section entitled ‘Worship’) for a schedule of Lenten opportunities for prayer, worship, and reconciliation. Note that, in addition to the paper edition of the bulletin, it can also be found in its entirety on the parish website (See “Week of ….”; click on “Read more”).

Our Parish Financial Picture. In the spirit of Lent’s call to the charity of almsgiving, be anticipating a letter to all parishioners regarding our current parish financial picture. My gratitude to our parish Finance Committee that keeps a close eye on our “treasure” resources. Their efforts, on behalf of the parish mission, are to be commended.

A second collection for Black and Native Missions will be taken February 20/21, 2021. This collection exists to help local African American and Native American diocesan committees throughout the United States spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and respond to real and pressing needs on the ground.  Please give generously; support home missions.

From the Loft ~ Having not been able to journey to the cross together in 2020 makes this year’s Lent, which will surely also be unique, all the more important to me. Changing our musical tradition from time to time helps us to keep our Liturgy dynamic while building our faith, even during a pandemic. The Lenten Prose – or Attende Domine, as the original Mozarabic hymn was titled – is a wonderful and chilling reflection on the journey of Lent as we prepare for Easter. We will be using it as an opening antiphon each week, something which hasn’t been done in recent memory. The refrain will be sung in Latin and the verses in English, with a different verse each week throughout Lent. The entire text, with translation, is offered below:

Attende Domine, et miserere, Quia peccavimus tibi.
(Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee.)

O great Redeemer, King of all creation,
As we are sinners, we deserve your judgment:
Jesus, be gracious; hear our prayer of sorrow.

(Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee.)

Exalted Savior, Cornerstone of heaven,
Gate of salvation, Way to life immortal:
Send forth your Spirit; heal your humbled people.

(Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee.) 

We beg you, Jesus, God immense in power:
Listen in kindness as we ask forgiveness:
Though sin condemns us, you are strong to save us!

(Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee.) 

We stand convicted, owning our offenses;
Guilty before you, yet we seek your pardon:
O gentle Savior, great is your compassion!

(Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee). tr.by Melvin Farrell, SS

Remember, Jesus, you gave all to save us;
Dying for sinners, you endured the Passion:
Savior, immortal, grant your gift of freedom!

(Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we have sinned against thee.)

May our music reflect our companionship as we journey to the cross, together.

 – Elizabeth Clay

2021 Lenten Schedule ~ Click HERE to view our schedule of Lenten opportunities for prayer, worship, and reconciliation.

Thank You, Judy Casassa!  Whether you have been attending Mass in person or watching the livestreamed video, it is impossible to miss the recently erected scaffolding in the church transept and sanctuary.  Repairs to the ceiling and ongoing restoration of interior artwork are being paid for with insurance monies and is finally possible because of exterior repairs to the church roof made in 2019-20.

From the spring of 2019 through the summer of 2020, we all witnessed the various phases of construction work on the church plaza, front stairs and roof, made possible by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund’s Municipal Grant Program.  However, what you may not realize is that the restoration project actually began in 2009 with the first of five failed applications for grant funding.

The sixth time turned out to “be the charm,” with the parish receiving its notification of award in December 2014. Given that more than four years passed between the announcement of this success and the sound of the first jack hammer on Leroy, it is no wonder that the whole endeavor was easily forgotten – except by Judy Casassa.

Judy headed up our small grant writing team and as the final payments are issued and state reimbursement received, it is time to acknowledge our huge debt of gratitude to her and issue a long belated expression of thanks.

Only now can we begin to appreciate all the behind the scenes work that was involved in seeing this project through to completion. The ever-changing application process itself was frustrating and time consuming but – if truth be told – only a minor annoyance compared to the demands of grant administration.  And while the parish can claim Judy’s administrative efforts as a reimbursable expense, she contributed hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours as a form of stewardship for which she has not and will not receive any financial reward.

Although this acknowledgement is long overdue, Father Bob and the Parish Council wish to express our gratitude to Judy on behalf of the entire Blessed Trinity parish community for her efforts in obtaining and administering a $300,000 plus grant from the State of New York, enabling us to undertake needed restoration of exterior areas of our beautiful Landmark Church.

We hope that our parishioners will have achieved “herd immunity” from Covid-19 by the time the final project paperwork is completed, and that we will finally be able to gather and celebrate the work that has been done. It is our plan that Judy be personally recognized at that time.

Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr. and the 2020-2021 Parish Council, Palma Zanghi, President

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

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

Parish Finances ~ Your financial support of our parish mission is greatly appreciated! Financially frail, due to pandemic restrictions and needed health safety measures, I simply call upon your stewardship to keep our parish alive. We depend on your generosity, especially during this time when many people opt not to attend weekend worship for very good reasons. As our weekend collections have suffered because of reduced attendance, I simply ask that we all do our best to continue to send in our offertory gifts to the rectory. Your generosity makes a big difference!

The Ladies Sodality membership chair, Mickey Dick, thanks all who have paid their 2021 dues – still only $5. Mickey will be happy to accept your dues in person after Sunday Mass, or they can be mailed to her at 2549 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214 with checks payable to: “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” Membership is open to all women of the parish, and new members are always welcome. In-person meetings are still on hold, but by now you should have received a letter update from President Vera Andrew via email or U.S. mail. If you have not, please let us know.

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 When you are troubled, we are hope. Are you struggling with hybrid learning, trying to work remotely, having a hard time with the seemingly endless grey that is WNY in winter? If you are experiencing mental health, familial or marital problems, we can help. To find out more visit www.ccwny.org and click the “Counseling and Mental Health” tab under Services on the right hand side. To begin the referral process call 716-895-1033. Catholic Charities is HOPE for all seasons.

The Season of Lent ~ “Lent is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the Lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the Paschal Mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian Initiation, and the faithful, who recall their own Baptism and do penance.” (Universal Norms of the Liturgical Year [“UNLY”] #27).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday [February 17, 2021] and ends before the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday [April 1, 2021] (UNLY #28). From the beginning of Lent until the Paschal Vigil [April 3, 2021], the Alleluia is not said.

Abstinence: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

Fasting: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

Easter Duty: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year. This obligation may be fulfilled between February 21, 2021 (First Sunday of Lent) and May 30, 2021 (Trinity Sunday).

Special reflection materials for Lent may be found at the Welcome Space near the wheelchair ramp side entrance. Two different reflection booklets are available. Pick up a copy of the Catholic Relief Services [“CRS”] Lenten Reflections calendar.

Meatless Days – Consider an extra meatless meal every week and put the savings into the CRS rice bowl. Pick yours up at church beginning this Sunday.

Covid-19 vaccines ~  We are working to make COVID vaccinations available at neighborhood churches, including Blessed Trinity. If you would like to register to be vaccinated, please complete the online form available at this LINK.

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

Interior restoration ~ Now that repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – have been completed, restoration of interior artwork and repairs to the ceiling of the church have begun. Master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the process by setting up a display in church. In this photo, you can see the molds he makes to recreate deteriorated ornamental pieces. For additional photos, visit our Facebook page. The work is expected to continue through March 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

Tuition Assistance for Private Grammar Schools. The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund’s pre-application is now available for NEW families in the 8 counties of Western New York for the 2021-22 school year. The BISON Fund provides tuition assistance to economically eligible children entering kindergarten – 8th grade. If selected, the scholarships can be used at any private grammar school in WNY. The deadline to apply is February 28. You can apply online at www.bisonfund.com. The average scholarship is $1,480 and the maximum award is $2,500. For more information, call 716-854-0869, ext.1.

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 February 14, 2021 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ash Wednesday
February 17, 2021

February 14 – February 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

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

Wednesday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Feb 17, Mar 3, 17, 31 etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

 

 

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, February 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Catherine Ball (Req. by Family) 

Monday, February 15 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of Souls of Arthur & Lillian Hildman (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Tuesday, February 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Wednesday, February 17 ~ Ash Wednesday ~ Word Service at 12:15 p.m.

Mass at 7:00 p.m. – Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, February 18 ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, February 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Rita E. Curtin (Req. by Family)

Saturday, February 20 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Repose of Soul of Daisy Neves (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Sunday, February 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. -Members of the Crib Donors Guild (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish) 

Lector Schedule ~ Feb 20: Lorna Cameron; Feb 21: Judy Casassa

Presidents’ Day Holiday
February 15, 2021

News from our Parish Community

Notes from Father Bob ~ Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust!

Our Lenten Season begins this coming week with traditional Ash Wednesday scripture readings and the distribution of ashes. Immersed in the purple-reds signifying repentance, we embark on this journey of 40 days and nights together. “At the beginning of Lent, we receive ashes, the ancient sign of sorrow, and hear one of two calls to repentance: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” or “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” This call to self-knowledge, repentance, and belief is the axis around which Lent revolves.  We prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Paschal Mystery by preparing to receive it as the entirely unearned gift that it is… When we come to new honesty about ourselves and repent, we are freed to trust in God’s mercy. No longer having to justify ourselves, we are freed for the task of learning to live what God desires for us. In this sense, Lent is the time for stretching out, pushing forward, striving to follow Christ.” (Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays 2021, Liturgy Training Publications, p. 100) 

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust…  Light to Light, Life to Life!

2021 Lenten Schedule ~ Click HERE to view our schedule of Lenten opportunities for prayer, worship, and reconciliation.

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

Parish Finances ~ Your financial support of our parish mission is greatly appreciated! Financially frail, due to pandemic restrictions and needed health safety measures, I simply call upon your stewardship to keep our parish alive. We depend on your generosity, especially during this time when many people opt not to attend weekend worship for very good reasons. As our weekend collections have suffered because of reduced attendance, I simply ask that we all do our best to continue to send in our offertory gifts to the rectory. Your generosity makes a big difference!

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

Please pray for the repose of Marian Bleyle, a long-time parishioner and supporter of Blessed Trinity Church.  

Ash Wednesday and the COVID Protocol for Distribution of Ashes: Ash Wednesday will be celebrated on February 17, 2021. On Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, which is observed everywhere as a fast day, ashes are distributed.

As stated on January 10, 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ashes should not be imposed on the person’s forehead in the usual manner. Instead, the European custom of sprinkling ashes on the crown of a person’s head should be employed.

As of January 12, 2021, this was further clarified and affirmed by a note published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments:

    • The priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes.
    • He sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything.
    • Then he addresses all those present and only once says the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal, applying it to all in general.
    • The priest then puts on a face mask, cleanses his hands, and distributes the ashes to those who come to him or, if appropriate, he goes to those who are standing in their places.
    • The priest takes the ashes and sprinkles them on the head of each one without saying anything.

The Season of Lent ~ “Lent is ordered to preparing for the celebration of Easter, since the Lenten liturgy prepares for celebration of the Paschal Mystery both catechumens, by the various stages of Christian Initiation, and the faithful, who recall their own Baptism and do penance.” (Universal Norms of the Liturgical Year [“UNLY”] #27).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday [February 17, 2021] and ends before the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday [April 1, 2021] (UNLY #28). From the beginning of Lent until the Paschal Vigil [April 3, 2021], the Alleluia is not said.

Abstinence: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

Fasting: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions in the course of the day.

Easter Duty: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, all the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season, unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year. This obligation may be fulfilled between February 21, 2021 (First Sunday of Lent) and May 30, 2021 (Trinity Sunday).

Special reflection materials for Lent may be found at the Welcome Space near the wheelchair ramp side entrance. Two different reflection booklets are available. Pick up a copy of the Catholic Relief Services [“CRS”] Lenten Reflections calendar.

Meatless Days – Consider an extra meatless meal every week and put the savings into the CRS rice bowl. Pick yours up at church beginning this Sunday.

Know Your Faith: “If you want peace…”

Then President Donald Trump recently pardoned over 100 individuals. Though there were a few friends and loyal associates among them, most were people previously unknown to Mr. Trump, legally convicted and sentenced but for whom there were extenuating circumstances. If you have ever seen the musical Les Miserables, you are familiar with harsh punishments for what seems to us today to be petty crime. The main character, Jean, is sentenced to prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his hungry family. Remember how Joseph took Mary and the infant Jesus to Egypt? Was there a law that prohibited them from entering the country? Was Joseph legally able to work? Were those he met compassionate? If he broke a law, was the magistrate merciful?

In his writings, Pope St. John Paul II put many social issues into a new context describing mercy as a transforming virtue that reveals people to themselves thus permitting a “personal healing” that is not necessarily effected by strict justice. (O’Brien, 2010, #371).

The words mercy and compassion are frequently used interchangeably, but they have very different meanings. Before we can discuss foundational themes of Catholic Social Teaching (CST,) we need to have a working understanding of the difference. One can feel compassion for the circumstances of another without having the ability to be merciful. To be merciful one must feel compassion toward someone and have the power to do something to help that person (“Throw yourself on the mercy of the court”). Since God has both the ability to be compassionate AND the ability to be merciful, we sometimes see these words used as if they had identical meaning.

