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 March 26, 2023 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 26 – April 2, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

Our complete schedule of Lenten services and parish activities appears on the home page: “Lenten Journey 2023.” Our website also includes 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 is 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 2022, 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

Tenebrae means “shadows” or “darkness.”
Photo Credit: Louis Clay

This week’s Lenten Journey Mass will take place at St. Martin dePorres, 555 Northampton St., on Monday, March 27, at 7pm.

In-person Bible Study: March 28 ~ During the Lenten season, Zoom Bible Study has been replaced with in-person Bible Study every Tuesday (except Holy Week) in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 5:45pm and lasting approximately one hour. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of John. Although participants are asked to read ahead (Chapters 13-15), the focus on March 21 will be Chapters 10-12. (When you are in church, look above the statue of St. Joseph for the beginning of a biblical quotation inscribed into the wall: “In the beginning was the Word….” It is John’s summary of the Incarnation which opens Chapter 1 of his Gospel).

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Solemn Prelude to Holy Week ~ A Lenten Tenebrae Service will take place in our church this Friday evening, March 31, at 7 pm, with choral music provided by The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. This adaptation of the Liturgy of Tenebrae (meaning ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’) includes seven readings relating the story of Jesus’ passion and death. After each reading, a candle is extinguished followed by a prayer and sung response. The darkness gradually increases to symbolize the coming darkness of Jesus’ death. Choral works by Tallis, Victoria, Handl-Gallus, Bruckner and others will be performed by the Schola. Please invite a friend and join us for this beautiful and inspiring prelude to Holy Week

Holy Week, April 3-9 ~ This year, parishes within our family will combine some Triduum services. Members of our congregation are joining with parishioners of St. Lawrence for worship on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The evening Mass on Holy Thursday will be celebrated at St. Lawrence at 7pm, preceded by a 5:30pm Friendship Supper. Because we will commemorate the Lord’s Supper at St. Lawrence, there will be no Repository for the Holy Eucharist at Blessed Trinity, and our church WILL NOT be open  to the Faithful who are visiting seven churches. St. Lawrence will remain open until 10pm for visitation. Blessed Trinity will be open for Morning Prayer on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9am.The Good Friday service will also take place at St. Lawrence at 3pm, as will the Holy Saturday blessings of baskets at 2pm. On Holy Saturday,  worshippers from both parishes are asked to gather at Blessed Trinity at 8pm for the Easter Vigil, which will begin at 8:30pm. Both churches will have Easter Sunday services: 10am at Blessed Trinity and Noon at St. Lawrence.

Our Next Tourism Opportunity ~ Because of the busy Lenten schedule involving our family of parishes, no tours will be scheduled until after Easter. However, do mark your calendar for the weekend of May 20/21. That’s when Blessed Trinity joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy in celebrating their annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.

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.

Stations of the Cross, right side aisle. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Week of March 19, 2023 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

St. Joseph
March 20
This depiction of St. Joseph holding the Christ Child appears in Joseph Mazur’s mural in the church’s great dome.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

March 19 – March 26, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

Our complete schedule of Lenten services and parish activities appears on the home page: “Lenten Journey 2023.” Our website also includes 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 is 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 2022, 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

This week’s Lenten Journey Mass will take place at St. Martin dePorres, 555 Northampton St., on Monday, March 20, at 7pm.

In-person Bible Study: March 21 ~ During the Lenten season, Zoom Bible Study has been replaced with in-person Bible Study every Tuesday (except Holy Week) in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 5:45pm and lasting approximately one hour. This week only (Mar 21), we will meet at 5:30pm. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of John. Although participants are asked to read ahead (Chapters 10-12), the focus on March 21 will be Chapters 7-9. (When you are in church, look above the statue of St. Joseph for the beginning of a biblical quotation inscribed into the wall: “In the beginning was the Word….” It is John’s summary of the Incarnation which opens Chapter 1 of his Gospel).

