From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk


Posted by Jodie Smith on 5/18/17

For the last ten years, The Oratory of Saints Gregory and Augustine has occupied the Saint Anselm Parish Center chapel and lower level of the Parish Center to provide Mass and community activities for a dedicated group of people who desire to worship in the traditional Latin Tridentine rite. ... Read More »

The Sum and the Summary

Posted by Jodie Smith on 5/10/17

If you ask our newly confirmed 8th graders, they will tell you that there are three Sacraments of initiation… Baptism, the Eucharist and Confirmation. Today, our 2nd graders will receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. It is a special day for them and for us. I suppose ... Read More »

The Mission in Byumba, Rwanda

Posted by Jodie Smith on 5/08/17

This weekend we have a special visitor, Fr. Expedito Muwonge of the Diocese of Byumba, Rwanda. You may remember that Rwanda was the site of terrible genocide back in 1994. The nation still suffers from the wounds of that time. Fr. Muwonge sent us this information about his mission. ... Read More »

On This Day

Posted by Jodie Smith on 4/27/17

People are very cognizant of anniversaries. But there are only 365 days in a year, and the world has been around for a lot of years. Therefore, any given day will have a variety of things to remember, celebrate or mourn. Take today, March 30.On this day in 1135, ... Read More »

Good Advice

Posted by Jodie Smith on 4/21/17

Some weeks I am desperate for inspiration. Other weeks like this one, I have several ideas tumbling around in my head and it’s hard to choose which one to write to you about. That was my dilemma as the print deadline approached when suddenly my good friend, Facebook, reminded ... Read More »

The Bluebird of Happiness

Posted by Jodie Smith on 4/10/17

“Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? … Learn from the way ... Read More »

Jesus' Staff

Posted by Jodie Smith on 4/07/17

The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack…Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.

Indeed, it is so. Sometimes, I think I lack inspiration, like this ... Read More »

Twilight Zone

Posted by Jodie Smith on 3/30/17

I have had a few “Twilight Zone” moments in my life. One occurred about seven years ago at a dinner to which I was invited. There were four tables of ten, and the attendees were 31 adults and 9 teenagers. The tables of ten were tight, so the hosts ... Read More »

Boucan Carre

Posted by Jodie Smith on 3/23/17

On March 13, Bob Kelly, Brian Cody, and I arrived at the Matthew 25 Guest House in Port au Prince, Haiti. We had come to visit the school and parish in Boucan Carre and inspect the two buildings St. Anselm Parish erected there. You will perhaps remember that on ... Read More »

We Are Family

Posted by Jodie Smith on 3/23/17

March 19 is the date of the Feast of Saint Joseph, patron of the Universal Catholic Church. Because the 19th falls on Sunday, we celebrate St. Joseph’s day on Monday. St. Joseph is also the patron of the working man and woman, home sellers, the sick, immigrants, fathers, travelers, ... Read More »


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