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    Welcome to the website of

    Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

    Whitefish, Montana

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    To priests:
    “Your words should be simple. Words that everyone can understand. Don't give long homilies. Your homilies should transmit the grace of God. They should be simple, understandable by everyone. May they encourage others to improve themselves.” 
    - Pope Francis

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    Founded: 1907

    Fr. Ken Fortney
    Office Administrator: 
    Cher' LeLievre
    Faith Formation: Lynn Beck
    Faith Formation: Niki MacLean
    Daryl & Pat Russell
    Maintenance: Rolly Taylor

    Office Hours: 
      Mon. through Thurs.
           9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Closed Fridays & Federal Holidays


    *When there is a funeral, or a Holy Day Mass, the daily Mass is abrogated.

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    CYC Junior High Rally is going to be a riot! This day is sure to be an incredible celebration. Highlights of the rally will include live worship music, small and large group activities, liturgy, and a closing dance/celebration! Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity to celebrate youth ministry with all 6th, 7th and 8th graders willing to make the journey! See you at 10AM! For more details, read the CYC Junior High Rally Handbook found below... CLICK HERE FOR HANDBOOK

    It's time to Rally.
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    Football & Catholic Mass

    September 11, 2015

    Mark Hart
    Well, another new football season is upon us and it got me thinking about how the Catholic Mass can be a lot like a football game, if we look at it from a slightly “wider” perspective.

    Stick with me, here:

    Draft Choice - Where to sit in relation to the air conditioning or fan.
    Rushing -Picking the shortest Mass, usually on a Saturday afternoon.
    Endzone – Where we park our rears.
    Cornerback  - Where too many Catholics sit…in the corner, in the back.
    Safety – The stance some priests take when preaching.
    Extra Point - The homily that just won’t end.
    Draw Play – What many kids do during Mass.
    Facemask – The look some wear on their faces. (C’mon, we’re all sinners, people!)
    Timeout – When parents take children out of church for making too much noise.
    Passing – Handing the collection basket to the person next to you.
    Illegal Use of Hands – Taking money out of the collection basket.
    Quarterback – People that try to make change for a dollar in the basket.
    Holding – What sometimes happens during the Our Father.
    Touchback – What we do during the sign of peace.
    Forward Motion – How we go to communion.
    Two Minute Warning – “Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing.”
    Blocking – When people stand at the exit, talking to the pastor at the door.
    Running Back – What we do after Mass to catch the 1 p.m. kickoff.

    At least, that’s the way this Catholic football fan sees things…

    Player or Spectator?

    Notice that at every Mass, you are not a fan but a player in the game.
    That’s what God is calling us to be in Mass and in life.

    Consider this verse from 1 Thessalonians:
    We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all. -  1 Thessalonians 5:14

    Here St. Paul reminds us that we are not meant to sit back and watch, but to be fully engaged and passionately active in our faith.
    We must cheer on our teammates in their faith journeys, not from the stands but from the playing field (
    Tweet this).
    The Mass bears with it the highest invitation to engage not only mentally, but physically, as well!
    Our team is only as strong as our weakest player. Any good coach will remind us of that. Encourage your teammates who are in the stands of life to get in the game with you.
    God has a jersey (
    Sacraments) and playbook (Scripture) waiting for them.
    And let’s not ever forget what play does every team call when they are desperate?
    That’s right … the Hail Mary.
    Do we get more “passionate” about our favorite team or sport than we do about our faith? Does your prayer life reflect that you are “in the game” and part of God’s team, daily, or has it fallen into more of a “spectator” status?


    Funeral Arrangements?

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    Have you thought of what you would like for your funeral arrangements? Today is always a good day to begin the process. The parish has a form for you to begin the process for your liturgy. After you have completed the form it can be submitted to the parish office and placed on file. Save your loved ones the frustration of doing the difficult work at the time of your death. Click here to go to the form.
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    The parish has a new icon of
    Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
    The former “picture” of “Our Lady” was damaged by a visiting wedding party.

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    The parish has begun a “Family Vocations Prayer” sharing. We are asking 2 families a week to take one of two chalices, along with a prayer card, to offer prayers for priestly, diaconate, and religious vocations. The chalice would be placed on the family dinner table; then following the Prayer before Meals one of the Vocational prayers would be shared before your meal(s). A prayer card is provided to assist in the process. Feel free to enhance or replace the prayers. We encourage you to discuss the gift of vocations with your children. Thank you for taking part in this Vocational Awareness program.
    Click on the chalice at the left to go to the Vocation Awareness page or click here.


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    “O Bless the Lord” J. Michaels


    230 Baker Avenue
    PO Box 128
    Whitefish, Montana 59937
    (406) 862-2051
    (866) 948-8416
    (406) 871-3605

    St. Charles Borromeo Parish is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, to maintain the worship of God, to inspire in all persons a love of Christ, a passion for righteousness, and a consciousness of their duties to God and all God’s children.

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    Last Published: Thursday, November 26, 2015 04:42 PM