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: April 18th -2nd Sunday after Easter (sd)
Michael Hagameyer.................................................... 7:00 a.m. Mass
Special Intention........................................................ 9:00 a.m. Mass
MONDAY: April 19th -Ferial Day
Cole & Hannah.......................................................... Lowder 8:00 a.m. Mass
TUESDAY: April 20th - Ferial Day)
Special Intention........................................................ 8:00 a.m. Mass
WEDNESDAY: April 21st - Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the BVM (dlcl)
David & Andrew........................................................ Dube Families 8:00 a.m. Mass
THURSDAY: April 22nd - Sts. Soter & Caius, PpMm (sd)
†Fred Lowder........................................................... 8:00 a.m. Mass
FRIDAY: April 23rd - St. George, M (sd)
†Fred Lowder........................................................... 8:00 a.m. Mass
SATURDAY: April 24th - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, M (d)
†Fred Lowder........................................................... 9:00 a.m. Mass
SUNDAY: April 25th - St. Mark, Ev (d2cl)
†Fred Lowder........................................................... 7:00 a.m. Mass
Special Intention of Daniel Lightner.........................  9:00 a.m. Mass

Sanctuary Lamp is burning for the repose of the soul of Sam Kalafat

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
April 18 — 1st Mass : Andrew Dube & Charles Mueller
2nd Mass: Gabriel Lightner & Blane Lightner
April 25 — 1st Mass : Stephen Rollins & Brentlee Bomgardner
2nd Mass: Killian Skierka & Dominic Skierka
May 2 — MC - Killian Skierka Th - Gabriel Lightner CB -Michael Caggeso
Ac - Stephen Rollins & William Lightner
TB - Quentin Skierka, Thaddeus Bradshaw, Sam Kalafat
TB - Blane Lightner, Jeremy Lowder, Peter Skierka

Rosary Leader
April 11— 1st Mass: Tim Riley         — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder
April 18 — 1st Mass: Brian Drewes — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder
May 2 — 1st Mass: Tim Riley         — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder

Church Cleaning Schedule
April 18 — Hannah Lowder and Tiffany Skierka
April 25 — Monica Whall, Rebecca Lightner, Katie Riley
May 2 — Justina Merja & Jan Eiland

Treat Schedule
April 18 — Christina Bogner, Michelle Bogner, Regina Marshall
April 25 —Laura Lightner, Bernadette Dube, Zayra Cerise
May 2 — Pancake Breakfast

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


“Letting you know there is going to be a meeting April 7, 2021 at the Black Eagle Community Center at 6:30pm-7:30pm to take comments about the Amphitheater and the Ski Hill proposals in the Superfund site. Hope to see you there”. Jim Larson .................This is an announcemt concerning the proposed Amphitheater! Please come and voice your disapproval. Fr. Skierka
Summer School: The weeks of June 6 and June 13, Monday through Friday. First Communion: Sunday, June 20.
Registration Forms: fill out and return so we can update our records
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.
EASTER DUTY. The fourth precept of the Church commands the Faithful to receive Holy Communion during the Easter time. The Easter time is extended in the United States and is from the first Sunday in Lent until Trinity Sunday inclusive (May 30th). If you have not done so already, you have until Trinity Sunday to make your Easter Duty. In addition, the 3rd precept of the Church commands the Faithful to confess their sins at least once a year. Lent is an excellent time to fulfill this obligation, too.
Sanctuary Lamp: The Sanctuary Lamp when burning for any intention, it is put in the bulletin as a reminder to pray specially for that person, and even for that whole week!
Reliquaries on the Altar: contain the reliques of St. Stephen King, St. Gregory the Great, St. Maria Goretti and St. John Bosco.

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.


Questions of Catholics Answered Pertaining to Courtship
by The Rev. Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S.

Is it a sin to keep company with a man without any intention to marriage?
We give a number of guiding prin-ciples, repeating one for the sake of emphasis:
1. Young people should not be in too great a hurry to start regular company- keeping. Begun too early and unduly pro-tracted, courtship is fraught with great dangers to the innocence and virtue of the parties concerned and not seldom ends in a non-marriage and consequent unhappi-ness and hard feelings.
2. Without any intention of marriage regular company-keeping is quite sense-less, always out of place, usually wrong, and often sinful.
3. But young people in their later teens need not avoid all society and company of the opposite sex. A wise and well super-vised mingling of the sexes in a social way is helpful to both - decidedly and variously so. But it is one thing for boys and girls to meet in wholesome and prudently chape-roned frolic and pastime, and another thing for a boy and a girl to yield, witting-ly or unwittingly, to a sexual attraction for each other, and start an actual courtship, formally or informally. Marriage is a full- grown man's and woman's job; and court-ship is a preliminary to marriage and should be properly conducted by those who are old enough and sensible enough and virtuous enough to know what they are doing and how to do it.
4. Hence we repeat that company- keeping, or courtship, is permissible only when there is at least a possibility and some prospect of a marriage ensuing be-tween the partners of the courtship. When marriage is out of the question entirely, company keeping is an unjustifiable exposure of oneself to moral dangers, and consequently reprehensible and forbidden in every instance. When marriage is excluded it is not in keeping with the standard of Christian virtue and decency for a young man and a young lady "to go together" merely for the sake of company in social diversion and pleasure.
5. Once or again for a girl to be honor-ably escorted to a party or a theater by a young man does not fall under the caption of company-keeping, and is of itself not wrong. But even this should not be of frequent occurrence with the same person when there is no thought of marriage be-tween them. Near relatives who know that they cannot or will never be married have no privileges in this matter. Only too often, under the cover of relationship, they are beguiled into lewd and incestuous thoughts, desires, and practices.
6. You may not keep company with a person who is married to another or, what amounts to the same thing, with a divorced person. This is self-evident, but not always observed, to the unspeakable ruination of many.

