The following events and liturgies are scheduled during Advent and Christmas in the Archdiocese of Anchorage.
Handel’s “Messiah” concert
The annual Community Chorus presentation of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” takes place Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at West High School. The chorus is comprised of singers from around Anchorage. The event is sponsored by the Anchorage Concert Chorus. For information about tickets, email email@example.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Anchorage children plan to meet Saint Nicholas on Dec. 4
On Sunday, Dec. 4, Anchorage children will gather at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church with hopes of spotting Saint Nicholas, the third century bishop of Myra and the inspiration behind much of the Christmas gift-giving tradition. The public is welcome to join in as the parish celebrates its patron saint with a Divine Liturgy followed by singing, dancing, gift exchanges, skits and a potluck feast.
The feast day will begin with Liturgy at 10 a.m. Following the liturgy, the festivities will begin. Saint Nicholas is expected to come and accept gifts from the children, listen to their Christmas wishes and give them a small treat. Children are asked to bring gifts of warm clothes for Catholic Social Services’ Clare House — an outreach that serves homeless mothers and children.
To learn more about the upcoming celebration in Anchorage go online to ak-byz-cath.org or call St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church at (907) 277-6731.
Kodiak parish to host ‘Cookies by the Pound’
Kodiak’s Catholic parish features its “Cookies By the Pound” annual fundraiser, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approximately 60 families each donate six dozen homemade cookies, which are then sold by the pound. This year’s offerings include fudge and gluten free options. For more information, contact the school at 486-5411.
Holy Family’s Saint Nicholas party
On Saturday, Dec. 3, Holy Family Cathedral will celebrate its St. Nicholas Party in the parish hall beginning at 10 a.m. The event will include stories, crafts and breakfast. Saint Nicholas will also make an appearance. During the gathering, toy donations will be collected for local children in need. To RSVP, contact Kim Fasser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-9784.
Christmas show set for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Anchorage is holding its annual Christmas performance on Dec. 15, 7 p.m., in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact 345-3712.
Mat-Su Catholic school to hold Christmas show
The public is invited to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School’s Christmas show & reception on Dec. 15. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla.
Simbang Gabi Masses in Mat-Su, Anchorage
Simbang Gabi is a series of special Masses leading up to Christmas. The celebration of the nine-day novena of Masses is one of the longest-running and most popular Catholic Filipino religious traditions. At the Masses, the faithful especially focus on the Blessed Virgin Mary in the preparation for the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ.
In the Mat-Su Valley, Simbang Gabi Masses will take place at St. Michael Church with Father Jaime Mencias on the following days: Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at 6 p.m., Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., Dec. 20 at 6 p.m., Dec. 21 at 6 p.m., Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the parish at 745-3229 or visit st-mikesparish.org.
In Anchorage, Simbang Gabi Masses will take place on the following days: Dec. 15 at Holy Family Cathedral at 6 p.m., Dec. 16 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at 6 p.m., Dec. 17 at Holy Spirit Center at 6 p.m., Dec. 18 at St. Anthony Church at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 19 at St. Andrew Church at 6 p.m., Dec. 20 at Holy Cross Church at 6 p.m., Dec. 21 at St. Patrick Church at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 22 at St. Benedict Church at 6 p.m. and Dec. 23 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral at 6 p.m.
The annual Mass of Remembrance will take place on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., at St. Patrick Church. The Mass memorializes the deceased. For more information, call St. Patrick’s at 337-1538.
Night of Prayer for Life Dec. 8
The annual National Night of Prayer for Life takes place on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. All are welcome to attend and pray, through the intercession of the Mother of God, for the establishment of a “culture of life” and the protection of the unborn. The event takes place at churches around the country on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. At Our Lady of Guadalupe, it begins with the feast day Mass at 7 p.m. Then from 8 p.m. to midnight, there will be special prayers for life, hymns, silent meditation and eucharistic adoration. From 8 to 9 p.m., the group will pray in union with fellow Christians praying at the same time across the United States for the pro-life intentions. For more information, call John Fleming at 230-7783.
Advent concert at St. Patrick’s
On Fri., Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., St. Patrick Church will host its 5th annual Advent benefit concert. Proceeds will benefit the Brother Francis Shelter at Catholic Social Services. St. Patrick’s is located at 2111 Muldoon Road. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 337-1538.