Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nativities from St. Anthony of Padua (pt 2)

Nativities from St. Anthony of Padua (pt 1)

There were lots of Nativities.  I'll be doing them in groups of 10.  And I won't comment on them.  

Monday, December 26, 2011


Hello again!  Today's the Feast of St. John.  Apparently it was traditional to bless wine on this day.  How awesome is that and where can I get in on it?

On Christmas Day, I attended the Noon Mass at Assumption in South County.  This church has chunky stained glass windows and is shaped similar to Seven Holy Founders.

This is their contemporary Mass.  There were guitars, basses and drums.  There was incense at the 10:30 Mass but not this one.
Opening:  Angels We Have Heard On High (dropped down an octave! yay!)
Offertory:  O Come All Ye Faithful; Away in a Manager
Communion:  What Child Is This; Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Closing:  Joy to the World

It is a Season of Grace.  Thank our heavenly Father.  Every birthday, we ask what will this child be?  We know what Jesus will be.  The Scriptures tell us.  There is a secret longing.  A light that burns in our hearts.  Longing of the human heart in the greetings of the season.  Father then showed all his Christmas cards (note to self:  send priest nice card....) In 1944, Hallmark came up with their slogan:  When you care enough to send the very best.  Isn't that why we are here today?  Creator and creature come together.  God had a plan.  We see that plan throughout the Old Testament.  God chose to send the very best, His Son.  We are Christ's greeting card.  We are the best that Jesus sends (oh that guilt I feel?).  What kind of Christmas card would you be (...late).  What would you be if you were sent forth (...lost...).  What does your life say about Jesus?  Is our presence a proclamation of hope and joy (more like a proclamation of snark but we'll go with hope and joy.)  We are God's Greeting Cards.

Interestingly, at the beginning of the Creed, Father mentioned that we were to Genuflect at the Incarnate part.  Only like a third did.  Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells.


View From the Back Pew!

Angry Angel Gabriel 

Mary visits Elizabeth


Star of Wonder Star of Night
Star of Royal Beauty Bright



Maybe Jesus lost in Temple?


Alpha and Omega





Holy Orders


Anointing of the Sick


Website of Assumption

St. Ferdinand - Florissant

Happy 3rd Day of Christmas!  I'm a little behind.

For Midnight Mass on Christmas, I attended St. Ferdinand.  This is a modern church.

The choir is in the front on the left and the music was accompanied by a piano.  Before Mass there was a program with singing.
Opening:  O Come All Ye Faithful
Nativity Blessing:  Silent Night
Gloria:  Sing Glory
Communion:  We Adore These Tiny Hands; When Blossoms
Closing:  Go Tell It on the Mountain (complete with tambourines and clapping)

Odd Happenings:  There was a procession around the church during the opening song.  There was an Alleluia after the Gospel.

Homily:  Father talked about a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, I Heard the Christmas  Bells, written during the American Civil War.  Longfellow had thoughts of joy even in the midst of despair, even though his heart was torn by the War.  We are a people of peace.  Bless us on this Christmas Day.

Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells and incense.

And now I'm going to throw a nutty.  We have this nice shiny new translation.  I know that the translation has been available to musicians for at least a year, if not longer.  Why are we using music that goes with the old translation and putting the new words in it?  I have 2 problems with this practice.  1.  I can't remember new words.  My brain has connected the old words with that melody.  I have the same problem with songs that have been made more inclusive.  I still sing the old lyrics.  And apparently, some of the choirs don't remember the new words either.  2.  The words don't fit in the music!  With this setting, the one with the Sing Glory to God in the Highest.  Yeah.  Shoehorning the new lyrics into the music.  They don't fit.  The cadence is wrong or something.  It was horrible.  Horrible.  My brain was going nuts.  I was having a hard time remember the new words when my brain was like hey no...this is the old stuff.  They don't give us peeps in the pews the actual music, so it's not like I could see how the music and the words were fitting together.  I realize new music is expensive.  But for the love of my ears...take up a collection and buy new music.

View From the Back Pew

Nativity in the Sanctuary

Nativity in the Vestibule

Station VIII:  The Holy Women

Not sure I like the placing of those white boxes to block the window.

