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?

Seamus Heaney, RIP

Seamus Heaney died today at the age of 74. He was an Irish poet who seemed to have had quite the following.

I knew of him because my best friend in college got to spend time with him during an off campus program in Ireland. I emailed her today to inform her of his death, which I saw on Twitter, specifically Business Insider’s feed. She wrote back an email that I thought I would share with you as it made me nostalgic…and laugh.

Dear (Mother Crab),
He was not my professor exactly.  He was involved with the school that I went to while I was in Ireland.  He came to read his poems for us and drink.  He was a great poet and a great drinker!  We all had a ball with him.  He was a great poet, but he was just a serious ton of fun to be around.  Actually, he reminds me of your Dad, or your Dad reminds me of him….They were very similar in that way–just a ton of fun to be around.  They will be having a martini right about now. Thank you for letting me know that he had passed.   Look up “Digging,”  which is one of my favorites of his.  Best when read outloud for the texture of the language.  I know, I sound like a dork.
By the way,  why are you reading BI?  Loser.
(Mother Crab’s friend)

Election Day!

One of the benefits of living close to St. Francis de Sales Oratory is that when I vote I run into people like this guy just after voting!

I am Abbe “Awesome” Alex and I’m here to vote!
Look at my fancy out of focus “I voted” sticker. It has the Arch on it!


(This story is pretty much for JJR):

I live in a close-knit neighborhood and I always see at least 10 people I know when I vote.  One of the women I saw today was JJR’s former landlady.  She saw me and said, “Oh, hi, Mothercrab! Are you pregnant? Ha ha ha ha!”  I told her no, but that I had just had a baby.  She about fell over laughing as she hadn’t known I was expecting.


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!

Saying good-bye to friends

Blogger decided it hated me and wouldn’t let me post any more photos as I had reached my limit (as in 14 schnitzengruben is my limit kind of limit). Hence, my lack of posting. I am better with pictures than with words.

However, in the course of one month I will have said good-bye to 3 very dear friends who are moving on to new adventures. It is always difficult to say good-bye, especially when one of the farewells may be forever. I have regrets that I didn’t spend more time with these people, that I didn’t do more for them. But, what can I do now? I suppose all I can do is pray, spend quality time with the friends who are still here, and scour the web for friendship quotations…

In human life nothing holier can be desired, nothing more useful sought after, nothing is harder to find, nothing sweeter to experience, nothing more fruitful to possess than friendship. For it bears fruit both in this life and the next, showing forth all virtues in its sweetness and in its strength destroying vice. It softens the blows of adversity and moderates elation in prosperity.

Without friendship there can be hardly any happiness among humans; they may well be compared to animals if they have no one to rejoice with them in good fortune or sympathize with them in sorrow, no one to whom they can unburden themselves in time of trouble, or with whom they can share some especially uplifting or inspiring insight.

Alas for anyone who is alone and has no one to lift him up when he falls. Without a friend one is indeed alone. But what joy it is, what security, what a delight to have someone to whom you dare to speak as to another self; to whom you are not afraid to admit that you have done something wrong, or shy of revealing some spiritual progress you have made; someone to whom you can entrust all the secrets of your heart and with whom you can share your plans.

St. Aelred of Rievaulx