We are happy to announce that Explore Buffalo will return for a holiday season tour on Wednesday, December 29, at 2pm. Invite your friends to experience our landmark with its Christmas décor. To make a reservation for “Inside* Blessed Trinity,” click HERE. (*Weather permitting, we’ll be outside, too). A portion of each ticket price is returned to Blessed Trinity.
On Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 2pm, the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum returns for an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols. Works by Byrd, Handl-Gallus, Hassler, Praetorius, Rheinberger, Victoria and others will be performed. Lessons and Carols is a service of scripture readings and sung responses that tell the story of salvation from Genesis to Revelation. It takes you on a journey through time that begins in the Garden of Eden with the fall of man, and leads up to the coming of a Savior. The journey does not end with the coming of Christmas, however. It is an ongoing journey that continues every day of our lives until Christ comes again in glory. Join us for this beautiful preparation to welcome Jesus into our hearts! The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum is an “a cappella” choir dedicated to preserving, promoting and performing sacred choral works from the great treasury of music of the Catholic Church. Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian Chant to masterpieces of sacred polyphony from the Middle Ages to modern times. For more information, follow them on Facebook @JP2Schola.
In-person tours of our Landmark church will resume this Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 2pm. when Explore Buffalo visits Blessed Trinity. Members of our docent team will showcase the building’s Lombard-Romanesque design and share their knowledge of its unique handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, the extensive use of terra cotta in its construction, and the fantastic array of Christian symbolism found in the interior artwork. To reserve a place for the tour, visit Explore Buffalo and go to October 30 on their calendar.
We are happy to announce that in-person tours of our Landmark church will resume with Explore Buffalo on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 2pm. Members of our docent team will showcase the building’s handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, share their knowledge of the elaborate display of medieval iconography on the terra cotta portico, and explain much of the Christian symbolism found in the interior artwork. To reserve a place for the tour, visit Explore Buffalo and go to October 30 on their calendar.
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.
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.