Father Terry’s Blog

Katrina Remembered: Anna Journal January 3, 2007

April 9, 2015

Just a few short months after St. Anna’s Church reopened following the flood waters of Katrina this article was published. Consider where we were and from where we have come. From time to time I plan to dig up old articles from those Katrina times and share them on this the year of the Tenth […]

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Fringe Fest

October 29, 2014

In some ways this church serves those of us who are on The Fringe. The Christian faith properly worked out lives and finds is compass on The Fringes. In fact our daily lives are cluttered with God talk and God here God there. Politicians talk about God; TV shows introduce God in various forms, “In […]

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Simply Sid: A recollection of a friend October,1961-June,2014

July 1, 2014

ON SATURDAY August 2 at 5:00 p.m. St. Anna’s will offer a full solemn votive funeral mass for Sid Lambert. The community is invited. In 2003 I arrived at St. Anna’s Church and Sid was, at that time, a tried and true member. I owe Sid a lot. There are a few people in each […]

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Part III. Hey Father, I want to get (Baptized, Confirmed, Married, etc.)!

April 1, 2014

BAPTISM is one of two sacraments “ordained by Christ himself.” So what does it mean? What are its benefits? What happens if I don’t know if I was baptized or not? Why kids? It means, like many sacraments many things but, chiefly it is a spiritual cleaving between the Holy Trinity and the very soul […]

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PART I: From an Episcopalian, “This Worship service doesn’t seem like the one I knew in my old church?

February 10, 2014

The short answer is that our worship service adds much ceremonial but is absolutely from The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and follows the rules set out in that book. Therefore, the worship service should be almost the same as any other Episcopal Church using The Book of Common Prayer. That said, there are many […]

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Part II. Ok, so what are we Anglo-Catholic or what?

January 24, 2014

What is the real difference between these phrases “High Church”, “Anglo-Catholic”, “Broad Church”, and “Low Church?” And what piety is St. Anna’s? Explanation of the foregoing question could go on for pages and pages in order to complete the story. So I will try to be brief. The varieties of churches expressing certain beliefs and […]

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Homelessness: A Christian Response?

January 2, 2014

Homelessness on the home front is quite a different proposition than homelessness under the overpasses. Occasionally we see them clustered or alone with packs, bags, and shopping carts under the bridges in the Central Business District very close to The Mission. Just a few years ago there was a virtual tent city of them living […]

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An Essay: Did you do what we talked about?

October 23, 2013

New Orleans enjoys all four seasons in a week during the winter months. Warm, rain, then cool, rain and warm again. It was on one of those autumnal days that Derrielle approached me. It was gloomy outside in the early evening hours, spitting rain, preparing for this week’s winter. Derrielle is precocious 9 years old […]

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Syria and “Just War” by Fr. Bill

September 5, 2013

SYRIA After a quiet and lovely mass last night a parishioner sat and asked if I had a moment. This person is one who takes her faith very seriously and strives to live the truth of the Gospel of Jesus.  She quietly asked, “What does God want us to do with this possible War in […]

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A Community within Communities: DECADANCE ALREADY!!

August 28, 2013

As published in Ambush Magazine 8/28/13 “You do not know the hour or day …” Jesus When I was a child I would lie in grass and look at clouds. On occasion, somewhat later, I would look up at clouds. Today I glance at clouds with a weather eye and not for the simple joy […]

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