This Week's Announcements
February 4, 2019
Message from the Rector
February 4, 2019

"Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy Salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel."                                               Luke 2:29-32

Those words belong to one of the beloved canticles of the Church, The Nunc dimittis  or Song of Simeon. It is one of three canticles from the Gospel of Luke that proclaims the coming of the Messiah. (The other two are the  Magnificat-- Song of Mary and the Benedictus es--Song of Zechariah). The Song of Simeon is the conclusion of Luke's Epiphany story.  Luke's Epiphany story has no star, no wise men from the east, no gifts of gold, frankincense, or myrrh; those things come from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The Epiphany story according to Luke takes place, not at the crib of the baby Jesus, but in the Temple at Jerusalem. Since the 5th Century AD, the Church has commemorated Luke's Epiphany story with a major feast day that interrupts Ordinary Time; it is known as the Feast of the Presentation, or the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Candlemas.

In the presentation of Jesus in the temple, the Light of the world was seen by two unlikely individuals: Simeon, a blind man, and Anna, an old widow and a prophetess. They gazed upon the Messiah and declared to the world that he had arrived. Their epiphany at The Presentation is a lesson to us that even ordinary folk like ourselves can also see Christ present in the world. One of the things I would like for us to start doing here at All Saints is sharing our stories. What I mean by this is that I want us to start sharing specific examples of how All Saints is living out its mission to proclaim Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, through our oneness in diversity, by respecting each other, and by reaching out to the community. We should share how Christ's light shines for all the world to see. We should recognize how much light this place brings to this neighborhood and to each other. Every week somebody on the street shows me or tells me how we are indeed living out our mission to proclaim Christ in our beautiful worship, in our beautiful grounds, in our presence in the life of Woodhaven, or even just to be a place where somebody can come in and light a candle. Look for a glimpse of the light of Christ in the people you meet, in the things they do, in the things you do. Look for the little joys that occur in the world every day. Every day we can share in the delight of Simeon and Anna when they caught a glimpse of the infant Messiah when we can recognize the presence of Christ in our lives and in the lives of others around us. When we do that, we, too share in the joy of the Epiphany.

Finally, we should be mindful as to how we present ourselves before God. Are we constantly giving and re-giving ourselves to God, so that we project the image of God and the light of Christ? If the world is going to receive and see the light of Christ, it's going to be through our bringing that light in the way we conduct ourselves amongst each other and in the ways we try to make an impact in the world. We will be the hands and feet of God in attending to the needs of our community and the people close to us. We will present ourselves with the utmost sincerity, love, decorum, and reverence in his temple. Everything we do, from how we're greeted at the door to the friendly farewell as we leave must reflect the holiness of what we do at the altar. Everyone who enters this space must know that they are loved by God and welcome here. If we can bring out the light of Christ within ourselves, then we can help the world see that light: "For mine eyes have seen thy Salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel."

The Dream of the Candle
A Tale from the Golden Legend 
by Jacobus de Voragine, A.D. 1275

We read an example of a noble lady which had great devotion in the blessed Virgin Mary, and she had a chapel in which she did do say mass of our Lady daily by her chaplain. It happed that the day of the purification of our Lady, her chaplain was out, so that this lady might that day have no mass, and she durst not go to another church because she had given her mantle unto a poor man for the love of our Lady. She was much sorrowful because she might hear no mass and for to make her devotions she went into the chapel, and tofore the altar she kneeled down for to make her prayers to our Lady.

And anon she fell asleep, in which she had a vision, and her seemed that she was in a church, and saw come into the church a great company of virgins, tofore whom she saw come a right noble virgin crowned right preciously. And when they were all set each in order, came a company of young men which sat down each after other in order like the other; after, entered one that bare a burden of candles, and departed them to them above first, and so to each of them by order he gave one, and at the last came this man to this lady aforesaid and gave to her also a candle of wax. The which lady saw also come a priest, a deacon and a subdeacon, all revested, going to the altar as for to say mass. And her seemed that S. Laurence and S. Vincent were deacon and sub-deacon, and Jesu Christ the priest, and two angels bearing tofore them candles, and two young angels began the introit of the mass, and all the company of the virgins sang the mass.

And when the mass was sung unto the offering, her seemed that thilk virgin so crowned went tofore, and after, all the others followed, and offered to the priest, kneeling much devoutly, their candles. And when the priest tarried for this lady that she should also have come to the offering, the glorious queen of virgins sent to her to say that she was not courteous to make the priest so long to tarry for her. And the lady answered that the priest should proceed in his mass forth, for she would keep her candle and not offer it. And the glorious virgin sent yet once to her, and she said she would not offer her candle.

The third time the queen said to the messenger: Go and pray her that she come and offer her candle, or else take it from her by force. The messenger came to this lady, and because in no wise she would not come and offer up her candle, he set hand on the candle that this lady held and drew fast, and she held fast, and so long he drew and haled that the candle brake in two pieces, and that one half abode still in the hand of the lady aforesaid, which anon awoke and came to herself; and found the piece of the candle in her hand, whereof she much marvelled, and thanked our Lord and the glorious Virgin Mary devoutly which had suffered her that day not to be without mass.  And all the days of her life after she kept that piece of that candle much preciously, like an holy relic, and all they that were touched therewith were guerished and healed of their maladies and sicknesses.  


On Sunday we blessed many throats using candles and a prayer for the intercession of St. Blaise.

Who was St. Blaise?

About St. Blaise
compiled by Lance Davis

St. Blaise is one of the fourteen Holy Helpers, those saints called upon during exceptional need. He was a 3rd century physician who became the Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia. In these days, there was a great persecution by the Emperor Licinius. St. Blaise hid in a cave to escape this persecution. From The Golden Legend:

"The birds of heaven brought to him meat for to eat. And it seemed to him that they came to serve him and accompany him, and would not depart from him till he had lift up his hands and blessed them. And also sick men came to him and anon were cured and healed.

Now it happened that the prince of this region sent his knights to hunt, and they could take nothing. But by adventure they came unto the desert place where St. Blaise was, where they found a great multitude of beasts which were about him, of whom they could take none, whereof they were all abashed and showed this to their lord, the which anon sent many knights for him, and commanded to bring him and all the Christian men with him.  And that night Jesu Christ appeared to him thrice, which said to him: Arise up and make to me sacrifice. Lo! here be the knights that come to fetch thee at the commandment of the prince. And the knights said to him: Come out from this place, the president calleth thee. And St. Blaise answered: My sons, ye be welcome, I see now well that God hath not forgotten me. He went with them and continually preached, and did many miracles before them.

There was a woman that had a son dying, in whose throat was a bone of a fish athwart, which strangled him, and she brought him before his feet, praying St. Blaise that he would make her son whole. And St. Blaise put his hand upon him and made his prayer to God that this child, and all they that demanded benefits of health in his name, that they should be holpen and obtain it, and anon he was whole and guerished."

Because St. Blaise cured the boy's throat whilst he was choking, he came to be seen as the patron against throat troubles. St. Blaise was eventually imprisoned and forced to worship the pagan gods. When he refused, his flesh was torn off with wool combs. He was finally beheaded along with seven women and two children in the year of our Lord 316. His feast is kept on February 3rd.

May our Lord God, at the intercession of St. Blaise, preserve thee from diseases of the throat and every other evil; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Events this Week

Tuesday, February 5
7:00 PM - Tuesday Evening Bible Study
History Books of the Old Testament: Ruth

Wednesday, February 6
7:00 PM - Low Mass

Thursday, February 7
7:00 PM - Rosary & Devotions at the
Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
& Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, February 8
9:30 AM - Low Mass
7:30 PM - Enseñanzas para la Vida Diaria

Saturday, February 9
3:30 PM - Partnership Steering Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - Altar Guild Monthly Meeting

Sunday, February 10
(Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany)
7:45 AM - Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:15 AM - Misa en Español (Orden Episcopal)
11:00 AM - High Mass (Rite 2)
1:00 PM - Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class
1:00 PM - St. Hilda's Guild Monthly Meeting

Rosary & Devotions at the
Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
& Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Thursday @ 7 PM

A ll are welcome! You don't have to be a member of the cell to participate.

Confirmation & Adult Baptism

Classes have begun!
Sundays @  1 PM
Rear of the nave.

Preparation Classes for Confirmation and  Adult Baptism begin this Sunday, February 3 at 1 PM. Classes will be held every  Sunday from 1-2:30 PM here at the church from February 3 through June 2. Baptisms will take place at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 PM, and Confirmation will be on Sunday, June 9 at 11:00 AM by The Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf who will be visiting All Saints on Pentecost . The classes are open to any person age 13 or older. Anyone interested in taking the classes should notify Fr. Whitmire this week by phone (718-849-2352) or e-mail. Parents with children 12 and under who wish to have their child baptized should speak directly with Fr. Whitmire or Pastor  Leticia.

Absalom Jones, Priest
The Diocese of Long Island &
The Black Clergy Caucus

The 2019 Celebration of
The Reverend Absalom Jones Day

at the
Cathedral of the Incarnation

Saturday, February 9, 2019 
11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano, Celebrant 
The Reverend Dr. Allen F. Robinson, Preacher 

Cathedral of the Incarnation
50 Cathedral Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530

The Offering will be donated to the Episcopal Church's Absalom Jones Fund to support HBCUs.  Reception to follow at The Mercer School of Theology.

Please sign up so we get a big group to go!
We also need a few adults willing to drive and serve as chaperones.

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.
Living out outreach into the community.

Children at play
Children at play on our lawn. They play here nearly every day after school.
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

Renovation of the Parish Hall is nearing completion. The final step of the electrical upgrade is still pending. The floor tiles have been installed on the lower level. During these final weeks of construction, you may notice unusual use of our spaces. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.


                        Kitchen                                                 Lower Level

                    Lower Level                                                   Upper Level

The fireplace has a new look!


Keep up with your pledges.

Please use your assigned pledge envelopes. For All Saints Church to do its ministry and mission, we ask for an average weekly pledge of $4,000. This week we received $2,457.
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.
Update your information.
Actualiza tu información.
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 de atrás de la iglesia.

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

Learn about what's happening in Woodhaven.
Ask questions.  Share your concerns.

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).