Website of St. Ferdinand

Friday, December 23, 2011

Who's Left

Assumption - Mattese
Christ the Savior - Brewer
Holy Family - Port Hudson
Incarnate Word - Chesterfield
Most Holy Trinity
Our Lady of Lordes - Washington
Our Lady of Victory - Sereno
Resurrection of Our Lord
St. Alphonsus
St. Ambrose (When is the Italian Mass?)
St. Andrew
St. Andrew Kim - University City
St. Angela Merici - Florissant
St. Ann - Clover Bottom
St. Anne - French Village
St. Anthony of Padua - High Ridge
St. Bridget of Kildare - Pacific
St. Catherine of Alexandria - Coffman (I tried...)
St. Cecilia
St. Cletus - St. Charles
St. Ferdinand - Florissant
St. Gerald - Gerald (124 E Fitzgerald Ave, Gerald, MO 63037)
St. Gianna - Lake St. Louis
St. James - Crosstown
St. James - Potosi
St. John - Imperial
St. John the Apostle - Bismark
St. John the Baptist
St. Joseph - Apple Creek
St. Joseph - Highland (hmmm what say you?  Did I go?)
St. Joseph - Manchester
St. Joseph - Zell
Shrine of St. Joseph
St. Margaret of Scotland
St. Mary - Villa Ridge
St. Mary Magdalen - Brentwood
St. Maurus - Biehle
St. Patrick - Wentzville
St. Paul - Fenton
St. Peter - St. Charles
St. Raymond
St. Rita - Vinita Park
St. Rose of Lime - Silver Lake
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne - Florissant
St. Sabina - Florissant
St. Stephen - Richwoods
St. Vincent de Paul - Perryville
Sts Teresa and Bridget

I count 46!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Immaculate Conception - Old Monroe

Good Evening!
This morning I headed out to Immaculate Conception in Old Monroe for 10 am Mass.  (Last IC!  YAY!)  Immaculate Conception is an old German parish - the windows are in German and so are the Stations of the Cross.  It's a nice old church.

The music was accompanied by an organ in the choir loft.
Opening:  O Come O Come Emmanuel
Offertory:  Bread, Blessed and Broken
Communion:  One Bread, One Body
Closing:  King of Glory

Mini-homily:  We say yes when we follow our Baptismal Promises.

The Catholics Come Home ads have started.  They are for 3 groups:  those who have fallen away, those who are thinking about becoming Catholic and for us to see how great we are  and our Faith (sigh.)
Now is a good time for Confession.  (Father announced Confession times.  you might get more people if you offered Confession at something resembling a convenient time...)
We've had the new rite for 4 weeks ('s a new translation...not a new rite...) and we are doing well but it does take time.  So there are 2 words that have been introduced:  consubstantial and incarnate.  I'm not prepared to talk about consubstantial but will talk about incarnate.  (Uhm...I'll just be quiet).  Father said the Latin phrase incarnate comes from but I didn't catch it.  John simply says the Word became flesh.  Heaven and earth join.  Mary was deeply troubled.  She showed obedience of Faith and was full of grace.  Grace did not keep her from free will.  We find meaning from Faith.  Faith brings meaning to all areas of our lives.  Follow Mary's example.  Rose Kennedy was asked how she could survive all the tragedy in the family.  It was her Faith.  Unite your suffering to Christ's suffering.  Walk through it with Jesus.

Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells.  Father was very friendly and gave me the key to the windows.

Immaculate Conception 

View From the Back Pew

Advent Wreath

St. Barbara

It's actually St. Apollonia..

King David

St. Cecilia

Pope Gregory or Pope Leo
the Great

St. Ambrose or St. Athanisius?


St. Augustine?

St. Jerome?

Immaculate Heart of 

Sacred Heart 

St. Liborius and St. John Nepomunk

St. Peter and St. Paul

St. Louis IX and St. Anthony of Padua

St. Andrew and St. Charles Borromeo (see the noose around his neck)

St. Boniface and St. Henry of Bavaria (or St. Stephen of Hungary?)

St. Rose of Lima (or St. Rita?) and St. Elizabeth of Thuringia

Website of Immaculate Conception - Old Monroe
Pictures from Rome of the West