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« on: September 18, 2008, 01:21:49 AM »

Hey all I am a Roman Catholic making the Change to "just" Catholic Wink. I have studied the basics of the Orthodox Faith after much soul searching (and the dismal state of RC"liturgy") I have found the Orthodox church to be the truth. I am from mid-north Montana. We do not have much by way of Orthodoxy here. I occasionly get to Butte to the Serbian Orthodox Church and Missoula has a Liturgy once a month, but gas prices being what they are I can't do too much traveling.

So here is my question. AS I am still technicaly Catholic of the Roman persuasion should I continue to receive the sacrements at a RC Church or just wait until I am able to get to an OC Church?(even though I can not yet receive there) On the off Sundays what should I do? I will be asking many questions from you folks so I hope you can handle me. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008, 08:14:32 AM »

Blessings of the Lord!

First off, welcome to the forum!

AS I am still technicaly Catholic of the Roman persuasion should I continue to receive the sacrements at a RC Church or just wait until I am able to get to an OC Church?(even though I can not yet receive there)

My suggestion to you is....decide which Orthodox Parish you wish to make your home, and enter catechism there. Once you decide this, bring this question to your priest, and then do what he instructs you to do.

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Bring 'em on....we just hope you can handle us!  Wink

BTW: are you familiar with this site? It shows Orthodox missions or parishes also being in Great Falls, Helena, and Bozeman...maybe some of those are closer to you than Butte or Missoula.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 08:57:59 AM »

Welcome!
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008, 09:28:39 AM »

Welcome, brother Vlad-not-the-Impaler!

Just in case... I know it's a long way from mid-North Montana, but if you travel to Western Washington, there is a very nice Ukrainian Orthodox parish in the Madrona neighborhood, in Seattle metropolitan area.
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2008, 10:36:29 AM »

Welcome to the forum, Brother Vlad! May God bless your journey!
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2008, 11:01:27 AM »

Welcome to the forum, Brother Vlad!
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2008, 11:04:01 AM »

Welcome Vlad!
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2008, 11:54:36 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2008, 01:45:52 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2008, 10:25:48 PM »

Welcome to the forum, Vlad.
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2008, 10:33:21 PM »

I also add a welcome to the forum!  May God bless you.    Juliana Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2008, 10:55:23 PM »

Welcome, Vlad from a Montanan-in-Exile  Wink  I'm Back East but I grew up in Great Falls.  You wrote you're from the mid north.  Are you up on the Hi-line?

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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2008, 11:04:15 PM »

BTW: are you familiar with this site? It shows Orthodox missions or parishes also being in Great Falls, Helena, and Bozeman...maybe some of those are closer to you than Butte or Missoula.

Well, the parish in Great Falls doesn't have a priest.  Bozeman is farther south then either Butte or Helena.  And it's in my mind that Katherine2001 posted something a while back that the mission in Helena isn't there any more either.  Billings has an active parish but that's a good ways east and south. 

About 250 miles north to south and over 550 miles east to west and a lot of Open in between.  Wink 
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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2008, 12:05:32 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2008, 12:40:55 AM »

Thanks for the warm welcome friends. Ebor I am from Havre. I have been to Great Falls many times they have a Greek Parish but sadly no Priest. There is a parish in Missoula which is where I went to University. It was there I became interested in Orthodoxy. I had been Catholic and then after becoming fed up with the loonyness of the Modern Church I went over to the Society of Pius X. But after much study I have come to the conclusion that Orthodoxy is the truth. Anyway I have been to the Serbian Church in Butte that is a breathtaking Parish. The whole inside is frescoed it looks like a monastery from the Balkans. I haven't been to the Church in Helena or the one in Billings.
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« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2008, 12:42:52 AM »

BTW: are you familiar with this site? It shows Orthodox missions or parishes also being in Great Falls, Helena, and Bozeman...maybe some of those are closer to you than Butte or Missoula.

Well, the parish in Great Falls doesn't have a priest.  Bozeman is farther south then either Butte or Helena.  And it's in my mind that Katherine2001 posted something a while back that the mission in Helena isn't there any more either.  Billings has an active parish but that's a good ways east and south. 

About 250 miles north to south and over 550 miles east to west and a lot of Open in between.  Wink 

Oh yeah Montana is not good territory to be Orthodox in. It is usualy at least 4 hours to a Parish and that is if your close to one of the major cities and weather is good. In the winter forget it, a four hour drive can easily turn to six.
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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2008, 12:44:59 AM »

BTW: are you familiar with this site? It shows Orthodox missions or parishes also being in Great Falls, Helena, and Bozeman...maybe some of those are closer to you than Butte or Missoula.

Well, the parish in Great Falls doesn't have a priest.  Bozeman is farther south then either Butte or Helena.  And it's in my mind that Katherine2001 posted something a while back that the mission in Helena isn't there any more either.  Billings has an active parish but that's a good ways east and south. 

About 250 miles north to south and over 550 miles east to west and a lot of Open in between.  Wink 

Evidently the Greek Parish in Missoula I used to attend is still active but it is motly lay led typika stuff. I guess the Priest Fr. Russel (I think) comes in once or twice a month. I didn't know that the Helena mission shut down. That stinks.
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« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2008, 09:41:06 AM »

Oh yeah Montana is not good territory to be Orthodox in. It is usualy at least 4 hours to a Parish and that is if your close to one of the major cities and weather is good. In the winter forget it, a four hour drive can easily turn to six.

I mean nothing disrespectful in this, I assure everyone.  But reading the above caused a thought with "not good territory to be Orthodox in".   But Christianity was brought to the Montana Territory by missionaries who had more difficult conditions to deal with (no roads for example).  That didn't stop Fr. DeSmet, Bishop Tuttle or Brother Van Orsdel.

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