Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14.

There are two services on Ash Wednesday: 12 p.m. (a simple spoken service) and 7 p.m. (with sacred music).

You are invited to join the Good Book Club and read daily from the Gospel According to Luke. Click here to learn more about the Good Book Club.

You are warmly invited to participate in the Lenten program on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., from February 21 to March 21. Join the Good Book Club for a light supper in the parish hall and a discussion of the Gospel According to Luke led by the Rector. It’s designed to help you understand the Gospel and apply its message to your life. All are welcome!

Spiritual counseling, spiritual direction and the Reconciliation of a Penitent are available throughout the season and beyond.

Lent concludes with the solemnities of Holy Week, which include Palm Sunday (March 25), Maundy Thursday (March 29), and Good Friday (March 30).

Easter begins with the Great Vigil of Easter on the evening of Saturday, March 31, and Easter Day on Sunday, April 1.

Health and Hope: The Reverend Catherine Brunson will preach on recovery from addiction on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Deacon Cathy preaches and ministers at churches as a member of Recovery Ministries of the Diocese of New Jersey. Please share this good news with a friend. All are welcome at Holy Trinity!

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look
with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost
their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of
your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset
them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to
those who care for them, give patient understanding and
persevering love. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 831.)

About the preacher:

Deacon Catherine Brunson worked for AT&T for twenty-seven years in Human Resources, successfully serving in increasingly responsible management positions in multiple facets of compensation.  In 1993, the American Compensation Association certified Catherine as a Compensation Professional. Upon her retirement, Catherine quickly obtained employment with Johnson and Johnson and has now been there for ten years and currently serves as a Human Resources Manager.

Catherine returned to her home parish of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, New Brunswick, NJ in 1994, where she became a very active member of the congregation.  While enrolled in the Education For Ministry (EFM) program, she discerned God’s call to her to become a Deacon.  After three years training, which included academic studies, an internship at another church as well as Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospital setting, Catherine was ordained to the Diaconate in September 2002 and served at St. Alban’s for four years, and Trinity Church, Princeton, for two years, and is currently serving as a Deacon at St. Barnabas Church in Monmouth Junction and Christ Church in New Brunswick.  

Catherine’s diaconal ministry after ordination has evolved in the area of domestic violence in the city of New Brunswick.  She became a member of the Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition where she has worked to raise awareness of this issue by speaking in various city schools, participating in marches and assisting in the organization of a Sunday service dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness/Prevention in all churches in New Brunswick. Catherine’s work in this area continues as a member of the Domestic Violence Response Team where she counsels victims at the New Brunswick police headquarters.  She has served on this team since its inception eight years ago.

On the Diocesan level, Catherine has served on the Recovery Ministries Commission since its inception and was appointed in 2009 to chair the Commission by Bishop Councell. Catherine has a personal goal to preach recovery in as many churches as possible, reaching 5 to 6 new churches each year. She served on the Commission on Anti-Racism and is a member of the Deacons’ Council. 

On the national level, Catherine was elected to the board of Recovery Ministries, Inc. and served as the publication’s chair for one year and then was elected to the executive council where she served as treasurer and then served a second term on the board. 

Greetings and Salutations!

I hope you are able to find some peace and serenity during this very hectic time of year. Shopping, wrapping, cooking and baking, studying, cleaning – let’s make sure to save some time for praying and reflecting.

I am writing to you about this year’s Epiphany pageant – this involves everyone – not just children. This year, we are going to use a different pageant, and we are going to present it in a different format – at a wonderful potluck supper offered on the actual feast of the Epiphany, Saturday, January 6.

This year, EVERYONE can be in the pageant. If you would like to be a part of the presentation, please fill out the form below, or email me, so that I can put you on the list.

Age does not matter. Acting ability does not matter. This year, we are presenting “How the Magi Truly Became Wise.” Anyone that wants to – children, adults, families – can participate. Just let me know.

Pageant rehearsals will take place one or two times before the actual pageant depending on people’s schedules. This is referred to as an “Instant Pageant,” which should indicate how easy it will be – and fun!

The pageant itself will begin at 5 pm on Saturday, January 6 in the parish hall, followed by a potluck dinner at 5:30. Joe will be creating a sign-up form on the website, and there will also be one in the parish hall, for people to indicate their dish.

So mark your calendars!
Brush up your Shakespeare!


I will see you all in church – call 732-208-1758 with any questions.

Love, peace, and God bless us all this holiday season.

Alicia and Joe Rodriguez

Holy Trinity is now a participant in the Amazon Affiliate Program.

Now, when you shop for Christmas (or anytime of the year for anything at all), you can help Holy Trinity by simply clicking on the link below.

That’s right, it’s easy.  Just click on the link first then shop as usual.  Holy Trinity will receive a small commission for all your purchases.

If you follow Holy Trinity’s link before you shop on Amazon.com, we receive a percentage back in advertising revenue of between 4% and 7.5% and the more clicks and purchases we receive, the greater this percentage.

Please note that you are not charged any additional fees by shopping using this link.

Just remember to click the button above before EVERY Amazon shopping session because the session only lasts 24 hours.

How’s that for an easy way to help Holy Trinity.  You click, you shop, we benefit!

All are warmly welcome to worship at Holy Trinity for the holidays! Holy Trinity celebrates Advent, the Christian season which precedes Christmas. Sundays in Advent include a children’s message at 10 a.m.

Watch a two-minute video that explain the spiritual meaning of the season:

Worship schedule:

Dec. 3 First Sunday of Advent – worship at 8 a.m. (includes sacred music); and 10 a.m. (includes sacred music supported by the adult choir and features anthem by the children’s choir); Advent table wreath making project for all ages ($15 materials fee – register with Jennie Racek)

Dec. 10 Second Sunday of Advent – worship at 8 a.m. (includes sacred music) and 10 a.m. (includes sacred music supported by the adult choir)

Dec. 17 Third Sunday of Advent – worship at 8 a.m. (includes sacred music) and 10 a.m. (includes sacred music supported by the adult choir)

Dec. 24 Fourth Sunday of Advent – service of Advent lessons and carols at 10 a.m. (includes sacred music supported by the adult choir); followed by decorating of the church for Christmas

Dec. 25 Christmas Eve – worship at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Dec. 31 First Sunday After Christmas – worship at 10 a.m.

Jan. 6 Epiphany pageant and potluck

The Angel Tree returns to Holy Trinity on the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3: The angel tree program benefits children in need identified through the South River Public Schools. Here’s how it works: Take home an angel from the tree, shop for a present for the child named on the angel, wrap and return the present by Sunday, Dec. 17.

Christmas caroling for all ages: Music Director Jessica Alcid is leading a caroling choir, combining people from the congregation and the wider community. 

Rehearsals are on Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9 & 16:

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. breakfast in parish hall
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. rehearsal in the church

Caroling in the community on Saturday, Dec. 23 (locations and times TBD).

Interested? Contact Jessica Alcid.

You are warmly invited to a Gala Dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of Holy Trinity on Leonardine Avenue (the third location for Holy Trinity over its long history). The Gala is Saturday, November 18 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

The Right Reverend William (Chip) Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey, and his wife Susan Stokes, will be our special guests.

For tickets and to RSVP please contact Parish Administrator Marian Stano-Cohen: 732.254.1734


“Where’s the beef?” It’s at Holy Trinity on Election Night! The Election Night Roast Beef Dinner is an annual South River tradition, sponsored by the Men of Holy Trinity.

When: Tuesday, November 7, 6-7 p.m.e52ec0b4-e191-4e50-9d17-ab24eba74f77

Where: The Parish Hall of Holy Trinity.

How much:  Tickets are $16 ($8 for children under 10) are available on Sundays, 8 a.m. from Bill Kendrick, or 10 a.m. James Hyland or Fred Wei. Tickets also may be reserved by contacting the church office: 732.254.1734 and parishadmin@holytrinitysr.org.

Please invite your friends and neighbors. The more the merrier!


All are invited to join us in welcoming Holy Trinity’s new members on Sunday, Oct. 22, after the 10 a.m. service. Newcomers will receive mailed invitations. Established members are encouraged to bring a dish/dessert to share as a part of this potluck brunch. In addition to food, we will be serving mimosas. Of course there will be plenty of blowing bubbles as well!
Please contact Vestry member Kristine Wei at KristineWei@HolyTrinitySR.org to RSVP and/or if you are interested in providing a dish/dessert to share.