Social Justice Ministries

Monthly Food Bank 

Rich/Marilyn Palmer 655-8166
Deliver food items donated from first Sunday weekend.
Billings Food Bank

Holiday Outreach

Barb Lawson 656-1385
Bob Marler 839-5239
Volunteers help to pack baskets for families in need for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This landmark ministry of the parish supports families who are recommended via the elementary schools in Billings and serves hundreds of people during the most challenging times of the year.

Family Promise

Helen Laferriere 679-0573
Connie Kaiser 656-9443
Family Promise provides homeless families with “shelter, food and comprehensive support services.” Family Promise partners with local churches to serve between 15 and 30 families each year. Guest families spend the day at the Network’s Day Center, and spend nights at one of the Network’s partner churches. Partner congregations host families from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and provide a bedroom for each family, meals, child care assistance and supportive social interactions.

Family Promise also assists clients with health care needs; provides interview and work clothing; offers parenting, money management and emotional resiliency classes; and helps families with rental and utilities deposits, furniture, and the moving process. Family Promise continues to support families after they leave the Network.

Volunteer Opportunities: St Thomas is a partner congregation. Please call Helen Laferriere, 679-0573, or Connie Kaiser, 656-9443, to sign up! Please visit Family Promise of Yellowstone County for more information.

Respite/Parish Nursing

Connie Kaiser 656-9443
Mary Karen Marek 633-4542

Volunteers give a break to caregivers for a requested amount of time. Nurse volunteers are available Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm, for consultation and blood pressure checks. Call the Church Office for more information 406-656-5800.

40 Days for Life

Diane Zimdars 307-299-4476

Please consider praying outside the abortion clinic.  This is NOT a protest but a peaceful, prayerful public witness to the sanctity of all human life. These campaigns began in 2007.   The campaign in 2018 is September 27- November 4. St Thomas is pre-committed to vigil Thursdays 6 am to 6 pm. Please call to sign up or if you are unable to pray outside the clinic consider fasting and prayer at home during these days.

For assistance with unplanned pregnancies please contact LaVie, a professional medical office with staff providing information and education to assist women in making a confident decision concerning their pregnancy. http://laviebillings.com/

Funeral Luncheons

Gladys Orlando 656-5081
Delores Lemke 252-8808
Volunteers provide a potluck dish to support the deceased families reception in the church multi-purpose room.  Volunteers are also asked that, if they are available, they may stay and help with set-up, meal prep, serving and clean-up. Call the Church Office for more information 406-656-5800.

Bereavement Committee

Mary Hellenthal 652-6861
Meets the 2nd Tuesday at 3 pm in the church basement. Call the Church Office for more information 406-656-5800.

Grief Group

Cathy Downey
Meets for 6 weeks in the fall and in the spring extending support to those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Mary and Martha Ministry

Pat Kelly 656-9138
Provides meals to parishioners who are temporally disabled or homebound. Call the Church Office for more information 406-656-5800.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Norma Egge 669-0449
Knit and crochet prayer shawls for the sick, catechumens and candidates in RCIA, and for infant baptisms.