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Circles Of Clean Water

By Warren Brady
Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

In the Diocese of Great Falls/Billings representing St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, MT, Father Michael Schneider led our pilgrimage group to Vatican City for the 2012 St. Kateri Tekakwitha Canonization Mass. On our first evening in Rome, we gathered with the entire Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions’ pilgrimage group where the United States Embassy to the Holy See held a reception in honor of the New American Saints on the grounds of Vatican City.

From Deacon Roy

My name is Deacon Roy Callison. I was born in Oklahoma and have spent most of my life here. I belong to the Wolf Clan of the Cherokee and am a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. I am also a member of Redbird Ceremonial Stomp Dance Ground where I served as Keeper of the Sacred Fire for several years. The Redbird ground is the oldest Cherokee ceremonial dance ground in the Cherokee Nation. It was established not long after my people came to Oklahoma on the Trail Of Tears. I was ordained a deacon in the diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2007.

Winter Trumpet Call

Francis Betz celebrated her 80th birthday in November and currently is the longest serving Missionary Benedictine Sister to serve St. Augustine Indian Mission. Sr. Francis served St. Augustine’s from 1978 to 1983, and returned to serve from 2001 and remains on staff today.

8th Annual Msgr. Lenz Arts Contest

In 2015 the contest is open to any  3rd, 4th and 5th   graders in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs that receive grants from either the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions or the Catholic Negro American Mission Board.

The theme to be developed was adapted from the Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis:

(school/parish name) ~ Jesus’ Message Brings Us Joy 

St. Anthony Of Padua School Black History Program

First grade students in Catherine Pate’s Art class worked together on four collages of black Catholic candidates for Sainthood: Father Augustus Tolton, Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Mother Henriette DeLille and Mother Mary Lange, The students enjoyed learning the techniques of collaging and creating portraits. These beautiful collage portraits honoring the candidates for Sainthood were featured during the school’s Black History Program on March 4th. Pictured are four of the first graders who worked on the portraits with Art teacher, Catherine Pate.

Lenten Appeal 2015

Lent 2015

Pope Francis’ emphasis on the plight of the poor and marginalized has brought new energy to the work of service and social justice in the Catholic Church. “Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is
real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.” Pope Francis – Lent, 2014

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