Shortly after the disastrous flood that devastated areas of Park, Stillwater and Carbon Counties, parishioners across the Diocese of Great Falls/Billings asked what they and their parishes could do to support the many flood victims. Soon the “Yellowstone Valley Flood Victim Appeal” was established. The many parishes partnered with Catholic Social Services of Montana, and Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings; all who gave generously to support families severely impacted.
“The Catholic churches across Diocese of Great Falls-Billings and Catholic Social Services are grateful to be able to support their friends, neighbors and communities during this time of need. We are also thankful for the many volunteers who rallied in the early days of the flood to assist and comfort the flood victims. Much has been accomplished, but much more support is needed.” said Bishop Michael Warfel, Bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
The Diocese of Great Falls/Billings has churches across the affected areas, including Gardiner, Livingston, Big Timber, Columbus, Absarokee, Red Lodge, Joliet, Fromberg and Bridger. Each parish has an Outreach Committee that will work with individuals and local agencies to identify the needy. Funds will be distributed to those impacted without regard to religious affiliation.
Bishop Warfel wants to especially thank those Pastors, who took up the special collection immediately after the flood and the Catholics from throughout the Diocese who donated.