Name of Church St. Mary

Address 333 Charlos Street, Stevensville, MT 59870

Phone number (406) 777-3551

Website www.stmarystevi.com

Mass times Sunday, 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, noon. Friday, 9:30 a.m. The pastor celebrates Mass at other mission sites in the area; check the bulletin for times and locations.

Confessions Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. And by appointment.

Names of priests Fr. David Severson, pastor.

School No.

Parish Activities and Groups Adoration, 10 – 11 a.m., Fridays; men’s breakfast on first Saturdays, Fatima Rosary Group, Ladies Altar Society, widows group, Knights of Columbus, moms Rosary group, meal train ministry.

Parking Ample parking by the church.

Additional observations St. Mary’s is a historic site in the Diocese of Helena in the western part of the state of Montana near the Idaho border. It was founded in 1841 by “black robe”/Jesuit Father Pierre Jean De Smet in 1841 at the request of the Salish and Nez Perce Indians. It is the oldest settlement in Montana and the state’s first mission. It is located in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana with spectacular views of the Bitterroot Mountains.

St. Mary’s pastor for many years was Jesuit Father Anthony Ravalli (1812-1884). The mission closed for a time in 1850 due to Blackfeet Indian raids, but was re-established by Father Ravalli in 1866. The grounds include historic structures such as the chapel and Father Ravalli’s cabin and an apple tree planted by Father Ravalli. St. Mary’s became a parish church in 1921; a new church was built on the site and dedicated in 1954. There is a visitors center at the site offering docent tours, and a gift shop. The historic buildings are open to tourists in the warmer months of the year.