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 July 3, 2022 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The month of July is dedicated to
the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Poly-chrome relief of Sacred Heart of Jesus over exterior of church’s right side door.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

July 3 – July 10, 2022

We have made important changes to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page, and the calendar link appears under the “Worship” heading. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the links here as well). Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page and four-parish calendar as much as they do.

THE DIOCESE HAS LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship as of February 9, 2022. Please read Father Bob’s guidelines as they relate to this parish in the church bulletin dated FEBRUARY 20, 2022. For the comfort of all, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church.

LIVESTREAMING: In keeping with the latest diocesan guidelines, we are livestreaming only one Mass (usually Sunday Mass) each weekend on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

News from our Parish Community

Change in Mass Schedule ~ Daily Mass on the Fourth of July will be at 10am.

On Sunday, July 10, our parish will celebrate Father Gebhard’s 35th Anniversary of Ordination. Please join us in congratulating him at a reception in St Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass.

Church Garden Walk—July is the month of Buffalo garden walks, and we invite you to take a stroll around our church to enjoy the colorful plantings in our gardens and planters. They are there due to the efforts of a few, who are now looking for help from the many. We are seeking individuals who will commit to watering the gardens and planters for one week this summer. If you are willing to “walk the walk,” please call Mickey or Bud (716.832.2540) and select an available week. They will be happy to show you the 3 strategically located water hookups & hoses. (Thank you, Amy Johnson, for agreeing to water this holiday week).

Sacred Sites Open House ~ On Saturday, July 23, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., Blessed Trinity joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Eleventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House. This year’s theme, Open Doors, celebrates the return to in-person programming and highlights the broad spectrum of historical periods, faith traditions, and styles of religious architecture found in communities throughout the Empire State. As a participating congregation, Blessed Trinity will showcase its Landmark building with a presentation on its architecture and parish history accompanied by a docent-led tour. Learn about this “made in America” replica of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture including: handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, extensive use of terra cotta, fascinating medieval iconography, and display of more than 2,000 Christian symbols. Reservations are now open for this free event. Click HERE to join the tour.

Making Room at the Table ~ We congratulate our two first communicants — Alexander Arnold and Chidi Iheke — who received the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday, June 19. We give thanks to God for them and for their parents, families, parish family, and catechists who have led them to the Table. We congratulate, as well, the young people of the other parishes of our Family who also received the Body and Blood of Jesus for the first time on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Bible Study on ZOOM is taking a summer break. We will resume on Tuesday, September 13, and continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Blessed Trinity Welcomed Slow Roll Buffalo ~ The Buffalo Architectural Foundation sponsored Buffalo’s 10-mile community bike ride on Monday, June 6. Starting at the nearby Darwin Martin House Complex. 515 participants cycled by selected architectural and historic sites, including Blessed Trinity. Two groups of riders were welcomed by Father Bob and several parishioners. Mickey Dick presented architectural highlights of the church to our visitors, before they continued on to the Richardson Complex.

Food Pantry Returns to Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Residents of 14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Registration open thru June. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Remembrance Ceremony ~ On Saturday, May 21, Blessed Trinity participated in the diocesan-wide tribute and remembrance of the victims of the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo. The ceremony included the proscribed moments of silence, the tolling of the church bell, and a recitation of the names of the dead and wounded. Our parish flag was lowered and remains at half-mast.

Project Welcome!  Afghani Families Relocate to Buffalo – In an extension of Christian love of neighbor and our City of Good Neighbors hospitality, assistance is needed to help Afghani families who are relocating to Buffalo. Immediate needs include:

Seasonal clothing for all ages
Laundry Detergent
New flatware and cookware sets (may be lightly used, prefer new)
Tea kettles (not coffee pots)
New sheets and pillows/pillowcases in twin and full size
Gift Cards: Price Rite, Aldi’s, Walmart.

Drop off at church on the weekend or the rectory office Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-2:30pm.

If mobility issues or illness are preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our Sunday Mass LIVE on Facebook at 10:00 AM, as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past year when COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though you are now able to attend Mass in person, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our Landmark house of worship, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE, you will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history

Sacred Heart Shrine on the right side of our Sanctuary.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Week of June 26, 2022 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ss. Peter & Paul
June 29
Apostles (first century). According to tradition, Peter and Paul were both martyred in Rome. They have been honored from the earliest days of the church. Both are depicted in Joseph Mazur’s dome painting of evangelists and apostles. In this photo, St. Peter appears on the right (with keys); St. Paul is second from the left, directly behind St. Bartholomew’s sword.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

June 26 – July 3, 2022

We have made important changes to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page, and the calendar link appears under the “Worship” heading. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the links here as well). Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page and four-parish calendar as much as they do.

