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March 18 
Safe Church Training 
Holy Trinity
Ocean City

March 25
Title IV Training
All Saints',
April 8   
St Mark's

April 11
Annual Clergy Day and Chrism Mass
Trinity Cathedral 

April 28-30
Happening 26
Camp Murray,
Lanoka Harbor

May 6
Bishop's Spring Conference
Trinity Cathedral

May 11
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner

May 11-13
Anti-Racism Training
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

June 17
Animal Welfare Ministry Forum
Trinity Cathedral 

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma  

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
Holy Spirit
St. Francis'
March 18
St. Peter's
March 18
Holy Spirit
March 19
St. Peter's
March 19
St. Bernard's
March 22
March 24
Holy Spirit
March 24
March 25
Godly Play Workshop (Part 1 of 3)
Christ Church

St. John the Baptist

March 26
Good Libations
Grace Church
All Saints'
Bay Head
March 29
April 1
Godly Play Workshop (Part 2 of 3)
Christ Church

Christ Church
St. Matthew's

April 5
April 8
Godly Play Workshop (Part 3 of 3)
Christ Church

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Allie Graham or 
The Rev. Richard Wrede

Holy Trinity, South River is seeking a P/T Music Director or a supply organist. For more information see their website or contact The Rev. Gregory Bezilla.

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March 17, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
I bind unto myself today, the strong name of the Trinity....
From Hymn 370 - St. Patrick's Breastplate (Hymnal 1982, Church Publishing Company)

Many people will be wearing green on Friday and, perhaps, over the weekend. I am going into New York City with my daughter Kerry, son-in-law Kevin and granddaughter Emily where we will watch at least a portion of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. I marched in that parade for several years when I attended Xavier High School in New York City. It was always great fun, though some people had a little too much fun! I suspect that's still true.

On March 17 we honor Patrick. Holy Women, Holy Men tells us, "Patrick was born into a Christian family somewhere on the northwest coast of Britain in about 390. His grandfather had been a Christian priest and his father, Calpornius, a deacon....When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by a band of Irish slave-raiders. He was carried off to Ireland and forced to serve as a shepherd. When he was about twenty-one, he escaped and returned to Britain, where he was educated as a Christian. He tells us that he took holy orders as both presbyter and bishop, although no particular see is known as his at this time. A vision then called him to return to Ireland. This he did about the year 431.Tradition holds that Patrick landed not far from the place of his earlier captivity, near what is now known as Downpatrick (a 'down' or 'dun' is a fortified hill, the stronghold of a local Irish king). He then began a remarkable process of missionary conversion throughout the country that continued until his death, probably in 461." (The Church Pension Fund, 2010).

Patrick was part of the rich Celtic Christian experience which became centered in Iona and Lindisfarne. The Celtic experience has always had a strong influence on Anglican spirituality. Even with the decision of the Synod of Whitby in 664 to favor the authority and ways of Rome and the Pope over those of Iona and its monks, Celtic ways and spirituality, strongly Trinitarian, grounded in Creation, have always found a way into our Anglican/Episcopal ethos. That spirit has become even more prominent in the past few decades.

In the Introduction to her wonderful book,
The Celtic Way of Prayer: The Recovery of the Religious Imagination, Esther DeWall offers a compelling reason why this is so, writing:
The Celtic tradition is the ancient or elemental - a return to the elements, the earth, stone, fire, water, the ebb and flow of tides and seasons, the patterns of the year as it swings on its axis from Samhaine, November 1, when all grows dark, to Beltaine, May 1, the coming of light and spring. To pray the Celtic way means above all to be aware of this rhythm of dark and light. The dark and the light are themselves symbols of the Celtic refusal to deny darkness, pain, suffering and yet to exult in rejoicing, celebration in the fullness and goodness of life...
(New York, etc: Image Books - Doubleday, 1997, Kindle Book location 35)
The Celtic way is also highly centered and focused on the saving power of Jesus Christ. Consider these lines from the Lorica, St. Patrick's Breastplate:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
As we continue our Lenten journey, these grace-filled contributions from Patrick and the Celtic tradition offer deep images and ideas for prayer and meditation.

May God in Christ bless you as you continue the journey. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey

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Friday, April 28 7:00 PM -
Sunday, April 30 4:00 PM

9th through 12th Graders

$75 per person
Murray Grove Camp and Retreat Center
Lanoka Harbor, NJ

May 11-13
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville 
This workshop emphasizes understanding racism, learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, undoing internalized racial oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism to perpetuate institutional racism.

Diocese of New Jersey Choir Camp
at Cape May
July 23-27, 2017
Our 28th year of fun, community,  learning, and experiences that will last for a lifetime!   
The choir camp experience gives young choristers ages 10-18 the opportunity to join with peers from throughout the region. This intense period of growth-socially, musically, and spiritually - provide experiences that last a lifetime. Choristers leave choir camp with a sense of enthusiasm that they bring back to their respective parishes and communities to help spread the Gospel and grow the church!
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618