Christ Church New Brighton

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Staten Island, New York 10301
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Welcome to Christ Church
From the Rector
The Rev. Charles H, Howell, Rector of Christ Church New BrightonEaster is the preeminent day in a Christian's year. Through prayer and liturgy we retell the story of Jesus' Resurrection. Most importantly, we also remind ourselves that Jesus' Resurrection wasn't just a one-off historical event but is a living reality. The Risen Christ is around us all the time. By the power of the Holy Spirit he is alive in our hearts. He is alive in us collectively as the Body of Christ. He is alive when the Gospel is proclaimed and when the Holy Eucharist is celebrated. For this Feast of feasts it's not surprise that the church is full. As for attendance during Holy Week ... not so much.

It's not surprising that Holy Week services are not as well attended as Easter Day. The time of the services - during the evening in the middle of the week - is inconvenient, and no one would say that they are just as important as Easter. But they are important. The services of Holy Week enrich our appreciation of Easter. Attending services only on Easter Day is a little bit like skipping to the end of a book: If you skip to the end of a book you understand the point of the story, but you miss a lot of nuance and detail. Our experience of Easter is deepened if we walk with Jesus through the Last Supper; his example of service in washing his disciples' feet; his lonely hour in the Garden of Gethsemane; his betrayal; his trial; his torture; his crucifixion; his death; and his burial.

 I know that attending Holy Week services can be difficult, but I would encourage you to pick at least one, either Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, to attend. I promise you that you won't be disappointed and that experiencing the sorrow of Holy Week will sweeten the joy of Easter. 

Fr. Chuck

Holy Week & Easter Services
Palm Sunday, April 13
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
10:00 am Choral Eucharist with Palm Procession
Maundy Thursday, April 17
7:30 pm Holy Eucharist, followed by Lamb Supper (sign-up sheets are in the parish hall or call the office at 718-727-6100).
after dinner Compline
11:00 pm Vigil at the Altar of Repose
Good Friday, April 18
Noon to 3 pm Three-hour service at St. Mary's, Castleton
4:00 pm Children's activity and liturgy
7:30 pm Good Friday Liturgy with Solemn Collects and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
Easter Day, April 20
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
10:00 am Choral Festal Holy Eucharist with
Flowering the Cross
11:30 am Easter egg hunt followed by a reception in the Guild Room
Flowering the Cross
Every year at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist on Easter Day the children come forward at the Peace to place fresh flowers to a bare cross.  This symbolizes, of course, the way in which an instrument of painful death becomes for us the source of life. Because Easter is so late this year, children and families are encouraged to bring flowers and branches from their own gardens on Easter morning.  Flowers will also be available at church.
A Multi-Faith Journey to Auschwitz
The Building Bridges Coalition is sponsoring a multi-faith journey to Auschwitz and other sacred sites.  The trip will be AuschwitzJuly 6 - 13 and cost $2350 plus airfare.  The cost includes night accommodations, 6 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and dinners, guides, and admissions.

For more information, see the poster in the parish hall or speak to the rector.

Summer Youth Police Academy
NYPD logoThe NYPD seeks to provide innovative and effective programs for the City's young people. The Community Affairs Bureau's, Youth Police Academy is such a program. It is designed to establish a positive relationship with the NYPD and the City's youth.

NYC residents between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to attend. The Youth Police Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch and uniform shirts.

The Academy is a 6 week program that will hold sessions 5 days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Academy will begin on Monday, July 7th and end on Friday, August 15th. Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by police officers in areas of the law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance.

Applications are available on line at Applications will only be accepted between April 18 and June 27, 2014. Mail applications to: NYPD Youth Services Section, YPA 2014, 189 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Scholarship Opportunity
The Staten Island Council of Churches is again offering scholarships for post-high school education at an accredited institution.  Applicants must be active members of their churches; participate in worship when they are home from school; and be an inspiration for other youth.  This year no previous scholarship recipients will be considered.

For an application and complete list of requirements, please speak to the Rector.

Applications are due May 1.

Clothes Recycling
Christ Church has entered into an arrangement with Spin Green, an American woman-owned clothes recycling company, which gives clothes a second chance.  By collecting clothes, they are kept out of landfills and either distributed to people in the US and around the world or are converted into eco-products such as home insulation.

A Spin Green collection bin is now in our parking lot and available to you and the community.

Spin Green monitors the bin and empties it when it's full, and Christ Church receives modest renumeration for having the bin on our property.

ECW Spring Meeting
The Episcopal Church Women's Spring Meeting and Luncheon will be held this year at St. Paul's Memorial Church, 225 St. Paul's Avenue, Staten Island, New York on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  It will begin with Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Dianne Roberts, President Episcopal Church Women Diocese of New York.  She has much to tell us about the work of the Diocesan Board as well as the work of individual Episcopal Church Women throughout the diocese.
Flowering the Cross
Every year at the 10:00 Eucharist on Easter Day the children come forward at the peace to add fresh flowers to a bare cross.  This symbolizes, of course, the way in which an instrument of painful death becomes for us the source of life. Because Easter is so late this year, children and families are encouraged to bring flowers and branches from their own gardens on Easter morning.  Flowers will also be available at church.
Tree Pruner Course
Trees New YorkA healthy urban forest is invaluable to the health of our city.  Trees improve air and water quality, lover air temperatures, reduce energy demand, and beautify streets.

In New York City, where there is limited funding for tree maintenance but significant need, Citizen Pruners provide a tremendous benefit to our urban environment.

Upon successful completion of the final exam, students receive a license from the TreesNY and NYCParks to legally prune NYC street trees.

Staten Island classes will be held at SI Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace #120 on:

Thursday, May 15     6-8 pm
Thursday, May 22     6-8 pm
Thursday, May 29     6-8 pm
Saturday, June 14     10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 19     6-8 p.m.

The Trees New York program is offering a Citizen Pruner Tree Care Course.  There is a $100 non-refundable course fee.

For more information or to register go to

Save the Date
The Inter Parish Council (the association of the ten Episcopal Churches on Staten Island) will have its annual spring picnic on Sunday, June 1 at All Saints' Church, 2329 Victory Blvd.
Parish Prayer List
The following individuals have requested our prayers: Robin Beveridge, Shirley Black, Willie Black, Jr., Charles W. Blake, Gregory Brown, Patricia Brown-Prestia, Fr. Steve Challman, Gilbert Cocks, Inez Colborne, Laura Craig, Dolly Denaro, Anne Devlin, Michael Devlin, Ruth DiToro, Marlene Elia, Amanda Freeman Taylor, Barbara Finnerty, Christina Gialombardo, Tina Grosick, Joseph Gumbs, William Johnson, Michelle Lane, Stan Larsen, Lucia Luciano, Gina Luna, William Marcus, Donna Marlak, Janet Massa, Andrea McIntosh, Hugo McIntosh, Sr., Michelle McQuillen, Linda Messermer, Anthony Mobilia, Lynne Morishita, Juan Negron, Cecily Nordstrom, Tim Olsen, Linda Oppenheimer, Janice Pattison, Ryan Perrotta, Catherine Pupello, Hal Reiersen, Jayme Robertson, Joyce Rowan, Meg Rowan, Ann Sohm, David Spitz, Bishop Don Taylor, Evelyn Tuthill, Sophia Vazquez Pazos, Fr. John Walsted, and Eileen Elliott Yates.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Kevin Gunther (22), Daniel Trapp (22), Jermain Trapp (22), Jalen Hazelwood (23), David Seeley (23), Julia Dwikat (24), Alexandri Hodnik (24), Dan Wood (24), David Wood (24).  We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week:  Henry & Laura Kennedy (25).

We pray for the repose of the soul of Stuart Darrell Seffern in whose loving memory the Altar Flowers have been given. We pray for the repose of the soul of Bruce Sandberg who passed away this week.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Katharine our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, and Chilton, our bishops, Allen, our suffragan bishop-elect and Sunset Nursery School, Montrose.

We pray for the continued growth of the Carpenter's Kids Program.

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