Archive for February, 2011

Triduum in Honor of Our Lady of Lourdes

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Notre Dame de Lourdes

Notre Dame de Lourdes

This year, St. Mary Parish again kept a triduum of prayer for the sick (February 8th, 9th and 10th)  in preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of the Sick (February 11th).  On Saturday, February 12th, during the 5:00pm Mass in anticipation for Sunday, we celebrated the communal Anointing of the Sick.  Please find the prayers used during the triduum here:


Pastoral Visit of Bishop Swain to Parochial School; Bishop blesses new statue of St. Philomena for church

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Newly-Ordained Bishop Swain, Oct., 2006

Today, First Friday, February 4, 2011, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, the 8th Bishop of Sioux Falls visited St. Mary School to visit the students, the staff, and many of the parents for the close of Catholic Schools Week.  It was a great morning: after parfaits, doughnuts and treats, the school children signed the Our Father for Bishop Swain before presenting him with a Spiritual Bouquet and a framed copy of Mater Gratiae, or Our Lady of the Bowed Head.

After he left the Parochial School, His Excellency visited the church and blessed the new statue of St. Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, just recently placed near the baptistery and given to the Glory of Almighty God and in loving memory of the late John B. and Alvina S. Bies.  The Shrine to St. Philomena will be completed with a dossal curtain of red silk and gold fleur de lis (being made and to be installed behind her statue).  A photograph of the completed dossal and statue will be posted as soon as it is completed.

St. Philomena

Memorial Plaque

New St. Philomena statue

Candlemas: The Presentation of Our Lord and the Purification of Our Lady

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Here is a PDF copy of the program used this morning at our parish for the Holy Mass (Ordinary Form in English): CANDLEMAS 2011 Thanks to Father Samuel Weber, OSB, of the Institute of Liturgical Music in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for his setting of the Canticle of Simeon!

This afternoon, the Christmas Crib was dismantled in our church, and the side altar of the Holy Family returned to its normal appearance.