Holy Week 2018 Schedule

March 16th, 2018

            Holy Week Schedule 2018

Passiontide and the Holy Face of Jesus

March 15th, 2018

This week, our image of the Holy Face will be placed over the High Altar for Passiontide, in respect to the exposition and blessing given with the Original Veil of Veronica at St. Peter’s in Rome every year on the 5th Sunday of Lent.

Holy Face of Jesus

How the miraculous image of the suffering Face of Christ came to be printed on Veronica’s Veil:

Many present-day Catholics raise questions when shown a copy of the “true image” of the Holy Face of Jesus imprinted on the veil of Veronica during His Passion.  They ask how did it happen?  Who was Veronica? – Where is this reported in the Bible? and etc…  Tradition tells us that this incident occurred on the first Good Friday in Jerusalem as Our Lord carried His Cross on the way to Calvary to be crucified.  Therefore, let us recount the way to Our Lord’s Crucifixion…

The procession to Calvary was formed.  The cross was brought to Jesus.  He was to carry it.  He could scarcely support its weight.  He had been greatly weakened by the trial and maltreatment of the morning as well as severe blood loss from the scourging.  His Holy Face was swollen with open wounds; blood, flowing down from the piercing wounds of the thorn crown, was blinding.  Led by the Roman soldiers and mounted Sanhedrin priests, Jesus staggered along the crowded streets of Jerusalem followed by a motley rabble of angry people – mostly enemies, some friends.  He collapsed under the cross several times.  Finally, the soldiers forced a bystander to help carry the cross as the priests feared Jesus would die before reaching Calvary, the place of execution.

The procession stopped suddenly.  The door of one of the houses on the side of the street opened.  A Jewish matron of majestic appearance emerged.  The women fought her way through the crowd until she faced Jesus.  Without a word, she pressed a cloth she was carrying into Jesus’ hand.  Jesus took the cloth, quickly wiped His bloody Face and returned it to the woman.  The whole incident took only a moment.  The surprise of the interruption halted the procession just long enough to accomplish the relief Jesus needed so urgently.  The woman was roughly ordered to return to her house.  She quickly complied.  There inside, she opened the bloody cloth and discovered the Sacred Countenance fully imprinted thereon, perfectly detailed – Christ’s grateful gift to repay her unbelievable charity and heroic courage.

Tradition has passed down this act as witnessed by hundreds in the procession.  The woman’s name was not known but the miracles effected by the Imprint became manifest and the names Vera (true) Icon (image) and to its owner as “Veronica”.  Tradition has honored this incident all through the centuries.  Veronica’s memory is immortalized for all time in the 6th Station of the Way of the Cross set up in Roman Catholic Churches all over the world.

Wherever these authenticated replicas of Christ’s Suffering Holy Face have been displayed and venerated, it has been noticed that conversions have sprung up.  Blessings of all kinds have been experienced and the sweet peace of Jesus is enjoyed.


Calendars for February and March highlighting extra Lenten Masses, times for Confession and Stations of the Cross

February 10th, 2018

Extra Lenten Masses, times for Confession and times for Stations of the Cross

Extra Lenten Masses, times for Confession and times for Stations of the Cross

Monday, January 22nd: Sanctity of Human Life Day

January 20th, 2018


Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity. Much of the greatest suffering in our Nation’s history — and, indeed, our planet’s history — has been the result of disgracefully misguided attempts to dehumanize whole classes of people based on these immutable characteristics. We cannot let this shameful history repeat itself in new forms, and we must be particularly vigilant to safeguard the most vulnerable lives among us. This is why we observe National Sanctity of Human Life Day: to affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as “non-human.”

Reverence for every human life, one of the values for which our Founding Fathers fought, defines the character of our Nation.  Today, it moves us to promote the health of pregnant mothers and their unborn children.  It animates our concern for single moms; the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled; and orphan and foster children. It compels us to address the opioid epidemic and to bring aid to those who struggle with mental illness. It gives us the courage to stand up for the weak and the powerless. And it dispels the notion that our worth depends on the extent to which we are planned for or wanted.

Science continues to support and build the case for life. Medical technologies allow us to see images of the unborn children moving their newly formed fingers and toes, yawning, and even smiling. Those images present us with irrefutable evidence that babies are growing within their mothers’ wombs — precious, unique lives, each deserving a future filled with promise and hope. We can also now operate on babies in utero to stave off life-threatening diseases. These important medical advances give us an even greater appreciation for the humanity of the unborn.

Today, citizens throughout our great country are working for the cause of life and fighting for the unborn, driven by love and supported by both science and philosophy. These compassionate Americans are volunteers who assist women through difficult pregnancies, facilitate adoptions, and offer hope to those considering or recovering from abortions. They are medical providers who, often at the risk of their livelihood, conscientiously refuse to participate in abortions. And they are legislators who support health and safety standards, informed consent, parental notification, and bans on late-term abortions, when babies can feel pain. These undeterred warriors, many of whom travel to Washington, D.C., every year for the March for Life, are changing hearts and saving lives through their passionate defense of and loving care for all human lives. Thankfully, the number of abortions, which has been in steady decline since 1980, is now at a historic low. Though the fight to protect life is not yet over, we commit to advocating each day for all who cannot speak for themselves.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call on all Americans to reflect on the value of our lives; to respond to others in keeping with their inherent dignity; to act compassionately to those with disabilities, infirmities, or frailties; to look beyond external factors that might separate us; and to embrace the common humanity that unites us.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


Complete Schedule for Christmas and New Year’s Day: Click on schedule to enlarge

December 12th, 2017

Extra times for Confession before Christmas: click on schedule to enlarge it

December 12th, 2017

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

November 29th, 2017

Presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 5th at 6:30 PM: A Sign in the Heavens – A Woman Clothed with the Sun

August 19th, 2017

A Sign in the Heavens – A Woman Clothed with the Sun

By Dr. Ken Klenk

On TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th at 6:30 pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Salem, Dr. Ken Klenk will give a presentation describing the sign that will appear in the sky this September 23, 2017 – a sign that closely meets the description of the sign given in the Book of Revelation 12: 1-2: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in the anguish of delivery.”

Using astronomy software that can represent the positions of the planets and stars as viewed from the Earth, Dr. Klenk will show how Jupiter, the king planet, representing Christ, is in the midsection of the Virgo constellation for 9-10 months. Jupiter exits the midsection in September and, on the 23rd, the constellation Virgo will rise with the Sun with the Moon will be at the ‘feet’ of Virgo. In addition, Virgo will have a crown of 12 stars (the Leo constellation with 9 stars and the 3 planets Mercury, Venus and Mars).  Some thoughts on the sign mentioned in Revelation 12:3-4 will be presented.

He also discusses another sign in the heavens – a candidate for the Star of Bethlehem – a astronomical event that happened in 3 to 2 BC.  Time permitting, he will talk about the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.

All are invited and encouraged to attend this presentation in St. Mary’s Hall, Salem, on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Ken Klenk is a physicist, having received his PhD from Lehigh University in 1973. He has done research in high energy physics and the remote sensing of atmospheric ozone from satellites. He is an experienced manager of scientific projects having manage projects for NASA, NOAA and for the U.S. Geological Survey. In 2011, he received a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College. Currently, he uses his physics and philosophy backgrounds to support the Institute for Advance Physics in their efforts to place a broader and principled foundation at the base of the modern sciences. Dr. Klenk is married and lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Holy Week Schedule for St. Mary’s, Salem:

March 28th, 2017

Extra Times for Confessions at St. Mary’s, Salem:

March 28th, 2017