Trinity Church Welcomes All through its "Big Red Doors" with Tibetan prayer flags flying in the wind. It would be hard to find a more diverse group of believers, used-to-be believers, and sort-of believers. Many of us were born into other religions and denominations, and have found ourselves to be part of the inclusiveness of God's love.
All Saints, All Souls, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving. Events that are suited for autumn. As we draw to the end of the agricultural year, we celebrate God’s great harvest of all people throughout history who have shown love, joy and service to others. All creation is united in the Spirit. We link arms with all people of every time and place. We look forward to when the creation will be transformed.
November 1 All Saints. Our heroes have power to shape our lives. What kind of a hero is a saint? Heroes conquer; saints are heroes who conquer themselves. They are found in all cultures, all religious traditions, and all walks of life. The hidden ones may be the greatest.
November 2 All Souls Day. Archaeologists find that even our earliest ancestors proved by burial rites sorrow and affection for their dear ones who died. On this day, we remember all who passed on before us and express lasting love by lighting a candle or by some other ritual.
October 25 to November 3 - Muslim Feast of Muharram. This Feast, which opens the Muslim year of holy days, bears the name of one of Allah's four sacred months mentioned in the Holy Qur'aan. On the 10th day, Muslims observe the fast of Ashura.
November 11 Veterans Day (U.S.)/ Remembrance Day. The day was originally called Armistice Day and then renamed Veterans Day. And indeed, the veterans – the rebuilders – are heroes who deserve our admiration and grateful support. Regardless of the deception that got them caught in the war, the war itself undeceived them. And they proved their heroism by going with open eyes about the task of rebuilding their lives.
November 11- St. Martin of Tours. Martin was reared a pagan and became an officer in the Roman army. As a young officer serving in the Province of Gaul (France) he became an "inquirer" or catechumen of the Christian faith. At Amiens he encountered a beggar who was cold and naked. Moved with compassion he ripped his own officer's cloak in two and gave the beggar half. From that time on he resolved to become a Christian and follow the Lord's way of life.
After obtaining a discharge from the army, he traveled about but finally settled at Poitiers where he and Hilary (see January 13), the Bishop of Poitiers, founded a religious community. Martin was eventually elected Bishop of Tours and in that capacity he became famous as a pastor and evangelist. He succeeded in establishing parishes and monasteries throughout the region. Martin was a strong advocate of justice in a time and place when power seemed to rule. He protested any mistreatment of heretics or pagans by Christians, and vice versa.
November 12 Birthday of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1694. Theologian, early feminist, and first great Latin American poet, who described her inclination to study as so overpowering that neither others’ admonitions nor her own meditations could cause her "to forswear this natural impulse that God placed in me."
November 16- Margaret of Scotland. When the Normans successfully invaded England in 1066 the Anglo-Saxon royalty fled from England. Margaret, a cousin of the defeated king, fled with her mother and sister to Scotland, where they found refuge in the court of King Malcolm. Margaret soon married King Malcolm and became Scotland's most beloved and revered queen.
She was always a deeply religious person, showing great interest in the church and great compassion for the poor. In her youth she considered a religious vocation and in her maturity she found one, as wife and mother. Her firm and loving influence on the king, the church, her children, and the people, virtually renewed the life of the whole nation of Scotland. Under her influence monasteries, schools, orphanages, and hospitals were founded and the quality of life greatly improved in the land. One tragic aspect of Scottish life about which Margaret could do nothing was that of clan warfare and blood feuds. Malcolm was treacherously slain at Alnwick in 1093 and the grief-stricken Margaret died a few days later. Their son, David, became one of Scotland's finest kings. Their daughter, Matilda, married the English King Henry I, and so Margaret and Malcolm are ancestors of the present British Royal Family.
November 18- Hilda of Whitby. The lovely Hilda was like a breath of spring in the dark winter of seventh-century England. She was born of the pagan royalty of Northumbria. When she was thirteen years old her great uncle, King Edwin, was converted, and she was baptized with his household. She was a lady of some rank and station and, although deeply touched by the new faith, hesitated to enter upon a religious vocation until she was over thirty. Eventually she founded a monastery at Whitby, with the help of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne.
The Whitby monastery welcomed men and women and became a great center of the British church. According to Bede, Hilda oversaw the careful teaching of Holy Scripture, "by word and example, righteousness and mercy and purity, and especially peace and charity." There the famous Anglo-Saxon poet, Caedmon, was befriended and there he composed much of his work. There in 664 King Oswy called the church council which decided on the Romanization of the old British (Celtic) Church. Hilda was not pleased with this decision, which seriously changed the worship and discipline of her community. However, she gracefully accepted it, relinquishing local customs in the interest of the unity and order of the universal church.
