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Holy Mass on July 4th

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated (weather permitting) at 9:00am at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Salem in honor of Msgr. Weber’s 120th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination.  Please disregard what the bulletin states in the Schedule (there will be only one Mass on July 4th).  If the weather is inclement, we will move the Holy Mass into St. Mary Church.  Thank you!

Never-before seen historic photo of St. Mary Church discovered by the Pastor today on home visit….

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Today, while visiting parishioner Mrs. Rose Koch, the Priest of Salem was delighted to see a group photograph of parishioners taken in front of the church he had not had the pleasure of seeing before!  Unfortunately, Rose did not know the date of the photograph!

In the old days, every decade or so, especially after a major celebration, the parishioners were known to stand for a group photo in front of the church.  There are five or six of these  group photographs still extant and in the possession of parishioners.  The above one is unique in that the motto (“To Restore All Things in Christ”) and portrait of Pope St. Pius X are above the arches in front of the church.  Since the parish was already in possession of a portrait of the Holy Father, it could not have been following a Mass offered in thanksgiving for his election to the See of St. Peter in 1903.  While the flags outside of the church could have been black and white, the atmosphere seems too festive to have been taken following his Requiem in August of 1914.  This theory is further backed up by the fact that many of the young women and girls are in white dresses.  Therefore, the Priest of Salem guesses that is was following a celebration of the Holy Father’s Sacerdotal Jubilee.

One item of interest to Rose and her family is the presence of Rose’s Mother, Helena “Lena” Barbara Leitheiser Feterl, in the photograph.  She can be found on the right side of the photo, and is the last lady dressed in white, with a hat and holding an unidentified child.  Any information on the date of the photograph, the name of the child and the celebration which prompted the parish group photo would be of great interest to Rose, her family, and to the Priest of Salem.

Quasquicentennial Video & Photos now on-line

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

The video and many photographs from our Quasquicentennial Celebration on July 4, 2010 are now online in the PAGES section of this blog (on the right hand column).  You may also go to it by clicking

Quote of the Week…

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

George Cardinal Mundelein

“But after all, for us Catholics…a church….is more that just an ordinary spacious attractive meeting house.  It is even more than just a house of prayer.  It is the place for us where the living Presence of the Godhead dwells, it is the great audience chamber where the God made Flesh and Dwelt Among us is here constantly, here ready for you at all times, to listen to your prayers and your petitions.  It is the one place, the one spot perhaps for each of us that is intimately connected with the most important, the greatest events of our lives.”


– George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago, 1939


Sisters of the Presentation BVM

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin were founded on Christmas Day in 1775 by Nano Nagle in Cork, Ireland, to teach poor children.   When not teaching, they also ministered to the sick. 

The Catholic Church in South Dakota has a long history with the Presentation Sisters, beginning in 1880, when they arrived in the Dakota Territory from Dublin, Ireland, to teach the children of the Lakota Indians and the French settlers in the area.  During their first year they experienced the isolation and suffering of the blizzard of 1880.

Eventually, the community grew!  The Sisters began teaching throughout what would soon be the Diocese of Sioux Falls.  The also openend and staffed Catholic hospitals, the most famous being McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

You can learn more information on the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by visiting the website of their South Dakota Motherhouse in Aberdeen:

St. Mary, Salem was never blessed with having the Presentation Sisters staff our schools.  The first Religious Sisters to staff our schools (and for the longest time) were the Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  For a few years, we had the Bernardine Sisters of Loretto, PA.  The third and last group of Religious to teach at Salem were the Benedictine Sisters from Yankton, South Dakota.  

However, in the early 1960’s, during the tenure of the Benedictines, St. Mary High School was honored with the presence of two Presentation Sisters: Sister M. Anne, PBVM (pictured below, photo on the right), taught Social Studies and Biology, and Sister M. Suzanne, PBVM (photo on the left), taught English and Government.  The photos below are from the 1962 yearbook of St. Mary High School,  Marylight.


St. Joseph Cathedral, Sioux Falls…

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Some pictures from the past…part I:

Mount Marty College/Sacred Heart Monastery

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

U.I.O.G.D. – Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Dei: “That in all things God may be glorified.”

Pictures from the past…