This Week's Announcements
October 8, 2018
Message from the Rector
October 8, 2018
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you...Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word."                                                                  Luke 1:26-28, 30b-33, 38a
This week, we went "off lectionary" and celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, some-time known as Our Lady of Victory. I pondered really hard as to what I was going to say about those two feasts. I realize that devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and praying the Rosary are a stretch for many Episcopalians and Anglicans--I suspect for Lutherans, too! And I feel you. It has been a stretch and a journey for me, as well. I've not always been a devotee of the Blessed Virgin. Growing up as a Baptist, Mary's name came up essentially only once a year at Christmas, and that was pretty much the extent of it. I had never heard the words of the Magnificat, and there was nothing remotely close to the Rosary in our prayer life. But I started encountering Mary more once I became an Episcopalian, and two things helped me in my devotion to her.

First, Mary received a call from God through the archangel Gabriel to conceive and bear the incarnation of God in the world and she accepted that call, despite the disruption to her young life of having a baby and all kinds of risks to her status, livelihood, and even her health, she said, "Yes," and became the portal through which God entered the human experience so that we could encounter God face-to-face and learn how to become more like the image of God. For me, I am drawn to Our Lady because she was human just like you and I, and in my own journey in trying to follow God's call at various points in my life, I have been encouraged that whatever God asks me to do, I won't be alone, God will be beside me. Though I am a frail, limited human being, I will be able to do extraordinary things through God who strengthens me. I can say, "Yes" to him, no matter how inconvenient it may seem or how daunting a task, because it pales in comparison to what Mary was asked to do.

Second, I now understand that Mary always points us toward Jesus. She did it when she bore him in her womb; she did it when she presented him to Simeon in the Temple; she did it when she asked him to turn water into wine at the Wedding at Cana; and, she did it while weeping at the foot of the Cross. The Rosary is one of the ways that we can focus on the powerful transformation that Christ offers to us by reflecting on his life and how he makes ours more perfect. Why the Rosary? I read this explanation on a Franciscan website:

The purpose of the rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of our salvation. The main focus is on Jesus--his birth, life, death, and resurrection. The Our Fathers remind us that Jesus' Father is the initiator of salvation. The Hail Marys remind us to join with Mary in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary was and is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of his earthly and heavenly existence. The Glory Be's remind us that the purpose of all life is the glory of the Trinity.  The rosary appeals to many. It is simple. The constant repetition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.

Praying the rosary gives us a chance to slow down, to quiet down, to take a break from the trappings of day-to-day life. I encourage everyone to try it, if you've never done it. I encourage you and invite you to come on the First Thursday of every month to pray the Rosary with our cell of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Finally, I can't imagine a better time for us to be celebrating the Feasts of Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Victory. I spent half of this past week cloistered in the beautiful space of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square while I attended a priests conference. There was much time for prayer and devotion, as well as some good lectures and fellowship with colleagues. I didn't spend much time reading the news this week, but our nation and our world are pretty messed up right now. There is much angst about who's in power, who's getting appointed to important positions, whose rights are being abused and disregarded, who's being sexually harassed or abused. It seems the wrong people are winning and the city, the nation, and the world are going to implode. It may not even be that remote. There's messed up stuff going on in our homes; there's messed up stuff happening on our jobs; there's messed up stuff happening in our churches. There's messed up stuff everywhere.

But, the words of our Blessed Mother Mary in the Magnificat that comes right after today's Gospel reading remind us that God shows strength with his arm. He scatters the proud in their conceit. He lifts up those whose voices go unheard and brings down the proud and haughty and those who are boastful. He feeds those who are hungry--whether it's for food, or love, or respect--and leaves those who try to take all those things away from us yearning for happiness. He will always remember the mercy he has promised to his people. The things that deeply disturb us in our messed up world will not last. Just as God gave victory to a Spanish fleet and Christian coalition forces on October 7, 1571, God will give victory today. It may or may not happen in the time frame that we think it should be; it will happen in the time that God knows it must be.

Thanks be to God for our ever--Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, for she points to her Son who gives us a vision of God. Thanks be to God for the Rosary and the many other ways that we can bring ourselves into closer understanding and relationship with God. Thanks be to God for the victories that he has given each of us in our lives. And, thanks be go God for the words of the Magnificat, for they remind us that all will be well.

History of Our Lady of the Rosary,
aka. Our Lady of Victory

The Rosary, originating with St. Dominic, is a devotion which uses the forms of prayer most approved by world-wide Christian practice. For therein we recite only the Lord's Prayer, the Angelic Salutation (Hail Mary), and the Doxology (Glory be to the Father), and whilst so doing we meditate upon the fifteen great Mysteries of our redemption. The Hail Mary, which hath rightly been called the Psalm of the Incarnation, is repeated, in the course of the fifteen Mysteries, one hundred and fifty times, which is the number of the Psalms in the Psalter. For the Rosary is, as it were, the Psalter of our Lady in honour of her Son's Incarnation. It is therefore an abridgement of the Gospel, and an exposition of the Mysteries of his life and sufferings, and triumphant victory over death and sin for our salvation. Furthermore, it is these same Mysteries which ought to be the principal object of the devotion of every Christian, for thereby only can we attain to the knowledge of eternal life.

From this healthy exercise have grown up numberless good fruits in the Christian commonwealth, of which one is the praying of the Rosary in times of need; whereby it is believed that great victories have been obtained, both in spiritual and temporal matters. One of these was a notable victory at Lepanto over the army and navy of the Mohammedans, which same had come to Europe to overwhelm and destroy Christianity. The victory at Lepanto, by the Christian princes over the Sultan of Turkey, was won on October 7th, 1571, which happened to be the very day whereon the Guildsmen of the Rosary, throughout the whole world, were offering their prayers and supplications for the well-being of Christendom, as requested by Pope St. Pius V. Thence afterwards arose the custom of keeping a feast in honour of the victories granted to Christians through devotions made on this wise. In 1716, Charles VI of the Holy Roman Empire, gained another notable victory over the Turks, near Temeswar, in Hungary, on the Feast of our Lady of the Snows, at almost the moment when the Guildsmen of the Rosary were moving through the streets of Rome in public and solemn procession, in deepest devotion calling vehemently on God for the defeat of the advancing Mohammedan, and entreating the Mother of God for her succor of the soldiers who had faith in her Son. And a few days later, on the Octave of the Assumption, the Turks raised the siege of Corfu. These mercies were ascribed to the helpful prayers of the Blessed Virgin. And that the memory and sweetness of such blessings might endure for all time, and that the faithful might be further encouraged to use this form of devotion in honour of the Mysteries of our redemption, a special Office was composed for this solemn occasion. To the intent that we may be earnest in honouring the Mother of God in this form which she liketh so well; and that even as the entreaties of Christ's faithful people, approaching her in her Rosary, have so often won her to scatter and destroy their earthly foes, so she may gain for them the victory over their hellish foes likewise.

The Anglican Breviary

Events this Week
(Proper 22)

Tuesday, October 9
7:00 PM - Tuesday Evening Bible Study

Wednesday, October 10
7:00 PM - Low Mass
7:30 PM - Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 12
9:30 AM - Morning Prayer
7:30 PM - Estudio Bíblico

Saturday, October 13
10:30  AM - Morning Prayer
& Altar Guild Monthly Meeting

Sunday, October 14
(Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost)
7:45 AM - Said Mass (Rite 1)
9:15 AM - La Misa en Español (Orden Luterano)
11:00 AM - Choral High Mass (Rite 2)

Tuesday Evening Bible Study

The topic for the fall season is

The Gospel of Mark

Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM
in The Rectory

A potluck dinner is served, so bring a Bible and a dish to share.
All are welcome.


Marion Brown
Enid Kelly

are being honored by
Episcopal Ministries of Long Island
for their leadership with the Senior Lunch Program.

All Saints & All Souls 2018

Join us as we celebrate our
Feast of Title (Patronal Feast)
and the Communion of Saints

October 31 - November 4

Wednesday, October 31
(All Hallow's Eve)
7:00 PM - Said Liturgy of All Hallows Eve in the Chancel

Thursday, November 1
(All Saints Day)
7:30 PM - Sung Mass with
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Salve Regina

Saturday, November 3
(Celebration of All Souls)
11:00 AM -  All Souls Choral Requiem Mass.
Names of the deceased will be read at this Mass.
Reception to follow.

Sunday, November 4
(The Solemnity of All Saints & Feast of Title)
7:45 AM - Said Mass
9:15 AM - La Misa en Español 
11:00 AM - Procession & Choral High Mass (Rite 1)
5:00 PM - Solemn Choral Evensong ( 1662 BCP)
Reception to follow.

Parish Hall Construction Update

Installation of the elevator is in progress. A new floor has been laid down in the tower vestibule and elevator lobby. During the final weeks of construction, you may notice unusual use of our spaces and grounds. It is temporary. Your prayers and patience are greatly appreciated.

                 Lower Level                                      New Kitchen Walls

New Vestibule & Elevator Lobby Floor         Elevator door ready for new buttons

Tickets are now on sale!

In the final months of 2018, please keep up with your pledges.

In order for All Saints Church to continue its ministry and mission, we require an average weekly pledge of $4,000. This week we received $2,238.
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 .

Be a good steward of God's creation and save energy!
Take advantage of this FREE program.

For more information, please contact
the Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator
Karryl -  (646) 643-3325

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).