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OFFICE HOURS are by appointment! Please feel free to call at anytime – I am working from home.
Fall has certainly arrived and along with it the winds of change. Change causes both excitement and trepidation. We’re doing more again, but with lots of precautions in place. We’re looking for new ways of doing things – our Bible Study is going to stay virtual so snow storms won’t interfere. We’ll welcome our new administrator in November – though he has been in charge since October 1. As winter slowly arrives, it seems a good time for contempletion. Coming in November, we will have a couple of sessions explaing Spiritual Direction. Is God calling you to a deeper relationship? Join us to hear more about it. This will be an in-person socially distanced meeting. Also – coming in December, we will have our first meeting for elementary and middle school students along with their parents. Watch for the meeting announcement.
Racism Reflection on Family and Friends
I have been thinking a lot lately about racism and prejudices. There have been a lot of subtle things from black and white Americans that have surprised me with questions about their underlying meaning. The mother of a teen boy who didn’t want her son dating anyone who “lives there” – he is white, the girl of mixed heritage. The mother of a black boy who thought a white girl was an “OK” date, but not marriage material. A black man with mental illness beat up by police while a white teen with similar problems was treated well. An “African American” parish – does that mean whites shouldn’t go there? Didn’t God make us, too? And, I know that I have probably done it, too. I think that is the saddest part.
“Zoom” along with me! I will be leading this group using Lectio Divina with the Gospel of Mark beginning with Advent. Discover more about the Gospel used in our next Church year and learn more about this type of prayer.
Two diocesan projects that are very timely and for Catholic adults (though non-Catholics may join) are a local chapter of Catholic Relief Services and #OneBody. Please consider joining us for one of these.
What can we know?
“Zoom” Along with Me Every other Tuesday at 7:00PM via Zoom
Bible Study of the Book of Acts as We Explore the Beginnings of Our Church and the Church of Today.
This group study will all take place on Zoom and will be approximately an hour to an hour and a half in length. Each participant will need to have a personal Bible and a copy of the recent Vatican document on parishes which can be downloaded here. So, Come along with me, NEW MEETING DAY is Tuesday beginning September 15 at 7:00 PM and every other week as we explore just what is Church. This is the ZOOM information: Meeting ID:762 8722 8149 and Pass Code: jLD8Gg. Here is the link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76287228149?pwd=Z1ZueTgvTHZRZDJoL000d1krQU8zQT09 Go to Zoom.com to get a free account or you can wait for the email invitation to be sent. Join a “Socially Distancing” friend with masks if you don’t have a computer of your own. Call Pat Dyer 256-2598 for more information.
UPCOMING CLASSES – Call to Register
Lectio Divina and the Gospel of Mark – Dates and times to be announced. Begins in December 2020.
Adults over 16:
Beginning Bible Study – This is an interesting series that explores the Bible explaining how it came to be and the different types of writing. Or check out our Zoom Study. This series will get you ready for those discussions. Each episode is less than 10 minutes. You can find it here – Bible Project
Adult Confirmation – Classes have begun. Look for our on-line study page. We will begin meeting again soon. Please call me if you are out of high school and wish to join for Confirmation at our 2021 Easter Vigil. Here is Session Two Study Guide Link:Lesson Two Catholic Social Teaching
Adult Confirmation – Lesson Three Forming Catholic Consciences
Faithful Citizenship – Cancelled We will have an on-line study page available soon – See link above Forming Catholic Consciences. This will be rescheduled for classroom discussion as soon as we are able to begin having meetings again. Links below are from the USCCB.
First Reconciliation and First Communion – Classes begin Sundays after the 10AM Mass in February.
Spiritual Advisement Information Session – Comming November 2020. Requires registration to enable social distancing.
Weekly Lessons for school age children will be available at the east parking lot entrance to the church again beginning in November. Make your own Rosaries will be available the last weekend of October. Additional lessons can be found on the links pages.
Catholic Relief Services New Local Chapter
A new group has formed in Buffalo! Next meeting is second weekend of November. If you are interested in social justice, especially world or national issues, you may be interested in the newly formed local Catholic Relief Services chapter. I invite you to join us for our next meeting. Contact me for a link. Give me a call for more information at 256-2598.
Racism in America and in the Church and in Our Hearts
Have you considered joining #OneBody, a Catholic approach to conversation on the topic of racism? If you’d like more information, please let me know or contact Althea Porter. The group will begin meeting more frequently. You can check back here for links, meeting information etc as it becomes available. To help you get started on the journey, I am posting links to videos watched by group members prior to the summer meeting. People were given plenty of opportunity for reflection and sharing, but there is no pressure to do so.
Next meeting is expected to be in October or November. Learn to recognize racism in ourselves and take what we learn out into the world where we live and work.
Volunteers Are Still Needed – We Need to be Ready
Volunteers are needed to support the programs here at Blessed Trinity. We will meet every two to three months to prepare lessons that will be used every week. Volunteers for this position do not need to meet the Protecting God’s Children requirement. No experience needed.
Other volunteers will be needed to provide classroom support for quarterly meetings of children beginning in December. Support for meeting the Protecting God’s Children requirement will be provided. If you like to work with kids, this position is for you.
Volunteers to fix lunch for our quarterly meetings with our school age children are needed.
Support for our adult programs. See adult programs for opportunities.
- 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
- Children’s religious stories books (new or like new)
- Pillows which can be used on the floor
- Colored copier paper
- Printer ink – ask which kind we need
- Sponsor a child’s textbook $15
- Four mixed bags of jelly beans & ½ pound of wheat seed
- Small ziplock lunch bags
- Two mirrors
- Tree of Life template/stencil (for painting)
- Coffee Pot & Small microwave
- Flat screen internet ready television 36-40 inches with built-in DVD player, and a stand (so we can use it in several different spaces.)
What can we hope for?
Prayer and Spirituality
Sunday 10AM Mass as well as Saturday 4:30PM and weekday Masses have resumed, and we’d love to see you here. But, are you ready to come back? Here is a good reflection that will help you to decide. Five Things to Consider
We will be rescheduling our Spiritual Direction information session in November, but I thought that you might like to have some other resources available right now. This is an old book, Fresh Bread and Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment by Joyce Rupp. It is a guide which can be used for an entire year. This excerpt is from May. “When I look at the earth so lovely in springtime readiness, I reflect on what it is like to have my heart ready for the word of God. I, too, must be open to the turning over and turning under of last year’s harvest. … Most of all, I must believe in my potential to receive the word of God and my potential to become an ever more whole human being, recognizing and developing the gifts which the sower has given me.” (Rupp, 1985, p 69)