December 26, 2011

Christmas at St. Francis de Sales Oratory

Ah, Christmas. There is so much hustle and bustle, especially when there is a Gaudete Benefit Gala a week before.  So, grab a cup of coffee (or for some, malt liquor) and enjoy my photo montage of Christmas Day.  The first photo was taken around 12:05 a.m. Christmas Day at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis and the last was taken around 7:00 p.m. at Uncle John's house.  I *did* sleep between 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.


Prayers for Archbishop Carlson.
Look at all of those beautiful poinsettias!

You can see the side altar where the creche is located.

Going to the side altar.

My view from the choir loft.

Ah!  An Italian dinner!

Salsiccia. An Italian sausage that we pronounce Sa-zee-tsa.
We also say Pasta Gazoogoo. We're Sicialian, ok?

No Italian meal would be complete without these.

Hootiecootie might know these wines.

And then Santa visited us at the end of the evening.

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas Day and
continue to enjoy the remainder of Christmas!!


  1. great pics-- Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Beautiful photos! Thank you, thank you!

  3. Hootiecootie MIGHT know about those wines . . . . . But I will admit to knowing about that spectacular Midnight Mass at St. Francis de Sales! The strings where heavenly, Mother Crab and her little crab-lings: very fitting for the King of Kings!

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  5. Thanks Hootiecootie. It was, as always, a beautiful mass. We are all blessed indeed.

    Mrs. C, good to hear from you!!!

  6. Lovely photos! The Mass must have been spectacular. And this is a first--I don't think any dinner we've ever prepared ever was posted on a blog!

  7. Thank you, Aunt Marlon!

    The dinner was so yummy I should have given it its own post. Seriously.

  8. May I use some of your Midnight Mass photos for my photo album or desktop background? They are *so* gorgeous!

    Jane D.

  9. Jane, are you sure you don't want to use the photo of the Italian olive? :)

    I do not mind at all if you use my photographs for your personal use. I provide these photographs to bring people closer to what we have at St. Francis de Sales. I hope they bring you joy!

  10. I was going to ask about the Italian olive, but I decided it might be a problem when someone tried to eat it.

    Thank you! They certainly do bring me joy.

    God bless,
    Jane D.

  11. Ha! :)

    I'll have more pics of other awesome things coming soon...

  12. Good! I look forward to them!

    Jane D.

  13. Wow- what a breath-taking oratory. We will be
    visiting the shrine this year.

    Thank you Institute of the Christ the King !!!

    May the praises of God resound in the most Holy
    Sacrament of the altar....