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Solemn Prelude to Holy Week ~ A Lenten Tenebrae Service will take place in our church on Friday evening, March 31, at 7 pm, with choral music provided by The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. This adaptation of the Liturgy of Tenebrae (meaning ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’) includes seven readings relating the story of Jesus’ passion and death. After each reading, a candle is extinguished followed by a prayer and sung response. The darkness gradually increases to symbolize the coming darkness of Jesus’ death. Choral works by Tallis, Victoria, Handl-Gallus, Bruckner and others will be performed by the Schola. Please invite a friend and join us for this beautiful and inspiring prelude to Holy Week

Holy Week, April 3-9 ~ This year, parishes within our family will combine some Triduum services. Members of our congregation are joining with parishioners of St. Lawrence for worship on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The evening Mass on Holy Thursday will be celebrated at St. Lawrence at 7pm, preceded by a 5:30pm Friendship Supper. Because we will commemorate the Lord’s Supper at St. Lawrence, there will be no Repository for the Holy Eucharist at Blessed Trinity, and our church WILL NOT be open  to the Faithful who are visiting seven churches. Blessed Trinity will be open for Morning Prayer on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9am.The Good Friday service will also take place at St. Lawrence at 3pm, as will the Holy Saturday blessings of baskets at 2pm. On Holy Saturday,  worshippers from both parishes are asked to gather at Blessed Trinity at 8pm for the Easter Vigil, which will begin at 8:30pm. Both churches will have Easter Sunday services: 10am at Blessed Trinity and Noon at St. Lawrence.

Our Next Tourism Opportunity ~ Because of the busy Lenten schedule involving our family of parishes, no tours will be scheduled until after Easter. However, do mark your calendar for the weekend of May 20/21. That’s when Blessed Trinity joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy in celebrating their annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.

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.

Blessed Trinity’s Stations of the Cross were painted on copper by Vincent Mondo.

Week of March 12, 2023 – Third Sunday of Lent

Feast of St. Patrick
March17
A depiction of the popular saint holding a symbol of The Trinity – the shamrock – appears in the dome of our church. The painting was done on canvas by local artist, Joseph Mazur,
and then affixed to the dome.
Photo credit: Duane Held

March 12 – March 19, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

Our complete schedule of Lenten services and parish activities appears on the home page: “Lenten Journey 2023.” Our website also includes 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 is 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 2022, 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

Members from our family of parishes process into church on Mar 6 for Lenten Journey Mass at Blessed Trinity.

This week’s Lenten Journey Mass will take place at St. Lawrence, 1520 E. Delavan Ave., on Monday, March 13, at 7pm.

In-person Bible Study: March 14 ~ During the Lenten season, Zoom Bible Study has been replaced with in-person Bible Study every Tuesday (except Holy Week) in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 5:45pm and lasting approximately one hour. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of John. Although participants are asked to read ahead (Chapters 7-9), the focus on March 14 will be Chapters 4-6. (When you are in church, look above the statue of St. Joseph for the beginning of a biblical quotation inscribed into the wall: “In the beginning was the Word….” It is John’s summary of the Incarnation which opens Chapter 1 of his Gospel).

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Solemn Prelude to Holy Week ~ An adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy of Tenebrae will take place in our church on Friday evening, March 31, at 7 pm, with choral music provided by The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. We are blessed to have the Schola return to enhance this moving service, which includes seven readings relating the story of Christ’s passion and death, paired with prayers and sung responses. Please consider joining our Family of Parishes as we participate in this beautiful prelude to Holy Week.

Holy Week ~ This year, parishes within our family will combine some Holy Week services. Members of our congregation are being asked to commemorate Holy Thursday and Good Friday with parishioners of St. Lawrence. The evening Mass on Holy Thursday will be celebrated at St. Lawrence at 7pm, preceded by a 5:30pm Friendship Supper. A 3pm service on Good Friday will also take place at St. Lawrence. Easter Vigil will be celebrated at Blessed Trinity at 8:30pm, and both churches will have Easter Sunday services: 10am at Blessed Trinity and Noon at St. Lawrence.

Our Next Tourism Opportunity ~ Because of the busy Lenten schedule involving our family of parishes, no tours will be scheduled until after Easter. However, do mark your calendar for the weekend of May 20/21. That’s when Blessed Trinity joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy in celebrating their annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.

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.

Docent team of Nancy Yager and Tom Brodfuehrer interpret iconography on the church façade for visitors from Explore Buffalo.

 

Week of March 5, 2023 – Second Sunday of Lent

March 5 – March 12, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

Our complete schedule of Lenten services and parish activities appears on the home page: “Lenten Journey 2023.” Our website also includes 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 is 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 2022, 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

Members from our family of parishes make the Stations of the Cross at Blessed Trinity on Mar. 3. At 7pm on Mar. 10, Stations will be prayed at St. Lawrence.

This week’s Lenten Journey Mass will take place at Blessed Trinity on Monday, March 6, at 7pm.

Bible Study Transitions to In-Person ~ During the Lenten season, Zoom Bible Study has been replaced with in-person Bible Study every Tuesday (except Holy Week) in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 5:45pm and lasting approximately one hour. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of John. (When you are in church, look above the statue of St. Joseph for the beginning of a biblical quotation inscribed into the wall: “In the beginning was the Word….” It is John’s summary of the Incarnation which opens Chapter 1 of his Gospel).

Holy Week ~ This year, parishes within our family will combine some Holy Week services. Members of our congregation are being asked to commemorate Holy Thursday and Good Friday with parishioners of St. Lawrence at St. Lawrence. Easter Vigil will be celebrated at Blessed Trinity, and both churches will have Easter Sunday services: 10am at Blessed Trinity and Noon at St. Lawrence.

Our Bulletin Page has a new look. We’ve been forced to change the way we post our weekly bulletin to accommodate a software change. The older bulletins now appear first and the latest version is at the end. We will try to get back to reverse chronological order but please be patient as we navigate the learning curve.

Docent Eleanor Ash explains the symbolic placement of artwork in the narthex as Rafael Rondon prepares to explain the architectural design of the nave.

We welcomed Explore Buffalo on Sunday, February 19, as nineteen adults and two children visited the church for docent-guided tours. Many thanks to: Darvan Draper for his introductory remarks and highlights of parish history; Palma Zanghi for pointing out artistic elements and symbolism found in the Sanctuary; Tom Brodfuehrer and Nancy Yager for interpreting iconography on the church exterior; and Eleanor Ash and Rafael Rondon for highlighting art and architecture on display in the narthex, nave and transept. Visitors were also able to view historical photographs and examine a roof tile, brick and “church chunk” of terra cotta at our display table with the help of docent Geraldine Wnuk. Because of the busy Lenten schedule, no tours will be scheduled until after Easter, but mark your calendar for the weekend of May 20/21. That’s when Blessed Trinity joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy in celebrating their annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.

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.

The opening verses of St. John’s Gospel are inscribed in the frieze of our church. Words from Chapter 1, verse 4 appear in this photo by Steve Mangione.

Week of February 26, 2023 – First Sunday of Lent

February 26 – March 5, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

Our complete schedule of Lenten services and parish activities appears on the home page: “Lenten Journey 2023.” Our website also includes 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 is 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 2022, 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

Bible Study Transitions to In-Person ~ During the Lenten season, Zoom Bible Study has been replaced with in-person Bible Study every Tuesday (except Holy Week) in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 5:45pm and lasting approximately one hour. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of John. On Tuesday, February 28, we hope to cover Chapters 1-3 with a particular focus on John 1:1-18. (When you are in church, look up at the biblical quotation inscribed into the wall under the cornice: “In the beginning was the Word….” It is John’s summary of the Incarnation which opens Chapter 1 of his Gospel).

Our Bulletin Page has a new look. We’ve been forced to change the way we post our weekly bulletin to accommodate a software change. We did not intend to change the order of their appearance, but the older bulletins now appear first and the latest version is at the end. We will do our best to switch this around, but please be patient as we navigate the learning curve.

Docent Palma Zanghi welcomes “Explore Buffalo” tourists to the Sanctuary on Feb. 19.