November 17- Elizabeth of Hungary. Being born wealthy does not assure security in life, and one's own generosity to others does not guarantee repayment in kind by others. Elizabeth was the daughter of the king of Hungary. She married Louis the Fourth, Landgrave of Thuringia, Germany. She was a loving and exemplary wife and mother. However, when she was only twenty years old, her husband was killed and she and her children became the wards of her husband's cruel and selfish brother, Henry Raspe. Eventually he expelled Elizabeth and her children from the family home, Wartburg Castle.
Elizabeth sought refuge in the church in Marburg, but even there she was not kindly treated. The stern, powerful, and insensitive priest, Conrad, called "the Master of Marburg," had her children taken from her and placed her in a convent of women Franciscans, known as Poor Clares. There she was treated with almost sadistic severity. "Like grass beaten by a thunderstorm," to use her own phrase, she revived to become the most beloved "sister of the poor" of Marburg. She often sewed garments for poor children until her fingers bled, or went days without sleep while caring for the sick. She died in 1231, at the age of twenty-four.
November 20-Remembrance Day for Meister Eckhart (1260-1328. German mystic, theologian, and Dominican prior whose writings – condemned as "heretical" by the church of his day -- still profoundly influence us. "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you," he noted, "it will be enough."
November 22-Feast Day of St. Cecilia. Patroness of church music and musicians, whose feast celebration dates to the 4th century. Depicted with an organ, St. Cecilia has inspired musical tributes by Purcell (“Hail, Bright Cecilia”) and Handel (“Ode on St. Cecilia Day”).
November 26-Birthday of Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) (att.Charles Schutze). Graphic artist, cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts" comic strip, winner of two Peabody Awards and four Emmys. His gift of presenting life's questions and issues with gentle humor brings readers to deeper self-understanding.
November 27- Thanksgiving Day. Today we celebrate life as a gift we share; we give thanks for the generosity of Mother Earth and for all opportunities to make peace within ourselves and in the world.
November 27- December 4- Hanukkah. This Jewish Festival of Light celebrates the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it was reclaimed from foreign powers. Priests lit the temple lamp using only the tiniest jug of oil. Miraculously, the flame remained alight for eight full days.
November 28- Kamehameha and Emma, King and Queen of Hawaii, 1864, 1885. (att. Queen Emma..). The Hawaiian Islands were first evangelized by sternly Calvinistic Congregationalists and by Roman Catholics. Neither group had much respect for the other or for the native Hawaiian culture and traditions. King Kamehameha IV, who was crowned in 1854, and his wife, Queen Emma, actively sought a branch of Christianity that was all-embracing, reconciliatory, and accepting of Hawaiian culture, yet orthodox and traditional.
They found such in Anglicanism. Queen Victoria served as godmother to their son. Under royal patronage Thomas N. Staley became Hawaii's first bishop, ground was broken for St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu, The Book of Common Prayer was translated into Hawaiian, the Queen's Hospital was founded, and several schools were established in the islands with Anglican clergy as tutors. Kamehameha was only twenty-nine when he died. Queen Emma lived on for many years and became a symbol of dignity and Christian piety to the people of Hawaii. The Archbishop of Canterbury described her as one of the most saintly souls he had ever met.
November 30- December 23 Advent (att. Advent Icon). Advent means arrival. Ever since human beings have looked up to the starry skies, they have longed for the arrival of a child to bring us a better future. All of us share this deep longing.
November 30- St. Andrew (att. St. Andrew). Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter. In fact, he was in part responsible for Peter's call, for he went and "found his brother Simon…and brought him to Jesus" (John 1:41-42). Andrew was a fisherman by trade. He was a follower of John the Baptist before being called by Jesus as a disciple. It was Andrew who told Jesus about the boy with loaves and fishes at the feeding of the five thousand. Andrew also assisted in the distribution of the food on that occasion.
Tradition tells us that Andrew worked among the Scythians, ancient inhabitants of a part of modern Russia. He has long been the patron saint of Russia. Andrew is also the patron saint of Scotland, and the Scottish flag bears the X shaped cross usually associated with him. It is believed that he was bound to such a cross and thus met his death at the hands of angry pagans.
** This prayer is offer for Victims of Violence throughout of the world. Victims of verbal, physical, emotional, of hunger and thirst,economic abuse,warfare (especially Ukraine, Venezuela, parts of Africa, South America Asia and the Middle East, terrorist action, the death penalty, suicide, shootings (in our cities and neighborhoods), and other guise of violence. May their souls rest in peace and their families experience the Comfort of God. The Church bells will toll on Wednesdays @ 6:10pm.
Pennies for Pups
Your loose change especially pennies are appreciated to help fund training for a puppy to be trained in assisting the visually impaired. We are still collecting tabs from cans/soft drinks, used stamps and pennies to help with Pennies for Pups (scholarships to help with the training of Seeing Eye Dogs)
Light a Candle
Visit our Lady’s Chapel light a candle/ say a prayer for those in need of healing. An Icon of Lady of health is present.
Stay tune for news or speak to Fr. Smith. Give us a 6x6 in square of your favorite wrapping paper or paper from a gift.
Donations of food for those who are hungry or pet food for those who incomes are limited. Bring a can or bag of(rice) or box of cereal. Something that is nutritious to be part of our offering for the next eight weeks.
See info near information table.
Used Printer Cartridges
Give us your used printer ink cartridges.
Help Animal Shelters
Bring in used towels and sheets to help local animal shelter.
FRIDAYS: JUNE 6th - NOVEMBER 21st 11:00am-4:00pm Rain or Shine Download Farmer's Market Flyer
Stewardship Workshop@ All Saints, Leonia
Blessing of Animals/ Festive Eucharist/ Commemoration of St. Francis on Labyrinth –weather permitting
Sung Morning Prayer with Holy Communion/ Animate Series Begins
Columbus Day/Farmers Market 11-4
St. Luke / Festive Eucharist Healing Prayers (individual/corporate) in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Labyrinth- weather permitting/ making of Obon Lanterns
Reformation Sunday-Festive Eucharist
Obon Festival- remembering those who have died
(All Saints) Festive Eucharist- (Please bring mementos photos, names, etc of Love ones to be remembered) Send us names of those who have died and would like to remembered./ Animate 1 begins/ Daylight Savings time ends.
Commemoration of Deceased Fire- Fighters - Festive Eucharist
(St. Martin of Tours)- Veterans Day @11am
(Margaret of Scotland/ Hilda of Whitby)- Morning Prayer with Holy Communion
Christ the King-(Commitment Sunday) Morning Prayer with Holy Communion
Advent1-( Lessons and Carols, Baptism with Holy Communion)
Advent 2-( St. Nicholas) – White Gift Sunday** - Guest Preacher- Jaclyn Cherubini -Hoboken Homeless Shelter
Advent 3-( St. Lucy/ Healing) –Eucharist-tba
Advent 4- ( St. Thomas / Winter Solstice/ Greening of the Church)
(Christmas Eve) Eucharist @ 9:30pm
(Christmas Day)@ 10am
(Christmas 1)- Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion)***
** Purchase a gift for a child age 3mons-17yrs. who parent is in jail during the holiday time)
*** Voices needed to read in different languages. Christ come to us in all languages. We also need volunteers to participate in the Christmas Pageant.
****Farmers Market every Friday 11am-4pm till November 21****
Cliffside Park Library
Join us for our Sunday Concert Series: Carolyn Enger- Concert Pianist- Sunday, November 16th at 2pm for her 20th Century American composers piano concert. Hear the likes of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Ned Rorem. This concert is a preview of the concert Carolyn will be performing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The Friends of the Library will be offering light refreshments.
We will be showing Jersey Boys for our monthly matinee on Friday, November 14th at 1pm. The movie runs approximately two hours in length.
Adults can come learn some easy and simple tips on how to make Thanksgiving food preparation quicker and tastier! Who likes slaving over a stove when everyone else is enjoying themselves? Learn how to multitask and use your time wisely to create a fabulous meal in less time. This month's spin on our monthly Cookbook Book Club is a hybrid of discussion, hands-on demo and overall cooking Q&A. Chef Kyle Phillipy; a Cliffside Park resident, restaurateur and graduate of the Culinary Institute of the Arts will be the moderator. Sample some of Kyle's delicious side dishes that you can learn to prepare for your holiday meal. Registration is required before the meeting date of Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm. November's selection is any holiday recipe from a magazine of your choosing. Visit or call the reference desk at 201-945-2867 to register for the program and check out a magazine from our selection or learn about Zinio, our free online magazine service.
Any football fans out there? The library is announcing Books on Tap... a new book club being offered off-site. Come to Bar One Public House (Fairview Avenue in Fairview, NJ) to discuss books with a moderator and watch the Thursday night football game! The library will provide a few apps. A separate tab will be run for each participant. The club will be meeting for the first time on November 20th at 7pm. The book to be discussed will be revealed once you register. Call the library at 201-945-2867 to reserve a copy of the book in advance of the club's meeting or register online by visiting our website.
Professional photographer Ray Turkin will be here to present his photo slideshow of the Navajo Nation Fair in celebration of National Native American Indian Heritage Month on Saturday, November 22nd at 11:30am. I am attaching a photo and separate press release for this program if you'd like to give it special attention. Please give photo credit to Ray Turkin if you use his photograph in your publication.