AIDSpirit is a group whose purpose is to initiate and support ministry activities within the Catholic Church as well as a non-denominational faith based movement guided by the Spirit, ministers to individuals infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. They seek to raise the level of awareness and compassion for individuals with HIV/AIDS and to provide them emotional and spiritual support.
Locally, AIDSpirit Montana provides friendship Prayer and support to people with HIV/AIDS and their families through such programs as:
Internationally, AIDSpirit Montana through its fundraising efforts and sponsorship program helps to provide:
7:00 p.m. – second Tuesday of each month at Holy Rosary Parish House.
AIDSpirit office at 521 Custer (Holy Rosary Parish):406-696-1164 or check their website.
Always Our Children is a faith based support group that welcomes, supports, affirms and celebrates the diversity of sexual orientation. Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month, September through May at St. Pius Fellowship Hall, 7 – 9 p.m.
Always Our Children” began in 2000 as a Catholic group to bring about understanding and compassion, and to provide spiritual nurturance for those in our midst who have too often felt alienated from our churches. A citywide presentation in October 2003 attracted new membership from diverse Christian backgrounds. The group took its name, “Always Our Children” from the title of a pastoral letter issued by a committee of the US Catholic Bishops in which it states: “Always Our Children” is an outstretched hand…to parents and other family members, offering them a fresh look at the grace present in family life and the unfailing mercy of Christ our Lord.
Through the monthly meetings, the telling and sharing of our stories, friendships evolve and support is given for our spiritual journeys.
Contact information: Sister Mary V Maronick, 406-661-1396
Angela’s Piazza is a woman’s drop-in center dedicated to the support, education and empowerment of women. The purpose of this center is to provide open hospitality. The foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, Angela Merici, advised her companions to have their homes be “like a piazza” – a place to gather where all are welcome and valued for who they are. The aim is to provide a safe, accepting, nurturing environment where women may gather to talk, listen to one another, thus helping themselves and one another, bringing healing and empowerment. A few of the programs that are provided:
Contact: Sisters. Mary Dostal, O.S.U., or Pat Funderhide, O.S.U., 255-0611
The Cum Christo gives participants a understanding of basic Christian truths and the desire to serve the Church. It is not a retreat. Over the course of three days candidates live and work together, listen to talks given by priests and lay people, pray and celebrate together. New participants are sponsored by those who have already attended a cum Christo weekend.
Meeting schedule: (Fourth Day/Ultreya)
Tuesday evenings – 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church basement.
Contact: Lisa Wood at 652-4228 or Visit the website.