Snow and snow and snow

I heard one person, who may or may not be the Sacristan for the largest church dedicated solely to the Traditional Liturgy, predict a mile of snow yesterday. He was only off by 5278.4 feet!

We received 12.6 inches of snow yesterday! That is the biggest snowfall in 1 day on record. Impressive.

This is the view from my back door:


Confirmations St. Francis de Sales Oratory

This past Saturday my child and many, many others received the Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Edward Rice presiding.  The ceremony and Solemn High Mass were held at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, MO.  We also enjoyed a wonderful reception afterwards with Two Mikes Catering serving their awesome vegetable beef soup.  Yum. (If it tasted familiar, it’s the same soup we had at the Gaudete Benefit Gala last year).

Here are a few photos for your enjoyment:

Bishop Edward Rice with Canon Avis to his right and Father Ochoa in the black cape.
Let the vesting begin!
The view from the back.
…and more vesting.
…and more vesting.


Ready for the Confirmandi.


The slap.
Chrism clean up.
The Confiteor.
Priests, servers, MC
Prayers for Archbishop Carlson.







Humility, thy name is Mothercrab

Today we heard an excellent sermon by Canon Avis. It was about humility and I think he was speaking directly to me. I’m sure if you were to ask him he would say, “Yes.” And, he might just say it with a Russian accent. But I digress.

Well, I just got an email from JJR to look at the scrolling images on, and, wouldn’t you know, one of my photographs popped up! It is the shot of the Gaudete Sunday vestments in the sacristy at St. Francis de Sales Oratory! I’m not sure how this photograph ended up on this particular website though…  Hmmm…

I went through my archives and realized I had posted this photo last December. I may have to change my name to GrandmaCrab what with my forgetfulness. No offense to Grandmas.

I ask you to go look at that photograph to be reminded of the joy that this Sunday brings us.
Gaudete in Domino semper.

Hey!  Who let MotherCrab into the sacristy?

I’ll show YOU skateboarding

We have a Tony Hawk wannabe at de Sales.  I’m not going to name any names, but let’s just say he’s the sacristan for the largest church dedicated solely to the traditional mass in the entire galaxy.  His friends call him Trip A.

Here he is getting his sea legs:

I took off the training wheels! Yay!

Here he is shredding:

The stone house in the rear of this photo is presently for sale
 for a whopping $10,000 if anyone is interested.

But I thought you might want to see what some real life backyard half-pipe action looks like circa 1988.  I may or may not be married to this person now.

She fell in love with me for my Vans.

And here is that same person reading a book (surprise!) while his brother bursts a spleen or something:

I call this trick “falling.”

Pictures of minor orders!

Since I don’t have the security clearance to steal use (I joke because I can) The Institute’s photos from their website like The Timman, I would like to direct you there now so you can see pics of our own Abbé Alex receiving minor orders. 

I already blogged about it here, but I didn’t have photos. 

In the meantime, enjoy the photos I have taken (I stole the 2nd one from Mrs. H) of our dear Abbé .

Speed limit 20, Abbé!
We don’t dominate in just basketball, but football too, kids!…
…Well, not when playing against professionals.
Insert any funny caption here.

Can you identify these men?

Some men in black were spotted enjoying St. Louis’ famous Ted Drewes frozen custard.  It was difficult to spot them as it was dark outside, but the bright yellow containers could be seen a mile away, blowing their cover. 

Drat! Our cover’s blown!

For extra points, try to guess what flavor custard they got!  I’ll see if I can find that out!