Editor’s Note: Below is a description of some of the upcoming Advent and Christmas events planned in the Anchorage Archdiocese. Stay tuned for more in the coming days.
Christmas album to support student scholarships
On Dec. 13, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s 5:30 p.m. Mass will be followed by a reception honoring the memory of Deacon Ken Donohue. The local music group Trinity will be selling their new CD “A Winter’s Night” for $10 each and donating half of all sales to the Deacon Ken Donohue Memorial Scholarship Fund which is distributed on a needs basis by the principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School to make a Catholic education possible to students who would otherwise not be able to attend Catholic school.
Trinity’s first Christmas album includes 12 songs featuring the season’s best-loved hymns, spiritual favorites and three new songs.
The song, “I Am Yours,” was written by the trio in memory of a homily given by Deacon Donohue who passed away in 2011. CDs of the new album are available at Vine & Branches Christian Bookshoppe, St. Paul’s Corner and online at iTunes and Amazon.com. For more information, go online to reverbnation.com/trinityakonline.
Carols & Christmas Eve Mass at homeless shelter
On Dec. 24 Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz will celebrate Mass at the Brother Francis Shelter in downtown Anchorage at 6 p.m. Carol singing begins at 5:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 1021 East 3rd Ave. The public is invited to attend the gathering.
Christmas wish list
Catholic Social Services’ holiday wish list is up for its Clare House, St. Francis House Food Pantry and Brother Francis Shelter. To find out more about how to assist these outreaches, go online to cssalaska.org/html/holiday/holiday-wish-list.php to see what is needed for clients this Christmas season.
Knights’ Christmas party on Dec. 6
A Christmas party hosted by the 4th degree Knights of Columbus (Archbishop Ryan Assembly #1592) will be at the Coast International Inn on Dec. 6. The gathering starts with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. All priests are welcome at no cost. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Knight’ of prayer for life on Dec. 8
The Knights of Columbus are inviting participants to join the 25th annual National Knight of Prayer for Life on Dec. 8th (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Anchorage. The four-hour time of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament with special prayers will take place immediately following the 7 p.m. Mass. The evening of prayer begins in the parish chapel at about 8 p.m. and continues until midnight. Each hour will involve prayers for life, a rosary and Catholic hymns. There will also be time for silent meditation. From 8-9 p.m. the group will pray in unity with fellow Catholics in all U.S. time zones. The members of St. Juan Diego Council No. 12492 have been sponsoring this annual prayer service since December 2003.