THE DIOCESE HAS LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship as of February 9, 2022. Please read Father Bob’s guidelines as they relate to this parish in the church bulletin dated FEBRUARY 20, 2022. For the comfort of all, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church.

LIVESTREAMING: In keeping with the latest diocesan guidelines, we are livestreaming only one Mass (usually Sunday Mass) each weekend on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

News from our Parish Community

As part of Trinity Sunday’s feast day celebration, participants in the Sunday liturgy posed for a congregational photo.
Photo credit: Luis Clay

Change in Mass Schedule ~ There will be NO 11am Mass this week Monday-Wednesday, June 27-29.

Making Room at the Table ~ We congratulate our two first communicants — Alexander Arnold and Chidi Iheke — who received the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday, June 19. We give thanks to God for them and for their parents, families, parish family, and catechists who have led them to the Table. We congratulate, as well, the young people of the other parishes of our Family who also received the Body and Blood of Jesus for the first time on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Farmers for a day…or two! Many thanks to Bob Barnes, Luis and Elizabeth Clay, Bud and Mickey Dick, Kathleen Dove, Ellen Duffy, Father Bob Gebhard, Amy Johnson, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, and Sr. Liz Savage, who came in the evening this past week to weed, till, plant, trim and tend to our parish grounds. And extra credit goes to those who appeared on Wednesday, despite the extreme heat, to weed and water the new plantings.

Bible Study on ZOOM is taking a summer break. We will resume on Tuesday, September 13, and continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Blessed Trinity Welcomed Slow Roll Buffalo ~ The Buffalo Architectural Foundation sponsored Buffalo’s 10-mile community bike ride on Monday, June 6. Starting at the nearby Darwin Martin House Complex. 515 participants cycled by selected architectural and historic sites, including Blessed Trinity. Two groups of riders were welcomed by Father Bob and several parishioners. Mickey Dick presented architectural highlights of the church, before they continued on to the Richardson Complex.

Food Pantry Returns to Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Residents of 14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Registration open thru June. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Remembrance Ceremony ~ On Saturday, May 21, Blessed Trinity participated in the diocesan-wide tribute and remembrance of the victims of the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo. The ceremony included the proscribed moments of silence, the tolling of the church bell, and a recitation of the names of the dead and wounded. Our parish flag was lowered and remains at half-mast.

Project Welcome!  Afghani Families Relocate to Buffalo – In an extension of Christian love of neighbor and our City of Good Neighbors hospitality, assistance is needed to help Afghani families who are relocating to Buffalo. Immediate needs include:

Seasonal clothing for all ages
Laundry Detergent
New flatware and cookware sets (may be lightly used, prefer new)
Tea kettles (not coffee pots)
New sheets and pillows/pillowcases in twin and full size
Gift Cards: Price Rite, Aldi’s, Walmart.

Drop off at church on the weekend or the rectory office Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-2:30pm.

If mobility issues or illness are preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our Sunday Mass LIVE on Facebook at 10:00 AM, as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past year when COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though you are now able to attend Mass in person, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our Landmark house of worship, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE, you will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history.

St. Irenaeus
On June 28, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Irenaeus, a second century bishop of Lyons, France who was martyred. Our Altar of Sacrifice contains a relic of St. Irenaeus.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Sacred Sites Open House, Sat. July 23, 2022

Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Sites Open House
Saturday, July 23, 2022
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Blessed Trinity Church joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Eleventh Annual Sacred Sites Open House. This year’s theme, Open Doors, celebrates the return to in-person programming and highlights the broad spectrum of historical periods, faith traditions, and styles of religious architecture found in communities throughout the Empire State. As a participating congregation, Blessed Trinity will showcase its Landmark building with a presentation on its architecture and parish history accompanied by a docent-led tour. Learn about this “made in America” replica of twelfth century Lombard-Romanesque architecture including: handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, extensive use of terra cotta, fascinating medieval iconography, and display of more than 2,000 Christian symbols. Reservations are now open for this free event. Click HERE to register.

