St. Simon's will be joining with Trinity St. Paul's to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi for a blessing of the animals.
You are invited to bring your pets or other animals, or pictures of pets who have passed away. Children may bring their stuffed animals for a blessing as well.
It will be held on Oct. 7 at 4 pm at Trinity St. Paul's on the lawn facing Huguenot. All are welcome.
St. Francis was a remarkable witness to peace in a time of war, hope in the face of despair, and joy instead of sorrow. He has become the patron saint of peace, ecology, and animals. But it is helpful for us to remember that he was first and foremost a Church reformer, a man who revitalized a Church that had grown institutionally moribund and joyless.
St. Francis believed that the Gospel of Jesus is the Church's greatest treasure - and he lived it as best he could. He famously said, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
In every age the Church of Jesus Christ needs men and women like St. Francis who delight in following the Gospels.
The traditional Franciscan greeting is "Pax et bonum" - peace and all good. Let us pray for peace and all good in our lives, in our parish, and in the life of the world.
Do you want to know the secret to living a long life?
Just sit down and have a talk with Mr. Forde.
Mr. Edrick Osman Forde known as "Daddy' to all of his family and friends was born on September 11, 1907, in Barbados, W.I. If you do the arithmetic you will discover that he just recently celebrated his 105th birthday.
As a matter of fact when he heard that I wanted to come to visit him he told my mother to make sure that I called him first to make sure that he would be home! Well, we called just like he advised us and fortunately he was at home and able to see us.
As we entered his apartment we were greeted by his health care aide, Crystal, who directed us to the living room where Daddy was sitting in a chair with his legs up on an ottoman. He smiled and held out his arms to greet us. We exchanged hugs and kisses and then my mother and I settled into seats with Daddy in the middle of us.
I have taken several history classes in my life -- American History, European History, African-American History. All of these courses came with a textbook and a syllabus and usually were worth 3 credits. None of those courses can compare to hearing history from someone who has actually lived it. After being in the presence of Daddy for a few moments you realize that "his story" is one of honest hard work, everlasting love and praising God.
"Daddy" is one of five brothers who was raised by his mother (his father died when he was two years old). His mother Cecilia was a seamstress and Daddy grew up to become a baker. Daddy spoke about his childhood telling us of how his mother would go to draw water from the pond so that he and his brothers could bathe. He also told us of the times that his mother would lash him with a tamarind rod when he misbehaved. "Mother would tell me the number of lashes that I would receive. Sometimes 6 or 8. Sometimes she would only lash me 2 times and then have me wait the rest of the day for the other 6 lashes. Those were some very long days."
Daddy married the love of his life, Leotta, in 1933. He was 26 and she was 29. Together they raised two daughters, Claudine and Grace. Daddy told us the story of how he use to go to work at nights as a baker making 21 shillings a week (approximately $5.00) but after Claudine was born he realized that he needed to spend nights with his family. So he continued to bake for a while, selling bread at home and then he took a day job as second cook at an infirmary.
It was at this time while he was a cook that he said his wife gave him some very important advice. She told him that he was getting paid to cook and that he should not bring any food home for his family or his friends. Daddy took her advice and never brought anything home. As he said in his own words "I never even took one rice grain. I would wash my hands at the end of the day and go home with a clean conscience."
In 1973, at the age of 67 Daddy and Leotta immigrated to the United States to be near their children. Daddy and Leotta spent 51 years together until Leotta died in 1984. Daddy still speaks of his late wife with much love and admiration. He said that he and his wife always sat down and made time to talk to each other. You could tell by the way that he spoke of her that she was the love of his life.
Daddy, a Seventh Day Adventist who still goes church every Saturday, now spends his days attending a senior day care center four to five times a week. His one bedroom apartment is surrounded by pictures, a piano with a hymn book opened ready to be played and a delightful clock that plays bells every fifteen minutes. When asked what is the secret to living a long life he said "don't overeat, don't overwork yourself, be content, everything in moderation."
When asked how he would like to spend his 106th birthday Daddy told us that he would like to spend his birthday in Barbados. Mom and I told him that we would love to join him.
As we came to the end of our history lesson Daddy gave us one additional secret of living a long life - "Give God the Praise!"
New Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Keith C. Lane, introduced to the congregation on Sept. 9, 2012
______________________ Message from Father Lane
Since coming to St. Simon’s for the first time in late summer 2012, I can without hesitation, testify that my prayers have been answered with more abundance and veracity than anything I could have imagined.
To understand the implications and meaning of my words, it is necessary to go back several years to the first stirrings of the thought that I might have a call to the priesthood.
I felt our Lord ever so patiently yet persistently tugging me to serve His people as a Parish Priest. I wasn’t at all sure of what that would look like, or for that matter, how it would come about, but I was willing to follow where ever He was leading me. As things began to move forward in my call I would often hear from friends and family who would ask the same question: “What sort of parish would you like to serve?”
This, of course, was a very loaded question that belies the truth of ordained life. The truth being that unlike the secular world, as a priest you don’t get to choose where you’re going to be called to serve. As in the process of discernment to ordination, you move forward in your goal only with the consent of the People of God in conjunction with the will of the Holy Spirit.
In answer to the people who asked me about where I wished to serve, my reply was that I prayed that God wanted me to serve at a church where I could make a difference; that I could serve God at a congregation that was taking their walk with Jesus to the core of their identity; a parish that was not just talking the talk, but walking the walk. I didn’t know what that parish would look like or where that parish might be, but I knew that I would know it when I saw it. And I have seen it here at St. Simon’s, praise be to God!
I can say without reservation that my hopes and prayers have been answered in being called by St. Simon’s to be your Priest-in-Charge. In this (2012) our Centennial Year, I am honored to find myself in service to the people of God at St. Simon the Cyrenian.
At a time in our country when we are experiencing the kind of economic distress not felt since the great depression, to know that St. Simon’s is a living legacy of perseverance and accomplishment for 100 years bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to a wounded world. This Parish has stood as an icon of Christ in the face of racism and countless other challenges that the people of St. Simon’s have not only overcome, but have thrived in doing so.
This is the legacy of a community that I am proud and honored to now be able to call my own.
The more I get to know the people of St. Simon’s the more I am convinced that together we will move forward with the same energy, commitment and creative drive as we have in the last 100 years. To be a beacon to all people in search of God’s glory, not only in New Rochelle, but to the whole body of Christ astride the world.
Women’s Day at St. Andrew’s: The Women of St. Andrew’s Church invite you to join them in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Women’s Day on September 16 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 781 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY.
The program begins with worship at the 10:30 am Eucharist followed immediately by a celebratory luncheon.
To further the unification of sisterhood, all ladies are asked to wear white.
For more information please pick up a flyer from the Narthex.