St. Mary’s Church Fundraising Efforts Continue as New Building Opens

Less than a year after the groundbreaking was held, the new St. Mary’s Catholic Church is open to the public (Photo: Josh Margolis)

ROCKY BOY, Mont. (NMB) – Less than a year after breaking ground, the new St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rocky Boy has opened its doors to the public.

Father Joseph Tran says they have been handed the keys and the building is complete except for a few odds and ends. Tran says the first mass at the new building was held this past weekend.

“We had about 70 people that came to the mass on Sunday. Before the mass, we had the blessing of the entrance door to the church. And then we also blessed the confessional room and blessed the hall where people gather. So there was a good crowd turnout on Sunday … The people are happy to have the building. A place to gather, to worship again as a community. It’s been over two years already (since the fire). Especially during the pandemic, it is tough for the people to get into one place to worship, since my house (where services were held in the interim) is really small compared to the place we have right now.”

A formal dedication will take place on Saturday, June 18th, with Bishop Michael Warfel providing the dedication.

As for fundraising, Tran says they are nearly at the finish line, with about $50,000 to go to fully fund the multi-million dollar project. The Church has an ongoing raffle and is planning to hold a benefit dinner on April 30th.

“My wish is that we don’t have to take out a loan from the Diocese,” says Tran.

Tickets for the raffle are $20, or $100 for six tickets. For more information, contact Tran by phone at 395-4380 or mail PO Box 3009 Box Elder, Montana 59521.

The effort to fundraise and build a new church started shortly after a devastating fire in December 2019 that was caused by a defective furnace and destroyed the original St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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