Archive for May, 2013

External Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Baccalaureate Mass & May Crowning of Our Lady

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

On Mothers’ Day, the External Solemnity of the Ascension (May 12th), we had our Annual Baccalaureate Mass to honor our parishioners who are members of the High School Graduation Class.  We concluded Holy Mass with the Annual Crowning of the statue of Our Lady of Grace in the grotto Fr. Joseph Ripp installed in the back of our church.  Miss Natasha Frances Krempges, a graduate of St. Mary Catholic School and a member of the McCook Central Class of 2013, crowned Our Lady’s statue:


Photos from Bishop Swain’s Visit to Parish School Children

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

On Rogation Tuesday (May 7th), His Excellency, the Most Rev. Paul Joseph Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls, made a Pastoral Visit to St. Mary Catholic School to pray the Rosary and visit the children in the school following the Rosary.  Bishop Swain also blessed the Crosses for the Farms and Fields traditionally blessed on or around May 3rd, the old Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross.  In between each Mystery of the Rosary, the children sang “Mary the Dawn” from The St. Pius X Hymnal and the Regina Caeli, with its versicle and oration, ended the prayers in church before His Excellency headed over to the school.

Photos from Rogation Monday (May 6, 2013)

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The Rogation Days (Minor Litanies) on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the Traditional Feast of the Ascension were well-attended this year!  On Rogation Wednesday, we had to keep the Procession inside church due to the heavy rain!  Thanks be to God.

Rogation Days (the Minor Litanies) are next week!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Rogation Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are next week, and the Rogation Processions will take place around the church before Mass (with the Litany of the Saints).

Historical Note:

April 25th (the Feast of St. Mark), and the three days (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) before the traditional celebration of Ascension Thursday, observed to appease God’s wrath, ask protection, and invoke a blessing on the harvest. They were known in England as Gang Days and Cross Week. The Litany of the Saints is chanted in the procession, and the Rogation Mass follows. The older procession of April 25th, called therefore the Major Litany, Christianized a pagan procession in honor of the god Robigus. The institution of the others, adopted in Rome under Pope Leo III as the Minor Litanies, is ascribed to Saint Mamertus of Vienne who, c. 475, ordered processions with special prayers because of calamities which were afflicting the country. Rogation days were dropped from the Church‘s calendar in the reform of 1970, but since 1988 have been revived, especially in farming communities.