Weekly E-NewsWednesday, August 12, 2020.Wednesday before the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15,Year A: Commemoration of St. Mary the Virgin & Jonathan Daniels.Dear Friends,This Sunday, August 16th, we keep a Commemoration of St. Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord, whose feast day is August 15th. The photo is our Emmanuel stained glass window by William Lakeman & Co of New York, c. 1930. Lakeman created a couple of major stained glass windows at our Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, including the famous Creation Window. In the left panel, the Angel Gabriel asks Mary to be the mother of Emmanuel, God-With-Us. At right, Mary is present at the cross of her son at the conclusion of his earthly life. Photo by Francis Logan.Copies of “Forward Day By Day” have finally arrived. You may pick up your copies at Brown Bag, Monday–Friday, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. If you have questions, please call Deacon Hyacinth.
We express our sincere condolences to Maria Guillen (spouse of our Sexton, Hector) on the death of her mother, Ana Maria Valencia.Viewing: Thurs., August 13th, 4pm- 8pm, Lloyd Maxcy Funeral Home, 16 Shea Pl.Funeral Mass: Fri., August 14th , 10am, St. Gabriel's Church, 120 Divison St.*Facial coverings required*“Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.”
Remember our ZOOM options for small group prayer each week at Trinity St. Paul’s! One is active this week and one is on recess.Wednesday Evening Prayer, 7 pm, via ZOOMTONIGHT, Wednesday, August 12thDo join us for this informal Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, with the service appearing right on your screen. You don’t have to dress up or travel, or even need a mask! The ZOOM sign- on info:Topic: TSP WEDNESDAY EVENING PRAYER MEETING Time: Aug 12, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)The virtual meeting room will be open 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.Click on the link below to join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84329580866?pwd=UVlRMjZoWWJxTCtaVDViMG8yWnFwUT09You can also open zoom from your web browser or app and type in the meeting ID and passwordMeeting ID: 843 2958 0866 Passcode: 691171 One tap mobile +16465588656,,84329580866#,,,,,,0#,,691171#US (New York) +13017158592,,84329580866#,,,,,,0#,,691171#US (Germantown)Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 843 2958 0866 Passcode: 691171Thursday Evening Prayer Group, 7 pm, via ZOOM is on Recess this week.We are considering shifting this informal group to Friday evening at 7 pm. Please speak to Deacon Hyacinth to give your ideas.Sunday Morning Service from Trinity St. Paul’s Continues THIS Sunday, August 16thDON’T MISS IT!!!The Sunday Eucharist video will be available beginning at 8 am. You can watch the service at any time convenient for you after 8 am. You can watch it on YouTube on your computer, tablet, smartphone or your TV (if they are equipped to connect to YouTube.) The leaflet for the service and the means of connecting will be sent with the Friday E-Update and can also be found on our website at http://www.trinitystpaul.org/home.htmlPlease Remember In Your Prayers The Intentions We Will Pray For In The Sunday Liturgy:Let us pray to God in Thanksgiving. We give thanks for those in the parish celebrating Birthdays from August 16th through 22nd: Lemayian Tipis, Jayden Tipis, The Rev. Deborah Lee, and Joseph Amato. We give thanks for, and we pray for, our Homebound Parishioners: Henry Cadogan, Elsie Chatman, Lorma Davis, Lecent Gittens, Iris Cassis, Iris Wilkinson, Dorothy June Schetterer, Hazel Mair, and Olive Vaughan.Let us pray for those who are sick or in need.We pray for all who suffer from the Covid-19 virus and for their families and friends. We pray for Warren, Joseph, Berkeley, Henrietta, Mike, Sheila,Myrna, Barbara, Lenore, Julie, Alice, Madaline, Andre, Dennis, Deacon Jackie, Deacon Shea, and Deacon Karen.Let us pray for the departed.We pray for all who have died from the Covid-19 virus. We pray for Juanita "Chrissie" Cumberbatch, Youland Yarde, Val Gbinigie, Fr. Stephen Smith, Joseph Wooley, Lorna Land, Alex Malon, Eliot Howard, Mary Bonner, Veronica Brown, Andrea Stevens, Secundino Munguia, Ana Maria Valencia, and for those we love who have died, especially those who have died in this past year.Blessings,Fr. Robert +
Friday E-UpdateFriday, August 7, 2020Preparation for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 13, Yr A. Commemoration of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Dear Friends,Attached is the leaflet for this Sunday, August 9th, at Trinity St. Paul’s. The Collects and Bible Lessons only are printed below, if you prefer that format. You can open the service on Sunday at your convenience, any time after 8 am. It is available on your computer, phone, or TV if they receive YouTube.Blessings,Fr. Robert +Direct for YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeXgupN2yDCbS--OF8CBoXwWebsite for the Trinity St. Paul’s Sunday Service: http://www.trinitystpaul.org/home.htmlTHE LITURGY OF THE WORD. Year ACollect of the Day for Proper 14 (Book of Common Prayer, p 232.)Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Collect of the Transfiguration (August 6th) (Book of Common Prayer, p 243)O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Collect for Peace Among The Nations (Book of Common Prayer, p 816, #5)Mindful of the 75th Anniversary, on August 6th, of the first use of an Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima, Japan, let us pray for Peace among the Nations. Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.Hebrew Scripture Reading: 1st Kings 19:9-18 At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the Word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram. Also you shall anoint Jehu son of Nimshi as king over Israel; and you shall anoint Elisha son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah as prophet in your place. Whoever escapes from the sword of Hazael, Jehu shall kill; and whoever escapes from the sword of Jehu, Elisha shall kill. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”Psalm 85:8-138 I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, * for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.9 Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, * that his glory may dwell in our land.10 Mercy and truth have met together; * righteousness and peace have kissed each other.11 Truth shall spring up from the earth, * and righteousness shall look down from heaven.12 The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, * and our land will yield its increase.13 Righteousness shall go before him, * and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.Christian Scripture Reading: Romans 10:5-15 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”Gospel: Gospel: Matthew 14: 22-23 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
E-BLAST!!Wednesday, August 5, 2020Due to power outages and many not having access to the internet from Hurricane Isaias we are cancelLING Wednesday Evening Prayer VIA ZOOM FOR tonight, August 5th.The Thursday Evening Prayer Group, 7 pm, via ZOOM is on Recess this week.We are considering shifting this informal group to Friday evening at 7 pm. Please speak to Deacon Hyacinth to give your ideas.Check your email next week for both Evening Prayer Group's Zoom details when we resume next Wed., August 12th. This info can also be found on our website at trinitystpaul.org/virtualprayergroup
Friday E-UpdateFriday, July 31, 2020Preparation for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 13, Yr A.Dear Friends,Attached is the leaflet for this Sunday, August 2nd, at Trinity St. Paul’s. Prayers are aslo listed below. You can open the service video on Sunday at your convenience, any time after 8 am.Blessings,Fr. Robert +Website for the Trinity St. Paul’s Sunday Service: THE LITURGY OF THE WORD. Year ACollect of the Day, Proper 13: (The Book of Common Prayer, p 231.)Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.Hebrew Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55: 1-5Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Psalm 145:8-9, 15-18 8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, * slow to anger and of great kindness.9 The Lord is loving to everyone * and his compassion is over all his works.15 The Lord upholds all those who fall; * he lifts up those who are bowed down.16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, * and you give them their food in due season.17 You open wide your hand * and satisfy the needs of every living creature.18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways * and loving in all his works.Christian Scripture Reading: Romans 9: 1-5 I am speaking the truth in Christ — I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit — I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.Gospel: Matthew 14: 13-21Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Weekly E-News Wednesday, July 29, 2020Wednesday before the 9th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 13, Year A
Remember our two ZOOM options for small group prayer on Wednesdays & Thurdays at Trinity St. Paul’s! The virtual meeting rooms will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Links to the Meetings can be found under on the Virtual Prayer Group tab.
Wednesday Evening Prayer, 7 pm, via ZOOM
Do join us for this informal Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, with the service appearing right on your screen. You don’t have to dress up, travel, or even need a mask!
Thursday Evening Prayer Group, 7 pm, via ZOOM
This is a Prayer Group that runs on this informal format: open with those attending articulating what issues they ask the group to pray for, then a time of silent prayer together, and concluding with Compline (night prayers from the Book of Common Prayer) with the service appearing right on your screen.
STARTING THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND
Sunday Morning Service from Trinity St. Paul’s
DON’T MISS IT!!!
The Sunday Eucharist will be available on video beginning at 8 am. You can watch the service at any time convenient for you. The leaflet for the service and the means of connecting will be sent with the Friday E-Update.
Please continue to remember in your prayers all those who are suffering from the Covid-19 virus. Please pray for those who have died and for their families and friends. In this time of social distancing, please give a call to parishioners or friends and share the warmth of your voice and your love. We need to keep strong in the faith and share that love and strength with others.
Fr. Robert +
E-Blast!Wednesday, July 22, 2020Wednesday before the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12, Year A Dear Friends,As the national pandemic situation remains very challenging, we at Trinity St. Paul’s are expanding electronic options for worship. Two ZOOM options have been running on a trial basis and are now publicly open: Wednesday Evening Prayer (beginning TODAY) and Thursday Evening Prayer Group (beginning tomorrow). The option of live streamed Sunday Morning Worship is being developed right now and we hope to have that operational within a week or two.Beginning TODAY, Wednesday, July 22nd:Wednesday Evening Prayer, 7 pm, via ZOOM.Do join us for this informal Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. You don’t have to dress up or travel, or even need a mask!Beginning TOMORROW, Thursday, July 23rd:Thursday Evening Prayer Group, 7 pm, via ZOOM.This is an Prayer Group that runs on this informal format: open with those attending articulating what issues they ask the group to pray for, then a time of silent prayer together, some reflection on their prayer time, and concluding with Compline (night prayers from the Book of Common Prayer) with the service appearing right on your screen.Thursday Evening Prayer Group ZOOM sign-on information will be sent tomorrow so be sure to check your email inbox!!Questions? Do you have any questions about either of these Zoom options? Please check in with Deacon Hyacinth, or call the parish office.Sunday Morning Live Streaming Service from Trinity St. Paul’s: We will keep in touch as this option becomes operational. Please stay tuned!If you would like to share your ideas or concerns, please speak to one of the Worship Committee members: Parish Clergy: Fr. Robert (Chair), Deacon Hyacinth Warden: Nathalie McFarlane Organist & Director of Parish Music: Philip Godlewski Choir: Robert Puleo Vergers: Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Alma Clarke Altar Guild: Royaline Bailey Ushers: Haydee Guevara Staff Support: Jennifer DiFatta (Sec), Hector Guillen (Sexton)Please continue to remember in your prayers all those who are suffering from the Covid-19 virus. Please pray for those who have died and for their families and friends. In this time of social distancing, please give a call to parishioners or friends and share the warmth of your voice and your love. We need to keep strong in the faith and share that love and strength with others.Blessings,Fr. Robert +
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, July 15, 2020Wednesday before the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11, Year A
Dear Friends,As I mentioned last week, the Worship Committee of the Parish is considering options for electronic sharing of worship. We met last evening and affirmed that we will encourage small group zoom participation in Evening Prayer, and will explore live streaming of Sunday worship. I am consulting with someone tomorrow at church and will keep you all in touch as possibilities develop.If you would like to share your ideas or concerns, please speak to one of the Worship Committee members: Parish Clergy: Fr. Robert (Chair), Deacon Hyacinth. Warden: Nathalie McFarlane Organist & Director of Parish Music: Philip Godlewski.. Choir: Robert Puleo. Vergers: Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Alma Clarke Altar Guild: Royaline Bailey. Ushers: Haydee Guevara Staff Support: Jennifer DiFatta (Sec), Hector Guillen (Sexton)Please continue to remember in your prayers all those who are suffering from the Covid-19 virus. Please pray for those who have died and for their families and friends. In this time of social distancing, please give a call to parishioners or friends and share the warmth of your voice and your love. We need to keep strong in the faith and share that love and strength with others.Blessings,Fr. Robert +A Note from Michael Hull, Anti-racism ProgramAs many parishioners know, Vivian Evans and I have been members of the Diocesan Anti-racism Committee for many years. Our committee has sponsored several noted speakers. Just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we contracted to have Ibram X. Kendi present a discussion of his new book, How to Be an Anti-racist.
This event will take place virtually on October 22. As part of this event, we have organized diocesan-wide book reading and group discussions.
We have a website, www.EpiscopalNYreads1book.com, which offers background resources and guidance for how to participate. Our committee is inviting churches to form groups, which will read the book and participate in local discussions. The website includes discussion questions, which are organized to facilitate dividing the book into three parts for three sessions. Churches are, also, given an opportunity to join with other parishes, which may be of a different racial/ethnic/cultural background, to share perspectives on racism.
Let me know if you are interested in participating in a Trinity St. Paul’s book discussion group.
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, July 8, 2020Wednesday before the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 10, Year A
Dear Friends,The industrial-looking photo here is quite a visual shock after a number of weeks of details of our historic and stunning stained glass windows at Trinity St. Paul’s. This photo, by our Sexton, Hector Guillen, might well be titled “Gloom No More!” We see here scaffolding set up in our Parish Hall, all the way up into the gloom of the wooden ceiling. Last week workers installed eight new energy-efficient ceiling lights to transform the hall. The four major lights are about half way between the floor and the ceiling. If you look at the photo and spot, through the scaffolding the Exit sign over the door, then go up to the half round on the wall painted in the darker color, which was once a window looking into the hall from the 2nd floor. Go to the left and you will see an oblong light fixture, tall and narrow. There are four of these, two on the parish library side, and two on the lounge side of the room. Above these are four spot lights mounted on the ceiling.This new lighting in the Parish Hall is almost the last component of a major update of every single light bulb and many light fixtures outside and inside our buildings (even in closets). Most of the work was accomplished before the onset of the pandemic. This complicated project needing scaffolding, new wiring and fixtures, is now complete. They will soon be finishing some outside work that requires digging for replacement electrical lines, and some detail work in the Clergy Study.This whole project is an energy efficiency project promoted by the State of NY and Con-Ed, and subsidized by grants. The Parish paid about one third of the cost of the project, and we will recoup that investment in a couple of years of reduced electrical expenses. We now have improved lighting with less cost. This is a win-win situation for us and part of our stewardship of the precious environment God has given into our care..The Worship Committee of the Parish is meeting via Zoom this coming Tuesday evening, July 14th. They will be considering options for electronic sharing of worship, of safe opening for public worship in person, and other alternatives. If you would like to share your ideas, or if you know of someone in the parish or a friend who is savvy re electronic media, please speak to one of the members: Parish Clergy: Fr. Robert, Deacon Hyacinth. Warden: Nathalie McFarlane Organist & Director of Parish Music: Philip Godlewski.. Choir: Robert Puleo. Vergers: Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Alma Clarke Altar Guild: Royaline Bailey. Ushers: Haydee Guevara Staff Support: Jennifer DiFatta (Sec), Hector Guillen (Sexton)Please continue to remember in your prayers all those who are suffering from the Covid-19 virus. Please pray for those who have died and for their families and friends. In this time of social distancing, please give a call to parishioners or friends and share the warmth of your voice and your love.Blessings,Fr. Robert +P.S.Testing for the Covid virus is now available to everyone and free of charge. The tents are in the parking lot on the north side of Lockwood Avenue, near New Rochelle Montefiore Hospital (not to be confused with tent at the Emergency Room entrance). You don’t need an appointment; they accept walk-ins. Nor do you need a doctor’s letter or need to be experiencing symptoms. You do need to wear a mask and have some form of ID. You don’t need to be a citizen or a resident of New Rochelle. Results are sent to you in 5 to 7 days.Beware of Fraud. The NY Times has warned of people calling and offering tests for the virus or the antibodies, asking for personal information (SS#, bank account, etc.) and offering to take payment via credit card. This is probably IDENTITY THEFT.Fr. R +
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, July 1, 2020Wednesday before the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9, Year A.
Dear Friends,We continue our virtual tour inside Trinity St. Paul’s, over a number of weeks focusing on the two monuments and three sets of stained glass windows that are memorials to four generations of the Davenport-Thorne-Cowdrey Family who rest in our Parish Burial Grounds. The stained glass windows are by Heaton, Butler and Bayne of London. Last week we looked at the middle window and mentioned the monument to the right of it, each given in memory of a brother of the 4th generation. This is the right set of windows, closest to the door to the terrace and parking lot, was given in memory of two brothers of the 3rd generation. It was given by their sisters shortly after 1913, the death year of the second brother, making it the last of the three sets of windows.. The medallion at the top of the window is a symbol of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, a post-Civil War society to which the two brothers belonged. The Latin motto reads: Lex regit. Amra tuentur. That translates as: Law rules. Arms protect. (You might say, the opposite of might makes right.) The society was dedicated to preserving the memory of ideals of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War by programs, events and scholarship. The military medal of each brother is incorporated into the glass at the lower left and right, on either side of the inscription.On the 3rd Sunday of Easter each year, the Gospel is a story of the risen Lord experienced by his disciples in the presence of food. The windows here depict a scene from the story in the 21st Chapter of the Gospel of St. John, read on the 3rd Sunday of Easter in Year C. A group of apostles have returned to fishing, but after many hours have had no luck. They see a man on the shore who suggests that they try putting their nets on the other side of the boat. They follow his advice and take a huge catch, almost tearing their nets. John, described in the Gospel as “that disciple whom Jesus loved,” has the insight and shouts: “It is the Lord!” Peter jumps into the sea to swim to Jesus. The other disciples follow in the boat overflowing with fish. With artistic license, the scene on shore is simplified into three people and part of a fishing boat. The stained glass panel on the right shows the two disciples with speaking parts in this story: Peter (older as befits the head of the apostles, talking with his hands) on the left and John (young and clean shaven clutching his heart out of love for his Lord) on the right. The fishing boat bridges the two panels of glass.In the left panel we see Jesus pointing to a circle of rocks within which he has lit a charcoal fire. In the Gospel, Jesus says: “Come and have breakfast.” This was the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.As with the other windows I have mentioned, please take a close look at the marvelous details of this photo. Note the details of faces, hands and feet. Delight in the details of nature: trees, sky, water, and seashore. The fabrics of robes are so lush that you can almost feel them just by looking at them. This rich beauty was meant to convey in art the spiritual riches of those represented. When you are next at the parish church take some time to enjoy this treasure.Blessings,Fr. Robert +P.S.Testing for the Covid virus is now available to everyone and free of charge. The tents are in the parking lot on the north side of Lockwood Avenue, near New Rochelle Montefiore Hospital (not to be confused with tent at the Emergency Room entrance). You don’t need an appointment; they accept walk-ins. Nor do you need a doctor’s letter or need to be experiencing symptoms. You do need to wear a mask and have some form of ID. You don’t need to be a citizen or a resident of New Rochelle. Results are sent to you in 5 to 7 days.Beware of Fraud. The NY Times today warns of people calling and offering tests for the virus or the antibodies, asking for personal information (SS#, bank account, etc.) and offering to take payment via credit card. This is probably IDENTITY THEFT.Fr. R +
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, June 24, 2020Wednesday before the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8, Year A.
Dear Friends,We continue our virtual tour inside Trinity St. Paul’s, focusing on the two monuments and three sets of stained glass windows that are memorials to four generations of the Davenport-Thorne-Cowdrey Family who rest in our Parish Burial Grounds. The three stained glass windows are by Heaton, Butler and Bayne of London. This is the center window given in memory of a son of the fourth generation who died in 1904 at the age of 29. Note that at the lower right is the seal of Yale University (his alma mater) and on the lower left is his Yale fraternity pin. The window was given by his older brother who, after serving as a Parish Vestry Member, then Treasurer, and finally Jr. Warden, would die at age 46. The monument to the right of this window was given in his memory by his mother.The medallion at the top of the window is a symbol of the Trinity. This was featured in our Friday E-Update before Trinity Sunday this year. The two panels of stained glass show the risen Christ with his Apostles. We know that this is a resurrection event as there are only 11, not 12 Apostles. Note the glimpses of water they stand by, symbol of life and of baptism. Three Apostles stand out. First is St. Peter, the head of the Apostles, who is by himself in the right panel, next to Jesus. In art, he is most often shown as an elderly man. Shown in the prominent place front and center of the left panel is St. John the Beloved Disciple. In art, he is most often shown as a young and clean-shaven man. To the right of St. John, may be his brother James. To St John’s left is St. Matthew, shown holding a scroll. That is a symbol of his Gospel. John and Matthew are the two Evangelists (author of Gospels) who were also Apostles. Marc and Luke were not part of the Twelve.Please take a close look at the marvelous details of this window. Note the details of faces, hands and feet. Delight in the details of nature: trees, sky, grass and rocks. The fabrics of robes are so lush that you can almost feel them just by looking at them. This rich beauty was meant to convey in art the spiritual riches of those represented. When you are next at the parish church take some time to enjoy this treasure.Blessings,Fr. Robert +P.S.The Parish Worship Committee reported ideas for opening for public worship down the line to our Vestry last evening, June 23rd. The Vestry has asked them to consider options for electronic sharing of worship. We will be working on this and invite your ideas. Do any of you have skills in this area? We would love to hear from you!The Worship Committee:Parish Clergy: Fr. Robert (Chair), Deacon HyacinthWarden: Nathalie McFarlaneOrganist & Director of Parish Music: Philip GodlewskiChoir: Robert PuleoVergers: Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Alma ClarkeUsher: Haydee GuevaraAltar Guild: Royaline BaileyStaff Support: Jennifer DiFatta, Hector GuillenFr. R +
E-UpdateTuesday, June 23, 2020Dear Friends,We extend our deepest condolences to the Family of Eliot Howard on his death. His funeral will be private, given the limitations of the pandemic. His family plans a Memorial as a celebration of his life when safer times arrive.Eliot was our long-term parish accountant. He was faithful and efficient in his work for this parish. That, however, hardly conveys his importance to our parish life. His positive energy and can-do spirit made him a real presence and a vital support to our parish leadership. We are a parish endowed with heritage and rich in love, but not flush with finances. Eliot knew well our financial limitations, yet always approached budgets and bills with a confidence that all will be well: we just have to do our careful and faithful best, and the finances will work out in the long run. His beaming smile and zest for life assured us even in the midst of challenges.Eliot remained positive and active during a protracted battle with cancer. He worked right up to his final days. He will be very much missed in the life of our parish.“Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen.”Blessings,Fr. Robert +
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, June 17, 2020Wednesday before the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7, Year A,Father’s Day!
As we approach Father’s Day 2020, our photo today is of men of the parish serving at Coffee Hour for Pentecost 2008: Odih Ewoterai, Dr. Rotimi Bajulaiye (of blessed memory), George Soyeju, Rodger Lashley, Stewart Brown, and Dr. Rhonald Hyndman. Photo by Michael Hull.Congratulations Graduates!Have we missed anyone? Please let Fr. Robert know so that we can honor everyone!Alexander Guillen, from New Rochelle High School to a gap year of work.Corey Baron, from New Rochelle High School to New York University. Recipient of the Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelly Scholarship Award of the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle.Evan Eldermire, from Riverdale Country School to Trinity College, Hartford, CT.Delano Allen, from New Rochelle High School, still considering options.Samantha Simpson, from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, to Graduate Program at Sacred Heart University.Dear Friends,Bishop Dietsche has given the parishes of the Diocese of New York permission to make plans for potential return to public worship on or after July 1st. He has stressed that the timing of opening for public worship depends on the local situation of each parish. He has not mandated, or even encouraged, that we open for worship in July. Rather, he has asked that we determine what is appropriate for us, given the specific rules given to all by the State of NY.We need, therefore, to have a group in the parish consider how we would structure the details of social distancing and safety for worship in our parish, and also to suggest to our Vestry a potential time frame for opening worship. The physical safety of our parishioners and their spiritual nourishment are both primary for us. We cannot have one without the other.I have gathered the following people as our Worship Committee tasked with the planning for our opening for public worship. Parish Clergy: Fr. Robert, Deacon Hyacinth. Organist & Director of Parish Music: Philip Godlewski. Choir: Robert Puleo.Vergers: Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Alma Clarke. Altar Guild: Royaline Bailey. Staff Support: Jennifer DiFatta, Hector Guillen. (Another person, not yet confirmed, I hope will join from the Ushers.)If you have strong feelings or concerns about us opening for worship, please feel free to speak to any of us.Please continue to pray for our parish and its continued growth in love of the Lord and in service to others. Please pray for those across the globe who have died in the pandemic and for their families and friends. And let us pray for our city and country now suffering the consequences of racism. Let us pray that we may peacefully march to highlight the evil of racism and may organize to overcome its systemic place in law enforcement, in the courts, and in the economy of our country.Blessings,Fr. Robert +
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, June 10, 2020Wednesday before the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 6, Year A
In this time of social distancing, through photography we can look backward and relish time spent with fellow parishioners, especially on festival occasions. This photo is from Pentecost 2009. Parishioners in our Parish Hall chat while they wait for lunch amid a sea of red helium balloons and red table clothes. Photo by Michael Hull.Congratulations Graduates!Corey Baron, from New Rochelle High School to New York University. Recipient of the Sr. Dorothy Ann Kelly Scholarship Award of the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle.Evan Eldermire, from Riverdale Country School to Trinity College, Hartford, CT.Delano Allen, from New Rochelle High School, still considering options.Samantha Simpson, from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, to Graduate Program at Sacred Heart University.Dear Friends,We live in a time of turmoil in our country. People of color suffer well documented discrimination in education, housing, employment, criminal justice, and health care. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, people of color suffer much higher rates of sickness and death than white people. The rise of cell phone videos now provides far too graphic evidence of police discrimination and deadly violence especially against Black men in our country.Since the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis was captured live on video, there have been demonstarions across the country, some with violence. “Black Lives Matter” has become the call for action from diverse parts of our society.New Rochelle has had two peaceful Black Lives Matter rallies. The first, on Sunday, May 31st was for civid and religious leaders in person outisde City Hall with social distancing and carried live on the New Rochelle facebook account. I had the honor of giving the closing prayer at that event. The 2nd was a March on Wednesday, June 3rd, where groups from different parts of the city coverged on City Hall. A huge group, representing the diversity of New Rochelle jammed into the area in front of City Hall (I didn’t see a single person without a face mask for safety) to hear stirring speeches calling for action for justice. There was a tangible positive energy in being together in our diversity, as well as anger and frustration at the evils of reacism that we face as nation.Then, a Black citizen of New Rochelle was killed by a police bullet in the late hours of Friday, June 5th. Kamal Flowers was 24 years old. “Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.” Late the next morning the Mayor of New Rochelle, Noam Bramson, led a televised briefing in the City Council Chambers with police leadership, city council members, and Black clergy. The mayor did an excellent job of explaining what was known, and promised a transparent and thorough investigation. He called for it to be led by the NY State Attorney General. As of yet there has been no eruption of violence. Let us pray for open communication between city leadership, the Flowers family, and the wider city community in the weeks ahead. Let us pray that this trajedy is handled in a just and open manner that instills confidence and helps to heal wounds.Please pray for our parish and its continued growth in love of the Lord and in service to others. Pray for those across the globe who have died in the pandemic and for their families and friends. And let us pray for our city and country now suffering the consequences of racism. Let us pray that we may peacefully march to highlight the evil of racism and may organize to overcome its systemic place in law enforcement, in the courts, and in the economy of our country.Blessings,Fr. Robert +
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, May 20, 2020Wednesday before the 7th Sunday of Easter, Ascension Sunday
Dear Friends,Tomorrow, Thursday, May 21st, is the Feast of the Ascension. Can you believe that that is the 40th Day of Easter? Forty, in our ancient Jewish heritage, is shorthand for a very long time. Given that the suspension of public worship began in our Diocese on March 15th (the 3rd Sunday in Lent), we have been away from worship together for more than a long time! And yet, the life of the faith and of our church year calendar move along. I fervently hope that the twice weekly e-communications with their photos and brief reflections help make the richness of our worship tradition present to you, even if at a safe and sheltered distance.The photo above, by Francis Logan, is our Ascension window at Trinity St. Paul’s. It is the creation of the esteemed stained glass firm of Heaton, Butler and Bayne of London, England, from early in the 20th century. It is one of three stained glass windows by the firm, and two marble wall monuments, that you see to your right if you are standing in church facing the altar. This Ascension window is closest to the front. The three windows and two monuments are in memory of four generations of the Davenports, who married into the Thornes, who married into the Cowdreys. They rest in our Parish Burial Grounds.Let me share with you how I read this Ascension stained glass. At the top of the left panel, Jesus stands on a cloud ascending into heaven. In the distance, beneath his feet, Jerusalem the golden shimmers in the sunlight. At the bottom of the panel are Jesus’ closest apostles: Peter and the brothers, James and John. Peter, at right, as befits his status as leader of the apostles, is often depicted in art as elderly. John, the Beloved Disciple whom Jesus loved, is center. He is often depicted in art as a young and clean-shaven man. In the right panel, at bottom, are Jesus’ Mother and two other apostles. St. Mary is shown as a middle-aged woman, appropriate for the mother of a 33 year old son. The other two apostles are symbolic of all the rest of the apostles who don’t fit in the artistic limitations of this stained glass! At the top of this panel are the two angels who in Acts 1:11 ask why those below are looking into heaven, as Jesus ascended as he said and will return again in the same way. At the very top, above the two panels, is a medallion window. There we see three angels who are ready to welcome Jesus into heaven.Note the richness of the fabrics of the clothing in this stained glass; a wealth of detail, color and texture. This richness is meant to convey the spiritual richness of the people depicted, and of the richness of the faith that we share with them. When you are next in church, remember to pay attention to the details of hands, feet and facial expressions. For example, the tender expression on Jesus’ face. Note also the great detail of nature, grass and plants, etc. This artwork is meant to be a spiritual “you are there” moment.Note also the memorial inscription. This is given in memory of the father who died in 1869 and the mother who died in 1898. She is the daughter of the couple memorialized in the monument immediately to the right of this window. The window was given by their children (inscription just barely visible in this photo), the third generation of this four-generation and five-part memorial ensemble.It is our parish tradition to transfer the Feast of the Ascension to the Sunday following, the 7th Sunday of Easter. The Friday E-Update will consider further the Ascension and its Collect and Scripture Readings.Eastertide Blessings ,Fr. Robert +
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, April 22, 2020Wednesday before the 3rd Sunday of EasterThe 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Dear Friends,This coming Sunday, April 26th, is the 3rd Sunday of Easter. It is known as Breaking of Bread Sunday. Each year, in our three-year cycle of readings, we have a Gospel story of the disciples meeting the risen Christ in the prescence of sharing food, which in the ancient world was referred to as breaking bread.We see this experience reflected in one of the most ancient and simple prayers of the early Christian Church: “Be known to us Lord Jesus, in the breaking of the bread.”As we prepare for this Sunday, I have asked Vivian Evans to write us a few words about the our outreach through our Brown Bag Lunch Program and its importance in this time of coronavirus and social distancing. We carry our dedication to serving God from the altar to all the tables of our lives and to the feeding of those in need. Today, let us give thanks for the ongoing ministry of Brown Bag!Eastertide Blessings ,Fr. Robert +A Note from Vivian Evans,Our Brown Bag Lunch Program CoordinatorOur Brown Bag Lunch Program is able to serve lunch everyday thanks to the super efforts of our Brown Bag Team, especially Deacon Hyacinth Lee and Traci Moser, my two strong right arms. Very special thanks also go to Deacon Jack Shea from Sts John and Paul in Mamaroneck. He has been our supplier of bread and desserts for the last few years. Thanks to his special efforts, the Knights of Columbus have donated $1750 to Brown Bag. We have also received donations from others in the community. In addition, the Boy Scouts and their families from the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Troop continue to provide us with 50 plus lunch bags every day. Their fourth week of lunch preparation is approaching! Each lunch contains two sandwiches, a drink. and a dessert. Our continuing Brown Bag Lunch Program is a wonderful Blessing during this time of isolation, unemployment and hunger.Vivian
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, March 25, 2020The Feast of the Annunciation to MaryDear Friends,PLEASE REMEMBER TO “SHELTER IN PLACE” AND OBSERVE “SOCIAL Distancing” TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS. And also remember to take care of yourself: get adequate rest, eat favorite foods, get some fresh air, call and cheer up friends and parishioners, watch light-hearted comedies, read something positive and fun… Do keep informed, but also keep positive. Pray! Pray for those who have died, for those who suffer from the virus and their families and friends, and also pray for those who are anxious. Below are a few suggestions to direct your prayers. Oh, how we miss gathering together at church to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. God help us all!Blessings,Fr. Robert +
Prayer for People Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,God who in Jesus stills the stormand soothes the frantic heart;bring hope and courage to allwho wait or work in uncertainty.Bring hope that you will make them the equalof whatever lies ahead.Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,for your will is health and wholeness;you are God, and we need you.Taken from A New Zealand Prayer Book, Anglican (adapted)
Weekly E-NewsWednesday, March 18, 2020Dear Friends,CANCELLED:IN ACCORD WITH BISHOP DIETSCHE’S ORDERS, ALL WORSHIP SERVICES ARE CANCELLED IN THE DIOCESE, for safety amid the COVID-19 virus. Further, all meetings in our facilities are also cancelled. The Parish Office is closed and Jennifer will be working from home. Our Brown Bag lunch program continues with volunteers preparing food and giving out bags from the door of the Parish House to discourage any congregating or contact that could spread the virus. We will keep you informed about when Health Officials say it is safe for us to gather in worship again. THE MARCH VESTRY MEETING IS ALSO CANCELLED. NOT CANCELLED: (Advice from the Priests’ E-mails of the Diocese)NOT CANCELLED: FamilyNOT CANCELLED: MusicNOT CANCELLED: PrayerNOT CANCELLED: LaughingNOT CANCELLED: Recovering from Insufficient SleepNOT CANCELLED: Exploring the BibleNOT CANCELLED: Getting OutdoorsNOT CANCELLED: SingingNOT CANCELLED: Exploring the Prayer Book (bcponline.org)NOT CANCELLED: Re-connecting with Someone after “too long”NOT CANCELLED: JournalingNOT CANCELLED: ReadingNOT CANCELLED: Helping OthersNOT CANCELLED: ExerciseNOT CANCELLED: LoveNOT CANCELLED: HopeLet's give thanks for what we have and use this time to get less busy and more healthy!Blessings,Fr. Robert +A NOTE from OUR Deacon:Greetings, Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ;As we go through this crisis let us continue to be faithful in reading and meditating on God's word using our Lenten booklets.Please include in your private prayers:* For the Lord's intervention on this outbreak.* For total healing for those infected with the virus.* For protection for those who are most vulnerable* For wisdom, guidance, and protection for all healthcare workers and government officials.God's Peace,Deacon Hyacinth A NOTE FROM OUR PARISH TREASURER:Dear Church Family,We have the Lord's promise that, as we give, he will supply our own needs through his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).During this very difficult time, we ask that you please continue to give your tithes and offerings. While this is a time of adjustment for us all, the bills of the church and our overhead expenses continue to be a weight on us. We are dependent on the financial support that is made possible largely through your generous contributions. Kindly send by mail or drop it off in the church’s mail box (directly within the glass cloister). Please email me or the office to let us know if you do drop off a check so we may confirm receipt. If you already participate in online banking with your bank, you also have the option to send your contribution through that outlet using the church’s mailing address and the bank will mail the check on your behalf.Let's continue to keep our eyes on the Lord and to love and pray for one another.In Christ’s Love,Adesuwa Bajulaiye, Treasureradebajulai@optonline.net