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Weekly Letter from Father Richard

As we enjoy the peaceful beauty of a Montana summer, we know that all the world is not at rest. Religious minorities (including Christians) in Iraq are being forced at gunpoint to flee their homes or face death. Much of such violence against people who are in some way different, is fueled by misinformation.

Religious leaders call us to peace. Pope Francis reminds us that "violence is not overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace." He has called together Church representatives in the Middle-East to determine how to best support those who are forced into exile. His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, whose people are victims of this oppression, has prayed: "Lord, peace is the foundation of life. Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy."

In our country, many have questions about followers of Islam, particularly in these years following the terrorist attacks of 2001. Some are worried, others afraid. I call your attention to the special interactive presentation described here below. 

Father Richard 


“Children of God, Children of Abraham: Catholics Encountering Islam.”


Presenter: Dr. Jeanette M. Fregulia of Carroll College 

Dates: September 16, September 23 

Times: 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
Place: Saint Mary Social Center

Against the backdrop of the turmoil ravaging the Middle East, this two part series will provide attendees with a chance to uncover the true nature of Islam, one of the three world religions tracing its roots to Abraham. With attention to the history of Islam, the main pillars of the faith, and the many commonalities that exist among Judaism, Christianity and Islam, this session will hopefully provide new understanding, as well as dispel many myths about Islam. While the presenter will provide some important back ground and information, these sessions are meant to be as interactive as possible, with ample time for questions and discussion. Please bring your questions, your comments, what you already know, and what you would like to know, as we talk together about the children of God and the children of Abraham. 

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 - 5:00 p.m.

Office Hours


11:30 - 4:30 

Tuesday - Friday

8:30 - 4:30


Liturgical Ministry Schedule



June 14 September 28, 2014 

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.