June 16, 2019                                                     Volume 72, No. 22

Mass Schedule

Please note: Reconciliation Saturday 7:00 – 7:15 AM, Saturday 3:30 – 3:45 PM , Missions, 20 minutes before Mass, or call the office for appointment.


  9:30 AM


     Eleanor  Zent Funeral


  9:30 AM


     Tony Messmer Funeral


  7:30 AM 


 ++Roger & Pauline Geck Family


 7:30 AM


 ++Lemore & Rosella Greenshields




      Matt Erhardt & Family


June 22nd         


  4:00 PM 

   7:00 PM



St. Stephen

    +LaVonne Schmidt

    +Florentine Boehm

  ++Kasper & Maggie Lantz


June 23rd      

  8:00 AM


St. Thomas


    +Emil Wieglenda


Mass Schedule and Ministers June 22nd  and 23rd   


June 22nd       

4:00 PM


7:00 PM   St. Stephen

Lector:  Ben Bohn              Server:  Abbey Lacher

Eucharistic Ministers:  Colleen Miller        Leo Miller & Maria Harasty         July Ushers:  Ken Haag, Rodney Rebel, Delores Baer

Lector:  Gary Friedt            Servers:  Allison & Violet Greff     Eucharistic Ministers:  Leon & Sherryl Friedt      

July Ushers:  Chad Messer and Larry Messer


June 23rd     

8:00 AM

St. Thomas


10:00 AM


Lector: Lisa Sickler                 Servers:  Paula & Natalie Meyer              July Ushers:  Ted Goelzer & Marianne Hoffmann


Lector:  Lea Floberg     Servers:  Mack Hoselton/Alayna Dressler/Collin Grage

Eucharistic Ministers:  Suzy Rummel        Ambrose & Charlotte Hoff            July Ushers:   Tim & Kathy Meyer, Tom Roll, Reid Vaagen



Collections for June 9, 2019

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Thank you for joining us today in worship; we hope you will return often. If you are new to our faith or community and want to join our parish, please call our office at 974-3569.


OUR SYMPATHY: to the families of Ralph Boespflug (June 12), Eleanor Zent (June 17) and Tony Messmer (June 18).  Ralph, Eleanor and Tony were all good, faithful members and supporters of St. Mary and the civic communities in various ways over the years.  May the angels lead them to paradise and the Good Shepherd comfort their loved ones.

SYMPATHY CARDS: with the number of recent funerals, if you find yourself short on sympathy cards we do have them for sale at the parish office.  They are personal in that they feature the iron crosses from St. Mary Cemetery and the Good Shepherd statue in church. 

WELCOME: to the Catholic faith and to our parish, Elsie Dawn Neidhardt (Tyrell/Sarah) baptized at the 4:00 Mass.  Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a parish to raise a child in the faith.  Let us be good examples to Tyrell, Sarah and Elsie.  

PARISH PICNIC: Thanks to everyone who was able to enjoy the 10:00 Mass and picnic.  We served about 90 people and there was plenty of delicious foods.  Thanks to the Parish Council for doing the work and cleaning up.

KC MEETING:  Knight of the Month: Ben Messer; Family of the Month: Scott/Jonila Bohn; not present to win $50 gift certificate: Ray Sitter

RACHAEL AXTMANN BENEFIT DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION:  Will be held at the Eagles Club in Dickinson on June 17th from 5:00 – 7:30 PM.  Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the Country Drug.  A benefit account is set up at the Bremer Bank in Richardton.

HUGE THANK YOU! to the Richardton Community Foundation for a grant ($1917.00) to purchase a new flag pole for St. Mary Cemetery.  Thank you to the Foundation and to all who support the Richardton Community Foundation!

RICHARDTON HEALTH CENTER AUXILIARY ANNUAL RAFFLE: Will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 during the resident picnic festivities.  The Auxiliary Board is also looking for new members to assist with various fund raisers and provide new ideas.  The meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month at the Health Center @ 2:00 PM.  Contact Maria Harasty @ 974-6592 for tickets or if you wish to join.

CEMETERY & SOCIAL CENTER: A huge “thank you” to the folks who showed up to mow, trim and weed-eat the Cemetery and Social Center on Monday and Tuesday nights.  What a big help and both places look so nice.  Reminder: all flowers need to be removed from the graves 2 weeks after Memorial Day.  Please help the mowers and trimmers by removing your flowers this week.

NEW CHURCH SIGN: When we undertook the huge project of renewing the Abbey/St. Mary Church 20 years ago some parts of the project did not get completed because of finances.  One of those projects was the church sign.  It is now time to do that project since the current sign is in quite bad condition; the Abbey sign is also being done.  As is our practice with these kinds of things, the cost is being evenly shared between parish and Abbey.  It looks like it will be in the $10-13,000 each range.  Pictures of what the signs will look like are on the bulletin board in the church entry.  If you’d like to contribute toward the project, make checks to St. Mary Parish with “Sign” in the memo and drop in the collection or mail to the office.  Thank you.  We thank Hebron Brick for donating the bricks for the signs. 


PARISH PICNIC: will be held on Sunday, July 7. We will have 10:00 Mass followed by the picnic.

COFFEE & ROLLS:   Roll list for June 16:  Ruth Haas – Chairman, Diane Friedt – Bread, Karen Zent, Fran Hauck, Dana Scholz, Kathy Schorsch, Kelsey Dobitz, Megan Dukart.

ANNUAL PARISH CLEANUP: will happen when the weather, time and field work allows.  You will get a call.  Thanks to those who mowed the cemetery this past week.



ST. THOMAS:  A parishioner donated a canvas copy of the very famous “Incredulity of St. Thomas” painted by the Italian master, Caravaggio.   You will notice it in the entry.  It is a beautiful painting, showing the humanity of the characters, Thomas’ incredulity and Jesus’ challenge to “put your finger in my side.”  It may seem a bit “graphic” but certainly not any more graphic than a crucifixion.  May St. Thomas intercede for us and inspire us to come to belief as he did.  After 119 years of being a parish, it is nice to finally have a reminder of our patron in the church.



PLEASE PRAY for those who are seriously ill, terminally ill or in immediate concern.  LaDonna Portscheller, Ray Stein, Jim Gallagher, Theresa Messer, Leo Stein, Katie Thomas Kautzman, Matthew Thomas, Eric Mayer, Edwin Kadrmas, Robert Schmalenberger, Josie Ullendorf, Margaret Wieglenda, Catherine Kearnes, Eva Johnson and all others in need or facing difficulties.

GET TOGETHER: with Ray Amann at the Legion Hall on Tuesday, June 18 from 12 – 3 pm.

CAMP RECREATION: is a summer camp dedicated to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Experience what it feels like to make a difference by sharing your time, talent or treasure at camp this summer.  We need volunteers (counselors, teachers, task force, cooks, nurses, entertainers) for our camp dates of June 16-21 in Richardton, ND.  For information visit www.camprecreationnd.com.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:  is scheduled for July 15 – 18 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at the St. Mary Social Center.  Badlands Youth Ministry will provide instruction for children who are entering  grades K – 6.  For registration contact Jessi Olson @ 701-429-3453.

EVERGREEN AND COUNTRY HOUSE: The residents at Evergreen and Country House in Dickinson invite the community to the 3rd Annual Longest Day of the Year Celebration on June 18 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  Activities include a supper on the lawn, pet show, lawn games, bouncy castle and ice cream treats.  Proceeds will go the Alzheimer’s Association.

ST. CLEMENT ORATORY OF HAYMARSH:  Will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ on Sunday, June 23rd @ 10:30 AM (CST).  Following the service all are invited to a potluck meal.  Contact 226-0654 for more information.

NEW HRADEC CATHOLIC WORKMAN STEAK FRY:  Will be hosting a Steak Fry on Sunday, June 16th at the New Hradec Hall from 4:30 – 8:00 PM.

AMBULANCE DRIVERS NEEDED: we only have 3 drivers. Please consider joining the Richardton/Taylor ambulance crew.  Contact: Rtrad109@gmail.com



      Thanks to everyone who had their picture taken for the Parish Directory.  You can still submit your own photo for $10 (which covers your Directory).  Bring to Pam at the office.   We will also try to schedule a day or two in the fall for the company to return and catch those that may have missed.  I will contact the company to see if this is even possible.

        All the cemeteries looked so nice for the Memorial Day weekend: freshly mowed and trimmed and the many flowers and flags are a beautiful tribute to our deceased parishioners.  Just a reminder: flowers, decorations, lights, etc. are to be removed from the cemeteries 2 weeks after Memorial Day which was May 27.  This is a great help to the mowing and to help keep our cemeteries neat, clean and tidy.  Thanks for your cooperation J

        Michelle Tormaschy is being hired as our new DRE, replacing Jessi Olson who has held the job the past 3 years.  Michelle is married to Josh; they are both “lifers” of St. Mary and have 2 children: Isabella and Collin.  Josh plans to offer a variety of events and opportunities to our post-Confirmation young adults while Michelle will take on the Rel. Ed program for pre-school through Confirmation.  We welcome them to the parish team and look forward to their contributing to the spiritual growth and vitality of our parishes.   

        This weekend attached to the Bulletin you will find the annual envelope “Peter’s Pence” collection.  This collection goes to Pope Francis to aid in his ministry and travels to visit Catholics throughout the world.  Pope Francis  takes his role as our supreme pastor/shepherd seriously, trying to visit his flock in various places in the world.  Thanks for your generosity.  Drop the envelope in the collection the weekend of June 22/23.

        Our congratulations to Br. Symeon Rubelke as he professed Solemn Vows on June 14.  This means he has committed his life to the Rule of St. Benedict here at Assumption Abbey.  God bless him as he continues his search for God as a Benedictine monk.

        Finally, this being Father’s Day weekend we thank all our father’s for being good living examples of practicing the faith and fulfilling civic duties.  We pray that those who have died may rest in peace.  Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough.  By the time a man realizes that maybe his dad was right, he usually has a son of his own who thinks he’s wrong!

        Have a wonderful week!

      Fr. Thomas, OSB


June 16         Father’s Day

June 16         New Hradec Catholic Workman Steak Fry serving from 4:30 – 8:00 PM

June 17         Rachael Axtmann Benefit and Silent Auction @ Eagles Club, Dickinson

June 18         3rd Annual “Longest Day of the Year” @ Evergreen & Country House 4:00 – 7:00 PM

June 22         2:00 Gion/Schenck Wedding @ St. Mary

June 23          St. Clement Oratory of Haymarsh – Corpus Christi @ 10:30 AM CST with potluck to follow

June 30         5th Sunday Rosary following 10:00 St. Mary Mass

July 7             10:00 St. Stephen Mass & Picnic

July 11          Feast of St. Benedict

July 15-18    Vacation Bible School @ St. Mary

Aug. 15          Assumption of Mary Holy Day of Obligation

Aug. 18          10:00 St. Thomas Mass & Picnic