839 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, N.J. 08108

856-858-0491 / holytrinity1@verizon.net

The Affiliated Parishes of Holy Trinity, Collingswood and St. Bartholomew, Cherry Hill

Soup, Soup and More Soup

Holy Trinity's volunteer soupmakers are back at the stove, and for Decembrrrrr, it will be the ever-popular hamburger barley.

Visit the Soup Page for ordering and payment information. We still have frozen soup available, including tomato bisque.

The soup program benefits Holy Trinity's meal program for shut-ins.

Mittens, Scarves, Gloves
and Gift Cards

During the first two weeks of Advent, we will be collecting gloves, scarves and hats for those in need of them, as well as $25 gift cards purchased at outlets such as Walmart and Shop Rite for the Collingswood High School Special Services Department. There will be trees near the baptismal font where you can leave your donations.

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Giving

If you would like to donate to Holy Trinity Church using our easy-to-use, online donation option, please click on "Giving."

Those who wish to pledge for 2023 may contact the church office for an "Estimate of Giving for 2023" card, which you can return by mail or in the collection plate at Sunday Mass.

Your donations are critical to keeping Holy Trinity's mission alive. Thank you!

Sunday Mass is at 9 a.m. and via Facebook Live below and also on

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This week at Holy Trinity: Saturday: 5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer and Conversation on the Conference Line; Sunday, Dec. 4, Second Sunday in Advent with the Rev. Canon Martin Gutwein, celebrant; coffee hour to follow.

Welcome to the Mass for the First Sunday in Advent, with the Rev. Canon Martin Gutwein, celebrant. We will be using Rite I during Advent.

Masses streamed since the start of the pandemic on March 15, 2020, remain available.

Permission to stream the music in this service has been obtained by Holy Trinity Church from One License, License #732497-A.
Copyright Information for Service Music:
S120 Text: © The Church Pension Fund S130 Adaption: © G.I.A. Publications Setting from Deutsche Messe, Franz Peter Schubert, arr. Richard Proulx S164 Adaption: © G.I.A. Publications Setting from Deutsche Messe, Franz Peter Schubert, arr. Richard Proulx

For the last couple of years, Father Chattin asked me to post sermons for Advent and Lent prepared by the Society of St. John the Evangelist, the Anglican monastic order based in Cambridge, Mass.

This week, Brother Todd Blackham encourages us to prepare ourselves for the ongoing pilgrimage of faith that leads us home. Download a PDF of his sermon and reflections here.

Help us close out our Manger Mania Weekend with a very special Christmas candlelight dinner on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Advance reservations are requested. We’re asking a $10 per person donation to cover the cost of the glazed-ham dinner. Please call or email the church (856-858-0491 or holytrinity1@verizon.net) by Dec. 7 to reserve your seat.

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If you are interested in finding out more about The Labyrinth at Trinity Plaza, please click here for a downloadable brochure.

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This Sunday's 9 a.m. Mass

Here is the link for the leaflet for the The First Sunday in Advent. Click the "plus" sign to the right of the "Holy Trinity" tab at the top of the page to create a new tab so that you can toggle easily back and forth between the livestream and the leaflet.

Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent
The Rev. Canon Martin Gutwein

The affiliated parishes got together for lunch Oct. 22. Click the picture for a page of photos.

If you wish to find out more about church expenses and operations, please visit our Financials page. Click on the above photo to donate online. And don't forget, the Stewardship Campaign for 2023 is not over yet. We need your support to keep our ministry to the community growing.

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Manger Mania IX Is Coming

Mark Saturday, Dec. 10, on your calendar for the Holy Trinity tradition. Marvel at the collection of dozens of Manger scenes from all over the world at this FREE event. This is just a one-day event this year, so don't miss it. Festivities start at 2 p.m. and end at 8 p.m., with the tree lighting, carol-singing and hot chocolate on the Plaza starting at 7 p.m.

Donate your unwanted costume jewelry or slightly used Christmas decorations to Holy Trinity to sell at Manger Mania. Slightly used costume jewelry is always in demand. You can drop it off at the church or call the office at 856-858-0491 or Charlotte Sink at 856-321-1345

Fr. Martin Gutwein leads the service for the St. Francis Day blessing of the animals on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Pet Memorial Garden was also dedicated (please note: High Speed Line trains, street traffic noise and wind affect the sound.) At right, pets and their owners line up for Fr. Marty's blessing.

Our mascot would like to thank everyone who made the Nov. 5 Used Book Sale and Grandma's Attic a rip-roaring success. We sold tons of books, furniture, jewelry, bric-a-brac and even Holy Trinity-brand homemade (church-made, actually) artisan soup.

Dressed as Uncle Sam, our ever-present vestry member and parish historian Craig Burgess stood at the gate during the entire five-hour event to invite passersby to look at what we had for sale in the Plaza and the Great Hall. Thanks to Carol Staszewski and her volunteers.

Our Pet Memorial Garden

The St. Francis Garden was an idea conceived by our late rector, Fr. Mark H. Chattin, after seeing one on a visit to a parish where he had once been the rector.

Several members of the parish, including vestry members Sue Verzella, Pat Penney, Theresa Chattin, Robert Staszewski and senior warden Yvonne Bones, and Megan Woods, a graphic artist, were involved in the creation of the memorial garden.

For more information, here is a link to the brochure.

