Worship Schedule

7:30 AM Morning Prayer
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
The second Thursday of each month
includes Healing & Anointing

Monday through Friday
7:15 AM Morning Prayer in the Chapel

Christ Church

Mailing address:
Christ Church New Brighton
76 Franklin Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 718-727-6100
Fax: 718-727-6101 
Email: Interim Pastor
Email: Parish Administrator

This Sunday

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter.

Collect for Sunday:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who live sand reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Prayer for the Search Committee:

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee: Mercifully accept our prayers; and beacuse, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good things without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter. The liturgical color is white. The lessons for April 23 are Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Childcare begins at 9:45 a.m. in the nursery.

Godly Play and Gap classes should receive communion with their teachers immediately after the Choir receives.  At 12:10 p.m., a bell will ring signaling parents to pick their children up.

J2A will meet at 11:30 a.m. in their classroom.

Server Schedule

Easter Sunday, April 23:

Altar Guild Elizabeth Gattullo, Eileen Zanelli, Paige Gunther, Christine Szczepanik
Flower Guild  
8am Server Hal Reiersen
8am Lectors Dan Prince
Greeter David Wood
Ushers John Gerney, Ned Rogers, Ed Craig
Lector Charlotte Hewitt
Epistoler Christine Gross
Intercessor John Gerney
Crucifer Greer Gerney
Eucharistic Minister Bill Sherman
Acolytes Jude Crewe
Counters Lester Blair, John Gerney
Coffee Hour Host Deacons' Celeb ration

A Letter from Bishop Dietsche about Episcopal Sunday: Mother's Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Although it sometimes seems hard to believe, just
over a million people residing within the footprint of the Diocese live in poverty.  For many, hunger may not be a constant, but it is always a threat.  One unexpected car repair or medical bill can strain the family budget to the point where hunger becomes a very harsh reality.  

When help is needed, many of those facing hunger can turn to one of the 49 parish-affiliated feeding programs supported by Episcopal Charities.  Last year, these community kitchens, food pantries and brown-bag lunch programs provided neighbors with roughly 7 million meals!  This amazing outpouring of help... and love... is a tribute to the feeding programs themselves and all those who choose to help the hungry through their support of Episcopal Charities.

On Episcopal Charities Sunday in Christ Church, please remember our fellow New Yorkers who live with the threat... or the reality... of hunger.  I urge you to give generously to Episcopal Charities so that all those who turn to us can find the sustenance and hope they so desperately need. 
Thank you, very much, for doing all that you can to help.


The Right Reverend Andrew M.L. Dietsche
Bishop of New York

J2A Pilgrimage

The J2A pilgrims invite you to join in their preparation for their June, 2017 pilgrimage to Paris, France. Watch this space for updates about the work being done, fundraising events, activities, and prayers written by and for pilgrims through the ages.

Teach us, your servants and pilgrims

Teach us, your servants and pilgrims,
   O King of Kings,
To walk trustfully in your presence
   and obey your majesty,
That, while we journey to the heavenly country,
Your voice may encourage,
   your arm protect,
   and your love transfigure us;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Eric Milner-White 1884-1963

Apartment Needed

Sandra Cocks is looking for a 2 bedroom apartment. Please contact Sandra if you have an apartment or know of one that might be available at 347-339-0624.

Apartments by the Sea Tour

Please save Sunday, May 21, from 2 to 6 p.m. for the Apartments by the Sea Christ Church fundraising tour. Visit six apartments near the water, including the Airbnb apartment in the Hannah Street firehouse, Geri Swanson's balcony apartment in The Pointe, and two models in Urby. Tickets are $30, or $25 for people younger than 21. Tickets will go on sale at coffee hour starting April 9. Contact Susan Fowler for more information: 917 734-3746.

Deacon Geri's Letter

The Rev'd Deacon Geraldine A. Swanson
155 Bay Street Apt H
Staten Island, NY  10301

13 Feb. 2017

Wardens and Vestry
Christ Church/New Brighton
SI, NY  10301             

Wardens and Vestry of Christ Church;
After many weeks of prayer and discernment and in conversation with several clergy colleagues and the Bishop's office, I have decided to resign from my assignment at Christ Church effective April 30, 2017.
As your search process is coming to a close, and a new rector will be called to serve you at this wonderful parish, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to move on and explore some new opportunities in ministry for myself as I look to the twentieth anniversary of my ordination to the diaconate.

To the best of my ability, I have fulfilled the obligations to both the outreach committee and the afterschool program by applying for future funding from the Nicotra Foundation, Episcopal Charities and our City Council member, Debi Rose, to see these programs through the next academic year. I am currently identifying some folks who feel a call to these ministries and will guide them as they begin their own ministerial journey.

