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     All Saints' Episcopal Church

282 Bound Line Road P.O. Box 6015

Wolcott, Connecticut 06716

Church Office Telephone: 203-879-2800

e-mail:  allsaintswolcott@att.net


Priestly Perusings

People, look East, the time is near

Of the crowning of the year.

Make your house fair as you are able,

Trim the hearth and set the table,

People look East and sing today,

                                          Love, the Guest, is on the way.               -Carol of the Advent


On Sunday, December 3 we celebrate the first day of a brand-new year (Year B) in the Church calendar. In spite of the “message of the mall,” the beginning of the new Church Year is a time to slow down. This is not what the marketplace would have us believe. The message of our culture is to hurry up and shop, shop, shop for lots and lots of expensive Christmas presents; wrap, bake, clean, party, decorate the tree, etc. In the process, most of us become more and more exhausted, frazzled, and finally depressed that we cannot do it all! The Church takes Advent seriously. Advent is a season of patience; of holy waiting in anticipation of the coming of Christ in history, as a Child once born in a stable and now into our hearts, and also of waiting for his Second Coming in glorious majesty, to judge the living and the dead. Once a penitential season, Advent has been transformed over the past 50 years or so into a period of restrained joy and preparation for the celebration of the Holy Nativity. Like other liturgical seasons, Advent has its own sights and sounds: at All Saints’, the color changes to purple (the color for both royalty and penitence); the Advent Wreath helps us count down the four Sundays; altar flowers are replaced by simple greens, the singing of the “Gloria in Excelsis” is replaced by the Trisagion; the Alleluia and Verse before the Gospel are replaced by verses of an Advent hymn; and on at least one of the Sundays, the recitation of a psalm is replaced by a Canticle (canticles are biblical songs which are not in the Book of Psalms). We use Eucharistic Prayer B throughout most of the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season because of its emphasis on the Word-made-flesh. True to our Anglican tradition, we sing Advent hymns throughout the season and save the Christmas carols for the twelve days of Christmas (which begin on Christmas Day). Here are some suggestions for keeping a holy Advent and preparing for the coming of Christ: Plan now to set aside some time for prayer and reflection each day, to converse with God and get your spiritual house in order. You might wish to use materials such as the booklet of daily meditations Living Well Through Advent: Practicing Wonder with All your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind or Forward Day by Day booklets. Make a sacramental confession to a priest, if you feel the need of it (I hear confessions by appointment). Forgive someone who has hurt you, or ask forgiveness from someone whom you have hurt. Pray daily for justice and peace, and for an end to poverty, oppression, and violence. Keep your Advent wreath in a prominent place – the family dining table is a great spot; open one window a day on your Advent calendar. Decorate your house, little by little, in preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. Set up the crèche (nativity scene), but keep the baby out of the manger until Christmas Eve and let the Wise Men (Magi) travel from the East across the room until they finally arrive on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th. Slow down, even though the rest of the world hurries up, and practice holy patience, as we wait in hope for the coming of the Prince of Peace, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord.







THIS ADVENT WILL SEEM LIKE A “SHORT” ADVENT. Because Christmas falls on Monday this year, we have a “calendar collision” of Advent IV and Christmas Eve. Therefore, on Sunday, December 24, we will celebrate Advent IV in the morning, at our usual time, followed by the greening of the church; later in the day, we will hold the usual two Christmas Eve services, at 5 PM (Family Eucharist with carols) and 10 PM (Candlelight “Midnight Mass” with Choir). If you do not drive at night and wish to attend one of the Christmas Eve services, please let us know, and a ride can be arranged for you. There will be NO service on Christmas Day this year.


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! to all who have so far turned in pledges of time, talent and treasure to the ministry of Christ at All Saints’ for the Year 2018. As of November 26, we have received 26 pledges for a total of $48,838 and many for ministries involving the gifts of time and talent. If you have not yet had time to do so, it is never too late to do so – God will not love you any the more because of it(!), but the work of God in Christ will be furthered by your generosity, so that others may learn of the Holy One’s love for them. In such ways, the Light of Christ, and the circle of awareness grows.


MOTHER DAVIDSON WILL BE ON VACATION DECEMBER 4 – 13. Fr. Bob Stocksdale (Home: 860-426-1828 Cell: 203-464-2370) will cover emergency calls through the 11th. On Sunday, Dec. 10, The Rev. Dr. Bennett Brockman will preside and preach. Fr. Brockman was for many years the rector of St. Paul’s, Fairfield and has served in a number of capacities since his retirement in 2008. He lives in Vernon.


