The Trinity Series, 2012-2013 Concert Season

The Trinity Series
“Beautiful Music in a Beautiful Space”

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

The Harmonia Chamber Singers

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

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

Buffalo Brass Choir

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

Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts Choir

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

Villa Maria College Chorale

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

The Freudig Singers

Friday May 3, 2013 –  ~ 7:30 p.m.

 

Week of July 14, 2019 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Bonaventure
July 15
St. Bonaventure (1221-1274) is depicted on the right in this mural at Blessed Trinity’s right side altar devoted to the Sacred Heart. The saint is associated with devotion to the Sacred Heart, which “arose out of reverence for the Pierced Side of Christ and medieval devotion to the Five Wounds and the Heart of Jesus.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church, page 28).
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

July 14 – July 21, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, July 14 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Religious Education Teachers & Assistants

Wednesday, July 17 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , July 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Family)

Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. Mass – Blessing and Commissioning of new Eucharistic Ministers: Fidelia Ejimadu, Antoinette Maus and Palma Zanghi

Monday, July 15 ~ St. Bonaventure ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 16 ~ Our Lady of Mount Carmel ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, July 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, July 18 ~ St. Camillus de Lellis ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, July 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, July 20 ~ St. Apollinaris ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday, July 21 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 20/21, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: John Curtin

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joe Nwogu, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger, Toni Maus

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Woodcarving, gift of the Southtowns Woodcarvers of WNY
Right (West) Transept Wall
On October 21, 2012, Blessed Kateri became the first Native American to be canonized. The daughter of a Mohawk warrior and Catholic Algonquin woman, Kateri was born in a Mohawk fortress near Auriesville, New York. Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

Religious education teachers and assistants will meet with Father Victor following Mass on Sunday, July 14.

Peter’s Pence ~ The annual collection known as Peter’s Pence will take place at Masses on July 13/14. Your generosity helps the Holy Father: continue his pastoral care for the Church, share the gospel message throughout the world, and assist victims of disasters. Please use the special envelope in your July – Sept. packet and help Pope Francis “profess faith, bestow love, and impart hope.” Thank you.

Commissioning Ceremony ~ On Sunday, July 14, parishioners Fidelia Ejimadu, Antoinette Maus, and Palma Zanghi will receive a special  blessing and be commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers to serve our congregation. Please join in thanking and congratulating the women who have successfully completed the diocesan training requirements to become Eucharistic Ministers.

Sing On ~ How Can I Keep From Singing? (also known by My Life Flows On in Endless Song) is a Christian hymn with music written by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry. The song is frequently, though erroneously, cited as a traditional Quaker or Shaker hymn.The original composition has now entered into the public domain, and appears in several hymnals and song collections, both in its original form and with a revised text. Though it is not, in fact, a Quaker hymn, twentieth-century Quakers adopted it as their own and use it widely today.

            My life flows on in endless song;
            Above earth’s lamentation, I hear the real, tho’ far-off hymn that hails a new creation;
            Thro’ all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing;
            It finds an echo in my soul — How can I keep from singing?

            What tho’ my joys and comforts die?
            The Lord my Saviour liveth;
            What tho’ the darkness gather round?
            Songs in the night he giveth.
            No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that refuge clinging;
            Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

            I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
            I see the blue above it;
            And day by day this pathway smooths, since first I learned to love it,
            The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, a fountain ever springing;
            All things are mine since I am his — How can I keep from singing?

Below are the lyrics as published by Robert Lowry in the 1869 song book, Bright Jewels for the Sunday School. Here Lowry claimed credit for the music but gave no indication as to who wrote the words. These words were also published in a British periodical in 1869, The Christian Pioneer, but no author is indicated.  In 1888, Henry S. Burrage listed this hymn as one of those for which Lowry had written the music, but not the lyrics.

When tyrants tremble, sick with fear, and hear their death-knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing?
In prison cell and dungeon vile, our thoughts to them go winging;
When friends by shame are undefiled, how can I keep from singing?

Choir practice will resume in September and all are welcome to participate; no musical experience necessary. Elizabeth

Your Parish Council has just concluded its formal meetings until the fall, but several committees will be working through the summer. Chief among them is the nominating committee, chaired by Vice President Kathy Press. Starting in August, she and her committee consisting of Nik Brodfuehrer, Darvan Draper and Vera Andrew will be actively searching out parishioners interested in serving a term on the Council. If you would like to know more about what might be involved, please take time to talk with any of them or Father Victor.

Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place following Mass on Sunday, July 21.

Celebrating St. Mary Magdala ~ At 4pm on Sunday, July 21, the SJUP Social Justice Committee of St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main Street, Buffalo) will host a Vigil Service for the feast of St. Mary of Magdala, “the apostle to the apostles.” This service honors the first witness to the Resurrection and offers an opportunity to reflect on the role of women in the church—past, present, and future. Scholar (and Blessed Trinity docent, Eleanor Ash, will deliver the homily.

Friends of Family Promise Day is Sunday July 28. This fundraiser, from 2-4pm, will take place at Ss. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo) and features live music, taco bar, bounce house, jugglers, face painting, and unveiling of the Family Promise Founder Wall. Blessed Trinity is a support congregation for the Family Promise site at Ss. Columba-Brigid. For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at 716-771-3007 or email grace [at] fpwny [dot] org.

Father Victor will be away from July 29 – August 29. We wish him safe travels and a restful vacation.

Save the Date! Tuesday August 6th ~ National Night Out for CCCB parishes to celebrate together, 5–8pm at Blessed Trinity Parish grounds. This is an opportunity to get to know one another at a fun event. Nice music, good food and children’s games will be available. Bring your own chair! Hot dogs from the grill will be provided. Please sign up on the yellow sheets by the church entrances to bring a dish to share. Also…Help will be needed with setting up at 4pm and taking down tables / cleaning up at the end. Please let Dan Korchowsky or Bob Heicklen know  if you are able to assist. Thank you, and looking forward to seeting you there.

Father George Reger is now undergoing rehabilitation at the McAuley Residence, 1503 Military Road, Kenmore, NY 14217. We are sure he would appreciate your prayers, cards and notes of encouragement as he works to regain his strength.

Congratulations are in order as Blessed Trinity Parish has reached its Catholic Charities goal. Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously to the 2019 appeal.

Good news about staying connected ~ Have you visited www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org lately? It’s been a decade since our parish launched its web site, and seven years since its first makeover. Since that time, mobile devices have become the dominant way to access websites. In fact, when parish council member Nik Brodfuehrer reviewed our usage stats, he found that 50% of our present users access the site from a cell phone or tablet. Unfortunately, sites like ours with their older design did not “flex” to fit small screens, necessitating a second upgrade. Our revamped site debuted right before Easter, and we encourage you to take a look. Whether you check in with your cellphone, tablet or desktop computer, we hope you like our new look. Mass times, office and food pantry hours, bingo schedules, and an easy-to-use contact form are visible at first glance. Looking for the type of information normally found in the bulletin? Just click on the post with the current week’s date; e.g., “Week of June 30, 2019 ~ 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.” In addition to scheduled activities, coming events, and Mass intentions, you’ll also find examples of church symbolism and artwork relating to the week’s readings or feast days. While you are away on vacation this summer, stay in touch with your parish family by visiting  www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.

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

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit ccwny.org/okpeap.

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

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

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

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

“For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers….” Col 1:16
There are 27 full-length angels appearing in Joseph Mazur’s painting in the great dome of our church. “They represent the ‘Nine Choirs of Heavenly Beings or Angels’ who worship and serve God.” (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R. C. Church,” page 33).
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (“IVC”) of Buffalo seeks new members this Fall. Ignatian volunteers are men and women (age 50+)  who spend a few hours each week in service to those in need. IVC volunteers share their expertise, life skills, and their hope — while learning to pray and reflect in the Ignatian tradition. If you wish to explore this further, please contact the Volunteer Director, Minnie Wyse, at 716-854-6726, email mwyse [at] ivcusa [dot] org or visit ivcusa.org.

