Mass Times

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Sunday 9 am & 5 pm
at St. Ignatius Mission
Sunday 11:30 am
at Sacred Heart, Arlee
Friday 8 am Mass with Adoration
at Sacred Heart, Arlee

Sunday Masses will also be live-streamed
from our sister parish, St. Francis Xavier at
10:00 am

Sunday August 2nd, 2020

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

Please join us for Masses 9 am & 5 pm at St. Ignatius Mission

11:30 am at Sacred Heart at Arlee

To join Fr. Hightower’s 10 am Mass from SFX, click HERE


Sunday July 26th, 2020

Please join us for Sunday Masses at St. Ignatius Mission 9 am & 5 pm

Sacred Heart, Arlee, 11:30 am

To watch Fr. Victor Cancino’s 10:00 am Mass from St. Francis Xavier, click HERE


Sunday July 19th, 2020

On Wednesday, July 15th, Gov. Bullock mandated the wearing of masks indoors in counties with 4 or more active cases of COVID-19.  To prevent any confusion among the Faithful, Bishop Vetter published at letter directing the wearing of masks while entering, exiting, and during Mass.  We will respect the Bishop’s directive.  Please know that choosing to not wear a face mask jeopardizes our ability to remain open for services.  We are asking all to be generous in wearing masks until the directive is lifted.  Bishop Vetter has extended the Suspension of Sunday Obligation for all.  If you are feeling unwell, uncomfortable, or chose to not wear a mask, we are asking you to stay home.

To join Fr. Tom Lankenau’s  St. Francis Xavier 10 am Mass, click HERE

Sunday July 12th, 2020

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, A

Fr. Bryan Pham, SJ is the presider this weekend. 

Fr. Pham is a Civil and Canon Lawyer who serves as Chaplain & Director of the Indian law/general practice clinic at Gonzaga School of Law.  

Fr. Hightower’s 10 am Mass from St. Francis Xavier parish

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues to be suspended.

St. Ignatius in the news, click HERE.

‘Murals of Saint Ignatius Church highlight Easter season’

Bishop Austin A. Vetter continues to celebrate on-line liturgies.  Daily masses are at noon and will be livestreamed on the diocesan website:

Bishop Vetter has encouraged all to pray the

‘Spiritual Communion Prayer’ when praying Mass on-line.

***Masks to be worn entering and leaving the church; they may be removed once one is socially distant in one’s pew or chair. We ask everyone to err on the side of generosity and care for one’s neighbor.

The Mission

All are welcome to the following mass times in St. Ignatius


9:00 am (Vulnerable and Aged)


5:00 pm (Families and Children)


8:00 am (Followed by Eucharist Adoration until 10:00 am. Confessions will be available.)

Monday-Tuesday Rectory

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Sacred Heart

All are welcome to the following mass times in Arlee


11:30 am (Open)

John Berchmans

All are welcome to the following mass times in Jocko


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Our Mission

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St. Ignatius Mission consists of three communities: The Mission, Sacred Heart Mission/Arlee, and John Berchmans/Jocko. Located among the Salish & Kootenai peoples, we are Catholic communities of the Diocese of Helena grounded in the Jesuit tradition. We search for God's will on a continuous basis, responding to the evolving needs of our people and our society, especially in the areas of sacramental ministry, enculturation, spiritual development, faith formation, and social justice.

Our History

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Indian Peoples and Jesuits in the West have participated together in an unfolding story for the past 180 years.

– Patrick J. Twohy, S.J.

Visions came in the late 1700’s to Chief Shining Shirt of the Pend d’Oreille tribe in Mission Valley, Montana, that one day men would come in black robes and teach important new truths about religion. Some years later Catholic Iroquois spread throughout the West working as canoemen for the Hudson’s Bay Company. They too spoke of a new religion and of men in black robes who carried a crucifix and said a great prayer.

These early traditions had a dramatic meeting in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley south of Missoula in 1820. A band of Catholic Mohawk Iroquois had migrated under the leadership of Ignace LaMousse and settled among the Salish Flatheads in their Bitterroot Valley. Old Ignace, as he was known, taught the sign of the cross and Catholic prayers to the Flatheads, baptized their children, and marked their graves with a cross. He urged the need for Blackrobes who could say the great prayer (Mass) among them.

In 1831 a delegation of Flatheads and allied Nez Perce journeyed 1600 miles to St. Louis to seek Blackrobes. The delegates’ deaths prevented the acquisitions of Blackrobes. In 1835, and again in 1837, Old Ignace traveled to St. Louis to petition for Blackrobes. However, a Sioux attack on the South Platte River resulted in the deaths of LaMousse and his traveling companions.

An 1839 delegation encountered Fr. Peter De Smet, a Belgian Jesuit in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and convinced him to come to the Flatheads. Arriving in 1840, De Smet was so impressed with the eagerness of the Flatheads, their knowledge of Christianity, and their morals, he returned to St. Louis to secure funding for the founding of Catholic Missions.

In rapid succession, De Smet of his fellow Jesuits founded missions among the Flatheads in 1841, the Coeur d’Alenes in 1842, the Kalispels in 1844 and the Colviles in 1845.

St. Ignatius Mission Parish was founded in 1845 by Fathers De Smet, S.J. and Adrian Hoecken, S.J. along the Washington/Idaho border and moved to our present location in 1854. The Mission, and the town which grew up around it, were the home to the first Jesuit theologate and industrial arts school in Montana. The home to the first Catholic Sisters, (1864), first Catholic school, and hospital in Montana. St. Ignatius Mission is the oldest continually active Catholic parish, in the Jesuit tradition, in the West.


Excerpted and edited from the pamphlets:

“Visions of Chiefs and the Iroquois Connection: The Northwest Tribes and the Catholic Way” by Rev. Thomas Connolly, S.J.


“St. Ignatius Mission: National Historic Site” by Rev. Joseph Obersinner, S.J. and Judy Griztmacher.


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