The Burial of Father John Negrotto will be this Saturday, December 20, at 1:30 pm at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Avenue in Essex Fells, New Jersey.

FatherJohn.fwVisitation will be on Friday, December 19, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at St. Peter’s, Essex Fells, New Jersey.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Stephen’s, Waretown, after Christmas at a date and time to be announced in the near future.

Clergy are invited to vest.

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church
271 Roseland Avenue
Essex Fells, NJ 07021
Phone: 973.226.6500
Fax: 973.226.5477

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church,
367 Route 9
Waretown, NJ 08758-1702
Phone: (609) 698-8561
Fax: (609) 698-0167




Here’s the December Trumpet and the it’s editors want to wish all readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

There’s a couple of items we want to point out—there’s going to be a big wedding at Holy Trinity on Saturday (12/13/14–this is the only time this date sequence will occur in our lifetime) and the to-be newlyweds will be hosting the coffee hour on December 21 since they can’t invite everyone to the reception on Saturday.

Also the annual meeting will be on January 25, 2015 following the one and only worship service that day at 10 a.m. The date has been moved from the traditional 3rd Sunday of the month so that it does not conflict with any MLK day events.

The ministry schedules for the two Christmas eve services are in the Trumpet. The regular January and February schedules will be available shortly and will be emailed as soon as possible.

Bruce and Helen Richardson
Trumpet Editors

FatherJohn.fwIt is with enormous sadness that we report the passing of Father John Negrotto.

Father Negrotto passed suddenly this past Saturday.

Having completed a hunting trip with his son, he returned to the car and passed peacefully in his seat.

Arrangements will most probably be made out of his longtime parish in Essex Falls.

A notification will be sent out as soon as we have more information.

Holy Trinity Parishioners Joe Rodriguez and Alicia Picone will be tying the knot this Saturday, December 13th …that’s right, 12-13-14!

They would be honored if anyone wishing to join the celebration come to Holy Trinity at 3:00 pm on Saturday to witness our new Rector, Father Gregory Bezilla perform the Wedding.

While Joe is a relative newcomer to Holy Trinity, he is an active Parishioner and a Vestry Member.

Alicia has been a member of Holy Trinity for over 20 years, has served on the Vestry a number of times and runs the EYC programs and teaches Sunday School.

Please join us in congratulating Joe and Alicia as they embark on their lives together as Husband and Wife.


Cathedral Lock In

December 12-13, 2014

Stop Hunger Now

Round 5

Where:  Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ

Begin: 8:00 p.m. (12/12)

End: 7:00 a.m. (12/13)

Who: 6th -12th graders and their adult sponsors

Lodging: Sleeping bags on the floor

Cost: $33 per person

Join us for this all night party that begins with   The Holy Eucharist and includes a high energy  concert by Sloan River Project, a project with  STOP HUNGER NOW which creates meals for the needy.  Last year, the 20,088 meals we packed at this event were shipped to El Salvador.  Join us for a fun mix of games, movies and free time

Register at or contact The Rev. Canon Debi Clarke at 609-394-5281 ext. 36


Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall name him Emmanuel which means “God with us.” Matthew1:23  

Advent is upon us. What does this mean to you? In a wonderful volume of seasonal reflections titled Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (Farmington, PA: The Plough Publishing House of the Bruderhof Foundation, 2001) the editors write:

“Though Advent (literally ‘arrival’) has been observed for centuries as a time to contemplate Christ’s birth, most people today acknowledge it only with a blank look. For the vast majority of us, December flies by in a flurry of activities, and what is called “the holiday season” turns out to be the most stressful time of year. It is also a time of contrasting emotions. We are eager, yet frazzled; sentimental, yet indifferent. One minute we glow at the thought of getting together with our family and friends; the next we feel utterly lonely. Our hope is mingled with dread, our anticipation with despair. We sense the deeper meanings of the season, but grasp at them in vain; and in the end, all the bustle leaves us frustrated and drained…”

“We sense the deeper meanings of the season, but grasp at them in vain.” I love all of the glitz and tinsel, department store Santa Clauses and the rest of the color and brightness that goes along with commercial Christmas. It’s fun and bright and delights the senses. Nonetheless, I recognize that the true meaning of Christmas is not to be found in Macy’s, Nordstrom or the Quaker Bridge Mall. The true meaning of Christmas is to be found in Bethlehem at the feet of the Christ child, light shining in the darkness. Arriving in Bethlehem requires spiritual discipline: time for prayer and reflection. It calls us to join with the faithful in church as we hear the aching words of the prophets longing for a savior, as we sing the hymns of hope and expectation, as we build our creches week by week. The Church’s observance of Advent is a means by which we mark holy time and prepare for Bethlehem in an intentional way that is rich with symbols, deep in meaning and significant for our lives.

This Advent, I want to encourage all the people of the Diocese of New Jersey to invite someone new to church.Research indicates that many people who once went to church didn’t stop attending because they were angry (though certainly some did). Most just got out of the habit. Many would welcome an invitation to return. A lot of people today are hungry for a vibrant relationship with a living God. They long to be part of a caring community of people who share similar values and experiences. They yearn for a Christmas that is rich in meaning and alive with the birth of Christ, here, now, today. I encourage you to show your care and love for family, friends and neighbors who aren’t part of a church community. Say to them, Come back to church this Advent: reconnect with the true meaning of Christmas! I am confident that accepting your invitation will allow them to receive a gift that is priceless – the birth anew of Christ in their hearts and new joy in their lives.

May you and yours have a holy Advent marked by joyous waiting for Christ.

Faithfully yours,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D., Bishop of New Jersey
TheTrumpetFellow Holy Trinity Members:

We told you early in the month that we were intentionally delaying the November Trumpet until we could name our new rector. The attached Trumpet brings you the good news!!

Please read it carefully, because this month’s issue is also filled with some interesting items about Calico Cat Nursery School, the church’s “Faith Commitment” drive and the installation of a new crew of Acolytes.

We’re planning to have a December issue of the Trumpet early next month, and we want to fill it with Christmas ‘goings on’ at the church.

Also note that the Trumpet has a new email address: The Comcast address is not longer in use so remove it from your address book.

Bruce and Helen Richardson
Trumpet Editors