Canon Wiener returns to St. Francis de Sales

Feast of St Michael - Canon Wiener's feast day!
Feast of St Michael – Canon Wiener’s feast day!
Canon Avis welcomes Canon Wiener to his reception.
Canon Avis welcomes Canon Wiener to his reception.
I may or may not have eaten 2 pieces of cake. The 17 day diet is very forgiving.
I may or may not have eaten 2 pieces of cake. The 17 day diet is very forgiving.
THREE priests! 3! (Canon Ueda is the third)
THREE priests! 3! (Canon Ueda is the third)


Um, did you forget me? Abbé Awesome?
Um, did you forget me? Abbé Awesome?

Summer at the Oratory

Yesterday was Summer at the Oratory at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in good ol’ St. Louis, Missouri!

I am posting a few pics, but I didn’t have any really great ones as 1) I wasn’t feeling great and 2) I was manning the duck pond for 1 of the 3 hours I was there. 🙂

Here is the church, here is the steeple…


Just another work day for good ol’ D


How do you feel?


Just a small shot of some of the festivities.


Hellllllo ladies!


It could have been a 95 mph fastball. Scary.


Abbe Awesome. In the tank. Again.


Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’!


This photo reminds me of another I took 2 years ago. I prefer this apron, though.


Canon Talarico doesn’t realize what is about to happen!




Leave it to Weaver

Canon Talarico and Abbe Weaver, the winner of the Home Run Derby!

Yesterday we played our first annual Home Run Derby. Not only did I not hit one home run, I didn’t even get up to bat. However, there were others who were able to hit home run after home run. The lesson I learned from this is that I need to get my kids into more sports so they can play them when they are older. I love when I learn things from Home Run Derbys.

St. Francis de Sales Oratory was our backdrop.


Canon Talarico about to hit one out of the park!


That huge thud you just heard was the ball hitting the scoreboard.


That is an awesome trophy!


I absolutely love Easter.

Unfortunately I did not bring my camera to the Easter Vigil but the shroud removal was exceptional
this year. St. Anthony gave J and Abbe a little trouble, but I figure if we don’t have any
falling statues or candle fires, we’re good.
Since I am better with photos than I am with words (or, as the formally inestimable Steve Martin said, “Some people have a way with words.  Other people, oh, not have way.”) I will now present to you my Easter day.
Waiting anxiously for the Easter egg hunt to begin.
The tension was palpable.

Oh!  A scale!
Should we see how our Lenten fasts went?

The sure face of victory.

I made the lamb cake.
For future reference, if you ever eat one of my lamb cakes beware
of the deadly toothpicks found in the ears.
I believe that is good beforehand knowledge.

I see an egg!
It’s not a tumor!

The effort to find Easter eggs was quite lacking.

Well, she was trying, anyway.

The most appropriate response to Mickey’s that I have ever seen.

Now if someone would just post on veiling my week would be complete!

A Birthday to Remember


Sometimes parties can get out of hand.
Mystery guest #1

This birthday party was no exception.  There was pizza.  There were princess crowns. 
This guy crashed the party.
There was a cake.  And, it wasn’t just any cake.  It was a CASTLE cake, complete with turrets.
 I think it’s the 8th wonder of the world, thanks to Mr. G.

The best cake any of my kids has ever received.  Ever.

Here’s a quiz:
Q: What do you get when you invite 3 traditional Catholic girls and their families to a princess party?
A: 25 kids and 13 various “adults” as you can see by the photos.

Mystery Guest #2
Sometimes 5 year olds get really great gifts that can be shared, or stolen, by their parents:

I’ll take that, thank you.
Mystery Guest #3
And, of course, this photo montage would not be complete without the obligatory group shot.
Happy Birthday!  Can I have some castle cake?