Used Cards Wanted

As part of their mission and outreach efforts, Holy Trinity and St. Bartholomew, as well as residents of Premier Cadbury of Cherry Hill, are reaching out to the “Upcycling Card Program” at St. John of God Community Services in Westville.

The creative citizens in the Vocational Rehabilitation/Adult Services group at St. John of God will remove the front of each card and create a new greeting card.

More than 3,100 have been collected thus far and have been delivered to the folks at St. John of God.

Boxes for the cards are on tables near the tower door at Holy Trinity and in the narthex at St. Bart's for your cards.

Should you have any questions about this effort, call Craig Burgess at 856-667-2003 or see him at coffee hour after Sunday Mass.

3,100 have been collected thus far; Craig has cards for sale.

Prayer Chain Returns

The Holy Trinity Prayer Chain, which has been on hiatus for the last few years, is making a comeback.

The role of our Prayer Chain will be to regularly lift people whose health or other life struggles have been brought to our attention in prayer.

The group plans to meet regularly, via telephone conference line to ensure lists are kept up to date and to share their experiences.

We all know the profound effect prayer can have on our own lives and on the lives of those for whom we pray.

If you would like to be part of this newly forming at-home ministry, please speak to or email Theresa Chattin at theresa15@aol.com, or call Charlotte Sink in the church office at 856-858-0491.

The twice-monthly Sunday School/Youth Fellowship Program is under way from 4 to 5:30 p.m. two Sundays every month (Dec. 4 and 18).

Activities include a children's chapel service, followed by age-appropriate activities for children and youth from pre-K through high school.

If you are interested in helping, or have children or grandchildren who might be interested in attending, please contact Theresa Chattin through the church office.

Ukrainian Relief Efforts

To provide humanitarian aid to those fleeing the violence in Ukraine, Episcopal Relief and Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance during and after the crisis.

Click on the blue-tinted link to donate in a secure manner.

All Masses are live-streamed unless otherwise noted.

Items in blue are links to more information about the Calendar entry.

Sunday, Dec. 4: Family Mass begins at 9 a.m. Fr. Martin Gutwein will officiate, and also will celebrate Holy Eucharist Rite II at St. Bartholomew's at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School/Youth Fellowship, 4 p.m., Chapel.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Manger Mania, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall. The lighting of the Christmas Tree, carol-singing and hot chocolate begins at 7 p.m. on the Plaza. It is free.

Sunday, Dec. 11: Family Mass begins at 9 a.m. Fr. Martin Gutwein will officiate, and also will celebrate Holy Eucharist Rite II at St. Bartholomew's at 10:30 a.m.; Candlelight Dinner, 6 p.m., Great Hall.

Sunday, Dec. 18: Family Mass begins at 9 a.m. Fr. Jeffrey Kirk will officiate, and also will celebrate Holy Eucharist Rite II at St. Bartholomew's at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School/Youth Fellowship, 4 p.m., Chapel.

Saturday, Dec. 24: 5:30 p.m. Creche Mass with Fr. Patrick Close, celebrant; 10:30 p.m. A Service of Compline with Music.

Sunday, Dec. 25: 9 a.m. Morning Prayer with Music.

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Online Giving

Please don't forget to keep up with your pledge. Bills still need to be paid. You can give electronically. Click here

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Good Book Club

The Good Book Club begins Friday, Jan. 6 and ends Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 21. This year we will explore the Books of Ruth and Esther.

Here is a link to the readings.

Feeding First Responders

We continue to bring lunch frequently to the police and fire personnel in Collingswood in partnership with the Rotary Club as we have done since the pandemic began in 2020.

Financial donations to offset the costs of this effort are always welcome, whether by mail, in the plate, or through Vanco.

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Our Mission

Holy Trinity's mission is to be a welcoming faith community that celebrates God's presence and activity through worship, education, and fellowship, and by seeking and serving Christ in all persons.

Our worship at Holy Trinity centers on weekly celebrations of the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

These are the central component of our lives in faith.

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Church Chat

The Saturday folks (parishioners who normally attend 5:30 Mass) continue to meet at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays on the conference call line for conversation and Evening Prayer.

The number 856-861-3864 – PIN 924 821.

Please join us.

Altar Flowers

There are many Sundays available for you to remember your loved ones with flowers.

Contact Charlotte Sink at the church office. The cost is $45.

Food Pantry for November

We accept donations for the Collingswood Food Pantry, which is run by and housed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and serves Collingswood and Haddon Township residents.

For November, we are accepting paper products (including tissues).

Please leave the donations in the proper bin in the tower.

Our Supply Priests

We wish to thank Fr. Martin Gutwein, Fr. Jeffrey Kirk and Fr. Patrick Close for filling in at Masses.

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Diocese of New Jersey

Holy Trinity Church is a parish of the Diocese of New Jersey, the second-oldest in the Episcopal Church, founded in 1785.

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, the 12th bishop of the diocese, will be retiring next year. There are five candidates to succeed him, announced Oct. 30.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is at 801 W. State Street in Trenton.

The Episcopal Church

Holy Trinity and the Diocese of New Jersey are part of the Episcopal Church, founded in 1789, and headquartered in New York. The church has 6,423 parishes in nine provinces in the United States and elsewhere.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, elected in 2015, is the 27th presiding bishop and primate of the church.

Anglican Communion

The Episcopal Church is one of 165 members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, founded in 1867 in London, England.

The communion has 85 million members within the Church of England and other national and regional churches in full communion.

The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, is the spiritual head of the Communion, comprising churches founded by the Church of England.