Another important element of compassion and mercy is justice as the pope pointed out. We often describe this as saying that the punishment “fits” the crime. Few today would say that prison was the appropriate punishment for stealing bread to feed children. And this issue of justice is why the pardon power of the presidency was envisioned. This is articulated by the teaching office of the Church (known as the Magisterium) and founded upon the ways of God.

We’ve already talked about one foundational theme of CST – Dignity of People. Another is Solidarity. Very simply put, we must stick together as sisters and brothers, sons and daughters of God. We are not here for ourselves but for each other. This is what the US Catholic Bishops have to say about solidarity, “We are one  human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological  differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that ‘if you want peace, work for justice.’ The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.”  (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2021). There are several excellent scriptural references available with the link below.

In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in need around the world, we are supporting the Rice Bowl project of Catholic Relief Services.  Pick up your rice bowl and a calendar of Lenten reflections at the Welcome Space.  Have a blessed Lent.

Bibliography: O’Brien, D. J. (Ed.). (2010). Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage (Expanded ed.). Orbis.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (2021). Catholic Social Teaching. USCCB. Retrieved February 4, 2021, from https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/solidarity

Covid19 vaccines will be available at Blessed Trinity and other neighboring churches. If you would like to register to be vaccinated, please complete the online form available at this LINK.

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

Interior restoration ~ Now that repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – have been completed, restoration of interior artwork and repairs to the ceiling of the church have begun. Master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the process by setting up a display in church. In this photo, you can see the molds he makes to recreate deteriorated ornamental pieces. For additional photos, visit our Facebook page. The work is expected to continue through March 2021.

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

The Ladies Sodality membership chair, Mickey Dick, thanks all who have paid their 2021 dues – still only $5. Mickey will be happy to accept your dues in person after Sunday Mass, or they can be mailed to her at 2549 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214 with checks payable to: “Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.” Membership is open to all women of the parish, and new members are always welcome. Although in-person meetings are still on hold, please watch your email or U.S. mail for a letter update from President Vera Andrew.

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.

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 ~ When you are lonely, we are hope. What we do with the 24 hours in a day can affect countless hours and days ahead. Our volunteers at Catholic Charities know this to be true. Through our programs volunteers have the opportunity to serve the community through our multiple food pantries, lend a friendly ear through Friendly Phones and the Telephone Assurance Program, and much more. Help continue to move hands and hearts through Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith by giving to Appeal 2021. Call our Helpline at 716-218-1419 if you need assistance or want to donate, or visit www.ccwny.org/donation. Catholic Charities is HOPE for all seasons.

The Giving Tree ~ THANK YOU!! Our many contributions to Blessed Trinity’s Giving Tree during Advent and beyond yielded beautiful fruit. A check for $736.81 has gone to Little Portion Friary, 1305 Main Street. Like all of us, this shelter for homeless (at this time) men has regular bills to pay in order to stay afloat. Thank you to everyone who donated to this important ministry.

Important information for those having a claim against the Diocese of Buffalo:

United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Western District of New York
in re The Diocese of Buffalo NY
Case No. 20-10322

Please take notice that, on February 28, 2020, The Diocese of Buffalo NY, (“Diocese”) filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”). The Bankruptcy Court has established August 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim, against the Diocese (the “Bar Date”). If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit https://case.stretto.com/dioceseofbuffalo or call 855-292-7696 for more information on how to file your proof of claim.

IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM, YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO SHARE IN ANY DISTRIBUTIONS TO CREDITORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DIOCESE’S CHAPTER 11 CASE.

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

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

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

Violets: symbol of “Mary’s Modesty”
Terra cotta ornamentation in church narthex.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Take-out Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14 from 1-3 pm at St. Gregory the Great, Williamsville. Menu: salad, beef tenderloin, twice-baked potato, vegetable and dessert. Dinners will be packaged and tenderloin will be ready to cook, the remaining meal will be fully cooked with reheat instructions. Pick-up at St. Gregory the Great Parish Ministry Center, 100 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Pre-sale tickets only; call 716-688-5678 or order online at  https://givebutter.com/bvAdi2.

Tuition Assistance for Private Grammar Schools. The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund’s pre-application is now available for NEW families in the 8 counties of Western New York for the 2021-22 school year. The BISON Fund provides tuition assistance to economically eligible children entering kindergarten – 8th grade. If selected, the scholarships can be used at any private grammar school in WNY. The deadline to apply is February 28. You can apply online at www.bisonfund.com. The average scholarship is $1,480 and the maximum award is $2,500. For more information, call 716-854-0869, ext.1.

Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day ~ Valentine’s Day Depression is real. It is one of those holidays that can trigger unwanted emotions and upset your mental health. Whether you are single or in a relationship, all is not lost. Click HERE for some simple tips from Mental Health Advocates of WNY, and have a great Valentine’s Day for your mental health.

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 February 7, 2021 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11.
Vincent Mondo’s painting in the Lady Chapel (left side of the Sanctuary) is of the Virgin Mary “seen fulfilling the prophecy of Genesis (3:15), with the serpent under her feet.” The figure to the left of Mary 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 the mid-nineteenth century.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

February 7 – February 14, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Activities

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

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

Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible study: the Acts of the Apostles (chapters 20-22)

Wednesday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Feb 17, Mar 3, 17, 31 etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

 

Photo Credit: Sean T. Brodfuehrer

 

Mass Intentions

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

Sunday, February 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Catherine Ball (Req. by Family) 

Monday, February 8 ~ St. Jerome Emiliani; St. Josephine Bakhita ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Sister Flavia (Req. by Naoma Allen)

Tuesday, February 9 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Betz Families (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

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

Thursday, February 11 ~ Our Lady of Lourdes; World Day of the Sick ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, February 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Saturday, February 13 ~ St. Benignus ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Members of the Benefactors Memorial Book (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Sunday, February 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – In Memory of Sharon Darvil (Req. by John E. Curtin) 

Lector Schedule ~ Feb 13: Greg Gaglione; Feb 14: Mary Kresse

Just one section of scaffolding currently erected in our church.

News from our Parish Community

A note from Father Bob ~ Let There Be LIGHT!….

This past week, we celebrated two important days of promise in the richness of our Catholic faith and tradition ~ The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day) and the Feast of St. Blaise (Blessing of Throats). On the Feast of the Presentation, it is always customary to bless the candles used throughout the entire coming year for worship. It is also customary that those present for this celebration hold a lit candle reminding us of the Baptism that enlightens each of us. As Simeon embraced Christ in the temple, we embrace Christ as the Light of the World. On the Feast of St. Blaise, one of the martyrs known as the Fourteen Holy Helpers (the name of the local parish in which I grew up!), we remember the legend of his healing of a boy choking on a fish bone. Thus, the Blessing of Throats reminding us of God’s ever healing presence and strength. Throats are blessed with crossed candles, again a symbol of the Light of Christ to be experienced in every healing of every kind!

In these days – that can sometimes consume us with dark, heavy, and dreary feelings and temperament – what better than celebrating LIGHT! Everyone needs at least a little light in their life. Blessed in the light of a sunny day; blessed in the light of someone’s smile or kindness, blessed in the light of a thoughtful gesture, blessed in every experience of the Light of Christ that shatters the darkness of gloom, evil, sin, cynicism…

Let there be Light!  Let each of us shine with the Christ that is in us!

From the Loft ~ To me, this week’s opening hymn is Blessed Trinity’s “theme song.” The musical setting, referred to as NICAEA, was composed by John Bacchus Dykes in 1861. Eighty-eight years later, the Tellers-Kent organ we hear every Sunday was installed into our beautiful church.

As a young child John B. Dykes (1823 -1876) took violin and piano lessons. At the age of ten he became the organist of St. John’s in Hull, England, where his grandfather was vicar. After receiving a classics degree from St. Catherine College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. In 1849 he became the precentor and choir director at Durham Cathedral, where he introduced reforms in the choir by insisting on consistent attendance, more rehearsals, and music festivals to share ideas. He served the parish of St. Oswald in Durham from 1862 until the year of his death. To the chagrin of his bishop, Dykes favored the high church practices associated with the Oxford Movement (choir robes, incense, and the like) which later developed into Anglo-Catholicism. A number of his three hundred hymn tunes are still respected as durable examples of Victorian hymnody and have become musical mainstays of the Catholic liturgy.

Reginald Heber penned the text to accompany this majestic music, and the words do express the exuberance and love of Christ exhibited at BT.

Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee:
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, Blessed Trinity.

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be. 

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee
Though the eye made blind by sin Thy glory may not see,
Only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

As we watch the restoration of our church and hear the magnificent organ, the imagery in this hymn truly comes to life as we see and hear God in Three Persons – Blessed Trinity!

Elizabeth Clay

2021 Lenten Schedule ~ Click HERE to view our Lenten Schedule.

This week our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in more than 25 countries still struggling to recover from former communist rule. Funds from this collection support reconstruction, education, formation, and poverty outreach. Please be generous to the collection today. For more information please visit www.uscch.org/ccee.                                  

Covid19 vaccines will be available at Blessed Trinity and other neighboring churches. If you would like to register to be vaccinated, please complete the paper form available with the bulletins or the online form at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IFX5XWMK21z5jqCW7629dj84H1RdP2sHOqNWPA_CmKg/edit?usp=drive_web

Zoom Bible Study continues on Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm. We are now reading Chapters 20-22 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.

Interior restoration ~ Now that repairs to the tile roof of the church – part of our grant project – have been completed, restoration of interior artwork and repairs to the ceiling of the church have begun. Master plasterer Josh of Mader Construction Co., Inc. helped parishioners to appreciate the process by setting up a display in church. In this photo, you can see the molds he makes to recreate deteriorated ornamental pieces. For additional photos, visit our Facebook page. The work is expected to continue through March 2021.

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

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.

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.

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 is underway! “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Jesus calls us to help and love our neighbors, especially those who are struggling. Catholic Charities of Buffalo offers several basic and emergency services, such as food, housing, medications and clothing. Your donation to Appeal 2021 can help us continue to give food to the hungry, clothes to the naked and shelter to the homeless. For more information about Catholic Charities and our other services and programs, visit www.ccwny.org or call our Helpline at 716-218-1419. Catholic Charities is: HOPE for all seasons. To make a secure online donation at www.ccwny.org/donation. In addition to supporting Catholic Charities, Appeal 2021also helps to support the Fund for the Faith. Established in 1937 by Bishop John Duffy out of concern for those in need of spiritual comfort due to hardships of the Great Depression, the Fund for the Faith continues to provide spiritual nourishment throughout our diocese today. Proceeds provide ministry support services that are instrumental to the vitality of our faith experience and enable us to more effectively spread the Gospel message of Christ’s love. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, donations to the Fund for the Faith are more important than ever as we extend comfort to all of God’s people – our family, friends and neighbors alike. Our hope and prayer is that a successful Fund for the Faith drive will help restore and support expanded ministries including Catholic education and formation programming for youth and young families. For a list of the programs the Fund for the Faith supports, go to www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs.

Important information for those having a claim against the Diocese of Buffalo:

United States Bankruptcy Court
for the Western District of New York
in re The Diocese of Buffalo NY
Case No. 20-10322

Please take notice that, on February 28, 2020, The Diocese of Buffalo NY, (“Diocese”) filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”). The Bankruptcy Court has established August 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim, against the Diocese (the “Bar Date”). If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit https://case.stretto.com/dioceseofbuffalo or call 855-292-7696 for more information on how to file your proof of claim.

IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM, YOU MAY FORFEIT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OF REORGANIZATION AND TO SHARE IN ANY DISTRIBUTIONS TO CREDITORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE DIOCESE’S CHAPTER 11 CASE.

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

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

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

“It is a longstanding practice to place relics of martyrs and saints in the altar or an altar stone within an altar.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church at page 29). Relics in Blessed Trinity’s Altar of Sacrifice include St. Benignus who the Church remembers on February 13. Benignus was a priest in Todi, Italy, who was martyred (c. 303) during the persecutions of Diocletian. He is one of 140 saints memorialized on the colonnades in Saint Peter’s Square.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Virtual Wine Tasting, sponsored by St. John the Baptist, Kenmore, on Saturday, February 13 at 7 pm. Bundles include: three 750ml bottles of wine; sommelier-led seminar (via Zoom); blind tasting with bottle reveal and a special gift from our host, Addy’s Wine & Spirits. To learn more about this special event and to RSVP, contact Michelle Salemi at 716-877-6401 or msalemi [at] stjohnskenmore [dot] com.

