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 November 27, 2022 – 1st Sunday of Advent

St. Andrew, Apostle
November 30
St. Andrew is depicted in Joseph Mazur’s dome painting of evangelists and apostles. In this photo, he appears second from the right, holding cross.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

November 27 – December 4, 2022

LIVESTREAMING of Sunday Mass is back. Click HERE.

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.

ALTHOUGH THE DIOCESE LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship in February, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church. For the comfort of all, please remember to wear a mask when sitting in this section.

News from our Parish Community

“Snowvember 2022” has resulted in a slow start for the Sodality’s holiday collection for homebound parishioners and those in senior care facilities. Please remember to bring your cash donation to church next weekend (and no later than Dec. 11) or send a check payable to “Blessed Trinity Ladies Sodality” to Mickey Dick, 2549 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214. Contributions placed in the collection basket should be in a separate envelope marked “Sodality Project.” We thank you in advance on behalf of the 20+ people who will benefit. Know someone you think should be included? Please call the office at 716-833-0301, Mon-Wed, 10:30a-2:30p.

2022 Cocoa Challenge is also lagging due to last weekend’s snowstorm. We have not yet reached our goal of 2,600 packets of instant cocoa mix (individual serving size). Please place your donation of any brand in the back pews of church by Sunday, December 4, and then join volunteers on Friday, December 9, as they pack 1,300 Christmas gift bags for inmates at the Albion and Wended Correctional Facilities. This Prison Package Project was begun by Sr. Karen Klimczak, SSJ, and has been continued by Peaceprints of WNY.

 Bible Study on ZOOM has resumed and will 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. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

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. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur 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 (716-836-4694).

  • 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 pandemic 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. Francis Xavier (1506-1552)
December 3
Statue of the famous Jesuit missionary to the Far East in the church’s right side aisle.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Peaceprints of WNY Prison Project Returns December 9, 2022

Prison Project Volunteers at Blessed Trinity
Photo credit: WKBW-TV

Following a COVID induced 2-year hiatus, the Christmas Prison Package Project is back. On Friday, December 9, community volunteers will gather in Blessed Trinity Church for the thirteenth year to continue Sister Karen Klimczak’s legacy project. Originally created by the late Sr. Karen as a way to assure incarcerated men that they were not forgotten, the effort has since expanded to include women inmates. Thousands of pre-packaged food items as well as paperback books collected from area congregations, community members and businesses, will be packed into 2,000+ hand-decorated bags and readied for delivery to Albion and Wende Correctional Facilities. The sponsoring organization, Peaceprints of WNY, welcomes volunteers to the church on December 9, 2022, for either of two shifts: 10:00AM—12:00PM or 6:00—9:00PM. Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo, the Landmark church is wheelchair accessible with ample off-street parking.

Week of November 20, 2022 – Christ the King

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Detail from Blessed Trinity’s Stained Glass Skylight. “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, page 44.
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

November 20 – 27, 2022

LIVESTREAMING of Sunday Mass is scheduled to resume on Sunday, November 27, 2022. The snowstorm has stymied plans to resume on November 20.

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.

ALTHOUGH THE DIOCESE LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship in February, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church. For the comfort of all, please remember to wear a mask when sitting in this section.

News from our Parish Community

Remembering our Homebound – For the past eleven years, the Ladies Sodality has been sponsoring a Christmas gift project for homebound parishioners. As we have since 2020, we hope to provide grocery store gift cards. Last year your generosity enabled us to present $50 gift cards to 15 people. We hope that you are in a position to support us once again. Please place your monetary donation in an envelope marked “Sodality Project” and drop it in the collection basket between now and Sunday, December 11. Checks payable to: Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity may also be mailed to Mickey Dick, 2549 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. For anyone in a senior care facility, we will arrange to have a Mass offered for his/her special intentions. Please let the church secretary (716-833-0301) know of any parishioners you believe should be included.

Bible Study on ZOOM has resumed and will continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Thanksgiving Mass for our Family of Parishes will be celebrated at 6pm on Wednesday, November 23, at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan. There will be no Mass at any of the Family churches on Thanksgiving Day.

On Sunday, October 30, Blessed Trinity welcomed Explore Buffalo® for a unique All-Hallows Eve/All Saints Day themed tour. Docents Tom Brodfuehrer and Nancy Yager interpreted the meaning behind the skulls, devils, monsters, skeletons and graveyards found on the church exterior; Rafael Rondon explained the Romanesque features and  Byzantine influence as reflected in the interior design of the nave and dome; and Sr. Liz Savage elaborated on the symbolism displayed in Sanctuary artwork and terra cotta. Elizabeth Clay made her debut as a loft docent and treated visitors to several Halloween musical selections on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ, including the title song from “The Phantom of the Opera,” sung by tenor Louis Clay. Mickey Dick, Darvan Draper and Geraldine Wnuk completed Sunday’s team of volunteers. We are grateful to all of them for introducing the wider community to the beauty of Blessed Trinity and its people.

Prayerful Thanks for all who contributed to our recent celebration in memory of Judy Casassa. The garden mini-monument, thoughtful liturgy, reception planning, and heartfelt spoken tributes all reflected your love and appreciation of Judy and her parish ministry. We miss her but thank God for her presence among us.

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. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

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. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur 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 (716-836-4694).

  • 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 pandemic 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. Cecilia
November 22
Patron Saint of Musicians. Detail from choir loft rose window
Photo credit: Luis Clay

Week of November 13, 2022 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Albert the Great
November 15
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 where Holy Oils for sacramental anointing are kept.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

November 13 – 20, 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.

ALTHOUGH THE DIOCESE LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship in February, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church. For the comfort of all, please remember to wear a mask when sitting in this section.

LIVESTREAMING of Sunday Mass has been temporarily suspended. We are sorry that transmission difficulties have forced us to discontinue livestreaming until such time as we are able to obtain a more stable internet connection. 

News from our Parish Community

Shirley Parks

A Mass of Christian Burial for parishioner Shirley Parks will be celebrated in our church on Tuesday, November 15, at 11am. You are invited to visit with her family prior to the Mass, from 10-11am, and pray the Rosary with members of our Ladies Sodality. They will assemble at 10:30,

Remembering our Homebound – For the past eleven years, the Ladies Sodality has been sponsoring a Christmas gift project for homebound parishioners. As we have since 2020, we will be providing grocery store gift cards. Last year your generosity enabled us to present $50 gift cards to 15 people. We hope that you are in a position to support us once again. Please place your monetary donation in an envelope marked “Sodality Project” and drop it in the collection basket between now and Sunday, December 11. Checks payable to: Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity may also be mailed to Mickey Dick, 2549 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214. For anyone in a senior care facility, we will arrange to have a Mass offered for his/her special intentions. Please let the church secretary (716-833-0301) know of any parishioners you believe should be included.

Bible Study on ZOOM has resumed and will continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Thanksgiving Mass for our Family of Parishes will be celebrated at 6pm on Wednesday, November 23, at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan. There will be no Mass at any of the Family churches on Thanksgiving Day.

On Sunday, October 30, Blessed Trinity welcomed Explore Buffalo® for a unique All-Hallows Eve/All Saints Day themed tour. Docents Tom Brodfuehrer and Nancy Yager interpreted the meaning behind the skulls, devils, monsters, skeletons and graveyards found on the church exterior; Rafael Rondon explained the Romanesque features and  Byzantine influence as reflected in the interior design of the nave and dome; and Sr. Liz Savage elaborated on the symbolism displayed in Sanctuary artwork and terra cotta. Elizabeth Clay made her debut as a loft docent and treated visitors to several Halloween musical selections on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ, including the title song from “The Phantom of the Opera,” sung by tenor Louis Clay. Mickey Dick, Darvan Draper and Geraldine Wnuk completed Sunday’s team of volunteers. We are grateful to all of them for introducing the wider community to the beauty of Blessed Trinity and its people.

Father Gebhard blesses those who attended dedication of “Judy’s Garden” on Oct. 16, 2022.

Prayerful Thanks for all who contributed to our recent celebration in memory of Judy Casassa. The garden mini-monument, thoughtful liturgy, reception planning, and heartfelt spoken tributes all reflected your love and appreciation of Judy and her parish ministry. We miss her but thank God for her presence among us.

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. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

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. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur 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 (716-836-4694).

  • 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 pandemic 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.

Ceramic holy water font and terra cotta columns.
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

Week of November 6, 2022 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Noah’s ark, dove with olive branch, and animals from the ark; detail of terra cotta sculpture to left of capital with portrait head of Noah on middle nave window (right side of church).
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

November 6 – 13, 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.

ALTHOUGH THE DIOCESE LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship in February, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church. For the comfort of all, please remember to wear a mask when sitting in this section.

LIVESTREAMING of Sunday Mass has been temporarily suspended. We are sorry that transmission difficulties have forced us to discontinue livestreaming until such time as we are able to obtain a more stable internet connection. 

Music Director, Elizabeth Clay, debuts as our “Angel of Music” at Oct. 30 tour.

News from our Parish Community

Bible Study on ZOOM has resumed and will continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Thanksgiving Mass for our Family of Parishes will be celebrated at 6pm on Wednesday, November 23, at St. Lawrence Church, 1520 E. Delavan. There will be no Mass at any of the Family churches on Thanksgiving Day.

On Sunday, October 30, Blessed Trinity welcomed Explore Buffalo® for a unique All-Hallows Eve/All Saints Day themed tour. Docents Tom Brodfuehrer and Nancy Yager interpreted the meaning behind the skulls, devils, monsters, skeletons and graveyards found on the church exterior; Rafael Rondon explained the Romanesque features and  Byzantine influence as reflected in the interior design of the nave and dome; and Sr. Liz Savage elaborated on the symbolism displayed in Sanctuary artwork and terra cotta. Elizabeth Clay made her debut as a loft docent and treated visitors to several Halloween musical selections on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ, including the title song from “The Phantom of the Opera,” sung by tenor Louis Clay. Mickey Dick, Darvan Draper and Geraldine Wnuk completed Sunday’s team of volunteers. We are grateful to all of them for introducing the wider community to the beauty of Blessed Trinity and its people.

Father Gebhard blesses those who attended dedication of “Judy’s Garden” on Oct. 16, 2022.

Prayerful Thanks for all who contributed to our recent celebration in memory of Judy Casassa. The garden mini-monument, thoughtful liturgy, reception planning, and heartfelt spoken tributes all reflected your love and appreciation of Judy and her parish ministry. We miss her but thank God for her presence among us.

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. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

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. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur 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 (716-836-4694).

  • 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 pandemic 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.

Floor Tile with Trinity Symbol
Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk

Garden Dedication – Oct 16, 2022

The church’s E/S Garden was lovingly maintained by Judy Casassa and is now dedicated to her memory.

Prayerful Thanks for all who contributed to our recent celebration in memory of Judy Casassa. The garden mini-monument, thoughtful liturgy, reception planning, and heartfelt spoken tributes all reflected your love and appreciation of Judy and her parish ministry. We miss her but thank God for her presence among us. Click HERE to view photos from the October 16, 2022 Mass, garden blessing and reception.

 

Week of October 30, 2022 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

All Saints Day
November 1
“I believe in … the Communion of Saints….and life everlasting. Amen.”
The last of 12 symbols on our church façade depicting tenants of the Faith as recited in The Apostles Creed.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

October 30 – November 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). Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page and four-parish calendar as much as they do.

ALTHOUGH THE DIOCESE LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship in February, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church. For the comfort of all, please remember to wear a mask when sitting in this section.

LIVESTREAMING of Sunday Mass has been temporarily suspended. We are sorry that transmission difficulties have forced us to discontinue livestreaming until such time as we are able to obtain a more stable internet connection. 

Music Director, Elizabeth Clay, debuts as our “Angel of Music” at Oct. 30 tour.

News from our Parish Community

Bible Study on ZOOM has resumed and will continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

On Sunday, October 30, Blessed Trinity welcomed Explore Buffalo® for a unique All-Hallows Eve/All Saints Day themed tour. Docents Tom Brodfuehrer and Nancy Yager interpreted the meaning behind the skulls, devils, monsters, skeletons and graveyards found on the church exterior; Rafael Rondon explained the Romanesque features and  Byzantine influence as reflected in the interior design of the nave and dome; and Sr. Liz Savage elaborated on the symbolism displayed in Sanctuary artwork and terra cotta. Elizabeth Clay made her debut as a loft docent and treated visitors to several Halloween musical selections on the church’s 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ, including the title song from “The Phantom of the Opera,” sung by tenor Louis Clay. Mickey Dick, Darvan Draper and Geraldine Wnuk completed Sunday’s team of volunteers. We are grateful to all of them for introducing the wider community to the beauty of Blessed Trinity and its people.

Father Gebhard blesses those who attended dedication of “Judy’s Garden” on Oct. 16, 2022.

Prayerful Thanks for all who contributed to our recent celebration in memory of Judy Casassa. The garden mini-monument, thoughtful liturgy, reception planning, and heartfelt spoken tributes all reflected your love and appreciation of Judy and her parish ministry. We miss her but thank God for her presence among us.

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. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

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. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur 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 (716-836-4694).

  • 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 pandemic 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.

 

Sr. Liz welcomes visitors to the Sanctuary during Oct. 30 tour.

Week of October 16, 2022 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Luke
October18
Depiction of St. Luke in one of four pendentives supporting the church’s dome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

October 16 – October 23, 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.

ALTHOUGH THE DIOCESE LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship in February, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church. For the comfort of all, please remember to wear a mask when sitting in this section.

LIVESTREAMING of Sunday Mass has been temporarily suspended. We are sorry that transmission difficulties have forced us to discontinue livestreaming until such time as we are able to obtain a more stable internet connection. 

Judy Casassa (right) with docent Nancy Yager.

News from our Parish Community

On Sunday, October 16, we will honor the late Judy Casassa and give thanks for her years of stewardship at Blessed Trinity, most notably “her efforts in obtaining and administering a $300,000 plus grant from the State of New York, enabling us to undertake needed restoration of exterior areas of our…Landmark Church.” In addition to the Mass intention, Father Bob will dedicate a memorial to Judy in the east side garden and new signage recognizing the State’s funding contribution. The tribute to Judy will continue at a reception in St. Charles Hall following the 10am Mass.

