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“To see this immortal King face-to-face…”

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

“To see this immortal King face-to-face, the Church at present is preparing herself; and while she celebrates her temporal feasts here, she contemplates the festive and eternal joys of her native land, where her Spouse is praised by angelic instruments.  And all the saints, continually celebrating the day of great festivity that the Lord has made, cease not to praise with nuptial songs the immortal Bridegroom, beautiful in form before the sons of men, Who in His gratuitous mercy has chosen the Church for Himself.”

Mystical Mirror of the Church, 1160-1165

January 6th: The Feast of the Epiphany

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

On Wednesday evening, January 6th, a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated at St. Mary Church.  Father DeWayne Kayser, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, SD, served as Deacon of the Mass and our seminarian, Mr. John Streff, F.S.S.P., served as Subdeacon.  Mr. Landon Frederes was Master of Ceremonies.

“As you kneel at the feet of the child Jesus on the day of his Epiphany and see him a king bearing none of the outward signs of royalty, you can tell him:  Lord, take away my pride; crush my self love, my desire to affirm myself and impose myself on others. Make the foundation of my personality my identification with you.

If our vocation comes first, if the star shines ahead to start us along the path of God’s love, it is illogical that we should begin to doubt if it chances to disappear from view. It might happen at certain moments in our interior life — and we are nearly always to blame — that the star disappears, just as it did to the wise kings on their journey. We have already realized the divine splendour of our vocation, and we are convinced about its definitive character, but perhaps the dust we stir up as we walk our miseries — forms an opaque cloud that cuts off the light from above. What should we do if this happens?  Follow the example of those wise men and ask. Herod made use of knowledge to act unjustly. The Magi use it to do good. But we Christians have no need to go to Herod nor to the wise men of this world. Christ has given his Church sureness in doctrine and a flow of grace in the sacraments. He has arranged things so that there will always be people to guide and lead us, to remind us constantly of our way. There is an infinite treasure of knowledge available to us: the word of God kept safe by the Church, the grace of Christ administered in the sacraments and also the witness and example of those who live by our side and have known how to build with their good lives a road of faithfulness to God.”

-St. Josemaria Escriva, Homily for the Feast of the Epiphany, 1956


Church Interior: Christmas Eve Afternoon

Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Detail of one of the Altar Religuaries

Detail of one of the Altar Religuaries

The ladies moved the location of the Crib from the Holy Family Altar to the Gospel Side of the Sanctuary, to the right of the pulpit

The ladies moved the location of the Crib from the Holy Family Altar to the Gospel Side of the Sanctuary, to the right of the pulpit

The niche over the tabernacle is covered until the Gloria of the First Mass of Christmas, when the large image of the Infant Jesus is revealed

The niche over the tabernacle is covered until the Gloria of the First Mass of Christmas, when the large image of the Infant Jesus is revealed

View of the side Altar dedicated to St. Aloysius

View of the side Altar dedicated to St. Aloysius

View of the Holy Family Altar

View of the Holy Family Altar


Christmas Mass Schedule (click on ad to enlarge)

Thursday, December 17th, 2015


Christmas 2012 Photos II

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Schedule of Advent Confession and Christmas Masses

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Advent Confessions & Christmas Masses

Christmas Photos: Part I

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The Night Before the First Christmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

“The Night Before the First Christmas”

It is said that Clement Moore wrote the “Night Before Christmas” for the enjoyment of his children.  The same motive was the inspiration behind this poem by Sister Mary St. Thomas many years ago:

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the town

St. Joseph was searching, walking up roads and down.

Our Lady was waiting, so meek and so mild.

While Joseph was seeking a place for the Child.

The children were nestled, each snug in his bed,

And the grownups wouldn’t bother. There’s no room, they said.

When even the innkeeper sent them away

and Joseph was wondering where they would stay.

He thought of the cave in the side of the hill

Let’s go there,” said Mary. It’s silent and still.”

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow

Made a pathway of light for their tired feet to go.

And there in the cave in a cradle of hay

The Saviour was born on that first Christmas Day.

The Father was watching in heaven above

And sent for His angels, His courtiers of love.

More rapid than eagles God’s bright angels came,

Rejoicing and eager as each heard his name.

“Come Powers, come Cherubs, come Virtues and Raphael,

Come Thrones and Dominions, come Michael and Gabriel.

“Now fly to the earth where my poor people live,

Announce the glad tidings My Son Comes to give.”

The Shepherds were watching their flocks on the night

And saw in the heavens an unearthly light.

The angels assured them they’d nothing to fear.

“It’s Christmas,” they said. “The Saviour is here!”

They hastened to find Him, and stood at the door,

Till Mary invited them in to adore.

He was swaddled in bands from His head to His feet,

And never did shepherds see a Baby so sweet!

He spoke not a word but the shepherds all knew.

He was telling them secrets and blessing them too.

Then softly they left Him, the Babe in the hay,

And rejoiced with great joy on that first Christmas Day.

Mary heard them exclaim as they walked up the hill,

“Glory to God in the highest; Peace to men of good will.”

Christmas Schedule: Confessions and Masses

Sunday, December 11th, 2011


Candlemas: The Presentation of Our Lord and the Purification of Our Lady

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Here is a PDF copy of the program used this morning at our parish for the Holy Mass (Ordinary Form in English): CANDLEMAS 2011 Thanks to Father Samuel Weber, OSB, of the Institute of Liturgical Music in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for his setting of the Canticle of Simeon!

This afternoon, the Christmas Crib was dismantled in our church, and the side altar of the Holy Family returned to its normal appearance.