From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk

Irrational Exuberance

Posted by Jodie Smith on 3/23/17

1956 was a banner year! Dwight D. Eisenhower won a landslide victory for a second term as President. The World Series went an exciting seven games and was won by the New York Yankees (whose stadium is in the Bronx) over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey ... Read More »

Integral Ecology

Posted by Jodie Smith on 3/23/17

Next Sunday, at all our Masses, we will be having visitors from Hyde Park. If you are from New York, like me, you might expect them to be from the Hudson River Valley and the area around the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Or someone, like Father Timothy, might ... Read More »

Dust to Dust

Posted by Jodie Smith on 3/23/17

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.”

I don’t need to be reminded of that this year. My birthday falls on Mardis Gras, so I will approach Ash Wednesday freshly aged. Every year a dear friend here in the Parish has an upbeat take on ... Read More »

Look on the Bright Side

Posted by Jodie Smith on 3/23/17

It’s safe to talk about the weather. It is totally beyond our control. When the weather is bad, nobody is to blame… it’s no one’s fault. When the weather is good, everyone is happy and no one can claim the credit.

But at least one thing has puzzled me. ... Read More »

Love Bugs

Posted by Kendra Shattuck on 2/13/17

It will be Valentine’s Day this Tuesday, a big day for florists and chocolatiers and an expensive day for husbands and boyfriends. A couple of years ago, I heard a story about what men would like for Valentine’s Day. Some serious study went into this, really. The answer ... Read More »

Alternate News with Alternate Facts

Posted by Kendra Shattuck on 2/13/17

It was sometime in the early 1950’s. While I was with my mother, Mrs. Crocco, a neighbor, started up a conversation. “Did you see Lucy today. It was SO FUNNY. Oh, you should have seen it!” No, mother had not watched I Love Lucy. Despite living in the biggest ... Read More »

America First

Posted by Kendra Shattuck on 2/13/17

“First in war- first in peace- and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life; pious, just, humane, temperate and sincere; uniform, dignified and commanding, his example was as edifying to all around him, as were ... Read More »

Three-Ring Circus

Posted by Kendra Shattuck on 2/13/17

So many memories! The parade of elephants from the rail yard through downtown to the village of enormous tents. The giraffe with the foot-long, very purple tongue that ate something from my hand. The chameleon my brother bought. The clown who wedged in between me and my mother and ... Read More »

Prayer for Unity

Posted by Kendra Shattuck on 2/13/17

I was grateful at the beginning of last week that the confirmation hearings were beginning for the new Presidential cabinet. For the three weeks prior, everyday, no matter what time of day, when I opened up the news app on my phone over half the stories were about Russia. ... Read More »

It’s Like a Jungle Sometimes

Posted by Kendra Shattuck on 2/13/17

We are now starting the second week of the new year, which doesn’t seem quite so new anymore. The holiday season is over. Things are back to normal and we are all back to work. The politicians in Washington are just getting warmed up with their bickering. But it ... Read More »

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