FAITH FORMATION-

NOT JUST FOR KIDS ANYMORE

OFFICE HOURS are by appointment!  Please feel free to call at any time.
716-256-2598

 

See our Family of Parishes calendar to get all the up-to-date information. 

Alpha is coming to our Family of Parishes! View a promo here! September 27 at St. Lawrence 5:30 PM 

 

Check out the Life Resources Page Here:  https://blessedtrinitybuffalo.org/life-resources/

We have resources to help parents, when empowering children to protect themselves.  Click here.

September 13, 2022 join our regular Bible Study every Tuesday from 4-5 PM via Zoom: Click Here

Book Club discussion registration here!  Join us as #OneBody guides our discussion on race.  

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is scheduled for October 2 during 10 AM Mass.  Please consider becoming Protecting God’s Children certified so that you can help out. We hope that the new learning packets are helpful to you as the first teachers of your children. 

Our first Fall Movie Night features Fr. Stu (14-17 must be accompanied by an adult) – September  23 at 6:30 PM.  Ss. Columba-Brigid.

 

 

Faith Formation Year for our Family of Parishes 2022 

All fees cover the cost of materials only.  Thank you for understanding.  If you are unable to pay, your parish can help. Contact the office.  This information will also be updated regularly on our websites. 

Baptism Preparation

Please contact the rectory to register for a session to help you prepare for the baptism of your child under 7 years old.  Sessions are held three times a year. We begin at 5:30 PM with a light supper.  All Baptism sessions are held at BT in St. Charles Hall.  Newborns are welcome to attend with you if needed.  If you have an older child that must come with you, please let the office know when you register so that we can provide appropriate space and supervision for them. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. Fee is $6.

October 27, November 3, and 10; or February 2, 9, and 16; or May 4, 11, and 18 

Religious Education Kindergarten through High School

Please fully complete the registration form.  Children over age 7 who have not been baptized will also enroll in RCIA-Children.  Parents are required to attend the quarterly sessions with their children and are expected to worship with one of our Family of Parishes and complete their at-home assignments.  All classes begin with a light supper at 5:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. Fee is $6/child.  Maximum fee is $20.

December 8, March 9, and June 1

First Reconciliation

Children in Grade 2 or above are invited to join us as we discover the mercy of God.  We begin with supper at 5:30 PM.  Parents attend with their children. All classes will be held at BT. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) or Debbie Obstarczyk (STL) for more information. Fee is $6.

September 15, September 22, September 29, October 6, October 13, and October 20

First Reconciliation – TBA   

First Communion

Children who have made their First Reconciliation are welcome to prepare to join us at the Table of the Lord.  We begin with supper at 5:30 PM.  Parents attend with their children.  All classes will be held at Blessed Trinity.  Contact Pat Dyer (BT) or Debbie Obstarczyk (STL) for more information.  Fee is $6.

February 23, March 2, March 16, March 23, March 30, and April 13

Retreat on April 15 and First Communion April 16 

Confirmation

Confirmation classes are held on Sunday evenings.  Candidates must be active members of one of our parishes, at least a high school sophomore, and participating in our program of Faith Formation.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to choose a Godparent/Sponsor prior to the start of classes and to have the Godparent attend classes with the candidate.  There will be a service component.  Contact Dcn. Jerry Hodson (CB) for more information. Fee is $6.

 Movie Nights

All movie nights are held at CB at 6:30 PM every other month on a Friday evening.  These events are for Adults Only! Unless otherwise noted. We serve wine and cheese as well as soft drinks.  We view popular movies that were filmed for a secular audience to focus on a theme. Beginning with our November movie, the themes will relate to the Sunday scripture for the next Church year. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. No fee. 

September 23 Fr. Stu (2022) This movie is rated R; however, we will not be serving wine, and adolescents of high school age and above may come if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The film focuses on themes of redemption and suffering. 

November 18 Where the Heart Is (2000) Join us as we celebrate the season and experience a “Christmas Miracle.” Isaiah 7:10-14 and Mt 1:18-24  

January 9 The Fisher King (1991) Everyone takes a good look at his or her life when the new year rolls around.  Share this film with us and expect an epiphany. Isaiah 60:1-6 and MT 2:1-12 

February 17 Cookie’s Fortune (1999) This film features a well-known cast and explores Lenten themes of penance, prayer, fasting, and humility. Joel 2:12-18 and Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 

Please join us for Stations of the Cross during Lent and find the return of Movie Nights in May.  We may show Passion of the Christ on one Friday. Isaiah 52:13-53 and John 18:1-19:42

May 5 Places in the Heart (1984) Sally Fields stars in this film about poverty, grit, racial relations, and sexism.  This, Fr. Bob’s choice film, was postponed in 2022 due to a Covid-19 surge.  Don’t miss it this time around. Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 24-16 and John 6:51-58 

Adult and Adolescent Conversation Starter Series

Contemporary topics of major importance are presented throughout the year, sometimes in conjunction with other organizations. Held at SMdP.  Watch for announcements. Contact Pat Dyer (BT.) No fee.

Alpha

Enjoy a relaxing time with others interested in exploring the Christian Faith for the first time or expanding their knowledge.  We’ll be at STL for supper at 5:30 PM and a short video followed by friendly conversation.  There are 11 sessions in this series.  Adults who wish to enter the Church should enroll in this and also a five-week RCIA session in the spring. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. No fee.

September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8,

November 15, November 22, November 29, and December 6

Scripture Studies 

Virtual from BT via Zoom.  Featuring the Gospel of Luke (No fee) followed by the  Gospel of Matthew – finishes after Lent (No fee,) and the Gospel of John: Eight Encounters with Jesus that will Change Your Life during Lent (Fee $13 for workbook.)  Tuesdays at 4 PM.  Contact Pat Dyer for a link or see the Facebook page for Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo. 

 In-person at SMdP second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.  Contact Barrett Fletcher for more information or call SMdP. No fee.

 In-person at CB prior to 10 AM Sunday Mass featuring the weekly scripture readings.  For more information contact CB. No fee.

 RCIA

This is a five-week class that discusses the rites themselves and is held in the spring prior to Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation.  The classes offer similar content but are geared to different age groups.  Please sign-up for Children (age 7 to 15) or Adults (age 16 and up.)  Both classes are held at CB on Sundays. No fee.

 Adults who have been baptized but have not received the other sacraments are encouraged to speak with one of our group leaders.  They will be able to help you decide what type of preparation, if any, is needed. 

Compassion Ministry

This is a six to seven-week class during which enrollees are prepared to extend the hospitality of the Church to those unable to join us at Mass.  We begin with the scriptural basis of lay ministry and move into the topics of building relationships, safety, grief, and visitation in institutions/special circumstances.  Eucharistic Minister training is held in the last class. All classes will be held at Blessed Trinity in the Faith Formation classroom. If enrollees are ALL already Eucharistic Ministers, this class will be incorporated into another where we focus on bringing Communion to the sick and homebound. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) or Joyce Menifee (SMdP.) STL 6:30 PM. No fee.

September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 17, 24 (We will need to adjust dates a little since the Eucharistic Minister instructor will likely come on a Saturday.)

 Service

A joint Family of Parishes project is being planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Buffalo.  Plan to join us in October as we serve our parishes and neighborhoods.  Opportunities to participate will be available at many levels.  Contact coordinators Paula Hunt (CB) and Lanette Jennings (SMdP.)  More details are forthcoming.

 Family Game Night

Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with us at STL on October 29 at 5:30 PM.  We’ll meet for supper and games.  Join us for Family Feud and Jeopardy.  Come dressed as your favorite saint.  Small prizes for best costume and game winners.  Contact Debbie Obstarzyck (STL,) Pat Dyer (BT,) or Paula Hunt (CB.)  No fee.  Homemade ice cream sandwiches for purchase to benefit Heifer International.   

 Prayers

Prayers for First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation

WEBSITES WORTH A LOOK

BUSTED HALO – Very teen and young adult friendly

USCCB – Current topics Older teens and adults

Holy Heroes – Activities for pre-school and school age children

Teaching Catholic Kids – From Our Sunday Visitor

 

WISH LIST

  • Construction paper & glue sticks 
  • Crayons – both mixed colors and multicultural skin colors
  • Hole punch, Children’s scissors & chalk
  • Yarn, ribbon &  cord
  • Lunch food for kids meetings, snacks for adult programs
  • Push pins & poster putty &Puppets
  • Bright colored cotton or cotton blend fabric
  • Sponsor a child’s textbook $15
  • Four mixed bags of jelly beans

FAITH FORMATION-

NOT JUST FOR KIDS ANYMORE

OFFICE HOURS are by appointment!  Please feel free to call at any time.
716-256-2598

 

See our Family of Parishes calendar to get all the up-to-date information. 

 

 

 

Check out the Life Resources Page Here:  https://blessedtrinitybuffalo.org/life-resources/

We have resources to help parents, when empowering children to protect themselves.  Click here.

Summer hiatus: Resuming on September 13, 2022 join our regular Bible Study every Tuesday from 4-5 PM via Zoom: Click Here

Summer reading!  It is time for the book club discussion led by #OneBody.  Click here to register for the discussion.

Faith Formation Year for our Family of Parishes 2022 

All fees cover the cost of materials only.  Thank you for understanding.  If you are unable to pay, your parish can help. Contact the office.  This information will also be updated regularly on our websites. 

Baptism Preparation

Please contact the rectory to register for a session to help you prepare for the baptism of your child under 7 years old.  Sessions are held three times a year. We begin at 5:30 PM with a light supper.  All Baptism sessions are held at BT in St. Charles Hall.  Newborns are welcome to attend with you if needed.  If you have an older child that must come with you, please let the office know when you register so that we can provide appropriate space and supervision for them. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. Fee is $6.

October 27, November 3, and 10; or February 2, 9, and 16; or May 4, 11, and 18 

Religious Education Kindergarten through High School

Please fully complete the registration form.  Children over age 7 who have not been baptized will also enroll in RCIA-Children.  Parents are required to attend the quarterly sessions with their children and are expected to worship with one of our Family of Parishes and complete their at-home assignments.  All classes begin with a light supper at 5:30 PM at Ss. Columba-Brigid. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. Fee is $6/child.  Maximum fee is $20.

December 8, March 9, and June 1

First Reconciliation

Children in Grade 2 or above are invited to join us as we discover the mercy of God.  We begin with supper at 5:30 PM.  Parents attend with their children. All classes will be held at BT. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) or Debbie Obstarczyk (STL) for more information. Fee is $6.

September 15, September 22, September 29, October 6, October 13, and October 20

First Reconciliation – TBA   

First Communion

Children who have made their First Reconciliation are welcome to prepare to join us at the Table of the Lord.  We begin with supper at 5:30 PM.  Parents attend with their children.  All classes will be held at Blessed Trinity.  Contact Pat Dyer (BT) or Debbie Obstarczyk (STL) for more information.  Fee is $6.

February 23, March 2, March 16, March 23, March 30, and April 13

Retreat on April 15 and First Communion April 16 

Confirmation

Confirmation classes are held on Sunday evenings.  Candidates must be active members of one of our parishes, at least a high school sophomore, and participating in our program of Faith Formation.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to choose a Godparent/Sponsor prior to the start of classes and to have the Godparent attend classes with the candidate.  There will be a service component.  Contact Dcn. Jerry Hodson (CB) for more information. Fee is $6.

 Movie Nights

All movie nights are held at CB at 6:30 PM every other month on a Friday evening.  These events are for Adults Only! Unless otherwise noted. We serve wine and cheese as well as soft drinks.  We view popular movies that were filmed for a secular audience to focus on a theme. Beginning with our November movie, the themes will relate to the Sunday scripture for the next Church year. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. No fee. 

September 23 Fr. Stu (2022) This movie is rated R; however, we will not be serving wine, and adolescents of high school age and above may come if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The film focuses on themes of redemption and suffering. 

November 18 Where the Heart Is (2000) Join us as we celebrate the season and experience a “Christmas Miracle.” Isaiah 7:10-14 and Mt 1:18-24  

January 9 The Fisher King (1991) Everyone takes a good look at his or her life when the new year rolls around.  Share this film with us and expect an epiphany. Isaiah 60:1-6 and MT 2:1-12 

February 17 Cookie’s Fortune (1999) This film features a well-known cast and explores Lenten themes of penance, prayer, fasting, and humility. Joel 2:12-18 and Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 

Please join us for Stations of the Cross during Lent and find the return of Movie Nights in May.  We may show Passion of the Christ on one Friday. Isaiah 52:13-53 and John 18:1-19:42

May 5 Places in the Heart (1984) Sally Fields stars in this film about poverty, grit, racial relations, and sexism.  This, Fr. Bob’s choice film, was postponed in 2022 due to a Covid-19 surge.  Don’t miss it this time around. Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 24-16 and John 6:51-58 

Adult and Adolescent Conversation Starter Series

Contemporary topics of major importance are presented throughout the year, sometimes in conjunction with other organizations. Held at SMdP.  Watch for announcements. Contact Pat Dyer (BT.) No fee.

Alpha

Enjoy a relaxing time with others interested in exploring the Christian Faith for the first time or expanding their knowledge.  We’ll be at STL for supper at 5:30 PM and a short video followed by friendly conversation.  There are 11 sessions in this series.  Adults who wish to enter the Church should enroll in this and also a five-week RCIA session in the spring. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. No fee.

September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 8,

November 15, November 22, November 29, and December 6

Scripture Studies 

Virtual from BT via Zoom.  Featuring the Gospel of Luke (No fee) followed by the  Gospel of Matthew – finishes after Lent (No fee,) and the Gospel of John: Eight Encounters with Jesus that will Change Your Life during Lent (Fee $13 for workbook.)  Tuesdays at 4 PM.  Contact Pat Dyer for a link or see the Facebook page for Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo. 

 In-person at SMdP second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.  Contact Barrett Fletcher for more information or call SMdP. No fee.

 In-person at CB prior to 10 AM Sunday Mass featuring the weekly scripture readings.  For more information contact CB. No fee.

 RCIA

This is a five-week class that discusses the rites themselves and is held in the spring prior to Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation.  The classes offer similar content but are geared to different age groups.  Please sign-up for Children (age 7 to 15) or Adults (age 16 and up.)  Both classes are held at CB on Sundays. No fee.

 Adults who have been baptized but have not received the other sacraments are encouraged to speak with one of our group leaders.  They will be able to help you decide what type of preparation, if any, is needed. 

Compassion Ministry

This is a six to seven-week class during which enrollees are prepared to extend the hospitality of the Church to those unable to join us at Mass.  We begin with the scriptural basis of lay ministry and move into the topics of building relationships, safety, grief, and visitation in institutions/special circumstances.  Eucharistic Minister training is held in the last class.  If enrollees are ALL already Eucharistic Ministers, this class will be incorporated into another where we focus on bringing Communion to the sick and homebound. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) or Joyce Menifee (SMdP.) STL 6:30 PM. No fee.

September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 10, 17, 24 (We will need to adjust dates a little since the Eucharistic Minister instructor will likely come on a Saturday.)

 Service

A joint Family of Parishes project is being planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Buffalo.  Plan to join us in October as we serve our parishes and neighborhoods.  Opportunities to participate will be available at many levels.  Contact coordinators Paula Hunt (CB) and Lanette Jennings (SMdP.)  More details are forthcoming.

 Family Game Night

Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with us at STL on October 29 at 5:30 PM.  We’ll meet for supper and games.  Join us for Family Feud and Jeopardy.  Come dressed as your favorite saint.  Small prizes for best costume and game winners.  Contact Debbie Obstarzyck (STL,) Pat Dyer (BT,) or Paula Hunt (CB.)  No fee.  Homemade ice cream sandwiches for purchase to benefit Heifer International.   

 Prayers

Prayers for First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation

WEBSITES WORTH A LOOK

BUSTED HALO – Very teen and young adult friendly

USCCB – Current topics Older teens and adults

Holy Heroes – Activities for pre-school and school age children

Teaching Catholic Kids – From Our Sunday Visitor

 

WISH LIST

  • Construction paper & glue sticks 
  • Crayons – both mixed colors and multicultural skin colors
  • Hole punch, Children’s scissors & chalk
  • Yarn, ribbon &  cord
  • Lunch food for kids meetings, snacks for adult programs
  • Push pins & poster putty &Puppets
  • Bright colored cotton or cotton blend fabric
  • Sponsor a child’s textbook $15
  • Four mixed bags of jelly beans