ST. JOHN’S, WATERBURY is pleased to present parishioner-pianists Steve and Rosemary Minkler (and wife/mom Karen!) and their musical guests for the 14th edition of A Cool Yule -- an Annual Holiday Jazz Concert featuring light, contemporary, and jazzy arrangements of Christmas and holiday music.  It’s a great time to take a break from this most hectic season, and to recapture the warmth and heart of the holiday spirit.

Sunday, Dec. 17, 4:00 – 5:30 PM at the church, 16 Church Street, Waterbury.

Joining Steve and Rosemary are the St. John's Choir and St. John's Jazz Ensemble, featuring Keenan Asbridge, Samantha Feliciano, Tim Lewis, Michael Louchen, Jr., and Matt Spencer.

Free admission -- tickets not required.

We kindly ask that you bring a non-perishable item to benefit the Food Bank of the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries.



THE ANNUAL MEETING OF ALL SAINTS’ PARISH will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2017, with a “snow date” of February 4. The purpose of the meeting is to elect three new Vestry members and officers for the year, and to receive reports of the various ministries of the parish, as well as the annual budget (which is approved by the Vestry at its January meeting). If you are invited to allow your name to stand in nomination for service on the Vestry, please consider it seriously and pray about whether God may be calling you to serve the Church in this way. Election is for a three-year term. Officers of the Vestry (Sr. and Jr. Wardens, Clerk, and Treasurer, are each elected for one-year terms.) The Vestry meets once a month (currently on the third Tuesday evening), except for a summer recess, and engages in a Vestry Retreat once a year. We have a really good time together! We pray together, enact the day-to-day business of the parish, and we laugh a lot! Every Episcopalian should at some point serve in the ministry of leadership which is the Vestry; it’s a wonderful way to get to know how the church works in all its facets. 




BECOMING A MEMBER OF ALL SAINTS’ is really very simple. If you have been Baptized with water in the name of the Trinity in any Christian tradition, all you have to do is register your Baptism with us (that is, tell us your date and place of birth and of Baptism; if you have your Baptismal certificate, that’s a plus) – this makes you a member of All Saints’ Parish, but Baptism makes one a Christian; it does not make you an Episcopalian! If you are already an Episcopalian, please simply ask Mother Davidson to request your Letter of Transfer from your former parish. In order to become an Episcopalian, you must be Confirmed (for those who have been raised in most Protestant traditions, as well as other Episcopal churches) or Received by a bishop in the Episcopal Church (for those who have been raised in the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox Churches). Preparation for Confirmation/Reception of adults will be offered through Inquirers’ Classes as needed and desired.


THE GREENING OF THE CHURCH will take place after the Eucharist on Sunday, December 24 (Advent IV). All are invited to stay for a bit and help decorate the church for Christmas!


ANNUAL REPORTS ARE DUE FROM MINISTRY LEADERS BY JANUARY 2. Please e-mail your report to Mary Pepides (marypepides@gmail.com) who is very gracious in preparing the complete Annual Report to the parish.


DONATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS FLOWERS are invited from those who wish to make such an offering. The bulletins for the next three Sundays will include a form for listing those for whom you wish to donate in memory, in thanksgiving for, or in honor of a loved one. Checks should be written to All Saints', with Christmas flowers on the memo line. The deadline for receiving names is Sunday, December 17.



            Christmas Eve             Sunday, December 24:

                                                  5 PM -  Family Eucharist with carols

                                                10 PM – candlelight Midnight Mass with Choir


Sunday, December 31 The First Sunday After Christmas

                                                 9:30 AM -   Holy Eucharist with Lessons and Carols


            Sunday, January 7       The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

                                                9:30 AM – Holy Eucharist



Scripture tells us that God first placed human beings in a garden to practice stewardship:  cultivation, tending, toiling and caring for God’s garden (Genesis 2:15).  From the opening verses of Genesis, God blesses and calls all of creation to be fruitful and flourish.  As God’s stewards, it is our highest privilege to use the gifts that have been entrusted to us – relationships and resources – to ensure that the entire created order reaches its potential of life abundant.

     ---The Episcopal Network for Stewardship


“Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ's compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.”
Teresa of Ávila