Weekly Mass Schedule For the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Please go to "Mass Location" tab on top of the page for details for the Mass Schedule for each Mission, for the current month.

SUNDAY: January 24th - 3rd Sunday after Epiphany (sd)
Stramer Family ...................................................................7:00 a.m. Mass
Barbara Kalafat and all the Family..................................... 9:00 a.m. Mass
MONDAY: January 25th - The Conversion of St. Paul, Ap (dm)
Bishop Kelly’s Intention...................................................... 8:00 a.m. Mass
TUESDAY: January 26th - St. Polycarp, BpM (d)
Special Intentuon.............................................................. 8:00 a.m. Mass
WEDNESDAY: January 27th - St. John Chrysostom, BpCD (d)
† Gerard Kennedy............................................................ 8:00 a.m. Mass
THURSDAY: January 28th - St. Peter Nolasco, C (d)
David Fantz...................................................................... 8:00 a.m. Mass
FRIDAY: January 29th - St. Francis de Sales, BpCD (d)
Mr. & Mrs. Lester Pugh Family Members......................... 8:00 a.m. Mass
SATURDAY: January 30th - St. Martina, VM (sd)
Mr. & Mrs. Lester Pugh Family Members........................ 9:00 a.m. Mass
SUNDAY: January 31st - Septuagesima Sunday (sd))
Sarah Stramer............................................................... 7:00 a.m. Mass
Robert Stramer & Grand children.................................. 9:00 a.m. Mass
Sanctuary Lamp is burning for the repose of the soul of Bishop Alfred Mendez

Confession Schedule
Saturday – 8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
Sunday — 6:30 a.m. - 6:55 a.m.
             — 8:10 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.

Altar Boy Serving Schedule
Jan 24 — 1st Mass: — Anthony Caggeso & Stephen Rollins
                2nd Mass:— Killian Skierka & Peter Skierka
Jan 31 — 1st Mass: — Michael Caggeso & Brentlee Bomgardner
                2nd Mass:— Oran Skierka & William Lightner
Feb 7 — 1st Mass: — Anthony Caggeso& Brentlee Bomgardner
               2nd Mass:— Kernan Skierka & Louis Lightner

Rosary Leader
Jan 24 — 1st Mass: Tim Riley — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder
Jan 31 — 1st Mass: Brian Drewes — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder
Feb 7  — 1st Mass: Tim Riley — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder

Church Cleaning Schedule

Jan 24 — Monica Whall, Rebecca Lightner, Katie Riley
Jan 31 — Jeanette Kalafat & Regina Marshall
Feb 7 — Maria Fleshman, Angela Skierka, Julie Skierka

Treat Schedule
Jan 24 — Tiffany Skierka, Donna Skierka, Julie Skierka
Jan 31 — Sharon Skierka, Maria Fleshman, Angela Skierka
Feb 7 — Pancake Breakfast

Snow Removal
Jan 31 — Josh Bradshaw & Emmet Whall
Feb 7 — Cody Merja & Bailey Bomgardnerr
Feb 14— Brain Drewes & Tim Riley

Please go to "Mass Location" tab on top of the page for details for each Mission, for the month.

The Roman Catholic Calendar: The 2019 Calendar is available in the bookstore, the cost is $12.00 each.
Sunday Missal Guide: the 2019 Sunday Missal Guide is available in te Bookstore .
Registration Forms: fill out and return so we can update our records
Lost and Found: The Lost and Found is overflowing. Please check if any of your belongings are in it: rosaries, hats, gloves etc. They will be donated on February 1st if they are not claimed. The lost and found basket is located on the table outside of the kitchen.
6 Day Votive Lights: The price per candle is $2.50, $62 per case; the small 8 hour votive lights are 25¢ each.
Confessions: Priority should be given especially the last thirty minutes of confessions to those who drive a great distance, have little children, elderly and or are disabled. Those living in closer proximity please be here early; Confessions begin at 8:00 a.m. Of course, and I think that it goes without saying, that those who live in close proximity to the church, should come for confessions on Saturday morning if at all possible.

Mission Mass Information

Great Falls: (Black Eagle - Immaculate Heart of Mary)
Mass every Sunday, 7:00 & 9:00 a.m.: Holy Days, 9:00 a.m

Helena: (Holy Cross) 

Mass every Sunday and Holy Days:
8:00 a.m. See Church Bulletin

Missoula: (East Missoula - Holy Shroud) 

Mass 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month and Holy Days
12:30 p.m.

Billings: (Pompeys Pillar - St. Martin de Tours) 

Mass 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of the month and Holy Days
3:00 p.m.

Lethbridge: (St. Theresa the Little Flower) 

Mass 3rd Sunday of the month (when the border opens)
2:00 p.m.

Fr. Jenkins online instructions: wcbohio.blogspot.com.
6 Day Votive Light Candles: The price per candle is $2.50 each, $62 per case.
Live stream sermons: you can now watch one of the SSPV or CSPV priests offer Mass in Boynton Beach, Florida. It is live streamed every Sunday at 500pm (eastern) and then archived. The address for this is http://tiny.cc/ourladyofpeace
SSPV Sermons may be heard on You Tube channel wcbohio
Sanctuary Lamp: If you would like to have the Sanctuary Lamp burning for the repose of soul, anniversary or remembrances, and who requests it, the usual donation is $10. Fill out a request an return to Fr. Skierka
Fr. Jenkins online instructions: http://www.wcbohio.com/
Please Keep in your prayers: The deceased, ill and the injured and those that are in special need of prayers, particularly of our parish.


A Man Called Joseph
By Rev Henry Johnstone, S.J. (1927).
Rev Henry Johnstone, S.J. (1927).
Though this latter view has become the accepted one nowadays, it is hard to see why it should be so, and there is no reason why we should not, if we wish, imagine him at the time of his marriage with Our Lady as not far advanced in years.
Though the language used by Saint Matthew admits of the other interpretation, it is much more probable, all things considered, that when the Gospel story opens, Saint Joseph was only betrothed to Our Lady, and that the marriage had not yet been celebrated. Betrothal among the Jews was a very solemn contract, practi-cally as binding as marriage, and giving the same rights. During the time of betrothal, the bride-to-be remained in her own home. We may take it, therefore, that this was the state of affairs when that fateful message was brought by Gabriel to Nazareth. Mary was still living with her parents or guardians, and Joseph, the carpenter, who was betrothed to her, worked at his trade, waiting till the time came to bring his bride to her future home. From the reply that Mary made to the angel’s announcement of the birth of a son, we can see that Mary and Joseph had agreed that in their case marriage was not to involve the surrender of virginity. Were this not so, Mary’s reply would have no meaning. When, after the Annunciation, Mary went off hurriedly to visit her cousin Elizabeth in Judea, Joseph, as after events proved, knew nothing of the wonderful event which had just taken place in Nazareth, a place which is here mentioned for the first time in the Bible.
We may be inclined sometimes to think of Nazareth as of places we see in our dreams or read of in fairy tales. The Nazareth where Saint Joseph lived and worked is a real place, as real today as it was in Saint Joseph’s time, and probably little changed in the slowly changing East. It has been remarked by those who have travelled in the Holy Land that its sights fill the silences of the sacred books. So it is important for us when dealing with Saint Joseph’s life, where there are so many silences in the inspired record, to form some picture of the scenes amid which most of his life was passed.
Take the map of Palestine and find the spot on the coast where Mount Carmel, of sacred memories, juts out into the sea on the south side of the Bay of Acre. Follow the River Kishon, on the north side of the Carmel range, upstream through the narrow gorge (100 yards wide) by which it enters the Plain of Acre, and you come out into the Plain of Esdraelon. This is the only break in the long line of hills which run like a backbone down the center of the land, and affords the only level passage east and west, from the Jordan to the sea, for the whole length of Palestine. The whole plain swarms with historical memories — of Elias (Elijah) and the priests of Baal, of Gedeon (Gideon) and the Madianites (Midianites), of Saul and the Philistines, of Judith and Holofernes. It has been the battleground of nations from the dawn of history down to the time of Napoleon, who fought a battle there, and even to our own day. In shape, the Plain of Esdraelon is a triangle, and the northern side, running east and west, is formed by the southern edge of the hills of Galilee, which drop sharply into the plain. About midway in the line of hills, a narrow valley cuts in, rises steeply, and opens out into a high, flat basin. Here in this upland valley, 1160 feet above the sea, overlooking the plain, Nazareth lies. A little amphitheater of hills runs round it behind, and two prominent bastions protrude into the plain, one on each side of it. From these hills on which Nazareth is built you can look, as Saint Joseph looked, over the whole land, from snow-clad Hermon in the north to the hills of Judea in the south, and from the mountains of Gilead across the Jordan to the waters of the Mediterranean.It is altogether against the evidence we possess, to suppose, as is often done, that Nazareth was a very obscure, out-of-the- way place. It is always called a town or city in the Gospels, and contained, as far as we can estimate, about 5,000 inhabi-tants. Important trade routes passed, if not actually through it, as some maintain, at all events quite close by.


1. The question is, what exactly does it mean, to dress modestly?
2. What does the Catholic Church say on the matter?

On January 12, 1930, the sacred Congregation of the Council, by mandate of Pope Pius XI, has issued emphatic instructions on modesty of dress to all bishops, directing them to insist on these prescriptions:
"We recall that a dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers breadth under the pit of the throat, which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows, and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knee. Furthermore, dresses of transparent material are improper.

Women must be decently dressed, especially when they go to church. The parish priest may, with due prudence, refuse them entrance to the church and access to the reception of the Sacraments, [each] and every time that they come to church immodestly dressed." (General Pastoral Directive, 1915 A.D.)

"Girls and women dressed immodestly are to be debarred from Holy Communion and from acting as sponsors at the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation; further, if the offense be extreme, they may even be forbidden to enter the church." [Decree of the Congregation of the Council, 1930 A.D.]