Archive for November, 2008

Quote of the Week: from Archbishop Chaput

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM, Cap.

From RENDER UNTO CAESAR, by the Archbishop of Denver, The Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap:

“Americans have always believed in nonsectarian public institutions. But the founders never intended a nation that privatizes religion and excludes it from involvement in public affairs. Nor did they create any such nation. The secularism proposed today for our public life is not religion-neutral: It is antireligious.”

Devotion of the Forty Hours held November 23-25

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

The Annual Solemn Expostion of the Most Blessed Sacrament, also known as THE FORTY HOURS, was held at St. Mary Church, Salem from Sunday morning, November 23 through Tuesday evening, November 25.

Detail of Blessed Sacrament exposed in the exposition niche of the High AltarSanctuary during the Forty HoursAnother detail of High AltarMy Lord and My God...Ecce Panis Angelorum

Announcement of Holiday Mass Schedule

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:

THANKSGIVING DAY, Thursday, November 27, 2008: 10:00am at St. Mary’s, Salem (and 8:00am at St. Mary’s in Marion);

The Immaculate Conception by Francisco de Zurbaran (1660)

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Monday, December 8: A Holyday of Obligation (even if it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to assist at Mass was not lifted for this feast, since the Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States):

At St. Mary’s, Salem: Sunday, December 7:  7:00pm Vigil Mass (Latin);  Monday, December 8: 8:25am and 7:00pm  (For St. Mary’s, Marion: Monday, December 8: 7:00pm).

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SOLEMNITY OF THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD (CHRISTMAS): A Holyday of Obligation

At St. Mary’s, Salem: Wednesday, December 24: 6:00pm Vigil Mass (For St. Mary’s, Marion, the Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 4:00pm);

At St. Mary’s, Salem: Thursday, December 25: Midnight Mass and 10:00am (No Mass Christmas Day at St. Mary’s, Marion).

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SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD (NEW YEAR’S DAY); The Octave of Christmas and a Holyday of Obligation

At St. Mary’s, Salem: Wednesday, December 31: 6:00pm Vigil Mass (For St. Mary’s, Marion, the Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 4:00pm);

At St. Mary’s, Salem: Thursday, January 1: 10:00am Mass (No Mass Christmas Day at St. Mary’s, Marion).

December Liturgical Ministry Schedule on-line

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Infant Jesus of Prague in violet vestments

Please check out the Monthly Ministry Schedule page for December’s Schedule.

St. Mary’s Cemetery: New Altar Mensa

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

On September 24, 2008, Rausch Bros. Monument Company delivered the new altar mensa (top) for our cemetery altar.  Two holy relics were placed under the mensa in the cement, and the simple prayers of blessing were said. 

The Rausch Monument Company carved the five crosses on the top of the mensa, and were very gracious during the project.  May God reward their generosity to our parish, as well as the donors.

The next time Bishop Swain visits the parish (in favorable weather!), he will be asked to dedicate the altar according to the simple ceremony.

PROJECT ISIDORE UPDATE

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

The good Lord was shining on Project Isidore on November 3rd as the corn was harvested on the parish portion of the church quarter. Project Isidore had its ups and downs just like any other farming enterprise.  We had a wet spring, but finally got the crop planted just to see heavy rains flood the low areas.  The rest of the growing season was very adequate except for the hot dry weather the end of August and 1st of September, but in the end we had a bountiful harvest at 150 bushel an acre of dry corn including all the areas of drown out that were planted.  The final figures are not in yet as only the crop insurance guarantee portion had been sold and the rest is unpriced.  It does look to be a very profitable venture for the parish.

We would like to thank all those who helped on Project Isidore throughout the year:  Shane McGregor & Brian Nelson for their agronomy inputs; Craig Blindert & Jeremy Grady for the crop insurance & marketing strategies;  Steve Eichacker coordinated the labor; Raphael Eichacker, spring tillage; Todd Tuschen, planting; Nick Eichacker, 1st chemical spraying and Michael Gottlob, 2nd chemical spraying.

The harvest was done with a great workforce.   We started about 9:30am and finished by 1:30pm.  There were three combines operated by:  Eugene Streff, Pat Gottlob & Steve Eichacker.  The rest of the crew that helped haul the corn from the combines and transport to town were:  Raphael Eichacker, Jeremy Grady, Jerry Gottlob, Jim Gottlob, Michael Gottlob, Mark Huls, Dean Koch, Jim Koch, Ray Kolbeck, Tom Kolbeck, Seth McGregor & Brian Nelson.  Also a thank you to Randy Sabers & The End Zone for furnishing the noon meal on harvest day and 1st Dakota National Bank & Brian Nelson for furnishing the beverages.

A BIG THANK YOU is also extended to Craig & Glenda at Blindert Insurance for donating the crop insurance premium. We also want to express a huge thank you to everyone who donated their time, machinery and finances to make this a huge success.

We are looking for someone, weather permitting, to do some fall tillage to the corn stalks and if you would like to volunteer for next year, please contact Steve Eichacker.

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Baptism of Brooke Kathryn Heumiller

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Brooke Kathryn HeumillerGodparentsBlessing of Brooke\'s Mother

First Baptism in our new Baptistery!

Brooke Kathryn Heumiller Baptism
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 – All Saints Day
Parents: Michael John and Kathryn Ann Huls Heumiller
Godparents: Anne Marie Heumiller Quiett and Christopher John Huls
Grandparents: Jim and Pat Huls and Jerry and Lori Heumiller
Great-grandparents: Marvin and Alida Ahlers and Pat Heumiller