We welcomed Explore Buffalo on Sunday, February 19, as nineteen adults and two children visited the church for docent-guided tours. Darvan Draper gave the introductory remarks and highlights of parish history before visitors separated into two groups for their rotating tour of interior and exterior. Palma Zanghi pointed out artistic elements and symbolism found in the Sanctuary, while Tom Brodfuehrer and Nancy Yager interpreted iconography on the church façade. And although one could easily spend an hour learning about the art and architecture displayed in the narthex, nave and transept, Eleanor Ash and Rafael Rondon teamed up to present a twenty minute synopsis. Visitors were also able to view historical photographs and examine a roof tile, brick and “church chunk” of terra cotta at our display table with the help of docent Geraldine Wnuk. Because of the busy Lenten schedule, there will be no tours scheduled until after Easter, but mark your calendar for the weekend of May 20/21. That’s when Blessed Trinity joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy for their annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.

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.

The opening verses of St. John’s Gospel are inscribed in the frieze of our church. Words from Chapter 1, verse 4 appear in this photo by Steve Mangione.

Tenebrae Service, Fri., March 31, 2023

 

St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum

Solemn Tenebrae Service
Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7 PM

An adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy of Tenebrae will take place in our church on Friday evening, March 31, at 7 pm, with choral music provided by The St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum. The Liturgy of Tenebrae (meaning ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows’) includes seven readings relating the story of Jesus’ passion and death. After each reading, a candle is extinguished followed by a prayer and sung response. The darkness gradually increases to symbolize the coming darkness of Jesus’ death. Choral works by Tallis, Victoria, Handl-Gallus, Bruckner and others will be performed by the Schola. Please invite a friend and join us for this beautiful and inspiring prelude to Holy Week

Week of February 19, 2023 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 19 – 26, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

Our complete schedule of Lenten services and parish activities appears on the home page: “Lenten Journey 2023.” Our website also includes 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 is 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 2022, 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

Our Bulletin Page has a new look. We’ve been forced to change the way we post our weekly bulletin to accommodate a software change. We did not intend to change the order of their appearance, but the older bulletins now appear first and the latest version is at the end. We will do our best to switch this around, but please be patient as we navigate the learning curve.

Wednesday, February 22, is Ash Wednesday. We will have two Masses with distribution of ashes: 11am and 7pm.

Bible Study Transitions to In-Person ~ During the Lenten season, Zoom Bible Study has been replaced with in-person Bible Study every Tuesday (except Holy Week) in St. Charles Hall, beginning at 5:45pm and lasting approximately one hour. We are reading and discussing the Gospel of John. On Tuesday, February 28, we hope to cover Chapters 1-3 with a particular focus on John 1:1-18. (When you are in church, look up at the biblical quotation inscribed into the wall under the cornice: “In the beginning was the Word….” It is John’s summary of the Incarnation which opens Chapter 1 of his Gospel).

Explore Buffalo returns to Blessed Trinity this Sunday, January 19 at 2pm. This will be our last tour until after Easter. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking the docent-guided tour, please make your reservation HERE.

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.

John 1:4

“Inside Blessed Trinity Church” with Explore Buffalo, Feb. 19, 2023

Photo Credit: Ray Ordinario – Ft. Erie, ON

Blessed Trinity Welcomes Explore Buffalo
Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Click HERE to reserve your place.

Built between 1925 and 1928, Blessed Trinity Church is considered to be the purest replication of twelfth century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the USA. In addition to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a NYS Historical Site and was the first architectural landmark recognized by Buffalo’s Landmark & Preservation Board in 1977.

Experienced docents will be on hand to highlight the building’s history and design and share their knowledge of its unique handmade bricks set in a style dating back to the Middle Ages, the extensive use of terra cotta in its construction, and the fantastic array of Christian symbolism found in its sculpture and artwork. Weather permitting, the 90-minute tourism opportunity will include an interpretation of the building’s ornate facade.