Take-out Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14 from 1-3 pm at St. Gregory the Great, Williamsville. Menu: salad, beef tenderloin, twice-baked potato, vegetable and dessert. Dinners will be packaged and tenderloin will be ready to cook, the remaining meal will be fully cooked with reheat instructions. Pick-up at St. Gregory the Great Parish Ministry Center, 100 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville. Pre-sale tickets only; call 716-688-5678 or order online at  https://givebutter.com/bvAdi2.

Tuition Assistance for Private Grammar Schools. The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund’s pre-application is now available for NEW families in the 8 counties of Western New York for the 2021-22 school year. The BISON Fund provides tuition assistance to economically eligible children entering kindergarten – 8th grade. If selected, the scholarships can be used at any private grammar school in WNY. The deadline to apply is February 28. You can apply online at www.bisonfund.com. The average scholarship is $1,480 and the maximum award is $2,500. For more information, call 716-854-0869, ext.1.

Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day ~ Valentine’s Day Depression is real. It is one of those holidays that can trigger unwanted emotions and upset your mental health. Whether you are single or in a relationship, all is not lost. Click HERE for some simple tips from Mental Health Advocates of WNY, and have a great Valentine’s Day for your mental health.

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 31, 2021 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Presentation of the Lord
February 2
When the days were completed for their purification…they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord….” Lk. 2:22. The Presentation is also remembered in a Joyful Mystery of the Rosary of the same name, which is symbolized along with the other Joyful Mysteries in the rose window in the left transept of the church. The symbol – a ruby star – is the second symbol from the bottom on the right.
Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” page 43.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

January 31 – February 7, 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

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

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

Wednesday, February 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ~ EXTENDED HOURSCatholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall
Now operating every other Wednesday (Feb 3, 17, Mar 3, etc.) but with extended hours. Volunteers will distribute pre-prepared bags of groceries.

Saturday, February 6 at 2:30 p.m. ~ Liturgy Committee meeting in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. ~ ZOOM Bible study: the Acts of the Apostles (chapters 20-22)

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 31 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Charles Horton (Req. Grace Schaefer and Ann Chriscitiello) and Praying for Deceased Members of Emesfu Family (Req. by Fidelia Ejimadu)

Monday, February 1 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds, and Pfeiffer Families (Req. by Estate of Mary Reilly)

Tuesday, February 2 ~ The Presentation of the Lord ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Praying for All Souls (Req. by St. Theresa Parish)

Wednesday, February 3 ~ St. Blaise, St. Ansgar ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of the Souls of Arthur and Lillian Hildman (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Thursday, February 4 ~ No Mass scheduled.

Friday, February 5 ~ St. Agatha ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Repose of the Soul of Daisy Neves (Req. by Our Lady of Victory Parish)

Saturday, February 6 ~ St. Paul Miki & Companions ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Blessings for Charles Horton (Req. Grace Schaefer and Ann Chriscitiello)

Sunday, February 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Joy for Catherine Ball (Req. by Family) 

Lector Schedule ~ Feb 6: Michael Ogoh; Feb 7: Pam Zanghi

News from our Parish Community

A note from Father Bob ~ This weekend in anticipation of the Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, due to covid restrictions, the blessing of throats will be a general blessing and will take place at the end of mass. Next week [Feb 6/7] we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This collection supports the Church in more than 25 countries that still struggle to recover from former communist rule. Funds from this collection support pastoral care, catechesis, building renovations, and seminary formation. Your support restores the Church and builds the future in this region. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection next week. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/ccee.

Know Your Faith: Scripture is Not Silent

A few years ago a young pregnant woman brought her five-year old to a clinic for school vaccines. She told the clinic staff that she hoped to be able to go to school to study public health since her medical school education and pediatric experience could not be used in this country. “Why,” asked a staff member, “would you leave your home if you cannot work here?” She replied without a moment’s hesitation, “Because I was tired of hiding my baby from the bombs.”

I wonder what kind of welcome Mary and Joseph received when they arrived in Egypt with their baby. Was Mary scared? She did not have her own mother to help her with Jesus. Did she speak the language of the other mothers? Scripture is silent.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says “the Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.” Both rights and responsibilities. The right to life is the primary right, but that also includes those things required “for human decency.” Because of this, we each have rights and duties. Perhaps most significantly, the bishops go beyond ourselves and our families to the larger society. They use the example of the refugee – whether caused by famine, war or persecution – to illustrate. A few weeks ago we heard the evangelist tell us that even a king may be forced to flee his home and go with his parents to a foreign land. When that king grew up, he taught that it was our duty to welcome the stranger. And, that when we do so, we welcome him.

