Friday, July 28, 2006

Our Lady of the Snows Novena

Tonight, at the Shrine where Orin coordinates liturgy, begins the Healing and Hope Novena. For nine nights faithful people will gather and pray at their own homes, seeking healing and hope in the midst of human struggles. We pray for the healing and hope that only Christ can give.

Our Lady of the Snows, pray for us!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

What is Shannon Doing?

The picture below is from Shannon's appearance at the 2006 Youth Convention for the Diocese of Beaumont, TX in June. In the picture, is Shannon:

A) doing the "wave" all by himself?
B) doing one of his wicked, whistle solos?
C) showing off his creepy, "no-hands" guitar technique?


D) doing hand puppets on the back wall?

Monday, July 24, 2006

Luke 12:51

"Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!"

Typos could make all the difference

Our homilist this weekend at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows told a version of this story to begin his homily this past weekend:

After being snowbound for two weeks last winter, a Seattle man departed for his vacation in Miami Beach, where he was to meet his wife in two days at the conclusion of her business trip to Minneapolis. They were looking forward to pleasant weather and a nice time together.

Unfortunately, there was some sort of mix-up at the boarding gate, and the man was told he would have to wait for a later flight. He tried to appeal to a supervisor but was told the airline was not responsible for the problem and it would do no good to complain.

Upon arrival at the hotel the next day, he discovered that Miami Beach was having a heat wave, and its weather was almost as uncomfortably hot as Seattle's was cold. The desk clerk gave him a message that his wife would arrive as planned. He could hardly wait to get to the pool area to cool off, and quickly sent his wife an e-mail, but due to his haste, he made an error in the e-mail address. His message therefore arrived at the home of an elderly preacher's wife whose even older husband had died only the day before!

When the grieving widow opened her e-mail, she took one look at the monitor, let out an anguished scream, and fell to the floor dead. Her family rushed to her room where they saw this message on the screen:

Dearest wife,

Departed yesterday as you know. Just now got checked in. Some confusion at the gate. Appeal was denied. Received confirmation of your arrival tomorrow.

Your loving husband.

PS - Things are not as we thought. You're going to be surprised at how hot it is down here.

Friday, July 21, 2006

St. Louis Storms

Our prayers go out to all those affected by the two recent storms in the St. Louis area.

More that half-a-million people without power, many of them on a day when the high temp was near 100 degrees. So many trees and branches down, some on houses and cars and such.

The Hammond/Johnson household is fine, one branch down but no damage to life or property, and our power has come back on too. We are truly blessed. We hope you and yours are as well.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

One more vacation photo

This time, though, it's the Pope:

Notice, he takes off his ring when he plays.

In the spirit of a good-natured rivalry...

For more, see The Cubs Song.

Lazy Days in Alabama

Hello All!

This week finds the Cerneka clan in Gulf Shores, Alabama for a much needed vacation. We are here with Erin's parents, her brother, Chris and his wife Maggie, her sister, Becca and her husband Andy, and (of course) Madeleine.

Everyone is having a great time. We have a house right on the beach! The house is called "West Palm Peach". We've done a lot of nothing, really. Our days mostly consist of sleeping in, going to the beach, eating lunch, taking naps, and eating dinner.

Tonight is "date night" so Erin and I are going out to find some good seafood, then we'll head out to see "Pirates of the Carribean". Should be fun!

I'll share more pictures when we return.


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Stephen Colbert: Catholic

"I love my Church, and I'm a Catholic who was raised by intellectuals, who were very devout. I was raised to believe that you could question the Church and still be a Catholic. What is worthy of satire is the misuse of religion for destructive or political gains. That's totally different from the Word, the blood, the body and the Christ. His kingdom is not of this earth."

Monday, July 17, 2006

You Can Tie Your Cat Up To The Ceiling Fan

As if stolen from Oddwalk lyrics:

lookie here or here.

Images of Vacation

The Hammond/Johnson vacation to Minnesota anyway.
A statue of Charlie Brown at the City Center Hotel in St. Paul, where Orin and Erin enjoyed an overnight stay. Charles Schulz was from St. Paul.
The Cathedral sanctuary in St. Paul.
The Cathedral steeple in New Ulm, Orin's home diocese.
Erin and Spammy, at the Spam Museum in Austin. Austin is the home of Hormel foods, maker of Spam. Mmm, Spam.
Orin, exhausted, takes a quick nap during the drive home to St. Louis.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Squirrels as Instruments of God

Ray Stevens' "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" -- take it for what it's worth - funny!

Pictures from Young Neighbors, St. Louis

Here are a couple of pictures sent to me by Craig Fehrenbacher, a youth minister from Wisconsin who brought young people to the St. Louis Young Neigbors in Action a couple of weeks ago. Oddwalk played a set on Friday night, and these are some of the teens who were there:

Sunday, July 9, 2006


O.K. So, here's the deal. Orin and Erin are vacationing in Tyler, Minnesota for a week or two, so Orin won't have a chance to update the blog as often as he normally does. He is usually the one who finds the interesting links and stories to share with you all. I figure he has all that time on his hands because he is a liturgist. I don't really have a basis for that joke, it just sounds funny to me.

Because I'm left to update this thing, you get to look at a cute picture of my daughter, Madeleine.


Friday, July 7, 2006

We Are Tiny!

This comes from

Thursday, July 6, 2006
in need of perspective??
This will make a significant dent in that concern. Place your woes in comparison to all this. . . See more here.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Maybe I'm just a Mac-head...

...or at least an old-school (a.k.a. System 7) Mac-head, but this sound makes me (Orin, duh) happy. And now I have it again as my system beep, after several eep-longing years. Ahhhhhhh.

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

I need this shirt.

It says:
Keytar Legend: I'll synthesize your face off.
Shannon, can I have one please please please please please pleeeeeeeeeeeeease?

[size XL]

Your Friend,

Monday, July 3, 2006

Religious Freedom

#15 - "...[F]orms of government still exist under which, even though freedom of religious worship receives constitutional recognition, the powers of government are engaged in the effort to deter citizens from the profession of religion and to make life very difficult and dangerous for religious communities."
Declaration on Religious FreedomDignitatis Humane • 1965
Yup, 1965. How much more true might this be today?
Enjoy your independance day celebrations, and enjoy your religious freedom and human dignity which we are allowed to enjoy, mostly, here in the USA. Pray for those who are without these gifts of our Creator God.

Sunday, July 2, 2006

It's Good to Be Home

Madeleine shows how not to cart a baby around the house: