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Feast of the Annunciation: Eucharistic Day of Prayer

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Photo of Forty Hours

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Nov. 1st, 2nd and 3rd: Solemn Eucharistic Adoration (Forty Hours Devotion)

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

External Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 12th: Feast of the Holy Face – Solemn Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013


On April 17th, 1958, His Holiness, the Venerable Pope Pius XII approved the observance of the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus on Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. His Holiness granted this Feast to honor a request of Our Lord Himself to Blessed Pierina in 1938: “See how I suffer. Nevertheless, I am understood by so few. What gratitude on the part of those who say they love Me. I have given My Heart as a sensible object of My great love for man and I give My Face as a sensible object of My sorrow for the sins of man. I desire that it be honored by a special feast on Tuesday in Quinquagesima (Shrove Tuesday – the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, or Mardi Gras, or Carnivalé). The feast will be preceded by a novena in which the faithful make reparation with Me uniting themselves with My sorrow.”



This ancient and venerable Catholic practice is rooted in the representation of the Face of Christ said to have been left on the towel or veil used by a holy woman thought to be named Veronica. Through the revelations made in the 1840’s to the Servant of God, Sister Marie of Saint-Pierre and the Holy Family (1816-1848), a Carmelite Nun of Tours, and the work of spreading the devotion by the Venerable Leo Dupont (1797 – 1876) , a layman of Tours, the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face was established in Tours, France in 1884. The members make reparation for the blasphemies hurled at Christ, especially those which blaspheme the Holy Name, and for the profanation of Sundays and Holydays of Obligation. Since St. Therese’s devotion to the Holy Face has become known, this devotion has spread worldwide.

In addition, a devout and pious nun, Blessed Mary Pierina de Micheli (1890-1945), was given many visions of the Lord Jesus and Our Blessed Lady. They urged her to make reparation for the many insults Jesus suffered in His Passion, such as to be slapped, spit upon and kissed by Judas, as well as now being dishonored, by ordained and lay persons alike, in the Blessed Sacrament through neglect, sacrilege, and profanation.

Hanging Sanctuary Lamp Restored to Central Axis of our Church’s Sanctuary in Salem!

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Antique Sanctuary Lamp Given to the Glory and Honor of the Eucharistic Christ and in Loving Memory of Lois Hipschman

The late Lois Hipschman (October 26, 1938 – March 30, 2012) was taught as a child that one could always tell a Catholic church from a Protestant church by the Presence of the Lord Jesus in the tabernacle and because of the sanctuary lamp hanging in the center of the sanctuary.  As a youngster in 1946, when Msgr. Weber redecorated the church and removed the hanging lamp for the more convenient free-standing sanctuary lamp-stand, she was a little disappointed.  When she passed away in March, her family asked if they still made hanging sanctuary lamps and, if one was available, could they donate it and its installation in memory of Lois.  Well, the Pastor told them that they are still made….and, yes they could donate one in her memory.

The sanctuary lamp hanging in the center of our sanctuary is an antique, dating from 1890.  Now, well-over 60 years later, the sanctuary lamp again hangs in the center of our sanctuary, signifying (along with the tabernacle veil) the True Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Our Parish would like to thank Lois’ family for their donation, those who installed the lamp…and, of course, our dearly-departed sister, Lois: May the radiant light of Christ, like the light radiating from the sanctuary lamp, guide you to Heaven, the happy home of the saints and the place of eternal light.

Nota Bene:  In the last photos, you can see the fleur-de-lis finial at the base of the Sanctuary Lamp.  This finial arrived later, and was added just this past Saturday, September 1st.   For those who are interested, the Lamp is lowered and raised by way of an electric wench installed in the attic, with a key-operated control behind the Reredos of the Altar.  This electric device is designed to raise and lower large chandeliers one would find in large ball rooms or convention centers, thus avoiding the need for scaffolding each time the light bulbs needed to be replaced.


Totus Tuus Schedule

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Photos from First Holy Communion: April 29, 2012

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Shrove Tuesday: Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus and Eucharistic Adoration in Reparation

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Reparation is theunceasing effort to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified” (Bl. John Paul II).

The Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus will be celebrated on Shrove Tuesday, February 21st with the Proper Mass of the Feast followed by Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament- concluding with Benediction at 2:30pm.  The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday will be in reparation for those who fail to attend the Holy Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation, and in supplication for their return to the regular practice of the Catholic Faith.

Mon., Jan. 23rd: Day of Eucharistic Adoration

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Sunday, Januray 22nd is the 39th Anniversary of the final decision of Supreme Court in the case of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.  Monday, January 23, 2012 has been designated by our Bishops as a day of penance and reparation for the sin of abortion and a day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children.

On Monday at St. Mary Church in Salem, following the 8:15am Holy Mass, the Most Holy Sacrament will be exposed for the adoration of the faithful, with Benediction at 2:30pm.  All are encouraged to spend some time in prayer before our Lord, both in reparation for the sin of abortion and all sins against the sanctity of human life as well as beseeching Him for the legal protection of the unborn and most vulerable.