Meet Our Pastor/Vicar
The Rev. Rick Donato was ordained an Anglican priest on June 3rd 2017. Rick is a graduate of New Jersey City University where he earned a BA in History with a concentration in the English Reformation. He has had extensive training in preaching and pastoral ministry. Shortly after his ordination, he opted to start a parish, naming it “All Saints” symbolizing that we are All Called to be Saints, regardless of race, gender, socio- economic status, sexual orientation or gender identity, immigration status, age or disability. All Are Welcome at God’s Table! Rick is committed to the concept of radical hospitality and Liberation Theology! In addition to parish ministry Rick also works a secular job as an artisan. All Saints Parish is part of the Diocese of the Northeast, of The Progressive Episcopal Church (TPECUSA.org)
Priest for Hispanic Ministry
The Rev. Armantina Pelaez serves as our priest for Hispanic ministries. Mother Armantina was ordained to the priesthood on July 26th, 2020. Prior to her ordination, she served as parish warden of her home church, St. Paul’s in Paterson. Mother Armantina is passionate about ministering to all people, especially those who have historically been marginalized, spreading the message of Christ’s love and acceptance to All! In addition to serving in ministry Mother Armantina is a college professor of psychology, as well as a licensed counselor and social worker.
The Rev. Mr. Joel Muniz was born and raised in Newark, NJ. Deacon Joel was ordained November 5th 2022, the Weekend of the Feast of All Saints. Deacon Joel serves as Deacon for our parish throughout the year in addition to his other pastoral responsibilities.
At All Saints we Baptize according to the formula in the Book of Common Prayer, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We baptize infants, children and adults! In order to schedule a baptism at All Saints, contact the pastor In advance!
Here at All Saints We Have an Open Communion Policy!
All Are Welcome at God’s Table!
Here at All Saints we believe that marriage is a Sacred bond between two loving and committed adults who wish to share their lives together regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. All Saints is Open and Affirming of all people!
Ordination of Deacon Joel (November 5th, 2022)
Pastoral Letter -Making Our Church a Place of Refuge and Not a Place of Fear or Hurt-
I write this message out of deep concern but also with hope, hope for justice, hope for change and hope for a renewed sense of what it means to be a Christian and the responsibility that all Christians have to uphold the principles of love and forgiveness, but also of Responsibility and transformation.
At present our Brothers and Sisters In the Roman Catholic Church are dealing with something that was once considered inconceivable but now has become all too commonplace. The issue of clerical abuse, in particular towards children. This is an issue that has plagued the Roman church on a public level for the past 20 years and only God knows how long prior to that.
While we at All Saints are NOT a part of the Roman Catholic Church and are Not under the Pope, we recognize that another branch of the Body of Christ is struggling and as such it affects the Body as a whole. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the victims of these horrific crimes committed by individuals who are supposed to be ministers of the Word of God and of the Sacraments of Gods Church.
Additionally we pray for Francis the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) for in the coming months the decisions he makes on how to deal with these criminal clerics will determine the fate of the Roman Catholic branch of Christianity, a job I do not envy.
Here at All Saints we are committed to the message of a Christ, that the Church is to be a place of refuge not a place of fear or hurt. We believe people shouldn’t feel unwelcome by arbitrary rulings, an over emphasis on money, or the fear that ones children are not safe.
As such we have adopted certain policies. We will not take a collection during the mass! We leave the collection plate in a place that is visible for all and whomever is able to give or can afford to may do so and whomever cannot afford to or is unable to is not made to feel uncomfortable by multiple church collections.
We also have an Open Table policy. That means All persons who wish to partake in Holy Communion are Welcome at the table. The Table belongs to God not to any one priest or church and God never turned anyone away and neither do we!
Additionally, our Sunday School that will begin in the fall will be taught in the main sanctuary immediately following the Sunday mass so that parents or guardians may have the option to stay with their children the extra half hour each week and be a part of their child’s spiritual formation.
Our adult and young adult Sunday school, for those who wish to make their confirmation in the church or for those who have not yet been baptized and wish to be baptized will also begin in the fall and classes will be after Sunday mass as well!
We Welcome All People with open arms and the Love of Jesus Christ!!
+The Rev. Rick Donato
Our Pastor Rev. Rick at Mother Susan’s Ordination as a priest
All Saints clergy is joined by the pastor of Wesley UMC for an ecumenical photo
Baptism on the Feast of the Ascension
The Rt. Rev. Francesca Fortunato- Diocesan Bishop
Bishop Fortunato has served in ministry for over 30 years starting as a Sunday school teacher at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. She later went to seminary and was ordained as an interfaith minister beginning her journey in ordained ministry. Several years later her faith journey led her back to sacramental worship and she was ordained first to the transitional diaconate and 6 months later she was ordained a priest. In 2016 she answered God’s call once again and was consecrated to the office of Bishop in the historic episcopate (apostolic succession) serving the Diocese of the Northeast of The Progressive Episcopal Church.
The Rt. Rev. Lynn Walker- Clergy Associate
Bishop Lynn is ordained in the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America. She is an ecumenical associate that regularly works with our parish as well as with other parishes in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition in the New York/New Jersey area. Bishop Lynn is also retired US military as well as a retired college professor. She is married and is a grandmother.
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Bishops Visit 2023
The High Altar
The Blessed Sacrament side chapel
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
For the entire month of October, our clergy will be in pink (rose) vestments as we stand united as a parish in solidarity with all those struggling with or affected by Breast Cancer, as well as with their partners, their families and their friends
Who we are...
Here at All Saints we are an Open and Affirming parish community in the Anglican tradition and The Progressive Episcopal Church. We strongly believe in Christ’s message of radical hospitality and the call to spread the Love of Jesus Christ in all that we say and in all that we do! Faith alone simply is not enough! To be a true follower of Christ one must do more than simply believe, one must put that faith into action and spread that love to All People! Here at All Saints, All People are Welcome at God’s Table! We Celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday and every Wednesday! Holy Communion (The Mass) is our principle form of worship and All are welcome to partake! Jesus never turned anyone away and neither will we! God Loves You, and so do we!