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On Wednesday, August 10th, the Feast of the great Martyr and Deacon of the Church of Rome, St. Lawrence, the Priest of Salem participated in the McCook County 4-H Achievement Days at the Salem Armory. About six weeks before, the Priest of Salem was asked if he would be willing to “show” a sheep, and have his photo glued on three collection jars, to be placed in three different Salem businesses in order to raise money for a needy 4-H Family. Needless to say, the shoppers were merciful to the city-born priest, and his ugly mug was so funny that it raised the most cash. A great time was had by all at the 4-H Achievement Days, especially the Priest of Salem…who would like to thank the young people and their parents, and Kevin (from the Bank), Dr. Mike and John McCormick for making the day so much fun. He would also like to thank Pastor Sue for loaning him her shepherd’s staff.
Our Dean (Brookings-Madison Deanery), the Very Rev. Shane D. Stevens, V.F., sent me his excellent homily from this past Sunday, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King (in the Calendar of 1969, Ordinary Form). I publish it here with his permission and for your edification. Father Stevens is Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in DeSmet, SD, St. Paul in Iraquois and St. John in Arlington. He is a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA and St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, CO. Father was ordained a priest by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Paul Joseph Swain, Eighth Bishop of Sioux Falls, in May, 2007, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD. Father’s wbesite is: http://kingsburycatholic.org
November 21, 2010
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King
The Last Sunday in Ordinary Time
HOLY GOSPEL: St. Luke 23:35-43
“Jesus Christ is the King of Hearts”
My Dear People in Christ!
Today the Church celebrates the solemn feast of Christ the King. The Church concludes Her liturgical year, with a clear reminder that in the whole history of the world, there is no king like that of Jesus.
For some reason we Americans are fascinated by royalty. I am not sure why? Maybe it is because we choose a different form of government other than a monarchy. Just this past week, Prince William, the son of the late, Princess Diana, proposed marriage to a Miss Kate Middleton. I woke, and after my morning prayers, was amazed at the amount of time dedicated to the subject. It would seem that we are still intrigued by the notion of royalty.
Even the Israelites in the Old-Testament had the desire for a king. They looked about the neighboring countries and saw them led by a king. A king would lead them into battle, and take care of their needs. God warned them that if they persisted in wanting a king, that He would grant their desire, but at a great cost. God wanted to be their king, to lead them into battle, to take care of their needs, to protect them. Sadly they got what they wanted. Their first king was Saul. He turned out to be greedy, vindictive, and paranoid. Then they had King David, and he was flawed. He was an adulterer and murderer. King David did penance and was forgiven by God, but not without much suffering. Next was King Solomon. He was the wisest of all men, and people came from far and wide to seek his advice and wisdom.
How different it is with Jesus! Jesus, the son of David, a son of a royal household. His throne was not of marble, set high in a palace, but rough wood, the wood of the cross. His crown was not of gold, but made of thorns. His court consisted of not a retinue of thousands, but two thieves. One who mocked, and one who asked to be remembered in His Kingdom.
My dear people, we most likely will not ever enjoy a noble title. The Queen of England will not probably call us one day and give us the title of Duke, or Duchess, Sir this, or Lady that. (In fact the only Queen in my family was an old German shepherd my dad had when I was a boy, her name was Queeny.) No, we have a more precious title and that is Christian. At our baptism we were created sons and daughters of God, and anointed: priest, prophet and king! Yes, you are a member of a Royal Family!
No king, no queen in history no matter how great, or grand can say these most holy, hopeful words, “This day you will be with me in Paradise”!
May Christ the King, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of Life, know us, as He knew that Good Thief! Amen!
In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A Sung Requiem Mass, in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, will be celebrated on Msgr. Weber’s birthday, Thursday, Novemeber 6, 2008 in the newly-restored Church of St. Mary, Salem. All are invited to assist at this Mass offered for the repose of the soul our third pastor, offered at the beautiful high altar he installed in 1905.
Our third pastor, the Reverend John Bernard Weber, arrived in Salem on January 22, 1897. Born in Germany on November 6, 1869, Father Weber studied for the priesthood at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, and was ordained on June 24, 1893. Father Weber continued Father Weixelberger’s plans for a new stone church, but changed the proposed location from N. Main Street to its present location on Vermont Street. The cornerstone of the new stone church was laid on July 4, 1898, with the church opening for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in 1899. The three altars and the pulpit, carved in Bavaria, arrived in 1905, with the appointments from the first church used in the intervening years following the opening of the church. Amidst great fanfare and enthusiasm, St. Mary’s Church was solemnly consecrated by the Right Reverend Thomas O’Gorman, Second Bishop of Sioux Falls, under the title of Our Lady, Help of Christians, on June 18, 1907.
Father Weber began the building of the first school building in 1901, and invited the Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee to serve as teachers. In 1929, the High School was opened and served the parish until it closed in 1970. Father Weber was named a Monsignor on January 16, 1923 and a Protonotary Apostolic by the Servant of God, Pope Pius XII in 1952, the same year he celebrated the 60th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.
In June of 1956, Msgr. Weber resigned as pastor and moved in with his niece, Frances Weber, and her husband, Steve, on their farm northeast of Salem. Msgr. Weber died six months later, on December 11, 1956, and his Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated on December 15, with the Reverend Urban J. Rodenbur (third native son of St. Mary’s to be ordained a priest) as Celebrant. Father Henry Kolbeck, another native son of the parish, served as the Deacon of the Mass, and the Reverend Patrick C. Conway, future pastor of St. Mary’s, serving as Subdeacon. The body of the famous third pastor of Salem lies in St. Mary’s Cemetery, awaiting the Resurrection of the Body on the last day.
In 1985, St. Mary’s Parish celebrated its centennial, and the church was formally placed on the National Historic Register. In 2010, St. Mary’s will celebrate its 125th anniversary.
St. Mary Catholic Church was established in 1885 by the Right Rev. Martin Marty, Vicar Apostolic of Dakota, who sent the Rev. J. Henry Juetting to be the first parish priest (pastor). Fr. Juetting immediately set out to make plans for a church, but died on January 24, 1886 at the age of 45, months before it could be built.
The first church was completed the following year under the second pastor, the Rev. Joseph Weixelberger, and dedicated by Bishop Marty on November 10, 1887, the feast of St. Andrew Avellino, Confessor, and the commemoration of Ss. Tryphon, Respicius, and Nympha, Martyrs. However, November 10 was also the Vigil of St. Martin, the great soldier-turned-bishop of Tours and heavenly patron of Bishop Martin Marty.