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Marys Catholic Church

August 26, 2012 P.O. Box 70 Malta, MT 59538 Email: Fr. Cory StichaAdministrator Office: (406) 654-1446 RE Center: (406) 654-1311 Fax: (406)654-1467

Mass Schedule and Intentions

Aug. 27: Malta - 5:30 PM: For priests intention Aug. 28: Malta - 8:30 AM: For priests intention Aug. 29: Malta - 8:30 AM: For priests intention Aug. 30: Hi-Line - 10:00 AM: For Mae & Gay LaFond r/b their family Aug. 31: Malta - 8:30 AM: For Mae & Gay LaFond r/b their family Sept. 1: Malta - 5:30 PM: For Mae & Gay LaFond r/b Gay LaFond Sept. 2: Dodson - 8:30 AM: For a special intention r/b Wanda Durocher Malta - 10:00 AM: For the parishioners Saco - 12:15 PM: For priests who served in Phillips County r/b Helen DePuydt Confessions: Saturdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. or by appointment Baptism: Normally celebrated at Sunday Mass. Parental sessions are required. Marriages: Six month couple preparation period required. Please Contact Fr. Cory before scheduling marriage date.

St. Marys Ministers

Saturday, September 1 - 5:30 PM Mass Lectors: St. Marys ministry schedule Servers: Hospitality: was not available at me of EMHCs: prin ng. We apologize for the Gift Bearers: inconvenience! Sacristan: Sunday, September 2 - 10:00 AM Mass Lectors: Servers: Hospitality: Music: EMHCs: Gift Bearers: Sacristan:

Collection Totals for Last Week

Malta: Dodson: Saco: Whitewater: Collected $2,546.75 $369.00 $242.00 $0.00 Needed $2,758.26 $440.37 $183.05

Care & Share for 2012

(Includes remainder of 2011 assessment) Malta/WW: Dodson: Saco: Income $18,077.00 $3,565.00 $835.00 Assessment $37,668.32 $4,824.22 $1,613.43

Sacred Heart Ministers

September 2, 2012 Lector: Terri EMHCs: Don & Leona Gift Bearers: Bruce Kienenberger Church Cleaning for September: Sharon Munsinger Ministers: Please come early to serve as greeters!

Any announcements to be published in the September 2nd Bulletin need to be in by 11:00 a.m. on Thurs. August 30th.

Holy Fathers Prayer Intention for August 2012

(Each month, Pope Benedict chooses two prayer intentions, one for the concerns of the whole church and one for missionaries. We are invited to join the Holy Father in praying for these intentions.) General Intention: That prisoners may be treated with justice and respect for their human dignity. Missionary Intention: Youth Witness to Christ. That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

Please keep in your prayers:

Bessie LaBrie, Rich Nordquist, Joann Evans, Loretta Patrick, Lila Raymond, Sherman Doucette, repose of the soul of Sr. Laura, repose of the soul of Tom Taylor, Andrew Scott, Skip Erickson, Kathleen Jorgenson, Vera Mendelson, Noel Emond, Jack Munsinger, James Cantos, Fr. Bob, Jeanie Engebretson, Dawn Jones, Gloria Coombs, Larry Holmes, Debbie Painter, Jane Claussen, Stella Faydo, Mae & Gay LaFond, Donna Newby, All of Our Military, especially those from our local area, & the Poor Souls. Anyone who needs to have prayers said for someone can call: Allie Ereaux at 654-1012; Jean Niebur at 654-2822; or Doris Nicholson at 6542692.

Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Fall Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! The Great Falls Billings DCCW will be holding their annual fall conference in MALTA, ON SEPTEMBER 14TH & 15TH, 2012. Tentative plans are to start the conference with mass at 10AM on Friday with the official beginning at 11AM. Plans are being finalized with Sister Helena Burns to share the focus of the conference, celebrating your feminine side of Christ. More information on Sr. Helena can be found at There will also be several workshops pertaining to new commissions of Spirituality, Leadership and Service. Details are still being finalized but its looking like a wonderful local opportunity for enlightenment and enjoyable time with catholic women from around Montana.

Please consider donating to the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund

The Catholic Extension Society is providing a matching grant of up to $50,000 until December 31, 2012 to help fund the education of future priests within our diocese. All donations of any size are welcome, in addition to your prayers for vocations. The May edition of The Harvest had a more indepth article and also included envelopes to mail your donation to the Chancery. Gifts of $1,000 or more will not only be matched, but can qualify for the Montana Endowment Tax Credit of 40%. If you would like more information, please contact Judy Held at 800-332-9998.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Starts at 9:00 AM Benediction at 6:00 PM Join us on September 7th!

Scriptural Rosary
Will be held on September 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM at the church.

Can you not spend one hour with me?

