News & Upcoming Events across Anchorage Archdiocese


Below are news briefs and upcoming events from across the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.

Openings at Mat-Su Catholic school

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Wasilla has openings in 7th & 8th grade only. There is a waiting list for grades pre-kindergarten through 6th. For more information, contact the school at 376-0883 or email

Gaming tourney to aid World Youth Day pilgrims

Gaming tourney to aid World Youth Day pilgrims

A gaming convention is in the works to help raise funds for youth from St. Benedict Church in Anchorage to attend the 2016 World Youth Day gathering with Pope Francis in Krakow, Poland. The Oct. 8-9 gaming event will take place at Lumen Christi High School and is scheduled to include a wide variety of games and sponsored events. For more information about this event, go to the AK Battle Brothers Facebook page.

‘The Idiot’ is topic of Theology & Lit.

The monthly Theology & Literature book discussion group at the Holy Family Cathedral Education Center will next meet on July 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss parts three and four of “The Idiot” by 19th-century Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The event is open to the public.

“The Idiot” tells the story of Prince Lyov Nikolaevich Myshkin, a young man whose goodness and openhearted simplicity lead many of the more worldly characters he encounters to mistakenly assume that he lacks intelligence and insight. In the character of Prince Myshkin, Dostoevsky set himself the task of depicting “the positively good and beautiful man.” The novel examines the consequences of placing such a unique individual at the centre of the conflicts, desires, passions and egoism of worldly society, both for the man himself and for those with whom he becomes involved.

Native prayer group meets Thursdays

At St. Anthony Church in Anchorage the Native Kateri Circle meets every Thursday at 11 a.m.. The Native Kateri Circle meets for prayer, faith formation and a potluck. For more information, call 337-2583.

Native prayer group meets in Wasilla

In Wasilla, a Native prayer group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 1 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church. For more information, contact Florence Clement at 376-4687 or Ruth Stewart at 841-9560.

Mass celebrated at Native hospital

Every Sunday at 11 a.m., Mass is celebrated at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage for patients and families. Masses are celebrated in Conference Room 2, near the cafeteria.

‘Sacred Harp’ choral music for all who like to sing

Holy Cross Church in Anchorage is hosting evenings of “Sacred Harp singing” on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 7-9 p.m.

The informal gatherings are open to the public and require no formal commitments. Attendees are free to simply visit and listen or join in the unique singing style. No formal training is required to sing in the Sacred Harp tradition.

Sacred Harp choral music originated in the American South. The name refers to the human voice and Sacred Harp singing has its roots in a distinctive American style of music first developed in the 1700s. Sacred Harp music is performed a cappella (voice only, without instruments).

For more information about the upcoming gatherings at Holy Cross Church, call the parish at 349-8388.

Kenai parish seeks Catholics for July 4th parade

Our Lady of the Angels Church in Kenai is seeking Catholics to join in walking the Fourth of July parade in Kenai. The parish will be handing out bottles of water as a corporal work of mercy: giving drink to the thirsty. For more information, contact the parish office at 283-4555.

‘Seekers’ explore tough questions of Catholicism

The “Seekers Group” meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the JPII House Chapel at St. Patrick Church in Anchorage. The group explores questions and misunderstandings about the Catholic faith. For more information, call the parish office at 337-1538.

Friar to speak on vital link between justice & mercy

On July 13 Father Francis Therese from the Community of St. John will give a talk at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage titled, “Justice: The First and Necessary Step to Mercy.” The talk begins following the 5:30 p.m. Mass and it is open to the public..

Marriage Encounter weekend nears

On Aug. 26-28, Worldwide Marriage Encounter will host its “Explore, Rediscover and Connect!” weekend at St. Therese’s Camp in the Mat-Su Valley. Those interested in attending are urged to reserve tent, RV space or cabins at St. Therese’s Camp. The weekend is for “joy-filled priests and married couples who want to ensure their sacrament of marriage or holy orders remains a top priority,” states a notice from the group. To watch a video about the event or to apply for the weekend, visit

Morning Masses at Providence

Our Lady of Providence Chapel at Providence Alaska Medical Center offers daily Mass, Sunday through Friday, at 11:30 a.m. Additionally, an earlier Mass is celebrated at 6:15 a.m. on Sundays.

Patriotic rosary at St. Benedict

A patriotic rosary is prayed at St. Benedict Church in Anchorage with a special intention for the United States. According to organizers, the gatherings focus on prayers for peace, an end to abortion, strengthening families and building strong foundations of faith in younger generations. The rosary, which takes place twice each month, on the first and third Mondays, begins at 6 p.m. and takes about 40 minutes. Booklets are provided.

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