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St. Charles Borromeo on the Season of Advent

Monday, November 28th, 2016

220px-carlo_borromeoFrom the Office of Readings:

“Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation: the great season of Advent. This is the time eagerly awaited by the patriarchs and prophets, the time that holy Simeon rejoiced at last to see. 

This is the season that the Church has always celebrated with special solemnity. We too should always observe it with faith and love, offering praise and thanksgiving to the Father for the mercy and love he has shown us in this mystery. In his infinite love for us, though we were sinners, he sent his only Son to free us from the tyranny of Satan, to summon us to heaven, to welcome us into its innermost recesses, to show us truth itself, to train us in right conduct, to plant within us the seeds of virtue, to enrich us with the treasures of his grace, and to make us children of God and heirs of eternal life. 

Each year, as the Church recalls this mystery, she urges us to renew the memory of the great love God has shown us. This holy season teaches us that Christ’s coming was not only for the benefit of his contemporaries; his power has still to be communicated to us all. We shall share his power, if, through holy faith and the sacraments, we willingly accept the grace Christ earned for us, and live by that grace and in obedience to Christ. 

The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. When we remove all obstacles to his presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with him the riches of his grace. 

In her concern for our salvation, our loving mother the Church uses this holy season to teach us through hymns, canticles and other forms of expression, of voice or ritual, used by the Holy Spirit. She shows us how grateful we should be for so great a blessing, and how to gain its benefit: our hearts should be as much prepared for the coming of Christ as if he were still to come into this world. The same lesson is given us for our imitation by the words and example of the holy men of the Old Testament.” 

Annual Visit of St. Nicholas

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Schedule for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: December 8th

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Immaculate Conception Schedule

Schedule of Advent Confession and Christmas Masses

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Advent Confessions & Christmas Masses

The Novena in Preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady: November 29th through December 7th

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Incorrectly listed in the Parish Bulletin as beginning on November 30th, the Immaculate Conception Novena is in preparation for that great Feast of Our Lady, and therefore begins on November 29th and ends on the Vigil of the Feast, December 7th:



Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) will be offered this evening at 6:00 pm for Ember Wednesday, at 6:00 pm on Ember Friday and on Ember Saturday morning at 8:00 am at St. Mary Church in Salem, SD.  For the Propers of this evening’s Mass, please click: Ember Wednesday in Advent

THE ANCIENT WINTER EMBER DAYS ARE TRADITIONALLY OBSERVED THIS WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Four times a year, the Church traditionally sets aside three days to focus on God through His marvelous creation. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons that “like some virgins dancing in a circle, succeed one another with the happiest harmony,” as St. John Chrysostom wrote.  These four times are each kept on a successive Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and are known as “Ember Days,” or Quatuor Tempora, in Latin. The first of these four times comes in Winter, after the Feast of St. Lucy; the second comes in Spring, the week after Ash Wednesday; the third comes in Summer, after Pentecost Sunday; and the last comes in Autumn, after Holy Cross Day.  These times are spent fasting and partially abstaining (voluntary since the new Code of Canon Law) in penance and with the intentions of thanking God for the gifts He gives us in nature and beseeching Him for the discipline to use them in moderation. The fasts, known as “Jejunia quatuor temporum,” or “the fast of the four seasons,” are rooted in Old Testament practices of fasting four times a year: Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah, joy, and gladness, and great solemnities: only love ye truth and peace (Zacharias 8:19).  In the ancient Church, Ordinations to the minor and major Orders were celebrated in the night on Ember Saturdays.  Therefore, we can also pray for vocations to the Priesthood, and for those men who are preparing for Ordination, during the Ember Days.

On the Wednesday of Ember Week in Advent, the Mystery of the Annunciation is commemorated by many Churches. The Mass is usually sung early in the morning. That Mass is sometimes called the Golden Mass, Rorate Mass or Messiah Mass. On that occasion the Church is illuminated as a token that the world was still in darkness when the Light of the world appeared. The Mass is called the Golden Mass possibly because in the Middle Ages the whole of the Mass or at least the initial letters were written in gold, or on account of the golden magnificence of the solemnity or more probably on account of the special, great, “golden” grace which, at that time, is obtained by the numerous prayers. It is called Rorate Mass after the first words of the Introit of the Mass: Rorate Coeli, and Messiah Mass because of the Church, like Our Lady, expresses on that day her longing for the arrival of the Messiah.

2nd Sunday of Advent & Visit of St. Nicholas

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Today, the Second Sunday of Advent, St. Nicholas  visited the parish at the end of the 10:00am Holy Mass.  After telling the children one story of his generosity – to provide a dowry for a poor young woman promised in marriage – the children in attendance at Mass came up to receive a gift bag of candy.  Pictured with St. Nicholas (parishioner Paul Larson) is his young assistant, Peter (or Rupert), played by Paul’s son, Luke.  The two priests are Fr. Charles Duman (on the right), and the Priest of Salem on the left.  The second photo shows St. Nicholas with his other children after Mass.  The photos were taken by parishioner John Streff.  (More photos to come in the next couple of days).

Scenes of the Season in Salem

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Just a few photos of our church during Advent:

DAY 2: Novena in Preparation for December 8th

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

From the homily of our late Holy Father,  the Venerable John Paul II during the Mass of Beatification of  Blesseds Pius IX, John XXIII, William Chaminade, Tommasso Reggio & Columba Marmion – September 3, 2000 – St. Peter’s Square:

“Listening to the words of the Gospel acclamation: ‘Lord, lead me on a straight road’, our thoughts naturally turn to the human and religious life of Pope Pius IX, Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti. Amid the turbulent events of his time, he was an example of unconditional fidelity to the immutable deposit of revealed truths. Faithful to the duties of his ministry in every circumstance, he always knew how to give absolute primacy to God and to spiritual values. His lengthy pontificate was not at all easy and he had much to suffer in fulfilling his mission of service to the Gospel. He was much loved, but also hated and slandered.

However, it was precisely in these conflicts that the light of his virtues shone most brightly: these prolonged sufferings tempered his trust in divine Providence, whose sovereign lordship over human events he never doubted. This was the source of Pius IX’s deep serenity, even amid the misunderstandings and attacks of so many hostile people. He liked to say to those close to him: “In human affairs we must be content to do the best we can and then abandon ourselves to Providence, which will heal our human faults and shortcomings”.

Sustained by this deep conviction, he called the First Vatican Ecumenical Council, which clarified with magisterial authority certain questions disputed at the time, and confirmed the harmony of faith and reason. During his moments of trial Pius IX found support in Mary, to whom he was very devoted. In proclaiming the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, he reminded everyone that in the storms of human life the light of Christ shines brightly in the Blessed Virgin and is more powerful than sin and death.”

Novena in Preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Today, November 29, we began the Novena in Preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Novena will end on the Vigil of the Feast, December 7.  For a copy of the prayers we recite at the end of Holy Mass at St. Mary Church in Salem, please click on the link below:

Novena in Preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception from SALEM