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