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Prayer for Christ Church
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for Christ Church Parish. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the  careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In This Issue
Blessing of the Firetrucks
9/11 Evening Prayer
McCall Event
Football w. Fr. Matt
Upcoming Events
Parish Meeting
Acolytes, Ushers, and Lectors
The Propers
The Lectors
The Ushers
The Altar Guild
Quote of the Week
Church Schedule
This Week in Church History
Saint of the Week
Parish Prayer List
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Church School
Farmer's Market
St. John's Avalon
Sermon Blog
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September 5, 2013
Blessing of the Firetrucks (this Saturday!)
9/11 Evening Prayer
September 11, 7pm, at the Memorial 

Join us at the Bordentown 9/11 Memorial (NW corner of Farnsworth & Railroad) at 7pm on September 11 for a brief service to honor those who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001.   null
An Event to Honor Captain McCall
September 14, 11am

Football w. Fr. Matt

Monday, September 16, 8:30pm     

Football is back and so is Football w. Fr. Matt.

Come to the Dubh Linn Square Pub to watch Cincinnati take on Pittsburgh on Monday, September 16, at 8:30pm. Dubh Linn Square is located at 167 Route 130 in Bordentown.

Remember that your first beverage is on Fr. Matt! 
Upcoming Events


September 7, 3:30pm: Blessing of the Firetrucks

September 11, 7pm: Evening Prayer at the 9/11 Memorial

September 14, 11am: A Day to Honor Captain McCall   

September 16, 8:30pm: Football w. Fr. Matt (Dubh Lihn Square) 

September 22: First Day of Church School and Choir  

September 22, 9am: Parish Meeting re: Church School 

September 22, 11:30am: Practice for Acolytes, Ushers, and Lectors  

September 22, 7pm: Compline w. Vox Fidelis  

September 30, 8:30pm: Football w. Fr. Matt (Dubh Linn Square)  

October 5-6: Cranberry Festival

October 6, 9am: Blessing of the Animals   

October 6, 7pm: Compline w. Vox Fidelis 

October 14, 8:30pm: Football w. Fr. Matt (Dubh Linn Square)  

Parish Meeting

Sunday, September 22, 9am


 A Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 22, at 9am to talk about our parish Church School.  While the discussion will be of greater interest to the parents of Church School children, all are invited and encouraged to attend, as our Church School is a ministry vital to the parish. Parents are to receive packets with schedules and other information helpful to Christian education. 
Acolytes, Ushers, and Lectors Practice

Sunday, September 22, following the 10am Mass 


All acolytes, ushers, lectors, and those who wish to become a part of our liturgy are asked to meet with Fr. Matt, Ed Ackerman, and Kate Williamson for a short practice on September 22, following the later Sunday Mass.
Confirmation Classes
Confirmation on October 20 at St. Mary's Burlington

We will be joining with our friends at St. Mary's in Burlington for Confirmation and Reception of the Faithful on Sunday, October 20. If you or your child is in need of Confirmation or Reception, please let Fr. Matt know.

Confirmation Classes will be on the following dates:
September 25, 7:15pm
October 2, 7:15pm
October 16, 7:15pm 
The Propers
For Sunday, September 8

This Sunday is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

OT: Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Psalm 1
NT: Philemon 1:1-20
Gospel: Luke 14:25-33
Grant us, O Lord, we pray thee, to trust in you with all our heart; for, as thou dost alway resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so thou dost not forsake those who make their boast of thy mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.
The Lectors for the Week
For Sunday, September 8

8am: Barbara Fusco
9:30am: Kate Williamson & Andy Law  
The Ushers for the Week
For Sunday, September 8

8am: Linda Voorhees & Jack Hartz
9:30am: Kate Williamson & Susan Preston  
The Altar Guild for the Week
For Sunday, September 8

Preparation: Joan Corbo
Linens: Kate Williamson  
Quote of the Week


"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."

