This Week's Announcements
March 11, 2019
Message from the Rector
March 11, 2019

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. The devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Luke 4:1-2a, 9-13

What is temptation? Is it simply the desire or urge to do something unwise or possibly even something evil? Well, we know that life is never simple, but thank God we have the actions of Jesus to guide us. Immediately after his baptism where a voice from heaven declared him to be the Son of God, Jesus found himself alone in the wilderness. While there in the wilderness, he was tempted by the devil. The devil was unlikely an impish-looking demon with horns, sharp teeth, a tail, and a pitchfork; instead, Jesus was probably facing some kind of inner struggle between desire and duty. Having eaten little or nothing for forty days, he was undoubtedly famished. The desire for food must have been enormous! I've been to the Judean desert just outside Jerusalem where Jesus would likely have gone. It is dry with little vegetation and is often hot beyond comprehension. But one of the unusual features of it is that the rocks are shaped like large loaves of bread. If it had been me, and I had the power, I sure would have turned those stones into a nice loaf of sourdough and while I was in a bread conjuring mood, I'd have conjured up some butter to go with it! In other words, I'd have taken the matter into my own hands and succumbed to my own will. This lesson refocuses our attention away from thinking that we are able to provide what we need, to depending on God to meet our needs.

In addition, for Jesus, the meaning of the struggle that he was going through was not about willpower, but about purpose. His struggle in the wilderness wasn't simply a test to see if he could resist the taunts of the devil; Jesus was being put to the test to help him clarify his mission on earth as the Son of God. In fact, the story told in its original language of Greek says exactly that: his temptation was really a test, a test to see if he understood his mission here among humans, or if he was going to take the easy way out. That's why he wouldn't just force us to love him or worship him like the devil urged him to do. Heck! He certainly could have chosen the easy path. He was out there alone; nobody was looking. What difference would it make? A lot. See, this desert experience would test a human Jesus as to whether he would take the easy way out and use his divine power. In the desert, it was just a matter of satisfying his hunger pains with bread. But one day, his pain would be the agony of nails in his hands and feet as he hung on a cross. Would he take the easy way out then when the redemption and salvation of humanity was at stake? No. Because he knew that his power was not by using his divinity to take the easy way out, but to endure the struggle, face the ultimate end, make it look as if the battle was lost and the forces of evil won. Then he would rise triumphantly, showing his divine power in glorious majesty! The temptations were ways to hone his ability to handle what life had in store for him.

That's the teaching point for us as we confront the temptations of our own lives. When we are tempted, we are being tested, and our strength in resisting temptation helps to hone our ability to handle whatever life has in store for us. Our struggle of self-denial in whatever form that might take, our struggle in resisting the immediate satisfaction of our wants and desires that may shape our temptation reminds us not to take matters into our own hands, but that we are to depend on God to get us through the struggles of life. There is no easy way out for us; we don't have the divine power that Jesus had--and he chose not to even use it! We must rely on his divine power to help us with our battles over Satan. We must rely on his divine power to help us overcome the temptations that we face in our own lives, which will strengthen us to tackle the challenges in our lives that we have yet to face.

Events this Week
(Lent 1)

Tuesday, March 12
7:30 PM - Tuesday Evening Bible Study
Topic: 1 & 2 Chronicles

Wednesday, March 13
(Lenten Feria)

7:00 PM - Low Mass
7:45 PM - Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 15
(Lenten Feria)

9:30 AM - Morning Prayer
7:30 PM - Friday Lenten Series
Walk with Christ; Experience Grace
Stations of the Cross, Benediction, & Discussion

Saturday, March 16
12:15 PM - Senior Lunch Program
7:00 PM - Rehearsal for La Pasión de Cristo

Sunday, March 17
(Second Sunday in Lent)
7:45 AM - Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:15 AM - Misa en Español (Orden Luterano)
11:00 AM - High Mass (Rite 1)

LENT 2019

The Ritual Reason Why
by Lance Davis

¶ In this ongoing series, we will answer common questions concerning the  ritual and ceremonial of the Church.  

From "The Ritual Reason Why," Charles Walker, 1868.

Q. Why is Shrove Tuesday so called?
A. Shrive is a Middle English word meaning "to absolve" or "to  free from guilt." From The Ecclesiastical Institutes (AD 900): "In the week  immediately before Lent every one shall go to his confessor and confess his  deeds; and his confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his  deeds what he is to do; and he shall command all his parishioners with  God's command, that if any of them against any man have any enmity,  that he make peace with him; but if any one will not agree to that then he  may not shrive him, but then he shall acquaint the bishop that he may  turn him to right. Then with minds thus purified, let them enter on the  tide of the holy fast, and by penance purify themselves against the holy  Easter."

Q. Why are images veiled in Lent?
A. Before the first Vespers of the fifth Sunday in Lent, when the  Church begins to celebrate the Passion of our Lord (whence this Sunday is  called Passion Sunday, and the week that follows, "Passion Week," it is  customary to veil crosses and pictures throughout the church. According to  the old English uses, the veiling extended from the first Monday in Lent to  the morning of Easter-day, before the Matins service. The spirit of the  veiling seems to be, that the Church would draw off our attention from  everything but Him whose suffering she is commemorating, bidding us to " consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners." It is also sym bolical of the hiding of our Lord's glory during His earthly life, and espe cially during His ignominious and bitter Passion.

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

According to the Book of Common Prayer, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of strict fast. Only one meatless meal should be taken. If necessary for strength, a second smaller (meatless) meal may also be taken. All days in Lent except Sundays are days of abstinence and self-denial. Fasting ends at midnight on Holy Saturday.

The traditional Lenten fast for Western Catholics is as follows:
  • Fridays and Saturdays: abstinence and fast (only one meatless meal may be taken).
  • All other days of Lent: partial abstinence and fast (one one principal meal may be taken, but it may include meat).
  • Lenten Ember days: abstinence and fast.
  • Sundays and Feasts: no fasting nor abstinence.

Lenten Series


Stations of the Cross & Benediction
The Scriptures and my life

Fridays in Lent @ 7:30 PM

When we are tempted
March 15
When we mess up
March 22
When we feel powerless, experience loss,
or battle with addictions
March 29
When we feel empty or lonely
April 5
When we don't see hope in the world
April 12


A passion play presented by
Todos los Santos & All Saints

in the nave.

Our annual Passion Play will be performed in the evening on Good Friday, April 19. We are looking for members from the English-language masses to participate in the play as actors or helping with set design, construction, or costumes. Rehearsals begin this Saturday and will be held every Saturday at 7:00 PM until the performance date. If you would like to participate, come to the church this Saturday, or speak to Pastor Leticia or José Sedano.  Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary to participate.

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.
Distributing ashes outside the Woodhaven Blvd. Subway Station

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 space was cleaned and the floors waxed. During these final weeks of construction, you may notice unusual use of our spaces. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.

Upper Level
Upper Level



Lower Level




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 $2,271.
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 .



For more information contact
Sharon Tucker
QECW President
(516) 526 4153