Archive for August, 2011

First Solemn Mass of Father Jonathan M. Venner

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

The Reverend Father Jonathan M. Venner, ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD by His Excellency, the Most Revrerend Paul Joseph Swain on 1st  Thursday, August 4th, the Dies Natalis of St. John Marie Vianney, celebrated his First Solemn Mass (in the Usus Antiquior) at St. Mary Church, Salem on 1st Friday, August 5th, 2011.  The Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated, preceded by the Veni Creator Spiritus and followed by the Te Deum

The Reverend Bryan J. B. Pedersen, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, served as Deacon of the Mass and the Reverend Gregory Parrott, Parochial Vicar of Queen of Angels Church, Austin, Minnesota and Our Lady of Loreto Church, Brownsdale, Minnesota, served as Subdeacon.  The Reverend John Brancich, F.S.S.P., Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, Omaha, Nebraska, served as Master of Ceremonies and Homilist.  Mr. Nathan J. Knutson, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies for Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, directed the Schola Cantorum, while his wife, Mrs. Lisa Knutson, was organist.  The Priest of Salem served as Assistant Priest.  The Reverend Fathers Charles Duman and Mark Axtmann of the Diocese of Sioux Falls were among the clergy in choir.

Fr. Venner has been assigned as Parochial Vicar at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.

August 11: Feast of St. Philomena, Virgin & Martyr

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The Feast of St. Philomena was celebrated again this year, preceded by  a Triduum of Prayer in her honor on August 8th, 9th and 10th. 

August 1: Feast of St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The Feast of St. Alphonus Liguori (September 27, 1696 – August 1, 1787) according to the 1969 Calendar was celebrated on August 1.  His statue and holy relic were honored in the sanctuary, and the faithful were invited to venerate his relic at the conclusion of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

This statue of St. Alphonsus, from Quebec, is unique in that he is shown in his Redemptorist habit prior to being consecrated a bishop.  In fact, while his hair is already white, he is without his usual beard.

We thank this great Doctor of the Church and Patron Saint of Moral Theologians and Priest Confessors for his love for the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and Our Blessed Lady as well as his devotion to the  Divine Infancy of Our Lord.  While we pray the Stations of the Cross he wrote almost every Friday in Lent, we can also thank him for the prayers we pray every 25th of the Month in Honor of the Child Jesus (“Little Christmas”).  St. Alphonsus was also the Spiritual Father of American Saint John N. Neumann, C.Ss.R.,  (Redemptorist Missionary and 4th Bishop of Philadelphia, PA) and American Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. (d. 1867), whose Shrine is in New Orleans, LA (go to for more information on Blessed Seelos).

St. Alphonus Maria de Liguori, pray for us!