Monday, December 29, 2008

Uncle Harry...

I hope all are having a wonderful Christmas Season.
On December 20, 2008, my Great Uncle (my Grandfather's brother) Harry died. We went to his funeral today. Going through the motions of the Funeral Mass then the Military burial reminded me of my Grandfather Raymond Garner, Sr. Pop, as we called him, was a kind a gentle man, much like Uncle Harry. As I heard some of the stories today and yesterday, I could not help but think about the fact that Harry & Ray were two men I would like to emulate. It was mentioned during Uncle Harry's funeral that he never complained. No matter what the case, he never complained. I remember this about him. That is something I also remember about Pop. If you care to read it, his obituary is posted below. One thing I did not know, but learned throughout the past few days, he was a D-day veteran. Wow...What a great life this 90 year old man lived.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Harry A. ‘Hap’ Garner, 90, of Owings Mills

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Harry A. “Hap” Garner, 90, of Owings Mills, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Dove House in Westminster.

Born Aug. 3, 1918, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late William Raymond and Carrie Mae Lamp Garner. He was the husband of Lorna E. Ayre Garner, his wife of 58 years.

He was a retired command sergeant major with the Army and Maryland National Guard, with 36 years of service. He was activated with Company B, 104th edical BN, 29th Infantry Division and landed as part of the D- Day Invasion. He re-enlisted with the Maryland National Guard, where he continued to serve until his retirement in 1978. His military awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Stars and Arrow Head, Purple Heart, European Middle Eastern Campaign with four Battles, World War II Victory Medal, Army Commendation Medal, State of Maryland Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Cross, National Defense Medal, Combat Medical Badge and the Governor’s Certificate of Distinguished Citizen.

He was a member of the American Legion, 29th Division, Association, 29th Vet Corps and the Veterens of Foreign War. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glyndon.

He was an Orioles fan, an avid card player and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Steven F. Garner, of Owings Mills; daughters and son-in-law Lorna M. and Vincent J. Cerniglia, of Hampstead, and Retired Chief Warrant Officer 2 Patricia A. Garner, of Hampstead; a sister, Hilda Homerighausen, of Fredericksburg, Va.; and grandchildren Angela Gottesfeld and husband Dave, Anthony and Dominic Cerniglia, and Nicholas Framarini.

He was predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Glyndon, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon, with the Rev. Sylvester Kim, officiating. Interment, with military honors, will be in Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Soldiers and Airmen Emergency Relief Fund, MDNG 5th Regt. Armory, Baltimore, MD 21201 or to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Planned Parenthood is Pro-Abortion...

Watch this video and see for yourself.

Then watch this one...

Speaks for itself.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jim MacLaren

I was introduced to Jim a few years ago though a mutual friend. We have exchanged a few emails and although we have never met, I feel a certain closeness to Jim. I have had some set backs in my life, but Jim's story makes my problems look like a freshman pimple on Homecoming night. Jim has had his ups and downs and now Jim needs our help. I don't know all the details, but I think he is not doing well. I encourage you to learn about Jim and then pray for him. Visit his web site Support him anyway you can.

Below is a video that will tell you a little about his story.

Thank you for taking the time to help a man who has helped so many.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Breakfast with Santa

Today we had breakfast with Santa at St. Michael's
Breakfast with Santa 2008

Griffin was dressed in his scout uniform because we then went to the post office to help his pack send off packages to the troops.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Year in review...

Just a little year in review...

Matt Maher & Tom Booth 3.8.08
Griffin's 1st Communion
Teaghan Elizabeth Gill
Griffin Summer Cub Scout Camp
This year was mostly about Teaghan, but we did have some other things happen during the year :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Went to confession...

Griffin and I went to the Advent Penance Service tonight. I was surprised that there were only about 20 people there. This was a great opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I think most folks either don't feel the need to go or are scared to go. Here is a little video I found that helps us better understand the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Learn your faith...

Growing up my mom took us to church; every week in fact. We were the typical "good Catholic family". Why is it that I know very little about my faith and what it teaches. Take for example birth control and other contraceptions. No one ever told me it was a grave sin. I found out from a friend and then I looked it up to be sure.

...Neither is it valid to argue, as a justification for sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive, that a lesser evil is to be preferred to a greater one, or that such intercourse would merge with procreative acts of past and future to form a single entity, and so be qualified by exactly the same moral goodness as these... (

What about in vitro fertilization (IVF)? How could something that helps to create life be considered a sin? Well it is.

...Artificial procreation, such as in vitro fertilization, he (Pope Benedict XVI) said, has given rise to "new problems," such as "the freezing of human embryos, embryonal reduction, pre-implantation diagnosis, stem cell research and attempts at human cloning". All these, he said, "clearly show how, with artificial insemination outside the body, the barrier protecting human dignity has been broken."...(Pope Addresses In-Vitro Fertilization and anti-life procedures By John-Henry Westen2/1/2008)

For a convert or a "cradle Catholic", this may shock and or anger you to find out what the church teaches. Our ignorance does not excuse of from committing these evils. I myself was guilty of these sins. Rather than rush to judgement, I suggest you do as I did and read and learn what the church teaches. If you are like me you will find that the reason the church has taken these positions is to ultimately preserve life and to give glory to God until we meet him in his eternal Heaven.

I challenge you to become a better Catholic. Don't just walk into church each week, listen to the readings, get communion and walk out. Learn about your faith. Teach your faith to others. This will be hard at first because it will require a harsh examination of your conscience which may reveal things you don't want to admit, but because our faith gives us the sacrament of Reconciliation, we can be healed.

Below are a few links to help you on your journey.