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. 

 

Gospel of Matthew:   Join our regular Bible Study every Tuesday from 4-5 PM via Zoom: Click Here 

 

 

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

Faith Formation Year for our Family of Parishes 2022-23

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

We’ve introduced a new kids’ bulletin with puzzles and coloring pages.  It will be available every weekend.  Our books are ready to go out for Home Study.  If you haven’t registered, please get your registration form in and your child’s books will be available the following weekend. 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. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) for more information. Fee is $6.

February 7; or May 9 

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.

March 9, and June 8 @ 5:30 PM

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. The class will be held at BT on February 9. Contact Pat Dyer (BT) or Debbie Obstarczyk (STL) for more information. Fee is $6.

Home Study began October 9.  Please have books completed by our final class on February 9 .  This class is in-person.

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.

April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25. Retreat June 10.  First Communion June 11

Confirmation

Confirmation classes are held on Thursday evenings.  Candidates must be active members of one of our parishes, and at least a high school freshman.  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.  Part One: Life on Purpose, a four-session program, begins 6:30 PM, Thursday, March 2 at Ss. Columba-Brigid.  Bring a friend – even if your friend is not seeking to be Confirmed.   There will be a service component.  Contact Dcn. Jerry Hodson (CB) for more information. Fee is $6.  (Part Two – Decision Point –  will be a six-week program in Fall 2023.  Students must attend both parts of the program.  Contact Pat Dyer at Blessed Trinity for make-up sessions.)  Confirmation is November 2023.

 Movie Nights – Temporarily suspended

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. 

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 – What a wonderful time we had.  A new series will begin in Fall 2023

Enjoy a relaxing time with others interested in exploring the Christian Faith for the first time or expanding their knowledge.  We’ll be at a new site next year 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.

 

Scripture Studies 

Virtual from BT via Zoom.  Featuring 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. 

 

    

 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