A Message From Bishop Warfel

 


The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings has been in existence for a hundred and fifteen years. Over these years, our shared belief in Christ and his Gospel has been passed onto many generations. Priest and deacons serving in the diocese have provided the sacraments to the faithful. They have baptized our children, witnessed marriages and celebrated the passing on of our loved ones. The celebration of Mass on Sunday has, of course, remained our foundation.

The local Church in Eastern Montana has been an instrument for holiness. What provides it a sense of the holy is the presence of Christ in the lives of our people who have known hopes and dreams fulfilled but who also have experienced struggle and sorrow in life. In some ways, it is through our struggles that our faith is strengthened and grows. The faith we share in Christ has been a compass, pointing others to God. As a people of faith, we affirm that the Lord is always near and within reach, always calling us to a deeper level of faith.

Over these hundred and fifteen years, the Diocese of Eastern Montana has endured many trials and has had to struggle to maintain our mission. I believe you, as a member of the Diocese, continue to hold dear to your faith in God and in the Church. We do so because we know the joy of God's eternal love for us in Christ. Joy in life does not eliminate trials or struggle. But even if there is struggle, our relationship with the Lord remains.

It is my prayer that as we move forward as a Diocese, following the struggles of recent years, all of us will continue to grow in faith and be the strong, loving and wise disciples God has called each of us to be. In light of this call, I make this plea to you through the Care and Share Annual Catholic Appeal. I pray that you will join me and other members of the Diocese and support diocesan efforts to sere the parishes and individuals who make up the Catholic Church in Eastern Montana.

 

 

 
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