This week's giveaway is in the EJB and other Java EE Technologies forum. We're giving away four copies of EJB 3 in Action and have Debu Panda, Reza Rahman, Ryan Cuprak, and Michael Remijan on-line! See this thread for details.
Hold on pardner! Catching and burying Exceptions is not a good thing (except in the movies). I'd bet that if you were to do a simple printStackTrace on your caught exceptions, you'd discover a problem.