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Thursday, March 14, 2019

From Mother Vicki














The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge


Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and
hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On this Second Sunday of Lent, we continue our Lenten journey towards deeper faith and trust in God.  In our Collect, we pray for those who have “gone astray,” who have gotten lost and are not able to feel God’s wondrous love in their lives.

I suspect that this description fits all of us at one time or another.  We struggle with being in control, but there is so much that happens in our lives over which we have no control even though we might think we do.  Those are the moments when it is easy to get angry, blame ourselves or others, or even blame God that things are not going our way.  And yet, our vision is so small.  God’s vision is huge.  Prayer is all about trusting the bigger picture, trusting the Holy One with our lives.  How do we get there?  “With penitent hearts and steadfast faith.” That kind of humility and faith puts us in the proper posture—on our knees—for having a heavenly conversation.

During Lent, we are offering a course on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “The Way of Love.”  It will be held on three Thursday evenings (March 21, April 4 and 11) from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Church Office.  This course will provide gentle help with your Lenten routine and practice.  Please feel free to come for the entire course or just an individual session as your schedule allows, but do let me know if you will be joining us (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Last summer we partnered with Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in Madura, India to propose a grant from the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) to begin a Saturday program of education for the marginalized children of the Scavenger Workers who would otherwise be denied an education because of their caste.  The grant was awarded on October 13, 2018 at the Diocesan Global Mission Fair.  Deborah DeBride, Linda Brown and I were happily there to receive it.  It is a great honor to be able to help such a noble cause.

Below are the first pictures back from this Special Coaching Program.  Thanks to Father Gideon Jebamani who has been a terrific advocate for our participation and this program.  What a wonder it is to rejoice in the children’s rapt attention.  May God bless them and their studies!

And may Christ help us as we struggle with our own individual temptations.  May our Lenten Pilgrimage be blessed in wondrous ways!

Lenten blessings and love,
Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge
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Evensong at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Join Mother Vicki at Evensong at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Sunday, March 17, 4:00 p.m.

Located at  1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025



Welcoming Anglican and Episcopal Delegates to the

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women


The 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) takes place March 11-22, 2019, in New York City. You are invited to worship with the Anglican Communion and Episcopal Church delegates as the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and Bishop Andrew ML Dietsche welcome them to this special Evensong, with Bishop Mary Glasspool preaching,


Since 1946, the UNCSW has convened annually to promote women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields, and to make recommendations to the members nations on urgent problems facing women and girls. Anglican and Episcopal women and men, girls and boys have been involved with UNCSW since its beginnings and in recent years have had a strong presence. This year, the Anglican Communion will bring eight accredited delegates, and the Episcopal Church will bring nine, to UNCSW. One of the delegates is from our diocese, the Rev. Martha Korienek, Interim Rector of Grace Church, Hastings on Hudson.


Please support the delegates by your prayer, and come to greet them at the Evensong. If you wish to learn more about the topics being addressed at the year's gathering, you can read the Episcopal Church's written statement for this UNCSW.

Lenten Program



Way of Love Logo

Lenten Program: The Way of Love
Thursdays March 21, April 4 & 11, 6:30-8 PM in the church office.
The Way of Love is a way of life. It is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices – Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to not only worship Jesus but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it. Please let Mother Vicki know if you would like to attend.

Scavengers Children Special Coaching Class

Greetings from TTS!
Thank you very much for all the support, solidarity and interest you have towards TTS.  We do appreciate your concern and it is also motivating for us to have you involved in TTS' ministry.

The classes are going on well and it is very beneficial for the children. As you can see from the photos the turnout of the children attending is very good.

I am sending you the photos in three separate mails to ensure it reaches you.

With kind regards,
Yours sincerely,

J. David Rajendran
Principal & Secretary
Tamilnadu Theological Seminary
Arasaradi







Announcements, Calendar and Intercessions

Sunday March 17, Lent 2.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Sunday March 17,  Evensong at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, 4 PM
Monday, March 18, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall
Wednesday March 20, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, March 21, Lenten program, first of three. The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life
6:30-8:00 PM in the Church Office
Saturday, March 23, Order of Urban Missioners, 9:30 AM Guild Room, Holy Eucharist 12:30 in the Lady Chapel

Sunday March 24, Lent 3.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Wednesday March 27, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Saturday, March 30, 9 AM to 1 PM Diocesan Program “I want my church to grow”, Saint Luke’s in the Bronx

Sunday March 31, Lent 4.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Wednesday April 3, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday April 3, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM in the church
Thursday, April 4, Lenten program, second of three. The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life
6:30-8:00 PM in the Church Office

Sunday April 7, Lent 5.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Sunday, April 7, Penny Social in the Guild Room, 12:30 PM
Monday April 8, Executive Committee in the Church Office, 6:30 PM
Wednesday April 10, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday April 10, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM in the church
Thursday, April 11, Lenten program, last session. The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life
6:30-8:00 PM in the Church Office.
Saturday April 13, Order of Urban Missioners, 9:30 AM Guild Room, Holy Eucharist 12:30 in the Lady Chapel.


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, for this neighborhood of Getty Square, for all who live and work here, for all who come here for goods and services, for those who are homeless and hungry, for the Sharing Community, Salvation Army, YWCA and the YMCA, the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments, and all who work to help others. We pray for healing for those who struggle with addictions, and physical and mental disabilities. Please bless our vision with compassion and love, so that this Congregation may be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

We hold in our prayers: Maget Kodoy, Bala Kody, Velma Crichton, Carmen Hanchard, Lisa Osborne, Linda Brown, Barbara Famularo, Carla Jean DeBride, Val DeBride, The Rev. Kathleen Berkowe, Aida Carino, John Alexander, Lara Pilla, Judy Quick, Tom O’Connor, Nancy Headley, John Gore, Verna Dore, Luther Smith, Marie Baptiste, Ellen Partipiano, Helene Wright, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil Parkey, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Harriette Forster, Hope Mackey, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Monica Harmon, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for those impacted by natural disasters throughout the world, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, and for our President, Congress and our country, for our first responders and military, and for all refugees and immigrants, especially the children.

We pray for those who have died including John Afionian David Emerson, Michelle Tuthill, Mary Kalasky, John Leslie Brindle, Sr., Rosa Viana, Tavon Roberts, J Monroe Stebbins, Charlotte Avallone, and those who have died the world over from war, terrorism, and natural disasters especially the tornadoes in Alabama and the Ethiopian Airline crash. We also lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

Service Ministers

Sunday March 17, Lent 2
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Shelley Henderson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lorence
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Omar Lammie
Sunday School                     Deborah DeBride
Greeters                                 E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         S. Henderson, M. Owens, V Johnson, C Hanchard

Sunday March 24, Lent 3
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                Shelley Henderson, C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey

Sunday March 31, Lent 4
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah  DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Shelley Henderson
Greeters                                  M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino, M Harmon


Sunday April 7, Lent 5
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Shelley Henderson
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Omar Lammie
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino, M Harmon