The Trinity Series, 2012-2013 Concert Season

The Trinity Series
“Beautiful Music in a Beautiful Space”

A free-will offering will be taken at events, with a suggested donation of $10.
Our church is wheelchair accessible and has off-street parking.

The Harmonia Chamber Singers

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

The Harmonia Chamber Singers, one of Western New York’s finest vocal ensembles, will open our 2012-13 Trinity Concert Series. Please plan to join us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, as Harmonia, under the direction of Rob Pacillo, performs the Victoria Requiem and other a cappella choral works from Poland, Venezuela, and Korea.

Buffalo Brass Choir

Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3 p.m.

Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Choir

Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Villa Maria College Chorale

Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3 p.m.

The Freudig Singers

Friday May 3, 2013 –  ~ 7:30 p.m.

 

Week of December 1, 2019 – First Sunday of Advent

December 1 – 8, 2019

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, December 4 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. ~  Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, December 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Elmer Hartzell (Requested by Madonna Hartzell) and Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Requested by The Duffy Girls)

Monday, December 2 ~ No Service

Tuesday, December 3 ~ St. Francis Xavier ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Mary Nelson (John E. Curtin)

Wednesday, December 4 ~ St. John Damascene ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Rev. Victor Ibhawa)

Thursday, December 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, December 6 ~ St. Nicholas ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, December 7 ~ St. Ambrose ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Blessings for Shirley Monnin (Family)

Sunday, December 8 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Robert and Mary Reilly)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Simon Kresse; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Fidelia Ejimadu, Mary Kresse; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

We welcome your donation of cocoa for Sr. Karen Klimczak’s Christmas Prison Project.

News from our Parish Community

“Share in the Care” ~ The second collection on November 30/December 1 benefits the Retirement Fund for Religious. Historically, Religious have focused on ministering to others rather than on their own retirement needs. Their surplus funds were used to fund their ministries or educate their members. Today, many women and men Religious continue to provide volunteer services for many years beyond retirement. Religious Congregations in the Diocese receive no retirement benefits from the Diocese of Buffalo, Upon This Rock Campaign, or Diocesan Priests Retirement Fund. All donations are used for Congregations with documented financial need to provide for their members over 70 years of age. Your donation to the Retirement Fund for Religious enables not only the care of retired Religious, but also helps assure that their ministries of prayer and service will continue. Please give generously.

Coming Soon ~ Monday, December 9 at 5pm, Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, followed at 6pm with a Healing Service for Victims of Abuse.

As we conclude the Thanksgiving celebrations and begin our Advent season, we are most grateful for the parishioners of Blessed Trinity Church who make our community the special place it has become. May God continue to bless us all and meet us at the point of our needs. Amen.

The Ladies Sodality annual Christmas Dinner is this Tuesday, December 3, at 6pm at The Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. If you have made reservations, please arrange to pay Amy Johnson this weekend. The $25/person price includes the gratuity; wine or beer is available at cost.

Delivering Gifts for Home Bound Parishioners – We are still in need of folks to deliver Christmas gift bags to our parish home bound and those in senior care facilities. Although the gift bags will have to be picked up in St. Charles Hall after Masses on Dec. 7 or 8, they can be delivered any time during that week – or any time before Christmas if you are good at keeping poinsettias alive.  If you are willing to bring a little cheer from the parish family, please contact Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) or Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

An Advent Prayer ~ Singing in the choir at Blessed Trinity is not just about singing at the Sunday Liturgies. We are a prayerful group, and each week we strive to glorify our God through song while we pray for ourselves and others. This is an Advent prayer written by Jeanne Hunt for choir members, but it is applicable to everyone who is preparing for the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let’s get ready – Jesus is coming!

In night’s quiet, when we have time and silence to think, the songs of this season come drifting into our minds.
In the quiet they are welcomed, and our spirits somehow delight in this sweet Advent time.
The dark seems comfortable, and our songs fit the mood of night.
“Come, long-awaited Savior,” into the darkness of our lives.
There is a lot of darkness in our lives…so many places where we live without God.
It is not easy to stay with him. It is not always easy to find him
in our work, in traffic, in our families. But now, gathered together, we come to his light.We can feel the warmth of his love. We can sing about his coming. Here we can find this Jesus the Christ
who is willing to walk in our darkness with us, born to become our light.

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Cocoa Challenge 2019 ~ We are over 75% of our Cocoa Challenge goal. With your final donations this weekend we will reach 4,200 packets of instant hot chocolate. Thank you! Gift Bags (decorated or not) should be returned this Sunday morning or bring to church for assembly on Friday December 6. Help assemble the gifts 10am to 1pm and/or 6pm to completion. Please join fellow parishioners and volunteers from the community and support Sr. Karen Klimczak’s message of hope, forgiveness, and non-violence to the prisoners at the Wende and Albion correctional facilities.

The Lord Works in Unexpected Ways – It all started with a phone call to Bud Dick late Friday afternoon, November 22, from a friend at Canisius High School. Joe Van Volkenburg indicated that Saturday was the school alumni’s Community Outreach Day, and they had more volunteers than places to send them. Could Blessed Trinity use some? Even on such short notice, it’s hard to say “no” to volunteers, so – early Saturday morning – Bud, Mickey & Judy Casassa welcomed a group of 11 consisting of alumni, family members and current students. They turned out to be one of the most gracious and hard working group of volunteers to ever visit our church, and they worked diligently from the side vestibules to the loft and back. Three hours later, we ran out of tasks to assign them. And before leaving, they even decorated a few bags for the Prison Project! Please say a prayer of thanksgiving for: Karl and Barbara McKinnie; Sam and Tammy Foley; Luke and Amy Braun; Colin, Syd and Owen Pratt; Aidan Armenia and Stan Bukowski.

Canisius High School Volunteers
Front, left-right: Amy Braun, Syd Pratt, Owen Pratt, Aiden Armenia, Sam Foley, Tammy Foley;
Back, l-r: Colin Pratt, Luke Braun, Karl & Barbara McKinnie, Stan Bukowski

Would you like a prayer for a special intention? Beginning Sunday December 1, the first Sunday of Advent, you will be provided an opportunity to submit your personal prayer requests. These requests will be prayed for at each Mass. You may submit your request by writing it on a slip of paper and placing it in the basket on the rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. These written prayer requests will be in addition to the petitions shared during the Prayer of the Faithful.

Thank you to Bud and Mickey Dick, Don and Bonnie Williams, and all Parish Council volunteers who helped plan and prepare the wonderful food and desserts enjoyed by all who attended the Italian dinner on November 17 … and a very special thanks to Frank Cugino who provided his signature sauce and homemade pasta from Cugino’s Restaurant!

Save the Date ~ Blessed Trinity is serving up musical treats on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. when The Freudig Singers of WNY return for their annual “Christmas Pie” performance. Come for the music; stay for the pie.

Holiday Tours of Blessed Trinity ~ Explore Buffalo is again bringing their seasonal tours to Blessed Trinity Church and inviting the public to see our beautiful structure and its festive decorations. The Thanksgiving Weekend tour will be on Saturday, November 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The Christmas Weekend tour will be on Sunday, December 29 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. Cost: $15 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Explore Buffalo at explore [at] explorebuffalo [dot] org or 716-245-3032. Walk-ins are also welcome. Either weekend presents a wonderful opportunity for local folks to invite their visiting relatives for a pleasant and educational holiday experience. At 3:00 PM on December 29, we will also host a musical presentation by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. A double bill – a gorgeous Christmas gift!!

Blessed Trinity Annual Christmas “Giving Tree” ~ For many years it has been a tradition at Blessed Trinity to have a Christmas “Giving Tree.” Each year a particular charity is chosen and our congregation has generously responded. This year our charity will be Family Promise of WNY. This charity provides temporary housing to families who have experienced a crisis and have no place to live. For additional information about this organization, please visit https://fpwny.org/. As guest families are often starting from scratch, the staff at Family Promise have expressed a need for gift cards to give families as they transition into more permanent housing. Recommended stores include Target, Walmart, Tops and other area grocery chains. You may also make a monetary donation. If you choose this option, be sure to use an envelope from The Giving Tree for your gift and drop it in the collection basket. Checks should be made payable to “Family Promise.” You can also join our parish Family Promise Team and help prepare dinner for the network’s guests on Monday, December 9. To offer assistance, please contact Amy Johnson,  (716) 836-4694.

Anyone interested in coordinating a prayer group, such as Pious Society, Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc., please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

The Vocation View: Christ will come again! This we have been promised. The same Christ has called us all to different vocations, and some of these include Holy Orders and Religious Life. What Greater way is there to honor our Lord and King than by faithfully answering his call.

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or home bound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

St. Francis Xavier
December 3
A statue of St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552), the famous Jesuit missionary to the Far East, is found in the church’s right side aisle.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Monthly Faith Enrichment Speaker Series ~ Monday, December 16, 7-9pm: ADVENT AND CREATION—Who is God? Who are you? with Rev. Frederick Leising at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish (129 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster). Call 716-683-6522 or visit olpparish.com for information.

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

Free Legal Advice by Volunteer Lawyers Project, Wednesdays, 12-2pm at Adult Education Center (368 Virginia Street in Buffalo) and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at East Community High School (820 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Visit ecbavlp.com or call 716-828-8491 for more information.Weekend Retreat “JUST MEN” at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, Friday November 22. Led by Fr. John Graden, OSFS, Director of Embraced by God. Space is limited. Visit stellaniagararetreats.org or call 716-754-7376, ext. 2 to register (preferably 2 weeks prior to event).

St. Gregory the Great Adoration Chapel is in need of adorers for all times and days. The Chapel is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. You do not need to be a parishioner of St. Greg’s to be an adorer; all are welcome. Contact Kathy at 716-759-7149 or Barbara at 716-634-7478 with a time that is convenient for you to come and adore, as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left alone. The Chapel is located inside St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville.

Holiday Tours of Blessed Trinity – November 30 & December 29, 2019

Photo Credit: Ray Ordinario – Ft. Erie, ON

Explore Buffalo™ is again bringing their seasonal tours to Blessed Trinity Church and inviting the public to see our Landmark structure and meet our docent team. The Thanksgiving Weekend tour will be Saturday, November 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The Christmas Weekend tour will be Sunday, December 29 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. Cost: $15 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Explore Buffalo at explore [at] explorebuffalo [dot] org or 716-245-3032. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum in concert at Blessed Trinity on December 29, 2019.

Either weekend presents a wonderful opportunity for WNY residents to invite their visiting relatives for a unique holiday experience. At 3:00 PM on Dececember 29, we will also host a musical presentation by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. A double bill – a gorgeous Christmas gift!!

Blessed Trinity is wheelchair accessible with off-street parking.

 

 

 

 

“Christmas Pie” with the Freudig Singers, Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Freudig Singers in concert at Blessed Trinity, December 8 at 3 PM.

“A Christmas Pie”
Sunday, December 8, 2109 at 3 PM

Musical treats will be served on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. when The Freudig Singers of WNY return for their annual “Christmas Pie” performance in our acoustically splendid church setting. This presentation of religious and popular holiday melodies with its post-concert dessert reception and pie raffle is always a popular event. Tickets at the door. Come for the music; stay for the pie!

Blessed Trinity Church is wheelchair accessible with secured off-street parking.

Thank You Canisius High

Canisius High Alumni Day Volunteers
Front, left-right: Amy Braun, Syd Pratt, Owen Pratt, Aiden Armenia, Sam Foley, Tammy Foley;
Back, l-r: Colin Pratt, Luke Braun, Karl & Barbara McKinnie, Stan Bukowski

We have something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day – the gracious and hard working group of volunteers who visited Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, November 23, 2019, as part of the Canisius High School Alumni’s Community Outreach Day. The group of 11 included alumni, family members and current students, who joined with parish volunteers in cleaning floors, woodwork, dusty corners, windowsills, and other hard to reach places from the sacristy to the choir loft. They stayed until we ran out of tasks, and then stayed a little bit longer to decorate gift bags for the upcoming Peaceprints Prison Christmas Package Project. We ask God’s special blessings on: Aiden Armenia, Luke and Amy Braun, Stan Bukowski, Sam and Tammy Foley, Karl and Barbara McKinnie, and Colin, Syd and Owen Pratt. Come back and visit us any time!

Week of November 24, 2019 – Christ the King

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Sunday, November 24, 2019
“The theme of the [church’s stained glass skylight] is Christ the King.… The central panel shows Christ reigning as Lord of the kingdom that we pray will come.” Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook
to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, page 44.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

November 24 – December 1, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by Parish Council

Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 27 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, November 28 ~  Happy Thanksgiving! NO BINGO tonight. Please join us on Saturday.

Saturday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, November 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Jeannie S. and Laurance Milano (Requested by Bob and Mary Kresse) and Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Requested by Fr. Victor Ibhawa)

Monday,November 25 ~ St. Catherine of Alexandria ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 26 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 27 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, November 28 ~ Thanksgiving Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bernadette Dorsheimer (John E. Curtin)

Friday, November 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (John E. Curtin)

Saturday, November 30 ~ St. Andrew, Apostle ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Nancy DeBoy)

Sunday, December 1 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Elmer Hartzell (Madonna Hartzell) and Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (The Duffy Girls)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 30 & December 1, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Maggie Gatson, Grace Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Toni Maus, Alice Davis; Choir -Dan Korchowsky

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Join us at a special 10AM Mass

News from our Parish Community

“Life at the Poverty Line. Every day is about hanging on.” The second collection on November 23/24 benefits the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Please give generously. Your gift supports programs that:

Bring people together to solve community problems;
Create affordable housing for low-income families;
Teach new skills and create jobs:
Help those in poverty achieve self reliance and self sufficiency;
Educate Catholics about poverty and Catholic social teaching.

Sunday, November 24, after Mass, please bring Breaking Bread books from your pew to the front of the church. They will be replaced with new editions for the 2019-20 liturgical year. Then join us in St. Charles Hall for our November coffee hour, hosted by the Parish Council.

From Hurt to Hope — a service of healing and hope for our diocesan family – Sunday, November 24, at 3 PM at St. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. In light of recent events surrounding sexual abuse in our diocese, members of the Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo (the “CMG”) are offering an outlet for sorrow and a way to express hope for our Church through their gift of music. The service will be meditative in style and feature music of Taize in a program conceived around the theme of “only in God can my soul find rest.” The choir will be drawn from the host church and include Guild members and members of our own choir. It was made possible through a bequest in honor of our late music director and CMG member, Bridget Blesnuk. All are welcome to attend, and we hope you will join us.

Our Thanksgiving Day Mass will be at 10am on Thursday, November 28. Please join us to begin the holiday celebration with your parish family around the table of the Lord.

In grateful Thanksgiving, we raise our hands in prayer for all we have, that God might also bless others through us, and that with each memory of God’s goodness our hearts might overflow with joy.

So Much to be Thankful For ~ The past three months have seen an incredible fundraising effort by a number of parishioners. We are delighted to report that the October 25 wine tasting raised $4,200, and proceeds from last Sunday’s Italian dinner totaled $1,300. Thank you to everyone whose hard work and support made this possible. The monies have been added to the Under This Roof Fund, a dedicated fund for the repair and maintenance of our Landmark church. This year the fund has underwritten a state grant project that included reconstruction of the church’s stairs and front plaza and repairs to the tile roof. Going forward, it is important to replenish the fund in order to cover future maintenance, exterior repairs, and interior restoration.

The Lord Works in Unexpected Ways – It all started with a phone call to Bud Dick late Friday afternoon, November 22, from a friend at Canisius High School. Joe Van Volkenburg indicated that Saturday was the school alumni’s Community Outreach Day, and they had more volunteers than places to send them. Could Blessed Trinity use some? Even on such short notice, it’s hard to say “no” to volunteers, so – early Saturday morning – Bud, Mickey & Judy Casassa welcomed a group of 11 consisting of alumni, family members and current students. They turned out to be one of the most gracious and hard working group of volunteers to ever visit our church, and they worked diligently from the side vestibules to the loft and back. Three hours later, we ran out of tasks to assign them. And before leaving, they even decorated a few bags for the Prison Project! On Thanksgiving Day, say a prayer of thanksgiving for: Karl and Barbara McKinnie; Sam and Tammy Foley; Luke and Amy Braun; Colin, Syd and Owen Pratt; Aidan Armenia and Stan Bukowski.

Canisius High School Volunteers
Front, left-right: Amy Braun, Syd Pratt, Owen Pratt, Aiden Armenia, Sam Foley, Tammy Foley;
Back, l-r: Colin Pratt, Luke Braun, Karl & Barbara McKinnie, Stan Bukowski

King of the Universe! I am always challenged to prepare for this weekend, the last Sunday in the liturgical year. How do you select hymns to praise the King of the Universe? Of course, our Lord Jesus Christ is King of the Universe every day, but using this title makes the music selection more difficult. Today’s offertory hymn first appeared in A General Selection of the Newest and Most Admired Hymns and Spiritual Songs in 1811 – over 200 years ago! There is much debate over the composer of the melody and the author of the text, but there is no written record that predates this 1811 publication. Most likely, this was a hymn that was handed down through praise over the centuries, both at home and in formal houses of worship. It appears in hymnals across Christian denominations. While only three of the verses appear in our Breaking Bread hymnal, all are listed here for your consideration. 

What wondrous love is this, O my soul! O my soul!
What wondrous love is this! O my soul!
What wondrous love is this!
That caused the Lord of bliss!
To send this precious peace, to my soul, to my soul!
To send this precious peace to my soul!

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down;
When I was sinking down, sinking down
When I was sinking down, beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul, for my soul!
Christ laid aside his crown for my soul!

Ye winged seraphs fly, bear the news, bear the news!
Ye winged seraphs fly, bear the news!–
Ye winged seraphs fly, like comets through the sky,
fill vast eternity with the news, with the news!
Fill vast eternity with the news!

Ye friends of Zion’s king, join his praise, join his praise;
Ye friends of Zion’s king, join his praise;
Ye friends of Zion’s king, with hearts and voices sing,
and strike each tuneful string in his praise, in his praise!
And strike each tuneful string in his praise!

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing–
To God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing!
while millions join the theme, I will sing!

And while from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And while from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
and while from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
and through eternity, I’ll sing on.

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Delivering Gifts for Home Bound Parishioners ~ The Ladies Sodality thanks everyone who has so generously supported our Christmas gift drive. This is the last weekend for monetary contributions; gift items will be accepted though December 1.  We will need help delivering to 17 parishioners at 15 different locations in Amherst (1), Buffalo (9), Clarence (1), Kenmore (1), W. Seneca (1), Williamsville (1), and Tonawanda (1). If you can help by delivering a gift bag and visiting with a parishioner, please contact Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Cocoa Challenge 2019 ~ Your donation of Instant Hot Cocoa to the Prisoner Gifts Project is needed by next Sunday, Dec. 1.  We are at 50% of our goal. Thank you! Don’t forget us during your busy Thanksgiving preparations. No time to shop? Cash donations are most welcome and can be made in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and dropped into the weekend collection basket. Gift Bags to be decorated are available in the back pew. Completed bags can be returned by Dec 1. Help assemble the gifts on Friday Dec. 6 here at Blessed Trinity. There will be two gift packing shifts: 10am-1pm and 6pm to completion. We continue Sr. Karen Klimczak’s message of forgiveness and non-violence and give hope to men and women incarcerated through the holiday season.

Know Your Faith: As we all know, healing of any sort takes time, and so in this week “Know Your Faith” we shall pray for healing for victims of Abuse.

    God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just:
    You gave your only Son to save us by the blood of his cross.

    Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt
    In body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

    Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters who have been gravely harmed, and the cries of those who love them.
    Soothe their restless hearts with hope, steady their shaken spirits with faith.
    Grant them justice for their cause, enlightened by your truth.

    Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness.
    Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice.
    Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.
    Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice.
    We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Would you like a prayer for a special intention? Beginning Sunday December 1, the first Sunday of Advent, you will be provided an opportunity to submit your personal prayer requests. These requests will be prayed for at each Mass. You may submit your request by writing it on a slip of paper and placing it in the basket on the rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. These written prayer requests will be in addition to the petitions shared during the Prayer of the Faithful.

The Ladies Sodality will hold their annual Christmas Dinner on Tuesday, December 3, at 6pm at The Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. All women of the parish are invited to attend, and friends are welcome. Amy Johnson (716-836-4694) will be accepting reservations until Wednesday, November 27; payment is due by Sunday, December 1. Dinner choices include: broiled fish (lemon, butter, garlic sauce), pot roast, lamb shank, honey fried chicken, or Gyro Souvlaki (lamb & lean beef). Each dinner is served with salad, potato and pita or French bread and will also include rice pudding dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. The $25/person price includes the gratuity; wine or beer is available at cost.

Save the Date ~ Blessed Trinity is serving up musical treats on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. when The Freudig Singers of WNY return for their annual “Christmas Pie” performance. Come for the music; stay for the pie.

Looking Ahead ~ Monday, December 9 at 5pm, Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, followed at 6pm with a Healing Service for Victims of Abuse.

Holiday Tours of Blessed Trinity ~ Explore Buffalo is again bringing their seasonal tours to Blessed Trinity Church and inviting the public to see our beautiful structure and its festive decorations. The Thanksgiving Weekend tour will be on Saturday, November 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The Christmas Weekend tour will be on Sunday, December 29 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. Cost: $15 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Explore Buffalo at explore [at] explorebuffalo [dot] org or 716-245-3032. Walk-ins are also welcome. Either weekend presents a wonderful opportunity for local folks to invite their visiting relatives for a pleasant and educational holiday experience. At 3:00 PM on Dececember 29, we will also host a musical presentation by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. A double bill – a gorgeous Christmas gift!!

Blessed Trinity would welcome regular prayer groups such as Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc. Anyone interested in coordinating a group, please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or home bound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

St. Andrew, Apostle
November 30
St. Andrew was crucified on an “X” cross, which came to be known as St. Andrew’s Cross. It appears on a church corbel on the exterior wall of the Ambulatory.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

37th Annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Celebration, Monday November 25, 7-8pm at St. Joseph University Parish (3269 Main Street in Buffalo). Donations of non-perishable food items are requested. Reception after service.

Annual Craft Show,  Friday, November 29, 10am – 4pm and Saturday November 30, 10am – 3pm at St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center and School (200 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville). The craft show will consist of over 140 Western New York crafters offering unique, handmade gifts.

Kitchen Crew 6 Christmas Concert, Saturday, November 30, 6-7:30 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (Shrine Dining Room – 1023 Swann Road – off Rt. 18E – in Lewiston). KC6 is a dynamic young singing group from the Greater Toronto Area and has been singing at festivals throughout the GTA for 3 years. Come enjoy some great Christmas music amidst the Shrine’s beautiful Festival lights. Festival lights on every evening 5-9 pm through January 6. Admission and parking are free; handicap accessible. Gift shop open daily 9 am-9 pm. Cafeteria will be open extended hours this evening. For more information, 716-754-7489 or email office [at] fatimashrine [dot] com.

Free Legal Advice by Volunteer Lawyers Project, Wednesdays, 12-2pm at Adult Education Center (368 Virginia Street in Buffalo) and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at East Community High School (820 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Visit ecbavlp.com or call 716-828-8491 for more information.Weekend Retreat “JUST MEN” at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, Friday November 22. Led by Fr. John Graden, OSFS, Director of Embraced by God. Space is limited. Visit stellaniagararetreats.org or call 716-754-7376, ext. 2 to register (preferably 2 weeks prior to event).

St. Gregory the Great Adoration Chapel is in need of adorers for all times and days. The Chapel is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. You do not need to be a parishioner of St. Greg’s to be an adorer; all are welcome. Contact Kathy at 716-759-7149 or Barbara at 716-634-7478 with a time that is convenient for you to come and adore, as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left alone. The Chapel is located inside St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville.

Week of November 17, 2019 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Cecilia
November 22
In this photo of the dome, ten figures representing Virgins and Widows appear to the right of the winding path. St. Cecilia is the kneeling figure holding organ pipes at the far right of the group of women. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

November 17 – 24, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. ~ Italian Dinner in St. Charles Hall

Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 20 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall 

Thursday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.* (There will be NO BINGO on Thanksgiving Day).

Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, November 24 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, November 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Requested by Amy Johnson)

Monday,November 18 ~ Dedication of Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul, Apostles; St. Rose Philippine Duchesne ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Fr. Victor Ibhawa)

Wednesday, November 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Betty Maul (Judy Casassa)

Thursday, November 21 ~ Presentation of the Bl. Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Fr. Victor Ibhawa)

Friday, November 22 ~ St. Cecilia ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, November 23 ~ St. Clement I; St. Columban, Abbot; Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Fr. Victor Ibhawa)

Sunday, November 24 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Blessings for Jeannie S. and Laurance Milano (Bob and Mary Kresse) and Eternal Rest for Lucille Venezia (Fr. Victor Ibhawa)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 23/24, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Pat Hartinger, Mary Kresse; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Join us at a special 10AM Mass

News from our Parish Community

The Parish Council meets on at 7pm on Wednesday, November 20, in St. Charles Hall.

Sunday, November 24, after Mass, please bring Breaking Bread books from your pew to the front of the church. They will be replace with new editions for the 2019-20 liturgical year. then join us in St. Charles Hall for our monthly coffee hour.

From Hurt to Hope — a service of healing and hope for our diocesan family – Sunday, November 24, at 3 PM at St. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. In light of recent events surrounding sexual abuse in our diocese, members of the Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo (the “CMG”) are offering an outlet for sorrow and a way to express hope for our Church through their gift of music. The service will be meditative in style and feature music of Taize in a program conceived around the theme of “only in God can my soul find rest.” The choir will be drawn from the host church and include Guild members and members of our own choir. It was made possible through a bequest in honor of our late music director and CMG member, Bridget Blesnuk. All are welcome to attend, and we hope you will join us.

“Life at the Poverty Line. Every day is about hanging on.” The second collection on November 23/24 benefits the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Please give generously. Your gift supports programs that:

Bring people together to solve community problems;
Create affordable housing for low-income families;
Teach new skills and create jobs:
Help those in poverty achieve self reliance and self sufficiency;
Educate Catholics about poverty and Catholic social teaching.

Friday, November 22, is the Feast Day of Blessed Cecilia, the patron saint of all musicians. St. Cecilia appears in the rose window in Blessed Trinity’s choir loft, so she is always close to your music ministers. St. Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music because she heard heavenly music in her heart when she was married, and is represented in art with an organ or organ-pipes in her hand. In 1942, Benjamin Britten composed a beautiful choral setting of Nobel Laureate W. H. Auden’s poem, Anthem for St. Cecilia’s Day, which was Britten’s birthday. The text is one that is prayed often in the loft, for obvious reasons:

Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk

Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions
To all musicians, appear and inspire:
Translated Daughter, come down and startle
Composing mortals with immortal fire.

Did you know that Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Be inspired! Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Tuesday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Our Thanksgiving Day Mass will be at 10am on Thursday, November 28.

Gifts for Home Bound ParishionersOnly 2 weekends remain to help the Ladies Sodality in their annual effort to prepare Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our home bound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. Why not make a note to yourself and bring your contribution when you come to Mass next weekend. That’s the latest we can accept monetary contributions in order to shop and have gift items ready for delivery on December 7/8. Items you have purchased will be accepted through Sunday, December 1 (Thanksgiving weekend). Please leave your new, unwrapped items in the designated basket at the far left end of the communion rail. The basket also contains “take one” slips with gift suggestions. As of now, we will be delivering to 16 different locations from W. Seneca to Clarence, so if you can help by delivering a gift bag and visiting with one of our 18 recipients, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540

Cocoa Challenge 2019 ~ Thank you! We are at 40% of our goal, but we still need 2,400 cocoa packets by December 1—just 2 weeks away. With this momentum and your continued support we will reach our goal of 4,200. Put it on your “to do list” today! Your cash donations are being used to buy in bulk at reduced prices. The Gift Bags to be decorated are available in the back pew. Completed bags can be returned by Dec 1 to the same pew. Help assemble the gifts on Friday, Dec. 6 here at Blessed Trinity. There will be two gift packing shifts: 10am to1pm and 6:00pm to completion. These packages are a small token of inspiration and give hope to men and women incarcerated through the holiday season.

Would you like a prayer for a special intention? Beginning Sunday December 1, the first Sunday of Advent, you will be provided an opportunity to submit your personal prayer requests. These requests will be prayed for at each Mass. You may submit your request by writing it on a slip of paper and placing it in the basket on the rail in front of the baptismal font. There is no need to provide your name. These written prayer requests will be in addition to the petitions shared during the Prayer of the Faithful.

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ The Sodality’s annual Christmas dinner is Tuesday, December 3 at 6pm, at The Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Avenue in Amherst. The management has been very congenial, allowing us to offer five dinner choices to choose from: broiled fish (lemon, butter, garlic sauce), pot roast, lamb shank, honey fried chicken, or Gyro Souvlaki (lamb & lean beef). Each dinner is served with salad, potato and pita or French bread and will also include rice pudding dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Wine or beer is available at cost. We are tax-exempt, and our all inclusive price of $25.00 includes gratuity. Friends are welcome. Amy Johnson (716-836-4694) will be accepting reservations until Wednesday, November 27; payment is due by Sunday, December 1.

Save the Date ~ Blessed Trinity is serving up musical treats on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. when The Freudig Singers of WNY return for their annual “Christmas Pie” performance. Come for the music; stay for the pie.

So Much to be Thankful For ~ Our Fall Wine Tasting committee is pleased to announce that the October 25 event raised $4,100. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way!

Blessed Trinity would welcome regular prayer groups such as Sacred Heart, St. Jude, Altar Rosary, etc. Anyone interested in coordinating a group, please see Fr. Victor or email the church office at blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com.

Holiday Tours of Blessed Trinity ~ Explore Buffalo is again bringing their seasonal tours to Blessed Trinity Church and inviting the public to see our beautiful structure and its festive decorations. The Thanksgiving Weekend tour will be on Saturday, November 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The Christmas Weekend tour will be on Sunday, December 29 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM. Cost: $15 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Explore Buffalo at explore [at] explorebuffalo [dot] org or 716-245-3032. Walk-ins are also welcome. Either weekend presents a wonderful opportunity for local folks to invite their visiting relatives for a pleasant and educational holiday experience. At 3:00 PM on Dececember 29, we will also host a musical presentation by the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. A double bill – a gorgeous Christmas gift!!

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or home bound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

“We believe in … the communion of saints.” The November Feast of All Saints and Commemoration of All Souls remind us of these tenants of our Faith, expressed in The Apostles Creed and depicted in symbols on the right side of the main doors to our church. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Handling the Holidays will be presented Tuesday November 19 at 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore). The holiday season is not always greeted with happy anticipation. Grief may make it difficult to carry on as usual. Practical tips and strategies will be discussed for handling the holidays, to help you find your way through the season. Presenter is Cindy Tichenor who has served for over 20 years as a facilitator of her parish Bereavement Support Group. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

Seeking Volunteer Opportunity?  The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio (6325 Sheridan Road in Williamsville) has a need for call-screeners for the Mother Miriam Live program that airs 10am-11am, and also volunteers for administrative duties (labeling, sorting/stuffing envelopes, addressing envelopes, etc.). Call Dana Mielke at 716-839-6114, ext. 105. Find out more at thestationofthecross.com.

Concerts for The Soul Presents Remembering Our Loved Ones: A Musical-Poetic Journey (7pm, by donation) ~ Friday Nov. 22 at UB Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst); Saturday Nov. 23 at St. Francis of Assisi (4263 St. Francis Drive in Hamburg). Come join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher as they take you on a musical-poetic journey through loss and grief, to the light of hope and inspiration. This evening will be a meaning-filled opportunity to remember those that we hold most dear in our hearts. You may request to have your loved one included in the concert with a song dedication or a written message in the program by contacting Cory at concertsforthesoul [at] gmail [dot] com or 716-868-2047.

37th Annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Celebration, Monday November 25, 7-8pm at St. Joseph University Parish (3269 Main Street in Buffalo). Donations of non-perishable food items are requested. Reception after service.

Annual Craft Show,  Friday, November 29, 10am – 4pm and Saturday November 30, 10am – 3pm at St. Gregory the Great Ministry Center and School (200 St. Gregory Court in Williamsville). The craft show will consist of over 140 Western New York crafters offering unique, handmade gifts.

Kitchen Crew 6 Christmas Concert, Saturday, November 30, 6-7:30 pm at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (Shrine Dining Room – 1023 Swann Road – off Rt. 18E – in Lewiston). KC6 is a dynamic young singing group from the Greater Toronto Area and has been singing at festivals throughout the GTA for 3 years. Come enjoy some great Christmas music amidst the Shrine’s beautiful Festival lights. Festival lights on every evening 5-9 pm through January 6. Admission and parking are free; handicap accessible. Gift shop open daily 9 am-9 pm. Cafeteria will be open extended hours this evening. For more information, 716-754-7489 or email office [at] fatimashrine [dot] com.

Free Legal Advice by Volunteer Lawyers Project, Wednesdays, 12-2pm at Adult Education Center (368 Virginia Street in Buffalo) and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at East Community High School (820 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Visit ecbavlp.com or call 716-828-8491 for more information.Weekend Retreat “JUST MEN” at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, Friday November 22. Led by Fr. John Graden, OSFS, Director of Embraced by God. Space is limited. Visit stellaniagararetreats.org or call 716-754-7376, ext. 2 to register (preferably 2 weeks prior to event).

St. Gregory the Great Adoration Chapel is in need of adorers for all times and days. The Chapel is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. You do not need to be a parishioner of St. Greg’s to be an adorer; all are welcome. Contact Kathy at 716-759-7149 or Barbara at 716-634-7478 with a time that is convenient for you to come and adore, as the Blessed Sacrament cannot be left alone. The Chapel is located inside St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville.

Week of November 10, 2019 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Albert the Great, whose feast day we celebrate on November 15, was the patron saint of Blessed Trinity’s second pastor, Rev. Albert Fritton. St. Albert appears in ceramic relief on the door of the church’s Ambry.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

November 10 – 17, 2019

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, November 13 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall 

Thursday, November 14 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, November 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. ~ Italian Dinner in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, November 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Requested by Connie Aquino)

Monday,November 11 ~ Veterans Day ~ St. Martin of Tours ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 12 ~ St. Josaphat ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 13 ~ St. Frances Xavier Cabrini ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Lucille Venezia (Blessed Trinity Church)

Thursday, November 14 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, November 15 ~ St. Albert the Great ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal rest for Lucille Venezia (Blessed Trinity Church)

Saturday, November 16 ~ Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. for Lucille Venezia

Saturday, November 16 ~ St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Blessings for Francis X. Hezel (Judy Casassa)

Sunday, November 17 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Amy Johnson)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 16/17, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joe Nwogu; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Fidelia Ejimadu; Choir – Mary Kresse

Veterans Day
November 11

News from our Parish Community

Dinner Reservations ~ This is the final weekend to obtain tickets for the Italian Dinner, on Sunday evening, November 17. Our in-house Italian dinner featuring homemade pasta and bolognese sauce prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville will be served from 5-7pm, and includes entrée, salad, beverage and dessert. Tickets will be available following both Masses this weekend. They at priced at $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 & under.

Gifts for The Home Bound Through December 1, the Ladies Sodality will be accepting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our home bound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. We face a greater challenge this year as there are already 18 potential recipients (5 men; 13 women). Our goal is to have presents ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 7/8.  If you would like to contribute, please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the left end of the communion rail near the statue of St. Joseph. If you prefer to donate money, please do so BY NOVEMBER 21 so that our volunteers have time to shop. To share information about someone you think should be included, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Cocoa Challenge 2019 ~ Did you notice? Instant hot chocolate donation are filling up the back pew. Please help us reach our goal of 4,200 packets by December 1 (only 3 weeks away). Busy? Shopping inconvenient? Consider a monetary donation. Just use the envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and place it in the weekend collection.

Help personalize the gift bags to be filled with items for our prison inmates. No special talent is need to decorate the bags — keep it simple. Bags with instructions are available in the back pew near the cocoa donations )or call Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694).

Books — Donations of soft cover pocket-size books (5×8″ max) ar also welcomed and can be left in the marked back pew.

All are Welcome! The Blessed Trinity Choir is welcoming new members to enhance our Christmas Eve Liturgy. Choir practices are most Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. We are currently beginning preparations for our Prelude on Christmas Eve and are learning some beautiful settings of The Huron Carol, Silent Night, Infant Holy, and a new piece by Liam Lawton, Nowell, Nowell.

While listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving may be tiresome, singing Christmas music is uplifting, and helps us prepare our hearts for the beautiful advent and holiday season. No previous singing experience is necessary, nor is the ability to read music. All interested singers are welcome to join us in St. Charles Hall for camaraderie and a little holiday cheer – with no long term commitment.  Please speak to any choir member about your interest, and help make our Christmas Eve Liturgy one to remember!

Did you know Blessed Trinity Church has one of the most beautiful acoustics in Western New York? Join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

The second collection on November 9/10 is an archdiocesan collection to support religious services for those in the military services. Please be generous.

Sodality Christmas Dinner ~ Please note that the date of the Ladies Sodality Christmas dinner party has been changed to Tuesday evening, December 3.  It will take place at The Family Tree Restaurant on Bailey Avenue in Amherst. Additional information about dinner choices and pricing will follow.

So Much to be Thankful For ~ Our Fall Wine Tasting committee is pleased to announce that the October 25 event raised $4,100. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way!

Bridget Blesnuk
Music Director
1991 – 2010

From Hurt to Hope — a service of healing and hope for our diocesan family – Sunday, November 24, at 3 PM at St. Peter & Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. In light of recent events surrounding sexual abuse in our diocese, members of the Church Musicians Guild of Buffalo (the “CMG”) are offering an outlet for sorrow and a way to express hope for our Church through their gift of music. The service will be meditative in style and feature music of Taize in a program conceived around the theme of “only in God can my soul find rest.” The choir will be drawn from the host church and include Guild members and members of our own choir. It was made possible through a bequest in honor of our late music director and CMG member, Bridget Blesnuk. All are welcome to attend, and we hope you will join us.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or home bound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart, … in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise.” Ps 138:1
Angels in Vincent Mundo’s murals on either side of the Sanctuary express attitudes one should have toward the Eucharist, including praise, thanksgiving, and petition.
Photo credit: Duane Held

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Free Legal Advice by Volunteer Lawyers Project, Wednesdays, 12-2pm at Adult Education Center (368 Virginia Street in Buffalo) and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at East Community High School (820 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Visit ecbavlp.com or call 716-828-8491 for more information.

Concerts for The Soul Presents Remembering Our Loved Ones: A Musical-Poetic Journey (7pm, by donation) ~ Friday Nov. 15 St. Andrew’s Church (1525  Sheridan Drive in Kenmore); Saturday Nov. 16 at Blessed Sacrament Church (1035 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo); Friday Nov. 22 at UB Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst); Saturday Nov. 23 at St. Francis of Assisi (4263 St. Francis Drive in Hamburg). Come join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher as they take you on a musical-poetic journey through loss and grief, to the light of hope and inspiration. This evening will be a meaning-filled opportunity to remember those that we hold most dear in our hearts. You may request to have your loved one included in the concert with a song dedication or a written message in the program by contacting Cory at concertsforthesoul [at] gmail [dot] com or 716-868-2047.

Handling the Holidays will be presented Tuesday November 19 at 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore). The holiday season is not always greeted with happy anticipation. Grief may make it difficult to carry on as usual. Practical tips and strategies will be discussed for handling the holidays, to help you find your way through the season. Presenter is Cindy Tichenor who has served for over 20 years as a facilitator of her parish Bereavement Support Group. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

Weekend Retreat “JUST MEN” at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, Friday November 22. Led by Fr. John Graden, OSFS, Director of Embraced by God. Space is limited. Visit stellaniagararetreats.org or call 716-754-7376, ext. 2 to register (preferably 2 weeks prior to event).

Week of November 3, 2019 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Detail, terra cotta baptismal font
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

November 3 – 10, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, November 3, following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting & Service of Remembrance in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, November 6 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day. Remember to exercise your right to vote.

Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall 

Thursday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday, November 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Deceased Members of The Ladies Sodality (Requested by Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

Monday,November 4 ~ St. Charles Borromeo ~ No Service

Tuesday, November 5 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, November 6 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, November 7 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, November 8 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Lois Knapp Gillen (Her sisters)

Saturday, November 9 ~ Dedication of the Lateran Basilica ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, November 10 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder (Connie Aquino)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 9/10, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Mary Kresse, Avery White; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Toni Maus, Bernice Bradley; Choir – Maggie Gatson

Rev. Charles T. Kraehn was the fourth pastor of Blessed Trinity, and served the parish from 1945 until his death in 1959. He named the new social hall, dedicated in 1958, St. Charles Hall in honor of his patron saint,
St. Charles Borromeo, whose feast day is November 4.

News from our Parish Community

The Ladies Sodality will hold a Service of Remembrance for all deceased members immediately following Mass on Sunday, November 3. Our focus this year will be on 20 women who served as president beginning in 1906. All women of the parish are invited to join us in remembering our “founding mothers” and those who have honored our Blessed Lady and sustained our sisterhood for more than 100 years. A brief meeting will precede the service; light lunch will be served.

Italian Dinner, Sunday evening, November 17. Tickets for our in-house Italian dinner with homemade pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville will be available following Masses this weekend and next. Since the restaurant has requested a final number by November 10, none will be sold after that. Dinners will be served from 5-7pm and include entrée, salad, beverage and dessert. Tickets for adults are priced at $15; children 12 & under are $8. See Kathy Press or Cathy Cummings for yours.

Gifts for The Home Bound ~ Starting now through December 1, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our home bound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. We face a greater challenge this year as there are already 18 potential recipients (5 men; 13 women). Our goal is to have presents ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 7/8.  If you would like to contribute, please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the left end of the communion rail near the statue of St. Joseph. If you prefer to donate money, please do so BY NOVEMBER 21 so that our volunteers have time to shop. To share information about someone you think should be included, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

Cocoa Challenge 2019 ~ We continue Sr. Karen’s message of hope to prisoners. Please remember to shop for instant hot chocolate packets and place them in the back pew of the church by December 1. The price of chocolate has increased and the committee hopes to economize by buying in bulk. Therefore, your cash donations are most welcome. You may place your donation in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and drop it in the collection basket. The gift bags will be assembled on Friday. December 6. “For I was…..in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25: 35-36.

Special collection for the Catholic University ~ There will be a second collection on the weekend of November 2/3 for The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, DC. Distinguished as the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, its Schools of Religious Studies and Philosophy are internationally recognized. Quality education and financial aid programs are also available in the following areas: music, nursing, arts and sciences, law, social service, library and information science, and engineering and architecture.

So Much to be Thankful For ~ Our October 25 Fall Wine Tasting was a tremendous success, and there are so many people to thank for this all-around team effort: the shoppers; the folks who obtained business donations and auction items; the team that cleaned corners and transformed our familiar dining room into a restaurant-worthy event space; the wine stewards, oven-watchers, food servers and dishwashers; and of course, our parishioners who – once again – provided an incredible variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts to the amazement of our first-time guests and the satisfaction of the “regulars.”

We give prayerful thanks for everyone who supported our Fall Wine Tasting, to benefit the “Under This Roof Fund.”

We are extremely grateful to members of the local business community who supported our fundraiser with their donations. In Buffalo: The Martin House (125 Jewett Parkway), Just Pizza (3172 Main Street), Lone Star Grill (1853 Hertel Avenue), Raymondo’s Pizzeria (1580 E. Delavan Avenue), and Wegman’s Markets (601 Amherst Street); Salvatore’s Hospitality, 6461 Transit Road in Depew; Paula’s Donuts, 2319 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda; Russell’s Steaks Chops and More (6675 Transit Road) and Share Kitchen & Bar Room (5590 Main Street) in Williamsville; and – from across the worldwide web – casemates.com and gourmet.WOOT.com. We ask that you remember to return that support with your patronage.

Special recognition is also due to those “Friends of the Wine Tasting” who contributed auction items and/or invaluable advice, assistance, and musical entertainment: The Sisters of St. Francis of the Newman Communities, Bill Warren, Don and Bonnie Williams, Bud and Mickey Dick, and Elizabeth Clay.

Adding Some “Soul” ~ The first weekend Mass in November is a great opportunity to remember both All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. All Souls’ Day or the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, that is, of the souls of all Christians who have died, follows All Saints’ Day. Observing Christians typically remember deceased relatives on this day.

The Blessed Trinity Choir often comments that we should “add some soul” to our meditations. This week’s offering, Grayson Warren Brown’s Holy, Holy certainly fits the bill – so much so that singing this piece warrants a trip downstairs to the piano.

Grayson Warren Brown is an internationally known composer, author, recording artist, and speaker who has published many collections of liturgical compositions. He began his ministry in the late 1960’s in a small inner-city parish in New York City. It was there that he learned how significant an authentic and spirit-filled experience of worship can be to those in need of hope. Forty years of experience working with multicultural parishes throughout the United States and abroad have given him a unique insight into the power that good liturgy can instill in people of all races and cultures.

Grayson is now dividing his time between writing, composing, and traveling the country presenting workshops, speaking at conventions and conducting parish missions and revivals. His down-to-earth approach to liturgy and scripture, coupled with his dynamic speaking style, have made him one of the most sought after presenters in the United States today. 

Did you know that singing is praying twice? Do you have suggestions for hymns? Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart, … in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise.” Ps 138:1
Angels in Vincent Mundo’s murals on either side of the Sanctuary express attitudes one should have toward the Eucharist, including praise, thanksgiving, and petition.
Photo credit: Duane Held

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Chesterton Academy of Buffalo, a joyfully Catholic, classical, coed high school, is hosting their Experience Chesterton Open House on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 pm at 25 Mansion Ave., Cheektowaga. Meet faculty and find how faith and reason are intertwined into every class. More importantly, meet our articulate, critical-thinking and joyful students! Come experience why Chesterton may be an answer to your high school prayers. Visit buffalochestertonacademy.org or call Call 716-674-8101 to RSVP today.

Chris Wilson Concert, Saturday November 9 at 7:30pm at Church of the Annunciation (7580 Clinton Street in Elma). Join singer and songwriter, Chris Wilson, for a free concert featuring songs of faith, popular songs, and a touch of Christmas. A New York native, Wilson has gained celebrity status for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances. This event is open to the public; a free-will offering would be appreciated to help defray expenses. For more information call 716-683-5254 or visit annunciation.cc.

Free Legal Advice by Volunteer Lawyers Project, Wednesdays, 12-2pm at Adult Education Center (368 Virginia Street in Buffalo) and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at East Community High School (820 Northampton Street in Buffalo). Visit ecbavlp.com or call 716-828-8491 for more information.

Concerts for The Soul Presents Remembering Our Loved Ones: A Musical-Poetic Journey (7pm, by donation) ~ Friday Nov. 15 St. Andrew’s Church (1525  Sheridan Drive in Kenmore); Saturday Nov. 16 at Blessed Sacrament Church (1035 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo); Friday Nov. 22 at UB Newman Center (495 Skinnersville Road in Amherst); Saturday Nov. 23 at St. Francis of Assisi (4263 St. Francis Drive in Hamburg). Come join Tenor Vocalist Cory James Gallagher and Writer-Poet Amy Gallagher as they take you on a musical-poetic journey through loss and grief, to the light of hope and inspiration. This evening will be a meaning-filled opportunity to remember those that we hold most dear in our hearts. You may request to have your loved one included in the concert with a song dedication or a written message in the program by contacting Cory at concertsforthesoul [at] gmail [dot] com or 716-868-2047.

Handling the Holidays will be presented Tuesday November 19 at 7pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (4000 Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore). The holiday season is not always greeted with happy anticipation. Grief may make it difficult to carry on as usual. Practical tips and strategies will be discussed for handling the holidays, to help you find your way through the season. Presenter is Cindy Tichenor who has served for over 20 years as a facilitator of her parish Bereavement Support Group. Open to the community; no charge. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Hubert, Director of Grief Support, at 716-873-6500.

Weekend Retreat “JUST MEN” at Stella Niagara Center of Renewal in Lewiston, Friday November 22. Led by Fr. John Graden, OSFS, Director of Embraced by God. Space is limited. Visit stellaniagararetreats.org or call 716-754-7376, ext. 2 to register (preferably 2 weeks prior to event).

Week of October 27, 2019 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Church celebrates All Saints Day on November 1. Saints from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are depicted in the lower ring of figures in Joseph Mazur’s painting in the dome of our church.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

October 27 – November 3, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, October 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by Parish Council

Sunday, October 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy Committee meeting

Wednesday, October 30 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall 

Thursday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, November 3, following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Ladies Sodality Meeting & Service of Remembrance in St. Charles Hall

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday , October 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder – (Requested by Robert and Mary Riley)

Monday,October 28 ~ St. Simon & St. Jude, Apostles ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 30 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, October 31 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, November 1 ~ All Saints Day ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – Lois Knapp Gillen on the first anniversary of her death (Her sisters)

Saturday, November 2 ~ All Souls’ Day ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, November 3 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Deceased Members of The Ladies Sodality (Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, November 2/3, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Simon Kresse; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Fidelia Ejimadu, Maggie Gatson; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….and life everlasting. Amen.”

The Feast of All Saints on November 1 and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2 remind us of these tenants of our Faith, expressed in The Apostles Creed and depicted in symbols on the right side of the main doors to our church.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

Friday, November 1, is All Saints Day. Our Mass for this Holy Day of Obligation will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. There will be NO 11:00 a.m. Mass on Friday.

The Ladies Sodality’s will hold a Service of Remembrance for all deceased members next Sunday, November 3, in St. Charles Hall, immediately following Mass. Our focus this year will be on 20 women who served as president beginning in 1906. All women of the parish are invited to join us in remembering our “founding mothers” and those who have honored our Blessed Lady and sustained our sisterhood for more than 100 years. A brief meeting will precede the service; light refreshments will be served.

Gifts for The Homebound – Starting on the weekend of November 2/3 and continuing through December 1, the Ladies Sodality will be collecting items for their annual Christmas gift bags to be delivered to our homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. It may SEEM as if we have plenty of time to prepare for the holiday, but an early completion date for the drive is necessary so that presents are ready for delivery on the weekend of Dec. 7/8.  Please bring your new, unwrapped items to church and leave them in the designated basket at the left end of the communion rail near the statue of St. Joseph. If you prefer to donate money, please do so BY NOVEMBER 21 so that our volunteers have time to shop. To share information about someone you think should be included, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944) or Mickey Dick (716-832-2540).

The 2019 Cocoa Challenge is underway! Blessed Trinity is again asked to donate Instant Hot Cocoa to help fill 2,100 Christmas gift bags for inmates at the Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. This Holiday Prison Package Project was begun by Sr. Karen Klimczak, SSJ, and is now continued by Peaceprints of WNY. Our goal is 4,200 packets by December 1! You can participate in this work of mercy and honor Sr. Karen’s memory when you:

Donate instant hot chocolate packets and place them in the back pew.

Make a monetary donation to purchase needed items. Cash or Checks (payable to “Peaceprints of WNY”) can be placed in an envelope marked “Prisoner Gifts” and dropped into the weekend collection basket.

Decorate Gift bags. Artistic talent is not necessary. Draw, trace, or just write season greetings or lines from carols & hymns to personalize the gift bags. Bags will be available at Sunday Mass from Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

Help assemble the gifts on Friday, December 6, here at Blessed Trinity.

“For I was…..in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25: 35-36.

Special collection for the Catholic University ~ There will be a second collection on the weekend of November 2/3 for The Catholic University of America, located in Washington, DC. Distinguished as the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, its Schools of Religious Studies and Philosophy are internationally recognized. Quality education and financial aid programs are also available in the following areas: music, nursing, arts and sciences, law, social service, library and information science, and engineering and architecture.

Italian Dinner, Sunday evening, November 17. Tickets are now on sale for our November 17 in-house Italian dinner with homemade pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville. Dinner will be served from 5 – 7 p.m. Reservations are required by November 10 and seating will be limited, with no sales at the door. Tickets — priced at $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 & under — are available from Kathy Press or Cathy Cummings, or by calling 716-832-2540.

So Much to be Thankful For ~ Our October 25 Fall Wine Tasting was a tremendous success, and there are so many people to thank for this all-around team effort: the shoppers; the folks who obtained business donations and auction items; the team that cleaned corners and transformed our familiar dining room into a restaurant-worthy event space; the oven-watchers, food servers and dishwashers; and of course, our parishioners who – once again – provided an incredible variety of hors d’oeuvres and desserts to the amazement of our first-time guests and the satisfaction of the “regulars.”

We are extremely grateful to members of the local business community who supported our fundraiser with their donations. In Buffalo: The Martin House (125 Jewett Parkway), Just Pizza (3172 Main Street), Lone Star Grill (1853 Hertel Avenue), Raymondo’s Pizzeria (1580 E. Delavan Avenue), and Wegman’s Markets (601 Amherst Street); Salvatore’s Hospitality, 6461 Transit Road in Depew; Paula’s Donuts, 2319 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda; Russell’s Steaks Chops and More (6675 Transit Road) and Share Kitchen & Bar Room (5590 Main Street) in Williamsville; and – from across the worldwide web – casemates.com and gourmet.WOOT.com. We ask that you remember to return that support with your patronage.

Special recognition is also due to those “Friends of the Wine Tasting” who contributed auction items and/or invaluable advice, assistance, and musical entertainment: The Sisters of St. Francis of the Newman Communities, Bill Warren, Don and Bonnie Williams, Bud and Mickey Dick, and Elizabeth Clay.

Be Praised, O God! In Chapter 4 of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exultate, he tells us about the attitudes we must have in order to become holy in today’s world. He names the following: perseverance, patience, and meekness (112-121); joy, and a sense of humor (122-128); being part of a community (140-146); and praying constantly (147-157). Pope Francis calls the Beatitudes “the Christian’s identity card.” Our closing hymn, Laudato Si’! Be Praised, O God!, was inspired the Pope’s encyclical by the same name. Within the text, the theme of both the Beatitudes and Gaudete et Exultate can be heard.

Laudato si’!  Be praised, O God! All the nations sing creation’s song, that we may share with those in need.
Now all creation cries out in praise: Laudato si’

All praise be to you through Brother Sun, who brings us the light of the day.
For we are the stewards of nature and earth; this light is a source of rebirth.

All praise be to you through Sister Moon, so precious and so bright and fair.
For those who seek refuge and shelter in the night, may nations shine as beacons of light.

All praise be to you through Brother Wind and Air, whose fair and stormy weather you made.
For those who are dreading calamities and storms, may charity and love be the norm.

All praise be to you through Sister Water, so precious and quenching and pure.
For those who are thirsting for water pure and clear, may springs and rivers flow everywhere.

All praise be to you through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night.
For those who are frozen, who dread the cold nights’ air, may we provide warmth for their care.

All praise be to your through Sister, Mother Earth, sustaining and governing all.
For those who are hungry for sustenance and food, may we provide the means from the few.

Did you know that singing is praying twice? Do you have suggestions for hymns? Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday October 30, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Know Your Faith: Why is scripture read at every Mass? Does the spirit not speak outside of this text? Sacred Scripture is used at every Mass because we believe that God speaks to the church through the scripture. The scripture is one of the two sources of Revelation, along with tradition. We are told that faith comes from hearing the word of God. The word of God is found in the scripture and traditions. The Spirit can speak anyway, at anytime, and however the Spirit wishes to address us. When it comes to the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass), the church has arranged the readings from the scripture (liturgical cycle) as deemed fit for spiritual growth of the people of God. Speaking outside the prescribed text for the day would be out of the context.

As (catechist or instruments) ministers of the word, during the liturgy of the word, the Christian community is encouraged to stay within the context of the text and to avoid preaching outside the text for the day. From within the text, the spirit speaks to the church–examples and daily life experience can be related to the day’s scriptural text or as it is called in homiletics applied to life experience.

There are some exceptions when scriptural text other than the day’s text may be chosen; special occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, feasts, solemnities, funerals, etc.

In conclusion, the scripture is the central message for Christians and through it God speaks to his people. And the spirit of God can speak in different ways, most importantly through the words of the scripture.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

We give prayerful thanks for everyone who supported our Fall Wine Tasting, benefiting the “Under This Roof Fund.”

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Requiem for the Homeless, Friday November 1, 7:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). The Choirs of St. Joseph Cathedral, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Calvary Episcopal Church, along with a chamber orchestra directed by Garrett Martin, will present Bob Chilcott’s Requiem in its entirety. There will be a free-will offering with proceeds distributed among local agencies that seek to combat homelessness in Western New York. All are welcome.

Chris Wilson Concert, Saturday November 9 at 7:30pm at Church of the Annunciation (7580 Clinton Street in Elma). Join singer and songwriter, Chris Wilson, for a free concert featuring songs of faith, popular songs, and a touch of Christmas. A New York native, Wilson has gained celebrity status for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances. This event is open to the public; a free-will offering would be appreciated to help defray expenses. For more information call 716-683-5254 or visit annunciation.cc.

Francis and the Sultan: A Hidden Story, An Urgent Message, Saturday, November 16, from 9am to 3pm at St. Francis Park (5229 South Park Avenue in Hamburg). Presented by Sr. Kathy Warren, OSF, a scholar of inter-religious dialogue (particularly Muslim-Christian interaction), from a Franciscan perspective. This program will focus on the uncommon vision that motivated Francis of Assisi to make contact with the leader of the Muslim forces, Sultan al-Kamil, during the brutal battles of the Fifth Crusade. That remarkable encounter deepened and expanded Francis’ vision and actions for the remainder of his life. Join us to explore the story and address the questions! Call 716-649-1205 for reservations.

Week of October 20, 2019 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

All of this Sunday’s readings illustrate the value of intercessory prayer. They include the story of the Israelites’ victory over the Amalekites as Moses raised his hands in prayerful supplication and Aaron and Hur supported his arms for the duration of the battle. Moses appears as a symbol of the Hebrew Bible over the left portal of the church facade.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

October 20 – October 27, 2019

Weekly Activities

Monday, October 21 ~ Blessed Trinity hosts dinner for Family Promise guests at Ss. Columba-Brigid

Wednesday, October 23 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall 

Thursday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Friday, October 25 from 7 – 9:00 p.m. ~ Fall Wine Tasting in St. Charles Hall

Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, October 27 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by Parish Council

*To check the Red, White & Blue and progressive Share-the-Wealth carry over amounts and progressive numbers for this week, click HERE and visit our Facebook page.

Mass Intentions

Sunday , October 20 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk – Anniversary Remembrance (Requested by her parents)

Monday,October 21 ~ No Service

Tuesday, October 22 ~ St. John Paul II ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, October 23 ~ St. John of Capistrano ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Thursday, October 24 ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, October 25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, October 26 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Eternal Rest for Mary Anne Andrade (Family & Friends)

Sunday, October 27 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Eternal Rest for Edward F. Schroeder – (Robert and Mary Riley)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 26/27, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Lorna Cameron; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Maggie Gatson; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Pam Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Our long-awaited Fall Wine Tasting, THIS FRIDAY, October 25,
7-9 p.m. in St. Charles Hall.
Advance sale tickets: $30. ($35 at the door).

News from our Parish Community

World Mission Sunday will be observed on the weekend of October 19/20. On Mission Sunday, everybody remembers, prays, gives … but on EVERY DAY of the year, the Missionary remembers, prays and gives. Please be generous with your financial support, and remember to pray daily for the missions: one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and “St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.” The Propagation of the Faith … all of us committed to the worldwide mission of Jesus.

Blessing of the sick and well-aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, October 20.

Wine Tasting ~ This Friday, October 25, is our long-anticipated wine tasting. With live keyboard music to set the mood, guests will enjoy a variety of wines and an abundance of hors d’oeuvres. (Beer, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts are also included). Our “21 & over” event takes place in St. Charles Hall. Please bring your food donation ready to serve; serving dishes and utensils are available. Proceeds benefit the “Under This Roof Fund” which is dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of our Landmark church. Tickets are available for a $30/person donation ($35 at the door), and you can obtain yours after Masses this weekend or at the rectory this week during regular office hours.

Italian Dinner, Sunday evening, November 17. Tickets go on sale next Sunday, October 27, for our November 17 in-house Italian dinner with homemade pasta and specialty sauces prepared by Cugino’s Restaurant in Williamsville. Seating will be limited, so be an “early bird.” Adults: $15; Children 12 & under: $8. See Kathy Press or Cathy Cummings for tickets.

Deo gratias! We all have reasons to be thankful to our God, and composer Stephen Dean, a resident of Suffolk in the UK, listed many of them in our closing hymn. Dean works for Decani Music, the Oregon Catholic Press agent in the United Kingdom. He is editor and publisher of Laudate, a successful hymnal, and is also music advisor to the Diocese of East Anglia. He leads the music in the small parish where much of his music published by OCP was first performed.

Thanks be to God…whose love has gathered us this day
who helps and guides us on our way
who gives us voice that we may thank him
for all the gifts of life and light
whose care protects us day and night
who keeps in mind us who forget him
who knows our secret joys and fears
who when we call him always hears
our rock and strength ever sustaining
who never turns his face away
who heals and pardons all who stray
who welcomes us into the kingdom
who made our world and all we see
who gave his Son to set us free
whose Spirit brings warmth and rejoicing
Deo gratias, Deo gratias, Thanks be to God most high!

Did you know that, in the words of St. Augustine, “the one who sings, prays twice”?  Do you have suggestions for hymns?  Don’t hesitate to let a member of the choir know, or, better yet, join us up in the loft and help enhance our Liturgies. Choir practice continues on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteers Needed for Parish Family Promise Team ~ Our Family Promise team will be preparing dinners for guest families Dinner at Ss.Columba-Brigid on Monday, October 21 and Monday, December 2. Family Promise of Western NY (formerly the Interfaith Hospitality Network) provides emergency shelter, meals and case management to local families who are temporarily homeless. While Ss.Columba-Brigid is a host site, Blessed Trinity is a support parish helping with meals. Additional volunteers willing to help prepare and serve meals with our team will be much appreciated. If interested, please contact Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694 or acjohnson4 [at] verizon [dot] net. Facts: 1 in 9 kindergarten students have already experienced homelessness. Forty per cent of Americans are just one unexpected $400 expense from financial distress. Family Promise offers many volunteer opportunities at fpwny.org.

Thank you to the many parishioners who contributed and worked on the White Elephant fundraiser. We raised $1,283 for the Under This Roof Fund. Remaining items were donated to St. Vincent DePaul.

Blessed Trinity Needs Your Help! We’re not asking for money, but for something maybe even more valuable: a little bit of your TIME. Just a bit. ONE or TWO nights a month that will really help your parish. Our most recent financial report shows the importance of BINGO. Clearly, this fundraiser is essential for our parish’s financial health. Just as clearly, it needs broad parish support in the way of MORE workers. We have Bingo every Thursday and Saturday night. Can you PLEASE commit to one or two nights a month? You can start simply by helping to sell things and — as you learn the routine — cross-train for other essential tasks. Our friendly team of workers stands ready to help you. Please contact Kathy Press at 716-445-8160 for more information. Your Parish Bingo Team thanks you!

Do you know that Mass is the highest and greatest form of prayer? The Catechism of the Catholic Church reveals that “from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, [the Church] has honored with great respect the memory of the dead.” In its reference to the Second Vatican Council’s conclusion that “it is a wholly and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins,” the Catechism adds: “Our prayer for them is capable of not only helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.” Consider contacting the church office (716-833-0301) to request a Mass for yourself, your deceased loved ones, or for any intention. The stipend is $15.

Presentation of Offertory Gifts ~ For those who have requested a Mass and would like to present the Offertory gifts, please see Head Usher, Ed Marien, prior to Mass. This also applies to those whose family members are being remembered during the Liturgy.

Is it time to update your contact information? We know that not everyone can attend church every weekend, so when there is important information to be shared, we often mail it.  If you have not received some of our recent mailings, please make sure that we have your correct contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to be included in our online email list, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Tuesday-Thursday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or Clicking HERE to use the contact feature of our web site to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Home Visits ~ Please notify the church office if you know of aged, sick, or homebound parishioners who may wish to receive a visit and the Eucharist on the last Friday of each month.

“St. Helena,” the bell which hung in the former church and school building (visible in background) from 1909 until 2018, is now permanently displayed in front of church. It was blessed and rededicated by Fr. Victor in a ceremony following the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Usher Ed Marien, a member of the school’s Class of 1944, rang the bell. Bud Dick, Parish Trustee and member of the Class of 1958 (left), coordinated the School Alumni’s Bell Project, which funded
the bell’s removal, restoration and relocation.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Monday, October 21 at 7 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas, 450 Abbott Rd., Buffalo. Fr. David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or in need special healing to attend this healing Mass and receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. For further information, call 716-283-0011 or visit stperry.org.

“Let’s Talk About Hope for the Future: The Voices of Young Priests,” Thursday, October 24 at 7pm, St. Leo the Great Church (885 Sweet Home Road in Amherst). Rev. Peter Santandreu of St. Amelia, Rev. Paul Cygan of St. Gregory the Great, and transitional deacon Rev. Mr. Denning Achidi will speak on their experiences and reasons for hope in the future of the Church. The audience will be invited to join their voices to the conversation as we share how hope is essential for us and for the Church.

Saints in Crisis: Following Christ in Troubled Times, Thursday October 24 at 7pm, with speaker and evangelist, Meg Hunter-Kilmer. St. John Neumann Shrine next to St. John the Baptist Church (1085 Englewood Avenue in Kenmore). Rosary at 7 pm; talk beginning at 7:30 pm. Meg is a nationally known speaker, evangelist, theologian, and “hobo for Christ” with an expertise in the lives of the saints. All are welcome. For more information, email Mary Haseltine at maryhaseltine [at] yahoo [dot] com.      

Women’s Retreat, Saturday, October 26, 8:30am – 3pm, at Ss. Columba-Brigid, 75 Hickory St., Buffalo 14202. Why do we pray? To praise, to thank, to complain, to listen, to give God suggestions, to ask for help, to question, to connect with God? All of the above! Presented by Betty Reiter, graduate of Catholic Biblical Studies and Christ the King Seminary. $10 donation includes a light breakfast and lunch. Register by calling 716-575-4030 or emailing: leobettyreiter [at] gmail [dot] com.

Requiem for the Homeless, Friday November 1, 7:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo). The Choirs of St. Joseph Cathedral, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Calvary Episcopal Church, along with a chamber orchestra directed by Garrett Martin, will present Bob Chilcott’s Requiem in its entirety. There will be a free-will offering with proceeds distributed among local agencies that seek to combat homelessness in Western New York. All are welcome.

Chris Wilson Concert, Saturday November 9 at 7:30pm at Church of the Annunciation (7580 Clinton Street in Elma). Join singer and songwriter, Chris Wilson, for a free concert featuring songs of faith, popular songs, and a touch of Christmas. A New York native, Wilson has gained celebrity status for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances. This event is open to the public; a free-will offering would be appreciated to help defray expenses. For more information call 716-683-5254 or visit annunciation.cc.