March Happenings

Young adult Tea Tuesday

Young adults, ages 18-30, from around Anchorage are invited to participate in the Tea Tuesday evenings held at the Yak and Yeti Himalayan Café (1360 W. Northern Lights). Sponsored by St. Benedict Church, the social gatherings aim to inspire “great conversations and fellowship.” The gatherings involve spiritual readings and tea drinking for those who want to grow in their faith. Meetings run 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights. For more information, contact Oriele Jones at (907) 273-1541.


‘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.


Pregnancy center seeks volunteers for fundraiser

Community Pregnancy Center in Anchorage is seeking volunteers for its annual Spring Tea on April 18 at ChangePoint Church in Anchorage. The tea event needs kitchen coordinators, servers, decorators, cleaners, greeters, photographers, video editors and more. The pro-life center assists women in crisis pregnancy situations offering free confidential services such as: pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted infection screenings and peer counseling. The center also offers information on pregnancy and alternatives to abortion, as well as physical, emotional and spiritual support and referrals for medical care, housing, social services and legal aid. For more information on how to support this group, go to or call 337-9292 or email


St. Francis food pantry seeks volunteers

The St. Francis House food pantry is seeking volunteers for the fourth Wednesday of each month (4:30-6 p.m.) to assist Anchorage residents in need of food. For more information , contact Community Engagement Manager Kara Casanova at 222-7335 or


Good Friday Faithwalk button contest underway

The Anchorage Archdiocese is again sponsoring its annual Good Friday Faithwalk Button Contest. Open to any Catholic student from first grade to 12th, the annual event asks participants to design a circular shaped button with a Lenten theme. The winning button will be reproduced and handed out to participants during the Good Friday Faithwalk in downtown Anchorage.

Submissions must be received by noon on March 12. Entries will be accepted via mail, email or fax. Mail should be sent to Archdiocese of Anchorage, 225 Cordova, Anchorage, Alaska 99501. Emails go to and faxes should be sent to 297-7758. For more information, call 297-7711.


Fr. Leo Walsh to lead Rome, Assisi pilgrimage

St. Benedict pastor Father Leo Walsh and Lumen Christi High School church history teacher Bob McMorrow are leading a “Pilgrimage of Faith” to Rome, Assisi and Subiaco in May.

According to Father Walsh, pilgrims “will encounter the ancient world in which the Church found itself in first century Rome. We will visit the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul and many other Christian martyrs. “

In Assisi, pilgrims will pray in the places that led Saint Francis and Saint Clare to their lives of singular devotion to Christ. Finally, in Subiaco, pilgrims will experience the place where Saint Benedict entered into the eremitical life before becoming the Father of Western monasticism.

In addition to the professional tours of these holy sites, the trip will include insights from Father Walsh, who lived in Rome for five years. McMorrow has taught the history of the Catholic Church for 12 years and plans to share stories about Rome and the saints with the pilgrims. For more information, visit or call 273-1552 or email


Students make lunches for shelter residents

Students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Anchorage recently made 810 bags of trail mix and 1,000 sandwiches for those living at the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage. The 4th-grade class delivered the food to the shelter where they were then given a tour and learned about the services provided at the Catholic Social Services run shelter.


May retreat to strengthen engaged couples

Engaged Catholic couples are invited to join the Catholic Engaged Encounter retreat Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31. The weekend will specifically focus on drawing engaged couples closer together. The program prepares couples who are planning to marry in the Catholic Church. It provides couples with the opportunity to gain social tools and techniques to help their marriage succeed. For more information, contact Deacon Mick Fornelli at (907) 297-7770.


Dinner to benefit Mat-Su Catholic school

On April 18, Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Wasilla will host its eighth annual dinner auction at the Curtis Menard Sports Complex. The theme this year is “Mad Hatter Tea Party.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the evening includes a prime rib dinner, dessert and a beer and wine cash bar. Adults, 21 and older, are invited to attend the black tie optional event. The early bird ticket price is $40 per person until March 1. After March 1, tickets are $50. Platinum, gold and silver reserved table prices are also available. Donations for the auction are being accepted. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the school at (907) 376-0883.


APU theology chair to host Bible institute

The Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University will host its 8th Annual Midsummer-Light Bible Institute June 28-July 1.

All presentations will take place at Alaska Pacific University’s Grant Hall.

Jesuit Father Felix Just, executive director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality, will deliver a talk titled “Marking the Gospel of Mark.”

Jesuit Father John Endres, professor of Old Testament at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, will deliver a talk titled “Psalm in the Life of the Church.”

The four-day institute will start with a free public lecture on June 28 by Father Endres titled “Why Catholics Read the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books — And What They Add to Our Theological Vision.”

