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

RSVP: dclarke@dioceseofnj.org

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




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 www.newjerseyyouth.org or contact The Rev. Canon Debi Clarke at 609-394-5281 ext. 36