Healing and reforming ourselves from flaws, whether we are victims or the ones harming, requires honest reflection, trust and risk. It is through this path that we cooperate with God to re-form ourselves into the people who are originally created with dignity and for love.
Of course, simply paying a visit to one’s own local parish, Our Lady of Lourdes in Cincinnati, for instance, might also authenticate one’s faith. However, the very thought of traveling to a far-off destination with a sacred history will inevitably prove to be an overwhelming desire.
Coming to Birchwood Camp in Chugiak Oct. 8-9 is the “Fall Family Faith Festival.” Part retreat, part recreational outing, the event aims to bring Catholics together to celebrate faith and family.
As summer wanes and temperatures fall, many parishes across the Anchorage Archdiocese are preparing to continue the centuries-old tradition of selling handmade goods, unique prepared foods and holiday items through annual parish bazaars and craft fairs.
“See him, over there?’ whispered one young student to another, pointing to Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz, standing out in his mitre and crozier (bishops hat and staff). “That’s the pope.” Not quite, but the students of the south Anchorage school were palpably energized about their annual visit from the archbishop.
By a vote of 8-1, the Juneau Borough Assembly effectively criminalized efforts by churches, non-profits or local businesses to operate their outreaches and organizations in accord with deeply held beliefs about human sexuality.
An accomplished female track star and Alaska record holder has now publicly challenged the state’s governing athletic board over its decision to allow male athletes to compete against females in high school state championship events.
Creed Mamikunian was already a medical doctor when he volunteered in 1991 to work in Kolkata, India, for three months with the global icon Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity. What he experienced during those months compelled him to honor Mother Teresa by attending her Sept. 4 canonization at the Vatican.