A Traditional Anglo- Catholic Parish
Where Everyone is Welcome
Staten Island, NY 10304
Sunday Mass Schedule:
Sung Mass 10:15 am
All Are Welcome.
with the man, who clenched his fists;
But dost thou not see by every fold
that she is as cool as God’s early day?
Yet the other looked somberly at him,
murmuring only: What has changed her so?
But at that the angel cried: Carpenter,
dost thou not yet see that the Lord God is acting?
Because thou makest boards, in thy pride
wouldst thou really call him to account
who modestly out of the same wood
makes leaves burgeon and buds swell?
He understood. And as he now raised his eyes
very frightened, to the angel,
he was gone. He pushed his heavy
cap slowly off. Then he sang praise.
Joseph’s Suspicion by Rainer Maria Rilke
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed forever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
First let me start of by saying my heart goes out to you for your loss and I am sorry I cannot be there with you all. I have had the privilege to come to know Ms Gwendolyn Simmons. From 1973 to 1977 she was my Assistant Principal at McKee high school. I cannot explain how much of an impact she has made on my life.
She was like a mother to me encouraging me through my tough times as a student. She was able to see the potential in me that some teachers did not see. She always had a way of correcting you with love and you could only receive it because it would benefit you. She always had someone else’s best interest at heart and she had the God given ability to make you believe that you could achieve anything that you put your mind to.
I called her momma Simmons because we had such a great relationship and she meant the world to me. I kept in touch with her ever since I graduated from McKee HS in 1977. She was a woman of wisdom and a soldier for the Lord. I say to you today, II Timothy 4: 7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearing”.
I will truly miss, Ms. Simmons she was a world changer a woman of integrity, a mother to me and an Angel for the Lord who never stopped reaching out to people for the good of God. She will always be in my heart.
God bless you all and remember what you do for others God will do for you. That was Gwendolyn Simmons a world changer and a soldier for God.
Love you all,