All Souls Day

All Souls Day at St. Francis de Sales Oratory
All Souls Day at St. Francis de Sales Oratory
A visit to Dad and Grandparents
A visit to Dad and Grandparents
Great grandparents
                Great grandparents

Prayers for a dear child *update*

Please find it in your heart to say some prayers for a 9 month old baby who is having major open heart surgery today. This is his 6th surgery in his short 9 months.

Thank you!


His surgery went well, Deo Gratias, and he is currently in the Pediatric ICU. Please continue to pray as he now needs to recover from such an immense surgery.

Réquiem ætérnam

Please pray for the repose of the soul of a member of St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Her life and her suffering until death have shown so very many the gifts of our faith. Remember her dear son in your prayers as well.

Eternal Rest Prayer
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Réquiem ætérnam
Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen.

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)

The Passion according to St. John

I received the following email from someone who knows a thing or two about the liturgy.  He told me this little nugget and I thought I would pass it on.

Only one of the 4 Passions doesn’t include the Last Supper and the Institution of the Eucharist – that would be the Passion according to St. John. The other 3 Passions start with the Last Supper and the celebration of the Institution of the Holy Eucharist and then continue to the Agony in the Garden and the rest of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But St. John’s doesn’t include the Last Supper and the Celebration. It starts with the Agony in the Garden.

Why do I tell you this?

The Passion according to St. John is sung on Good Friday, the one day when there is no Consecration of the Holy Eucharist.

Coincidence? I think not.

Latin Man

Throughout the years there have been colorful characters who have attended St. Francis de Sales.  Typically these people aren’t harmful and, well, we just deal with them however we can.  There was the man who pretended to be a brother and would “bless” people.  There was the person who would yell at women for not veiling.  Once there was a guy dressed as Jesus in a white jump suit – it turns out THAT guy makes the rounds at every church in St. Louis.

Then there was Latin Man.

He was so named because he insisted on reciting not only the responses, but a lot of the priest’s prayers during low mass out loud.  Also, during the rosary, which is in English, he would respond in Latin.  Miserere nobis!  He would talk to himself and make quite expressive faces before, during, and after mass.  It was distracting at best, annoying at worst. 

He would always get to church first, sitting in the front row in front of the St. Francis de Sales statue.  He would place a piece of rug stop pad on the pew so his missal wouldn’t slip off and he would never kneel on the kneeler, preferring to keep it up and kneel on the hardwood floor.  He was fervent in his prayers, marking his St. Andrew’s missal with chip clips, paper clips and prayer cards.  He would bring additional prayers written in tiny script in zip-lock bags and pull them out during various parts of the mass.  I also noticed he brought The Liturgical Year by Dom Gueranger with him to mass.  Many times he was at daily mass.

Well, I found out Latin Man died, alone.

REQUIEM aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen. ETERNAL rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.