 

Trinity Sunday Celebration, June 12, 2022

Photo credit: Luis Clay

As part of Trinity Sunday’s feast day celebration, participants in the Sunday liturgy posed for a congregational photo. Mass was followed by a reception in St. Charles Hall.

Week of June 19, 2022 – Corpus Christi

Ceramic pieces within the bronze decorations on the altar railing contain Latin phrases from the Sequence (hymn) for the Mass of Corpus Christi by St. Thomas Aquinas. The words shown here mean “Bread of Angels,” and are from the sentence “Ecce panis angelorum factus cibus viatorum – “Behold, the Bread of Angels is made into food for pilgrims” – which is spelled out on the left side of
the railing as one faces the Sanctuary.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

June 19 – June 26, 2022

We have made important changes to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page, and the calendar link appears under the “Worship” heading. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the links here as well). Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page and four-parish calendar as much as they do.

THE DIOCESE HAS LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship as of February 9, 2022. Please read Father Bob’s guidelines as they relate to this parish in the church bulletin dated FEBRUARY 20, 2022. For the comfort of all, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church.

LIVESTREAMING: In keeping with the latest diocesan guidelines, we are livestreaming only one Mass (usually Sunday Mass) each weekend on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

News from our Parish Community

As part of Trinity Sunday’s feast day celebration, participants in the Sunday liturgy posed for a congregational photo.
Photo credit: Luis Clay

Making Room at the Table ~ On this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we congratulate our two first communicants — Alexander Arnold and Chidi Iheke — who receive the Eucharist for the first time this Sunday. We give thanks to God for them and for their parents, families, parish family, and catechists who have led them to the Table. We congratulate, as well, the young people of the other parishes of our Family who will also receive the Body and Blood of Jesus for the first time today.

Change in Mass Schedule ~ There will be NO 11am Mass this Friday, June 24. Also, the Mass intentions for the weekend were listed incorrectly in this week’s bulletin. Saturday’s 4:30pm Mass on June 25 will be offered In Memory of John F. Curtin, and the Sunday Mass will be offered In Memory of William Dunnigan, Jr. Both intentions are at the request of John E. Curtin.

Farmers for a day…or two! Many thanks to Bob Barnes, Luis and Elizabeth Clay, Bud and Mickey Dick, Kathleen Dove, Ellen Duffy, Father Bob Gebhard, Amy Johnson, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, and Sr. Liz Savage, who came in the evening this past week to weed, till, plant, trim and tend to our parish grounds. And extra credit goes to those who appeared on Wednesday, despite the extreme heat, to weed and water the new plantings.

Bible Study on ZOOM is taking a summer break. We will resume on Tuesday, September 13, and continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Blessed Trinity Welcomed Slow Roll Buffalo ~ The Buffalo Architectural Foundation sponsored Buffalo’s 10-mile community bike ride on Monday, June 6. Starting at the nearby Darwin Martin House Complex. 515 participants cycled by selected architectural and historic sites, including Blessed Trinity. Two groups of riders were welcomed by Father Bob and several parishioners. Mickey Dick presented architectural highlights of the church, before they continued on to the Richardson Complex.

Food Pantry Returns to Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Residents of 14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Registration open thru June. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Remembrance Ceremony ~ On Saturday, May 21, Blessed Trinity participated in the diocesan-wide tribute and remembrance of the victims of the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo. The ceremony included the proscribed moments of silence, the tolling of the church bell, and a recitation of the names of the dead and wounded. Our parish flag was lowered and remains at half-mast.

Building the Church ~ On Saturday, May 14, congregants from our Family of Parishes celebrated the upcoming Birthday of the Church with a day of socialization and exploration at Blessed Trinity. Docents helped interpret a few of the most meaningful among some 2,000 symbols displayed in the building’s art and architecture. Youthful participants were given clues to help them find images of children, and everyone enjoyed a “scavenger hunt” for selected symbols in terra cotta columns and floor tiles. Having experienced a close-up look at the choir loft’s rose window, visitors ended the afternoon with a chance to create their own “stained-glass” window. Many thanks to pastoral associate Pat Dyer who planned the event and to our parish docent team, including Father Bob who made his debut in the narthex explaining symbols of Christ’s childhood.