(Mt 26:40)
New to the Parish? Please fill out this form and drop it into the collection basket, or bring it to the Church Office during the week. You may also use this to give us a new address or phone number. Name: Address: Telephone:

Affirming the Culture of Life

Join Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel and Most Rev. George Leo Thomas for the Affirming the Culture of Life Conference September 28th-29th in Great Falls at the Universitys McLaughlin Center. Hear messages from both of Montanas Roman Catholic Bishops, along with musician Tony Melendez; Darrell Kipp, founder of the Piegan Institute to study and preserve the Blackfoot language; John Carr, former Executive Director of the USCCB Office of Justice, Peace and Human Development; Susan Wills, Esq., who oversees preparation of the annual Respect Life Programs and develops training materials for Project Rachel; and Fr. Leo Patalinghug, author of Grace Before Meals. For more information and to register, visit or contact Montana Catholic Conference at 406-442-5761 or via email to

A Lifeline for Marriage Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. It is designed to provide the tools to help get your marriage back on track. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way. This program has helped 10s of 1000s of couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels including disillusionment and deep misery. Retrouvaille is NOT just for marriages in distress or for those considering divorce. Perhaps you would like to rekindle the love or communicate better in your marriage. For confidential information or to register for the October 5-7 program, call: 1-800-4702230, 406-761-4830; email: or visit for more info. Montana Retrouvaille has only 2 sessions per year; can your marriage survive until March 2013? Register today! Please visit the Montana Retrouvaille website for recent written testimonial and a video testimonial from a couple who shared their Retrouvaille experience on their local news. (Powerful!!)

Faithful Citizenship Quote

"As we tinker with the beginning, the end and even the intimate cell structure of life, we tinker with our own identity as a free nation dedicated to the dignity of the human person. When American political life becomes an experiment on people rather than for and by them, it will no longer be worth conducting. We are arguably moving closer to that day. Today, when the inviolable rights of the human person are proclaimed and the value of life publicly affirmed, the most basic human right, 'the right to life, is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant moments of existence: the moment of birth and the moment of death' (Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life [Evangelium Vitae], 18)" (US Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 1998, n.4).

A Message from Rachels Vineyard

"I have been through 14 years of therapy and antidepressants. I've confessed my abortion a hundred times. Just when I thought I could take the pain no longer, I found Rachel's Vineyard. This weekend literally saved my life." - Retreatant Testimony Rachels Hope is hosting a Rachels Vineyard Retreat for anyone hurting from a past abortion, October 26-28, 2012. Inquiries and registration are strictly confidential. 888-456-4673 or

Mass Intentions
As Catholics, we have a long tradition of having Masses celebrated for those we wish to offer up in prayer. The Mass is the ultimate form of prayer, and each Mass is celebrated for an intention. Please consider having Masses celebrated for family and friends on special occasions and anniversaries, as well as those who are in need of prayers. Masses are also encouraged in memory of those loved ones who have died, especially on the anniversaries of their deaths. Contact Fr. Cory for more information!

From the Office of Stewardship and Development

Stewardship Thought: In the First Reading, Joshua gives the ancient Israelites a choice to either serve God or the pagan gods of the Amorites. He boldly proclaims that he and his family will serve the Lord. In St. Johns Gospel, after many disciples turn away from His teaching on His everlasting gift of his Body and Blood, Jesus asks the Apostles if they, too, want to leave Him and go back to their old way of life. Simon-Peter professes that Jesus has the words of eternal life; where else would they go? Serving the Lord as a Christian steward is not easy. There is a cost to follow Christ, but He gives us the strength to accept that cost. Development Thought: Did you know you can make plans to give your house to our Parish or to our Diocese? You can even deed your home today, and continue to live there for as long as youd like. It is called a life estate. By doing so, you will receive immediate tax benefits, avoid potential estate tax upon your passing and unburden your beneficiaries from having to sell. You could also deed your home to the Church (and stay living in it if you wish), in exchange for a Charitable Gift Annuity. This would provide you a lifelong, level income at an excellent rate, while also enjoying tax benefits. Most of all, you will experience the joy of knowing you have made a significant gift to your Church that will help evangelize and build the Kingdom of God. To learn more, contact Father or Judy Held (diocesan staff) at 800-332-9998. To reserve the Parish Basement or other St. Marys facility, please contact Fr. Cory or Lana at the Parish Office.

Religious Education
As I am sitting at my computer, trying to write a letter of encouragement to our parish, on our need for Religious Education teachers/leaders/sharers, the words that are beckoning me are USE OUR CHILDREN To help us! To inspire us!! To encourage us!!! Wow, that seems to be a pretty cool idea. And HE has already inspired us to have our families be the real teachers of our children in their faith lives. I believe that so many of us do not feel we are qualified to teach what we may think is needed to be learned. But, we, as parents are the ones that God entrusted with these children. He knows we are qualified. He will give us all that we need So dear LORD, we are asking YOU to guide us through this Year of Faith.through Jesus name we prayAMEN But, as with all good ideas there is the but..we need the help of our whole parish family to do this. Remember at baptisms, we promised to help raise these children in the way they should go. We cant let this phrase be just words.we need these words to be action real, to be active words. So, I believe this letter was started by asking for help with Religious Education on Wed nights. The needs are great, class leaders to help with reinforcing what is learned at home, craft people, food people, prayer people.. We will have a RE registration kickoff POTLUCK on Wednesday night, Sept 5th beginning at 5:45. Bring your favorite dish and share a fellowship with us. We will have a short lesson at about 6:30 to share what our year holds for us and what that means for each of us!!! THIS IS FOR ALL PARISH MEMBERS As we remember that it takes a whole parish to raise a child. God bless, Dianne Salsbery, Cell 654-4675 Home 654-1443 Email Twi"er: @SaintMarysMalta

Schedule of Devotions
Mother of Perpetual Help: Before Tuesday Mass. Rosary: Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Hi-line Center - After Thursday 10 a.m. Mass

Sacred Heart PCCW Meeting

1st Sunday of each month immediately after Mass. Follow us on Facebook and Twi"er!

Basics of Catholicism
This is where becoming a missionary comes in. The call by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to a new evangelization is a call to renewing our missionary zeal. We need to be inviting For those of us here in Montana, this might seem hard to people to join us. We need to be talking about what we believe as Catholics. We need to be encouraging those who are not believe. There are some parts of New York or Philadelphia that practicing their faith to take it seriously, and those of us who are to have more Catholic churches in one square mile than we have in always go deeper. As Greg Erlandson, editor of Our Sunday some of our counties. New York and Philadelphia have Catholic populations that date back almost to the original settlement of the Visitor magazine, said in Cardinal Dolans post, Without a conversion of heart, starting with ourselves, we may never truly 13 colonies, while most of the Catholic population in Montana date only back to the late 1800s. How can those two archdiocese address the heart of the current crisis. with massive populations be mission territory, and does that mean When we held the two meetings in Malta last spring, the were also in mission territory? purpose was to brainstorm ideas of how we can put the New Evangelization into effect here and now. The conversation isnt The simple answer to both questions is that they are mission territory and so are we. As Catholics, we have an image of over, however. More meetings will come, and there will be mission territory being somewhere in Africa or South America or activities and events as part of the upcoming Year of Faith that will even Asian countries that do not have a large Christian population. help to strengthen and grow how we practice the faith and give us the tools to encourage others to join us. We see missionary work going to another part of the world and another culture for the sake of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. We shouldnt wait, however, for some future point in which we think well be ready to evangelize. We need to begin While this form of missionary work is important and now, if we havent already. Some might say, But I dont know should be encouraged, were missing an important aspect in our enough. Fine. Time to pick up a book or two to learn - I understanding on being a missionary. Cardinal Dolan put what it recommend the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults - but means to be a missionary when he wrote, we are a mission territory, too. Every diocese is. And every committed Catholic is start now with what you do know. You dont have to know anything to invite someone to Mass. If you want to ensure a missionary. To be a missionary means to proclaim the Gospel someone will come, say as part of the invitation, Ill pick you up to everyone. on Sunday. See you at 9:45! and follow up with them. The problem is that were not proclaiming the Gospel. If As Catholics, we should be greatly disturbed that young we were, our churches would be full. Nearly every weekend, one person or another is mentioned as someone who used to come to men and women are not practicing the Catholic Faith, and we should be doing everything in our power to encourage them. We church, but doesnt anymore or grew up Catholic, but stopped are in mission territory, and we are called to be missionaries! coming or married outside the Church and joined their wifes church. Weve assumed that just having a Religious Education program and bringing the kids through the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation is going to be enough to make them into Catholics. As we see by the shrinking numbers of younger people who attend Mass, this isnt happening. Going back to Cardinal Dolans post, he quotes John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, More and more residents of the Western World [you and me!] are simply wandering away from their faith, which means that what is happening in Philadelphia is but a microcosm of a much more disturbing erosion. The Religious Education and put them through the Sacraments method isnt working. Younger adults arent practicing the faith in which they grew up, which means theyre not passing it on to their kids. We see this in our Religious Education program. Very few of our RE kids have a basic understanding of the faith, and the number of kids who attend Mass with their parents on a weekly basis is extremely low. About the only time any sizable number of kids attend Mass with their parents is for the monthly Childrens About a month ago, Archbishop Charles Chaput, new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, stated that his archdiocese is now really a mission territory. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, echoed this statement by writing on his personal blog, Our beloved Archdiocese of New York is also mission territory! Choir. There are some RE kids Ive never seen at Mass throughout my 2 years here! This is not a good situation, and we need to do something about it.