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Schedule for All Souls’ Day: Monday, November 2nd

Thursday, October 29th, 2015


Monday, November 2nd:

The Solemn Commemoration of

All the Faithful Departed

Since this Monday is All Souls’ Day, Fr. Lawrence will offer three Holy Masses: the first two will begin at 6:15 a.m. (Extraordinary Form) and one will follow the other (for those who would like to assist at these Masses).  At 8:15 a.m., we will have the parish Mass (3rd Mass; Ordinary Form) and following this Mass, as has been the tradition at St. Mary’s) the school children will go by bus to St. Mary’s Cemetery where Fr. Lawrence will lead them in prayers for the Faithful Departed.  Once we return to the school, we will have doughnuts, juice and coffee, etc.  The adults who come to the morning Mass are welcome to join us at the cemetery and then for refreshments in the school afterwards.  Fr. Lawrence is switching his day off from Monday to Tuesday this week.



Plenary Indulgences for the Holy Souls Nov. 1st through 8th

Thursday, October 29th, 2015


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!

All Souls Day 2011

Friday, November 25th, 2011

St. Mary’s Cemetery: New Altar Mensa

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

On September 24, 2008, Rausch Bros. Monument Company delivered the new altar mensa (top) for our cemetery altar.  Two holy relics were placed under the mensa in the cement, and the simple prayers of blessing were said. 

The Rausch Monument Company carved the five crosses on the top of the mensa, and were very gracious during the project.  May God reward their generosity to our parish, as well as the donors.

The next time Bishop Swain visits the parish (in favorable weather!), he will be asked to dedicate the altar according to the simple ceremony.

Grave of 1st Pastor, Fr. J. Henry Juetting

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

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.

An Altar for St. Mary’s Cemetery

Monday, June 9th, 2008

In about six weeks, the Rausch Granite Co. of Big Stone City, SD will install an altar top, or mensa, in front of the crucifix in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The front part of the quartzite base surrounding the crucifix will be used as a pedestal for the mensa, which will be engraved with the traditional five Greek crosses symbolic of the five glorious wounds of Christ.

Having a proper altar for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will certainly encourage more celebrations of the Holy Mass (in the late spring, summer and early fall) in our beautiful cemetery. One possible date would be June 24, the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist and the anniversary of Msgr. Weber’s ordination to the Holy Priesthood (June 24, 1893).

Special thanks to Mr. Mike Rausch and the Rausch Granite Co. for donating their time and skill in cutting, polishing and engraving the mensa. The other costs incurred (only around $600.00) are being divided between a generous parishioner and the Cemetery Board.

Directly in front of the crucifix is the grave of the Right Rev. Msgr. John Bernard Weber, P.A., third Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish (1897-1956).