Lasallian Volunteers 2006-2007

He has called us each by name...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Did I hear that right????

Several people have commented that they quite enjoyed the humor of Casey's comments that I posted... well... after spending the weekend in Bedford Park, it appears that she is in good company, this priceless statement comes from the one and only Erica Sage in reference to the one and only Brother Ed:

"Have ya'll checked out his butt??? Seriously, it's so firm!"

Jet-setting the East Coast

Greetings one and all...

Sara and I have recently been jetsetting ( the East Coast in search of good times with fellow LVs. Last weekend, we enjoyed Baltimore with Camden and the B'more LVs (Tim and Erin) and this weekend, we piled in on NYC's Bedofrd Park community to enjoy some time in the Big Apple. It was Sara's first time in NYC and my second (but it felt like the first all over again!). Here's "how it went down" this wknd...

We left Philadelphia at 9am on Saturday morning and after a coffee-n-gas stop in Jersey, we found ourselves in NYC in just about 2 hours...nice! One of the Brothers tuned us in to the need-to-know about NYC and we were on the D-Train in a flash and enjoying some time at Time Warner Plaza (it's a giant mall on the inside!) before we knew it.

Sara's friend joined us for a stroll through Central Park and down 5th Avenue. How wonderful it was to see 5th Ave at Christmastime! All the decorations, caroling, and hustle-bustle kinda got me in the Christmas mood...just what I needed! We stopped in a few places we couldn't nearly afford to see what people in NYC bought :) We even stopped in to sit in on an Evensong presentation at a church on 5th (St. Timothy's I think).

St. Peter's Cathedral was the next stop. I have never been in there and now I know what I was missing. Even with a million people inside, there was a sense of the grandoise of the Catholic Church. The St. Jean Baptist de La Salle display is beautiful there! And if you looked up at one point, you got to see the last 4 bishop hats (those fancy, tassels-added things) hanging from the ceiling. There was also a beautifully-carved Nativity Set inside. How wonderful!

We headed to Rockafeller Center next. (Trip Tip: Don't go the wknd before Christmas!) After battling the crowds, we managed to get close enought to the tree to sense its massive size looming over us. We could not, however, get ANYwhere near the skating rink (Trip Tip: You can only see it if you come in from the 5th Ave Entrance...and wait FORever!).

We walked into the Diamond District and Sara's eyes went ga-ga for the jewels! After pricing a few of her favorites, we decided not to get engaged ;) Sara's friend departed and left us to experience Times Square for! It's really amazing! Did you know there's an Olive Garden at TS? How classy! There's even a McDonald' there!

We went to the Hershey Store (Trip Tip: Might as well go to Hershey, PA...this store was jam-packed [with a line outside to get in] and it really wasn't that impressive, esp if you've been to Hershey, PA), M-n-M World (nice!) and grabbed a soda-n-fries break at McD's before leaving the touristy area to head to (a real) dinner.

We met another of Sara's friends at a restaurant named The Cottage at 74th and Amsterdam to enjoy GREAT Chinese food (at about $8.50/plate)...and free wine! This restaurant brings wine to your table for free as long as you're dining there. Sara and I enjoyed 3 glasses of wine with our Chinese food. All that (3 people, appetizers, dinner, and wine for $33).

We then headed to a birthday party of this friend's friend just up the street at a place named UNwineD...a wine bar. Drinks were free (thanks to knowing someone) and Sara and I enjoyed the party...a lot! We got back to the Highbridge community at about 4:30am...and that's earlier than the other group of volunteers who went out!

We got up Sunday for a massage clinic (in-house, free!), a brunch (thanks Highbridge!), and a White Elephant gift exchange. We left at about 3:00 and headed to Camden for THEIR Christmas Open House...good times there, too!

Got home at 7pm and helped at our local parish with a Christmas Food Drive (repacking items for distribution).

FUN TIMES! Thanks to the Bedford Park Community for hosting us, to Camden for their holiday party...and everyone for making it such a wonderful weekend!

Oh...and I would have photos...but I forgot my camera at work, so c'est la vie...the memories will be cherished forever!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday, December 11, 2006

I pity the fool!

So yeah Chuck Norris is cool and all, and yes he does happen to be my roommates dad but hello! Mr. T needs some fact he demands it. I pity the fool who doesn't believe me! Here is some Mr. T food for thought:

Every time a bell rings, Mr. T pities a fool.

Ever have a sharp pain in your chest that you can't explain? That was Mr. T, and it was a warning.

Mr. T speaks only when necessary. His main form of communication is folding his arms and slowly shaking his head. And regardless of the situation, he is always understood.

Mr.T once punched Chuck Norris at the exact moment Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked Mr.T in the chest. the result was the 80's.

All that glitters is not gold: If it's not being worn by Mr. T, then it's just jibba jabba, and Mr. T pities the fool who can't tell the difference. This is where the phrase "fool's gold" comes from.

Mr. T invented fools. Realizing the magnitude of his folly, he then created Pity.

Mr. T once captured Bigfoot, but released him after he shaved the beast and realized that it was just Chuck Norris walking around naked in the woods.

23. That's the number of people Mr. T has pitied in the time it has taken you to read this sentence.

Mr. T pities fools because even fools deserves their daily dose of vitamin T.

There are only four horsemen of the apocalypse, because Mr. T is going to walk.

Mr. T. does not break wind. He destroys it.

Mr. T does not know you personally, but the odds are 7 in 10 that he pities you.

Mr. T pities the fool who doesn't pity the fool, thus creating a neverending loop of pity and pain.

Mr. T and Chuck Norris once encountered each other on a lonesome British path. Before the inevitable battle could begin, the earth shit itself and created Scotland.

Yes I know I am just that rad!

Huether Lasallian Conference 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Let us remember...

Lord, we join together, as a community, a circle of friends, and as a collection of hearts experiencing the love of mission. Allow us a few moments to reflect on our day, the season, and Your Holy Presence.

The beginning of the holiday season is filled with temptations to conspicuous consumptions, and please for generosity. The contrasts between the values represented by this time of year, and our ability to fulfill them, remind us how great the distance can be between aspirations and actions.

The month has begun with the observances of World AIDS Day, and Human Rights Day follows. They remind us of those at at home and abroad who are imprisoned by disease, poverty, and discrimination. The messages of liberation, dignity, and joy that come with Hanukkah and Christmas are hard to hear unless they are conveyed by gracious acts of outreach to those who suffer.

Our prayer this day, then, is that we may be gentle with ourselves and with others as we do our best to navigate through the tricky shoals of December.

May we avoid being so distracted with our own problems and duties this year that we forget the wider web of life of which we are a part.

May we go about our rounds of preparations and festivities with a light heart and with boundless patience.

May the dissatisfactions that are part of our lot be our companions, but not our masters, as we cross the holiday threshold.

And may all the joys of the season be ours, this time around.


Live Jesus in our Hearts...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A good photo op!