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Weekly Letter from Father Richard

It's Palm Sunday, and as Holy Week begins we hear the gospel account of the Lord's passion and death on the cross, the "cup of suffering" from which he drank. To many observers, it looked like the end for Jesus, but he didn't see it that way. Even in the darkest moments, Jesus looked forward in hope for the time when he will drink with us of the "fruit of the vine" at the heavenly banquet.

As we partake of the "one bread and one cup," at the Eucharistic table, we embrace our covenant with God, holding fast to the hope and promise it offers us. We have our own "cups of suffering" from which to drink. Through these times, may we look forward in hope, as we journey each day in and to God's kingdom.

If you have never been able to experience the liturgies of Holy Week, I hope you can this year. On Holy Thursday at 7:00 PM we celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, commemorating the Lord's mandate to serve one another in the rite of washing feet. As well we honor the Lord's institution of the Eucharist with a Eucharistic procession and adoration. On Good Friday at 12:10 PM we celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion, which includes the veneration of the Cross. Stations of the Cross are prayed later in the day at 5:30 PM. On Saturday, the Easter Vigil begins at 9:00 PM. It tells the story of our salvation in Christ, risen from the dead. It celebrates the new life of baptism, welcoming believers into full communion. It is the renewal of our sacramental life as church. 

Father Richard 

Mass Schedule


Saturday Vigil 4:30 p.m.

Sunday Eucharist 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Daily Mass

12:10 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday& Thursday

Friday - Location rotates between five residential/care facilities.  Please call the office for this weeks location. 


Wednesday 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.


Holy Thursday
Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00

Good Friday
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 12:10 Stations of the Cross, 5:30

Holy Saturday Morning Prayer, 9:00 am

Easter Vigil, 9:00 pm (reception following)

Easter Sunday Masses 8:00 and 10:30 

Religious Education Times

Elementary Religious Education

Wednesdays, 3:45-5:00 pm

Middle School Youth Ministry

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 

High School Youth Ministry 

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30




Liturgical Ministry Schedule


2013 Annual Parish Report

Parish Outreach

Our parish is a supporter of a number of outreach organizations in town, including:

Catholic Social Services: 442-4130

Guided by a commitment to respect for life, CSSM serves the varied needs of mothers, babies and children by building and strengthening families in Montana.

Good Samaritan Ministries: 442-0780

Supports family life in our community and enhance human dignity with services to meet the physical health, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families.

God’s Love: 442-7000

Supports homeless in our community and helps provide food and shelter.

Friendship Center: 442-6800

Supports victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse with a broad range of support at no charge.

Helena Food Share: 443-3663

Creating a hunger free community with emergency food boxes monthly and daily produce and breads.

Options Women’s Clinic: 422-1011

Guided by a commitment to respect for life, Options offers a wide range of health care services to women free of charge.

 If the good work of any of these organizations resonates with your desire to serve, please feel free to contact them—and please mention that you are from Saint Mary Catholic Community.