May – July What’s Happening

Tickets on sale for CSS fund-raiser ball
On May 10, at 6 p.m., Catholic Social Services will host its annual Wilma Carr Charity Ball, the largest annual fund-raiser for the social services arm of the Archdiocese of Anchorage. This year’s ball will take place at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage with the theme “Hollywood Glam.” For more information and to RSVP, go online to and click “events.”

Donations needed for area refugees

Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services in Anchorage is seeking the following donations for incoming refugees: dressers, dining tables, chairs, side tables and sofas. For more information, contact Kerina Vue at 222-7359.

Food pantry requests bags

Catholic Social Services in Anchorage is in need of plastic shopping bags for clients who receive free groceries from the St. Francis House food bank. The food banks will also accept paper bags and small boxes. Donations can be dropped off at the pantry (3710 E. 20th Ave.). On average, St. Francis House provides 100 families with emergency food supplies each day.

Summer VBS events
A number of parishes across the Archdiocese of Anchorage will be holding summer vacation bible school events. The first VBS is scheduled at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Kenai, June 8-11, when the parish will use the “K4J Summertime Blast” program — a curriculum that aims to instill a love for Christ in the Eucharist and the sacraments while also emphasizing the need to become missionaries to the world.

On June 16-22, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Anchorage will become the first of five parishes to implement the “Weird Animals Totally Catholic” VBS program. This curriculum highlights the animal world while emphasizing the relevance of Scripture in the Catholic life of faith. Other Anchorage parishes that plan to use this VBS curriculum include St. Benedict Church (June 16-20); St. Patrick Church (June 16-20); St. Andrew Church in Eagle River (June 14-18); and the Catholic community on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (June 21-25).

Holy Cross Church in Anchorage will implement “Kingdom Rock” a VBS program that emphasizes the role of the Bible and Scripture in the life of faith.

To register for any of these summer programs, contact the local parishes directly.

Summer Catholic camp registration
The inaugural season of St. Therese’s Camp in the Mat-Su Valley begins June 22. According to a notice from the new Catholic camp, its programming for children in grades 3-8 will include swimming, kayaking, canoeing, singing, campfires, archery, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, arts and crafts and outdoor skills training in a “fun and vibrant lakefront setting in the Mat-Su Valley while sharing the joy of the Catholic Faith.” For more information go online to or call (907) 232-2066.

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.

Catholic student club seeks new members at UAA

The Cardinal Newman Club at the University of Anchorage, Alaska is a campus group for Catholic college students. The club holds meetings every second Saturday at 7 p.m. in the UAA Student Union, Lyla Richards Room. The club is also open to high school seniors who wish to get a head start on meeting fellow Catholic students at UAA. For more information about the Cardinal Newman Club, call 727-7482 or email

Young adults hike & retreat July 17-27
Young adults (ages 18-35) are invited to attend the annual Eagle Eye hike and retreat with religious brothers from the Community of St. John. The hiking and camping outing features monastic prayers and liturgies, philosophy and theology in the outdoors and recreation. Following the hike of the historic Crow Pass Trail, a retreat will take place in Anchorage. Space is limited. For more information, contact Rachel or David Andrews at or visit

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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.

Volunteers needed at hospital
Continuing the ministry of the Sisters of Providence, Holy Communion is offered daily to all Roman Catholic patients at Providence Alaska Medical Center by a team of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Those interested in this ministry may contact the Spiritual Care office at 212-2990.

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