The institute is cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Anchorage and the Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology. For more information, call 564-8274.


How to submit notices for publication

Those interested in submitting news and upcoming event notices for publication in the Catholic Anchor newspaper may do so by sending an email to or by standard mail to 225 Cordova St., Anchorage, AK 99501.

Please include a brief description of the event, along with contact information. News and notices will be published as space permits.

To guarantee publication of an event, consider purchasing a paid advertisement. For more information, contact Advertising Manager Sandy Busch at 297-7715.


How to receive the Catholic Anchor

All families registered with a parish in the Anchorage Archdiocese have access to a free monthly subscription to the Catholic Anchor. As a nationally award-winning newspaper, the Anchor covers breaking news, features, opinions and calendar events across the archdiocese. To join the mailing list you may submit a request that your parish forward your mailing address to the Anchor or you may contact us directly at or (907) 297-7730 or by mailing a request to Catholic Anchor, 225 Cordova Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99501. Please include your name, address and parish affiliation. Those not registered with a local parish may receive the print edition for an annual fee of $22.


Rosary group in Palmer

St. Michael Church in Palmer is home to a weekly rosary prayer group. The gathering takes place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the parish’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel. For more information, contact the church at 745-3229.


Catholic summer camp needs counselors

St. Therese’s Camp, a Catholic summer camp in the Mat-Su Valley, is seeking several more male counselors to round out its summer staff. Applicants should be in college or graduating from high school in 2015. According to a notice from the camp, it is seeking applicants who love God, the Catholic Church and children. Call Rudy Poglitsh at (907) 232-2066.


Holy Rosary Academy open house on April 22

Holy Rosary Academy, a K-12th grade Catholic school in Anchorage, will be hosting an open house event for interested families on April 22. The evening will run 6-9 p.m. and include tours of the school, a chance to meet the faculty and see the classrooms and curriculum. The event will also include a chance to meet with Principal Catherine Neumayr and visit with parents of current students. For more information, call the school at 276-5822.


Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteers

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Alaska is looking for volunteers for its site-based program and its community-based program. The site-based program volunteers visit the child’s school for one hour a week to spend time with the student. The community program volunteers meet with the child outside school, at the park or library etc., for at least two hours a month. The program is looking for a one-year commitment for both programs. For more information, contact Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Alaska at 433-4600.


Catholic summer camp registration is open

St. Therese’s Camp is now accepting online registrations for its second season of Catholic summer camp programs. Beginning in late June, the 57-acre, lakeside camp offers four week-long programs. According to the camp, programming for children in grades 3-8 includes “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.


Thrift store benefits Catholic school

Archangel Attic Thrift Store, also known as the “Rummage Room” is located next to St. Benedict Church in Anchorage (8110 Jewel Lake Road). Regular hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The store offers additional shopping until 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. All proceeds from the store go to benefit Lumen Christi High School. For more information, call 243-2195.


Native prayer group meets in Mat-Su

A Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Native prayer group meets every second and fourth Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m.

On the second Wednesday of the month, the group meets at St. Michael Church in Palmer. On the fourth Wednesday it meets at Sacred Heart Church in Wasilla. The group is open to all. Contact Ruth Stewart at 841-9560.


Divine Mercy prayer group meets Fridays

Eucharist Apostles of Divine Mercy is a prayer and discussion group that meets in the Mother of God Chapel at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River. The group aims to better understand and live the message of Divine Mercy. Participants meet each Friday at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Sue Leveque at 622-1731.

Devotion to the Divine Mercy originated in the early 1900s, when Jesus Christ appeared to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, a nun and former peasant girl in Poland. He presented himself as the Divine Mercy and asked Sister Kowalska to have the image drawn and then promulgate devotion to him under that title. He told her that “humanity will not find peace until it turns trustfully to divine mercy.”


Catholic Youth Conference June 15-18

The annual Alaska Catholic Youth Conference is set for June 15-18 at St. Benedict Church and adjacent Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage. Each year more than 200 teens from across the state gatherer for the four-day event.

The conference includes music concerts, liturgies with Alaska’s three bishops, social activities, service projects and interactive workshops aimed at inspiring faith.

ACYC is sponsored by the Alaska Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of Anchorage. For more information or to register, email


Chrism Mass set for March 26

All are invited to the annual Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 26 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. At the Mass, Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz will bless the chrism or holy oil used by archdiocesan parishes throughout the year for anointings of the sick, confirmations and baptisms. Priests from around the archdiocese will be in attendance.


Br. Francis Shelter needs computer savvy volunteers

The Brother Francis Shelter, the Catholic Social Services run homeless shelter in Anchorage, is seeking “computer savvy” people who can help its guests successfully build resumes and search for employment. For more information, contact Community Engagement Manager Kara Casanova at 222-7335 or

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