Desarnos_AllThe Holy Trinity family is working hard to help The De Sarno family recover during this extremely difficult time and the catastrophic loss they have experienced.

To that end, there are a number of ways you can help.

1 – On Saturday, Jan. 3, another fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory Knights of Columbus Council 20161, 775 Washington Road, in the Parlin section of the borough. “Please stop by and give whatever you can, even if it’s just a dollar, to help this family rebuild their lives,” said Jeff Brophy, a family friend and a leader of the Knights’ Boy Scout Troop 97

2 – On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Texas Roadhouse will donate 20% of each bill to the family.

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3 – Members of Shelby DeSarno’s Girl Scout troup have created a GoFundMe account to collect donations for the family.  They have already collected in excess of $750.  You can make your contribution ONLINE by clicking this link:

4 – If you can’t attend any of the events and don’t like donating online, monetary and other donations are being accepted by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 90 Leonardine Ave., South River NJ 08882. Checks should be made out to Holy Trinity with the DeSarno Family in the memo. Needed goods and services will be determined soon. For more information, contact the church at 732-254-1734 or

Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help!

Desarnos_AllAll are invited to a special service of worship with prayers for healing for the DeSarno family on Tuesday, Dec. 30th, 5:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 90 Leonardine Ave., South River, NJ 08882.

Please hold Paul, Kim, Henry, Arthur, Shelby, and Max in your prayers as they seek to recover from their injuries and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the fire, which destroyed their home in Sayerville early on Monday morning.
Please share this information with members of Holy Trinity and the wider community.

O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer)

Faithfully, your neighbor in Christ,
The Reverend Gregory Bezilla
Rector elect, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Desarnos_AllDear Parishioners and friends of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in South River:

Please keep the DeSarno family of Sayreville, NJ., in your prayers—the family home was struck by a fast moving early morning fire today (Monday) resulting in some injuries and severe damage to the house.

The entire family–parents Paul and Kim, and their children, Henry, Arthur and Shelby, have been long time members of our church. Kim’s father, Max Klitzke, also was home at the time.

Kim, of course, is Holy Trinity’s senior warden at this time and Paul has served the church in many job functions over the years.

This comes as shock to all of us–the whole family was at Sunday’s service yesterday.

Again, please keep the entire family in your prayers and may God help them all!!

We’re sending this out to the Trumpet list because Holy Trinity offices are closed today and tomorrow because of electrical work at the church.

Bruce and Helen Richardson
Trumpet Editors

Enriching your Prayer Life:
A Workshop at Grace Church, Pemberton
January 17, 2015 

Canon Constance L. White,
Co-Director, Ministry Institute, Diocese of New Jersey

A valuable, creative and enriching workshop designed to enhance mindfulness and connection in your prayer life through rituals and practice.  



Are you looking for a way to enrich your prayer life, get closer to God, center yourself any time of the day, or make those quiet moments more meaningful?

Prayer is essential to Christian life and nourishes our spirit. Sustaining a connection with God demands that we attend to this with our body, mind, and soul. However, many of us find it difficult to keep the mind focused for long. We have become so used to receiving messages in rapid-fire succession, then moving to the next message, particularly with television, texting, Facebook, tweeting, the Internet, and other forms of electronic media.

This one-day retreat will provide you a time to connect with your inner self through learning new or reinforcing your prayer rituals. You’ll experience the spiritual power of prayer journaling, daily readings, contemplative prayer, walking the labyrinth, and praying with Anglican prayer beads. In each case, you’ll learn about the ritual and then practice it. In addition, you’ll learn how to create a prayer space in your home, how to use doodling as prayer, and learn about rituals using mandalas, prayer crosses and prayer stones.

No cost, lunch provided

By Wednesday, January 14.

Register online at or email

Or fax registration form to 609 394-9546, mail form, or phone Sarah Paige, 609 394-5281 ext 42.

Canon Constance White, 609 394-5281, Ext. 37 or



January 9, 2015 at Diocesan House
Mix and Mingle with Other Young Episcopalians
and Shake Off the Post-Holiday Blues

8 PM – Midnight
Diocesan House, 808 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618


Enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with other young Episcopalians ages 18 (high school graduate) through 30. We’d love to see you there!

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it….John 1:5

As we approach Christmas this year, the vapid messages of “Happy Holidays” seem to ring hollow. They don’t have power to save us from our own destructive tendencies. The world continues to confront us with the realities of anger, hatred, fear and violence all around. We mourn the deaths of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, two police officers in New York City, brutally gunned down in Brooklyn by a deranged shooter who invoked the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown to justify his heinous action. What this gunman did was despicable and must be condemned. As we have prayed for the victims of recent shootings and called for peace and justice, so now we pray for the families of these officers killed in the line of duty and to cry anew for peace with justice.

A genuine understanding of the true Gospel of Christmas does have power to speak to us in the darkness and evil that so frequently confront us. The birth of Christ is always connected with the cross of Christ. Jesus Christ, our Savior, was born into a world of brutality and violence. The child born in Bethlehem is the same one who will be crucified on Calvary. He took this upon himself and endured it. He not only endured it, he transcended it.

In the great gift of salvation that is Jesus Christ and his resurrection, God offers us a means of overcoming the brutal ways of violence and anger in the world. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and source of God’s love and light for the world. In Jesus Christ you and I are invited to discover true life and true light.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.

What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

I pray that the Word, Christ Jesus, will be born anew in you this Christmas and that God’s reconciling light and love will shine brightly through you overcoming all the darkness the world puts before us.

Susan joins me in wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

 The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.

Bishop of New Jersey

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