Project Welcome!  Afghani Families Relocate to Buffalo – In an extension of Christian love of neighbor and our City of Good Neighbors hospitality, assistance is needed to help Afghani families who are relocating to Buffalo. Immediate needs include:

Seasonal clothing for all ages
Laundry Detergent
New flatware and cookware sets (may be lightly used, prefer new)
Tea kettles (not coffee pots)
New sheets and pillows/pillowcases in twin and full size
Gift Cards: Price Rite, Aldi’s, Walmart.

Drop off at church on the weekend or the rectory office Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-2:30pm.

If mobility issues or illness are preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our Sunday Mass LIVE on Facebook at 10:00 AM, as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past year when COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though you are now able to attend Mass in person, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our Landmark house of worship, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE, you will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history.

This Sunday’s gospel is Luke’s account of the miracle of the loaves and fishes (Lk 9:11b-17). The occasion is depicted in ceramic relief by P. Kuhnle over the main door in the church’s nave.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Week of June 12, 2022 – The Most Holy Trinity

Trinity Sunday
June 12, 2022
The large canopy (“baldachino”) over the Tabernacle Altar was designed to summarize the beliefs of the Church on God and the Trinity. The Latin words “Deus Unus et Trinus” (One God in Three persons) appear above three hands symbolizing the Father (in the act of creation), the Son (suffering to redeem mankind), and the Spirit (enlightening and sanctifying). Below it is Robert Hoffman’s mural of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the Latin for the first words of the old prayer at the
Offertory of the Mass,
“Receive, Most Holy Trinity, this gift….”
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

June 12 – June 19, 2022

We have made important changes to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page, and the calendar link appears under the “Worship” heading. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the links here as well). Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page and four-parish calendar as much as they do.

THE DIOCESE HAS LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship as of February 9, 2022. Please read Father Bob’s guidelines as they relate to this parish in the church bulletin dated FEBRUARY 20, 2022. For the comfort of all, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church.

LIVESTREAMING: In keeping with the latest diocesan guidelines, we are livestreaming only one Mass (usually Sunday Mass) each weekend on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

News from our Parish Community

Blessed Trinity Welcomed Slow Roll Buffalo ~ The Buffalo Architectural Foundation sponsored Buffalo’s 10-mile community bike ride on Monday, June 6. Starting at the nearby Darwin Martin House Complex. 515 participants cycled by selected architectural and historic sites, including Blessed Trinity. Two groups of riders were welcomed by Father Bob and several parishioners. Mickey Dick presented architectural highlights of the church, before they continued on to the Richardson Complex.

Bible Study on ZOOM is taking a summer break. We will resume on Tuesday, September 13, and continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Food Pantry Returns to Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Residents of 14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Registration open thru June. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Remembrance Ceremony ~ On Saturday, May 21, Blessed Trinity participated in the diocesan-wide tribute and remembrance of the victims of the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo. The ceremony included the proscribed moments of silence, the tolling of the church bell, and a recitation of the names of the dead and wounded. Our parish flag was lowered and remains at half-mast.

Building the Church ~ On Saturday, May 14, congregants from our Family of Parishes celebrated the upcoming Birthday of the Church with a day of socialization and exploration at Blessed Trinity. Docents helped interpret a few of the most meaningful among some 2,000 symbols displayed in the building’s art and architecture. Youthful participants were given clues to help them find images of children, and everyone enjoyed a “scavenger hunt” for selected symbols in terra cotta columns and floor tiles. Having experienced a close-up look at the choir loft’s rose window, visitors ended the afternoon with a chance to create their own “stained-glass” window. Many thanks to pastoral associate Pat Dyer who planned the event and to our parish docent team, including Father Bob who made his debut in the narthex explaining symbols of Christ’s childhood.

“Earth Day” Cleanup ~ They began arriving at 8:30am on Saturday, May 7: a wonderful team of volunteers who pitched in to clean up the grounds of our parish campus. They raked and scraped, trimmed and swept, mowed the lawn, weeded the gardens on the Dewey side of St. Charles Hall, and hauled enough debris and winter detritus to fill the dumpster. And they met the neighbors, including a group of young men playing cricket on the Dewey playground pitch. All their hard work was not without its reward as the cleanup team moved inside to enjoy a lunch featuring grilled hot dogs, salads, homemade cookies, and Tom B’s famous “cowboy beans.” Despite the many hands it wasn’t “light work,” and we are so grateful to Robert Barnes, Tom Brodfuehrer, Nik Brodfuehrer, Luis Clay, Kenny Colligan, Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Kathleen Dove, Ellen Duffy, Pat Dyer, Alan Frank, Father Bob Gebhard, Austin Iheke, Amy Johnson, Dan Korchowsky, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, and Rafael Rondon.

