Thursday, July 11, 2013

Blog posting

Fr. Peter Carota at Traditional Catholic Priest has picked up one of my photos for use in his article, "Some Ideas on How to Become a Holier and Happier Traditional Catholic." Check it out at the link below. The photo used is titled, "Mass of the Most Precious Blood," and was taken at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in Saint Louis, Missouri on the occasion of Fr. Jean-Pierre Herman's 25th anniversary to the priesthood. The full set can be found here:

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Canon Louis Valadier

The "First Mass" of Canon Louis Valadier of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in Saint Louis. Canon Valadier was ordained a priest on July 5, 2012 by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke at Sts. Michele e Gaetano Church in Florence, Italy. After Mass, Canon offered his First Blessings.

Canon Louis Valadier

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Corpus Christi Slideshow

Corpus Christi throughout the years at Saint Francis de Sales Oratory in Saint Louis, Missouri.

See the full set here

Monday, June 3, 2013

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi procession through the Fox Park Neighborhood of Saint Louis.
St. Francis de Sales Oratory

Corpus Christi Procession

Corpus Christi Procession - Saint Louis

Corpus Christi Procession

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ha Ha Tonka

A short break from the liturgical photography that usually resides in this space. Missouri has a lot to offer, and I recommend this trip for those interested in the history of the area. 

"The Ha Ha Tonka castle was started by Robert McClure Snyder (Senior) in 1905. He was a Kansas City businessman who purchased the area which was known by Native Americans in the area as "ha ha tonka" which supposedly means "laughing waters," alluding to the springs below the castle. Unfortunately, he was killed in an auto accident in 1906 and the castle was completed by his sons Robert Jr., LeRoy, and Kenneth in the late 1920s. It was used as a hotel until it was destroyed by fire in 1942. The State of Missouri purchased the castle and grounds in 1978, and opened it to the public as a State Park. The water tower and castle have been partially restored since then." -wikipedia

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

"Here I will spend my leisure, secure from the worries of business and the excitement of city life. I will fish and loaf and explore the caves of these hills, with no fear of intrusion."                                 -- Robert McClure Snyder

Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins

Ha Ha Tonka Ruins

The park offers several lookout points that showcase the beauty of the Missouri Ozarks and the Niangua Arm of the lake.  

Lake of the Ozarks - Ha Ha Tonka State Park Overlook

Friday, March 29, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sede Vacante

The bells tolled at 1:00pm for 15 minutes today at the Oratory marking the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed from 1:00pm, the time the See became vacant, until Benediction at 6:30. 


O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee, that in Thy boundless mercy Thou wouldst grant the most Holy Roman Church a pontiff, who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee, and by his good government may be ever honored by Thy people for the glory of Thy name. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son who with Thee livest and reignest world without end. Amen.