University Presbyterian Joins Blessed Trinity on Aug 19, 2021 Virtual Statewide Tour of Churches

New York Landmarks Conservancy
Virtual Statewide Tour of Churches
Thursday, August 19. 2021, 6 – 7 PM

You may have visited Blessed Trinity during one of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekends – an annual event held each May from 2010-19. After a pandemic cancellation in 2020, the Conservancy has chosen to restart with a virtual tour of 11 houses of worship in 6 different New York counties. Blessed Trinity and University Presbyterian Church, both located in Buffalo, are the only featured congregations from outside the Albany-NYC area.

Titled “Faith in the Empire State: Houses of Worship Across New York,” the hour-long  ZOOM presentation will visit sacred sites “funded and designed by residents of towns and cities from Long Island to the Great Lakes,” exploring contemporary uses as well as historical significance.

Today Blessed Trinity is home to a small, ethnically and racially diverse congregation. Founded in 1906, the parish originally served a rapidly growing community of mainly German and Irish immigrants. Under construction from 1923-28, the present Landmark church is adjacent to the original combination church and school built in 1907. Many local laborers and artisans were employed in its construction, using only materials manufactured or quarried in the United States. It is recognized as the purest replication of Twelfth Century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure’s unique features include unmolded handmade bricks set in a variety of patterns, extensive use of terra cotta, and an elaborate display of medieval iconography.

Founded in 1921 as a mission church to the University of Buffalo and the developing neighborhood around it, University Presbyterian Church continues its ministry with students, including an intentional Christian living program in the former manse. The church’s food pantry serves the needs of both students and others in the surrounding community.  Before construction was even completed the original wood frame church was too small. To meet the needs of ministry and outreach programs, the new sanctuary wing, with classroom and assembly spaces in the basement, was completed in 1928.The education wing was added in 1956.The architecture is recognized as a distinctive local example of a Georgian Colonial Revival style church, with a Wren-Gibbs inspired portico, tower, and steeple. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There is no charge to join the tour, but pre-registration is required for virtual admission.

Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ, June 26, 2021

Don’t Miss Out on our first ever drive-thru chicken barbeque, Saturday, June 26! Dinners will be served from 2-6pm and feature half chicken grilled on-site, salads made in-house, cornbread and dessert – all for $12. Presale tickets guarantee you won’t be “sold out.” Purchase one after weekend Masses or by calling the rectory office: 716-833-0301.

“Take a Walk” at Blessed Trinity with Explore Buffalo – May 15, 2021

Blessed Trinity docent
interprets iconography on the church façade.

Explore Buffalo Walking Tour
Blessed Trinity’s Exterior
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Blessed Trinity is happy to announce the resumption of church tours with an Explore Buffalo Walking Tour of our Landmark building’s exterior on May 15, 2021. A team of Blessed Trinity docents will be happy to share their knowledge of the history and construction of this Lombard-Romanesque treasure, including the hand-formed Harvard bricks laid in a medieval fashion and the extensive used of terra cotta. And they’ll also help “crack the code” of the church’s medieval iconography. Bring your binoculars. There are examples of Christian symbolism on display all the way to the roof line! Plenty of off-street parking, too. This is a ticketed event, with a portion of the cost being returned to Blessed Trinity. For ticket information, click HERE.

Explore Buffalo “Takes a Walk” at Blessed Trinity – May 15, 2021

Blessed Trinity docent
interprets iconography on the church façade.

Explore Buffalo Walking Tour
Blessed Trinity’s Exterior
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

COVID protocols still restrict interior tours of Blessed Trinity, but we are delighted to welcome an Explore Buffalo Walking Tour of our Landmark building’s exterior on May 15, 2021. A team of Blessed Trinity docents will be happy to share their knowledge of the history and construction of this Lombard-Romanesque treasure, including the hand-formed Harvard bricks laid in a medieval fashion, the extensive used of terra cotta, and the church’s medieval iconography. Bring your binoculars. There are examples of Christian symbolism on display all the way to the roof line! Plenty of off-street parking, too. For ticket information, click HERE.

Holy Week 2021- Schedule of Services

Holy Week 2021
Blessed Trinity Church

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – March 28
Blessing of Palms and Holy Mass

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
(There will no vigil Mass on Saturday)

 

Weekday Masses
March 29 – March 31
Monday – Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Daily Mass Chapel

 

Holy Thursday – April 1
9:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer

7:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by Private Prayer at the Repository

Our church will be open until 10:00 p.m.
for Private Prayer at the Repository.

 

Good Friday – April 2
9:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer

3:00 p.m. – Solemn Service
St. John’s Passion
Veneration of the Cross
Holy Communion

 

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The Easter Vigil – April 3
9:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer

8:00 p.m. – Easter Eve Mass with Choir
Fire and Light
Scripture
Renewal of Baptismal Vows

 

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection – April 4
10:00 a.m. – Easter Sunday Mass
9:50 a.m. – Preludes with Organ and Brass

 

Journey with the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo – Lent 2021

The Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo (“CCCB”) invite you to journey with them this 2021 Lenten season.

Pray The Way of the Cross virtually.
Each Friday features Stations of the Cross from a different parish
beginning at 7 PM (6 PM at St. Martin de Porres on February 26)

Friday February 19 – Pray in both English and Spanish at Ss. Columba-Brigid via Ss. Columba-Brigid Website. (Contact the office for availability of in-person stations).

Friday February 26 – Join St. Martin de Porres on Facebook Live at 6PM, using Everyone’s Way of the Cross. Recorded repeat on the following Fridays. (No in person stations).

Friday March 5 – Pray the St. John Paul II scriptural stations at 7PM with Deacon Paul and Mary Weisenburger at St. Lawrence Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349; Passcode: 355159;.via Telephone: +1 646 558 8656. Interactive. (Contact the office for availability of in-person stations).

Friday March 12 – Stations with the CCCB and Catholic Relief Services via Zoom at 7PM. Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349; Passcode: 355159; via Telephone: +1 646 558 8656.

Friday March 19 – Join the Blessed Trinity parish family at 7PM via Zoom as they travel The Way in the Franciscan tradition. Telephone: +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 897 5400 4349; Passcode: 355159. (Due to construction, there are no in-person Stations this year).

Lenten In-Person Journey Masses begin on Ash Wednesday
and continue at 7PM on the Mondays of Lent, concluding with a Penance Service.

February 17, Ash Wednesday, at Blessed Trinity, 317 Leroy Avenue

February 22 at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory Street

March 1 at Blessed Trinity, 317 Leroy Avenue

March 8 at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Avenue

March 15 at St. Martin de Porres, 555 Northampton Street

March 22 Penance Service at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory Street