I have been informed by Diocesan Offices that I can continue to help plan the pilgrimage for our J2A group since reservations and personal funds have been laid out for me to do so.

Thank you for the privilege of serving this community for the past six years.

Respectfully Yours,

Geraldine A. Swanson


Godly Play Volunteers

Godly Play at Christ Church urgently needs volunteers to be Teachers and Door Persons (Classroom Assistants).

Godly Play is a curriculum of spiritual practice exploring the mystery of God's presence in our lives developed with inspiration from Episcopalian and Montessori traditions.  It engages what is most exciting about religious education: God inviting us into--and pursuing us in the midst of scripture and spiritual experience.  

Godly Play first started at Christ Church in 2008.  The program quickly grew to three classrooms staffed by six part-time teachers and four rotating door persons by 2011.  We currently have fifteen wonderful children registered for the program for 2016/2017 school year but attrition has reduced the number of Godly Play volunteers down to one coordinator and two part-time teachers.  These volunteers can only accommodate one Godly Play classroom and a reduced schedule over the balance of this school year. 

The spread of ages and needs of the children enrolled would be best served by two separate, age appropriate and independent classrooms each Sunday.  This could be accomplished at Christ Church by adding three to four more part-time Teachers and three more part-time Door Persons. These voluntary roles require an investment of time, training and practice, but the experience of helping children discover and explore the mysteries of our faith each Sunday can be tremendously rewarding and inspiring.

Please help Christ Church support the spiritual development of the children within our congregation.  Let us know if this might be something for you.

Christ Church Parish Hall Use

All Christ Church Parish Hall usage shall be determined by the Vestry in the absence of a designated individual coordinator. If you are interested in using the Parish Hall facilities, please submit your interest in writing to the Warden, Willie Black III, who will present it to the Vestry for determination at their next scheduled meeting. Please include the following information in your request: Name of person/group requesting, name of parishioner responsible (requires key and code access ability), date/times of event, event purpose.

Co-Dependents Anonymous

A Staten Island Co-Dependants Anonymous (CoDA) Group is starting up at Christ Church New Brighton in the New Year!

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

Where: Vestry Room, Christ Church New Brighton
When: Thursdays 7:00 pm - starting January 5, 2017
Length: 1 Hour (approx)

CoDA is a program that will help many people to find their way to better, healthier relationships, to deeper self-understanding, closer relationship to God (higher power) and faith, to healing of past hurts in Family of Origin, developing better listening and communicating skills, to improving quality of life emotionally, psychologically and spiritually, and so much more.

CoDA meetings are facilitated by Fr. Marc Roselli, S.J., Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel / St. Mary of the Assumption.

If you want to know more about CoDA, you can reach Fr. Marc at (718)442-3411 or Stop by any Thursday, starting 1/5/2017.

You can also check out the international CoDA website at CoDA.org.

Prayer is the Best Wireless Connection to God

What happens when we pray? How many ways can we pray? When we pray as a church, individually, contemplative, repetitive, intercessory, prayers of praise, thanksgiving, adoration or contrition?

The Prayer Group is led by Deacon Novella Lawrence and Mr. Ned Rogers. Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Vestry Room.

Christ Church Prayer List

The following individuals have requested our prayers: Gouwireya Abdelazim, Shirley Black, Mary T. Bryant, Maggie Clarke-Oberly, Sandra Cocks, Ines Colbourne, Jay Crosby, Zee Dempster, Dr. Emmett Dennis, Christian Freeman, Henry Freeman, William Marcus, Janet Massa, Ron and Ellen Mazzucco, The Parrish Family, Joyce Rowan, Maisie Salmon, Hasan Thomas, Mary Thompson, Rodell Williams, Erik, and Jay.

We give thanks to God for the following individuals who are celebrating their Birthdays this week: Jalen Hazelwood (23), Julia Dwikat (24), Daniel Wood (24), David Wood (24), Eva Gross (29).  We give thanks to God for those celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries this week:  Anthony & Tina Colucci (24), Henry & Laura Kennedy (25).  We give thanks to God for the Ordination Anniversaries of Deacon Novella Lawrence and Deacon Geri Swanson.

The Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Marguerite Perez, Enid Mitchell, Margaret Harris, Helen Martin & Samuel Doe.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer we are asked to pray for  The Diocese of Muranga South, Kenya and The Rt. Rev. Julius Karanu Wa Gicheru.

In the Diocese of New York, we pray for Michael our Presiding Bishop, Andrew, Allen, and Mary our Bishops and St. Paul's Church, Chester.