This Week's Announcements
December 11, 2017
Message from the Rector
December 11, 2017
Almighty God, who in your love gave to your servant Nicholas of Myra a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea: Grant, we pray, that your Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor, and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
                                 Collect for the Commemoration of St. Nicholas (December 6) 
  Who was St. Nicholas (AD 270-343)?
Little is really known about the real Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, a town near modern-day Finike, Turkey. He was born in the late-third century and lived until the mid-fourth century. There are no historical documents about his life, but according to tradition, Nicholas was born to a wealthy family in Patara, Lycia (near modern-day Gelemis, Turkey). His parents died tragically in an epidemic, and he inherited a considerable sum of money. He was raised by his uncle who was Bishop of Patara. Even at an early age, Nicholas chose to live a life of abstinence: fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays and devoting his inheritance to works of charity. His uncle mentored him as a reader and later ordained him as a priest.
St. Nicholas is commonly associated with gift giving. According to the most popular tradition, a citizen of Patara had lost all his money and needed to support his three daughters who could not find husbands because of their poverty. In those days, if a man could not provide a dowry for his daughter, she would be sold into slavery. Nicholas became informed of this, and took a bag of gold and threw it into an open window of the man's house during the night.  (When the legend was told in places with colder climates, Nicholas was said to have thrown the bags of gold down the chimney, rather than through a window.) The bag landed in one of the stockings hanging by the fire. That provided a dowry for the eldest girl and she soon married. Nicholas did the same for the second daughter. When it came time for the last daughter to marry, the father watched to see who the generous gift-giver was. He recognized his benefactor and overwhelmed Nicholas with gratitude.

Nicholas eventually moved to the nearby city of Myra, which happened to be in need of a bishop at the time. Because of his good works and allegedly after being associated with some miracles, Nicholas was chosen by the people of Myra to be their new bishop. But, not long after, the Roman Emperor Diocletian launched a persecution of Christians and the new bishop was imprisoned and tortured.   When Constantine became emperor, Nicholas was released with countless others and returned to his preaching only to find a new threat: Arianism (the doctrine preached by a an influential priest named Arius, which denied the full divinity of Christ). Nicholas was one of the attendees at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325 where he got into an argument with Arius and allegedly punched him in the face. Nicholas died on December 6, 343. He was buried in his episcopal city of Myra, but in the eleventh century, Myra fell into the hands of Muslim invaders and 1087 his remains were transferred to Bari, Italy, where they remain to this day.
St. Nicholas has been revered for centuries by Christians in both the East and the West. During the Protestant Reformation, reverence and devotion to him all but disappeared, except in Holland, where he became known as Sinterklaas. Dutch settlers brought their tradition to the New World and it remained as colonists from England dominated the region. English settlers called him Santa Claus. In the rest of the Protestant Europe, the gift-giver was said to be the Christ Child ( Christkindl, in German), which eventually was repronounced as Kris Kringle, ironically now considered to be another name for Santa Claus.
Nicholas is also known as the patron saint of children (based on a legend in which he brought back to life three children who had been beheaded by an evil innkeeper and hidden in a tub of brine) and the patron saint of bakers, brides, grooms, Greece, pawnbrokers, and travelers. 
St. Nicholas visits All Saints!

Ordination of Pastor Leticia Alanis

Events this Week  

Tuesday, December 12
7:00 PM - Bible Study in the Rectory
Topic: Messanic Prophecies

Wednesday, December 13
(St. Lucy, Martyr)
7:00 PM - Low Mass
7:45 PM - Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 15
(Advent Ember Day)
9:30 AM - Low Mass
6:00 PM - Las Posadas:
Reflexiones cristianas en el siglo 21

Sunday, December 17
(Third Sunday of Advent -- Gaudete "Rose" Sunday)
8:00 AM - Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:30 AM - La Misa en Español
11:00 AM - High Mass (Rite 2)
2:30 PM - Advent Lessons & Carols

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

This Sunday
2:30 PM

Join us in the traditional service from Kings College Chapel in Cambridge, England.  We will sing beloved carols, hear the recounting of salvation  history from the King James Version of the  Scriptures, and make a solemn preparation for Christmas. This  is a most fitting way to celebrate Rejoicing (Gaudete) Sunday.
Celebrate Advent, Christmas, & Epiphany with us!
¡Celebren Adviento, Navidad, y Epifanía con nosotros!

Sunday, December 17 / Domingo, el 17 de diciembre
(Advent/Adviento 3 - Gaudete "Rose" Sunday)
8:00 AM - Lighting of the Advent Wreath, Angelus, & Said Mass 
9:30 AM - Iluminación de la Corona de Adviento, el Ángelus,
y Misa en Español
11:00 AM - Lighting of the Advent Wreath, Angelus, & Sung High Mass
2:30 PM - Advent Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 24 / Domingo, el 24 de diciembre
(Advent/Adviento 4)
9:00 AM - Lighting of the Advent Wreath, the Angelus, 
followed by Sung Matins with Holy Communion (1928 Use)
11:00 PM - Coffee Hour & Greening of the Church
Recepción y el Adorno de la Iglesia
Sunday, December 24 / Domingo, el 24 de diciembre
(Christmas Eve / La Nochebuena) 
5:00 PM - Christmas Eve Mass for Families
7:30 PM - La Misa en Español para la Nochebuena
  10:30 PM - Special Music / Música Especial
  11:00 PM - Festive High Mass (The "Christ" Mass) / Misa del Gallo
Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day
Lunes, el 25 de diciembre - Día de Navidad
10:00 AM - High Mass for the Nativity of Our Lord 
Misa Alta por la Navidad de Nuestro Señor
Sunday, December 31 - Christmas 1 & the Eve of The Holy Name
Domingo, el 31 de diciembre - Navidad 1 y la Víspera del Santo Nombre
10:00 AM - Sung Matins for Christmas I (1928 Use) & Holy Communion  
11:00 PM - High Mass for the Eve of the Holy Name & Last Gospel 
Misa Cantada por la Víspera del Santo Nombre y el Último Evangelio
Monday, January 1, 2018 - The Solemnity of the Holy Name
Lunes, el 1 de enero, 2018 - La Solemnidad del Santo Nombre
10:00 AM - Low Mass in the Chancel
Sunday, January 7 - The Epiphany of Our Lord
Domingo, el 7 de enero - La Epifanía de Nuestro Señor (Tres Reyes)
8:00 AM - Epiphany Proclamation & Said Mass
  9:30 AM - Proclamción de la Epifanía y Misa en Español
  11:00 AM - Procession of the Three Kings, Epiphany Proclamation,
& High Mass
Why is the altar against the wall?
During the Advent Season you will notice that the high altar, particularly at the masses in English, is in a different place than usual. The season of Advent is a season of waiting and expectation and serves two functions: 1) to remind us of the period leading up to the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago; and 2) to remind us that we are awaiting the return of the Messiah. The church's tradition has been to look toward the east, toward the rising sun, because that's the direction from which we expect the Messiah to come. (Luke 1:78-79, from The Song of Zechariah, "By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.") During the four Sundays of Advent, you will have the opportunity to experience that visually, so that  all of us, including the priest, will face east as we await our coming Lord.

Sunday, December 24
Sung Matins with Holy Communion
9 AM

The time of this service has been changed to allow sufficient time to decorate the church afterward for Christmas Eve, and so that participants may rest and prepare for the three evening masses. 
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Vestry Elections are coming!
As the year comes to an end, we are getting closer to our Annual Parish Meeting, which will be on Sunday, January 21. This year we will be electing persons to fill 3 three-year positions and 1 two-year position. Anyone interested in serving on the vestry should speak with one of the current vestry members, wardens, or Fr. Whitmire. There are also opportunities to be a junior vestry person (age 16-18), an adult delegate or alternate delegate to diocesan convention next November, or a youth delegate (age 12-17).
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Registration has begin for
Confirmation & Baptism Classes
Registration has begun for the classes in preparation for Baptism at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 31 and/or Confirmation on Saturday, April 21. Anyone age 13 (8th grade) or older wishing to receive the sacrament of baptism and/or confirmation is invited to register. Classes will run from Sunday, January 7 through Sunday, April 15, and will be held weekly in the church from 1 - 3 PM. To register, please notify Fr. Whitmire, or for more information, please speak with Fr. Whitmire or Pastor Leticia. Parents of infants and children younger than 13 wishing to have their child baptized should also speak with Fr. Whitmire or Pastor Leticia.



Please, bring your 2017 pledges up to date.

As we near the end of the year, please make sure your pledges are current. We ask that you do so before December 31. In order for the parish to meet its monthly financial obligations, we require an average weekly pledge income of $4,000. This week we received $3,112.

Did you know that you can pay your regular pledge and make other contributions to the General Church Fund online? Simply go to our church management page and set up a personal password. Once it is set up, you can contribute online and see the record of your contributions at any time.  Contributions can be made by e-check (preferred) or by credit/debit card, and are automatically credited to your church record within one or two business days.  Click here to be directed to our church management system. If you have any questions or trouble signing in, please send us an e-mail or call the church for assistance.
New to All Saints?
 ¿Recién llegad@ a All Saints?
Please click below to be directed to our website where you can download the Demographic Information Form.  You may attach it to an e-mail and send it back to the church, or place it in the designated box on the table in the rear of the church.
Por favor, haz clic abajo para dirigirte a nuestro sitio web donde puedes descargar la Forma Demográfica.  Puedes adjuntarla a un correo electrónico y enviarla a la iglesia, o ponerla en la caja designada en la parte posterior de la iglesia.

Pastoral Care Opportunities offered by Pastor Leticia
Oportunidades de Cuidado Pastoral ofrecidas por Pastor Leticia

Sometimes we all need a listening heart to process the questions we face.

Give yourself the gift of a confidential conversation that is nonjudgmental, open to YOUR questions and spiritual challenges, and fully supportive of your life quest and spiritual needs.  Hard or challenging times need not be walked alone.  All Saints wants to be there for you, whatever the pain or need.

To schedule a conversation or visit, please call 718-350-9536 or 
click here to e-mail Pastor Leticia.

Hay tiempos cuando todos necesitamos un corazón que escuche para poder procesar las cuestiones que la vida nos presenta.

Date el regalo de una conversación confidencial donde no serás juzgad@, donde lo que importa son TUS preguntas y donde encontraras apoyo para tu búsqueda personal y tus necesidades espirituales.

En tiempos difíciles no es necesario caminar solo.  ¡Todos los Santos quiere estar ahí para ti!

Para acordar una convarsación o visita, llama al 718-350-9536 o envía un correo electrónico a Pastor Leticia, por tocar aquí .

Parish Hall Construction Update

A meeting with the general contractors who submitted the best bids for the project is scheduled for this week.  Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.
Donate to Disaster Relief in the US and Worldwide

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas & Louisiana and Hurricane Irma in The Caribbean and Florida, there are many places in need of disaster relief.  Natural disasters are happening all the time around the globe.  You can contribute to the many relief efforts through Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD).
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