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.

SATURDAY: November 27th - Ferial Day
Damian Rollins 9:00 a.m. Mass


SUNDAY: November 28th - 1st Sunday of Advent (sd)
Missa Pro Populo............................................................................ 7:00 a.m. Mass
Elizabeth Swanson...........................................................................9:00 a.m. Masss
MONDAY: November 29th -Vigil of St. Andrew
Special Intention............................................................................. No Scheduled Mass
TUESDAY: November 30th - St. Andrew, Ap (d2cl)
Sabastian Flowers........................................................................... 8:00 a.m. Mass
WEDNESDAY: December 1st - Ferial Day
† Bernice Skierka............................................................................ 8:00 a.m. Mass
THURSDAY: December 2nd - St. Bibiana, VM (sd)
Ben Zarn......................................................................................... 8:00 a.m. Mass
FRIDAY: December 3rd - St. Francis Xavier, C (dm)
Dave & Andrew Dubé Families........................................................ 6:00 p.m. Mass
SATURDAY: December 4th - St. Peter Chrysologus, BpcD (d)
† Charles Vigil................................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Mass
SUNDAY: December 5th - 2nd Sunday of Advent (sd)
† Sabina Vigil.................................................................................. 7:00 a.m. Mass
Missa Pro Populo............................................................................ 9:00 a.m. Mass

Sanctuary Lamp is burning for the repose of the soul of George Kluth

Confession Schedule
Friday      — 5:30 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.
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
Nov 28 — 1st Mass: Blaise Skierka & Zachary Drewes
                 2nd Mass: Killian Skierka & William Lightner
Dec 5 — 1st Mass: Francis Caggeso
               2nd Mass: Gabriel Lightner & Blane Lightner
Dec 8 — Brennan Skierka & Zachary Drewes
Dec 12 — 1st Mass: Charles Mueller
                 2nd Mass: Kernan Skierka & Peter Skierka

Rosary Leader
Nov 21 — 1st Mass: Tim Riley        — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder
Nov 28 — 1st Mass: Brian Drewes — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder
Dec 5  — 1st Mass: Tim Riley         — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder
Dec 8   — Cole Lowder
Dec 14 — 1st Mass: Brian Drewes — 2nd Mass: Cole Lowder

Church Cleaning Schedule
Nov 28 — Chandee Bomgardner, Laura Lightner, Zayra Cerise
Dec 5 — Christina Bogner & Michelle Bogner
Dec 12 —Lisa Skierka & Lauren Caggesor

Treat Schedule
Nov 28 — Laura Lightner, Bernadette Dube, Zayra Cerise
Dec 5 — Maria Fleshman, Sharon Skierka, Angela Skierka
Dec 12 — Tiffany Skierka, Hannah Lowder, Becky Lowder

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

 Announcements.

Fall Roman Catholic Magazine is available after Mass.

Purgatorian Society
Yearly renewals for membership in the Purgatorian Society are due this month. Please pay $10 to Hannah Lowder. As members of the Church Militant, we have a duty imposed upon us by the virtue of charity to remember our brethren who were once members with us but are now members of the Church Suffering. Such souls are expiating their sins in Purgatory, and we can help obtain their deliverance or even mitigate their torment by our good works, prayers, and sufferings. If you anyone would like more information about the Purgatorian Society, please refer to the flyers posted around the church or contact Hannah Lowder.

Sanctuary Lamp: If you would like to have the Sanctuary Lamp burning for the repose of soul, anniversary or remembrances, fill out a request and return to Fr. Skierka, the usual donation is $10.


Fr. Jenkins online instructions: wcbohio.blogspot.comv

A Good Confession
What we usually refer to as “going to confession”actually means receiving a sacrament: the sacrament of Penance. The catechism states that Penance is “the sacra-ment by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.” These two sacraments — ordinarily the first two sacraments we re-ceive in life — are called Sacraments of the Dead. Although this designation might sound a bit morbid, in fact it refers to the life-giving powers of these two sacraments in restoring supernatural life to a soul in the state of mortal sin, the condition of spiritual death. In that sense they are the sacraments of spiritual resurrection for the soul. It is as though the soul rises from the dead when the head is lifted from the baptismal font; it is as though the soul emerges from the tomb after confession.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has told us that if we wish to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, we must humble ourselves as little children. That humbling is nowhere more evident than in the simple, straightforward confession and apology for sins in the sacrament of Penance.

Can all sins be forgiven? Yes, all sins for which we can be genuinely sorry, i.e., for which we can have true, at least imperfect,
contrition. Why then does Our Lord speak of sins against the Holy Ghost which will not be forgiven, neither in this world nor in the next? Christ refers to sins of despair and presumption as sins against the Holy Ghost. Despair rejects God’s mercy; presumption rejects God’s justice. Both sins have the effect that we will not repent of our sins, and thus we reject forgiveness.

The most important accomplishment of each day of our lives is to live, i.e., to be in the state of sanctifying grace. The most important accomplishment of Advent is to make a sincere, humble and complete confession of our sins with true contrition and to receive absolution in the Sacrament of Penance.

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 8:10 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: 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.

DRESS AND DEPORTMENT
Surely the Lord has a right to expect that those who come to church do so, in proper attire.
This obviously does not mean formal dress. There are those who advance as a reason for not attending Mass on Sunday that. they do not have "anything to wear." What they mean is that, being in financial straits, they are unable to dress as nicely as the others, and are ashamed of the fact. They need not be ashamed. Christ himself was born the poorest of the poor. It would seem that anyone who advances the excuse of "poor clothes" for missing Mass is going to have a hard job answering to the poverty-loving Christ. But even though the clothes are poor, they can be worn with a certain measure of cleanliness and neatness, and this should be a natural instinct for anyone entering God's house.
The greatest offense in modern times surely centers around the wearing of insufficient clothing.
"'Skimpy dresses backless gowns, shorts, sleeveless, bare midriffs — You may find these in the ballroom or on the beach but their innate sense of modesty ought to keep women and girls from such dress much less coming into God's house in such dress. If they don’t realize this, they have allowed their sense of decency to get pretty well thinned out.
Long tradition requires a woman to wear a headdress in church. St. Paul felt strongly on this point; he asked the rhetorical question: "Does it become a woman to pray to uncovered?” (1 Corinthians11: 13). To wear a hat or headdress of some kind in church should be normal procedure for women But keep things in their right perspective; to offend against this tradition is not on a par with adultery or robbing a bank. Let the custom, nevertheless, be conscientiously observed, as St. Paul desires.
Incidentally, Tee shirts and shorts worn by men may have their place; but this place is not in church and not on Sunday morning.
One comes to church, presumably, to pray, to offer one's homage to God, to fulfill one's duty of public worship of the Creator. In our churches we Catholics believe that our Lord is really and truly present in the tabernacle under the outward appearance of bread. This fact should exclude any thought of deliberate irreverence in church. If a consecrated church is desecrated by some gross act of irreverence, such as shedding blood or robbing the tabernacle, it must be re-consecrated. But there are lesser acts of irreverence also, and their number is legion. To carry on an irrelevant conversation, for example, or to tell jokes and laugh at them: certainly these things are opposed to the proper reverence due to God's presence.
Here are some other rather common faults: sprawling over the pew in an attitude of complete boredom; reading the Sunday newspaper during Mass; looking over the parish bulletin during the sermon; establishing a lien on the end place in the pew, with absolute refusal to move, and with visible reluctance at letting anybody pass by; lounging in back and refusing to occupy available space in the pews.
This last fault needs a special word. In almost every parish one sees a demonstration of it. Often the loungers remain standing in back during the entire Mass, with perhaps a token one-knee genuflection during the Consecration and the first out the door, Mass barely finished. They are deaf to the appeals of ushers and of the pastor himself. These individuals do not get very high marks in politeness. A note might be in order here about the right procedure in regard to standing, kneeling, and sitting at Mass.

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:
1:00 p.m. See Church Bulletin

Missoula: (East Missoula - Holy Shroud) 

Mass 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month and Holy Days
5:00 p.m.

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

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

Lethbridge: (St. Theresa the Little Flower) 

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.

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CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE HOME
(A talk given to the 1954 South Australian State Conference of the National Catholic Rural Movement, by a Dominican Nun, Cabra Convent, Adelaide).

Good manners is the outward showing of courtesy and good-mannered children have good-mannered parents – That is the only certain way. This is true also of modesty– person's sense of reverence for himself, his own person. Here, the father has a tremen-ous responsibility for the modest manliness of his sons and their respect for women; and the mother must know that her girl's womanly modesty and purity depend large-ly on hers. A girl nowadays, needs this virtue to an heroic degree, so great are the temptations to unbecoming dress and beha-vior. Yet Catholic women, who knew how to dress smartly and modestly, and had the courage of their convictions, could start a revolution in this matter.

THE HOME OF A SAINT
To end my talk, I want to quote the words of Pope Pius XII, spoken when he was canonizing St. Maria Goretti, the twelve year-old martyr of purity – She was, he said, the fruit of a Christian home with its old simple method of education, a home where one prays, where the children are brought up in fear of God, in obedience to parents, in the love of truth and self-respect, accustomed to be satisfied with little, and to give a helping hand.
It was a country home, and Maria was a country child, who learnt early the meaning of sharing fully in the joys and sufferings of a family – the give and take of a family life. I have always loved the ideals of country life, and have loved teaching children from country homes. That is why I am glad and honored to speak to you today, to get to know a little of those who make it possible for children to be truly childlike. City child-ren have their own lovableness and perhaps a greater need of our work, but I often find myself longing to give them the tremendous benefits of growing up in the country – and that is why I think every effort should be made to establish in the country, colleges and schools that are fully Catholic and truly rural in ideals.
Our Lady was the mistress of a little village home in Nazareth; Jesus was a little village child. I know their loving spirit will guide every step the country child takes on his way to heaven.

 

A Good Confession
What we usually refer to as “going to confession”actually means receiving a sacrament: the sacrament of Penance. The catechism states that Penance is “the sacra-ment by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.” These two sacraments — ordinarily the first two sacraments we re-ceive in life — are called Sacraments of the Dead. Although this designation might sound a bit morbid, in fact it refers to the life-giving powers of these two sacraments in restoring supernatural life to a soul in the state of mortal sin, the condition of spiritual death. In that sense they are the sacraments of spiritual resurrection for the soul. It is as though the soul rises from the dead when the head is lifted from the baptismal font; it is as though the soul emerges from the tomb after confession.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has told us that if we wish to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, we must humble ourselves as little children. That humbling is nowhere more evident than in the simple, straightforward confession and apology for sins in the sacrament of Penance.

Can all sins be forgiven? Yes, all sins for which we can be genuinely sorry, i.e., for which we can have true, at least imperfect,
contrition. Why then does Our Lord speak of sins against the Holy Ghost which will not be forgiven, neither in this world nor in the next? Christ refers to sins of despair and presumption as sins against the Holy Ghost. Despair rejects God’s mercy; presumption rejects God’s justice. Both sins have the effect that we will not repent of our sins, and thus we reject forgiveness.

The most important accomplishment of each day of our lives is to live, i.e., to be in the state of sanctifying grace. The most important accomplishment of Advent is to make a sincere, humble and complete confession of our sins with true contrition and to receive absolution in the Sacrament of Penance.

 

 

 

 

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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.]