Here is an overview of local events and news briefs from across the Anchorage Archdiocese.
Natural Family Planning classes start May 28
A series of classes in Natural Family Planning (NFP) is starting May 28. NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. No drugs, devices or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.
On May 28 Couple to Couple League of Anchorage will begin a series of instruction. Registration is required. For more information go online to register.ccli.org or call 243-8168.
“NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child,” according to the “Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry. “By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.”
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St. Francis award program seeks nominations
The St. Francis Stewardship Awards, an annual event honoring Alaskans who serve the Catholic Church in the spirit of Saint Francis, is seeking nominations for this year’s honor.
The event, which will take place in early October, aims to highlight the work of parish volunteers. According to the official nomination form, “This could be the person or couple who arrives before the rest of the group and stays after, setting up and cleaning up without being asked. The teen who has been taking care of the elderly neighbor’s yard. The woman who has been visiting a sick member of the community. It’s all these and more.”
Honorees will be announced in parish bulletins, the archdiocese website and Facebook pages and the Catholic Anchor — both online and in print.
The awards dinner will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral, in the Lunney Center, and the format will remain the same as in past years. Parishes can sponsor tables and/or sell tickets to parishioners, and individuals are welcome to purchase their own tickets as well.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Aug. 31. Forms can be found at archdioceseofanchorage.org/st-francis-award. More details will be released as the event nears. For more information, contact Laurie Evans-Dinneen at 297-7789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Bible institute set for June 28-July 1
The Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University will host its 8th 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.”
To learn more, call 564-8274.
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.
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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 stthereseak.com or call (907) 232-2066.
Palmer parish seeks volunteers for pioneer home outreach
St. Michael Church in Palmer sends volunteers each Saturday and the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. to the Palmer Pioneer Home. The outreach does not take place on Saturdays following the first Thursday. Volunteers pray the rosary with residents who choose to participate and celebrate a communion service. On the first Thursday of each month Father Jaime Mencias celebrates Mass with all who choose to participate. All are welcome to these gatherings. For more information on how to participate in this outreach, call the parish office at 745-3229 ext. 10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retreat aims to inspire 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.
Catholic Youth Conf. 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 gather 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, send an email to ACYConference@gmail.com.
Thrift store sales benefit 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.
Young adult Tea Tuesdays
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.