                                          ~Theodore Roosevelt   

Church Schedule
The Week of September 8, 2013

Saturday, 7 September :: The Vigil of the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
· 3:30 p.m. - Fire Prevention & Family Fun (Grounds) 
· 5:30 p.m. - The Blessing of the Firetrucks (Church & Churchyard) 

Sunday, 8 September :: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
· 8:00 a.m. - Said Mass (Church) 

· 9:30 a.m. - Sung Mass
· 7:00 p.m. - A.A. Meeting (Parish Hall)

Monday, 9 September :: Constance & Her Companions, 1878

 · Church Offices Closed 
Tuesday, 10 September :: Alexander Crummell, Priest, Missionary, and Educator, 1898 
· Church Offices Closed
Wednesday, 11 September :: Feria
 ·7:00 p.m. - 9/11 Evening Prayer (City Memorial) 
 · 8:00 p.m. - A.A. Meeting (Parish Hall) 

Thursday, 12 September :: John Henry Hobart, Bishop of NY, 1830

 · 10:00 a.m. - Low Mass w. Anointing for Healing (Lady Chapel) 

Friday, 13 September :: Cyprian, Bishop & Martyr of Carthage, 258

Normal Friday Abstinence

Saturday, 14 September :: The Vigil of the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (The Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
· 11:00 a.m. - A Day to Honor Capt. McCall (Churchyard) 
· 5:30 p.m. - Vigil Mass (Lady Chapel) 

Sunday, 15 September :: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
· 8:00 a.m. - Said Mass (Church) 

· 8:45 a.m. - HomeFront Meal Prep (Kitchen & Parish Hall) 
· 9:30 a.m. - Sung Mass
· 7:00 p.m. - A.A. Meeting (Parish Hall)

The Summer Parish Office hours are Wednesday-Friday from 8:30am to 2:00pm.

Fr. Matt is available during normal business hours and most evenings. Please don't hesitate to call or stop by the church.

Confession is available by appointment. Please call the Church Office or Fr. Matt to schedule a time.

This Week in Church History


August 30, 1856: The Methodist Episcopal Church founds Wilberforce College in western Ohio. It was the second American institution of higher learning established for black students (Ashmun Institute in Pennsylvania, founded two years earlier, was the first).


September 2, 459 (traditional date): After spending 36 years on top of a pillar praying, fasting, and occasionally preaching, Simeon Stylites dies. At first he sat on a nine-foot pillar, but he gradually replaced it with higher and higher ones; the last was more than 50 feet tall. After his death, the Syrian ascetic-who had won the respect of both pope and emperor-inspired many imitators.


September 2, 1192: The Third Crusade, which had the mission of retaking Jerusalem (it had fallen to Muslim general Saladin in 1187), ends with the signing of a treaty. Though Christians had not won back Jerusalem, Richard I (later king of England) negotiated access to the holy city.


September 2, 1784: John Wesley consecrates Thomas Coke as the first "bishop" of the Methodist church by John Wesley. An indefatigable itinerant minister, Coke crossed the Atlantic 18 times, all at his own expense.


September 2, 1973: Scholar, novelist, and devout Catholic J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-55), dies at age 81.


September 3, 590: Gregory I ("the Great") is consecrated pope. Historians remember him as the father of the medieval papacy and last of four Latin "Doctors of the Church." He was the first pope to aspire to secular power, the man for whom Gregorian Chant is named, and one of the main organizers of Roman liturgy and its music. He was also one of the prime promoters of monasticism.


September 3, 1752: This day and the next 10 never happen in Great Britain as the kingdom adopts the Gregorian Calendar (developed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582) to replace the inaccurate calendar created by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. Riots break out as Brits argue the government just stole 11 days from their lives.


September 3, 1894: American neo-orthodox theologian H. Richard Niebuhr, professor at Yale University and author of Christ and Culture (1951), is born.


September 4, 1736: Robert Raikes, an English newspaper editor who founded Sunday schools (which met from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to educate poor children, is born in Gloucester.


September 4, 1842: After a 284-year hiatus, construction of the Cologne Cathedral continues.


September 4, 1965: Albert Schweitzer, German theologian, organist, and medical missionary, dies in what is now Gabon. He wrote The Quest of the Historical Jesus (1910) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.


--taken from Christianity Today
Saint of the Week
St. Agathopus
Martyr of Crete , 303

Martyr, caught up in the persecutions conducted by co-Emperor Maximian (r. 286-305), also called Agathopodes. He was a deacon in Thessalonica, modern Greece, working with a doctor named Theodulus. Arrested for possessing Christian Scriptures and for professing the faith, the two were tried by Faustinus, the governor of the region.They were condemned to death and thrown into the sea with heavy rocks tied around their necks.


 --Catholic Saints & Angels   

Parish Prayer List
Of your charity, please pray for:

the sick: Gloria Jukes, John McCoy, Alexis Leggio, Bob Bernard, Karen Campbell Hillman, Laura Doan, Alice Ward Carriger, Laurence Sullivan, Amanda Howard, Pat Temple, Danielle Morgan, Jai Autar, Emma Burris, Mackenzie Sutter, Kelly Jones, Ardelle Zervous, Mary Zelley, Carla Douglas, Stuart Shafer, Robert Kelley, Kelley Gilger, Joseph Beaumont, Lynn Ford, James Jon Newberry, Karl Rauch, Heidi Kelly, Michael Slaper, Jim Tranter, Mary Bintliff, Nancy Dix, John Lobos, Sister Gussie, Rosemarie Gaskill, Jennifer Vigh, Stephanie VanHise, Patty Beddia, Hailey Pfeiffer, and Carol Weishoff.


for those who have long term illnesses: Charles Eichinger, Mark Casais, Phillip Cooke, Kevin Kintner, Earl Slaper, Arthur Jukes, Dixon Leavers, Robin Kintner, The Rt. Rev. George Councell, Richard Cook, Ryan Murray, Lester Sickels, Chris Kalargheros, Justin McCafferty, Zachary McCafferty, Jeanine Walker, Kevin Kochie, Brianne Nicosia, Mario Batist, Treavor Curtis, Dean Curtis, Chelsea Nodeland, Robert Ackerman, Paul Wesley Morrison, Bob Liberman, Kelly Bergen, Bill Yale, Hannah McNinch, Archer Pecht, Gabe Fresco, Fr. Ted Anderson, Geraldine Warrack, , Norma Stirpe, Nylah Miles, Hayley Weber, Linda Sue Slone, R. Loraine Burke, Mary Ann Kienle, Louis Rodia, Katherine Carter, and Shawna Catarinicchia, Patricia Dixon, Kathy Whitaker, and Blanche Archer. 


and for those in military service: Ben Skarzynski, USMC; Maxwell W. Warrack, USMC; Andrew Cooke, USCG; Col Kelly Scott, USAF; Neil Gerrish, USNG

Birthdays & Anniversaries



1  Jessica Trout

3  Susan Preston

4  Fr. Matt Tucker

    Christopher Stone

5   Jordan Trout

6   Sally Haydukiewicz

8   Maryanne Pullen

      Karen Casais

      Jocelyn Waetzman

12  Wyatt Million 

      Gerard McCord

13  Doan Tucker

15  Janet Moscatiello

17   Jennifer Dalton

      Andrew  Zalescik

18   William Mesa

       Kenneth Hartmann    

20   Ava  Richardson 

21   Chase Phillips

24   Jacqueline Tootell

       Melissa Kotora

25   Andrew Zalescik

26   Sherri Subramani

27   Brendan Rylak

29   Samantha Townsend




10  J. William & Esther Collom

13  Richard & Genevieve Trout

14  James & Janet Atkinson

15  Gary & Suzanne Wheelock

18  Richard & Andrea Jones

22  Wayne & Mary Ann Pullen

24  Jeffrey & Shannon Foster

27  Christopher & Dana Vlahovic

Needed: Church School Superintendent

The Church School Superintendent provides support and resources for our Church School teachers and children. She or he facilitates the smooth running of the Church School program to ensure that children who attend come to know the Biblical faith in a safe, friendly, welcoming environment where all may experience the love of God and be spiritually nurtured.  



  1. Be present and prepared each Sunday morning before and after Sunday School to greet, support and encourage children, parents and teachers.

  2. Support Church School teachers in the performance of their duties.

  3. Recruit, in consultation with the Rector, Church School volunteers.

  4. Communicate regularly with parents.

  5. Participates in planning special events.


  1. Faith in Jesus Christ.

  2. Dependability and consistency.

  3. Discretion and confidentiality.

  4. A willingness to communicate with the Parish.

  5. A love for the children of God.

Please contact Fr. Matt if you are interested in being our Church School Superintendent.


Bordentown Farmer's Market

Wednesdays, 3pm at Carslake


St. John's by the Sea in Avalon

Remember to pray for the parish and people of St. John's in Avalon, on whose board sits our own Dave Mohr. You can read about St. John's here:
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Grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, His Excellency George E. Councell, Bishop. Our parish reflects the joy found in Anglo-Catholic worship and tradition, taking the joy and strength found at the Altar and bringing it out into the world in service to our neighbours.    
In Christ,

Father Matt+