Is company-keeping wrong? If so, how is it that so many Catholic boys and girls indulge in this pastime?
What is company-keeping? It is associ-ation between young men and young wo-men who contemplate entering the state of Holy Matrimony and who wish to learn each other's character and to ascertain whether they will make suitable partners for life. As such it is quite lawful, of course; but even as such it should not be protracted too long, because of the grave dangers of sin that easily spring up in this familiar association. Six months, or, at most, a year, is considered a sufficiently long time. But unnecessary company- keeping, that is, between those who have not the intention of marrying or who are too young to think of marriage, is wrong. To repeat, company-keeping just for the fun of it, for the pleasure that is in it, is sinful. For, in view of the facts that human nature, weakened by original sin, is ex-ceedingly prone to the sin of impurity, and that this proneness is exceedingly strong in the years of youth when the passions are developing, — we say that, in view of these facts, unnecessary company-keeping is a wilful near occasion of mortal sin.

We are aware that many Catholic boys and girls do indulge in this pastime, as you call it. But because others wilfully get too near the chained dog that is the devil is no reason why you should do so. This may seem severe; but it is not a fraction as severe as Our Lord's doctrine about avoid-ing the occasions of sin. He says, "And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out. It is better for thee with one eye to enter the Kingdom of heaven, then having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire, where their worm dieth not and the fire is not extinguished. For every one shall be salt-ed with fire." (Mark 5:46-48)
In other words, to apply this passage to the matter under discussion, even if keep-ing away from a certain person is a proxi-mate occasion of mortal sin to you should be as hard and painful as tearing out your eye would be, you must make the sacrifice in order not to incur the risk of being con-demned to suffer the eternal pains of hell.

How about kissing? Will you kindly explain why it is so dangerous and all that?
A woman has written this article on a subject that is of interest to young men as well as to young women, and it is so sensible, so clear, so instructive, that it deserves to be widely circulated:
I get a great many letters from young girls who want to know what they shall do about the kissing proposition. They say that it is practically a case of no kiss, no beau, for the young men who take them about demand a good-night kiss as pay for their courtesies, and if they refuse it is, in-deed, good-night, in the slang phrase, for they never see these oscillatory youths again.
Now the innate modesty and delicacy of those girls revolt at yielding their lips to men to whom they are not even engaged; to men who do not even pretend to be in love with them. It violates their sense of what is proper, but, at the same time, they do not want to be regarded as prudes or Puritans. Still less do they desire to be wall flowers left out of all the fun and parties, and numbered with those forlorn damsels who never have any attention from men.
So the girl is torn between her instinctive sense of what is right and her knowledge of expediency, and she wants to know what she shall do and how she shall an-swer the eternal argument of a man when he is trying to persuade a women into doing the thing that he knows she should not do. To kiss or not to kiss, that's the question that troubles her.
There can be but one answer to give a girl to this problem. It is no, no, no! A maiden's lips should be kept inviolate, and the first man's kiss that is pressed upon them should be the kiss of love from the man she expects to marry. For a girl to give her lips to every Tom, Dick, and Harry who takes her to a moving picture show or escorts her home from a dance is something unthinkable. It is as much of a desecration as if she trailed a white rose-bud through a sewer.
It is a pity that girls can never be made to realize that the most alluring and at-tractive thing about the aura of innocence and unsophistication that surrounds them. It is the whiteness, the untrodden snow-ness of their souls that is their chief charm, and they never make so fatal a mistake as when they throw this away.
If girls were only wise enough to realize how fascinating aloofness is, and what an appeal unsullied purity makes to the ma-sculine imagination, they would keep every man at arm's length at least until he had come out and popped the question. They would not think for a minute of put-ting up with cheap familiarities from men that rob them of their freshness and make them little shop-worm bits of humanity that have been pawed over like the goods on a bargain table. Girls should never forget that it is the shy and shrinking violet that is man's favorite flower, not the brazen sunflower.
My girl correspondent says that she does not know how to answer a man when he begs her to kiss him and tells her that there is no harm in it, and that his arguments because she seems to be making a great ado over a very little matter. There is one answer that every girl can make to a man's request for a kiss.


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.]