Archive for May, 2010

Kindergarten Graduation

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Today we had Kindergarten Graduation from St. Mary’s Parish School following the Holy Mass.   Congratulations, and have a good summer!

First Communion group photo

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Group Photo 1st Holy Communion 2010

First Holy Communion for St. Mary’s, Salem was Sunday, May 2, 2010.  Sixteen 2nd graders received Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist for the first time.  Following Mass, the children presented flowers to Our Blessed Mother and were enrolled in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Congratulations to this year’s First Communicants:

Emily Kay Bies

Christy Ann Eich

Blake John Gessner

Collin Joseph Kolbeck

Angelina Maria Krempges

Sarah Lizabeth Krempges

Rachel Elizabeth Krier

Julia Marie Larson

Emma May Norris

Jacy Rae Pulse

Colin David Reif

Katie Ann Reif

Aleah LaVonne Ries

Parker Laine Scheier

Sarah Elizabeth Wegener

Jayden Martin Wolf

Outdoor Shrine to St. Isidore dedicated May 15th

Monday, May 17th, 2010

ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER – HEAVENLY PATRON OF THE AMERICAN FARMER AND FARMING COMMUNITIES:  Salem parishioners should have noticed by now the new shrine to St. Isidore in the rear of St. Mary Church, on the Epistle Side.  The statue was obtained for the parish from Spain by the Carmelites nuns in Alexandria (St. Isidore the Farmer is also Patron Saint of Madrid).


This weekend you will also notice the grotto Shrine to St. Isidore on the east side of the church.  This grotto was made in 1957 by deceased parishioner Wilfred E. Schulte (October 15, 1924-July 16, 2002), and donated to the parish by Jerry & Karla Blindert.  After Jerry carefully dug up the grotto and moved it to the parish (it was very heavy!), Chad Krempges transported it over to his shop, cleaned it and repainted it to brand new appearance.  Now…on the right side of the base of the grotto there was a large capped pipe sticking out, and I (Fr. L..) asked Chad to cut it off. 

Inside the pipe was a time capsule from 1959!  WOW!  Inside the plastic bottle were two holy medals (one of St. Michael and a “four-way” medal of St. Christopher, etc.), a wheat 1959 penny, and a hand-written “History” from Wilfred himself (in beautiful penmanship), dated May 24, 1959(coincidentally, the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Patroness of the Salem Church).   Special thanks to Jerry & Karla Blindert for donating and transporting the Shrine, to Joe VanHout (who organized the whole project), to Chad Krempges (for cleaning and painting the Shrine), to Bill Eichacker (who helped  Chad & Joe move the Shrine to the parish and painstakingly place it in its new location, to Jim McCormick for painting the statue and adding the gold halo, and to the late Wilfred E. Schulte for being such a fine Catholic gentleman and farmer.  May he rest in heavenly peace!

It was February, 1945 that I moved to this farm with my parents and 2 sisters, Wilma & Dorothy.  The building was in bad shape and the land was infested with cockle burrs, sunflowers & jennys.  We got the farm buildings wired and connected to the REA line in Sept., 1950.  In 1954 we saw water run out of the hydrants & faucets for the first time.  This shrine was erected in 1957.  I was the architect; my father helped some in building it.  On Sunday morning, October 20, 1957, I placed the statue of St. Isidore in the Shrine.  We asked Saint Isidore to pray for all our neighbors & friends and all who pass by on the road or enter the driveway.  Our present Pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Salem is Rev. Father Patrick Conway; the assistant priest is Rev. Father Robert Grabowski.  This history was written by Wilfred Schulte on May 24, 1959.

location of time capsule

Novena Prayer in Honor of St. Isidore the Farmer

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Last Thursday, we started the Novena to St. Isidore the Farmer, and will celebrate his feast on Saturday, May 15th with a special Mass at 10:00am.  For those who have asked for copies of the Novena to St. Isidore we use in Salem, please click here:

 Novena to St. Isidore the Farmer   

(Three to a page, front and back)

Bishop Aquila on the CHA USA, etc.

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010


Self-described Catholic groups who endorsed the health care bill despite objections “severely damaged” the common good and diluted the pro-life witness of the U.S. bishops and the Catholic faithful, asserted Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota in a recent statement.

Bishop Aquila said it was “truly tragic” that some “so-called ‘Catholic’ groups” came out in support of the legislation.

“The Catholic Health Association (CHA), Catholics United and some small groups of religious orders have supported the Act,” the bishop explained. “In recent days, most sadly of all, these groups have received gratitude from pro-abortion forces.”

These groups, Bishop Aquila stressed, acted “in direct contradiction to the bishops” who are the “guardians” of authentic Christian teaching.

“The actions of these groups have betrayed the common good, undermined the teaching authority of the Church, and have disregarded the courageous witness by the Bishops and the many millions of faithful Catholics to the gift and dignity of human life,” he continued. “We now face the reality of severe damage to the common good by the expansion of abortion throughout our land because of the counter-witness of these groups.”

Additionally, the bishop said, these groups and some Catholic legislators and laity have “weakened the bonds of communion” within the Church and diluted “her witness to justice for all, from the moment of conception until natural death.”

He then reported that the groups’ influence was evident in North Dakota, whose U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy cited the encouragement of “Catholic nuns” to defend his vote for the legislation.

Bishop Aquila lamented that some Catholics are “more faithful to their political parties and ideological beliefs than to the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Church.”

“Rather than being a leaven in their respective party and in society for the good, by ignoring the primacy of the truths of our Catholic faith, they pave the way for secularism and a culture of death.”

Speaking about the effects of the health care reform bill itself, the bishop said although it seeks to expand access to health care especially for the poor and uninsured, at the same time it “allows for the violation of the sacredness of human life” by expanding federal funding for abortion.

“As Catholics, we cannot support something which helps some people while, at the same time, allows and funds, in part, the destruction of the most innocent among us, the unborn, and does not provide adequate conscience protection for those who are pro-life,” he added.

The executive order purporting to apply Hyde Amendment restrictions to the legislation “falls short,” in the bishop’s view, as its efforts to address shortcomings are “highly likely” to be legally invalid.

“The legal and policy advisors of the U.S. Catholic Bishops have noted the executive order cannot and does not fix the statutory problems of funding abortion, it cannot and does not make up for the absence of conscience protections that are missing from the statute, and it does not strengthen existing conscience protections,” he explained.

Bishop Aquila’s statement concluded by calling for Catholics to “remain steadfast” in witnessing to the human dignity of the unborn child and to the need for conscience protections for pro-life medical professionals and institutions.