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On the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Paul J. Swain, Bishop of Sioux Falls, came out to Saint Mary’s Church in Salem to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form to twelve of our young people who attend the weekly 12 Noon Sunday Mass in Latin. Following the Rite of Confirmation, His Excellency remained for the Missa Cantata celebrated by the Pastor, the Reverend Martin E. Lawrence.
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From the writings of St. Rose of Lima (April 20, 1586 – August 24, 1617):
Our Lord and Saviour lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: “Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. Let men take care not to stray and be deceived. This is the only true stairway to paradise, and without the cross they can find no road to climb to heaven.”
When I heard these words, a strong force came upon me and seemed to place me in the middle of a street, so that I might say in a loud voice to people of every age, sex and status: “Hear, O people; hear, O nations. I am warning you about the commandment of Christ by using words that came from his own lips: We cannot obtain grace unless we suffer afflictions. We must heap trouble upon trouble to attain a deep participation in the divine nature, the glory of the sons of God and perfect happiness of soul.”
That same force strongly urged me to proclaim the beauty of divine grace. It pressed me so that my breath came slow and forced me to sweat and pant. I felt as if my soul could no longer be kept in the prison of the body, but that it had burst its chains and was free and alone and was going very swiftly through the whole world saying:
“If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine grace, how beautiful, how noble, how precious. How many riches it hides within itself, how many joys and delights! Without doubt they would devote all their care and concern to winning for themselves pains and afflictions. All men throughout the world would seek trouble, infirmities and torments, instead of good fortune, in order to attain the unfathomable treasure of grace. This is the reward and the final gain of patience. No one would complain about his cross or about troubles that may happen to him, if he would come to know the scales on which they are weighed when they are distributed to men.”
O God, you set Saint Rose of Lima on fire with your love,
so that, secluded from the world
in the austerity of a life of penance,
she might give herself to you alone;
grant, we pray, that through her intercession,
we may tread the paths of life on earth
and drink at the stream of your delights in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. PHILOMENA ON MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 11th AT ST. MARY CHURCH, SALEM, SD: All are invited to participate in a special Evening Mass on Monday, August 11th at 7:00 pm in celebration of the Feast of St. Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, and Patroness of the Children of Mary. Following Holy Mass, we will have devotions in honor of St. Philomena with veneration of her holy relic. After the devotions, we will process to the parish school and bless the new statue of St. Philomena located in the school vestibule.
The Mass will be celebrated in the Ordinary Form this year. Please spread the word, especially to those who have a devotion to the Little Saint, so loved by the Cure of Ars. All are invited to participate!
The St. Mary’s Parish Confirmation class of 2013 was confirmed on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at The Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls, along with St. Michael’s Parish of Sioux Falls. His Excellency, Bishop Paul Joseph Swain presided over the Holy Mass, as well as conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation upon all the confirmandi present. Concelebrating with His Excellency were Very Reverend Father Charles Cimpl and Reverend Father Robert Wulweber, priests of St. Michael’s parish in Sioux Falls and Reverend Father Martin Lawrence, Pastor of St. Mary’s in Salem.
Confirmandi from St. Mary’s Parish were: Patrick Neil Patrick Petree, Jesse James Ignatius Muth, Jordan Thomas Thomas Scheier, Andrew Eugene Michael Streff, Megan Marie Huberta Jaeger, Samantha Jo Joan Pulse, Rachael Ann Elizabeth Heumiller, and Jordan Joseph Martin VanHout.