Queen of Heaven Carnival 2019 ~ Sunday July 14 at 4220 Seneca Street & Mill Road in West Seneca Find out more at rectory [at] qofhchurch [dot] org or QofHcarnival.com.

 

Week of July 7, 2019 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The gospel reading for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time is St. Luke’s account of the Lord’s “commissioning” of 72 disciples. Because Christ sent his apostles out to spread the Good News of God’s love for us, this church “places the missionary emphasis of the Church in a prominent position.” The Four Evangelists and other missionaries are depicted in the area between the pendentives supporting the dome. (Rev. Walter Kern’s “Guidebook to Blessed Trinity R.C. Church, pp. 21-22.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

July 7 – July 14, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, July 7 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Liturgy committee meeting

Wednesday, July 10 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, July 14 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Meeting of Religious Education Teachers & Assistants

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , July 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Monday, July 8 ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 9 ~ St. Augustin Zhao-Rong & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Special Intention (John Curtin)

Wednesday, July 10 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

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

Friday, July 12 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, July 13 ~ St. Henry ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – God’s Blessings for Therese Reid (Tim and Mary Reid)

Sunday, July 14 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Birthday Remembrance for Bridget Blesnuk (Family)

Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. Mass – Blessing and Commissioning of new Eucharistic Ministers: Fidelia Ejimadu, Antoinette Maus and Palma Zanghi

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, July 13/14, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, Miles James; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Don Williams, Bonnie Williams

St. Peter Claver (1581-1654), a missionary to the slaves brought to South America, is depicted in this painting by Joseph Mazur in the church’s transept.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

The Liturgy Committee will meet following Mass on Sunday, July 7.

A Royal Priesthood ~ Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, implemented by Saint Paul VI when he was Pope, proclaimed that the people of the Church belong to a “royal priesthood.” Today’s musical selections included the theme of our royal priesthood. Church of God, Elect and Glorious, our closing hymn, was a familiar tune (known as HYFRYDOL, composed by Rowland Prichard in the 19th century) with words written in the 20th century by James E. Seddon. I can think of no better way to demonstrate that every generation is called to our common priesthood.  

            1.  Church of God, elect and glorious, holy nation, chosen race;
            called as God’s own special people, royal priests and heirs of grace:
            know the purpose of your calling, show to all his mighty deeds;
            tell of love which knows no limits, grace which meets all human needs.

             2.  God has called you out of darkness into his most marvelous light;
            brought his truth to life within you, turned your blindness into sight.
            Let your light so shine around you that God’s name is glorified;
            and all find fresh hope and purpose in Christ Jesus crucified.

             3.  Once you were an alien people, strangers to God’s heart of love;
            but he brought you home in mercy, citizens of heaven above.
            Let his love flow out to others, let them feel a Father’s care;
            that they too may know his welcome and his countless blessings share.

            4.  Church of God, elect and holy, be the people he intends;
            strong in faith and swift to answer each command your master sends:
            royal priests, fulfill your calling through your sacrifice and prayer;
            give your lives in joyful service sing his praise, his love declare.

James E Seddon (1915 – 1983) from 1 Peter 2

May we all fulfill our calling in the week to come. Choir practice will resume in September and all are welcome to participate; no musical experience necessary. Elizabeth

Peter’s Pence ~ The annual collection known as Peter’s Pence will take place at Masses on July 13/14. Your generosity helps the Holy Father: continue his pastoral care for the Church, share the gospel message throughout the world, and assist victims of disasters. Please use the special envelope in your July – Sept. packet and help Pope Francis “profess faith, bestow love, and impart hope.” Thank you.

Commissioning Ceremony ~ On Sunday, July 14, parishioners Fidelia Ejimadu, Antoinette Maus, and Palma Zanghi will receive a special  blessing and be commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers to serve our congregation. Please join in thanking and congratulating the women who have successfully completed the diocesan training requirements to become Eucharistic Ministers.

Religious Education Meeting ~ On Sunday, July 14, Father Victor will meet with religious education teachers and assistants following the 10am Mass.

Congratulations are in order as Blessed Trinity Parish has reached its Catholic Charities goal. Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously to the 2019 appeal.

Good news about staying connected ~ Have you visited www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org lately? It’s been a decade since our parish launched its web site, and seven years since its first makeover. Since that time, mobile devices have become the dominant way to access websites. In fact, when parish council member Nik Brodfuehrer reviewed our usage stats, he found that 50% of our present users access the site from a cell phone or tablet. Unfortunately, sites like ours with their older design did not “flex” to fit small screens, necessitating a second upgrade. Our revamped site debuted right before Easter, and we encourage you to take a look. Whether you check in with your cellphone, tablet or desktop computer, we hope you like our new look. Mass times, office and food pantry hours, bingo schedules, and an easy-to-use contact form are visible at first glance. Looking for the type of information normally found in the bulletin? Just click on the post with the current week’s date; e.g., “Week of June 30, 2019 ~ 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.” In addition to scheduled activities, coming events, and Mass intentions, you’ll also find examples of church symbolism and artwork relating to the week’s readings or feast days. While you are away on vacation this summer, stay in touch with your parish family by visiting  www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.

Father George Reger is now undergoing rehabilitation at the McAuley Residence, 1503 Military Road, Kenmore, NY 14217. We are sure he would appreciate your prayers, cards and notes of encouragement as he works to regain his strength.

Friends of Family Promise Day is Sunday July 28. This fundraiser, from 2-4pm, will take place at Ss. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church (75 Hickory Street in Buffalo) and features live music, taco bar, bounce house, jugglers, face painting, and unveiling of the Family Promise Founder Wall. Blessed Trinity is a support congregation for the Family Promise site at Ss. Columba-Brigid. For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at 716-771-3007 or email grace [at] fpwny [dot] org.

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

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit ccwny.org/okpeap.

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

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Summer Happy Hour for Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo, Wednesday July 10, 5:30-7:30 ~ Fundraiser  hosted by their Junior Board at Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca Street in Buffalo). Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 pre-sale (nativitymiguelbuffalo.org/event/junior-boards-summer-happy-hour/).   

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (“IVC”) of Buffalo seeks new members this Fall. Ignatian volunteers are men and women (age 50+)  who spend a few hours each week in service to those in need. IVC volunteers share their expertise, life skills, and their hope — while learning to pray and reflect in the Ignatian tradition. If you wish to explore this further, please contact the Volunteer Director, Minnie Wyse, at 716-854-6726, email mwyse [at] ivcusa [dot] org or visit ivcusa.org.

Queen of Heaven Carnival 2019 ~ Friday-Sunday July 12, 13, 14 at 4220 Seneca Street & Mill Road in West Seneca with Super Cruz Night on Thursday, July 11, 4-10pm. Find out more at rectory [at] qofhchurch [dot] org or QofHcarnival.com.

 

Week of June 30, 2019 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Thomas, Apostle
July 3
The feast day of St. Thomas, the apostle, is celebrated on July 3. He appears in Joseph Mazur’s depiction of the evangelists and apostles in our church’s great dome. Thomas is pictured here, the fourth figure from the right, holding a carpenter’s square. It is a symbol of his profession, that of a builder.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

June 30 – July 7, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, June 30 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour hosted by the Choir

Wednesday, July 3 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, July 4 ~ Independence Day Holiday ~ NO BINGO

Saturday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, July 7 following Mass ~ Liturgy committee meeting

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , June 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving for Edward Wilbert (Requested by “Sam”) and God’s Blessings for the Anniversary of Jimmie and Mildred Porter (Requested by the Family)

Monday, July 1 ~ St. Junipero Serra ~ No Service

Tuesday, July 2 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, July 3 ~ St. Thomas, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, July 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – In Memory of Alice Rose Schroeder (Colleen Schroeder)

Friday, July 5 ~ First Friday Adoration, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel

Friday, July 5 ~ St. Anthony Zaccaria, St. Elizabeth of Portugal ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Saturday, July 6 ~ St. Maria Goretti ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Blessings for the Duncan Family (St. Nicholas, RCC)

Sunday July 7 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 29/30, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Sr. Liz Savage, Pam Zanghi; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Pat Hartinger

St. Thomas the Apostle, is also represented by the lance and staff, shown here (second from right) in one of the 45 decorated roofline corbels on the church facade.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

News from our Parish Community

The Annual Mission Cooperative  Plan Sunday is June 30. We welcome Sr. Gaudiosa Fidelis who will speak on behalf of the Sisters of St. Bernadette and their work in Africa. Please give generously to support their mission and be part of it. We will take up collections for the Mission Cooperative this weekend and on July 6/7.

