SUNDAY: December 17th - 3rd Sunday of Advent (sd)
Missa pro Populo........................................................... 9:00 a.m. Mass
MONDAY: December 18th - Ferial Day
Karen Barker................................................................. No Scheduled Mass
TUESDAY: December 19th - Ferial Day
Jacqy Thomas............................................................... No Scheduled Mass
WEDNESDAY: December 20th - Vigil of St. Thomas
Special Intention............................................................ No Scheduled Mass
THURSDAY: December 21st - St. Thomas, Apostle (d2cl)
Paul & Amy Riley........................................................... 8:00 a.m. Mass
FRIDAY: December 22nd - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, V (d2cl)
Special Intention............................................................ 8:00 a.m. Mass
SATURDAY: December 23rd - Ferial Day
Special Intention............................................................ 8:00 a.m. Mass
SUNDAY: December 24th - Vigil of the Nativity 4th Sunday of Advent
Missa pro Populo........................................................... 9:00 a.m. Mass

Confession Schedule
Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Church Cleaning Schedule
Dec 17 — Jennifer Lightner, Amy Lightner & Rachel Lightner
Dec 24 — General cleaning after decorations are up
Dec 31 — Rita Bogner & Barbara Kalafat

Treat Schedule
Dec 10 — Teresa & Christina Dube, Lana Faber and Mary Flowers
Dec 17 — Michelle Bogner, Christina Bogner and Regina Marshall
Dec 24 — No Treats
Dec 31 — No Treats

Snow Removal Schedule
Dec 17 — Brain Drewes — Tim Riley
Dec 24 — Scott Drewes — Josh Bradshaw
Dec 31 — Tim Gluth — Erik Kalafat

Altar Boy Serving Schedule
Dec 17 — Oran Skierka & Quintin Skierka
Dec 24 — Killian Skierka & Stephen Rollins
Dec 25 — MC - Nathan Rollins Th - Sebastian Flowers CB -Dominic Skierka
Ac - Brook Bomgardner & Kernan Skierka
TB - Oran Skierka, Killian Skierka, Brennan Skierka
TB - Gabriel Lightner, Stephen Rollins, Quintin Skierka
TB - any extra servers

Christmas Mass Schedule
Immaculate Heart of Mary: Midnight Mass
Holy Shroud: 8:00 a.m Mass
204 Clyde; Missoula, Montana 59802............(406) 721-7146
Holy Cross: – 11:30 AM.
449 Hoback; Helena, Montana 59624...............(406) 449-3701
St. Martin de Tours: – 5:30 p.m.
2814 South Pompey's Road; Pompeys Pillar, Montana 59064........(406) 452-9021

Mission Mass Schedule
Holy Cross: 2nd, 4th, 5th Sundays & Holy Days– 1:00 p.m.
449 Hoback; Helena, Montana 59624...............(406) 449-3701
Holy Shroud: 2nd, 4th, 5th Sundays– 5:00 p.m.
204 Clyde; Missoula, Montana 59802............(406) 721-7146
St. Martin de Tours: 1st & 3rd Sundays– 4:30 p.m., Holy Days– 6:30 p.m.
2814 South Pompey's Road; Pompeys Pillar, Montana 59064........(406) 452-9021
St. Theresa, Lethbridge: 4th Wednesday of the month– 5:30 p.m......(403) 328-0627

 Announcements

Christmas Decorating: December 21st in the evening after 6:00 p.m., and December 22nd after Mass till completion.
2018 Sunday Missal Guide: is available in the bookstore
Ember Days: Wed. Dec 20, Friday, Dec. 22 and Saturday Dec. 23 are days of Fast and Partial abstinence, Friday is complete abstinence.
2018 Calendars: are available in the bookstore; $12:00 a calendar.

SSPV Sermons may now be heard on You Tube channel wcbohio
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..
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

Sidewalk Snow Removal:.The cleaning schedule is above for the men who volunteered to clean the snow off the sidewalks before Sunday Mass. It is to be noted there is a back-up built in in case someone can't make it. The sidewalks would need to be shoveled soon enough before Mass, before parishioners start arriving.

Fr. Jenkins online instructions: wcbohio.blogspot.com.
What Catholics Believe:"wbcohio" – https://www.youtube.com/user/WCBOhio – Fr. Jenkins as has made available many old programs of What Catholics Believe that he produced years ago, he is also now producing new programs as well. One can subscribe to this programing, go to the tab on the home page and follow the prompts.

 The article, "CATHOLICS IN NAME ONLYl" and be read in in its entirety..........go to the Articles Tab at the top of this page, click tab and it will direct to the article.

OUR FAITH
By Rev. Richard Felix, O.S.B.C.


–1937 – This little journal is devoted exclusively to questions asked by our non-Catholic friends. Questions answered come in chiefly from the editor's radio programs.
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To the question then, "What is the Bible," we have here the answer of the Catholic Church. From start to finish it is the Biography of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Christ in vision and in prophecy in the Old Testament, in flesh and blood in the New; the brightening dawn, the brilliant sunrise, the – louded noonday, the glorious sunset of the Son of God; the complete history of the Savior of the human race. Such IS the Book of Books; such is the Bible.
Is Baptism necessary for salvation?
It is the teaching of the Church that Bap-tism is absolutely necessary for salvation. The words of Christ are unmistakable on this point: "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God" (Jn. 3, 5). This does not mean however that the Church condemns to Hell everyone who has not been baptized with water. On the contrary she teaches that in cases of extreme necessity the Baptism of Desire or the Baptism of Blood will suffice for sal-vation. These are not Sacraments in the strict sense of the word but substitutes only for Baptism of Water.
Baptism of Desire is perfect contrition of heart coupled with the implicit inten-tion to do everything that God would demand of us. Adults who die without the knowledge of the Gospel are saved by the merits of Christ if they die loving God truly and determined in mind to do everything that God would ask of them. This would include Baptism by water if they knew that that were necessary.
Baptism of Blood or martyrdom for Christ has always been regarded by the Church as a substitute for Baptism of Water. Even the infants who were put to death by Herod are honored by the Church as Saints. They were baptized in their own blood.
I confess my sins to God. Where do you Catholics get the idea of confessing your sins to a priest?
We Catholics too confess our sins to God but in the manner and way prescribed by God, namely, through God's priests. It is not the priest who forgives sins but Christ through the priest. God alone can forgive sins but Christ, the God-man, ordained priests to be His living represen-tatives on earth and to carry on the work of reconciliation which He had begun.
It was the first Easter Day. The Passion and Death of Christ was over; the Lord of Life had come back from the grave. "Now," says St. John, "when it was late that same day, and the doors were shut where the disciples were gathered together for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them: Peace be to you. And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples therefore were glad when they saw the Lord. He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you. When He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain they are retained" (]n. 20, 19). What words could be plainer than these words of our Blessed Lord? Who could misunderstand Christ's commission to His Apostles? "As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you." Why had the Father sent Christ into this world? The Scriptures answer this ques-tion many times over. "The Son of Man is come to save that which was lost" (Matt. 18,11). "Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners" (1 Tim. 1, 15). "He ap-peared to take away our sins" (I John 3).
During His public life He had frequently pardoned sinners (e. g. Luke 7,47; John 8, 11). Now, He is transferring this pardon-ing power to His Church in the person of the Apostles and their successors.
"Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven them and whose sins you shall retain they are retained." Here we see Christ giving to the Apostles a two-fold power – the power not only of remitting sins but also the power of retaining sins. This power of remitting and retaining sins would necessitate a knowledge of the sins and how could the Apostles have a knowledge of sins without a confession by the penitent?

WORD OF INTRODUCTION

Requirements for Receiving Holy Communion
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."


In addition, all those who wish to receive  Holy Communion at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church must:    

● be validly baptized in the Roman Catholic Church.  Anyone who was baptized after 1970 must speak with the priest before receiving Holy Communion.
● hold all teachings and have a sufficient knowledge of the Catholic Faith.  One must believe and abide by traditional Catholic moral teaching, especially regarding purity of marriage.  Anyone who has received a marriage annulment since 1968 must talk to the priest before receiving Holy Communion.
● be in state of sanctifying grace to be able to receive Communion, having made a good confession to a traditional Roman Catholic priest.
● be fasting for three hours from solid food and alcoholic beverages and one hour from liquids other than water.  Water and non alcoholic medicines may be taken at any time.  (please note) Those who are able to do so, are encouraged to fast from midnight at those times when they plan to assist at a Mass scheduled for the morning.
Anyone who adheres to the teachings of Father Leonard Feeney and Saint Benedict Center (denying the Church’s teaching concerning “baptism of desire” and “baptism of blood”), who worships at religious services conducted by any of the CMRI bishops or clergy or Thuc bishops and clergy in concert with them, must not receive Holy Communion at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Ladies, as stated above, are required to wear dresses, or full skirts and blouses.  Hemlines must be long enough to touch the floor when kneeling. Necklines must be no more than two fingers-widths below the pit of the throat.  Slit skirts are not acceptable; a skirt is too tight if it needs to be slit to allow walking. Ladies are also required to wear a suitable head-covering while in church. Obviously, by the standards given by Pius XI, the wearing slacks, sleeveless dresses including “cap” sleeves(which are not sleeves at all), or low necklines are not suitably dress. Sleeves must cover the arms at least to the elbows.

Gentlemen also must wear modest and decent clothing in church and observe the prescript of Pope Pius XI as noted above.  Men must wear dress slacks and dress shirt, with sleeves which cover the arms at least to the elbows, preferably with suit coat  and tie.  If their attire is immodest or indecent, they should not enter the church.
Flip-flops, shorts, sweats and T-shirts are not acceptable attire in the church at any time. The wearing of revealing, tight-fitting and transparent garments of sheer material is forbidden in the Church.

Please do not come to receive Holy Communion at this church today if you do not meet these requirements. Rather, respect our standards and observe them.

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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.]