Week of April 28, 2024 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.” John 15:1
Terra cotta column in the church nave.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione

April 28 – May 5, 2024

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

This website also includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes.

News from our Parish

The April 24 Prayer Partner Meet-and-Greet at Ss. Columba-Brigid included a lively sing-a-long.

This year’s Prayer Partners Meet & Greet at Ss. Columba-Brigid on Wednesday was marked by great attendance, good representation from all parishes, a lively sing-a-long, and wonderful food! For many, it was the first meeting with their prayer partners; for others, a happy reunion and another chance to visit. We thank the committee who made this all possible.

Bible Study ~ Tuesday’s ZOOM Bible Study continues our discussion of Mark’s Gospel at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. We will be reading Chapter 11. Click HERE to join us. If you need a copy of Mark’s Gospel, see Pat Dyer.

Gardening—with a little help from a grant! We are happy to announce that Blessed Trinity has been awarded a 2024 Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grant by Gardens Buffalo Niagara. Our East Side Garden Walk (“ESGW”) project has been recognized for its “community and environmental impact, creativity, and potential for longevity.” You will be hearing more about the grant and our group gardening efforts later in May. The ESGW is scheduled for the weekend of July 20-21.

Prayerful thanks for our Earth Day Cleanup volunteers, Bob Barnes, Nik Brodfuehrer, Tom Brodfuehrer, Kenny Colligan, Mickey Dick, Tom Dinder, Kathleen Dove, Darvan Draper, Pat Dyer, Fr. Bob Gebhard, Amy Johnson, Sr. Liz Savage, Colleen Schroeder and Palma Zanghi, who turned out Saturday morning, April 20. They pulled weeds, trimmed back vines and raked up winter debris, finishing just in time to enjoy a grilled hot dog before the snowflakes appeared. Next endeavor: weeding our parish flower beds.

We acknowledge the generosity of many parishioners who contributed for the purchase of our beautiful Easter flowers in memory of: members of the Dapp-Roland, Renner-Arnold, Barnes, Searight, Cameron-Fitzsimmons, Hartmann-Polzella, Koenig, Wild, Schroeder, Prentis and Then families; Geraldine Waters, Freddie White, Yvonne Andrew, Lucy Jackson, Mary Ann Cortright, Bridgett Brown, John and Ann Polglase, Isabel and Joe Billittier, Freddie and Frankie Home, Desmond Gunning, John and Rita Curtin, Mary C. Nelson, Bernadette Dorscheimer, Bridget K. Blesnuk, Robert Heicklen, Geraldine Wnuk, Mary Ann Logaridis, Elizabeth Dick, Deceased Members of the Blessed Trinity Music Ministry, Mary Dinder, Leonard Dinder, Brandon Campbell, Gert Klinko, John and Elizabeth Duffy, Loretta Bauer, Michael Duffy, Mary Huber, Rev. Walter Kern, Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer, Joan Swiderski, John O’Hara, Rita Manuppelli, Celia Marien, Robert Marien, Edward Marien, Manny and Iggy Marien, Jeanne Geller, Judy Chiariello, Joan Fiffik, Marge Press, William and Grace Kregg, Alex Kregg, Clarence and Gerald Kregg, Ethel and Kathleen Kregg; and in honor of Lawler Brown.

Food Pantry Provides Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry operates EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue. Residents of zip codes14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Call (716) 800-1075 or email ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

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

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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

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

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
May 1
(Shrine of St. Joseph,
church’s left transept).
Photo credit: Margaret Dick

Week of April 21, 2024 – 4th Sunday of Easter

Photo credit: Margaret Dick

April 21 – April 28, 2024

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

This website also includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes.

News from our Parish

Blessed Trinity’s Choir joins the Church Musicians Festival Ensemble Concert.

Saturday’s Gardening Crew
Photo credit: Robert L. Gebhard, Jr.

Prayerful thanks for our Earth Day Cleanup volunteers who turned out Saturday morning, April 20. They trimmed back weeds and vines and raked up winter debris, finishing just in time to enjoy a grilled hot dog before the snowflakes appeared. Next target: our parish flower beds.

Bible Study ~ Tuesday’s ZOOM Bible Study continues our discussion of Mark’s Gospel at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. We will be reading Chapter 11. Click HERE to join us. If you need a copy of Mark’s Gospel, see Pat Dyer.

Prayer Partners Meet & Greet ~ Don’t miss an opportunity to socialize with your 2024 prayer partner. We’ll be gathering for conversation, laughter and a pot-luck supper on Wednesday, April 24, at Ss. Columba-Brigid beginning at 5:30pm. Please bring a dish to pass.

Family Promise Meat Raffle — Blessed Trinity has been a support congregation for Family Promise of WNY and it’s predecessor Interfaith Hospitality Network for several decades. You can contribute and have fun in the process by attending the Family Promise Meat Raffle on Saturday, April 27. Complete details can be found HERE.

We acknowledge the generosity of many parishioners who contributed for the purchase of our beautiful Easter flowers in memory of: members of the Dapp-Roland, Renner-Arnold, Barnes, Searight, Cameron-Fitzsimmons, Hartmann-Polzella, Koenig, Wild, Schroeder, Prentis and Then families; Geraldine Waters, Freddie White, Yvonne Andrew, Lucy Jackson, Mary Ann Cortright, Bridgett Brown, John and Ann Polglase, Isabel and Joe Billittier, Freddie and Frankie Home, Desmond Gunning, John and Rita Curtin, Mary C. Nelson, Bernadette Dorscheimer, Bridget K. Blesnuk, Robert Heicklen, Geraldine Wnuk, Mary Ann Logaridis, Elizabeth Dick, Deceased Members of the Blessed Trinity Music Ministry, Mary Dinder, Leonard Dinder, Brandon Campbell, Gert Klinko, John and Elizabeth Duffy, Loretta Bauer, Michael Duffy, Mary Huber, Rev. Walter Kern, Carl and Evelyn Schmelzer, Joan Swiderski, John O’Hara, Rita Manuppelli, Celia Marien, Robert Marien, Edward Marien, Manny and Iggy Marien, Jeanne Geller, Judy Chiariello, Joan Fiffik, Marge Press, William and Grace Kregg, Alex Kregg, Clarence and Gerald Kregg, Ethel and Kathleen Kregg; and in honor of Lawler Brown.

Food Pantry Provides Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry operates EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue. Residents of zip codes14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Call (716) 800-1075 or email ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

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

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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

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

St. George
April 23

 

Week of April 14, 2024 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Photo credit: Margaret Dick

April 14 – April 21, 2024

 

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

This website also includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes.

News from our Parish Community

Volunteers are needed for our “Earth Day” Cleanup of Church Grounds on Sat., April 20 starting at 10am.
Photo credit: Patricia Dyer

Bible Study ~ Tuesday’s ZOOM Bible Study continues our discussion of Mark’s Gospel at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. We will be reading Chapter 10. Click HERE to join us. If you need a copy of Mark’s Gospel, see Pat Dyer.

Our Earth Day Cleanup of parish grounds is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, beginning at 10am. We need many helping hands–all wearing garden gloves and toting a rake–as we remove the winter debris from our campus and prepare our garden areas for May planting. This is also the day of the Masten District Cleanup, so we will be demonstrating our continuing commitment as good neighbors. The work party will conclude with a picnic lunch.

Family Promise Meat Raffle — Blessed Trinity has been a support congregation for Family Promise of WNY and it’s predecessor Interfaith Hospitality Network for several decades. You can contribute and have fun in the process by attending the Family Promise Meat Raffle on Saturday, April 27. Complete details can be found HERE.

Food Pantry Provides Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry operates EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue. Residents of zip codes14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Call (716) 800-1075 or email ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

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

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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

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

 

Week of April 7, 2024 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk

April 7 – April 14, 2024

 

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

This website also includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes.

News from our Parish Community

Worshippers process to baptismal font during Easter Vigil.

This reflection on Sunday’s Gospel reading was written by Malcolm Guite, an Anglican priest from Cambridge, England. As Guite explains, John 20:19-31 relates how “Jesus appeared to the disciples in the upper room where they were cowering behind locked doors, and how he brought them peace, and breathed on them, saying ‘receive the Holy Spirit’ and sent them out, renewed into the world.” His sonnet, written in 2021 as we were coming out of the pandemic, is “voiced for one of the disciples in that room, but written also from our present context where we are all fearful and so many of us are struggling even to draw breath.” It is entitled, The Breathless Earth.

We bolted every door but even so
We couldn’t catch our breath for very fear:
Fear of their knocking at the gate below,
Fear that they’d find and kill us even here.
Though Mary’s tale had quickened all our hearts
Each fleeting hope just deepens your despair:
The panic grips again, the gasping starts,
The drowning, and the coming up for air.
Then suddenly, a different atmosphere,
A clarity of light, a strange release,
And, all unlooked for, Christ himself was there.
Love in his eyes and on his lips, our peace.
So now we breathe again, sent forth, forgiven,
To bring this breathless earth a breath of heaven.

The Ladies Sodality invites all women of the parish to join them this Sunday, April 7, at their general membership meeting in St. Charles Hall, immediately following the 10am Mass.

Bible Study ~ Tuesday’s ZOOM Bible Study resumes our discussion of Mark’s Gospel at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Food Pantry Provides Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry operates EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue. Residents of zip codes14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Call (716) 800-1075 or email ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

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

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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

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

 

Sacred Sites Open House, Sun., May 19, 2024

Photo Credit: Ray Ordinario
Fort Erie, Ontario

Blessed Trinity’s Sacred Sites Open House
Sunday, May 19, 2024
12:00-3:00 p.m.

Blessed Trinity Church joins the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Fourteenth Annual Statewide Sacred Sites Weekend, welcoming you to an Open House on Sunday, May 19.

Join us as we celebrate both past—the second year of our construction centennial (1923-l928)— and present—our church as the setting of a pivotal scene in Cabrini, the 2024 biographical film released in March 2024, depicting the life of St. Frances Cabrini.

Docents will share their knowledge of this unique replication of twelfth century Lombard-Romanesque architecture with its handmade bricks, extensive use of terra cotta, fascinating medieval iconography and display of more than 2,000 Christian symbols—all “made in America” by local tradesmen and artisans. Experience our recent restoration effort as you enter via the reconstructed church stairs and front plaza.

And no introduction to Blessed Trinity would be complete without music. The church’s original 1927 Tellers-Kent pipe organ underwent major renovations in 2022, and the instrument will be featured in musical interludes during the Open House.

Visit us on Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 12-3 PM, and bring your questions about the architecture, art and history of Blessed Trinity Church, its faith community, and its place as an anchor in its East Buffalo neighborhood for more than 100 years. And don’t forget your camera for the Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Photo Contest.

Located at 317 Leroy Avenue, the church is wheelchair accessible with ample off-street parking.

Other Participating Houses of Worship in WNY
Saturday, May 18, 2024

Trinity Episcopal, 371 Delaware Ave; self-guided tours from 10am-2pm; known for its LaFarge and Tiffany stained-glass windows, which recently underwent expensive restoration;
Central Park United Methodist, 216 Beard Ave, Buffalo, 10am-12pm; a wonderful example of a small congregation with a big community presence, fascinating local history, and Grisalle art glass windows;
The Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East St, Buffalo, 12-3pm; self-guided tours focusing on stained glass windows, some from previously closed churches;
Corpus Christi, 199 Clark St, Buffalo, another Catholic church that has made significant restorative efforts; guided or self-guided tours both Sat & Sun, 11am-3pm;
Historic Holy Trinity, 1419 Falls St, Niagara Falls, NY, 12-2pm;
First Baptist Church, 554 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY, Sat 12-4pm & Sun. 12:15-3pm, with pipe organ demonstrations & guided tours;
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 200 E. Center St, Medina, NY, 11am-3pm; activities for kids designed around their stained-glass windows and a pipe organ demonstration around 2pm.

 

Week of March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

March 31 – April 7, 2024

 

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

This website also includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes.

News from our Parish Community

Photo credit: Bridget Blesnuk

But go and tell his disciples and Peter….

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him…. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here….But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.’ ”  Mark 16:1-7

Happy Easter! The Easter Vigil for our family of parishes was celebrated at Blessed Trinity. Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at each of our four parishes at the usual Sunday Mass time, which can be found HERE.

The Ladies Sodality invites all women of the parish to join them next Sunday, April 7, at their general membership meeting in St. Charles Hall.  Our officers are looking for ideas for future devotions, programs, fundraisers or field trips. If you are unable to attend but have suggestions, please contact Vera Andrew (716-704-2944). The meeting will follow Sunday Mass and refreshments will be served.

Bible Study ~ Tuesday’s ZOOM Bible Study resumes our discussion of Mark’s Gospel at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Food Pantry Provides Shopper’s Choice ~ The Catholic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry operates EVERY Wednesday from 9:30am – 1:30pm from our St. Charles Hall at 350 Dewey Avenue. Residents of zip codes14214 & 14215 are welcome to help themselves, according to household size, to portions of carbohydrates, grains, proteins and canned vegetables. Bread and sweets generally available. Baby needs in stock also. Call (716) 800-1075 or email ccfp14215 [at] gmail [dot] com for information.

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

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

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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

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

Week of March 24, 2024 – Palm Sunday

March 24 – March 31, 2024

 

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

This website also includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes.

News from our Parish Community

MARCH 24, PALM SUNDAY, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Blessed Trinity’s Palm Sunday service will begin at 10am in St. Charles Hall with participants processing to the church in commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. The complete Holy Week schedule of services for our family of parishes is available HERE.

Prayerful Thanks for our music director Elizabeth Clay, her Church Musicians Guild colleague, Bill Fay, and the choirs of Fourteen Holy Helpers and Blessed Trinity who provided the a cappella choral selections at Friday evening’s solemn Tenebrae service. We are also grateful to the readers, acolyte and everyone behind the scenes–not the mention those who braved the spring snows to worship with us.

In observance of Holy Thursday, there will be NO BINGO on Thursday, March 28. Games resume on Thursday, April 4.

The Ladies Sodality will hold a general membership meeting on Sunday, April 7, following the 10am Mass.  All women of the parish are invited to share their ideas for upcoming devotions, programs, fundraisers or field trips.

Bible Study Hiatus ~ Because of the many services and devotions scheduled for our family of parishes during Lent, we are suspending Tuesday’s ZOOM Bible Study. We plan to resume our discussion of Mark’s Gospel at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

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

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

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

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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

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

The Easter Vigil Service during the singing of the The Easter Proclamation or “Exsultet.”
Photo credit: Bonnie Hodur Williams.

Week of March 17, 2024 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
March 19
(Shrine of St. Joseph,
church’s left transept)

March 17 – March 24, 2024

 

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

This website also includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes.

News from our Parish Community

Lenten Tenebrae Service
Friday, March 22, 2024
Combined choirs of Blessed Trinity and Fourteen Holy Helpers

Blessed Trinity Parishioner Lawler Brown receives the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker from Bishop Fisher on March 9, 2024.

YOU ARE INVITED to attend a special parish brunch honoring Lawler Brown this Sunday, March 17. Lawler, our head usher and a life-long bingo volunteer, received the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker from Bishop Fisher on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Please worship with us at the 10AM Mass this Sunday, March 17, and then join in celebrating Lawler at St. Charles Hall. Congratulations are also in order to Peter Zimmer who received the award in recognition of his service to St. Lawrence parish.

On Monday, March 18, the weekly Journey Mass will be replaced by a communal penance service at St. Lawrence at 7pm. There will be an 11am Mass at Blessed Trinity on Monday the 18th. Our parish family’s complete schedule of Lenten Masses and devotions is available HERE. 

Patrick, a sonnet in honor of St. Patrick by Malcolm Guite, an Anglican priest from Cambridge, England:

Six years a slave, and then you slipped the yoke,
Till Christ recalled you, through your captors cries!
Patrick, you had the courage to turn back,
With open love to your old enemies,
Serving them now in Christ, not in their chains,
Bringing the freedom He gave you to share.
You heard the voice of Ireland, in your veins
Her passion and compassion burned like fire.
Now you rejoice amidst the three-in-one,
Refreshed in love and blessing all you knew,
Look back on us and bless us, Ireland’s son,
And plant the staff of prayer in all we do:
A gospel seed that flowers in belief,
A greening glory, coming into leaf.

Bible Study Hiatus ~ Because of the many services and devotions scheduled for our family of parishes during Lent, we are suspending Tuesday’s ZOOM Bible Study. We plan to resume our discussion of Mark’s Gospel at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

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

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

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

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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

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

A carpenter’s tools, symbol of labor and St. Joseph, appear overhead in the church narthex.
Photo Credit: Margaret Dick

Week of March 10, 2024 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Blessed Trinity Parishioner Lawler Brown receives the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker from Bishop Fisher on March 9, 2024.

March 10 – March 17, 2024

 

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

This website also includes a “Bulletins” page where visitors may view an exact copy of the weekly bulletin and inserts in PDF format, as well as a calendar for our Family of Parishes.

News from our Parish Community

Lawler Brown is joined by family and BT parishioners at St. Joseph’s Cathedral following his receipt of the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker on March 9, 2024.

YOU ARE INVITED to attend a special parish brunch honoring Lawler Brown this Sunday, March 17. Lawler, our head usher and a life-long bingo volunteer, received the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker from Bishop Fisher on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Please worship with us at the 10AM Mass this Sunday, March 17, and then join in celebrating Lawler at St. Charles Hall. Congratulations are also in order to Peter Zimmer who received the award in recognition of his service to St. Lawrence parish.

This Monday’s Journey Mass will be celebrated at 7pm, Monday March 11, at Blessed Trinity. The Monday Lenten Journey Mass replaces our normal 11am Mass. On Monday, March 18, the weekly Mass will be replaced by a communal penance service at St. Lawrence at 7pm. Our parish family’s complete schedule of Lenten Masses and devotions is available HERE. 

Stations of the Cross ~ All are welcome to join in the Living Stations of the Cross at 7pm on Friday, March 15, at Ss. Columba-Brigid.

Bible Study Hiatus ~ Because of the many services and devotions scheduled for our family of parishes during Lent, we are suspending Tuesday’s ZOOM Bible Study. We plan to resume our discussion of Mark’s Gospel at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

“Life in the Eucharist,” a five-week Lenten Retreat, concludes on Thursday, March 14, at Ss. Columba-Brigid. The evening begins at 6pm with a pot-luck supper. Please bring a dish to pass.

The Ladies Sodality shares the following greeting from Master Gardener Phyllis Lobbins following her March 3 presentation on winter sowing: Thank you so much for the “Honorarium”…. I was not expecting anything for my little workshop, but I certainly appreciate it! …. As for the technical glitches, please give my most sincere thanks to the two “techies” who were able to get things working! I’m so glad that you and the group enjoyed learning about Winter Sowing, and I hope everyone is successful with it. I enjoyed meeting and working with your group! Happy gardening, Phyllis

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

We play Bingo every Thursday in St. Charles Hall, 350 Dewey Ave. Doors open at 6:30pm, concessions open at 7:30, and games begin at 8:00pm. Please plan to join us. You can check the latest carryover figures on our Facebook page.

FAMILY PROMISE OF WNY: Feed the Hungry, Shelter the HomelessFamily Promise offers us the opportunity to perform these acts of charity in a very direct and personal manner. As a support congregation, Blessed Trinity parishioners purchase and deliver groceries to the Family Promise shelter at Ss. Brigid-Columba Parish. With a few more volunteers we could continue this corporal work of mercy at least one day a month. Working in pairs, you could anticipate your turn to occur every third month. We hope you will join us. If you want more background information go to the web site, www.fpwny.org, or contact Amy Johnson (716-836-4694).

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

Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George L. Reger ~ The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Reger was celebrated at Blessed Trinity on Friday, May 26. Click HERE to view a recorded version of the Mass.

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

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

Violets: symbol of “Mary’s Modesty”
Terra cotta ornamentation in church narthex.
Photo credit: Steve Mangione