Located at 317 Leroy Avenue in Buffalo, the church is wheelchair accessible with ample off-street parking behind the church and adjacent to the east side door.

 

Week of February 12, 2023 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel reading this Sunday (Mt. 5) Christ references the Commandments. Symbols of the Ten Commandments appear on the roofline corbels over the main entrance to our church. (3-9 are visible in this photo).
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

February 12 – 19, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

Our website now includes 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 is 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 2022, 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

Our Bulletin Page has a new look. We’ve been forced to change the way we post our weekly bulletin to accommodate a software change. We did not intend to change the order of their appearance, but this week the older bulletins appear first and the latest version is at the end. We will do our best to switch this around, but please be patient as we navigate the learning curve. Be sure to read this week’s bulletin. It includes a greeting from the newly appointed pastor of our family of parishes, Rev. Joseph Rogliano.

Bible Study on ZOOM continues on Tuesday, February 14, at 4pm. We’ll be reading and discussing Matthew, Chapter 11.

Explore Buffalo returns to Blessed Trinity on Sunday, January 19 at 2pm. This will be our last tour until after Easter. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking the docent-guided tour, please make your reservation HERE.

Jessie B. Wells
1931-2023

Jessie B. Wells ~ Please remember in your prayers parishioner Jessie B. Wells (nee Williams), who passed on January 28, 2023, at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her husband, Cortez H. Wells, and is survived by sons Jerome Williams (wife Belinda) and Michael Wells, and a large extended family. Jessie and Cortez joined our congregation in 1991.They had formerly worshipped at St. Bartholomew before its closure. She was a long-time member of the parish council, serving on its discipleship committee. Known for her entertaining skills, Jessie organized many of our parish social events. She was a Life Member of our Ladies Sodality and at the time of her death, was corresponding secretary. She also served on diocesan committees for many years, including the Martin Luther King Scholarship Committee To read more about Jessie’s life and amazing accomplishments or leave a message of condolence for her family, Click HERE.

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

Week of February 5, 2023 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
February 11
The figure to the left of Mary in Vincent Mondo’s painting in the Lady Chapel (left side of the Sanctuary) is “St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879), to whom Our Lady appeared at Lourdes, France in 1858…. The message of Lourdes was really an invitation to trust in the power of prayer regardless of how desperate the situation….” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, p. 44). Surely this message resonates as strongly today as it did in the mid-nineteenth century.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

February 5 – 12, 2023

Live-streaming of 10AM Sunday Mass has resumed. Click HERE.

Our website now includes 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 is 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 2022, 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

Blessing of Throats in honor of St. Blaise will take place at weekend Masses on February 4 and 5.

Jessie B. Wells
1931-2023

Jessie B. Wells ~ Please remember in your prayers parishioner Jessie B. Wells (nee Williams), who passed on January 28, 2023, at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her husband, Cortez H. Wells, and is survived by sons Jerome Williams (wife Belinda) and Michael Wells, and a large extended family. Jessie and Cortez joined our congregation in 1991.They had formerly worshipped at St. Bartholomew before its closure. She was a long-time member of the parish council, serving on its discipleship committee. Known for her entertaining skills, Jessie organized many of our parish social events. She was a Life Member of our Ladies Sodality and at the time of her death, was corresponding secretary. She also served on diocesan committees for many years, including the Martin Luther King Scholarship Committee To read more about Jessie’s life and amazing accomplishments or leave a message of condolence for her family, Click HERE.

Bible Study on ZOOM continues on Tuesday, February 7, at 4pm. We’ll be reading and discussing Matthew, Chapter 10.

Explore Buffalo returns to Blessed Trinity on Sunday, January 19 at 2pm. This will be our last tour until after Easter. If you or anyone you know is interested in taking the docent-guided tour, please make your reservation HERE.

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.

This ceramic medallion of St. Bartholomew (apostle, first century) originally hung in St. Bartholomew R. C. Church on Grider Street in Buffalo. It was carried in the procession that opened the Liturgy celebrating the merger of our two parishes in February 1991. It is now mounted on the wall of the transept on the right (west) side of the church.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick