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.

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

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


Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

Greetings! Grace and peace to you. Susan and I are delighted to be in New Jersey. As I begin my second week in the diocese, I wanted to write to you to let you know that our move went well and that we are in place. Although our new home in Trenton is a sea of boxes, we love it and are settling in comfortably.

During these first few months leading up to my consecration in November (God willing and with the consent of the people!), I have a lot to learn from the remarkable staff at Diocesan House and especially from Bishop Councell. I am fortunate and blessed that he will mentor me during these crucial months. Please keep him and Ruth in your prayers during this time of transition for them.

You also have a lot to teach me. My “watchwords” during these first few months are “listen and learn.” I am new to the Diocese of New Jersey. Yes, I have thoughts and ideas but, during this time, I want to focus especially on listening. This will happen through planned events – meetings of Clericus and Convocations – that are already on the calendar for late summer and throughout the fall. It will also happen as Susan and I travel around the Diocese worshipping in different churches each Sunday and visiting churches that have special events going on during the week, as we will this week, when we visit St. Bernard’s and their Splash! Interfaith Kids Day Camp in Bernardsville on Friday. (Clergy, please note, we will call ahead before coming to your church on a Sunday morning). If you have something you would like us to see, please let us know. Needless to say, we won’t be able to accept every invitation, but we like knowing what is going on in the different churches of the diocese.

So that I can share my experiences with you and let you know what I am up to, I will blog regularly and invite you to follow my blog. It can be found at I also welcome you to “Friend me” on Facebook (Chip Stokes) and to “follow me” on Twitter (ChipStokes@ChipStokesNJ). My diocesan e-mail address is If your church has a Facebook page, let me know so that I can “like it” and follow you on Facebook.

I look forward to being among you, to getting to know you and this diocese more deeply. I pray you and yours may enjoy the remaining days of summer. May God bless us all in our life in Christ together. Thank you for all you do in Christ’s service in this diocese, for your welcome, and for your continuing prayers for Susan and for me.

Faithfully yours,

The Rev. Canon William H. (Chip) Stokes, Bishop-elect

We have been through some difficult days but our spirits have to be strong as we look to the future. I have hope that the choir will grow and flourish and I have to ask again – are there any of you willing to step up to the plate and join us?

We have a good core group but we need others so that we can learn and perform more exciting and 4 part (or at least 3 part) anthems and songs.

I have a simple request: Come to rehearsals when you can and plan to sing on Sundays. That’s a simple request. We rehearse well into the future and you will know what we are singing even if you miss a Thursday.

And then there are the children and youth! There should be no reason why we cannot have a children’s choir. These choirs (including the Youth) are the future choirs and we need to encourage the learning experience. Can we?

We have a new Interim Rector and this is a great time to look at things again and grow the music program. Will you get involved? Will you involve the children and youth?

There are many rewards that we all receive when involved in music. I recently heard a quote and cannot remember the source – but it is this – “Singing IS being.” Ask anyone in the choir how much enjoyment and sharing comes from being together and singing together.

Please – consider joining us in whatever way you in which you are able. Can we raise our numbers to 12 or ever 14?

“Those who sing, pray twice”
Join us?
Richard Thomas Biernacki, BSG
Organist and Choir Director

Please join us on, Saturday, September 14, anytime between 9 and noon. On this Valentine’s Day of September we will be giving a little love to the Rectory with an exterior clean – up. Bring your rakes and gloves, come for an hour, come for the morning. Many hands make light work.

Questions? Contact Kimberly DeSarno 732-771-4521,