From the Rector

Confirmation is a sacramental rite in which a person takes responsibility for the baptismal vows their godparents made on their behalf and receives the laying on of hands and anointing by the bishop. The Church expects that those who were baptized at an early age and those who were never confirmed will be confirmed after a period of study and preparation. The age for confirmation has varied over the years by diocese and parish. When I was young, a person couldn't receive Communion until they were confirmed, so children tended to be confirmed around age 10 or 12, or even younger, so that they could be admitted to Communion. Since the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, the one we use now, teaches that baptized Christians may receive Communion without first being confirmed, confirmation is no longer seen as the gateway to Communion. In most places, this has tended to raise the age of confirmation so that it has become a mature decision on the part of a young adult. At Christ Church, confirmation preparation is part of the Rite 13/Journey to Adulthood curriculum, which anticipates that young people will be confirmed at age 16.

When the bishop comes to a parish to confirm, he/she also receives people into the Episcopal Church. Reception is a formal, liturgical way for people to mark their affiliation with the Episcopal Church in the presence of a bishop. The Episcopal Church does not re-confirm those who were confirmed in another tradition.

I am about to start a class to prepare for confirmation and reception. If you are interested in being part of this class, please speak to me.

Fr. Chuck

Worship Schedule

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This Sunday, April 26: TheFourth
Sunday of Easter

Collect: O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

This is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The liturgical color is white. The paschal candle is lit and burns at every service for the 50 days of the Easter season.

The service music for the Easter season is Gloria, a paraphrase with music by Franz Schubert. Sanctus (Holy, Holy Holy) S130 and Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God) S164 are also by Schubert.

The child friendly hymn for the Easter season is Lord, I want to be a Christian from the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal.

Godly Play classes (age 3-5th grace) should receive Communion with their teachers immediate after the choir receives, and then accompany their teachers to the classrooms.

At 12:10 p.m. a Godly Play teacher will ring a bell on the first floor, indicating that parents should go to the Godly Play classrooms to pick up[ their children. Parents must sign their children out of Godly Play.

Rite 13 class begins at 11:30 a.m. in the second floor J2A classroom.

Adult Education Class meets at 11:30 in the vestry room. We will discussing passages in the Daily Bible selections Day 109 - Day 115, Nehemiah 1:1 - Job 5:27.

Counter Training, 11:30 a.m. in the office. See below for details.

Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.

Sunday Ministers

Altar Guild: Jane Sharif, Elizabeth Gattullo, Bonnie Franz, Eileen Zanelli
8am Server: Hal Reiersen
Greeter: Saiber Zayzay
Ushers: Hueldine Webb, John Gerney, Kathy Galvez, Sheila Hewitt
Lector: Liz Howell
Epistoler: Charlotte Hewitt
Intercessor: Lisa Rhoades
Chalice: Victor Stanwick
Acolytes: Amy Stambaugh, Calvin Morse
Verger: Paul Smith
Counters: Willie Black, Jr., Susan Fowler
Coffee Hour: Roxanne Ingoe, John Gerney
Vestry Member on Duty:  

Meetings and Events This Week

Knitting Group, Thursday April 23, 3:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Community Youth Choir, Thursday, April 23, 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Community Youth Drummers, Friday April 24, 5:00 p.m. at the Carter Center.

Cub Scouts, Friday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Battle of the Rock Bands, Saturday, April 25, 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Counter Training, Sunday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. at Christ Church.

Girl Scouts, Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church.

Prayer Group, Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Community Youth Choir, Thursday, April 23, 6:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Kelsey Allen, Vivian Ancona, Robin Beveridge, Jean Bissell, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Steve Borelli, Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, Vincent Buffa, Joseph Buffa and family, Robert Burak, Fr. Steve Challman, Joseph Chesseman, Jessie Cinelli, Sandra Cocks, Inez Colborne, Barbara Corrigan, Sophie Diaz, Tanisha Edmonds, Marlene Elia, Billy Fowler, Barbara Finnerty, Cietta Freeman-Fombai, Alice Garner, Laura Glen, Tina Grosick, Michele Jaeger, Philip Jorgue, Theodora Juliano, Siafa Kromah, Alice LeClair, Nancy LeClair Mortimer, Robert Leverock, Angela Lillo, Jesse Luke, Karen Luke, Joyce Mandel, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Sunitha Massey, Peter Mazes, Hugo McIntosh Sr., Sydney McIntosh, Anthony Mobilia, Lynne Morishita, Fofe Nyel, John Ogdon, Zorgoloe Portue, Jayme Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Barbara Rowan Allen, Sean Rowan Hanly, Kiattisak Rungrerngvanich, Ann Sohm, David Spitz, Reed Stewart, Sophia Vazquez Pazos, and Robert Wandlaincourt.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays: Eva Gross (29), Nancy Sherman (30), Geri Swanson (30), and Lindsay Kennedy (1). We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries Gene & Rita McGough (30) and Daniel Mackta & Adrienne Abbate (2).

We pray for the repose of the soul of Bill Brown.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for the Diocese of New Jersey and their bishop, the Rt. Rev. William Stokes.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Katharine our Presiding Bishop, Andrew and Allen, our bishops, and diocesan chaplaincies to prisons and jails.

We pray for the continued growth of the Carpenter's Kids Program.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Staten Island Council of Churches is again offering post-secondary education scholarships. The applicant must be active in his/her church and must submit:

  • A transcript
  • A letter of acceptance
  • Completed application forms
  • A letter from a teacher or professor
  • A letter from the rector

The deadline is May 1.

For complete information, please speak to Fr. Chuck.

Save the Date

Battle of the Rock Bands, Saturday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

After School Arts Enrichment Program Spring Concert, Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.

Vacation Bible School, Monday through Friday, August 17 - 21, at Christ Church.

House Tour, Saturday, June 27.

Last Sunday...

Congratulations to Anne Devlin who won the voting for the Best Soup at our first Soup Off last Sunday.

Thank you to Bonne Franz and Debbie Lindsay for organizing the event.

First Communion Class

On Saturday, May 2 we will be offering a First Communion class. Both classes will begin at 2:00 p.m. and last for an hour.

In the Episcopal Church, baptized children are eligible to receive Communion without any instruction. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer teaches that baptism is full initiation into the Christianfaith and that no other rites are required before receiving Communion. In fact, many children receive Communion, a drop of wine on their tongues, on the day they are baptized. Some parents, however, prefer that their children receive some instruction before receiving Communion for the first time, and other parents, whose children are already receiving, would also like their children to receive some instruction. These classes will be appropriate both for children who have never received and for those who are currently receiving.

In order to plan the class, we'd like to get an idea of the number and the ages of children who will be attending. If you have a child(ren) who is interested in these two classes, please speak to the Rector or Paige Gunther.

Taize in New York

On December 11, 2009, 16 Palestinian Christian clergy from various denominations sent out a plea to churches all over the world entitled Kairos Palestine -- A Moment of Truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering.

The Greek word Kairos refers to a moment in time, a moment when God is present in opportunity, when the world's axis is the Word of God, it affirms that the moment to speak the truth in now!

The Kairos Palestine document recalls a powerful statement form South African Christians in the apartheid era, the Kairos South Africat Document: A Challeng to the Church, issued in 1985 which called on churches to side with the oppressed.

A commemoration of Kairos Palestine's 5th Anniversary will be held on Thursday, April 30 7:00 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church 93rd & Broadway Manhattan. The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem will be in attendance.

Bill BrownRest In Peace

Long-time parishioner, warden, vestryman, and choir member Bill Brown died early Sunday morning. His funeral will be at Christ Church on Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. Visitation will be Friday, April 24, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Harmon Funeral Home.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Counter Training

A training session for new and veteran counters will be held on Sunday, April 26 following the 10:00 a.m. service.

Counters count and record the money from the Sunday collection, during the week, and from special events, and deposit it in the bank. It is a big job but an important job. The work of the counters is done behind the scenes and is absolutely essential for the smooth operation of the church. With enough counters, the work won't be burdensome for anyone.

If you are interested in becoming a counter, please speak to the Head Counter, Willie (Papa) Black.

Spring Concert

The Christ Church Community Youth Choir and the Christ Church Community Drummers will have a season-ending concert on Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church with a reception to follow.

This is a wonderful opportunity to hear beautiful music and to support the children of our community.

The after school arts enrichment program is funded by generous grants from The Staten Island Foundation and Episcopal Charities.

IPC Picnic

The Staten Island IPC (Inter Parish Council) is hosting its annual picnic on Sunday, June 7, at noon at All Saints' Church, 2329 Victory Blvd.

Christ Church is responsible for organizing the game. If you are interested in helping with this, please speak to Fr. Chuck.

The IPC picnic grows in number and enthusiasm every year and is a great way to get to know Episcopalians from across the Island.

Flea Market & White Elephant Sale

Join us on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a Flea Market and White Elephant Sale. A delicious lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs will be available.

Donations for the white elephant sale are needed. Please bring your donations on Sundays or from Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.