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Stephen Ministry – Trained volunteers work one-on-one with people experiencing personal crisis. They are trained “listeners” who help individuals process their despair and move forward. “We care and God cures!” To learn about training for volunteers, call the Parish Office.

Contact: Doris Choriki, Stephen Ministry,

Jail Ministry – This ministry includes the celebration of Mass on the first Sunday of each month with women at the Women’s Prison.

Each week on Tuesday, Holy Communion is brought to the Yellowstone County Detention Center. A priest helps with Discovery Weekends, confession and spiritual direction as requested. All church workers have to be requested by the prisoners through the jail system.

Contact: Fr. John Houlihan, Jail Ministry,

Music Ministry-

Cantor: leads the assembly in sung prayer at weekend Masses and funerals.

Cathedral Choir: practices on Sunday at 9:15am and sings at 10:30am Mass, September through May. A special choir forms for Chrism Mass and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

Instruments: Accompaniment at liturgies with piano, organ, flute, strings, guitar and other musical instruments.

Small Groups: Become a member of a small singing group.

Contact: Jan Wood, Liturgy & Music Director,

Parish Nurse Ministry
Donna Dunn, RN; Kathy Finnen Usuriello, RN; Mark Cassel, RN

The Faith Community Health Ministry at St. Patrick provides blood pressure checks a half hour before and after the first Saturday Mass and after morning Masses on the first Sunday of each month. The nurses schedule one Sunday during the fall for flu shots.

To contact the nurses, please call the Parish Office at 259-3389 or email

Centering Prayer every Saturday at 9:00am in the Parish Center

Silent prayer, first practiced by the Desert Fathers, was re-introduced in the modern era by three monks who taught that this form of silent prayer is not solely for those in monasteries. If you would like to renew or deepen your prayer life, you are most welcome. We have 20 minutes of silence and a vocal prayer.

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

This Ministry is the process that non-baptized individuals and those persons baptized in other faith traditions receive information about the Catholic Church and those Catholics who have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation or Holy Eucharist.

Sr. Jeanne Tranel, R.C.I.A.,

Liturgical Support-

Serve as a Ministry Coordinator (once a month).  This person is responsible for making sure all scheduled servers have arrived and are able to serve Mass and to fill these positions from the arriving parishioners before the Mass begins if someone fails to show up.

Serve as a Sacristan (once a month).  This person is responsible for readying and cleaning up the church before and after the Mass.

Serve as a Lector / Proclaimer of the Word (once a month).  To read/proclaim the Word of God to the parishioners from the Ambo.

Serve as a Eucharistic Minister

Jan Wood, Director of Liturgy and Music,

Homebound Ministries-

Hospital Ministry –

Daily Eucharistic Ministry to all Catholic patients of Billings Clinic Hospital

Fr. John Houlihan, Hospital/Jail Ministry,

Funeral Luncheon Ministry –

Provide food for a Funeral luncheon

Help set up, serve and clean up a luncheon provided for family and friends after a funeral.

Murnell Fargo, 259-3389

Eucharistic Minister for the sick and Homebound –

Bring weekly Eucharist to the homes of those who are for whatever reason unable to attend Mass.

Nursing Home Ministry-

Fr. Robert Grosch, Pastor,

Homebound Bus Service –

Drive the St. Patrick Homebound Bus over a designated route once a month as well as call to see who will be riding.

Help the bus driver once a month.

Don Vanica, 248-7685

Hospitality –

Set up, prepare and serve coffee and donuts once a week on Sunday morning.

Barbara Depner, Bulletin,


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