Rights and responsibilities – like the old song says, “You can’t have one without the other.” Scripture is not silent on this. To learn more and to see a list of relevant scripture.

A Poem for Candlemas Day ~ “Though the 12 days of Christmas ended with Twelfth Night and Epiphany, there is another sense in which this season, in which we reflect on the great mystery of God in Christ as an infant, continues until February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. This feast came to be called by the shorter and more beautiful name of Candlemas because the day it celebrates, recorded in Luke 2:22-40, is the day the old man Simeon took the baby in his arms and recognised him as ‘A Light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.’ ” Malcolm Guite

Candlemas by Malcom Guite

They came, as called, according to the Law.
Though they were poor and had to keep things simple,
They moved in grace, in quietness, in awe,
For God was coming with them to His temple.
Amidst the outer court’s commercial bustle
They’d waited hours, enduring shouts and shoves,
Buyers and sellers, sensing one more hustle,
Had made a killing on the two young doves.
They come at last with us to Candlemas
And keep the day the prophecies came true
We glimpse with them, amidst our busyness,
The peace that Simeon and Anna knew.
For Candlemas still keeps His kindled light,
Against the dark our Saviour’s face is bright.

You can read more of Father Guite’s reflection on the meaning of Candlemas Day by visiting his blog.

Covid19 vaccines will be available at Blessed Trinity and other neighboring churches. If you would like to register to be vaccinated, please complete the paper form available with the bulletins or the online form at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IFX5XWMK21z5jqCW7629dj84H1RdP2sHOqNWPA_CmKg/edit?usp=drive_web

The Liturgy Committee will meet at 2:30pm on Saturday, February 6, in St. Charles Hall.

Zoom Bible Study continues on Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm. We are now reading Chapters 20-22 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.

Transept Scaffolding

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.

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

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.

Catholic Charities Appeal 2021 is underway! Bishop Michael Fisher, Appeal 2021 Chair Rick Cronin, and Deacon Steve Schumer launched the Appeal earlier this week and announced the $10 million goal, as well as the campaign theme, HOPE for all seasons, and this year’s patron saint, Ignatius Loyola. Your donation to the Appeal can support Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Fund for the Faith. Your donation stays in Western New York and helps those in our communities who are struggling to live, work and support their families, and those who need spiritual care and support. You help provide HOPE for all seasons. And it couldn’t be easier: visit www.ccwny.org/donation or call our Helpline at 716-218-1419 today! In addition to supporting Catholic Charities, Appeal 2021also helps to support the Fund for the Faith. Established in 1937 by Bishop John Duffy out of concern for those in need of spiritual comfort due to hardships of the Great Depression, the Fund for the Faith continues to provide spiritual nourishment throughout our diocese today. Proceeds provide ministry support services that are instrumental to the vitality of our faith experience and enable us to more effectively spread the Gospel message of Christ’s love. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, donations to the Fund for the Faith are more important than ever as we extend comfort to all of God’s people – our family, friends and neighbors alike. Our hope and prayer is that a successful Fund for the Faith drive will help restore and support expanded ministries including Catholic education and formation programming for youth and young families. For a list of the programs the Fund for the Faith supports, go to www.ccwny.org/appeal-programs.

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

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

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

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

The Presentation of the Lord
January 2
The early life of Christ is depicted in relief in six terra cotta medallions in the narthex of the church. Here we see “The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple” (Luke 2:22-40).
Photo credit: Margaret Dick.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Tuition Assistance for Private Grammar Schools. The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund’s pre-application is now available for NEW families in the 8 counties of Western New York for the 2021-22 school year. The BISON Fund provides tuition assistance to economically eligible children entering kindergarten – 8th grade. If selected, the scholarships can be used at any private grammar school in WNY. The deadline to apply is February 28. You can apply online at www.bisonfund.com. The average scholarship is $1,480 and the maximum award is $2,500. For more information, call 716-854-0869, ext.1.

Love Yourself this Valentine’s Day ~ Valentine’s Day Depression is real. It is one of those holidays that can trigger unwanted emotions and upset your mental health. Whether you are single or in a relationship, all is not lost. Click HERE for some simple tips from Mental Health Advocates of WNY, and have a great Valentine’s Day for your mental health.

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.