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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 )


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.

Thursday, June 30: Day of Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Ad multos annos, Holy Father!

Ad multos annos, Holy Father!

Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of his Priestly Ordination on June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.  In honor of his anniversary, the Vatican Congregation for Clergy suggested Catholic clergy and faithful be invited to participate in Eucharistic Adoration with the intention of praying for the sanctification of the clergy and for the gift of new and holy priestly vocations.

 Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York highlighted the importance of this celebration: “An increase in number and sanctity of the priests in service to our dioceses is a sign of health and vitality in the Church,” he said. “Prayer for vocations is ‘a worthy intention’ and an appropriate spiritual sacrifice in gratitude for the example and service of Pope Benedict XVI.”

 “This is an exceptional opportunity to give thanks for our Holy Father, to pray for all of our priests, and to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, chairman for the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. “The Holy Father has been an outstanding model of priestly ministry and service to the Church. In his Message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, he reminded the faithful that we all have a responsibility to pray for vocations. This is a great opportunity to do just that.”

We will have this day of prayer at Salem on Thursday, June 30th, the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (which is also the Worldwide Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of the Clergy).  In addition to our regular 7:00 pm Holy Hour in preparation for First Friday, we will have Solemn Eucharistic Adoration following the 8:15 am Holy Mass until Benediction at the conclusion of the 7:00pm Holy Hour.

 Praying for vocations to the Priesthood and for the sanctification of the clergy is very important!  Why?  Without Priests, there would be no Holy Mass, no parishes or Parish Organizations, no Parish School, etc.  Therefore, 2 or more representatives of the following parish organizations are to be present in church during the following hours of Eucharistic Adoration:

9:00 – 10:00 am   ……………  The Christian Mothers

10:00 – 11:00 am   …………. . The Catholic Foresters

11:00 – 12 noon   ………………  The Legion of Mary

12:00 – 1:00 pm     ……………  The Christian Mothers

1:00 – 2:00 pm   ………………….   The Altar Society

2:00 – 3:00 pm    …………    St. Mary School Faculty

3:00 – 4:00 pm   …………   St. Mary School Children

4:00 – 5:00 pm   ………………   Jr. Christian Mothers

5:00 – 6:00 pm   ……  St. Mary F.A.S.T. Organization

6:00 – 7:00 pm   …….. St. Mary Knights of Columbus

7:00 pm Public Holy Hour ……  ALL PARISHIONERS!

For more information, please contact Darlene in the Parish Office.  During the scheduled times above, there will be no formal prayers, except during the 3:00-4:00pm adoration for the school children, when Fr. Lawrence will conduct a special Holy Hour for them.  Also, anyone can come throughout the day for prayer, not just organization members.