Dr. Harry R. Schmidt

Planning for Future Tourism ~ On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, Dr. Harry R. Schmidt, President of the Religious Conference Management Association (“RCMA”), and Visit Buffalo Niagara’s Emma Carlo, enjoyed a tour of our Landmark Church. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the RCMA is working with Visit Buffalo Niagara to schedule religious conferences in Western New York. Church tours are always a highlight of these meetings, and we look forward to welcoming future conference attendees to Blessed Trinity.

During this month dedicated to Our Lady and the Rosary, you are invited to pray the Rosary at 4:15pm each Wednesday (Oct. 19 & 26). If “Indian Summer” describes the day, bring a lawn chair and gather in the grove behind the church on the east (left) side. Otherwise, assemble in church. If unable to attend in person, you can participate in spirit by praying the Rosary at home.

Bible Study on ZOOM has resumed and will 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. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

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. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur 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 (716-836-4694).

  • 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 pandemic 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. Charles Garnier
October 19
Our tabernacle altar contains a relic of St. Charles Garnier, a missionary to N. America, martyred in 1649.

Blessed Trinity Welcomes RCMA President

Dr. Harry R. Schmidt

On September 28, 2022, Dr. Harry R. Schmidt, President of the Religious Conference Management Association (“RCMA”), and Visit Buffalo Niagara’s Emma Carlo, enjoyed a tour of our Landmark Church. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the RCMA is working with Visit Buffalo Niagara to schedule religious conferences in Western New York. Church tours are always a highlight of these meetings, and we look forward to welcoming future conference attendees to Blessed Trinity.

 

Week of October 9, 2022 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This wooden statue of Our Lady was a gift to the parish from another congregation in 1906. Named “Our Lady of the Home and the Neighborhood” by former pastor
Fr. Walter Kern, she serves as a reminder to pray the Rosary for peace in our homes, our neighborhoods, our
Country and our world.

October 9 – October 16, 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.

ALTHOUGH THE DIOCESE LIFTED ITS MASK MANDATE for worship in February, we have reserved a section of seating for mask wearers in the center section of pews on the right side of church. For the comfort of all, please remember to wear a mask when sitting in this section.

LIVESTREAMING of Sunday Mass has been temporarily suspended. We are sorry that transmission difficulties have forced us to discontinue livestreaming until such time as we are able to obtain a more stable internet connection. 

Judy Casassa (right) with docent Nancy Yager.

News from our Parish Community

On Sunday, October 16, we will honor the late Judy Casassa and give thanks for her years of stewardship at Blessed Trinity, most notably “her efforts in obtaining and administering a $300,000 plus grant from the State of New York, enabling us to undertake needed restoration of exterior areas of our…Landmark Church.” In addition to the Mass intention, Father Bob will dedicate a memorial to Judy in the east side garden and new signage recognizing the State’s funding contribution. The tribute to Judy will continue at a reception in St. Charles Hall following the 10am Mass.

During this month dedicated to Our Lady and the Rosary, you are invited to pray the Rosary at 4:15pm each Wednesday (Oct. 12,19 & 26). If “Indian Summer” describes the day, bring a lawn chair and gather in the grove behind the church on the east (left) side. Otherwise, assemble in church. If unable to attend in person, you can participate in spirit by praying the Rosary at home.

Bible Study on ZOOM has resumed and will continue every Tuesday at 4pm.

Alumni Memorial Mass
Sept 25, 2022 at 10AM

On Sunday, September 25, approximately 60 alumni of Blessed Trinity School joined us in worship at the annual Alumni Memorial Mass. Early arrivals were treated to a mini-tour focusing on symbols found in the stained-glass rose windows, which were installed 70 years ago. An all-class reception in St. Charles Hall followed the Mass. At the reception, Father Bob was presented with a $3,000 donation from alumni of the school for the church’s Under This Roof Fund. Blessed Trinity School operated from 1909-1975, during which time the Sisters of St. Joseph and lay faculty educated more than 2,300 students.

Blessed Trinity Church joined Explore Buffalo’s free “Doors Open Houses of Worship Series” on Friday evening, September 16. Following a 6:30pm presentation on its history, art and architecture, volunteer docents highlighted architectural details and interpreted some of the Christian symbols displayed in the church. An hour-long concert followed, during which the a cappella voices of the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum demonstrated the building’s splendid acoustic as they sang Catholic choral masterpieces from the 16th—21st centuries.

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. Call (716) 800-1075 or write to ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

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. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur 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 (716-836-4694).

  • 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 pandemic 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.

Jesus Stills the Storm (Lk. 8:22-25).
Bas relief over interior of left side door
from narthex into nave.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick