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 at 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, 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!

Meet Jessica Alcid, Holy Trinity’s new Music Director! Jessica is currently serving as Music Minister of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, NJ. Her first Sunday with Holy Trinity will be April 23. Learn more about Jessica in the forthcoming Easter issue of The Trumpet, Holy Trinity’s newsletter.

March 30, 2017 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
at the Panera Bread bakery-cafe at 755 State Highway 18 755 State Highway 18 East Brunswick, NJ 08816 East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Bring the flyer when you dine with us and we’ll donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase.

Please hand in a hard copy or show an electronic version of this flyer upon placing your order. Purchases of gift cards are not counted towards the event. It’s a great way to combine great taste and great fun – for a great cause. Learn more about Fundraising Nights at Panera Bread at:

CLICK HERE to download the Panera Fundraiser Flyer

Good Lord we at Holy Trinity are busy this month!  Here are some upcoming events:

First up is our SUPERBOWL PARTY!  

This Sunday February 5th from 6-9pm. Watch the Super Bowl in a family-friendly gathering in the Parish Hall, featuring good eats and a big-screen TV. Bring lawn chairs (think tailgate party) or sit at the tables and chairs already provided. Bring an appetizer or desert to share. Prizes will be offered for the tastiest appetizer and desert. There will children’s activities to occupy the very youngest. Invite a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family members. Tickets are $3 per person (age 12 and under are free) and will be available beginning on Sunday, January 22.

Be there or be square!

Next up … We have Chili Church TWICE this month!

Wednesday, February 8 and February 22nd from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

All are warmly invited to “Chili Church,” an informal time of prayer and discussion of the Bible over a home-cooked meal. Chili Church is modelled on Holy Trinity’s popular summer program “Burger Church,” which gathered people from many churches and cultures. On the menu for Chili Church: homemade chili, mac’n’cheese, plain rice, and corn bread. The chili will be flavorful but mild — bring your own hot sauce to share. Chili Church is a multi-generational program – it’s good for young and old. Please tell a friend or neighbor about Chili Church (which also will be offered on Feb. 22).

and finally…

Pizza Church on Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Young adults and youth are warmly invited to “Pizza Church,” an informal time of prayer and discussion of the Bible over a home-cooked meal. Pizza Church is modelled on Holy Trinity’s popular summer program “Burger Church,” which gathered people from many churches and cultures. Please tell a friend or neighbor about Pizza Church

We welcome everyone to ALL of these events and we hope you’ll come on down!

12thNightJester_300pxA Brief and Informative Tour of Twelfth Night Festival 2016, in Which Is Revealed Unto Curious Minds the Mysteries and Marvels of this Most Special Night of Merriment to Mark the End of the Christmas Holidays.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016, we will enter the “Twelfth Realm.” We begin in the Church with an Evensong service in a Sixteenth-Century style that will be reminiscent of the time of Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. At the end of Evensong, a Court Jester (a local knave skilled at tomfoolery) will appear and read the Proclamation inviting the honorable assembly to enter into the Great Hall for an evening of fun for all ages.

Upon entering, each person will choose their festival name: Lady Thisorthat or Lord Thusandsuch, any highfaluting name you like, for this is the Twelfth Realm! You may display your family name on a banner (crafty people will help you this task), and said banners with their heraldry will festoon the Great Hall.

Also available will be royal headgear Lords, Ladies, Lads & Lasses in the fashion of the time. To start the feasting there will be a variety of snacks, accompanied by a glittering glass of sparkling cider. And there will be games and entertainments for kids and adults.

When it’s time to begin the feast, the Court Jester will unveil the Groaning Board of Delicacies and Savories of the time—you will leave this table well sated by the copious servings of gourmet delights! Next are the four Twelfth Night Cakes: one each for Women, Men, Boys, and Girls. In each cake will he found a coin of the Realm – and the person in each category who finds that Coin will be ushered to the Crown Room to prepare for Coronation by his Most Gracious Eminence the Bishop of the Twelfth Realm and All-South River. Who will be King, Queen, Prince and Princess of the Twelfth Realm?

Joy and wonder—a space away from the daily cares and seasonal stress—an opportunity to be with friends old and new—a time to be shared by young and old! You will want to carve this date in stone: the Festival of Twelfth Night is January 8, 2016, 5-10 p.m.

Entrance into the Chapel of the Twelfth Realm is by ticket, and the same validated ticket will admit you to the Great Hall for the feasting and festivities to follow.

Tickets are $15 for Adults; $10 for seniors and children age 5-12; free for children under age 5; with maximum price per family of $40. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the church office by phoning 732-254-1734, and will be available at the door.

All are welcome!  Please join us for this very special evening of fun and festivities for all ages.

Click Here to view the 12th Night Poster

After Superstorm Sandy caused such devastation to South River and the surrounding areas, Holy Trinity created Calico Threads Thrift Store as a way to help Sandy’s victims get back on their feet.

Three years later, Calico Threads is still going strong!

Memories of the destruction and loss caused by Superstorm Sandy three years ago remain embedded in the lives of many. And, the good will and outreach that sprang forth since the storm continues at Holy Trinity Church in South River where the Calico Threads thrift shop steadfastly meets the needs of those in crisis each day.

When the store first opened its doors at 54 Ferry St., large donations of clothing were offered to help ease the devastation from the storm. The church had lost electrical power when they began aiding the storm victims whose homes were flooded in South River.

According to Sandra Rahn, chairwoman of Calico Threads, parishioners delivered food and cleaning supplies with 80 to 90 meals delivered each night.

JoAnn Devlin, chairwoman, noted that the concept for Calico Threads was born during a group meeting with the name of the store adapted from the church’s preschool, Calico Cat, which is more than 30 years