St. Helena Cathedral


Helena, Montana has one of the oldest churches in the state. The Cathedral of St. Helena was begun in 1905, when land was purchased for the church. An architect from Washington DC was sent to work out a design and begin building the cathedral. Von Herbulis was chosen because of his training in Europe where he learned about Romanesque and Gothic styles. By 1914 the first service was held in the church. It was not complete until 10 years later when it was finally consecrated. Earthquakes demolished a part of the church in the 1930s and reconstruction was completed in 1938.

The most recent work on the church was done in 2002 when Bishop Morlino decided the upper and lower levels needed to be updated with new social halls and a complete kitchen. Even the heating and chime system were replaced, as well as a new sound system. Mass is still offered at the Cathedral, so it is possible to tour the church or go to a service if one has a mind to. Mass is held on Saturdays and Sundays, and there are also daily masses. Sunday masses are 7:30, 9 and 10am, with a Saturday mass at 5pm. The daily mass is at 7am Monday through Friday.

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