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Holy Mass on July 4th

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated (weather permitting) at 9:00am at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Salem in honor of Msgr. Weber’s 120th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination.  Please disregard what the bulletin states in the Schedule (there will be only one Mass on July 4th).  If the weather is inclement, we will move the Holy Mass into St. Mary Church.  Thank you!

Statue of St. John the Baptist – The latest addition to St. Mary Church

Friday, August 17th, 2012


…as the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24th, was commonly called in the native land of the 3rd and longest serving Pastor of our parish (1897-1956), Msgr. Bernard John Weber. June 24th was also the Feast chosen for his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood in the Year of Our Lord 1893. In preparation for the 120th anniversary of his Priestly Ordination next year, and in honor of the approaching Year of Faith called by our Holy Father (which begins this October), an admirer of our late but well remembered Pastor (who wishes to remain anonymous) donated a beautifully restored statue of St. John the Baptist to our church.  May this magnificent statue – which has been installed between the Holy Family Altar and the pulpit and portrays St. John pointing out the Lamb of God – serve as a reminder to the homilist of his duty to lead others to Christ. It will also serve as a reminder that all of us are called to a daily conversion of heart and mind through the Blood of the Lamb, Who takes away the sins of the world.

May the approaching Year of Faith, as well as the upcoming 120th Anniversary of Msgr. Weber’s Priestly Ordination, be an incentive for us to cooperate with God’s grace, grow in our love of the Catholic Faith and renew our commitment to participate in the life of our parish community.