Holy Trinity Welcomes New Clergy

Rev. Mary Barnett and Rev. Mary Anne Osborn

Join us in welcoming The Reverend Mary Barnett (pictured left) and the Reverend Mary Anne Osborn (pictured right) to the Church of the Holy Trinity. They begin their ministry with us at the Sunday service on October 6, 2019.

It may come as a surprise that we are actually welcoming two new clergy, one half-time and the other quarter-time. This is a good thing, but it requires a bit of explanation.

The Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) has conceived a new model in which newly-ordained clergy going into part-time positions are paired with experienced mentors for their first year, and we have been selected to participate in this new initiative. As a result, for the next year, we will have two new clergy: one (Mary Barnett) who is new to the ministry and will hopefully serve with us for years to come, the other (Mary Anne Osborn) an experienced priest who will be with us for one year and serve as a mentor to Mary Barnett as she begins her ministry.

The Reverend Mary Barnett completed her seminary training this past year at Yale Divinity School, after a career running her own dance company, In Good Company, since 1986. She was ordained a Deacon this past summer, and will be ordained to the priesthood early in 2020. (In the Episcopal Church, clergy are first ordained Deacons for at least six months before ordination to the priesthood.) Her initial official title will be “Missional Curate”. While she is still a deacon and not yet a priest, we will not be without a priest between now and her ordination. Mary Anne Osborn will serve at Holy Trinity with the title “Missional Priest in Charge” for a period of one year, and will be the sole parish priest until Mary Barnett is ordained a priest. She will be ecclesiastical authority in the parish for the year she is here, officiate at Eucharist, and help attend to pastoral needs, but much of her responsibility will be as a priest-mentor. After the first year, we hope that Mary Barnett will continue on with us with the new title of Missional Priest-in-Charge.

Rev. Osborne will be with us two Sundays per month, as her position is quarter-time. This means that, until Rev. Barnett is ordained to the priesthood early in 2020, we will alternate services between Eucharist and Morning Prayer on Sunday mornings, with a single service at 9:30. When Rev. Osborne is present, she will celebrate the Eucharist. When she is not, Rev. Barnett will lead Morning Prayer.

We welcome these two wonderful clergy persons to our parish. They bring us a wealth of experience of many different types, and they are enthusiastic about joining Holy Trinity as well.

We would also like to say a word of profound thanks to a number of people who have helped to make this transition process a success: the Transition Team that began the search process, the Vestry that completed it, the Intercessory Prayer Group that has supported us with their prayers, and to the entire congregation for their faithfulness, patience, and prayers as we have carried out a rather long transition process with grace, patience, hope, and good will. I would also like to thank the Reverend Lee Ann Tolzmann, the diocesan Canon for Mission Leadership, and the Reverend Joseph Krasinski, who served as consultant in the process. This was a two-year effort that required a lot of time, work, and thoughtful discernment from a lot of people, and prayer from everyone, and we should thank everyone involved for a job well done.

We would also like to offer the most heartfelt thanks to the Reverend Dana Campbell, who has served as our interim priest in charge for five and a half years. Deepest thanks also to Deacon Pat Jackson, who has tirelessly and joyously looked after many of the pastoral needs of our congregation, and who – thankfully – will be able to stay on with us for up to another six months.

–  Steven Horst, Warden
–  edits by TCW, Warden

Annual Holiday Fair

Holiday Fair House of Talents tableChurch of the Holy Trinity’s Annual Holiday Fair will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 9 am – 3 pm.  The fair will be held on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Parish Hall and the Church, with elevator access to the 2nd floor. With the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce building right next door, this is a great location as the Holiday on Main Street activities are all going on. The horse and wagon rides and the fun train for the kiddies stops right in front of the church, and many people are out and about on Main Street during the holidays.  Many downtown businesses and restaurants have been very generous this year in donating items for the Silent Auction, so come and bid on something for yourself or for a gift!

Volunteers and donated items are needed. Click here to see how you can help.

Come to the Fair!


Sunday, September 8th we return to Holy Trinity with our new schedule of one service at 9:30 a.m., followed by Sunday School Registration.

Sunday, September 15th  Youth Sunday with the Praise Band
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Sunday, September 22nd
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist & First Day of Sunday School

Sunday, September 29th
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Sunday School followed by a Good Bye brunch for
Rev. Dana Campbell


Summer Schedule Continues


Our Summer Schedule continues:

August 25th
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity in the Chapel
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist at Trinity Church, 345 Main St., Portland

September 1st
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity in the Chapel
10:00 a.m. “Mass on the Grass” with our Praise Band at Trinity Church, Portland

September 8th our regular schedule resumes at Holy Trinity at 9:30 am. with one service, followed by Sunday School Registration and Adult Bible Study in the Chapel.




Sundays, August 4th – September 1st

9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity in the Chapel
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist at Trinity Portland, 345 Main St.

9/1/19 “Mass on the Grass” with our Praise Band.

Rev. Dana will be away on vacation for the month of August.
There will be no Midweek Eucharist in August.

Our regular schedule resumes on September 8th at Holy Trinity at 9:30 am.


Annual Parish Picnic

Sunday, June 9th is the Annual Parish Picnic at Smith Park.  The regular 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at Holy Trinity, with the 10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist held at Smith Park on Country Club Road, followed by the Parish Picnic.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, drinks and paper goods will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share for 8-10 people.  Bring your own chair if you would like, and any games you may want to play.  See you at the picnic!

Worship at Smith Park


2017 Parish Picnic 2

Annual Shut-in Service

Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers performing at Annual Shut in Service

Every year in May for many years the Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown, CT has held an Annual Shut-In Service for the homebound and those in convalescent homes. Please save the date for this year’s service, which will be held on Thursday, May 16th from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St., Middletown. This special event includes Holy Communion, prayers, special music and a wonderful luncheon followed by strawberry shortcake! As we have had in the past, the Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club will perform special music.

If you have a loved one who would enjoy coming to this service, please consider bringing
them. We do provide transportation from a few area convalescent homes, and would love to see more individuals attend as well. Everyone always has a wonderful time, and it is a nice outing for those who are homebound. All are welcome!

If you would like to participate, please call Valerie at 860-347-2591 or email office.holytrinityct@gmail.com.

Lots of help is needed that day such as preparing the food, greeting guests, serving the food, and cleaning up afterwards. If you can help please contact Sharon Sheedy at 860-346-7937.

First Tuesday

Please join us on Tuesday, May 7th for our First Tuesday gathering with supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by a movie.  Everyone is welcome!




Palm Sunday, April 14th

  8:00 am Holy Eucharist and dramatic Gospel reading.
10:15 am Palm Procession
     beginning on Main St. (or beginning in the Chapel if there is inclement weather) with
     Holy Eucharist and dramatic Gospel Reading.

Maundy Thursday – 6 pm at Trinity Portland. Maundy Thursday in the context of
    a Seder meal; includes Eucharist, foot washing, and stripping of the altar.  There is a
    sign up sheet at the back of the church. Please sign up for supper and/or if you are
    willing to read.

Good Friday –  
  Noon service in the Sanctuary
  4:00 pm Good Friday Ecumenical Procession

Holy Saturday
  6:30 pm Easter Vigil beginning on the patio, going to the Chapel,  ending in the

Easter Day
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Choir and Hallelujah Chorus
10:15 am Festival Eucharist with brass, bells, choir, Praise Band and Hallelujah Chorus