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Confirmation Class Photo

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The Sacrament of Confirmation was administered by His Excellency, the Most Rev. Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls on Wednesday evening, February 15th:

Back row left to right:  Rylee Klinkhammer, Cole Grasma, Stephan Oyen, Collin Kolbeck, Hunter Schmeichel, Colin Reif.    2ndrow left to right:  Emily Bies, Christy Eich, Emma Norris, Faith Oyen, Melissa Lauck, Kobe Doane.  3rd row left to right:  Parker Scheier, Rachel Krier, Sarah Wegener, Sarah Krempges, Summer Schoon, Jayden Wolf, Blake Gessner, Father Martin E. Lawrence. Front row left to right:  Aleah Ries, McKenna Kranz, Katie Reif, Bishop Paul J. Swain, and Tayler Reif.

Photos from the Solemn High Mass for the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

On Saturday morning, August 15th, the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven, St. Mary’s Parish in Salem celebrated a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (only the second one since the changes made following implementation of Blessed Paul VI’s new Missal).  The Solemn Mass, where the Celebrant is assisted by a Deacon and Subdeacon, in addition to celebrating Our Lady’s Assumption, was also offered in celebration of the Quasquicentennial (125th Anniversary) of the Founding of the Diocese of Sioux Falls by Pope Leo XIII.  Reverend Father DeWayne F. Kayser, Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Madison, South Dakota, served as the Deacon of the Mass and our parish seminarian, Mr. John E. Streff, F.S.S.P., entering his fourth year of studies at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, served as the Subdeacon of the Mass.  Thanks to parishioner and Parish Photographer, Sherry Stoffel, for the photos!

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A tribute to my late classmate, + Father Todd Anthony Reitmeyer

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
+ Rev. Todd A. Reitmeyer
+ Rev. Todd A. Reitmeyer

The Reverend Father Todd Anthony Reitmeyer

May 13, 1969 – May 24, 2006

Father Todd, then-Bishop Carlson and myself: June 13, 2003

Father Todd, then-Bishop Carlson and myself: June 13, 2003

As I approach my 10th Anniversary on the Feast of St. Anthony this Thursday, I cannot help but post a memorial to my only classmate in the Diocese of Sioux Falls (we were ordained deacons and priests together), the late Fr. Todd Anthony Reitmeyer, who was born on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima in 1969 and died on the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians (the Patroness of my current assignment in Salem, SD) in 2006 due to a jet ski accident while on vacation in Austin, Texas (his home town).  Then-Bishop (of Saginaw, Michigan) Robert J. Carlson celebrated his Funeral Mass, concelebrating with then-Bishop (of Austin, Texas) Gregory Aymond.  Fr. Todd was a wonderful Priest and had become a good friend after Ordination (I went to Mount St. Mary’s, Emmitsburg and he to the North American College in Rome).  I miss him still. If he hasn’t made it to heaven, may the good God bring him there very soon through the prayers of the Holy Mother of God.

Fr. M. E. Lawrence

Fr. Reitmeyer’s Obituary from 2006:

Father Reitmeyer was born on May 13, 1969 to David and Phyllis Reitmeyer in Virginia. His father was in the military so the family moved some, but eventually settled in the Austin, Texas area. His father suffered a stroke and died in 1992. He graduated from Texas A&M, and earned a Masters degree in counseling from Northwest Missouri State. His discernment of his vocation led him to meet Bishop Robert Carlson, and eventually Todd moved to South Dakota, living in Faulkton with then pastor Father Terry Anderson for several months before entering the seminary. He attended St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN before studying Theology at North American College in Rome.
He was ordained on June 13, 2003 at St. Joseph Cathedral by Bishop Robert Carlson. His first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Michael, Sioux Falls. He then became administrator of St. Michael, Herreid, St. Anthony, Selby and St. Joseph, Eureka where he served from January of 2004 until June of 2005. For the past year he has served as administrator at St. Thomas, Faulkton and St. Boniface, Seneca, as well as sacramental minister for St. Joseph, Orient. He served as spiritual director for St. Margaret Fellowship, the association of Catholic home school families since August 2003.

“I think we all need to be ready spiritually and we have to keep it in our minds that we know not the day nor the hour. I have been thinking a lot about death personally and I want to teach people more about it …”

Fr. Todd Reitmeyer (“A Son Becomes a Father” January 2006 )

 

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.

Archbishop Gullickson’s most recent blog entry on Ad Orientem Worship

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

RIGHT IS RIGHT  –  AD ORIENTEM

From Archbishop Thomas E. Gullickson’s blog, Deo Volente Ex Animo (http://deovolenteexanimo.blogspot.com): reprinted with the Archbishop’s permission

THANK YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY!

Archbishop Gullickson is Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, and a native of Sioux Falls, SD

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

At the end of Holy Mass this morning, I experienced a powerful sense of gratitude because of two things: that I find myself living here in Ukraine and that I could arrange my chapel for celebrating the Eucharist ad Orientem. Some might rather suspect a case of spring fever aggravated by the fact that there is bright sunlight now at Mass time in the morning again after a very long and dark winter. But I give you no hearing and no choice; I will simply insist that my elation can only be explained by accepting my two reasons.

When it comes to established Churches and their houses of worship, Ukraine is by and large Byzantine and hence oriented. Even if walking about town here in Kyiv my inner compass tries to convince me I am walking north, I can be confident that if a church building is Byzantine, whether Catholic or Orthodox, then the apse of that building is to the east. Everyone at Divine Liturgy, Catholic or Orthodox, prays facing east. Even though our house isn’t exactly oriented and the chapel conforms to the house plan, my liturgical east is not far from due east as the bird flies. In my chapel we pray the Eucharistic Prayer facing together the Dawn from on High, Who came to save us and will come again on the clouds of heaven, to judge the living and the dead. He will come from the east.

Maybe you have to live in Ukraine to get excited positively about such. That’s why I guess I say for ad Orientem and for my greater context in a Byzantine world, Deo gratias! Maybe this particular elation simply comes from “having my bearings”. If that is the case, then I wish it to you all: that you might find your bearings and find yourself inserted in something greater than just the cosmic flow which it is, greater than turning to Mecca or Jerusalem. Turning to the East, Who is our Risen Lord! Alleluia!

I guess I could feel this year’s disjuncture over a disparity of 5 weeks in our date for Easter, but at least for this morning common orientation in worship has the upper hand.

 

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About Archbishop Gullickson:

Archbishop Thomas E. Gullickson was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on the Vigil of the Assumption of Our Lady, August 14, 1950 and ordained to the priesthood on June 27, 1976. He was ordained to the Episcopate at St. Joseph Cathedral in his hometown of Sioux Falls on November 11, 2004, the Feast of St. Martin of Tours. He is titular Archbishop of Bomarzo.

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1st May 1985 and has been appointed successively to the Diplomatic Missions in Rwanda, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Jerusalem, Israel and Germany.

He has a degree in Canon Law and he speaks English, Italian, French and German.

His first posting as Apostolic Nuncio was to Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of Suriname, twelve independent States in the region.

His first posting as Apostolic Delegate was to the Antilles Episcopal Conference region, comprising the English, French, with the exception of Haiti, and Dutch territories in the Caribbean, a total of twenty-two with their own governments. There are eighteen Dioceses and two Missio sui iuris, ecclesiastical entities, in the Antilles. Archbishop Gullickson is the fifth Apostolic Nuncio in this region.

On 21 May 2011, the Holy Father named him Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine.

6th Annual Novena to St. Joseph: March 10th through 18th

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

 Click below for a PDF copy of the Novena Prayers we use at St. Mary Church in Salem, SD:

NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH PDF

His Excellency, Bishop Swain, Names “Pilgrimage Churches” for the YEAR OF FAITH

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

 

Totus Tuus Schedule

Thursday, June 14th, 2012



First Solemn Mass of Father Jonathan M. Venner

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

The Reverend Father Jonathan M. Venner, ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD by His Excellency, the Most Revrerend Paul Joseph Swain on 1st  Thursday, August 4th, the Dies Natalis of St. John Marie Vianney, celebrated his First Solemn Mass (in the Usus Antiquior) at St. Mary Church, Salem on 1st Friday, August 5th, 2011.  The Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated, preceded by the Veni Creator Spiritus and followed by the Te Deum

The Reverend Bryan J. B. Pedersen, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, served as Deacon of the Mass and the Reverend Gregory Parrott, Parochial Vicar of Queen of Angels Church, Austin, Minnesota and Our Lady of Loreto Church, Brownsdale, Minnesota, served as Subdeacon.  The Reverend John Brancich, F.S.S.P., Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, Omaha, Nebraska, served as Master of Ceremonies and Homilist.  Mr. Nathan J. Knutson, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies for Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, directed the Schola Cantorum, while his wife, Mrs. Lisa Knutson, was organist.  The Priest of Salem served as Assistant Priest.  The Reverend Fathers Charles Duman and Mark Axtmann of the Diocese of Sioux Falls were among the clergy in choir.

Fr. Venner has been assigned as Parochial Vicar at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls.

Second collection this weekend for Haiti

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

STATEMENT OF HIS EXCELLENCY, THE MOST REVEREND PAUL JOSEPH SWAIN, 8th BISHOP OF SIOUX FALLS:

January 14, 2010

TO: Priests, Deacons and the People of the Diocese of Sioux Falls

FROM: Most Reverend Paul J. Swain

RE: Responding to the Haiti earthquake

The recent earthquake in Haiti has devastated hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives, many of whom already were living in deep poverty. Scores of homes, schools, hospitals, government buildings, roads, bridges, churches, including the Cathedral in Port au Prince, have been destroyed. The Archbishop of Port au Prince, priests, religious and lay ministers reportedly were killed in the aftermath of this natural disaster. Many from our diocese have undertaken mission work in Haiti and are personally familiar with the beauty of the people. Our sadness of heart and concern for those so tragically affected goes out to all the people of Haiti.

The country of Haiti has very limited resources with which to respond to this terrible, natural disaster and its aftermath. As Catholics we are called in charity to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need with prayer and shared resources. Therefore I am authorizing a special collection be taken this weekend or next at the discretion of the pastor. Funds collected will be sent to Catholic Relief Services which is already on site. I encourage all personal donations through this collection or through other fundraising means be made through Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The agency is experienced in addressing disasters, directing aid to where needs are the greatest while incurring minimal administrative expense. CRS is accountable to the Bishops of the United States. Please forward the proceeds of this special collection to the Finance Office of the Diocese. Thank you for your generosity.

Let us pray that those so tragically touched by this earthquake receive the physical help and spiritual support they need. May Our Lady and St. Joseph be with them.