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Parish Announcement:

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Parish Knights of Columbus to Sponsor

Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Program

at St. Mary’s on September 7th and 8th

           The Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Program began August 3, 2011 at the 129th Supreme Convention in Denver. This program features an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Our Lady of Guadalupe, as patroness of the Americas, has special significance to the Knights of  Columbus. When the Order sponsored a tour of a relic of St. Juan Diego’s tilma in 2003, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s role as mother of all in the Americas became very clear.  In city after city, crowds of tens of thousands of people came to venerate Our Lady of Guadalupe. What was most striking was not the number of people, but the number of nationalities and ethnicities represented in each gathering. Likewise, at the Guadalupe Festival sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in 2009 in Phoenix, more than 20,000 people came to venerate and celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is our hope that this prayer program will continue to expand devotion to Our Lady and the evangelization of the Americas.

The pilgrim icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be venerated in our church sanctuary next Saturday and Sunday, with a prayer service following the Saturday evening Vigil Mass (beginning around 6:15pm).  All are encouraged to attend.

The Novena in Preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady: November 29th through December 7th

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Incorrectly listed in the Parish Bulletin as beginning on November 30th, the Immaculate Conception Novena is in preparation for that great Feast of Our Lady, and therefore begins on November 29th and ends on the Vigil of the Feast, December 7th:


August 31st through September 8th: Novena in Honor of Our Lady’s Nativity

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Maria Bambina as venerated in Milan, Italy

Holy Child Mary of the royal house of David, Queen of the angels,

Mother of grace and love, I greet you with all my heart.

Obtain for me the grace to love the Lord faithfully during

all the days of my life. Obtain for me, too, a great devotion

to you, who are the first creature of God’s love.


Pray the “Hail Mary…”


O heavenly Child Mary, who like a pure dove was born

Immaculate and beautiful, true prodigy of the wisdom of

God, my soul rejoices in you. Oh! Do help me to preserve

the angelic virtue of purity at the cost of any sacrifice.


Pray the “Hail Mary…”


Hail, lovely and holy Child, spiritual garden of delight, where,

on the day of the Incarnation, the tree of life was planted,

assist me to avoid the poisonous fruit of vanity and pleasures of the world.

Help me to engraft into my soul the thoughts, feelings,

and virtues of your divine Son.


Pray the “Hail Mary…”


Hail, admirable Child Mary, Mystical Rose, closed garden,

open only to the heavenly Spouse. O Lily of paradise,

make me love the humble and hidden life;

let the heavenly Spouse find the gate of my heart always open

to the loving calls of His graces and inspiration.


Pray the “Hail Mary…”


Holy Child Mary, mystical dawn, gate of heaven,

you are my trust and hope.

O powerful advocate, from your cradle stretch out your hand,

support me on the path of life.

Make me serve God with ardor and

constancy until death and so reach an eternity with you.


Pray the “Hail Mary…”



Blessed Child Mary,

destined to be the Mother of God

and our loving Mother,

by the heavenly graces you lavish upon us,

mercifully listen to my supplications.

In the needs which press upon me from every side

and especially in my present tribulation,

I place all my trust in you.


O holy Child,

by the privileges granted to you alone

and by the merits which you have acquired,

show that the source of spiritual favours

and the continuous benefits

which you dispense are inexhaustible,

because your power with the Heart of God is unlimited.


Deign through the immense profusion of graces

with which the Most High has enriched you

from the first moment of your Immaculate Conception,

grant me, O Celestial Child, my petition,

and I shall eternally praise

the goodness of your Immaculate Heart.


(IMPRIMATUR: In Curia Archiep. Mediolani, 31 August 1931, Can. CAVEZZALI, Pro Vic. Gen)


Fortnight for Freedom: June 21st through July 4th

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Parish Observance of Fortnight for Freedom

“God’s Faithful Servants First” Rally at St. Joseph Cathedral tonight (Thursday, June 21st) at 7:00pm

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Totus Tuus Schedule

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

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.