Birthday Blessing for all those born during the month of June will take place at Mass on Sunday, June 30.

Monthly Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, June 30, followed by Coffee Hour being hosted by the Choir. (This will be our last monthly coffee hour until September).

Anything but Ordinary ~ We are back to Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar, but our music at Blessed Trinity is anything but routine!  We have switched our Mass Setting back to the Mass of Creation, which begins with #871 in our Breaking Bread hymnal. You may have noticed there is a vertical number on our hymn board in the Sanctuary. That number represents the Mass Setting, which is the music we sing for the Gloria, Holy Holy, Mystery of Faith, Great Amen and Lamb of God. This music changes with the seasons, and we try to use Mass Settings that are included in our hymnals to encourage congregational singing.

The choir is taking a well-deserved break over the summer, but there is always room in the loft for people who want to contribute to our Liturgy through a music ministry. If you are curious as to how the ministry works or are thinking about contributing your talents to our parish, you are welcome to climb the stairs into the loft and check it out. We are always looking for ways to make our Liturgy even more meaningful, and whether you have a favorite hymn you would like sung at Mass or would like to join the choir, your presence and input are welcome.

Choir practice will resume in September and everyone is welcome to participate – no musical experience necessary!  Please join the choir after Sunday Mass this week for the coffee hour in St. Charles Hall as we celebrate their commitment to our church. Thank you! … Elizabeth

On Thursday, July 4, the Rectory Office will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Please submit Bulletin announcements for July 6/7 by the morning of Tuesday, July 2.

Friday, July 5 is First Friday. Join in Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Daily Mass Chapel from 8:00 – 10:45 a.m., followed by Benediction and daily Mass.

The Liturgy Committee will meet following Mass on Sunday, July 7.

Commissioning Ceremony ~ On Sunday, July 14, parishioners Fidelia Ejimadu, Antoinette Maus, and Palma Zanghi will receive a special  blessing and be commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers to serve our congregation. Please join in thanking and congratulating the women who have successfully completed the diocesan training requirements to become Eucharistic Ministers.

Good news about staying connected ~ Have you visited www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org lately? It’s been a decade since our parish launched its web site, and seven years since its first makeover. Since that time, mobile devices have become the dominant way to access websites. In fact, when parish council member Nik Brodfuehrer reviewed our usage stats, he found that 50% of our present users access the site from a cell phone or tablet. Unfortunately, sites like ours with their older design did not “flex” to fit small screens, necessitating a second upgrade. Our revamped site debuted right before Easter, and we encourage you to take a look. Whether you check in with your cellphone, tablet or desktop computer, we hope you like our new look. Mass times, office and food pantry hours, bingo schedules, and an easy-to-use contact form are visible at first glance. Looking for the type of information normally found in the bulletin? Just click on the post with the current week’s date; e.g., “Week of June 30, 2019 ~ 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time.” In addition to scheduled activities, coming events, and Mass intentions, you’ll also find examples of church symbolism and artwork relating to the week’s readings or feast days. While you are away on vacation this summer, stay in touch with your parish family by visiting  www.blessedtrinitybuffalo.org.

The Ibhawa Family thanks everyone who came out to support them during the wedding celebration of Osaze and Bethany last Saturday, June 22, and all who attended the live music and luncheon after Sunday Mass. May God bless you abundantly.

Father George Reger is now undergoing rehabilitation at the McAuley Residence, 1503 Military Road, Kenmore, NY 14217. We are sure he would appreciate your prayers, cards and notes of encouragement as he works to regain his strength.

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

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit ccwny.org/okpeap.

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

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

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

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

 

Symbols representing phrases from the Litany of the Most Sacred Heart appear above the side altar dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Top, left-right: throne (Infinite Majesty), temple (Sacred Temple of God), tabernacle (tent) in the desert (Tabernacle of the Most High); Bottom, l-r: open gates (House of God and Gate of Heaven), flaming furnace (Furnace of Charity)
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (“IVC”) of Buffalo seeks new members this Fall. Ignatian volunteers are men and women (age 50+)  who spend a few hours each week in service to those in need. IVC volunteers share their expertise, life skills, and their hope — while learning to pray and reflect in the Ignatian tradition. If you wish to explore this further, please contact the Volunteer Director, Minnie Wyse, at 716-854-6726, email mwyse [at] ivcusa [dot] org or visit ivcusa.org.

St. Mary’s High School Summer Camps (142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster) ~ Register now for boys and girls age 5+ at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org.

Clarence Summer Art & Plein Air Festival ~ Saturday July 13, 10am-5pm. Painters, vendors, food trucks, and music in Clarence Town Park (10405 Main Street, Clarence), along with tours of the Clarence History Museum and Club House tours. Contact clarencearts [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Queen of Heaven Carnival 2019 ~ Friday-Sunday July 12, 13, 14 at 4220 Seneca Street & Mill Road in West Seneca with Super Cruz Night on Thursday, July 11, 4-10pm. Find out more at rectory [at] qofhchurch [dot] org or QofHcarnival.com.

 

Corpus Christi Sunday – Week of June 23, 2019

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

June 23 – June 30, 2019

Weekly Activities

Wednesday, June 26 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, June 30 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour hosted by the Choir

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , June 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – God’s Blessings for Mary A. White (Penny Schick) and Thanksgiving for Ozy’s Graduation and Wedding Celebration (The Ibhawa Family)

Monday, June 24 ~ Nativity of St. John the Baptist ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 25 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – John F. Curtin (The Family)

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

Thursday, June 27 ~ St. Cyril of Alexandria ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, June 28 ~ Most Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 29 ~ Ss. Peter & Paul ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – Seta Chapman (Lola)

Sunday June 30 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving for Edward Wilbert (“Sam”) and God’s Blessings for the Anniversary of Jimmie and Mildred Porter (The Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 29/30, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Richard Plunkett; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Bernice Bradley

The Body of Christ, or “Corpus Christi,” is well-represented in art and symbols throughout our church. For example, the Gospel read at Mass on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is Luke’s account of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and a depiction of this scene appears in a ceramic relief by P. Kuhnle over the main door in the church’s nave.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

Monthly Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, June 30.

Coffee Hour hosted by the Choir will take place in St. Charles Hall after Mass on Sunday, June 30. (This will be our last monthly coffee hour until September).

God Be With You ’til We Meet Again ~ The choir will be taking the summer off from the loft. They have earned some rest, and the loft temperatures soar in the summer, making beautiful music-making difficult.This week’s meditation was an old favorite requested by choir member Vera Andrew. It was re-discovered during a search through the music archives previously housed in the loft – and hasn’t been sung at BT in many years. Grayson Warren Brown is an internationally known liturgical composer, author, recording artist, and speaker who has published many collections of liturgical compositions. He began his liturgical ministry in the late 1960’s in a small inner-city parish in New York City. It was there that he learned how significant an authentic and spirit-filled experience of worship can be to those in need of hope. Forty years of experience working with multicultural parishes throughout the United States and abroad have given him a unique insight into the power that good liturgy can instill in people of all races and cultures. Grayson is now dividing his time between writing, composing, and traveling the country presenting workshops, speaking at conventions and conducting parish missions and revivals. His down-to-earth approach to liturgy and scripture, coupled with his dynamic speaking style, have made him one of the most sought after presenters in the United States today. His rendition of Holy, Holy was written in 1979 and hopefully filled you with the Spirit as we head into the summer liturgies and Ordinary Time. Choir practice will resume in September and everyone is welcome to participate – no musical experience necessary! … Elizabeth

The Mission Cooperative Plan collection will take place on June 29/30 and not on July 6/7 as indicated on the printed envelope. Sr. Gaudiosa Fidelis will speak on behalf of The Mission Coooperative. A few words about their mission…

Missionaries of Africa from Canada founded the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of St. Bernadette in 1958 in Tanzania, East Africa. The Congregation works in the steps of the founder, which is to preach the Good News to all people, primarily in Tanzania and the USA through teaching and other activities. Currently, the congregation has 220 professed members. We live the Franciscan spirit by loving and accepting all God’s creatures as gifts. We are close to the people and participate according to the needs of the time by rendering pastoral and social services especially by teaching in schools, taking care of the orphans, the hospitalized, HIV/ADIS victims, refugees, women groups, children, the disabled, lepers, widows, and widowers. The greatest challenge for our congregation’s orphanage is a shortage of funds for food, clothes, school fees and medical services. The community has been struggling for four years to build St. Bonaventure English Medium school. The good news is that two classrooms, an administration block, and one dormitory for the girls and boys are already in use. Our next priority is to build two additional classrooms and one dining room for unprivileged children whom we serve. We believe that a good basic education will empower the children so that they will able to carry on their own lives in the future.

Please give generously to next weekend’s special collection using the Mission Cooperative Plan envelope.

Father George Reger is now undergoing rehabilitation at the McAuley Residence, 1503 Military Road, Kenmore, NY 14217. We are sure he would appreciate your prayers, cards and notes of encouragement as he works to regain his strength.

The Catholic Charities 2019 Appeal ends this month! No gift is too small. Donation envelopes can be on the tables by the church doors.

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

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit ccwny.org/okpeap.

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

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

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

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

 

The Sequence (hymn) for the Mass of Corpus Christi by St. Thomas Aquinas also references the institution of the Eucharist by Christ at the Last Supper. P. Kuhnle’s ceramic sculpture of same appears over the inside door in Blessed Trinity’s Right (West) Transept.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Mary’s High School Summer Camps (142 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster) ~ Register now for boys and girls age 5+ at bheist [at] smhlancers [dot] org.

Our Lady of Pompeii Summer Bash is Saturday June 29, 8-11pm at 158 Laverack Avenue in Lancaster, with food, beverages, and music by Badlands, a Bruce Springsteen cover band (adults 21+). The Bash will be preceded by kids activities (bounce house, mini golf, lawn games, and hotdog roast) 5:30-7:30pm. Call 716-683-6522 for tickets.

Clarence Summer Art & Plein Air Festival ~ Saturday Jul 13, 10am-5pm. Painters, vendors, food trucks, and music in Clarence Town Park (10405 Main Street, Clarence), along with tours of the Clarence History Museum and Club House tours. Contact clarencearts [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

Queen of Heaven Carnival 2019 ~ Friday-Sunday July 12, 13, 14 at 4220 Seneca Street & Mill Road in West Seneca with Super Cruz Night on Thursday, July 11, 4-10pm. Find out more at rectory [at] qofhchurch [dot] org or QofHcarnival.com.

 

Trinity Sunday – Week of June 16, 2019

Multiple symbols of the Trinity are found in our church’s baldachino, the large canopy over the Tabernacle Altar, designed by Robert Hoffman. Among them are the Latin words “Deus Unus et Trinus” (One God in Three Persons) in the pediment, the three hands directly below (the Father “hurling” creation into existence, the Son suffering to redeem mankind, and the Spirit enlightening and sanctifying), and representation of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the semi-circular area.
Photo Credit: Gary Kelley

June 16 – June 23, 2019

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, June 19 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, June 23 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Graduation and Wedding Thanksgiving Party hosted by Ibhawa Family in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , June 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Requested by Her Family) and Birthday Thanksgiving for Chaka Chapman (Requested by Mom and Family)

Monday, June 17 ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 18 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Wednesday, June 19 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, June 20 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Friday, June 21 ~ St. Aloysius Gonzaga ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. ~ Wedding of Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson

Saturday, June 22 ~ St. John Fisher & St. Thomas More ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday June 23 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – God’s Blessings for Mary A. White (Penny Schick) and Thanksgiving for Ozy’s Graduation and Wedding Celebration (The Ibhawa Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 22/23, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Richard Plunkett; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Mary Kresse, Bernice Bradley

St. Aloysius Gonzaga
June 21
An artist’s impression of St. Aloysius Gonzaga appears in stained glass in the Shrine Area in the church’s right (west) transept.
Photo credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

News from our Parish Community

Monthly Anointing of the sick and well-aging will take place after Mass on Sunday, June 16.

Feast Day Coincides with Father’s Day ~ This year our parish feast day, Trinity Sunday, coincides with the observance of Father’s Day. We ask for God the Father’s blessing on all our fathers and father-figures, both living and dead, and offer this Father’s Day Prayer:

God, bless all the fathers in the world.
Father, we ask that you guide them to be good role models and loving to their children.
We also ask that You help them to be a father like You are.
Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way. Amen.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. This is our last regularly scheduled meeting until September, with several items on the agenda to finalize before our summer break. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) as soon as possible.

An Unusual Psalm for our Feast Day ~ If you have ever thought psalms are repeated throughout the Liturgical Calendar, you are correct. Many of the psalms proclaimed, especially during Easter, are repeated at various times throughout the year. This week’s psalm, however, appears only once in the three-year liturgical cycle – on Most Holy Trinity Sunday during Cycle C. Its text is beautiful, and provides a wonderful framework for our identity as Blessed Trinity Parish.  Next time you open your Bible, I encourage you to look at Psalm 8 – it’s worth repeating! O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! Our final choir practice of the season will take place on June 18 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall. All are welcomeElizabeth

You’re Invited ~ Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson will be married at Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, June 22. Many parishioners know Fr. Victor’s younger brother who once resided in the rectory and has served as both an usher and bingo worker. He and Bethany are inviting members of the parish to add to the joy of the occasion and celebrate with their family and friends by attending the 1pm ceremony. Then,  on Sunday June 23, the Ibhawa Family invites the parish to join them in St. Charles Hall after Mass for a graduation and wedding thanksgiving luncheon and celebration with live music.

The Mission Cooperative Plan collection will take place on June 29/30 and not on July 6/7 as indicated on the printed envelope. Please give generously.

The Catholic Charities 2019 Appeal ends this month! No gift is too small. Donation envelopes can be on the tables by the church doors.

Prayerful thanks to our parish custodian, Dennis Pawlikowski, for his rapid response in finding an appropriate solvent and removing the graffiti that appeared on our church sign several weeks ago. We hope his quick action will deter any future incidents of vandalism.

Eucharistic Minister Training ~ If you are interested in serving as an Eucharistic Minister, please talk to Father Victor so that you can be included in the training session which is scheduled to take place in the near future.

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video].

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

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit ccwny.org/okpeap.

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

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

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

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

Restoration of the church’s front plaza area is nearing completion. Concrete has been poured and only final stair replacement remains.
Photo credit: Bud Dick

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Greg’s Great Race. St. Gregory the Great Parish in Williamsville will host its 24th Annual Great Race on Friday, June 21.The 5K sanctioned Run/One-Mile Walk begins promptly at 7 pm; pre-race party begins at 6 pm, post-party with music by “Hit n Run” in the parking lot following the race. Don Postles from Channel 4 will emcee the even.. Media sponsor, 96.1 The Breeze, will broadcast live from 3-7 pm. Register at itsyourrace.com.

 

Pentecost Sunday – Week of June 9, 2019

Pentecost Sunday
June 9, 2019
P. Kuhnle’s ceramic bas relief depiction of the descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the apostles over doorway in left side vestibule

June 9 – June 16, 2019

Weekly Activities

Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

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

Thursday, June 13 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , June 9 ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Monday, June 10 ~ The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 11 ~ St. Barnabas, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Rita E. Curtin (Family)

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

Thursday, June 13 ~ St. Anthony of Padua ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Birthday Thanksgiving for Gwen-do-lyn Moore

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

Saturday, June 15 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday June 16 ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Bridget Blesnuk (Her Family) and Birthday Thanksgiving for Chaka Chapman (Mom and Family)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 15/16, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Gary Kelley; Eucharistic Minister: Michael Ogoh

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Fran Cahill, Grace Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Alice Davis, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Parishioners (L to R) Maggie Gatson, Bud Dick, Judy Casassa & Mickey Dick celebrated with Sr. Flavia Dampf on the occasion of her 75th Jubilee.

News from our Parish Community

Prayerful thanks to our parish custodian, Dennis Pawlikowski, for his rapid response in finding an appropriate solvent and removing the graffiti that appeared on our church sign. We hope his quick action will deter any future incidents of vandalism.

Catholic Communication Collection ~ Please be generous in your support of The Catholic Communication Campaign, a special collection on the weekend of June 8/9. It’s “how the Good News gets around.”

Bearing Fruit with the Spirit of God ~ Pentecost Sunday is one of my personal favorites because of the sheer magnitude of the drama: Wind! Fire! Fear! Groaning! Gifts of the Spirit! Speaking in tongues! Flowing water! Mystery! Marvels! Your musical selections this weekend included a meditation called Spirit of God by Louis S. Valenzi, a music educator, actor, director and music minister at St. James Parish in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. The text is based on Isaiah 61, and it perfectly coincides with this weekend’s liturgical theme:

Spirit of God, rest upon me, rain down your life-giving love.
When I wake or lie down, with peace you surround me;
Spirit, come make your home in my heart.

May we all experience the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Spirit, come make your home in our hearts! Choir practice continues June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Charles Hall – all are welcome!Elizabeth

The Parish Council will meet next Wednesday, June 19, at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. This is our last regularly scheduled meeting until September.

Sister Flavia Dampf’s 75th Jubilee ~ Many Blessed Trinity parishioners remember with affection Sr. Flavia Dampf, who worked in several capacities in our parish for more than 30 years. Since her retirement, she’s been living in the Sisters of St. Joseph residence in Clarence, where she celebrated her seventy-fifth anniversary as a Sister of Social Service at a special afternoon Mass on June 2. If you would like to send a congratulatory message to Sister Flavia, her address is 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence, NY 14031.

Congratulations to Our Graduates ~ As you move to the next chapter of your journey from grade school, high school, college, we wish you continued success along with experiences and challenges that will enrich you and prepare you for the future.

Wedding Bells ~ Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson will be married at Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, June 22, Many parishioners know Fr. Victor’s younger brother who once resided in the rectory and has served as both an usher and bingo worker. He and Bethany are inviting members of the parish to add to the joy of the occasion and celebrate with their family and friends by attending the 1pm ceremony.

The Catholic Charities 2019 Appeal ends this month! No gift is too small. Donation envelopes can be on the tables by the church doors.

Know Your Faith: A Prayer for Each of Us to Know My Vocation ~ Lord, I want to be happy in this life and spend eternity with you in the life to come. From the first moment of my existence, you knew my vocation. Please help me discover your plan for my life. Help me to know myself. Help me to overcome my fears. Help me to want what you want. Help me to trust you completely. Send your Holy Spirit into my mind and heart, so I can see the gifts you have given me and hear your call to serve the church. Increase my desire to bring others to you and help them reach heaven. Mary Most Holy, Mother of God, pray for me, that I can discover my vocation and have the courage to respond in faith. Amen. Holy Spirit! Enlighten and sanctify the Church.

Eucharistic Minister Training ~ If you are interested in serving as an Eucharistic Minister, please talk to Father Victor so that you can be included in the training session which is scheduled to take place in the near future.

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video].

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

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit ccwny.org/okpeap.

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

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

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

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

Nothing says spring like this fantastic rhododendron in bloom in the garden on the west side of the church.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Rummage Sale Fundraiser, Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (Fatima Hall, 1023 Swann Road, off Route 18, in Lewiston). Friday and Saturday from 9 am-5 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am-5 pm.

Garden Party & Flower Show Fundraiser, Saturday June 15 (3-7:30 pm) at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (1023 Swann Road, off Rt. 18, in Lewiston). The evening will feature fresh fried dough, appetizers served from 4-5 pm, gourmet buffet served at 6 pm, floral basket raffle and sale, Hat Contest, and a cash wine and beer tent. Proceeds benefit the Shrine’s Beautification Fund. Tickets limited to 200. For information, call 716-754-7489.

Seventh Sunday of Easter – Week of June 2, 2019

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Rv. 22:13-14
The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the Alpha and Omega, appear in the tympanum over the church’s main door – an acknowledgement of God as the origin and goal of all life.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

June 2 – June 9, 2019

Weekly Activities

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

Wednesday, June 5 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Thursday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Saturday, June 8 at 12:30 p.m. ~ Ladies Sodality Luncheon in St. Charles Hall

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

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , June 2 ~ Blessings for Sr. Flavia Dampf on the occasion of her 75th Anniversary (Requested by a grateful parish)

Monday, June 3 ~ St. Charles Lwango & Companions ~ No Service

Tuesday, June 4 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Susan Downs (John E. Curtin)

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

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

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

Saturday, June 8 ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday June 9 ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 8/9, 2019:

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

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Joseph Nwogu, Bernice Bradley; Eucharistic Ministers: Dan Korchowsky, Maggie Gatson, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Sharon Dunnigan

Members of the Blessed Trinity Choir participated in the Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo’s (“CMG”) season-ending festival Mass on Thursday, May 23, at St. Andrew’s Church in Kenmore. The Mass provides an opportunity for church music directors, musicians, cantors, and choir members to come together in praise and thanksgiving at the end of the Easter season.

News from our Parish Community

Sister Flavia Dampf

Sister Flavia Dampf celebrates 75th Jubilee ~ Many Blessed Trinity parishioners remember with affection Sr. Flavia Dampf, who worked in several capacities in our parish for more than 30 years. Since her retirement, she’s been living in the Sisters of St. Joseph residence in Clarence. On Sunday, June 2, she will celebrate her 75th Anniversary as a Sister of Social Service at a special afternoon Mass at the Clarence residence. No doubt she would be delighted to hear from her friends at BT on this auspicious occasion. Her address is 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence, NY 14031. For more information, see Judy Casassa.

We thank Rev. James Hassett for celebrating Mass on Sunday, June 2, while Fr. Victor attends the Ordination Thanksgiving Mass of Rev. Moses O. Ikuelogbonat at St. Martin de Porres Church. Father Moses was ordained on Saturday by the Buffalo Diocese.

Sodality Tour Reminder ~ If you have made a reservation for the June 8 Forest Lawn Cemetery Tour and Sodality luncheon and are interested in carpooling from the church parking lot, you must call Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) or Amy Johnson (716-836-4694) no later than this Wednesday, June 5. The trolley tour, “Famous Women of Forest Lawn,” leaves from the cemetery’s Visitor Center on Main St. (opposite Jefferson Ave) at 10am on Saturday, June 8, and returns at Noon. We will return to St. Charles Hall for lunch.

A Buffalo Connection ~ Today’s Meditation, Peace I Leave With You, was composed by Buffalo native William Wirges. William Wirges was a pianist, bandleader, and composer who was a member of the legendary Cliquot Club Eskimos and a mainstay in the early days of radio. After Wirges served in World War I, he went on the road, working as piano accompanist on the so-called “Chautauqua circuit,” backing up singers and vaudeville acts. Ultimately he would graduate to accompanying famous performers such as Belle Baker and Al Jolson. Wirges was a prolific composer, writing popular songs, sacred material, and commercial jingles. One of the jingles became Wirges’ best-known number, the song “Chiquita Banana” written with lyricists Garth Montgomery and Len Mackenzie. Wirges also composed at least one extended, semi-classical choral work, “Mississippi Lament.”

As we approach Pentecost, let’s keep in mind today’s Entrance Antiphon:  O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face; hide not your face from me, alleluia. God has given each of us unique talents to glorify Him – let’s enjoy our journey guided by the Holy Spirit!

Choir practice continues June 4 at 7pm in St. Charles Hall. All are welcome to add your voices…Elizabeth

Catholic Communication Collection ~ Please be generous in your support of The Catholic Communication Campaign, a special collection on the weekend of June 8/9. It’s “how the Good News gets around.”

Wedding Bells ~ Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson will be married at Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, June 22, Many parishioners know Fr. Victor’s younger brother who once resided in the rectory and has served as both an usher and bingo worker. He and Bethany are inviting members of the parish to add to the joy of the occasion and celebrate with their family and friends by attending the 1pm ceremony.

Eucharistic Minister Training ~ If you are interested in serving as an Eucharistic Minister, please talk to Father Victor so that you can be included in the training session which is scheduled to take place in the near future.

Docent Tom Brodfuehrer (2d from right) takes a breather with one of the many visitor groups he escorted around the church perimeter while describing architectural details.

Thank you to the docents, greeters, salespeople, and other volunteers who helped with the Sacred Sites Open House on Sunday, May 19. Despite the fencing out front, we welcomed more than 70 people to our unique “medieval” edifice, a record number for a one-day Open House! Everyone seemed to have a good time. There were lots of recollections and positive comments about the church and the people in it. Kudos to our great team: Vera Andrews, Eleanor Ash, Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Susan Duval, Mary Karlis, Toni Maus, Marianne Pernick, Sr. Liz Savage, and Nancy Yager.

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video].

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

Our Kids Parent Education and Awareness Program (OKPEAP) is a Catholic Charities program available to families who are experiencing conflict related to custody issues. Visit ccwny.org/okpeap.

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

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

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

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

Nothing says spring like this fantastic rhododendron in bloom in the garden on the west side of the church.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

Rummage Sale Fundraiser, Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9 at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (Fatima Hall, 1023 Swann Road, off Route 18, in Lewiston). Friday and Saturday from 9 am-5 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am-5 pm.

Garden Party & Flower Show Fundraiser, Saturday June 15 (3-7:30 pm) at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (1023 Swann Road, off Rt. 18, in Lewiston). The evening will feature fresh fried dough, appetizers served from 4-5 pm, gourmet buffet served at 6 pm, floral basket raffle and sale, Hat Contest, and a cash wine and beer tent. Proceeds benefit the Shrine’s Beautification Fund. Tickets limited to 200. For information, call 716-754-7489.

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 26, 2019

Memorial Day Observed
May 27
Remember and pray for all men and women who have given their lives in the
service of our Country.

May 26 – June 2, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 26 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall hosted by Bingo Workers

Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, May 29 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

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

Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , May 26 ~ Peace and Strength for Tina Chapman and Family (Requested by Mom)

Monday, May 27 ~ St. Augustine of Canterbury ~ Memorial Day Observed – No Service

Tuesday, May 28 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Susan Downs (John E. Curtin)

Wednesday, May 29 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Thursday, May 30 ~ The Ascension of the Lord ~ Mass at 6:00 p.m. – For the special intentions of Jack Curtin (A Grateful Parish)

Friday, May 31 ~ The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, June 1 ~ St. Jude ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday June 2 ~ Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, June 1/2, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Chris Porter, David Iheke; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Mary Kresse, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Dan Korchowsky

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
May 31
One of six large terra cotta oval reliefs in the church narthex representing Luke’s account of Mary’s visit to help her cousin, Elizabeth,
prepare for the birth of John the Baptist (Lk. 1:39-56)
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

News from our Parish Community

Birthday Blessing and Coffee Hour ~ The birthday blessing for everyone born during the month of May will take place on Sunday, May 26, at the end of Mass. It will be followed by a coffee hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by our bingo workers.

Women’s Tour ~ Sodality members have chosen a Forest Lawn Cemetery Tour, followed by a luncheon in St. Charles Hall, as our season ending activity. The trolley tour, “Famous Women of Forest Lawn,” leaves from the cemetery’s Visitor Center on Main St. (opposite Jefferson Ave) at 10am on Saturday, June 8, and returns at Noon. (If there is sufficient interest, we will make arrangements to carpool from the church parking lot). The tour introduces visitors to famous women and historic heroines of WNY and includes stories of suffragettes, writers, social organizers, and even some early entrepreneurs. Tour tickets are $20. All women of the parish are invited to join us; friends are welcome. As of Sunday afternoon, May 26, there was only 1 seat remaining so please don’t procrastinate. You may make an on-line reservation at: www.forest-lawn.com/events/2019/06/08/-women-of-forest-lawn-trolley-tour.

Sister Flavia Dampf celebrates 75th Jubilee ~ Many Blessed Trinity parishioners remember with affection Sr. Flavia Dampf, who worked in several capacities in our parish for more than 30 years. Since her retirement, she’s been living in the Sisters of St. Joseph residence in Clarence. Next Sunday, June 2, she will celebrate her 75th Anniversary as a Sister of Social Service at a special afternoon Mass at the Clarence residence. No doubt she would be delighted to hear from her friends at BT on this auspicious occasion. Her address is 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence, NY 14031. For more information, see Judy Casassa.

Wedding Bells ~ Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson will be married at Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, June 22, Many parishioners know Fr. Victor’s younger brother who once resided in the Rectory and has served as both an usher and bingo worker. He and Bethany are inviting members of the parish to add to the joy of the occasion and celebrate with their family and friends by attending the 1pm ceremony.

Eucharistic Minister Training ~ If you are interested in serving as an Eucharistic Minister, please talk to Father Victor so that you can be included in the training session which is scheduled to take place in the near future.

Docent Tom Brodfuehrer (2d from right) takes a breather with one of the many visitor groups he escorted around the church perimeter while describing architectural details.

Thank you to the docents, greeters, salespeople, and other volunteers who helped with the Sacred Sites Open House on Sunday, May 19. Despite the fencing out front, we welcomed more than 70 people to our unique “medieval” edifice, a record number for a one-day Open House! Everyone seemed to have a good time. There were lots of recollections and positive comments about the church and the people in it. Kudos to our great team: Vera Andrews, Eleanor Ash, Tom Brodfuehrer, Judy Casassa, Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Susan Duval, Mary Karlis, Toni Maus, Marianne Pernick, Sr. Liz Savage, and Nancy Yager.

Choir Members Participate in Festival Mass ~ Members of the Blessed Trinity Choir participated in the Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo’s (“CMG”) season-ending festival Mass on Thursday, May 23, at St. Andrew’s Church in Kenmore. The Mass provides an opportunity for church music directors, musicians, cantors, and choir members to come together in praise and thanksgiving at the end of the Easter season. CMG awards were presented following the Mass and included the Cecilia Roy Kenny Award to Frank Scinta, the Young Adult Music Ministry Award to Victoria Erdman and the Msgr. Kawalec Organ Scholarship to James Bobak. CMG member Regina Doherty was recognized with a 50-Year Membership Award.

Know Your Faith: Why did Jesus call “love one another” a new commandment? In last Sunday’s Gospel Jesus told us that by our love for one another, we shall be called his disciples. He called it a new commandment because it is the Christian identity. Many people think love is only loving those who love us or who are related to us by blood. Jesus wants us to understand that true love is unconditional, it is selfless, and is shown to anyone without expecting back. It is not limited to relations, ethnicity, tribe, race or language. It cuts across all cultural differences as Jesus showed us when he encountered the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:4-26). Jesus went beyond the cultural barriers between the Jews and Samaritans at that time. Love is a new commandment because it seeks no revenge, it forgives hurts as Jesus prayed for his killers: “Father forgive them for they do not know what they have done….” (Luke 23:24). Love should forgive hurt done to us, it should be shown to everyone even those who do not deserve it. Love is a new commandment because it should be shown to every human being not only those who show us love or who are related to us. The song They’ll Know We Are Christians, written by Peter Scholtes expresses this new commandment that Jesus calls us to practice:

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that our unity will one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love. 

We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

May God help us to better understand this new commandment of love and practice it, through Christ our lord, Amen.

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video].

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

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

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

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

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

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

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

A Spiritual Year of Prayer & Healing: Consecrate Yourself to Jesus through Mary! Thinking of a way to pray in the Year of Healing? The linked parishes of St. Martin of Tours / St. Thomas Aquinas, Buffalo will offer the 33 Days to Morning Glory Program (Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary) on six Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm at St. Martin of Tours (1140 Abbott Road in Buffalo. The consecration Mass will take place on the Marian Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday, June 29). Visit stmartinbuffalo.com, call 823-7077, or email    diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com to register.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Life, Thursday, May 30, 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church (1525 Sheridan Drive in Kenmore). All invited to come and adore our Lord, Jesus Christ! Come for the hour or for ten minutes; our doors will be open! After Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 19, 2019

St. Bernadine of Siena (1380-1444), whose feast we celebrate on May 20, is depicted in this painting by Vincent Mundo which appears to the right of the Blessed Virgin
in the church’s Mary Shrine.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

May 19 – May 26, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 19 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in church

Sunday, May 19 from 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House and church tours

Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Choir rehearsal in St. Charles Hall

Wednesday, May 22 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

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

Saturday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, May 26 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Coffee Hour in St. Charles Hall

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , May 19 ~ Peace and Healing for Roy and Sionen Laciura (Requested by Your Friend, Seta)

Monday, May 20 ~ St. Bernardine of Siena ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 21 ~ St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Wednesday, May 22 ~ St. Rita of Cascia ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 23 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, May 24 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 25 ~ St. Bede the Venerable; St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi; St. Gregory VII ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday May 26 ~ Peace and Strength for Tina Chapman and Family (Mom)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 25/26, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: John Curtin; Eucharistic Minister: Lucille Venezia

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.  Readers: Bob Heicklen, Maggie Gatson; Eucharistic Ministers: Fran Cahill, Bernice Bradley, Pat Hartinger; Choir – Dan Korchowsky

Blessed Trinity will participate in the statewide
New York Landmarks Conservancy’s
Ninth Annual Sacred Sites Open House
this Sunday, May 19, 2019 from Noon – 3pm.
Photo by Steve Mangione

News from our Parish Community

Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging will take place in church this Sunday, May 19, immediately following the 10am Mass.

We are the “medieval” ~ On Sunday, May 19, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm, Blessed Trinity Church will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.The theme of this ninth annual statewide event is “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture.” Special emphasis that afternoon will be on the “medieval” (12th Century Romanesque) features of our church and the Italian churches on which our house of worship is modeled. Free docent-led tours will be available. Click HERE to read more about this opportunity to learn about the history, art and architecture of our Landmark house of worship.

Your patience and courtesy are requested ~ The planning phase took much longer than expected, but restoration work — partially funded by a grant from New York State — has begun on the front steps and plaza area of our church, as well as the roof. Please remember that we need to keep two driving lanes in the church’s east (ramp) side driveway. Our church is fortunate to have ample off-street parking places for everyone attending religious services. In the interest of safety, please use only marked parking places and do not create a parking lane parallel to the church building or park on the sidewalk near the garden and wheelchair ramp. Thank you.

A Heart Full of Music ~ This past week has reminded me how music can be a powerful mechanism for healing and how humans seek music to cope with life’s trials. There is inherent music in the human body created by our God, be it the lilt of a voice, the creak of an aching joint, or the rhythm of a beating heart. There is the song we hum aloud or just hear in our head in moments of sheer joy or extreme trial. Liturgical musical selections are made after reviewing the weekend readings and the overall theme for the week or the season. Music can reinforce important texts by setting them to a beautiful melody, provide comfort with a gentle accompaniment, or even exclaim resounding joy with a cacophony of trumpets. All are appropriate, especially during the Easter season. Our hope is that you carry beautiful music in your heart throughout the week that keeps you engaged in the Liturgy. Whether it’s the joy of “Lift High the Cross,” the comfort of “In My Father’s House,” or the peace of “Shall We Gather at the River,” may the music at Blessed Trinity help you navigate whatever you encounter until we meet again. Choir practice resumes Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome….Elizabeth

Birthday Blessing and Coffee Hour ~ The birthday blessing for everyone born during the month of May will take place on Sunday, May 26, at the end of Mass. It will be followed by a coffee hour in St. Charles Hall, hosted by our bingo workers.

Collection for the Church in Africa ~ There will be a second collection for the Church in Africa on the weekend of May 25/26. Please give generously.

Women’s Tour ~ Sodality members have chosen a Forest Lawn Cemetery Tour, followed by a luncheon in St. Charles Hall, as our season ending activity. The trolley tour, “Famous Women of Forest Lawn,” leaves from the cemetery’s Visitor Center on Main St. (opposite Jefferson Ave) at 10am on Saturday, June 8, and returns at Noon. (If there is sufficient interest, we will make arrangements to carpool from the church parking lot). It introduces visitors to famous women and historic heroines of WNY and includes stories of suffragettes, writers, social organizers, and even some early entrepreneurs. Tour tickets are $20. All women of the parish are invited to join us; friends are welcome. As of Tuesday, May 14, there were only 12 seats remaining so please don’t procrastinate. You may make an on-line reservation at: www.forest-lawn.com/events/2019/06/08/-women-of-forest-lawn-trolley-tour or contact Treasurer Amy Johnson at 716-836-4694. We are also collecting $5 for the lunch, so checks for $25 should be payable to Ladies Sodality of Blessed Trinity.

Wedding Bells ~ Osaze (Ozy) Ibhawa and Bethany Anderson will be married at Blessed Trinity Church on Saturday, June 22, Many parishioners know Fr. Victor’s younger brother who once resided in the Rectory and has served as both an usher and bingo worker. He and Bethany are inviting members of the parish to add to the joy of the occasion and celebrate with their family and friends by attending the 1pm ceremony.

Our Mother’s Day chefs and waiters

Prayerful Thanks for Our Parish Chefs ~ We extend thanks and compliments to the men who continued the Parish Holy Name Society’s tradition of serving a wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch following last Sunday’s 10am Mass. The women of the parish were treated to a buffet featuring egg dishes, fresh fruit and pastries and received souvenir roses. Kudos go to Bud Dick, Jerry Gallisdorfer, Bob Barnes, Dan Korchowsky, David Folmer, and Don Williams.

Eucharistic Minister Training ~ If you are interested in serving as an Eucharistic Minister, please talk to Father Victor so that you can be included in the training session which is scheduled to take place in the near future.

Choir to Participate in Festival Mass ~ Members of the Blessed Trinity Choir will participate in the Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo’s season-ending festival Mass at 7pm on Thursday, May 23, at St. Andrew’s Church in Kenmore. The Mass provides an opportunity for church music directors, cantors, and choir members to come together in praise and thanksgiving at the end of the Easter season. The Guild will also be presenting its Cecilia Roy Kenny Award to Frank Scinta and its Young Adult Music Ministry Award to Victoria Erdman. Regina Doherty will be recognized with a 50-Year Membership Award.

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video]. We invite you to gain a greater understanding of the inspiration and meaning behind our church’s art and architecture on Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon-3pm, when we will be participating in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s state-wide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. In fact, we are — without a doubt — the “medieval” in their 2019 theme, “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York Religious Art and Architecture.” Parishioners will be on hand to greet you, and members of our docent team will share even more information than we were able to give our friends from Channel 2. You don’t have to travel to Europe to see amazing church architecture, and you can start your tour right in your home parish. Tours are free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and neighbors.

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

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

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

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

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

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

Women of the parish who enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch
served by members of the Holy Name and their assistants.

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

A Spiritual Year of Prayer & Healing: Consecrate Yourself to Jesus through Mary! Thinking of a way to pray in the Year of Healing? The linked parishes of St. Martin of Tours / St. Thomas Aquinas, Buffalo will offer the 33 Days to Morning Glory Program (Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary) on six Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm at St. Martin of Tours (1140 Abbott Road in Buffalo. The consecration Mass will take place on the Marian Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday, June 29). Visit stmartinbuffalo.com, call 823-7077, or email    diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com to register.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Life, Thursday, May 30, 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church (1525 Sheridan Drive in Kenmore). All invited to come and adore our Lord, Jesus Christ! Come for the hour or for ten minutes; our doors will be open! After Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Week of May 12, 2019

“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Rv 7:17 (Symbol of the Trinity in the church’s Great Dome.
Photographic rendering by Todd Treat).

May 12 – May 19, 2019

Weekly Activities

Sunday, May 12 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Mothers Day Breakfast in St. Charles Hall hosted by the Holy Name Society

Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. ~ NO Choir rehearsal this week

Wednesday, May 15 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. ~ Catholic Central Food Pantry in St. Charles Hall (Food Pantry operates every Wednesday from Noon-4pm)

Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. ~ Parish Council Meeting in St. Charles Hall

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

Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. ~ Bingo will be played in St. Charles Hall.*

Sunday, May 19 following 10:00 a.m. Mass ~ Anointing of the Sick and Well-Aging in church

Sunday, May 19 from 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m. ~ Sacred Sites Open House and church tours

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

Mass Intentions

Sunday , May 12 ~ Mothers Day ~ Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Terrence Gress (Requested by Amy Johnson) and Pawlikowski (Requested by Dennis Pawlikowski)

Monday, May 13 ~ Our Lady of Fatima ~ No Service

Tuesday, May 14 ~ St. Matthias, Apostle ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Alice Alfano (The Jost Family)

Wednesday, May 15 ~ St. Isidore ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Thursday, May 16 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Friday, May 17 ~ Mass at 11:00 a.m. – Deceased Members of the Ryan, Reilly, Reynolds and Pfeiffer Families (Estate of Mary Reilly)

Saturday, May 18 ~ St. John I ~ Mass at 4:30 p.m. – For the intentions of our parishioners, both living and deceased (Blessed Trinity Parish)

Sunday May 19 ~ Peace and Healing for Roy and Sionen Laciura (Your Friend, Seta)

Ministry Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, May 18/19, 2019:

Saturday, 4:30 p.m.  Reader: Michael Ogoh; Eucharistic Minister: Lorna Cameron

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

Blessed Trinity will participate in the statewide
New York Landmarks Conservancy’s
Ninth Annual Sacred Sites Open House
Sunday, May 19, 2019 from Noon – 3pm.
Photo by Steve Mangione

News from our Parish Community

Mother’s Day Breakfast ~ Our Holy Name Society will once again host women of the parish at Sunday’s Mother Day Breakfast following the 10 AM Mass. Daughters, mothers, sisters, similar in-laws are welcome. A $5 donation for each non-parishioner guest will be collected at the door.

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, May 15, at 7 pm in St. Charles Hall. There are only two meetings remaining before the summer break. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mickey Dick (716-832-2540) as soon as possible.

A “match” for your Catholic Charities donation ~ Friday, May 17, is Hope Day. All donations made to the Catholic Charities 2019 Appeal on that day will be matched dollar for dollar. Why not make a gift for Mom. She has made a tremendous impact on you. Now you can make a tremendous impact in the lives of others in her honor. Or give a gift for your friend or neighbor. Visit give.ccwny.org/hope. Our parish has surpassed 50% of its goal for the 2019 appeal, but there is still a way to go. Here is a great way to double your contribution.

Your patience and courtesy are requested ~ The planning phase took much longer than expected, but restoration work — partially funded by a grant from New York State — has begun on the front steps and plaza area of our church, as well as the tile roof. We are fortunate to have ample off-street parking places for everyone attending religious services, and in the interest of safety for everyone using the driveway on the east side of church, we are asking that you PLEASE DO NOT PARK on the sidewalk near the garden and wheelchair ramp. Be courteous and leave the designated “handicapped” spaces for those who really need them. This accommodation is especially important now that construction equipment is present, but should continue long after the work is completed.

We are the “medieval” ~ On Sunday, May 19, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm, Blessed Trinity Church will participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend.The theme of this ninth annual statewide event is “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture.” Special emphasis that afternoon will be on the “medieval” (12th Century Romanesque) features of our church and the Italian churches on which our house of worship is modeled. Free docent-led tours will be available. Click HERE to read more about this opportunity to learn about the history, art and architecture of our Landmark house of worship.

A Good Shepherd for the Ewes ~ We identify today as Good Shepherd Sunday, from the Gospel reading. Also, today is celebrated as Mother’s Day in the United States. Our musical selections encompassed what a good shepherd does to take care of the sheep while we also honored Mary, the mother of our Lord and Savior, the example to all Christian mothers. While it may seem to be quite a leap to link these two celebrations, our meditation hymn exemplifies it perfectly, I believe.

Like a child rests in its mother’s arms, so will I rest in You.
My God, I am not proud. I do not look for things too great.
My God, I trust in you. You care for me, You give me peace.
O Israel, trust in God, now and always trust in God.
Like a child rests in its mother’s arms, so will I rest in You.

The Good Shepherd takes care of all of the lambs of his flock, and today special blessings fall onto the ewes. Jesus found comfort as we do – in our Mother’s arms. Happy Mother’s Day! Choir practice resumes Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00pm in St. Charles Hall.  All are welcome….Elizabeth

Blessed Trinity featured on Channel 2 ~ WGRZ-TV’s Kevin O’Neill and Channel 2 photographer, Charles, visited Blessed Trinity very early Thursday morning April 25, for a live “Daybreak” feature. They also did a much lengthier Facebook Live session with members of our docent team. [Click HERE to view their video]. We invite you to gain a greater understanding of the inspiration and meaning behind our church’s art and architecture on Sunday, May 19, from 12 Noon-3pm, when we will be participating in the NY Landmarks Conservancy’s state-wide Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. In fact, we are — without a doubt — the “medieval” in their 2019 theme, “Medieval to Modern: Celebrating New York Religious Art and Architecture.” Parishioners will be on hand to greet you, and members of our docent team will share even more information than we were able to give our friends from Channel 2. You don’t have to travel to Europe to see amazing church architecture, and you can start your tour right in your home parish. Tours are free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and neighbors.

A Warning from Father Victor ~ In recent weeks, at least two parishioners have received text messages from someone claiming to be “Reverend Victor.” The message is a scam that requests purchase of a gift card (Google Play Card) for a cancer patient he is going to see. These messages are not coming from Father Victor and he asks that you please ignore them. Other similar scams claim to be sent from the IRS or law enforcement agencies. Protect yourself and your money by NEVER responding to this type of request to purchase gift cards.

Membership in the Ladies Sodality runs with the calendar year. If you have not yet paid your $5 dues for 2019 and submitted your preferred method of contact (phone or email), please do so as soon as possible. Membership Vice Pres. Mickey Dick will be revising the organization’s telephone tree based on your updated information. She can be reached at 716-832-2540. If you are not a member but would like to know more about the Sodality, please contact Mickey or President Vera Andrew (716-704-2944).

Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen and make a formal compliant. Report Hotline: 716 895-3010 Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator: jacqueline [dot] joy [at] ccwny [dot] org

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

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

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

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

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

Women of the parish shared photos and insightful stories of their remarkable mothers, grandmothers and godmothers at the Sodality May 5 meeting. A program-ending game found them matching each other’s youthful photos with those of their moms.

 

 

 

 

 

News from our Vicariate Cluster and the Wider Community

St. Louis Choir Concert on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm at St. Louis Church (35 Edward Street at Main in Buffalo). The program is free and open to the public. Featured will be works of Bach, Mozart, Farrant, Ouseley, Friedel, Poston, and others. The St. Louis Choir is an all-volunteer ensemble that leads the musical worship at 11 am Mass each Sunday, September through June. Please join us for a lovely hour of great choral music! For more information, contact St. Louis Church at 716-852-6040 or email scintaf [at] canisus [dot] edu.

A Spiritual Year of Prayer & Healing: Consecrate Yourself to Jesus through Mary! Thinking of a way to pray in the Year of Healing? The linked parishes of St. Martin of Tours / St. Thomas Aquinas, Buffalo will offer the 33 Days to Morning Glory Program (Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary) on six Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm at St. Martin of Tours (1140 Abbott Road in Buffalo. The consecration Mass will take place on the Marian Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Saturday, June 29). Visit stmartinbuffalo.com, call 823-7077, or email    diacono [at] stmartinbuffalo [dot] com to register.

Eucharistic Adoration & Holy Hour for Life, Thursday, May 30, 6-7pm at St. Andrew Church (1525 Sheridan Drive in Kenmore). All invited to come and adore our Lord, Jesus Christ! Come for the hour or for ten minutes; our doors will be open! After Holy Hour, we will pray the rosary for our nation. Deacon Mike Ficorilli, presiding.

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