Project Welcome!  Afghani Families Relocate to Buffalo – In an extension of Christian love of neighbor and our City of Good Neighbors hospitality, assistance is needed to help Afghani families who are relocating to Buffalo. Immediate needs include:

Seasonal clothing for all ages
Laundry Detergent
New flatware and cookware sets (may be lightly used, prefer new)
Tea kettles (not coffee pots)
New sheets and pillows/pillowcases in twin and full size
Gift Cards: Price Rite, Aldi’s, Walmart.

Drop off at church on the weekend or the rectory office Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-2:30pm.

If mobility issues or illness are preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our Sunday Mass LIVE on Facebook at 10:00 AM, as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past year when COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though you are now able to attend Mass in person, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our Landmark house of worship, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE, you will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history.

The Most Holy Trinity
Iconographic depiction of God in three persons in tympanum over main door
of Blessed Trinity Church.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

Week of June 5, 2022 – Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday
June 5, 2022
Dove descending, symbol of the Holy Spirit,
appears above Blessed Trinity’s stained glass skylight.

Photo credit: Teri Cervi

June 5 – June 12, 2022

We have made important changes to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page, and the calendar link appears under the “Worship” heading. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the links here as well). Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page and four-parish calendar as much as they do.

THE DIOCESE HAS LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship as of February 9, 2022. Please read Father Bob’s guidelines as they relate to this parish in the church bulletin dated FEBRUARY 20, 2022. For the comfort of all, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church.

LIVESTREAMING: In keeping with the latest diocesan guidelines, we are livestreaming only one Mass (usually Sunday Mass) each weekend on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

News from our Parish Community

Blessed Trinity Welcomes Slow Roll Buffalo ~ The Buffalo Architectural Foundation is sponsoring Buffalo’s community bike ride on Monday, June 6. Starting at the nearby Darwin Martin House Complex. participants will be cycling by selected architectural and historic sites, including Blessed Trinity. Look for hundreds of bicyclists to re-assemble in our parking lot at approximately 7pm. The 10-mile roundtrip ride also includes the Richardson Complex and returns to the Martin House for an afterparty with food, drinks, music and fellowship.

Bible Study on ZOOM is taking a summer break. We will resume on Tuesday, September 13, and continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Food Pantry Returns to Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Residents of 14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Registration open thru June. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Remembrance Ceremony ~ On Saturday, May 21, Blessed Trinity participated in the diocesan-wide tribute and remembrance of the victims of the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo. The ceremony included the proscribed moments of silence, the tolling of the church bell, and a recitation of the names of the dead and wounded. Our parish flag was lowered and remains at half-mast.

Building the Church ~ On Saturday, May 14, congregants from our Family of Parishes celebrated the upcoming Birthday of the Church with a day of socialization and exploration at Blessed Trinity. Docents helped interpret a few of the most meaningful among some 2,000 symbols displayed in the building’s art and architecture. Youthful participants were given clues to help them find images of children, and everyone enjoyed a “scavenger hunt” for selected symbols in terra cotta columns and floor tiles. Having experienced a close-up look at the choir loft’s rose window, visitors ended the afternoon with a chance to create their own “stained-glass” window. Many thanks to pastoral associate Pat Dyer who planned the event and to our parish docent team, including Father Bob who made his debut in the narthex explaining symbols of Christ’s childhood.

“Earth Day” Cleanup ~ They began arriving at 8:30am on Saturday, May 7: a wonderful team of volunteers who pitched in to clean up the grounds of our parish campus. They raked and scraped, trimmed and swept, mowed the lawn, weeded the gardens on the Dewey side of St. Charles Hall, and hauled enough debris and winter detritus to fill the dumpster. And they met the neighbors, including a group of young men playing cricket on the Dewey playground pitch. All their hard work was not without its reward as the cleanup team moved inside to enjoy a lunch featuring grilled hot dogs, salads, homemade cookies, and Tom B’s famous “cowboy beans.” Despite the many hands it wasn’t “light work,” and we are so grateful to Robert Barnes, Tom Brodfuehrer, Nik Brodfuehrer, Luis Clay, Kenny Colligan, Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Kathleen Dove, Ellen Duffy, Pat Dyer, Alan Frank, Father Bob Gebhard, Austin Iheke, Amy Johnson, Dan Korchowsky, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, and Rafael Rondon.

Project Welcome!  Afghani Families Relocate to Buffalo – In an extension of Christian love of neighbor and our City of Good Neighbors hospitality, assistance is needed to help Afghani families who are relocating to Buffalo. Immediate needs include:

Seasonal clothing for all ages
Laundry Detergent
New flatware and cookware sets (may be lightly used, prefer new)
Tea kettles (not coffee pots)
New sheets and pillows/pillowcases in twin and full size
Gift Cards: Price Rite, Aldi’s, Walmart.

Drop off at church on the weekend or the rectory office Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-2:30pm.

If mobility issues or illness are preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our Sunday Mass LIVE on Facebook at 10:00 AM, as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past year when COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though you are now able to attend Mass in person, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our Landmark house of worship, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE, you will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history.

Pentecost Sunday
June 5, 2022
P. Kuhnle’s ceramic bas relief depiction of the descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the apostles over doorway in left side vestibule

2022 Alumni Gathering, Sept. 25

CALLING ALL SCHOOL ALUMNI ~ Sunday, September 25, has been chosen for the 2022 Alumni Memorial Mass and all-class reception. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for 10 A.M. Mass at Blessed Trinity Church. During the Mass, all recently deceased school graduates will be remembered by name. Members of those classes celebrating significant anniversaries (1972, 1962 and 1952) are invited to make arrangements to participate in a special way. A hard copy newsletter containing details will be mailed to everyone in the alumni committee’s database in early September. If you have moved since August 2021 or are not sure if they have your contact information, please use the “Contact Us” template below to submit your information. If you are aware of any graduate who has passed since September 2021, please use this same form to advise the committee. Approximate year of graduation and/or maiden name of married woman is especially helpful.

Week of May 29, 2022 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Memorial Day
May 30
Remember and pray for all men and women who have given their lives in the
service of our Country.

May 29 – June 5, 2022

We have made important changes to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page, and the calendar link appears under the “Worship” heading. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the links here as well). Because it is no longer be necessary to list weekly activities or repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page and four-parish calendar as much as they do.

THE DIOCESE HAS LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship as of February 9, 2022. Please read Father Bob’s guidelines as they relate to this parish in the church bulletin dated FEBRUARY 20, 2022. For the comfort of all, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church.

LIVESTREAMING: In keeping with the latest diocesan guidelines, we are livestreaming only one Mass (usually Sunday Mass) each weekend on our Facebook page: Blessed Trinity R. C. Church. Click HERE to view. (If you “Like” and “Follow Us” on Facebook, you should receive notification when future Masses are posted). Later in the day, a recording of the Mass is available on YOU TUBE.

News from our Parish Community

Food Pantry Returns to Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Residents of 14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Registration open thru June. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Concerts for the Soul, June 4 ~ Tenor vocalist Cory James Gallagher and writer-poet Amy Gallagher invite you to attend An Evening of Healing: Uniting in Love, on Saturday, June 4, at 7:30pm at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church, 75 Hickory Street. They will be joined by pianist Linda Appleby in presenting an evening of hope and remembrance in recognition of the profound effect that the May 14 Jefferson Avenue tragedy has had on the citizens of the community surrounding our family of parishes. The evening’s free-will offering will be donated to the Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Non-Violence.

Blessed Trinity Welcomes Slow Roll Buffalo ~ The Buffalo Architectural Foundation is sponsoring Buffalo’s community bike ride on Monday, June 6. We are the second of three stops, following their featured visit to the nearby Darwin Martin House Complex. Look for hundreds of bicyclists to start assembling in our parking lot at approximately 7pm. The 10-mile roundtrip ride also includes the Richardson Complex and returns to the Martin House for an afterparty with food, drinks, music and fellowship.

Remembrance Ceremony ~ On Saturday, May 21, Blessed Trinity participated in the diocesan-wide tribute and remembrance of the victims of the May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo. The ceremony included the proscribed moments of silence, the tolling of the church bell, and a recitation of the names of the dead and wounded. Our parish flag was lowered and remains at half-mast.

Building the Church ~ On Saturday, May 14, congregants from our Family of Parishes celebrated the upcoming Birthday of the Church with a day of socialization and exploration at Blessed Trinity. Docents helped interpret a few of the most meaningful among some 2,000 symbols displayed in the building’s art and architecture. Youthful participants were given clues to help them find images of children, and everyone enjoyed a “scavenger hunt” for selected symbols in terra cotta columns and floor tiles. Having experienced a close-up look at the choir loft’s rose window, visitors ended the afternoon with a chance to create their own “stained-glass” window. Many thanks to pastoral associate Pat Dyer who planned the event and to our parish docent team, including Father Bob who made his debut in the narthex explaining symbols of Christ’s childhood.

Bible Study on ZOOM ~ Tuesday Bible study has resumed following an Easter break. You can join us every Tuesday at 4pm from the comfort of your home as we study the Gospel of Luke. We are now reading Chapter 14. Click this ZOOM link.

“Earth Day” Cleanup ~ They began arriving at 8:30am on Saturday, May 7: a wonderful team of volunteers who pitched in to clean up the grounds of our parish campus. They raked and scraped, trimmed and swept, mowed the lawn, weeded the gardens on the Dewey side of St. Charles Hall, and hauled enough debris and winter detritus to fill the dumpster. And they met the neighbors, including a group of young men playing cricket on the Dewey playground pitch. All their hard work was not without its reward as the cleanup team moved inside to enjoy a lunch featuring grilled hot dogs, salads, homemade cookies, and Tom B’s famous “cowboy beans.” Despite the many hands it wasn’t “light work,” and we are so grateful to Robert Barnes, Tom Brodfuehrer, Nik Brodfuehrer, Luis Clay, Kenny Colligan, Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Kathleen Dove, Ellen Duffy, Pat Dyer, Alan Frank, Father Bob Gebhard, Austin Iheke, Amy Johnson, Dan Korchowsky, Dorothy Manuppelli, Kathy Press, and Rafael Rondon.

Project Welcome!  Afghani Families Relocate to Buffalo – In an extension of Christian love of neighbor and our City of Good Neighbors hospitality, assistance is needed to help Afghani families who are relocating to Buffalo. Immediate needs include:

Seasonal clothing for all ages
Laundry Detergent
New flatware and cookware sets (may be lightly used, prefer new)
Tea kettles (not coffee pots)
New sheets and pillows/pillowcases in twin and full size
Gift Cards: Price Rite, Aldi’s, Walmart.

Drop off at church on the weekend or the rectory office Monday-Wednesday 10:30am-2:30pm.

If mobility issues or illness are preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our Sunday Mass LIVE on Facebook at 10:00 AM, as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. Since September, Blessed Trinity parishioners have purchased and delivered groceries on five days to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we hope to continue this at least one day a month. We are working in pairs so that you can expect your turn to be every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (836-4694).

  • Family Promise is certified by NYS and can house up to six families.
  • It is one of only two emergency shelters in Erie County that allow fathers and teenage sons to stay with their family.
  • Families are referred by the Dept. of Social Services and receive case management in finding employment and permanent housing, security deposit assistance, day care, school transport, and follow up support upon leaving the shelter.
  • In 2020, the Homeless Alliance of WNY rated Family Promise with the best success rate for moving families into permanent homes.

Is it time to update your contact information? During the past year when COVID-19 Protocols prevented many from attending church services, the ability to keep in touch by telephone, mail or email took on increased importance. Because not everyone has computer access, really important information is sent in a letter. Even though you are now able to attend Mass in person, this may be a good time to ask yourself: Does the church office have my correct mailing address and phone number? Have I shared my email address? Make sure that we have been notified of any changes in your contact information by completing this form. This is also a chance to let us know if you: wish to receive the bulletin electronically via email, register as a parishioner, or request envelopes. You can also submit the requested information by phoning our secretary at 716-833-0301 any Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between 10:30am and 2:30pm; sending an email to blessedtrinitychurch [at] gmail [dot] com; or using the contact feature below to submit the information. If you choose either of the last two, please use “Contact Update” as the subject of the email or message.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our Landmark house of worship, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE, you will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history.

Oil on canvas painting of the Ascension of Christ
by Joseph Mazur in the right transept of the church.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione