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 September 26, 2021 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Church celebrates the feast of St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660),
“champion of the poor and patron of practical charity to the needy,”
on September 27. This statue of St. Vincent is located in the
left side aisle in the church nave.

September 26 – October 3, 2021

We have made an important change to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin in PDF format. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the link here as well). Because, going forward, it will no longer be necessary to repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page as much as they do.

The most recent Diocesan Interim Guidance for Parishes with respect to COVID precautions appears on the Bulletins page of this web site. It is dated June 15, 2021.

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

News from our Parish Community

Bingo is Back ~ We are happy to have resumed Thursday night bingo at Blessed Trinity. Since July 22, we have enjoyed greeting many of our longtime patrons and getting to know others who are newcomers to our games. We hope we’ll be seeing all of you again and again. Bingo is played at St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions are available starting at 7pm, and games begin at 8pm. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Masks are not required for the fully vaccinated, but we ask that everyone wear a mask when moving about the hall or into the kitchen and restrooms. No date has yet been set for the return of Saturday night bingo. Future announcements will appear on the home page and our Facebook page. Bonus Ball and Progressive carryover amounts are posted weekly on Facebook.

Pantry Expands Hours of Operation ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Individuals living in Zip Codes 14214 and 14215 who are in need of supplemental food supplies may stop by and receive pre-packaged bags of groceries from a pantry volunteer.

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

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

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

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

Church Tours Resume ~ We are happy to announce that in-person tours of the interior of our Landmark church will resume with Explore Buffalo on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 2pm. To reserve a place for the tour, visit Explore Buffalo and go to October 30 on their calendar. In the meantime, you can enjoy a virtual preview, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
September 29
The Angels Gabriel, Michael and Raphael are depicted in the stained glass skylight over the altar, on either side of the ten foot long central panel of Christ the King. St. Gabriel is visible in fourth panel to the left of Christ, holding a palm branch. St. Michael appears in the second panel to Christ’s left, with a sword in hand, and St. Raphael is shown in the second panel to the right of Christ.
Photo credit: Char Szabo-Perricelli

Week of September 12, 2021 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In remembrance of those lost due to the terrorist attacks of Sep 11, 2001, we are reminded of these words attributed to St. John Chrysostom whose feast day is September 13.

September 12 – 19, 2021

We have made an important change to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin in PDF format. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the link here as well). Because, going forward, it will no longer be necessary to repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page as much as they do.

The most recent Diocesan Interim Guidance for Parishes with respect to COVID precautions appears on the Bulletins page of this web site. It is dated June 15, 2021.

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

News from our Parish Community

Bingo is Back ~ We are happy to have resumed Thursday night bingo at Blessed Trinity. Since July 22, we have enjoyed greeting many of our longtime patrons and getting to know others who are newcomers to our games. We hope we’ll be seeing all of you again and again. Bingo is played at St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions are available starting at 7pm, and games begin at 8pm. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Masks are not required for the fully vaccinated, but we ask that everyone wear a mask when moving about the hall or into the kitchen and restrooms. No date has yet been set for the return of Saturday night bingo. Future announcements will appear on the home page and our Facebook page. Bonus Ball and Progressive carryover amounts are posted weekly on Facebook.

Pantry Expands Hours of Operation ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Individuals living in Zip Codes 14214 and 14215 who are in need of supplemental food supplies may stop by and receive pre-packaged bags of groceries from a pantry volunteer.

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

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

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

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

Virtual Church Tour ~ We are happy to announce that in-person tours of the interior of our Landmark church will resume with Explore Buffalo on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 2pm. Details coming soon! In the meantime, you can enjoy a virtual preview, courtesy of Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo. By Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 14

Week of September 5, 2021 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Peter Claver
September 9
St. Peter Claver (1581-1654), servant and missionary to Africans enslaved in South America, is depicted in this painting by Joseph Mazur in the church’s transept.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

September 5 – 12, 2021

We have made an important change to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin in PDF format. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the link here as well). Because, going forward, it will no longer be necessary to repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page as much as they do.

The most recent Diocesan Interim Guidance for Parishes with respect to COVID precautions appears on the Bulletins page of this web site. It is dated June 15, 2021.

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

News from our Parish Community

Trinity 3-1 Blend Coffee is in! You can pick up your order in St. Charles Hall after Mass on Sunday, September 5.

Bingo is Back ~ We are happy to have resumed Thursday night bingo at Blessed Trinity. Since July 22, we have enjoyed greeting many of our longtime patrons and getting to know others who are newcomers to our games. We hope we’ll be seeing all of you again and again. Bingo is played at St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions are available starting at 7pm, and games begin at 8pm. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Masks are not required for the fully vaccinated, but we ask that everyone wear a mask when moving about the hall or into the kitchen and restrooms. No date has yet been set for the return of Saturday night bingo. Future announcements will appear on the home page and our Facebook page. Bonus Ball and Progressive carryover amounts are posted weekly on Facebook.

Pantry Expands Hours of Operation ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Individuals living in Zip Codes 14214 and 14215 who are in need of supplemental food supplies may stop by and receive pre-packaged bags of groceries from a pantry volunteer.

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

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

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

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

Virtual Church Tour ~ Although we have not yet resumed in person tours inside our church, Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a virtual tour of Blessed Trinity in April 2020. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 8
An occasion for praise and thanksgiving, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates Mary’s personal sanctity and vocation as the mother of Jesus. It originiated in the Eastern Church but was commemorated in the West as early as the fifth century. This stained glass depiction of the Mary as a child with her mother, St. Anne, is in the Shrine Area in the left transept of our church.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Church Readied for “Cabrini” Filming, Sept 5, 2021

Dimming the lights

Laying electrical cables for generator

You’ll be stepping back in time when you attend services this weekend. In anticipation of filming for the as yet untitled movie about Francesca (“Mother”) Cabrini (1850-1917), electricians were hard at work on Friday taking Blessed Trinity back to the early 19th century. Sound system speakers have been removed and modern light bulbs replaced, but it’s only temporary. The movie is based on a story by Alejandro Monteverde and Rod Barr about an Italian immigrant nun and pioneer for human rights. Frances Cabrini was the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and, in 1946, became the first American citizen to be canonized.

Week of August 29, 2021 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Stephen, patron of acolytes, and symbols of lector and acolyte over left side door in Sanctuary.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

August 29 – September 5, 2021

We have made an important change to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin in PDF format. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the link here as well). Because, going forward, it will no longer be necessary to repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page as much as they do.

The most recent Diocesan Interim Guidance for Parishes with respect to COVID precautions appears on the Bulletins page of this web site. It is dated June 15, 2021.

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

News from our Parish Community

Father Bob is enjoying a well-earned vacation this week, so there will be no daily Mass from August 30 – September 3.

Trinity 3-1 Blend Coffee is in! You can pick up your order in St. Charles Hall after Mass on Sunday, September 5.

Bingo is Back ~ We are happy to have resumed Thursday night bingo at Blessed Trinity. Since July 22, we have enjoyed greeting many of our longtime patrons and getting to know others who are newcomers to our games. We hope we’ll be seeing all of you again and again. Bingo is played at St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions are available starting at 7pm, and games begin at 8pm. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Masks are not required for the fully vaccinated, but we ask that everyone wear a mask when moving about the hall or into the kitchen and restrooms. No date has yet been set for the return of Saturday night bingo. Future announcements will appear on the home page and our Facebook page. Bonus Ball and Progressive carryover amounts are posted weekly on Facebook.

Pantry Expands Hours of Operation ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Individuals living in Zip Codes 14214 and 14215 who are in need of supplemental food supplies may stop by and receive pre-packaged bags of groceries from a pantry volunteer.

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

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

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

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

Virtual Church Tour ~ Although we have not yet resumed in person tours inside our church, Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a virtual tour of Blessed Trinity in April 2020. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

Tabernacle figure of Melchizedek, who offered a sacrifice of bread and wine in Gen 15:17-24.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

 

Week of August 22, 2021 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Bartholomew
August 24
This ceramic medallion of St. Bartholomew (apostle, first century) originally hung in St. Bartholomew R. C. Church on Grider Street in Buffalo. It was brought to this church by parishioners of St. Bartholomew’s in February 1993 and carried in the procession that opened the Liturgy celebrating the merger of our two parishes. It is now mounted on the wall of the transept on the right (west) side of the church.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

August 22 – 29, 2021

We have made an important change to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin in PDF format. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the link here as well). Because, going forward, it will no longer be necessary to repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page as much as they do.

The most recent Diocesan Interim Guidance for Parishes with respect to COVID precautions appears on the Bulletins page of this web site. It is dated June 15, 2021.

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

News from our Parish Community

Welcome back to Thursday Night Bingo at Blessed Trinity!

Bingo is Back ~ Blessed Trinity’s Thursday night bingo has, indeed, returned as of July 22! It has been a pleasure to welcome back so many of our longtime patrons and a few just getting to know us. We hope we’ll be seeing all of you again and again. Bingo is played at St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm and games begin at 8pm. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Fully vaccinated players are not required to wear a mask. No date has yet been set for the return of Saturday night bingo. Future announcements will appear on the home page and our Facebook page. Bonus Ball and Progressive carryover amounts are posted weekly on Facebook.

Pantry Expands Hours of Operation ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Individuals living in Zip Codes 14214 and 14215 who are in need of supplemental food supplies may stop by and receive pre-packaged bags of groceries from a pantry volunteer.

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

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

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

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

Virtual Church Tour ~ Although we are currently unable to offer in person tours inside our church, Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a virtual tour of Blessed Trinity in April 2020. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

St. Augustine of Hippo (c. 354-430)
August 28
St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, is recognized as one of the greatest Doctors of the Western Church. The unceasing prayers of his mother, St. Monica (whose feast we celebrate on August 27), and the powerful preaching of St. Ambrose are credited with Augustine’s conversion from the dissolute lifestyle of his youth. His image appears in Joseph Mazur’s painting of “Confessors, Bishops, and Missionaries” in the dome of our church. Augustine is depicted at the far right in this photo, standing, wearing a bishop’s mitre and holding a crosier.
Photo credit: Gary Kelley

Week of August 15, 2021 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15
Much of the left (east) transept wall of Blessed Trinity Church is covered by this large
painting by Joseph Mazur of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione.

August 15 – 22, 2021

We have made an important change to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin in PDF format. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the link here as well). Because, going forward, it will no longer be necessary to repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page as much as they do.

The most recent Diocesan Interim Guidance for Parishes with respect to COVID precautions appears on the Bulletins page of this web site. It is dated June 15, 2021.

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

News from our Parish Community

Welcome back to Thursday Night Bingo at Blessed Trinity!

Bingo is Back ~ Blessed Trinity’s Thursday night bingo has, indeed, returned as of July 22! It has been a pleasure to welcome back so many of our longtime patrons and a few just getting to know us. We hope we’ll be seeing all of you again and again. Bingo is played at St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm and games begin at 8pm. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Fully vaccinated players are not required to wear a mask. No date has yet been set for the return of Saturday night bingo. Future announcements will appear on the home page and our Facebook page. Bonus Ball and Progressive carryover amounts are posted weekly on Facebook.

Pantry Expands Hours of Operation ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Individuals living in Zip Codes 14214 and 14215 who are in need of supplemental food supplies may stop by and receive pre-packaged bags of groceries from a pantry volunteer.

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

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

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

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

Virtual Church Tour ~ Although we are currently unable to offer in person tours inside our church, Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a virtual tour of Blessed Trinity in April 2020. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

Mary with ministering angels, perhaps another depiction of the Assumption,
over exterior of east side church entrance.
Photo Credit: Derek Gee, Buffalo News

Week of August 8, 2021 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Clare
August 11
St. Clare is one of six saints associated with the Eucharist who is depicted (center right) in silver relief on the doors of our Tabernacle. A sonnet in her honor by Rev. Malcolm Guite is found below.
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

August 8 – 15, 2021

The following sonnet, entitled simply “Clare,” was written by Anglican priest Rev. Malcolm Guite in honor of St. Clare. In the author’s words, it “reflect[s] on how the meaning of her name, ‘light and clarity’, was also the meaning of her life. This following is taken from a collection of his sonnets, The Singing Bowl, which is published by Canterbury Press and available through Amazon.

Santa Chiara, lovely claritas
Whose soul in stillness holds love’s pure reflection,
Shining through you as Holy Caritas,
Lucid and lucent, bringing to perfection
The girl whom Love has called to call us all
Back into truth, simplicity and grace
Your love for Francis, radiant through the veil,
Reveals in both of you your saviour’s face.
Christ holds the mirror of your given life
Up to the world he gives himself to save,
A sacrament to keep your city safe,
A window into his eternal love.
Unveiled in heaven, dancing in the light,
Pray for this pilgrim soul in his dark night.

We have made an important change to our web site, adding a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin in PDF format. The Bulletins link will be found at the top of the home page. (For your convenience as you adjust to this change, we have added the link here as well). Because, going forward, it will no longer be necessary to repeat information found in the bulletin, this weekly post will be greatly abbreviated. Our web administrators hope you will enjoy the convenience of the “Bulletins” page as much as they do.

New Diocesan Announcement on Sunday Mass Obligation ~ The following is an excerpt from a May 23, 2021 letter from the bishops of the dioceses of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Ogdensburg. The entire document appears on the Bulletins page of this web site.

The obligation to attend Holy Mass on the Lord’s Day is a sacred one. Anyone who is frail or at risk due to advanced age or medical conditions is always excused from this obligation, and we encouraged you to use your prudential judgement throughout this pandemic to determine if it was unsafe for you to attend Mass. This remains true.

 However, for those who are healthy and not at great risk, the presumption of the faithful should be that, unless they are at an enhanced risk, sick, or caring for others who are at risk or sick, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass now resumes, effective the weekend of June 5-6, 2021, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, … in our dioceses.

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

News from our Parish Community

Welcome back to Thursday Night Bingo at Blessed Trinity!

Bingo is Back ~ Although we DO NOT YET have a restart day for Saturday Bingo, Blessed Trinity’s Thursday night bingo has, indeed, returned! It was a pleasure to welcome back so many of our longtime patrons — and a few attending for the first time – on July 22. We hope we’ll be seeing all of you again and again. On Thursday, July 29, the Progressive number will be 54, with a carryover of $951.50, and the Bonus Ball carryover will be $170.10. Bingo is played at St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm and games begin at 8pm. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Fully vaccinated players are not required to wear a mask.

Livestreamed Mass ~ There will be no livestreamed Mass on the weekend of July 31/August 1. Even the parish videographer deserves a day off.

Pantry Expands Hours of Operation ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry, which operates from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue, is now operating EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Individuals living in Zip Codes 14214 and 14215 who are in need of supplemental food supplies may stop by and receive pre-packaged bags of groceries from a pantry volunteer.

If mobility issues or illness are preventing you from joining us in person, you can watch our weekend Masses LIVE on Facebook at 4:30 PM on Saturdays and 10:00 AM on Sundays as well as all Holyday Masses.  If you miss us LIVE, you can check out the recording later on YouTube.

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

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

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

Virtual Church Tour ~ Although we are currently unable to offer in person tours inside our church, Buffalo Rising and Explore Buffalo teamed up to give their online followers a virtual tour of Blessed Trinity in April 2020. You can join them, by Clicking HERE. You will be treated to both exterior and interior photos and more than a little history. Take the “tour” and test your knowledge about your house of worship.

St. Clare (1193-1253)
August 11
St. Clare was a follower of St. Francis of Assisi and became superior of a religious community known as The Poor Clares. She is said to have carried the Host in a monstrance to an upper window of her convent where she successfully prayed for their deliverance from marauding Saracen mercenaries of Frederick II. Greatly revered and respected as a “new leader of women” and credited with many miracles, she was canonized just two years after her death. St. Clare is depicted in a grouping of “Virgins and Widows” in the great dome of our church as the standing figure on the far right, holding a monstrance.
Artist: Joseph Mazur. Photo credit: Gary Kelley.

Annual Alumni Mass and Reception Set for Sept 19, 2021

Blessed Trinity School
1908 – 1975

Katherine Speyer LeClaire, ’59

Alumni Mass – This year’s Annual Alumni Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Church on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Following last year’s COVID cancellation, we are so looking forward to welcoming back alumni from all classes and their families. A reception in St Charles Hall following the Mass provides an ideal opportunity to review your grade school memorabilia, reminisce, and renew old acquaintances. This year’s reception will be a memorial to Katherine (“Kathy”) Speyer LeClaire of the Class of 1959 who died unexpectedly in 2020. A dedicated member of our planning committee since its formation, she supported this annual endeavor with her time, energy, and homemade pastries. You can help pay tribute to Kathy by bringing a food item to share at the reception.

Our Communion of Saints – As part of the Memorial Mass, we pause to remember all deceased alumni and faculty. The names of graduates who have passed since October 2019 will be read. They include: Jean Marien Heubusch, Class of ’39; Richard J. Gibney, James J. Foley, and Phyllis Colucci Nigro, ‘41; Rosemary MacVittie White, Arnold J. Horn, and Richard “Dick” MacVittie, ’43; John J. “Jack” Kennedy, Jr., ’45; Rev. Donald L. Measer, ’46; Leonard J. Higgins and Sr. Dorothy M. Smith, OSF, ’48; Helen Speyer McGrath, ’49; Robert J. O’Connor IV and David E. Fruehauf, ’50; Carol Best Kaun, Maryann Fruehauf Wegner, and Janet Ehlers Simmeth, ’52; Leona Louis Frank and Edward Arthur Mauger, ’55; David H. Balzer, Mary Crehan, Lee J. Vaughan, and James P. Fleming, ’56; MaryAnn McPartland Tole, ’57; Katherine Speyer LeClaire, ’59; Sharon Kazimir Janas and Michael E. Forster, ’60; Sr. Linda Glaeser, ’61; Michael J. Kurzdorfer, ’62; Deborah Besch Patti, ’63; Mary Joan Hriczko Santiago, ’67; Kathleen Szymaszek Michalek, ’69; Susanne M. Gampp, ’73; and former Assistant Pastors Rev. Msgr. William J. Gallagher (1969-71) and Rev. Msgr. Kevin T. O’Neill (1971–75).

Please inform the Committee if you are aware of other recent alumni or faculty deaths so that they may be included as well. Click HERE to view an honor roll of deceased alumni from previous years.

Church TourAlumni members of the church docent team will be available – weather permitting – to explain unique features of the church exterior and interpret various symbols. Please assemble on the rectory (right hand) side of the church at 9:30 AM on September 19 if interested.

50th Anniversaries If you are a member of the Class of 1970 or 1971 and would be interested in processing with class memorabilia at the Offertory, please contact Bud or Mickey Dick at 716-832-2540 or mnbdick [at] roadrunner [dot] com.

Dollars & Sense Your alumni committee can’t qualify as a small business, so there were no COVID-19 relief funds available to us. Nevertheless, we did expend approximately $500 on our August 2020 mailing to almost 600 addresses in the U.S. and Canada and will do so again with this edition. In previous years, these expenses would have been covered by proceeds from money raffles, with the balance donated to Blessed Trinity’s Under This Roof Fund (“the roof fund”). Our treasury is now depleted, and so it only makes sense that we approach each of you to help us replenish it. We are asking that you be as generous as possible, with the understanding that any monies beyond what is required for committee expenses and a small reserve in the bank will be donated to the roof fund. Toensure proper crediting of your contribution, it is important that it be properly identified. If donating online, please choose the “Under This Roof Fund” and enter “Alumni” when the “Write a note” option appears. Checks should be made payable to “Blessed Trinity Alumni” and returned in the envelope addressed to “Blessed Trinity School Alumni” which is enclosed with the hard copy newsletter. This request applies whether you mail your check or drop it in the collection basket on September 19.

The pandemic restrictions on indoor gatherings had a devastating effect on weekly contributions and resulted in the complete loss of bingo income – the largest source of parish income – for 16 months. Any assistance from school alumni as the result of this collection will be greatly appreciated by the Blessed Trinity parish family. Donors will be remembered in prayers offered for parish benefactors, and individual written acknowledgements will also be provided if required by IRS Regulations.

Keeping in TouchAs always, we encourage each of you to reach out to your classmates and take advantage of the annual Mass and reception to reconnect in person. “Extra credit” goes to Freddy Smith from the Class of 1967 who first organized his classmates in 2017 and has continued to do so ever since.

Bobbe (Schmelzer) Lukasik maintains our database, and can provide classmate contact information, but every year we lose touch with some of you due to unreported address changes. This annual paper mailing always produces a discouragingly large number of “undeliverable as addressed” returns. Please help us keep you “in the loop” by advising Bobbe if you have a new address – postal or email – or have abandoned your land line in favor of a mobile phone. You can use the “Contact Us” template at the bottom of this page or go “retro” with a phone call or email to Bobbe: 716-684-5365; bertababe2 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Social Media Presence – In addition to the “School Alumni” page on the parish website, the Alumni maintains a “Blessed Trinity School Alumni” Facebook page. It’s a great way to re-connect. We encourage you to “like” us on Facebook and share your memories or photos. You’d be amazed at how many comments one class photo can generate. If you need help positing, contact the BT Web Diva, Margaret (“Mickey”) Stiffler Dick (’59). You can reach her at 716-832-2540 or mnbdick [at] roadrunner [dot] com.

Restoration Project – Since 2015, this annual newsletter has reported on the church’s $329,640.00 repair and restoration project, partially funded by a reimbursement grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Grant terms required the parish to contribute $100,000.00 plus. We are now happy to report that repair and replacement of the front steps and concrete plaza area and roof restoration work have been completed. This has allowed for some long overdue interior plastering and repainting of water-damaged areas. Thankfully, the latter was covered by insurance.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family members on Sunday, September 19.  If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with Bud Dick or Bobbe (Schmelzer) Lukasik.

Blessed Trinity Parish Community News

Rev. Robert L. Gebhard, Jr. – We are happy to introduce “Father Bob,” who was appointed as temporary administrator of Blessed Trinity Parish in October 2020. No stranger to the central city, Father Bob has been the Vicar of the Northwest Central Vicariate and Coordinator of the Catholic Urban Outreach Network. He has previously served as Pastor of St. James Parish, Buffalo, St. John Vianney in Orchard Park and was on the Faculty of Christ the King Seminary at the time of its closing. A native of Buffalo, Father Bob enjoys spending time with his parents and extended family and considers family one of his greatest blessings. He is definitely an “outdoorsman,” and delights in spending his one day off working at his cabin in the woods of the Southern Tier. In addition to his priestly ministries, Father Bob can often be found working in the church and rectory gardens and chatting with the neighbors.

Trinity Blend CoffeeNow that you can once again invite friends over for coffee, why not treat them to a cup of Trinity Blend 3-in-1 Premium Coffee. A unique blend of Brazilian, Columbian, and Honduran coffee beans, it is locally roasted specifically for Blessed Trinity by Buffalo’s own Golden Cup Coffee. (You may have seen their displays in Wegman’s). Trinity Blend is available in 12 oz. bags and 12-count packs of K-cups, but ONLY at Blessed Trinity. Taste test it for free at the alumni reception and take home either size for $10.

Mother Cabrini – The production crew filming Alejandro Monteverde’s still untitled movie about Francesca Cabrini is scheduled to be “on set” at Blessed Trinity in September. A Buffalo Niagara Film Office web post describes the film as “chart[ing] the meteoric rise of an astonishing and audacious woman who – through her relentless perseverance and business skill – overcame the sexism and …anti-Italian bigotry of 19th century America, to build schools, orphanages and hospitals that transformed the lives of immigrants worldwide.” It is the second time BT has been chosen as a setting for scenes in a Hollywood movie. The first was Director Maria Burton’s 2002 “Manna from Heaven.”

Coming Home for Christmas – Liturgical planning calls for our Christmas 2021 celebration to begin at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, December 24, with choral preludes sung by the church choir, followed by Christmas Eve Mass at 10 p.m. Mass on Christmas morning will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.

Ballet and Boxing – You won’t often think of these disciplines together unless you visit our former school building at 307 Leroy. Students of Marvin Askew’s Buffalo City Ballet practice their positions and choreography where we once practiced our penmanship, and boxing programs for both men and women utilize an official boxing ring in the refurbished third floor gymnasium. 

Church bricklayer Francis Gajewski, circa 1926

BT Bricklayer – In the fall of 2020, the parish received a communication from the grandson of a man who had worked on the construction of the church as a bricklayer. Subsequently, he sent a photo of a young Frank Gajewski on the job. We have now identified the spot where he is standing. You can view his handiwork when you visit on September 19. 

Everything Old is New Again – The Fillmore-Leroy-Kensington area has become home to an increasing number of immigrant families who are purchasing and repairing neighborhood houses for themselves and their extended families. This spring and summer, parishioners have noticed a definite increase in the number of children at play, adults completing outside do-it-yourself projects, and families just taking a walk. And since every ethnic community needs to satisfy its culinary needs, there is now a new grocery store – The Fillmore Super Market – occupying a long-vacant building on the southwest corner of Fillmore Avenue at Dewey. (If you are really old, you may remember this as the original site of Loblaw’s before it moved to Fillmore and Kensington).

Forty Days – A lot can happen in forty days; ask Noah. However, we remain hopeful that the coronavirus curve will be flat or flattening in Erie County on September 19, 2021, allowing for a happy and healthy reunion. We hope to see you there.

University Presbyterian Joins Blessed Trinity on Aug 19, 2021 Virtual Statewide Tour of Churches

New York Landmarks Conservancy
Virtual Statewide Tour of Churches
Thursday, August 19. 2021, 6 – 7 PM

You may have visited Blessed Trinity during one of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekends – an annual event held each May from 2010-19. After a pandemic cancellation in 2020, the Conservancy has chosen to restart with a virtual tour of 11 houses of worship in 6 different New York counties. Blessed Trinity and University Presbyterian Church, both located in Buffalo, are the only featured congregations from outside the Albany-NYC area.

Titled “Faith in the Empire State: Houses of Worship Across New York,” the hour-long  ZOOM presentation will visit sacred sites “funded and designed by residents of towns and cities from Long Island to the Great Lakes,” exploring contemporary uses as well as historical significance.

Today Blessed Trinity is home to a small, ethnically and racially diverse congregation. Founded in 1906, the parish originally served a rapidly growing community of mainly German and Irish immigrants. Under construction from 1923-28, the present Landmark church is adjacent to the original combination church and school built in 1907. Many local laborers and artisans were employed in its construction, using only materials manufactured or quarried in the United States. It is recognized as the purest replication of Twelfth Century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure’s unique features include unmolded handmade bricks set in a variety of patterns, extensive use of terra cotta, and an elaborate display of medieval iconography.

Founded in 1921 as a mission church to the University of Buffalo and the developing neighborhood around it, University Presbyterian Church continues its ministry with students, including an intentional Christian living program in the former manse. The church’s food pantry serves the needs of both students and others in the surrounding community.  Before construction was even completed the original wood frame church was too small. To meet the needs of ministry and outreach programs, the new sanctuary wing, with classroom and assembly spaces in the basement, was completed in 1928.The education wing was added in 1956.The architecture is recognized as a distinctive local example of a Georgian Colonial Revival style church, with a Wren-Gibbs inspired portico, tower, and steeple. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There is no charge to join the tour, but pre-registration is required for virtual admission.