Rules of Fast and Abstinence During Lent

February 4th, 2016

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Ash Wednesday (February 10th) and Good Friday (March 25th) are days of Fast and Abstinence and all the Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence. Abstinence is from meat and is required by Catholics 14 years and older.  Fasting is required by all Catholics 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals (called “collations”) are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. These two smaller meals, put together, must not equal a full meal. Everyone is certainly encouraged to keep the traditional discipline of fasting during the weekdays of Lent.

Holy Mass will be celebrated on Ash Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m.. with the blessing and imposition of ashes at both Masses.   Stations of the Cross will be held on the Friday’s of Lent at 7:00 p.m.

 

January 18th through 25th: The Chair of Unity Octave – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 17th, 2016

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Beginning tomorrow, the Chair of Unity Octave, also known as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, is one of the most important periods of devotional prayer in the Church year.  It has accomplished an immense good in awakening Catholics to a mission consciousness and to the need of interesting themselves in the conversion of those without the Fold.  In these days of darkness and confusion, when the enemies of Christ seem to be triumphing as never before, how great is our obligation to pour forth fervent prayer for the souls of the millions of Christians who are isolated from the fullness of the truth, that God in his Mercy will grant them the grace of conversion.  Let us take very seriously our responsibility with regard to the souls of our brethren, and make this yearly Octave truly a week of grace!

“In every age it has been the concern of the Roman Pontiffs, Our predecessors, and likewise it concerns Us greatly, that Christians who have, unfortunately, withdrawn from the Catholic Religion should at length be recalled to us as a forsaken Mother.  For in the Unity of the Faith the foremost characteristic of the truth of the Church shines forth, and it is thus that the Apostle Paul exhorts the Ephesians to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, by proclaiming that there is One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism (Ephes. 4:5).  With a glad mind, therefore, We have heard that prayers have been proposed to be recited from the Feast of the Chair of the Blessed Peter at Rome to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, in order that this aim of Unity might be obtained from the Lord.  We mercifully grant and bestow in the Lord a Plenary Indulgence and remission of their sins to each and all the faithful of Christ who from the eighteenth day of the month of January, the Festival of the Chair of Blessed Peter of Rome, until the twenty-fifth day of the same month, on which the Conversion of St. Paul is commemorated, shall recite once a day the prayers appointed.”  ―Pope Benedict XV (who sat upon the Chair of St. Peter from 1914-1922)

The Chair of Unity Octave begins on January 18th, the old Feast of St. Peter’s Chair in Rome and concludes on January 25th, Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle.  It was founded in 1908 by Father Paul of Graymoor, N.Y. (born Lewis Thomas Wattson), Founder of the Society of the Atonement, and Mother Lurana White, Foundress of the Sisters of the Atonement, while they were still Anglicans.  After their conversion to Catholicism, the Chair of Unity Octave was approved by Pope St. Pius X.

January 6th: The Feast of the Epiphany

January 17th, 2016

On Wednesday evening, January 6th, a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated at St. Mary Church.  Father DeWayne Kayser, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, SD, served as Deacon of the Mass and our seminarian, Mr. John Streff, F.S.S.P., served as Subdeacon.  Mr. Landon Frederes was Master of Ceremonies.

“As you kneel at the feet of the child Jesus on the day of his Epiphany and see him a king bearing none of the outward signs of royalty, you can tell him:  Lord, take away my pride; crush my self love, my desire to affirm myself and impose myself on others. Make the foundation of my personality my identification with you.

If our vocation comes first, if the star shines ahead to start us along the path of God’s love, it is illogical that we should begin to doubt if it chances to disappear from view. It might happen at certain moments in our interior life — and we are nearly always to blame — that the star disappears, just as it did to the wise kings on their journey. We have already realized the divine splendour of our vocation, and we are convinced about its definitive character, but perhaps the dust we stir up as we walk our miseries — forms an opaque cloud that cuts off the light from above. What should we do if this happens?  Follow the example of those wise men and ask. Herod made use of knowledge to act unjustly. The Magi use it to do good. But we Christians have no need to go to Herod nor to the wise men of this world. Christ has given his Church sureness in doctrine and a flow of grace in the sacraments. He has arranged things so that there will always be people to guide and lead us, to remind us constantly of our way. There is an infinite treasure of knowledge available to us: the word of God kept safe by the Church, the grace of Christ administered in the sacraments and also the witness and example of those who live by our side and have known how to build with their good lives a road of faithfulness to God.”

-St. Josemaria Escriva, Homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, 1956

 

Church Interior: Christmas Eve Afternoon

January 17th, 2016
Detail of one of the Altar Religuaries

Detail of one of the Altar Religuaries

The ladies moved the location of the Crib from the Holy Family Altar to the Gospel Side of the Sanctuary, to the right of the pulpit

The ladies moved the location of the Crib from the Holy Family Altar to the Gospel Side of the Sanctuary, to the right of the pulpit

The niche over the tabernacle is covered until the Gloria of the First Mass of Christmas, when the large image of the Infant Jesus is revealed

The niche over the tabernacle is covered until the Gloria of the First Mass of Christmas, when the large image of the Infant Jesus is revealed

View of the side Altar dedicated to St. Aloysius

View of the side Altar dedicated to St. Aloysius

View of the Holy Family Altar

View of the Holy Family Altar

 

Christmas Mass Schedule (click on ad to enlarge)

December 17th, 2015

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Extra times for the Sacrament of Penance before Christmas (click on ad to enlarge)

December 17th, 2015

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Schedule for All Souls’ Day: Monday, November 2nd

October 29th, 2015

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Monday, November 2nd:

The Solemn Commemoration of

All the Faithful Departed

Since this Monday is All Souls’ Day, Fr. Lawrence will offer three Holy Masses: the first two will begin at 6:15 a.m. (Extraordinary Form) and one will follow the other (for those who would like to assist at these Masses).  At 8:15 a.m., we will have the parish Mass (3rd Mass; Ordinary Form) and following this Mass, as has been the tradition at St. Mary’s) the school children will go by bus to St. Mary’s Cemetery where Fr. Lawrence will lead them in prayers for the Faithful Departed.  Once we return to the school, we will have doughnuts, juice and coffee, etc.  The adults who come to the morning Mass are welcome to join us at the cemetery and then for refreshments in the school afterwards.  Fr. Lawrence is switching his day off from Monday to Tuesday this week.

 

 

Plenary Indulgences for the Holy Souls Nov. 1st through 8th

October 29th, 2015

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Photos from the Solemn High Mass for the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption

August 18th, 2015

On Saturday morning, August 15th, the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven, St. Mary’s Parish in Salem celebrated a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (only the second one since the changes made following implementation of Blessed Paul VI’s new Missal).  The Solemn Mass, where the Celebrant is assisted by a Deacon and Subdeacon, in addition to celebrating Our Lady’s Assumption, was also offered in celebration of the Quasquicentennial (125th Anniversary) of the Founding of the Diocese of Sioux Falls by Pope Leo XIII.  Reverend Father DeWayne F. Kayser, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, South Dakota, served as the Deacon of the Mass and our parish seminarian, Mr. John E. Streff, F.S.S.P., entering his fourth year of studies at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, served as the Subdeacon of the Mass.  Thanks to parishioner and Parish Photographer, Sherry Stoffel, for the photos!

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Novena to Our Lady in Preparation for the Feast of Her Assumption

August 7th, 2015

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Below is a copy of an email which was sent out to the parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish this morning.
The Novena Prayer we are using will be found below the quotation from Pope Emeritus Benedict:

 

My Dear Parishioners of St. Mary Church:

Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate!

I am writing to remind you that today, August 7th, the first Friday of the month, we begin, as a parish family, the Novena to Our Lady in preparation for the Feast of her Assumption into Heaven – nine days of prayer (August 7th through the 15th). The special intention of this novena is for the return of those who have abandoned the practice of the Faith.  If you have forgotten about participating in these nine days of prayer, I earnestly invite you to be part of the novena – that we may be united in one heart and voice, asking the intercession of the Holy Mother of God to move the hearts of those who, for whatever reason, have left their Father’s house and are living without the powerful grace of the Sacraments, given by Our Divine Savior to His Church.  The Novena Prayer was included in last weekend’s bulletin.  If you have misplaced it, or didn’t receive a bulletin, I have it attached the Novena Prayer to this email in both Word and PDF formats.  We will also pray the Novena Prayer after the weekend Masses and after the Masses throughout the week leading up to the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption on Saturday, August 15th, the last day of the novena.

Deo gratias et Mariae,

-Father Lawrence

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“By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal goods we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful. Consequently, we must not lose our serenity and peace even amid the thousands of daily difficulties. The luminous sign of Our Lady taken up into Heaven shines out even more brightly when sad shadows of suffering and violence seem to loom on the horizon.

“We may be sure of it: from on high, Mary follows our footsteps with gentle concern, dispels the gloom in moments of darkness and distress, and reassures us with her motherly hand. Supported by awareness of this, let us continue confidently on our path of Christian commitment wherever Providence may lead us. Let us forge ahead in our lives under Mary’s guidance.”

— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, August 15, 2006

 

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Novena Prayer to Our Lady

Assumed into Heaven Body and Soul

Asking Her Special Intercession for the return of those who have abandoned the practice of their Catholic Faith

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant Assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen.

We join them in praising you and bless the Lord Who raised you above all creatures.  With them we offer you our devotion and love.

We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs,  and we take comfort from the faith in the coming resurrection.

We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.   After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.   Amen.

Three Hail Mary’s are now prayed in honor of Our Lady’s threefold privilege of being the Daughter of God the Father, the Mother of God the Son, and the Spouse of God the Holy Spirit.