This Week's Announcements
August 19, 2019
Message from the Rector
August 19, 2019

Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name."                                             Luke 1:46-49

Yesterday, we celebrated the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, her Dormition & Assumption. The gospel reading that we read were the words of the Magnificat, the Song of Mary--a song that echoed the song of Hannah from the second chapter of 1 Samuel. Mary sang in response to God's call to her. Mary humbly accepted God's invitation to be the bearer of Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah. She showed incredible faith in the Almighty and faithfulness to him when she said, "Yes," to God. She was an unmarried teenage girl who risked shame and rejection by her family and community in order to fulfill God's purpose for her. What a risk! That kind of faithfulness takes incredible strength and courage, but she accepted the challenge. God knew she would, and he knew she was courageous enough to do it and do it well.

The part in Mary's story that resonates for us is that she is the best example of how God can do the most extraordinary things with the most ordinary people. God can use any one of us for his purpose, no matter where we've come from, what we've done, who we've been, God can interrupt our lives to allow his plan to unfold. The most important and basic thing that we can do is humbly accept God's invitation. God saw in Mary such overwhelming potential to accept his invitation with humility, that he trusted her and conferred his grace upon her to be the vessel by which the divine would become human. In so doing, she became the Mother of God-incarnate. As you think about the story of Mary, ask yourself, "How and where is God using me today?" Pray and listen to how God might be calling you to work out his purpose in the world. There are so many ways in which we can all participate in furthering God's desire for a better world: there is much work to be done here among us as the community of God's people--the church--and there is much work to be done for God's people and creation out in the world. Put away all anxiety, anger, and confusion; there's no time for that. Where is God calling you to be, and will you say, "Yes," to him when he does?

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

On the Dormition and Assumption of Our Lady
by Lance Davis
The Dormition and Assumption of the Mother of God -- Marymass -- is one of the great feasts of the Church, celebrated on August 15th, and enriched with a full octave (i.e., an eight-day celebration), much like Easter and Whitsunday. The word "Dormition" is a derivative of the Latin word  dormitio , which means "falling asleep," and the word "Assumption" comes from  assumptio , meaning "to be caught up". The Feast of the Dormition and Assumption of Blessed Mary is the commemoration of the falling asleep, burial, resurrection, and bodily translation of the Mother of God. One of the oldest celebrations in the Church, the roots of the feast go back to Jerusalem, where the apostles and the Christians of Jerusalem honored and kept alive the memory of the falling asleep of St. Mary. Consequently, her empty tomb in Gethsemane became a destination for pilgrims from Jerusalem and the surrounding neighborhoods. The main source of the narrative of the feast of the Dormition is based on the oral and written Tradition of the church, which include: the writings of Saints Dionysios the Areopagite (1st century), John the Damascene (7th century) and Andrew of Crete (8th century); the hymnography and iconography of the Church, in addition to an apocryphal narrative of the feast by Saint John the Theologian (1st century, The Protoevangelium). 

According to the Church's Tradition, the Virgin Mary lived after Pentecost in the house of the Apostle John in Jerusalem. As the Mother of the Lord, she became the source of encouragement and help for the Apostles and all Christians. Three days before her death, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and revealed to her the date of her departure into eternal life. Immediately, she returned to her home and prepared herself for this event through fasting and prayer. On the day of her repose, the twelve Apostles, who had been scattered throughout the world, returned to be at her side. Unfortunately, St. Thomas was unable to arrive in time. While the Apostles were singing hymns in honor of the Mother of God, they saw a vision showing Christ, accompanied by Angels and Saints, coming to escort the soul of His Most Holy Mother into heaven. With songs of praises, the Apostles carried the body of his most pure Mother to the grave in Gethsemane to be buried near her parents. At Gethsemane, the disciples gathered and remained around her tomb and kept a vigil for three days. On the third day, the Apostle Thomas arrived and asked to view for the last time the Most Holy Mother of God. When the Apostles opened Mary's grave, her body was not there. The Apostles realized then that she was taken into heaven in the body to be reunited with her soul.

The Dormition of the Mother of God is a confirmation of the resurrection of Christ and a source of hope for the faithful in the promise of their personal resurrection, their personal Easter. The death of Mary and her translation into heaven confirms the divine promise of Christ to His faithful children that they will enjoy life eternal in everlasting communion with God. What a paradox! While this Feast is called the "Falling Asleep of the Theotokos," it is in reality a celebration of her life and victory over death. It is a celebration of her "Passover" from this life into life eternal. It is a celebration of our own resurrection in Christ.  (adapted from an article by Fr. Ayman Kfouf)

Since the earliest centuries, Christians of both East and West have blessed herbs and fruits on the Feast of the Assumption in the belief that these sacramentals provide protection against harm and danger. Eve foolishly used herbs (fig leaves) to hide and aggravate her sin, thereby bringing about a disorder of body and soul. By contrast, Mary, the new Eve -- whose soul and body are untouched by sin or the decay of death (as we celebrate today) -- foreshadows a healing of our corporeal frailties, a healing represented by herbs. Likewise, fruits are an appropriate symbol for the new Eve because she never ate of the forbidden fruit, but brought forth only the fruit of good works; and, most importantly, the Fruit of her womb, Jesus Christ. The fruit blessed today thus betokens the fruit of a holy and generous life which we are called to enjoy from our Lord through the patronage of His holy Mother.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven  (ca. 2009), by Svitozar Nenyuk

Events this Week
(Proper 15)

Monday, August 19
7:00 PM - Monthly Vestry Meeting

Tuesday, August 20
7:00 PM - Family Movie Night
Movie: "High School Musical 2"

Wednesday, August 21
7:00 PM - Low Mass

Friday, August 23
9:30 AM - Low Mass
7:30 PM - Enseñanzas para la Vida Diaria

Saturday, August 24
10:00 AM - Youth & Children's Garden

The International Food Fair has been rescheduled.
(See announcement below)

Sunday, August 25
(Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
7:45 AM - Said Mass
9:15 AM - La Misa en Español
11:00 AM - High Mass

Events this Week
Family Movie Night
this Tuesday

August 20, 2019
7:00 PM

Pizza, snacks, popcorn, & cold drinks.  Fun for the whole family!

Movie Schedule
August 27
The Incredibles 2

Bring the kids. Keep the garden growing!

Every Saturday
10 AM - 12 PM

The tomatoes are growing.

The garden looks great, but it needs some attention.


Sign up sheets are located in the elevator lobby

All Saints Bowling Event
Saturday, August 31 @ 4 PM

Herrill Lanes
465 Herricks Rd.
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Directions (click & scroll to the bottom)


Price includes 2 games, bowling shoes, pizza, & drinks.
Other food and drinks may be purchased separately at the snack bar.

A sign up sheet is in the back of the church, or send us an e-mail.

We're looking for volunteers!
Acolytes & LEMs 

Did you ever think what it would be like to serve in the chancel?

We are recruiting persons interested in serving as an acolyte or eucharistic minister. The two ministries have much in common, but there are also some differences. There will be a workshop for old and new servers and LEMs on August 31 from 10 AM -12 Noon. This session is MANDATORY. Anyone interested should speak to Fr. Whitmire.
Looking for Teachers!
  • Do you like to teach?
  • Do you have experience teaching?
  • Are you interested in education for all ages?

The time has come to revitalize our educational programming here at All Saints. This will include:
  • Sunday School / Christian education for all ages
  • Confirmation / Adult Baptism Classes
  • Vacation Bible School (Summer 2020)
We need to identify persons who are interested in working in this area of ministry. If you are one such person, please speak to Fr. Whitmire, one of the wardens, or somebody on the vestry.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study
Returns September 17
The Path:
A Journey through The Bible
24-week Study

Section I: September 17 - November 12
Section II: January 14 - March 10
Section III: March 24 - May 19

Tuesdays in the Rectory
7:00 - 9:30 PM

Walk in the footsteps of faithful men and women who have done their best to follow God's call. The Path is the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version so that it is clear and easy to read. Follow the path of God's love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam's creation to John's revelation.

With informative trail signs to help you see how each piece of the narrative fits together, The Path is an experience unlike any other: an amazing 360-degree overview of the vast, sweeping story of God's extraordinary love for ordinary people. Join us on this epic adventure, a journey through the Bible to grow closer to God.

The Path can be ordered online at:
Forward Movement ($22)
(Discount!!! - $18 if we order 10 or more books at once!)            

Amazon ($18.29)

Also available on the Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, and at the iTunes store.

Your support is CRITICAL. Please keep up with your pledges, especially during the summer.

Our financial situation is extremely tight at present. For All Saints Church to do its ministry and mission, we require an average weekly pledge of $4,000. This week we received $2,634.
You can pay your regular pledge and make other contributions to the General Church Fund online, or you can check the status of your contributions. Go to our church management page, called OnRealm. 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 OnRealm to sign in or create a password. If you have any questions or trouble signing in, please send us an e-mail or call the church for assistance.

  • Would you like to commemorate a birthday or anniversary?
  • Would you like to offer a memorial on behalf of a loved one?
  • Would you like to simply thank God for his amazing blessings in your life?

Consider donating a vase of flowers, making a contribution toward the bread and wine we use at mass, or contributing toward the cost of the candles we light at the altar, the Blessed  Sacrament candle beside the tabernacle, or the candles in the Shrine of Our  Lady of Walsingham. The breakdown of donations is as follows:

$10 (each)
Bread, wine, Blessed Sacrament Candle, Shrine candles
One vase of flowers for the High Altar, Shrine, or in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe (OLG)
Three vases of flowers for the High Altar
Full church (three vases of flowers at the High Altar, one vase in  the Shrine, and one vase in front of OLG)

Donations must be placed in one of the white envelopes from the back table  in the nave (ushers or altar guild members can assist you in finding one).  Please indicate what your donation is going toward and write your name or  put your pledge envelope number at the top, so it can be recorded for your  giving statements. Envelopes should be given to Rena Chetram (7:45), Aura  Troché (9:15), or Hazra Whitney (11:00). The funds are given to the Altar  Guild for the purchase of these items.
Do you like planting flowers?
Are you interested in helping beautify the church grounds?

Consider being part of the Garden Guild. If you're interested in participating, please speak to Claudette Wharton.

Articles, photos, and videos about how All Saints is living out its mission.

The mission of All Saints Church is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord by our participation in the Eucharist, our fellowship in oneness and diversity, by respect for each other, and through outreach into the community.
The Senior Lunch Program
On the third Saturday of every month,
participants in the Senior Lunch Ministry work tirelessly
to make lunch for 
fifty to sixty guests. 

Doesn't this look delicious!

If you have an interesting story, photo, or video that features an example of living out All Saints' mission, please e-mail it to Fr. Whitmire by 6 PM on Sunday.

Parish Hall Renovation Update

Subcontractors are finishing hooking up the kitchen equipment and electrical outlets. New locks have been installed on the doors. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.

Upper Level
Upper Level


Lower Level




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